Saturday, January 2, 2016 - Hummingbird Trail to a View of Fossil Ridge
Distance: ~7.5 miles (out and back style)
Gain: At least 1000' on the way out
Rating: Moderate +
Description: Hummingbird Trail is only 2.3 miles by itself, with an elevation gain of a little over 1,000ft. But once you get up to the Rocky Peak Fire Road, it varies between somewhat flat with undulating hills, and more hills.
This is a beautiful hike that we are doing this time of year as it can get very hot in Summer. There are lots of interesting rock formations (think 60's cowboy movies) along the way. Steve will point out the white Fossil formation ridge line in the distance at the lunch/ turnaround point! The views are fabulous in all directions and we will try to find / go in some interesting caves on the way back.
Carpooling from Santa Clarita Valley (Advisable, see "READ" below): If you wish to carpool, meet at Towsley Cyn outside the entrance gate at 8:00AM for an 8:15 AM SHARP departure to the trail head. 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 Carpooling spot:
Exit the I-5 freeway in Santa Clarita Valley at Calgrove Blvd. Turn West and follow Calgrove around a curve and through one light. You will now see the gate to Towsley Canyon on your right. Park and look for group of hikers/ leader.
!!!!!READ !!!! Directions to the trail head/ Meet the leader: Take the I-5 South to the 118 freeway towards Simi. After about 10 mins, exit at Kuehner Drive. The trail head is at the bottom of the freeway ramp to the right. The entire area around the trailhead has recently been fenced off and "No Parking" signs erected everywhere on the street. Access is reduced to a small Parks and Rec Trail entrance (and a breach in the fence)! We will need to park a few hundred yards away in the strip mall parking just South of the freeway. Therefore, exit the freeway and turn left under the ramp and immediately right into the strip mall on the right. Your leader will meet you there at approx. 8:45AM, we will then walk 200 yards to the trailhead for a 9:00AM SHARP departure up the trail.
Bring: Lots of water, a hat, sunscreen, a snack and hiking poles if you have them. Camera. Good shoes with tread are a must - no flip flops or tennis shoes please. Likely the day will be cool and windy, so bring an extra layer to avoid a chill at the top.
Adventure Pass: Not required
Dogs: OK, if on a leash and well-behaved with other dogs / people carrying poles.
Leader: Steve I.