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Just testing waters to see if anyone would be interested in doing this hike again. No date selected yet, but I'm thinking sometime after holidays, probably on a Saturday when the weather is mild, with no snow on the ground and not right after heavy rain... *** Please, read this description entirely before you decide *** We had such a blast there first time around - getting to the waterfall and watching our pups playing in the pools - that nobody seemed to care: "Where is the HEART??".... Well, the 2nd picture to the left shows how I saw it on my solo hike the day before our group hike, but being "solo" I didn't want to push my luck to get a better view... Maybe this time we'll get a better look together, or maybe not... It is a short 2 mi RT upside down hike (we'll be descending on the way to the falls and going up heading back) on a woodsy trail that runs along a shaded stream most of the time. The change in elevation is gradual, but this short trail is like an obstacle course in the wild, with lots of tricky spots: very steep/narrow ups-n-downs - rocky, or sandy and dusty (= slippery!!)... huge tree roots sticking out right in your way, so you need to watch your steps very carefully, which can be challenging with dogs on leash. There is also a couple of fallen trees that you'll need to duck under or try to go around them on a steep slop.... But that all makes it even more fun :) And at the end of the trail some rock scrambling is necessarily (to get around the waterfall to see it, or to get down to the pools) via very steep, narrow, rocky drop offs - you can hardly call them "paths". An alternative way to the pools (not to the spot to see the waterfall from the above) takes you on a dusty downhill path, that is very steep and slippery as well... It's totally up to you which one of these two adventures you choose to reach the final destination - the POOLS :) FUN place, and beautiful, but you WILL get dusty and dirty, and WILL work up some sweat. This trail can be a challenge for some, both dogs and humans. But we saw families with small kids making it all the way to the end, and if I with all my injuries can do it - most other folks can do it too... Here are some pictures from the trip #1 last year: Group Hike + Lake Gregory 8/4/12 (http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/10036682/) My Solo Trial Hike + Cabin 8/3/12 (http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/10079012/) -- with my notes under some pics WHAT TO BRING: - hiking shoes with good traction are a MUST - PLENTY of water for your pups and yourself - an extra pair of socks and/or shoes, in case we get our feet wet by the pools - pack a lunch for yourself and some treats for your pups. We can have a mini picnic by the pools, or when get back to the cars Meet at Camp Seely (MAP (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=%4034.253840,-117.302880)) at 9 AM. Directions: follow Hwy 18 for ~12.5 miles into the mountains to a junction with California 138. Turn North on 138, passing Crestline and the Valley of Enchantment community. About 2.5 miles from the 18/138 junction, look on the left (west) side of the highway for the entrance to Camp Seely. Veer LEFT at the entrance (do not enter the camp which will be on your right) and travel down the road until you reach a small dirt parking lot on your right. ADVENTURE PASS is required to park there. Note: When heading to Crestline, keep right onto the ramp to get to 138. Alternatively, when heading back keep left to get to 18: the signs are placed a very short distance from ramps, and on a curve, so it might be difficult to change a lane if you need to... Also, on the way to Camp Seely, it's easy to accidentally veer off of 138, so keep checking street sings along the way, until you get to the camp. Important: Please, make an effort to be on time. Phone reception is quite spotty in this area and last year there was no service at the camp at all. So, if you are not at the trail head by 9am, you might not be able to let us know you're running a little late, so we would wait for you. Galina *** There is no need to RSVP "NO"... *** to this or any other of our events, UNLESS you are making a comment along with it, or simply changing your "yes" to "no". Your comments are always appreciated, as they often help me plan our future meetups. Otherwise, if you are not saying "yes", it is perfectly understood you are not coming. And I only need to know who IS...THANK YOU!! *** Disclaimer *** This group's organizer is a volunteer, not a trained professional or hike leader. By participating in any posted event, you are taking a full responsibility for your own safety and well-being and safety and actions of your dogs. Always keep in mind that we are in SoCal, which means snakes can be active most time of the year. By participating in any posted event you're also releasing the group and its organizer from any liability in case of possible injuries. This applies to any guests you may invite.
*** ADD YOUR NAME HERE (symbolically RSVP) TO GET NOTIFIED OF OUR MIDWEEK EVENTS! *** This is a place for those of us who can sometimes meetup during the week – AM, PM or in the evening after work - locally, not so locally and sometimes some distance away. Use this space to communicate - post here the place, time and date when you would like to meet up, or E-MAIL me your suggestions directly. And if you are planning to join us, please, make a comment -- to let us know and to get directions, if needed. Hikes, walks, dog parks, the beach, back yard play dates… whatever your Danes desire! The more interaction our pups get, the happier we ALL are :) Here are some of our midweek outings we had in the past.... White Oak: http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/23371832/ Walnut Creek: http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/21620882/ Canyonback: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIx2gjo0shI Lake Balboa: http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/13823422/ LA River: http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/14498102/, http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/21039082/ (http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/21039082/)Rincon Beach: http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/15260962/ Marina Beach: http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/14110452/ Summerland: http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/14221712/ O’Melveny: http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/14360642/ Huntington Beach: http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/17973662/#[masked] (http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/17973662/%23295331132)Woodley Park: http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/13270692/ Vasquez Rocks: http://www.meetup.com/Danes-R-Great/photos/11269472/