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(Thursday* or) Friday March 22 (or you could even come early Saturday) - Sunday March 24, 2019: Car Camping Trip to Valley of Fire, Nevada Description: Join the Community Hiking Club for a fun-filled weekend car camping and exploring a natural wonder! Car camping is the opposite of backpacking 'cos you can bring lots of stuff to ensure you stay comfortable, rather than with backpacking where you have to majorly consider the weight of your pack. Valley of Fire is world-renowned for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone, Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees, petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. Enjoy fascinating rock formations, incredible sunsets, vast starry skies and beautiful early mornings. Come for as long or as short as you like (bearing in mind that you need to plan transportation and it is a 5.5 hour drive from SCV). Visit http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire for important park notes/ rules and other excellent facts. Camping: Campsites cannot be reserved ahead of time, they are on a first come, first served basis only. Each site has a shaded table, fire ring, drinking water, flush toilets, showers and trash removal - 5 star camping!! As there are NO CAMPSITES now available at Valley of Fire. Camping location has been moved to Echo Bay Upper Campground. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Echo+Bay+Upper+Campgroundfirstname.lastname@example.org,-114.436909,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c941547dc40d73:0x5400db9455221ec!8m2!3d36.3087233!4d-114.4347203 Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation/ carpools, camping gear, food, water, and firewood. Participants will be required to sign a liability release when they join the trip. Bring: - Usual camping gear and FOOD. If you are new to this, do not worry, a camping checklist will be sent to everyone who is SIGNED UP, closer to the date). - Locally sourced (preferable) firewood for communal fire. - Usual hiking gear/ layers/ poles/ sunscreen etc. - Adventurous attitude and hopefully a few camp fire songs or jokes... Camping Fees PER SITE: $20.00 per night, 2 cars max, 8 people max. Note: You pay all campground fees at the campground. !!!! Federal permits (Golden Age / Eagle / Access) ARE accepted at Echo Bay as it is NPS, however, we will need to pay $10 / vehicle to get into the Park as it is a Nevada State Park!!!! :-( Schedule/ Hikes: Thursday Mar 21 - Chris will be scouting out trails. Any campers are free to tag along or hike these trails on their own. Friday Mar 22 – Lots of choices in the Park area: Elephant Rock, Natural Arches, Rainbow, Mouses, Balancing Rock, Fire Wave, White Domes. We don’t have to finish them all, they are 6.5 miles total! Saturday Mar 23 - Group hike, from one of the following: Difficult – 4.6 mile Prospect Trail (5.5% grade some rock scrambling) Moderate – 4.5 mile Pinnacles Loop (4.8% grade) Moderate – 6.8 mile Old Arrowhead (4.7% grade) Easy – 4.7 mile Charlies Spring (1.9% grade) Sunday Mar 24 – Pack up early, try to leave before Vegas traffic starts or chill and face the inevitable. Temperatures: Day = low 70s / Nights = Mid 50's Directions to Echo Bay Upper Campground, Overton NV: (Google: Echo Bay Upper Campground, Valley of Fire/ use Wayes near Vegas/ Henderson portion due to traffic). It is a 5 1/4 hr (320 miles) from SCV through Victorville, Barstow, Baker and Henderson. (15 N toward Vegas. take I-215 East to Henderson, then 49 miles (10 miles on NV-564 and then turn left for 35 miles on Northshore Road/ #167. Turn right on Echo Bay Road and go 4 miles to campground). Look for CHC banner near campsites 34, 36, 37, 38 upon arrival. Organizers: Chris Stratford [masked], and Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel [masked] of the Community Hiking Club RSVP HERE on Meet Up, so we have an idea of interest / numbers. If coming on Thursday or earlier, let Chris know your plans. ** If your plans change, please update your RSVP!
Saturday March 30, 2019 NEW - Big Sycamore Canyon Loop - 5 Trails (Scenic, Ray Miller, Overlook, Wood Canyon Vista/ Backbone and Big Sycamore trails) stitched together in one 9 mile hike NOTE: Read Carpool and hike times below carefully Carpool: Meet in SCV at 6:45AM, details below. Start Hike: Meet at Trailhead at 8:10AM, details below. Distance: ~ 9 mile loop Gain: ~ 1100' Rated: Moderate + (this is not a beginners hike). Time: ~ 4.5 hours hike / snack time Hike should end by ~ 1:00PM, back in SCV ~ 2:30PM, Description: This hike has a lot of variety in terrain and views (see album). We warm up on the Scenic trail before reachinbg the ridge to take in some Pacific Ocean breezes and views . Then we head cross country on several trails with views of the Boney Mountain range and Wood canyon before descending into Sycamore canyon and returning along a service road to Big Sycamore canyon campground and the trailhead. Meet in Santa Clarita to Carpool: Meet us at the WALMART parking lot (NOTE: this is not Towsley Canyon!!!!). Address is 27931 Kelly Johnson Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91355. The store is on the corner of the intersection of Copper Hill and Newhall Ranch Road. Meet there at 6:45M in the Southwest corner of the parking lot. After we organize the carpools, we leave at 7:00AM SHARP and caravan to the Sycamore canyon campground area. Directions to the trailhead meeting spot (~1 hour drive) are below, if you prefer to go directly. Please be respectful of your driver's support by contributing something at the end of your 116 mile RT carpool (to help defray the cost of gas - THX). Meet your leader at the Trailhead: Meet near the bathrooms at the Sycamore Canyon Campground Day-Use parking lot at ~8:10AM, to leave at 8:15M SHARP or when SCV carpoolers arrive. PARKING: NOTE, the day use lot gate opens at 8:00AM and there is a $12/ car fee for the day, so carpooling makes sense. If you drive alone or want to save on parking, you may find parking, along the PCH (behind the line), about a 1/4 mile North of the Campground area, just south of the big sand dune. Just watch the No Parking signs/ times/ arrows and the cyclists. Directions from Santa Clarita to the Sycamore canyon parking lot: Take Newhall Ranch road for 2 miles West from the Walmart meeting place over the 5 Freeway, where it becomes CA-126, heading West toward Ventura. Follow CA-126 W, 34.4 miles until Exit 5 from CA-126 W to merge on to CA-118 East, toward Saticoy. Continue until the road T's . Turn right on to Santa Clara Ave, which becomes Rice Ave and eventually merges into Route 1 (PCH), turning South. Stay on PCH, passing Point Mugu Naval base on the right. Drive along PCH, beside the ocean. After passing the big Point Mugu Rock, Sycamore Canyon campground/ day use entrance is 3.2 miles further, on the left. Be alert 1/4 mile sooner, and see note above, if planning to park on PCH and avoid the parking fee at Sycamore Canyon parking lot. Bring: Hiking boots with good tread, Poles if you have them, lunch/ snacks, at least 3 liters of water plus some electrolytes. SUN SCREEN/ lip balm. Recommend long sleeves/ long pants but I do not expect poison oak. There are bathrooms at the campground / trailhead. Adventure Pass: Not required. Dogs: Sorry, dogs are not allowed on this trail (I don't make up the rules). Leader: Steve I.