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Join me for a great, after-work FAST PACE, INTERMEDIATE-PLUS hike on Boat Canyon. Be prepared for 1 very STEEP Downhill and 1 Steep Uphill. There will be very few STOPS!
Level 3: Fast Pace (Intermediate Plus) Click on RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to learn more about difficulty levels.
Departure Time: 6:00 P.M.
Plan on about ~2.5 hrs for ~8.5 miles RT, with about 2300 ft vertical gain. This is a strenuous workout for elevation, distance and pace. we could be hiking in the dark towards the end, so please bring a FLASHLIGHT.
ROUTE : We will meet at Gate 14 of Laguna Coast Wilderness. Since this is a residential area, we'll limit number of participants, only RSVP if you are sure to go. Boat Canyon is a ridge above Laguna Beach. After a mile uphill from trailhead, we'll be on Boat Canyon Rd, then we continue on to Boomer Ridge Rdl, down the steep Big Bend trail, right on Laguna Ridge trail running parallel to Laguna Canyon Hwy 133. Then back up hill on Laguna Ridge trail w/c is also steep, single track, then we'll be back down Boat Canyon Rd and to the trailhead.
again a headlamp and/or flashlight is REQUIRED for this hike. bring water. wear good traction hiking shoes, bring water (snacks). bring wind breaker or a jacket as it's still cool near the ocean. bring poles if you think they'll help you w/ the downhill descent. DIRECTIONS : We'll meet at Gate 14 http://www.ocparks.co... (http://www.ocparks.com/uploadgraphics/laguna2008.pdf)
Yahoo Map or Google to Dunnegan Dr and Dartmoor St, Laguna Beach. Please map your direction before hand and don't rely on your GPS alone as the trailhead is a bit tricky to find. Dartmoor St and Hillcrest Dr signs are posted under tree branches, so it's tough for first time drivers here.
From Pacific Coast Hwy going south (pass Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Crystal Cove before reaching Laguna Beach), turn left on SAN JOAQUIN St., right on HILLCREST DR, Turn Left on DARTMOOR ST drive to the end.
From PCH going North pass Laguna Beach turn right on SAN JOAQUIN S (right after you pass Viejo, the street with light), right on HILLCREST DR, Turn Left on DARTMOOR ST drive to the end
REMINDER: ***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings***
> YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS. > YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY. Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks, mountain lions, coyotes, snake bites or wildlife. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***