Saturday, June 20 - Buckhorn Camp Ground to Cloudburst Summit
Distance: ~8 Miles Roundtrip
Loss/ Gain: -1300' loss / +800' gain
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate ++ (for gain and distance)
This is an incredibly beautiful hike, and part of it will be on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
Meet your Leader: For those wishing to carpool we will meet at Towsley Canyon SCV (directions below) at 7:00AM for a 7:15 AM SHARP Departure .
Alternately you can meet at the trailhead at 08:30 AM for an 8:45AM departure up the trail.
Please be respectful of your driver's support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas - THX.
Directions to the Towsley Canyon, Santa Clarita, Carpool meeting spot: From Valencia, take the I-5 South to the Calgrove exit. Exit, turn right. Go through the signal and immediately turn right into the driveway for Towsley Canyon. Park OUTSIDE the gate. Look for the hiking club members and leader there.
Directions from Towsley to the Buckhorn Trailhead:
From Santa Clarita, take the 5 south to the 210 east (direction Pasadena). Exit the 2 (Angeles Crest Highway), and turn left over the 210 freeway. Take the Angeles Crest Highway to the turnoff to the campground, which will be about 34.3 miles. The road to the campground does not have a name. All you will see is a gate (that will be open) that has a sign on the right side of it that says, “No Parking Anytime.” (See photo of gate below.)
The photo above shows the gate that you will turn into. Make sure you watch for the mile marker signs (below). In between these signs, you will see this gate on your left, and a sign on the right indicating that this is the road to Buckhorn Campground. Go slowly or you will miss this and have to turn around. Once you are in the campground, follow signs to the Burkehart Trail/Day use parking. There is a small lot at the trail head. Park here. We will meet at the trail head. There is a bathroom at the trail head. Use it before we leave as there are no others on the trail. (Note, DO NOT TURN INTO THE DAY USE AREA which is before the campground turn off. You will be in the wrong spot).
Your total drive time will be about an hour and a half.
The road to the campground is located between mile marker 58.19 and 58.25, on the left side of the road. If you see mile marker 58.25, you have gone too far. The GPS coordinates for the turnoff are 34°20.601N and 117°55.273W.
Dogs: OK, on leash and if well behaved around people / other dogs. If you bring a dog, please drive yourself to the trailhead.
Adventure Pass: Required, and MUST be displayed to avoid a ticket. Day passes are available at any ranger station, and most sports stores (e.g. Sport Chalet in Stevenson Ranch, SCV) - $5 for a day pass, $30 for an annual pass. Tickets cost $5. if you don't have a pass.
BRING: Hiking Poles, lunch/snacks, boots with good tread, lots of water and electrolytes, camera, hat and sunscreen. A bug net and some bugspray may be useful also.