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Welcome to the SFV Hiking Group! Interested in hiking the BackBone Trail and others? From the Santa Monica's to the San Gabriels, we will explore a wide variety of trails, suitable for most hikers.

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SFV Hiking

Merry Go Round Lot Two

This is a Conditioning HIKE....The Key is to get your body used to the demands of being on trail, so when you want to tackle some of those more demanding summer trails, you have a lot more fun and you feel more sure on your feet. We will go on Single track and Ridgelines, uneven and loose steps. We will take small breaks, as we ascent and descent, but still need to keep moving. Great way to improve your health, meet friends and break a sweat. You must be able to keep up with the group.

HIKE:
*Moderate/Intermediate/Advance
*Elevation Gain: 1600ft.
*Distance: 5+ miles
*Pace: Brisk

*Bring: poles if needed, water, and shoes w/good traction.
*Parking: Griffith Park, Lot 2
*Time: 4:45pm, We will leave at 5pm.

Please arrive on time, Give yourself plenty of time looking for Lot 2 and the hike is on a Friday, traffic may be heavy. Please consider everyone's time, we don't want you to miss the hike.

Please be aware that Assistant Organizers, Event Hosts, and support hikers are volunteers and organize hikes without compensation and assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers, and hazards associated with any outdoor activity, and you accept, and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, and Event Hosts from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities. Please see the Meetup terms of service agreement

Mt. Lowe Summit Loop from Altadena Redux

Cobb Estate Trailhead

This is a strenuous hike and it is NOT for beginners.
Total elevation gain is 3,786’. Bring 3 liters of water and food for energy.

We will begin this 13 mile hike from the top of Lake Ave in Altadena to the Summit of Mt. Lowe(5,581’) via Lower Sam Merrill Trail 12W14.1 to Echo Mountain. After 2.7 miles, we will reach Echo Mountain and the Echo Mountain Trail 12W14.A. Bear right at this T-junction, heading east about 0.1 mile to the Middle Sam Merrill Trail 12W14.2. This is the trail we will descend on our return from the summit of Mt. Lowe.

The next stop at Inspiration Point we will take the Castle Canyon Trail #12W28. for 1.8 miles. This trail is well shaded and steep in places, but cooler as a result on hot days. We will take a longer snack beak
at Inspiration Point shaded pavilion with picnic tables and old way-finders, pointing out places of interest of Los Angeles below.

We will summit of Mt Lowe by going northwest along the Muir Peak Road #2N50.A for about 0.3 miles. We will reach an intersection with the Mt. Lowe Road #2N50 where the top of the Middle Sam Merrill Trail 12W14.2 disappears into the woods on your left. This is the trail we will descend down on our return to this very spot after we summit Mt. Lowe.

Turn right, heading north along the Mt. Lowe Road #2N50 for about 0.1 miles until we come across an old metal sign saying "Mt. Lowe East." This is the bottom of the Mt. Lowe East Trail 12W14.3A. Over the next 0.3 miles, it is a hard scramble over loose rock and gravel as you ascend steeply, until we reach a trail that bears off and down to the left. DO NOT TAKE THIS TRAIL, but instead bear right and ascend up across a series of switchbacks and we will find the trail now starts to wind its way east around the front of Mt. Lowe itself.

1.0 mile after leaving Mt. Lowe Road #2N50, look for a metal sign pointing to Mt. Lowe Summit and a trail bearing off to the left. Take this trail as we now start the final ascent of Mt. Lowe on the northern side.

0.3 miles along (6.1 miles total) is a USFS trail stake and the intersection with the top of the Upper Sam Merrill Trail 12W14.3 (Mt. Lowe West Trail). Bear left and up to the Summit of Mt. Lowe. The actual summit is to the left after we reach the clearing. To the right is a bench to sit on to enjoy fantastic views reaching from Mt. Baldy to South Bay on a clear day.

Descending, bear left at the USFS stake down Upper Sam Merrill Trail 12W14.3 (Mt. Lowe West Trail). This trail winds down the west side of Mt. Lowe to Mt. Lowe Road #2N50, affording fantastic views to the western range.

Once we reach Mt. Lowe Road #2N50 bear left and in 0.2 miles we will be back at the intersection at the top of Middle Sam Merrill Trail 12W14.2. The start of this trail winds along the west side of the Front Range, and is well shaded for the first 0.8 miles. At 0.8 miles (8.6 miles total), round the front of the Front Range and for the rest of the route down the Middle Sam Merrill Trail 12W14 we will enjoy wonderful views of Los Angeles.

2.5 miles after leaving the Mt. Lowe Road #2N50, we will be back on Echo Mountain. Turn right (west) and then bear left and down the familiar Lower Sam Merrill Trail 12W14.1, returning to Lake Ave.

Please observe CDC Covid guidelines by wearing a mask and social distancing for everyone’s safety.

Mt. Lukens via Stone Canyon

Wildwood Picnic Site

Mt. Lukens via Stone Canyon is a 9 mile out and back trail located near Sunland-Tujunga. This is the MOST challenging path to the top of Mt. Lukens. Great training for Whitney, it gains just about 1,000 ft. per mile.

From the Big Tujunga Canyon Road to the Wildwood Picnic area is approximately 3 miles, park at the pull out, we will meet there and walk down to the trailhead together. You must be well condition for this strenuous hike. The trail is very steep and narrow.

The trail has no shade and it is very steep. We will cross Big Tujunga Canyon Creek, there are plenty of stones for crossing. The trail climbs some switchbacks until we reach an open area with the trail junction to the Sister Elsie Tail leading down Haines Canyon. We will follow the Stone Canyon Trail as it climbs up to the summit ridge.
At about 3.8 miles, the trail heads east on the ridge and meets a fire road. Following the fire road we will reach the summit area ,covered with radio antennas. The summit is at the western end of the ridge at 5,074'.

IMPORTANT:
HIKE: Advance and Strenuous

Water: 4 liters + electrolytes
Snacks, hat, poles
Good traction shoes

Time: 6 hours
Elevation: 3,300 ft.
Be Aware:
There are wildlife 🐍,beautiful native plants and wildflowers for your next profile picture 😊
Directions: From the Sunland Boulevard exit of the 210 in Sunland, head east on Sunland Boulevard / Foothill Boulevard. In 1.3 miles, turn left onto Oro Vista Avenue, which becomes Big Tujunga Canyon Road. Drive about 3 miles north/northeast along Big Tujunga Creek until the Wildwood Picnic Sign.

We only organize events and do not claim that any of the organizers, assistant organizers, event organizers, event hosts, and/or volunteers are trained professional guides.

Outdoor sports can be inherently dangerous, and from time to time, accidents may happen. By joining in any posted events, you agree that you're aware of the risks, hazards, and dangers associated with any activity and that you're taking full responsibility of your own safety and well-being.

*** SAN GORGONIO *** VIVIAN CREEK TRAIL ***

Falls Picnic Area

At an altitude of 11,500', San Gorgonio Mountain is the highest peak in Southern California, and Vivian Creek Trail has a steeper average grade than the Mt Whitney Trail.

This is a very hard hike and AMS (acute mountain sickness), aka Altitude Sickness is a very real risk. Be prepared with whatever medicine/supplements you need to deal with altitude sickness.

MANDATORY TURNAROUND TIME: 12:15 p.m. No matter where you are on the trail, if you have not summited by 12:15 p.m., you must turn around.

This event is waitlisted. DM me or Monica if interested.

Limited to 12 hikers (permit is for a maximum of 12).

HIKE:
*ADVANCED
*Elevation Gain: 6000ft
*Distance: 18 miles
*Pace: Brisk
*Duration: 12+ hours
*Guest: No
*Dog: No

*Bring: minimum 5 liters of water, electrolytes, lunch, snacks, and shoes w/good traction, poles if needed.
*Parking: Big Falls parking lot
*Time: 5:00 a.m. We leave at 5:15.

Please be aware that Assistant Organizers, Event Hosts, and support hikers are volunteers and organize hikes without compensation and assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers, and hazards associated with any outdoor activity, and you accept, and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, and Event Hosts from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities. Please see the Meetup terms of service agreement

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