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Hike on the "Wild" side - Indian Canyon (North) on the famed Pacific Crest Trail

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Indian Canyon

Length: 10 miles RT (out and back) with about 2900’ gain.

Rating: Moderate ++/ Difficult (at the start mainly)

Description: This 10 mile hike, on a section of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) has a a good dose of gain, mainly at the front end.

You may have hiked Indian Canyon and the PCT with us before, when we usually go South. We decided to switch it up a notch and head North this time, but from the same excellent trailhead.

Richard will take you 5 miles, starting with a tough uphill climb out of Indian Canyon. We will take it easier at this stage so as not to lose half the group! Then we start passing impressive stone escarpments and a cave as we head North in the direction of the Vasquez Rocks area. At 5 miles we will take a break and snack before heading back the same way. It will be all downhill coming back!

At this time of year, we should see lots of wild flowers including yellow bush poppies that are common in this area. Bring your camera.

See the likeness (except maybe the nose)?

Bring: At least 2 - 3 liters of water, electrolytes (Gatorade), especially if it is hot, a lunch/ snacks, and a camera. As there is not much shade, you should definitely bring a hat and sunscreen. Poles, if you have them, will help you with the gain on this hike.

Adventure Pass: Yes, available at Sports Chalet, Big-5 or Ranger Station, $5 for a day pass or $30 for an annual pass.

Meet: Indian Canyon Trailhead

8729 Soledad Canyon Rd, Acton, CA 93510

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Meet your leader in the trailhead parking lot, where there is a good bathroom. Be at the trailhead at 8:00AM for an 8:15AM SHARP departure North, up the PCT.

See Directions below/ Photos above.

Directions from SCV or LA: Take the SR-14 North to the Soledad Canyon Road off ramp (after Sand Canyon). Exit and turn right on Soledad Canyon Road. Go 7.4 miles (North) until you reach Indian Canyon Road (be on the look out for the brown Forest sign on your right), it is a dirt driveway - see the photos above. If you pass a the KOA North campground on the left, you have gone a little too far. The parking lot is slightly up the hill overlooking Soledad and not visible from the road.

Dogs: OK, if well behaved around other dogs/ people and on a leash.

Leader: Richard