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FIRE ROADS ≠ THE MOST PLEASANT CHOICE FOR THESE TOASTY TIMES. But when the forecast for Sat. started creeping up into three digits in some areas, Plan A – a new trail -- was tabled until the temps dip down. This is still a fire road – allowing us to distance -- but it’s at a slightly higher elevation and does have a few shaded sections. So while we may not travel at quite the speed of light in the heat, from our destination we’ll have a front row view of Lookout Peak. That figured prominently in the experiment that confirmed that 186,000 mps figure, and paved the way for the Theory of Relativity. Caltech professor and Nobel winner A.A. Michelson projected a beam of light from a rotating mirror on Mt. Wilson (22 miles away) towards a parabolic mirror on the summit of Lookout and reflected the beam back to Wilson. Despite its location amidst a number of challenging peaks, Sunset doesn’t require the experience/stamina needed to reach them. But then, at slightly less than, 5,800 ft., Sunset Peak is also just about half as high as nearby Baldy. On this gradual route up, you can keep your eyes on the gorgeous panoramas around and above you. Arriving at the top, we’ll take in nearly-360-degree views of Baldy + Lookout Peak to the N, the three Ts and Bighorn Peak toward the E, and Rancho Cucamonga to the S. At the top we'll see the remains of a lookout tower (originally on Lookout Peak) that was consumed by fire years ago. Here's the AllTrails link: https://bit.ly/2C8pPdY Please note some of new normals: we’re starting earlier, splitting into two groups of 10, staggering our departures, and walking on opposite sides of the fire road. Buffs, bandanas or masks mandatory as we start. As long as you’re distancing, it’s fine to lower your mask to breathe, but be aware at all times of what makes your fellow hikers comfortable and re-mask whenever you meet others on the trail. STATS Level: Advanced Beginner-Moderate Gain: ~ 1,300 ft. Distance: ~7.8 miles Time: ~4 hours Type: Fire road, out and back, mostly exposed w/some shade Dogs: Permitted on leash Water: Not at TH Restrooms: Closest are at Padua Park, 4270 Padua Ave. in Claremont (open at 6 am). This will be on the R/W side of the st. before Mt Baldy Rd. Not available at TH or at the Baldy Visitor Center (which is closed). Parking: On either side of the street from the TH. There’s a large open space with a single tree in it on the L side of the road, and a series of large rocks on the R (see posted photos). No NFS Forest Pass required; this is an unsupported TH. Bring: Hat, bug headnet (may be gnatty), buff/bandana or mask, sunscreen, 2-3 liters of water, hand sanitizer, selfie snacks + maybe an umbrella for shade? DIRECTIONS From the 210E, take exit 52, Baseline Rd in Claremont. Turn L at the light onto Baseline, then R on to Padua for 1.7 miles. Turn R at the stop sign onto Mount Baldy Rd. Continue toward Baldy Village, turning L on Glendora Ridge Rd (before the Visitors Center). Proceed ~ 4.2 miles (passing the parking area at Cow Canyon Saddle to your R enroute) to turnouts on either sides of the road. From the 210W: In Upland, exit on N. Mountain Ave./Mt. Baldy Exit, Exit 54. At the end, turn R and drive N on Mountain, veering to the L as Mountain Lane continues straight. N. Mountain curves to a junction with Euclid. Turn L, continuing on N. Mountain as it becomes Shinn. At the junction with Mt. Baldy Road, turn R (North). Continue to Glendora Ridge Rd. and follow the directions above to the parking area at the TH. Here’s a map to TH: https://bit.ly/2BFNaUx Shawn’s mobile: 213/[masked] Jenny's mobile:[masked] No reception at TH, so call w/questions by Fri. *********************** The Organizer, Assistant Organizers and event hosts in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/ or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.