IT'S ANSEL ADAMS'S BIRTHDAY.
Do we need another reason to head out to the hills?
How about hitting the second Lone Tree in as many weeks? And the mid-70s forecast, finally, perfect for this mostly-exposed route?
Hand-crafted by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps in 1989, this Verdugos' hike has variety, views, joie de vivre, et al.
We’ll start on a pretty single track trail that snakes into a canyon inhabited by a full-size, remarkably-intact pickup truck. Then we climb steeply up the north side of the park, with switchbacks and views of our other haunts in the Angeles National Forest and Deukmejian. At the top we join the familiar Verdugo Motorway to an experimental forest planted in 1927 after a major fire, stopping for a break under the lone tree above (which was no doubt given some experimental drugs at some point).
After the break, we’ll head up to Verdugo Peak (3,126 ft), then down via Hostetter Fire Road, past a bunch of beehives, to the parking area. Hostetter is also popular with mountain bikers, but it’s wide enough for two leggers and two wheelers to share comfortably.
The trailhead is a mile or so west of where we’ll park, so we’ll carpool from the parking area. Here's a map (http://files.meetup.com/1578994/laTuna.pdf) of the park.
Gain: ~ 1,700+ ft.
Distance: ~8 miles
Time: ~3-1/2 - 4 hours
Type: Loop, combination single track trail and fire road
Dogs: Permitted on leash.
Restrooms: Not available at trailhead. Nearest public restrooms are at Crescenta Valley Park. (http://goo.gl/maps/cayuj) From the 210, exit Pennsylvania and go south to Honolulu Ave. and turn right (west); pass New York and the entrance to the park will be shortly after Dunsmore on your left.
Water: Not available; bring 2-3 liters.
Parking: On the south side of LaTuna Canyon Road, near the intersection of West La Tuna Canyon Road. We’ll park and meet here, then ask three-to-four drivers to carpool with hikers to the trailhead, about a mile west of the parking area (it’s not a long walk, but not a particularly safe or savory one -- no sidewalks, and no dearth of trash by the side of the road). Posted signs suggest that you don’t leave valuables in your car.
Bring: Water, sunscreen, hat, snacks to share. Heavy,large-format B/W camera and tripod optional.
For GPS purposes, Southland Nursery is at 7415 La Tuna Canyon Rd, Sun Valley. The Nursery is across the street from the parking area.
From the 210 Freeway, exit La Tuna Canyon Road and turn South. Shortly after the exit you’ll see the parking area. We’ll meet there and divide up for carpooling to the trailhead.
Here’s a map. (http://goo.gl/maps/2JuXt)
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