• ~~ Dawn Mine Hike ~~

    Chaney Trail Road

    5 Miles Round Trip - 3 to 4 Hours - 1200ft Elevation Gain - Level 5 Intermediate Hike Description: The pace will be moderate. We start at Millard Trail Camp ground taking the trail up to the Mt. Lowe fire road, walk along fire road to the actual Dawn Mine Trail head and down into the canyon. We will take the trail through the canyon until we reach the mine. We will take a short break at the mine and take the same trail out. There will be rocky terrain, creek crossings and some steep boulder climbing. Do not do this hike if you have knee problems. Directions: From 210 Freeway, exit on Lincoln and head north. Make a right on W. Loma Alta Dr. At 237 W. Loma Alta Dr, turn left onto Chaney trail and drive until the road ends into the Millard campground parking lot. Recommendation: Water/electrolytes, snack/lunch, sunscreen, hat, trekking poles, hiking shoes. History: Dawn Mine was a gold mine that has one of the longest mining histories in all of the San Gabriel Mountains. Enough gold was recovered to keep various over-optimistic operators looking for the bonanza that never materialized. Although there are many other mines in nearby canyons, the Dawn is by far the most well known. In 1895 Bradford Peck staked a gold claim high up in Millard Canyon which he worked for seven years with marginal success. The mine was named after Dawn Ehrenfeld, little daughter of a friend from the Randsburg Mines.

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  • -~Mount Everest Reverse Hike~-

    Nepal

    5.5 Miles One Way- 1 to 2 Hours- 29,017Ft Elevation Loss- Level 1 Hike - Beginner Death Wish- Training Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Veou4qXS0Lo Description We will all meet at my place for the 15 minute ride by helicopter to LAX. From LAX we will take the 3 hour flight on the Concord Jet to Nepal. Once in Nepal another helicopter will drop us on the very top of Mount Everest. We will break for milk and cookies and then its 5.5 miles down the mountain to our destination. Children can easily do this hike. Along the way we will encounter crazy people climbing “up” the mountain. They will yell at us and call us names but dont worry. In the end you can actually say you “hiked” Mount Everest. Just because we are hiking down instead of up doesn't mean a thing. But if you dont make it down its your own fault. It's very cold and windy, and most people die, but its still good fun. Directions Get to my place. If you don't know where that is, then you already failed. I will give you a Darwin Award when I get back. What To Bring Water – Snacks – Camera – Oxygen Tank – The Bible – A Death Wish

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  • -~Jones Peak Hike~-

    Bailey Canyon Wilderness Park

    7 Miles Round Trip 4 to 5 Hours 2300ft Elevation Gain Level 6 Hike - Intermediate Description: We will all meet at the west side of the parking lot near the trail. From there we will hike 2.5 miles to our first rest stop at the old cabin ruins. We will rest for 10-15 minutes and then hike the “longest one mile” you have ever seen. It really does feel like a long “one” mile. Its all uphill so you might feel it the next day. The last 100 feet is a steep climb to the top of Jones Peak. We will take a break on top and then its all downhill for the next 3.5 miles back to the parking lot. This hike is very similar to the “Echo Mountain” hike. But it is far more shaded and scenic. Directions: From the 210 freeway you will exit Baldwin Ave and head north. If you are coming from the west, you will exit Baldwin ave, turn left, then make a left at the light. Then make a right at the next stop. From here you drive 1 mile to then end and turn left onto W Carter Ave. Drive ¼ of a mile and you will see Bailey Canyon Park on your right. If the parking lot is full then park on Grove St paying close attention to signs. What To Bring: Water – Snacks – Camera – Sunscreen – Hiking Sticks

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  • -~Switzer Falls Hike~-

    Switzers Picnic Area

    4 Miles Round Trip - 2 to 3 Hours - 600ft Elevation Gain - Level 2 Hike - Beginner The temperature will be in the low 40s so dress warm and bring extra socks in case your feet get wet during the stream crossings.

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  • -- Last Winter Hike of 2019 at Bear Creek --

    West Fork Trail Head

    Although this hike is a beginner hike, I would classify it as just below an intermediate hike because of the swollen creek from recent rains. Bring extra socks, do not recommend denim jeans or heavy boots, you will get wet! Someone passed this nugget of wisdom recently, "Better wet shoes than a broken ankle". Bring trekking poles for creek crossings. Rain Cancels. 5 Miles Round Trip - 4 to 5 Hours - 300ft Elevation Gain - Level 3 Hike - Beginner Description: We will all meet in the parking lot near the bridge. From there we will hike 1 mile down a paved road to a bridge. From there it is 1.5 miles to our destination at the old cabin ruins 50 yards before the San Gabriel Wilderness Boundary Marker. The water level will be high, we will be crossing the same creek at least a dozen times so walking sticks and shoes you don't mind getting wet are recommended. We will break at the cabin ruins and then return the way we came. We walk the extra 50 yards to take a picture at the San Gabriel Wilderness Boundary Marker. Directions: From the 210 freeway you will take the Azusa Ave exit and head north for 13 miles. DO NOT turn right onto the east fork bridge. Keep driving straight. Once you cross a bridge you will see a sign that says “West Fork Day Use Area Entrance” and the parking lot is on the left side of the road. Park anywhere. A venture pass is required. What To Bring: Water – Snacks – Camera – Comfortable Shoes/Hiking Boots – Walking Sticks - Extra Socks

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  • "Green Griffith" Hike - 9 miles.

    Merry Go Round Lot Two

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  • -~Red Box Hike~-

    Red Box Picnic Area

    5 Miles Round Trip - 3 to 4 Hours - 1500Ft Elevation Gain - Level 4 Intermediate We will all meet in the parking lot. From there its 2.5 miles to the campground. We will break for 20 minutes, and then hike back the same way. It is mostly shady.

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  • -~New Years "BEGINNER" Hike~-

    Arroyo Seco Trailhead

    Do you have family in town and dont know what to do with them? Do you need to work off that big holiday feast? Then bring the family to an easy, 2 to 3 hour beginner hike in beautiful Altadena. We will hike a shady, flat trail for about 4 miles, up and back. Alot of people new to hiking do this hike to start preparing for bigger hikes. The kids will love the stream crossings, and dogs are welcome too. 4 Miles Round Trip - 2 to 3 Hours - 400ft Elevation Gain - Level 1 Hike - Beginner - Dog and Kid Friendly Trail

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  • ECHO MOUNTAIN ON XMAS MORNING!

    Echo Mountain trailhead

    Did Santa track chimney soot all over your new carpet? Did his damn reindeer break some of your roofing tiles??? Did Rudolph steal a bottle of Jack Daniels out of your liquor cabinet????? (Ya didn't think that red nose was NATURAL did you???) Well then join us on historic Echo Mountain to start your Xmas right! We'll be back down in time for you to lie to Aunt Tilly about how much you LOVE the CD box set she gave you of Barry Manilow's greatest hits!!! Distance - 5.8 miles Difficulty - Intermediate Elevation gain - 1400 feet Description We will all meet in front of the metal gate at the corner of Lake Ave and E. Loma Alta Dr. From here it is 3 miles to the old ruins on Echo Mountain. It is all uphill with very little shade. At the ruins we will break for snacks and photos. We will acknowledge how lucky we are to be hikers in beautiful Southern California. We will return the way we came. Directions From the 210 take the Lake Ave exit and head north 4 miles. You will come to the intersection of Lake Ave and E Loma Alta Dr. Park anywhere in this area. What To Bring Water Snacks Camera Hiking Shoes Sunscreen/Hat A hearty "Ho Ho Ho" I have reservations at City Thai for 1:00 p.m. if anyone is interested. The address is 48 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105 Map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/48+S+Fair+Oaks+Ave,+Pasadena,+CA+91105/@34.1450536,-118.1506235,18z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c2c370524ae8b3:0x706c1b62e57701a9!8m2!3d34.1447073!4d-118.1502963?hl=en

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  • Bear Creek Trail to Smith Mtn. - Celebrate Ken's 29 years without alcohol.

    PLEASE NOTE THE LAST 800 FOOT CLIMB OF THIS HIKE IS ROCKY AND STEEP AND INVOLVES A SMALL AMOUNT OF SCRAMBLING! Come celebrate my 29 years without alcohol with one of my favorite hikes! December 13th, 1989... I had one last margarita. PLEASE NOTE THAT Your last half mile to the summit is a grueling 820-foot climb up a steep firebreak and boulder studded ridge. Hike is cross posted in "Santa Monica Hiking Club" Distance - 6.6 miles Difficulty - Moderate-Difficult Elevation gain - 1843 ft. We will go to "Congregation Ale House" for a post hike meal. I will have a coke. 619 Azusa Ave. in Azusa We pass by it on the way to the trailhead Congregation's website http://congregationalehouse.com/ This splendid peak sits at the heart of the San Gabriel Mountains on the ridge dividing Bear Creek canyon in the rugged San Gabriel Wilderness and North Forth Fork San Gabriel River. Its pointed summit provides an amazing 360 degree panorama. The first three miles of the hike are a pleasant walk from the trailhead at Highway 39 to Smith Saddle (4360') on a well designed single track trail that gains only 333 feet per mile. Your last half mile to the summit is a grueling 820-foot climb up a steep firebreak and boulder studded ridge. Driving Directions: From Interstate 210 in Azusa, take Azusa Avenue (Hwy. 39) north 18.2 miles (6.2 miles past East Fork Road). (If you reach Coldbrook Campground, you have gone 0.3 miles too far.) to the parking area along the left side of the road. You will see this sign. MAP BELOW Bear Creek Trail (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=34.287260,-117.842740) PLEASE NO DOGS ON THIS HIKE!! Bring: Plenty of water Good hiking/trail shoes Camera A smile A snack for the summit