What we're about

Meet other local hiking enthusiasts - those who are dedicated to hiking excursions, near and far, with a focus on leaving no trace of litter on our lands!

We hike, snowshoe, camp, backpack, bring in speakers for our nature series, work on wilderness legislation and have stewardship events that keep our city clean and save the condors. We're all about fun, and completely free! All ages and fitness levels are invited to come join us any time.

Check us out at communityhikingclub.org

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DAGGER FLAT TRAIL RECONSTRUCTION - Volunteer Opportunity

Meet Near Bear Divide

****** THIS IS NOT A HIKE ***********
*** RAIN, SNOW OR EXCESS HEAT AT WORK SITE WILL CANCEL EVENT **

Join Dianne for some light trail clean up of the DAGGER FLAT TRAIL - No experience required!

THIS IS NOT A HIKE, but you will be among some of the most spectacular scenery near SCV. The trail is still there! Help Dianne bring it back from being a bit overgrown after the last fire.

At this time we are restoring the top portion of the trail just before the stairs. We will show you how to make/ maintain a trail. Get that special feeling of accomplishment as you work with other volunteers to complete manageable small outdoor projects (Trimming, trail brushing and stashing trimmings). No heavy lifting etc. at this time. Work for a few hours, we will leave to come back early if the weather doesn't co-operate. Dianne will bring all the tools needed.

PLEASE only RSVP "Yes" if you can make it.

Meet At:
Google Latitude/Longitude coordinates[masked], [masked]. We meet at Sand Canyon Road and 3N17 white gate.

Directions to Meeting Spot (White Gate for 3N17):
Take the I-5 to the SR-14 North. Exit at Sand Canyon, turn right (South/East). Go all the way past all the houses, Placerita Canyon etc., going straight. Enter the Angeles National Forest and continue up!up!up! Sand Canyon Road until you see a large heart memorial at a bad corner on the right side. Shortly after this you will see a small brown sign "Santa Clara Divide Road" on the right side. Just past the sign, turn left onto the road on the left side. You will see a white gate. Dianne will meet you here, and you will caravan to the trail head.

Meeting Time:
We will meet at 7:45AM and leave for the trail head no later than 8:00AM SHARP. The trail head is 4 miles along Forest Road 3N17. Please do not be late as the gate will be locked after we leave the meeting spot.

Bring:
Boots, plenty of WATER, electrolytes, and snacks, a sack lunch. TP (there are no bathrooms), strong garden GLOVES (suede leather type recommended). If it is hot, consider bringing sunscreen, a cooling towel, sun hat, bandana. Bring a mask if you cannot maintain social distancing. (A mask will also keep dust off of your face while working)

Do Not Bring:
Dogs, as they get bored. Also, it would not be safe to bring young children (due to sharp tools and trail is narrow). Leave your garden tools at home, as we could damage them or lose them, and Dianne will have all of the appropriate tools for trail work.

Thank you for helping bring back this trail, so we can all enjoy it.

Leader: Dianne

Fire Lookout Tower (4,631') on TOP of Slide Mountain, Los Padres National Forest

Frenchmans Flat Campground

*** Safety Note: Rain or Extreme Heat at trailhead cancels hikes

Slide Mountain Fire Lookout Tower (4,631'), overlooking Pyramid Lake

Distance: ~ 12 miles total, RT - Out and back style

Gain: ~2400'

Hiking Time: 5.5 hours

RATING: Strenuous (mainly for the overall Longer Distance and the 1340' Gain over 2 mile section). Definitely not one for Beginners! You need to be hiking regularly to enjoy this one.

Description: Our day starts and ends with a ~ 1.5 mile flat hike (3 of the 12 mile total) along the now abandoned Route 99 (Golden State Highway), the predecessor to the 5 Hwy. We follow Piru Creek, a Native California Fishery and Wild and Scenic River, until we reach the actual trailhead (a white gate on the left) . From the trailhead, we catch our first glimpse of the lookout tower, 2400' above.

Next comes a 1340' "butt kicker", as we start from the trailhead up the steepest part of the hike (for ~ 2 miles with some service road switchbacks ). We eventually reach the saddle and can pause to enjoy a panoramic view across the Piru creek area and the Sespe Wilderness to the West.

After catching our breath, it's another ~ 2 miles and 1060' to the peak via a series of shallow switchbacks on the East side of the mountain, and more on the West side, gradually approaching the peak. Eventually the tower comes into view and after rounding a bend, we break out at the summit and an incredible view of Pyramid Lake below.
Then its time to enjoy a snack/ lunch and the 360 degree view. From here, if it is clear, we can see just about every major peak around the Northern LA area.

Meet your leader:
At 7:45AM in front of the white gate near Frenchman's Flat Campground
([masked], [masked] ); we head up the old highway at 8:00AM sharp.

Directions from SCV:
Go north on the I-5, past Castaic and exit at Templin Hwy, Exit # 183. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp, go under the freeway to a T junction, then turn right. Follow this bumpy 2 lane road (Old Hwy 99) for 5 miles until it ends at a white forest service gate where there is parking (this is Frenchman's Flat Camping area). Display your Adventure Pass in your windshield. There are bathrooms at this trailhead.

Bring:
A snack/lunch, water (3 liters is recommended), including 1L electrolytes if it is a hot day, sunscreen, hat, hiking poles if you have them.

!!! Wear layered clothing and pack a windbreaker as it may turn windy / cold at the top. Check weather forecast. Good boots with tread are a given.

Adventure Pass: YES. Required for parking in the Angeles National Forest. 1/car for those who drive. These can be obtained at any BIG 5 Sporting Goods store; $5 for a day pass, $30 for a year pass.

Dogs: OK , if on leash and well behaved. Please keep the distance, lack of shade, and your dog's stamina in mind.

Leader(s): Chris Stratford

Whitney Canyon Falls - NOT A REPEAT EVENT!

Whitney Canyon Trailhead

Whitney Canyon Falls is a 2.9 mile out and back trail. It is very flat and generally considered easy. on average it takes 1 hour and 6 minutes to complete. It is a very popular area for bird watchers, hiking, and horseback riding. There will likely be no water at the falls. Dogs are welcome but must be ona leash and well behaved.

Wind Wolves Preserve - Tule Elk Loop via San Emigdio Canyon

16019 Maricopa Hwy

The Wind Wolves Preserve is a hidden gem. The Hike is intended to showcase the beauty of this place with a comfortable 8 mile loop with an elevation gain of about 1200 ft. We start from the Crossing and will hike along the creek trail via San Emigdio Canyon than clockwise up the back of the mountain on the Tule Elk Trail. Stop for a break and snack and enjoy the breathtaking vista, then head back down to The Crossing and parking lot.

The wildlife here is abundant during the winter months as the Tule Elk migrate to lower elevations, as well as the Mule Deer. Plan on dressing in layers as it will be chilly here. Arrive by 8:45am to start hiking by 9:00am from “The Crossing”.

The drive from SCV will take an estimated 1 hour and 15 minutes. Wind Wolves opens at 8:00am.

Take Hwy 5 North to bottom of the Grapevine, exit 225 for Maricopa Hwy 166. Travel 9.9 miles, Signage and Exit will be on the left side of the road. The Crossing” is 5.4 miles from the highway entrance.

~ From the Hwy the Entrance is @ 3 miles, turn Right.
~ @ 3.7 miles, Left at Stop sign, following directions displayed on sign to “The Crossing”.
~ @ 4.8 miles, Straight through Stop sign, again following directions displayed on sign to “ The Crossing”.
~ Arrive @ 5.4 miles is “The Crossing” and its parking area.

There are clean flushing toilets, sinks, paper towels at the Crossing and further up the canyon. Entrance & parking is free

Encourage folks to car pool, although there is plenty of parking spaces.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING! NO HIKE THIS WEEKEND.

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