August 1, 2015 - NEW HIKE with great VIEWS - Five Deer trail from Artesian Springs Camp to Martindale Ridge Road
Distance: 10 Miles RT (out and back)
Gain: 1000' Approx.
Hiking Time: 5 hours
Rating: Moderate ++ (for distance)
This is a beautiful hike that I just tested for you. We are starting at 3800' (2600' higher than Santa Clarita Valley) with a view of Bouquet Reservoir. We hope to escape the heat and catch some breezes / views as we hike the Angeles National Forest.
After a short 30 minute drive from Santa Clarita, up Bouquet Canyon, we go off-road and drive 2 miles on a forest road to the start of our hike, at Artesian Springs camp.
Old Artesian Spring at the Campground
Hiking along a lightly used single track mountainbike trail, we pass through old growth chaparral and periodically dip into shady canyon doglegs. Along the way, we enjoy wildflowers, views across the reservoir to Grass Mountain, the Sierra Pelona below, and later Mt. McDill. We may even to able to see all the way to Palmdale if it is a clear day.
After passing an interesting rock outcropping, we arrive at our turnaround point on a ridge line with panoramic views of the Sierra Pelona area and Agua Dulce in the distance. Here we will break for a snack/ lunch under a huge shady oak.
Meet your Leader and the Carpool: In the Santa Clarita Best Buy parking lot (26531 Bouquet Canyon Road ) at 7:00AM for a 7:15AM SHARP departure.
Directions from 5 Freeway to the Carpool meeting spot:
From the I-5 freeway heading North toward Castaic, exit at Newhall Ranch Road (Route 126), head East up an off ramp along Newhall Ranch toward Valencia for 4.4 miles to the intersection with Bouquet Canyon. Turn left at the light and left again at the next light into the Best Buy parking lot (26531 Bouquet Canyon Road). Meet the group in front of the Best Buy store entrance.
Carpooling from Bouquet canyon Best Buy to trailhead:
NOTE: We will drive 20 miles up Bouquet Canyon to the Forest road 6N08 gate. Then we will be driving 2 miles East from Bouquet Canyon, along 6N08 . It is a rough road, so to be sure, we will need high clearance vehicles (i.e. SUV/ pick ups) , but not necessarily 4WD . I had no problem at all with my Subaru Outback. We need enough of this vehicle type for the carpool, otherwise everyone is going to have to get very "friendly" or left behind. So, if you can help contribute to this special carpool, please let me know ahead of time, so I can ensure we have enough space,
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.
Dogs: OK, must be on a leash and if well behaved around other dogs and people with hiking poles. If you bring a dog, please plan to drive yourself in your SUV to the trailhead.
Adventure Pass: Yes (just in case) 1/car. These can be obtained at Sports Chalet in Stevenson Ranch or any BIG 5 Sporting Goods store; $5 for a day pass, $30 for a year pass.
BRING: Hiking Poles, lunch/snacks, at least 2 -3L of water and some electrolytes, camera, hat and sunscreen. Wear hiking shoes/boots with good tread - No flip-flops!
Leader: Steve i.