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NEW: Sawmill Campground and the PCT
!!!!!!!! NOTE TIME CHANGE !!!!!!!! **** Rain falling at Trailhead cancels hike ***** Saturday Dec 15, 2018 – NEW Adventure: Sawmill Campground and the PCT from 7N23/ Sawmill Motorway pad (Lake Hughes area) NOTE: Read meeting spot/ transport details and times carefully as there is car consolidation/ shuttle involved. Carpool: Meet in Santa Clarita Valley at 7:45AM, details below. Meet at "Meeting Spot" near Trailhead at 9:00AM, details below. Distance: ~ 6.0 miles, Lollipop (with short shuttle to trailhead). Gain: 1200’ Rating: Moderate (you need to be in good physical condition for this hike). Time: ~ 3.0 hours hiking Description: If you enjoy an expansive uninterrupted view from one of the higher peaks in the area and meeting no one else on a backcountry trail in the Angeles Forest, this hike is for you. There will also be 3 miles of off-road vehicle thrills each way, getting to/ from the trailhead. Meet your leader: Valley/ South SCV Folks: Meet at Towsley Canyon / Rivendale Park, The Old Road, Newhall, CA at 7:45 AM. Directions to Towsley Canyon Carpooling spot: Exit the I-5 freeway in Santa Clarita Valley at Calgrove Blvd. Turn West and follow Calgrove around a curve and through one light. You will now see the gate to Towsley Canyon on your right. Park and look for group of hikers/ leader. Directions to hike "Meeting Spot" (Bushnell Summit Parking Lot, on Pine Canyon Road, link below): At 8:00AM SHARP we will leave Towsley Canyon to drive North on the 5, caravan style, taking 126/ Newhall Ranch Road East, then Copper Hill to San Francisquito Cyn Rd North, through Green Valley and Lake Elizabeth to Lake Hughes. Head through Lake Hughes and after seeing the junction with Lake Hughes Road come in on your left, continue straight on Pine Canyon Road for 5 miles. The Bushnell Summit/ 7N23 dirt parking lot is on the left. (Google Maps link to the destination - "Hike Meeting Spot"). https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bushnell+Summit/@34.7057981,-118.537839,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c27233c4fa9c0f:0x5f65a453e179ec63!8m2!3d34.7035948!4d-118.52814 Acton/ Palmdale folks: Drive West to Lake Hughes, through town and after seeing the junction with Lake Hughes Road come in on your left, continue straight. Now on Pine Canyon Road, drive 5 miles to the "Hike Meeting spot" (link above), it will be a dirt parking lot on your left . "The Plan": We need as many folks as possible who have an AWD / SUV/ Pick up truck to drive to the "Meeting spot". If you do not have one, that is OK but we will be consolidating down into the high clearance vehicles and shuttle everyone 2.9 miles up forest road 7N23 to the trailhead . We may need to get cozy! We will leave from "the hike meeting spot" on Pine Canyon Road to drive up to the trailhead at 9:15AM. I have driven my Subaru up this road many times with no problems and have even seen an adventurous sedan owner or 2 up there. Dogs: OK, but must be on a leash and well behaved around other dogs and people with hiking poles. If you bring a dog, please drive an AWD vehicle to the trailhead. Adventure pass: Not required. BRING: Hiking Poles, snacks and at least 3L of water including some electrolytes, camera, hat and sunscreen. Hiking shoes/boots with good tread! Bring layers in case it is windy/ colder. Poles recommended. Leader's note: There are no restrooms at the trailhead and no facilities between the meeting spot and the trailhead, so plan accordingly. Leader: Steve I.

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