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Hike to the NIKE Missle Site

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Meet at 12:45 pm, but leave at one pm.

We're hiking 8 miles RT, with 900 ft elevation gain from Caballero Canyon in Encino. This is a four hour hike!

Our mission: a Cold War era Missile Base that was part of our main line of defense against Soviet fighter jets (anybody remember Iron Eagle II?). From the top of San Vicente Mountain, a complex radar system was ready at all hours of the day to defend us from the Evil Empire. Now, we get to hike to the top and tour a once highly restricted military base. We even get to walk up to the top of the radar tower for a majestic view of the San Fernando Valley.

This hike can be completed by people in reasonable shape. Due to the distance involved, I would not recommend this hike if you've never hiked before or haven't been active in a couple of months.

There is no bathroom at the trailhead, but there are bathrooms with running water at the top.

What to bring: comfortable shoes, 2 liters of water, hat, sunglasses/ sunscreen, sweater/jacket (in case it gets windy).

Parking on Reseda is free next to the trailhead. When you see the stop sign for the Braemar Country Club, stop and find a parking spot. We'll be across the street from the sign, and a couple of hundred feet north.

Rain cancels. Hike is NOT for beginners! Rain postpones the hike (even a little rain)! Don't want to be on a long hike if it is raining. I wrote a little rain so there won't be any confusion. Also temps over 85 will also postpone hike.