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Sunday, March[masked] - Hike to Grizzly Flat and the Big Tujunga Creek area
Distance: 7.6 Miles round trip, an in and out hike.
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate (this is not one for Beginners, you need to be in good general condition to enjoy this hike). But if you are ready to try a moderate hike this trail would be a good to evaluate your hiking skills.
Our hike starts next to the Angeles Crest Highway at the Dark Canyon Trail that has been restored and is maintained by volunteers (thank you guys!!). About a 1/2 mile in, the trail crosses a dirt road and our trail continues on dirt road until Grizzly Flat.
We then hike the recently restored Grizzly Flat Trail to Stonyvale Picnic Area. Along the way we will enjoy views of Brown Mountain, Mt. Lowe, and Strawberry Peak. On our way down to Stonyvale we enjoy views of Mt. Lukens, Condor Pk, and Iron Mountain in the Big Tujunga area.
Grizzly Flat is a sloping bench on the mountain side of Big Tujunga, next to Vasquez Creek that is lined with trees. It is named after the famous bandit Tiburcio Vasquez, who once used this route to escape a posse. After a fire in 1959, the forest department planted trees at Grizzly Flat but the 2009 Station Fire burned a lot of this area. Surprisingly, the trees are starting to grow back
For inquiring minds, here is more about Tiburcio http://www.explorehistoricalif.com/bandito2.html
We will drop down into the Big Tujunga canyon where we will cross a creek 5 times, before taking a break at the Stonyvale Picnic Area. Here, there are restrooms and picnic tables and after resting, we will hike back to our cars.
The area has a lot of wildlife, many deer have been spotted, a bear, and a mountain lion on Mt. Lukens.
Meet your Leader to Carpool from Santa Clarita Valley: For those wishing to carpool , we will meet at Towsley Canyon SCV (address above, directions below) at 7:30AM for a 7:45 AM SHARP Departure . Arrangements for the carpool will be made here at that time.
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 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 Santa Clarita Valley to the Trailhead: Take 5 freeway South to 210 East. Exit Interstate 210 at Route 2 - Angeles Crest Highway (ACH) in La Canada-Flintridge. Drive 5.6 miles up the mountain and park on the left at mile marker 30.2, (mile markers are white posts along the side of ACH). It is on a wide bend and the trail starts on the south end of the parking area. There is only room for 6 cars at the trailhead; 100' past the trailhead is a large parking lot on the right. Sorry, there are no restrooms at the parking location, your last chance is after you exit Highway 210.
We will be heading up the trail at 8:30AM SHARP.
Dogs: OK, on leash and if well behaved around people / other dogs. If you bring a dog, please drive yourself.
Adventure Pass: Yes , 1/car. Available at Acton Ranger Station, Little Tujunga station, REI - Northridge, Sport Chalet - Stevenson Ranch ($5 a day/ $30 a year) or any other Ranger Station.
BRING: Hiking Poles to assist with creek crossings. However, there is a good chance you will get wet crossing Big Tujunga Creek. Lunch/snacks, boots with good tread, lots of water (2 - 3L) and electrolytes, camera, hat and sunscreen.
Note: This is a beautiful hike, but because of the water, it may be buggy. As the condition of the poison oak in areas with water is hard to predict and because of the flies, we recommend long pants and sleeves. Bring a bug screen and insect repellent, just in case. We will have some extra bug screens at the trailhead if you need one ($5).
Sweep: Steve i.