*** NOTE: For safety reasons, Rain or snow cancels all hikes ***
Saturday, December 12 - Mount Wilson - DeVore Trail Camp Loop
Distance: ~ 11.5 miles total - "Upsidedown Loop" - down, around, and back up again at the end.
Gain: ~3,000 feet!
Rating: Experienced hikers only. This hike is not one for Beginners!
Timing: All day - We should be done by ~ 3:00 P.M. and back in SCV by ~4PM.
Description: This is a hike in a delightful part of the forest and we will be in the shade for most of the hike and crossing a few year round streams.
Our hike will start on the Kenyon DeVore Trail which is in good condition except for a few down trees across the trail. We proceed to West Fork Campground where we will cross the stream and follow the trail to DeVore. DeVore campsites are some of the most beautiful in the San Gabriels and a good place for us to snack/ rest.
From here we will climb 1100' to Newcome Pass. After taking another rest we will climb another 1700' on the Rim Trail back to Mt. Wilson. The Rim Trail is in good condition with a few narrow spots that are very manageable.
Leaders Notes: Trail could be buggy this time of year so bring a bug net. Poison Oak and Poodle dog bush will be out, therefore, we recommend wearing long pants.
Carpool from Santa Clarita Valley:
We will meet at the outside gate of Towsley Canyon (directions below) in the front parking lot at 06:45AM for a 07:00 AM SHARP departure. Arrangements will be made 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.
Directions to Towsley Cyn (Carpool meeting spot):
Take the I-5 freeway to the Calgrove exit. Exit. Turn towards the west. (Right if you are coming from Valencia, left if you are coming from the San Fernando Valley) Follow the road around, go through the signal, and turn immediately into the driveway for Towsley Cyn. Park in the outside lot and look for your leader in the lot.
Directions to Trail Head: take the 210 FRWY, EAST. Exit at the 2 Highway, also called the Angeles Crest Highway, and head to the mountains. Drive 14 miles (est.) and turn right on the Mt. Wilson Road.
Meet your leader: We will meet in the lower parking lot of the Cosmic Coffee Shop at 08:15AM. There are restrooms. After a short meet and greet we will start our hike at 08:30 SHARP.
Bring: A snack/lunch, water (3 liters is recommended), electrolytes if it is a hot day, sunscreen, hat, hiking poles if you have them. Head bugscreens as the trail is buggy. Wear layered clothing, in case it gets hot or cold and good boots with tread.
Adventure Pass: Yes, 1/ car for those who drive. 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.
Dogs: OK, on leash and if well behaved around people / other dogs. If you bring a dog, please drive yourself.