Saturday, April 13
Vasquez Rocks and beyond
Explore the other Vasquez.. .hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to the animal corridor under the 14 Fwy and beyond for about a mile. Then return the way you came but then continue up a cliff to hike a less visited portion of Vasquez Rocks. We will have lunch at the old homestead ruins before we return to the parking lot. It is approximately 7 miles total with more up and down than you would expect.
Meet in the 1st parking lot by the main rock at 8:00 AM for an 8:15 departure at the trail head.
Bring: camera, snacks, lunch, lots of water. Dress in layers as the weather can be unpredictable, and change rapidly! Wear shoes with good tread as wet areas on rocks can be slippery. Hiking poles are helpful.
10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce
Directions: From Los Angeles, take the I-5 northbound to the Antelope Valley Freeway, the 14 east. You will drive about 25 minutes and will see the Vasquez Rocks off to the left-hand side of the freeway. Exit right at Agua Dulce Canyon Road and turn left, and you will drive under the freeway and across the Sierra Pacific Railroad and wind uphill until you reach Escondido Canyon Road. Make a right turn and you will see the park off to your right and will be right in front of it, as you enter from Escondido Canyon Road. There is no park fee!
Meet at 8:00 for an 8:15 departure from the trail head.
Rated: Easy +++ (a few moderate moments)