September 5, 2015 - Stay Local over Labor Day W'end - Weldon to East Canyon/ Mission Peak
Rated: Moderate/ Moderate +, depending on whether you choose the shorter or longer one. This is not a Beginner's hike!
Shorter Hike route - Approx. 6 miles with ~1500' gain :
Up Weldon Canyon, Down East Canyon.
Longer Hike route - Approx. 9 miles with ~1600' + gain:
Up Weldon Canyon, across to Mission Peak and back; then finish going down East Canyon.
We give you CHOICES!! This is a 6 mile or a 9 mile hike, depending upon the option you select - either one gets you ~ 1500’ gain! Most of that gain is in the first hour of the hike up Weldon Cyn and we will take that part a little easier.
Looking Northwest from East Canyon
This hike, although it is in SCV, will whisk you away to rolling hills, views and quiet oak woodlands of the 480-acre Michael D. Antonovich Open Space. The area straddles the ridgeline of the Santa Susana Mountains and features mixed woodlands of big cone Douglas-fir, big leaf maple, coast live oak, California black walnut, native ash, and valley oak. Chances are high we will meet no one else for most of the hike (try doing that on Towsley!!).
We start by going steeply UP UP UP Weldon Canyon, then West along a beautiful oak tree lined service road to reach the top of East Canyon. Here we will say "Adios" to any of our hikers who only want the shorter 6 mile hike, as they go directly down East Cyn, enjoying American walnut trees, views of the entire SCV and Rice Canyon below.
The rest of us will continue up East Canyon to where it meets the top of O'Melveny Canyon. We hike across the top, along grasslands and an oak lined lane, over to Mission Peak, which should be windy. We will have a lunch/ snack stop here before returning to the top of East Canyon. Then it's a nice downhill hike back to our vehicles via East Canyon.
At Mission Peak, looking North East
Meet your leader: At the base of East Canyon at 7:30AM for a 7:45AM SHARP departure in the carpool. Park on the Old Road, see detailed directions below.
(VERY Short) Carpool: Meet at East Canyon first. We will leave most of the cars at East Canyon (where we will end the hike), and carpool the entire group in a few cars a very short distance over to the Weldon Canyon Trail head (22945 Coltrane Avenue, Newhall), and start the hike there (it is just up the Old Road). If you plan to do the shorter 6 mile hike, park your car at East Canyon and carpool to Weldon with us.
Note: At the end of the longer hike, a few of us will ferry the Carpoolers who kindly drove you the short distance to Weldon Canyon back to their cars. (THANK YOU in advance for your assistance).
Directions to East Canyon meeting spot:
Exit the I-5 freeway at Calgrove. Turn West. Follow Calgrove around a curve and through one signal. You will now be on The Old Road. Pass Towsley Cyn on the right; then the Post Office; then the Church of the Nazarene. Immediately after passing the Church, look for cars and park along the side of the Old Road, behind the white line. This is where we will meet.
Bring: Lots of water, snack/lunch, hiking poles if you have them, and a camera if you have one. Good shoes with tread are a must going up Weldon. If the day is cool, bring an extra layer to avoid a chill up on windy Mission Peak.
Adventure Pass: Not required
Dogs: Ok, if on a leash and well-behaved with other dogs / people.
Leader: Steve I.