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• What we'll do Note: Advanced Hike. You will go on a waiting list until you provide your recent hiking history and assure me you can safely complete a potentially hot and strenuous (yet beautiful!) 8 hour day hike. Precipitation/Hazardous hiking conditions/Excessive Heat/Fires in Area/Revolution/Apocalypse Cancels! HIKE STATS Time: Arrive by 6AM, hike by 6:10 AM Level: Advanced Miles: ~14 miles round trip Gain: ~4000' Pace: ~2-2.5 mph with short breaks, 8 hours on trail Peaks: Etiwanda (8662'), Cucamonga (8859') DESCRIPTION This is a great training hike for the Sierras or (hint) Havasupai. It involves nearly continuous elevation gain, heat and copious water consumption. Because of various trail junctions and the multitude of possibilities, I prefer that the group to stick together. If you are struggling to keep up with the group by the time we reach Icehouse Saddle (3.5 miles in with some gain) you will be sent back to the Icehouse Canyon parking area. The hike begins at the trailhead to Icehouse Canyon (due east of Baldy Village). From the trail head, we follow a well-marked path through the shady lazy canyon to Icehouse Saddle, where we will take a quick break and then head out to Etiwanda Peak, then Cucamonga and back home in time for dinner. PARKING Parking at the Icehouse Canyon trail head is limited and a CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PASS IS REQUIRED. Because Icehouse Canyon is a absurdly popular on holidays, the lot typically fills by 7 AM, in which case roadside parking can be found along Mt. Baldy Road. Restrooms are available at the trail head. WHAT TO BRING 10 hiking Essentials (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/9535234). Prepare for cold windy ridges and hot dusty trails and ALWAYS have enough in your pack to survive the night if necessary.; sturdy hiking shoes or trail runners; at least 3 liters of water, electrolytes, salty snacks, sweet snacks, and lunch; trekking poles recommended; hat and sunscreen; long pants are recommended due to brush along some sections. DIRECTIONS Take the 210fwy to the Baseline exit. Take Baseline west for half a block, turning right onto Padua Ave. Head north and turn right on Mt. Baldy Rd, following for about 10 miles to the Baldy Village. Follow Mt. Baldy Rd for another four miles. At this point, Baldy Road will turn abruptly left and begin ascending steeply (there is a modern condominium complex at the corner). DO NOT TURN LEFT. Instead continue straight approximately 100 yards to the Icehouse Canyon trail head. Please read this entire description carefully and do NOT sign up unless you are prepared for the distance, gain, difficulty and pace. • Important to know STANDARD DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY: By joining on this hike, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service: http://www.meetup.com/terms Adventure Pass required for Icehouse Parking lot. If you cannot make it, please take a moment to change your RSVP. No shows will be flagged. If you don't have an Adventure Pass or Park Pass, you will risk getting a Forest Service parking ticket at this location. • Important to know STANDARD DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY: By joining on this hike, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service: http://www.meetup.com/terms
• What we'll do Avoid Memorial Day crowds, not Memorial Day weather! Hard Hikes without the hoards! Or just hang around Curry Village and eat and do little hikes on your own. These day hikes are open to hikers with required level of fitness, but all are optional. Join us for as much as you like or just do your own thing (easier and more moderate hikes abound) and join us for campfire chats and ice cream. Note: Because these are Intermediate/Advanced Dayhikes, you will go on a waiting list until you provide your recent hiking history and assure me you can safely complete one or two of these fairly strenuous dayhikes. I hope to limit the group size to a baker's dozen or less, but plan to keep a waitlist in case of no shows and cancellations. Note further: I scored a reservation at the Upper Pines Campground for the nights of May 29 and 30 for up to six people and two cars. I am willing to share with 4-5 others at a cost of $15pp. You may, of course, find your own lodging and join these spectacular dayhikes. Major Fire, Temper Tantrum by chimp in chief resulting in government shutdown, Apocalypse Cancels! Two days before every park day, I'll enter the lottery to try to get permits for Half Dome provided the trail is open (ice and snow there may last into June this year). Every day there are cancellations and no shows and more than 50 permits are available for the daily lottery. If I can get some permits for Half Dome, one of the day hikes will change to this classic long hike and I will ask strong and willing participants to chip in for permit costs. Otherwise: Day 1 (Wednesday, May 29, 9am): Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls via Mist Trail: Distance: 7 miles, round trip with orgasmic views Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,900 waterfall infested feet Difficulty: Strenuous Trailhead Coordinates:[masked],[masked] Intermediate and advanced hikers only. Day 2 (Thursday, May 30, 8am): Rest Day/Tourism OR Yosemite Falls Trail to Yosemite Point. You must be in EXCELLENT shape to join this 8.4 mile trek to the top of the continent's highest waterfall and then to the high point of Yosemite's North Rim. Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet Difficulty: Strenuous Trailhead Coordinates:[masked],[masked] Intermediate and advanced hikers only. Day 3 (Friday, May 31, 9am): Rest Day and eat Ice Cream at Curry Village (Yes I'll always call it that) OR for those who are truly insane probably a self guided hike up The Four Mile Trail. Hint, the name is kind of a lie but you are welcome to turn back after only four miles. If you get to the top, you will be rewarded with great views and a shuttle ride back down. Distance: 9.6 miles, round trip Elevation Gain: 3,200 feet Difficulty: Strenuous Trailhead Coordinates:[masked],[masked] Any of these can be replaced by Half Dome if I can get permits. This hike is available to very strong hikers who are not terribly nervous about heights and exposure (as I was when I last climbed this beauty more than 25 years ago): Distance: 15.35 miles, round trip Elevation Gain: 4,800 feet Difficulty: Strenuous Trailhead Coordinates:[masked],[masked] Day 3-4: Drive home and rejoin your humdrum life, which will never be the same after these spectacular hikes. Traffic will be going the other way. You have successfully avoided the hoards. • What to bring Good solid hiking footwear, Good grippy footwear for Half Dome, water, sunscreen, hat, sunscreen, trekking poles if you use them (recommended due to extreme amounts of downhill), ten essentials, extra calories, ability to survive the night, stuff for camping if you want to join me at the campsite or reservations for lodging if not, potluck items for campfires, cash for ice cream! • Important to know STANDARD DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY: By joining on these hikes, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service: http://www.meetup.com/terms • Yosemite!