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January 23, 2016 - Weldon Canyon to Mission Peak and O’Melveny Park (this a shuttle hike, read carefully)
Distance: ~ 8 miles
Gain: 1700' gain, mainly at front end, coming up Weldon Canyon
Rating: Moderate+, due to the uphill portion from Weldon.
We have done parts of this hike before but this time we will take in a different leg - O'Melveny Park.
Dianne will lead you up Weldon Canyon (this is the toughest portion) to an observation platform at the top of the hill and then through extensive oak woodlands to East Canyon, turning West at the top of East and traversing to Mission Peak.
We will enjoy some amazing views of Santa Clarita and the San Fernando Valley at several points along the way, so bring your camera. We’ll even have a bird’s eye view in the back of Sunshine Land Fill.
We will take a break for an early lunch at the Mission Peak Monument and widow's bench. Unlike how we have done this hike previously, we will not come back the same way. After our snack lunch, we travel downhill from Mission Peak, across beautiful grasslands, to O’Melveny Park below in Granada Hills.
We will end the hike in O'Melveny Park after passing through old citrus groves, eucalyptus and buckeye trees. We then shuttle back again to our starting point at Weldon Canyon - see carpool details below.
Directions to Weldon Canyon trailhead meeting place:
Exit the I-5 freeway at Calgrove Blvd (if you’re coming from Valencia, turn right onto the Old Road/ if you’re coming from the South, at the bottom of the ramp, turn left and continue through the light on the Old Road passing Towsley Cyn on your right. Continue past a post office under the highway overpass on this Old Road going uphill until you see a BRIDGE that goes over the I-5 freeway - Turn right on this bridge!
When you have crossed over the freeway, bear sharp right, and look for an MRCA trail head sign/ white gate, about 50’ on the left. If you reach the worm farm or the Oaktree gun club, you’ve gone too far. (The Weldon Canyon trail head is an SCE access dirt road with a barrier across it.)
You can park for free on the road but hide your valuables.
Shuttle prep: We will leave half of our cars at Weldon and we need the other half of our cars (that we will use to come back from the end of the hike) to caravan over the very short distance to O’Melveny. Their drivers will return to Weldon in a few cars by 8:00AM. The # of cars involved in this part depends on # hikers signed up. We would be extremely grateful if these helpful "Angels" can identify themselves in advance (use comments below) and meet at 7:30AM at the Weldon trailhead.
The hiking group will meet their hike leader at the Weldon Canyon Trail head at 8:00AM for an 8:15AM departure up the Weldon Canyon trail.
Lots of water, a hat, sunscreen, a snack and hiking poles if you have them. Good shoes with tread are a must - no flip flops or tennis shoes please. The day will likely be cool and probably windy up at Mission Peak so we recommend you bring an extra layer to avoid a chill.
Adventure Pass: Not required
Dogs: OK, if on a leash and well-behaved with other dogs / people carrying poles.