DESCRIPTION OF WALKABOUT: An easy two-mile stroll around the grounds of the Descanso Gardens with ~200’ of elevation gain/loss.
NOTE: The location of this outing has been changed from the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve to Descanso Gardens due to the damage to the poppy crop in the Poppy Reserve by the recent unseasonably scorching heat.
Descanso Gardens encompasses 150 acres including a Visitor center, a main lawn, a rose garden, a Japanese garden, a lilac garden, two oak forests, a new California Natives garden (8 acres of native plants), an oak woodland, a lake, a promenade, nature trails, a tea house, a picnic area, a bird observation area, the Boddy House, and the Sturt Haaga Gallery. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR CAMERA.
Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (open daily except for Christmas).
Admission is $9.00/person; seniors 65 and over (and students) $6.00; children (5 to 12 years) $4.00.
Parking is free.
Enchanted Railroad is $3.00/person (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday).
Descanso Café is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It offers fresh salads ($8.50), sandwiches ($8.50), homemade desserts, ice cream, beer, and wine.
NOTE: The amount of time you want to spend at the gardens will be up to the members of your party (that is, the individuals in the vehicle you arrive/leave in). There will be no set time limit other than the gardens’ closing time of 5:00 p.m.
PREPAREDNESS: Bring 2-3 liters/quarts of water (or other suitable liquid) and lunch/snack. Wear appropriate footwear (preferably hiking boots) and be prepared for bright sunlight (sunglasses), heat (layers of clothing), and/or precipitation (rain gear). Hiking pole(s) and a camera might come in handy.
NOTE: At the beginning of each outing you will be required to read and sign a liability release form (a sign-in sheet).
DIRECTIONS TO THE CARPOOL LOCATION IN SIMI VALLEY:
Take Hwy 118 to the Stearns Street exit in Simi Valley.
If you’re approaching FROM THE WEST, turn left onto Stearns Street [there’s a divider in the street], drive north under Hwy 118, make a U-turn at the first opportunity, drive south under Hwy 118 and turn right into the Park-and-ride lot.
If you’re approaching FROM THE EAST, turn left onto Stearns Street [there’s a divider in the street], drive south under Hwy 118 and turn right into the Park-and-ride lot.
Park and wait for the hiking leader(s) who will distribute specific driving directions to the trailhead.
DIRECTIONS TO THE ENTRANCE TO DESCANSO GARDENS (for anyone who intends to meet us at the Gardens parking lot) – NOTE: You should be in the parking lot (see below) by 9:00 a.m.
If you’re approaching FROM THE WEST, take Hwy 210 east and exit at Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2). NOTE: Be sure not to take Exit #19 for Hwy 2 (the Glendale Freeway) heading south toward Los Angeles.
Turn RIGHT (south) onto Angeles Crest Highway
Drive 0.1 mile south on Angeles Crest Highway to Foothill Blvd
Turn RIGHT (northwest) onto Foothill Blvd and drive 0.3 mile to Verdugo Blvd
Turn LEFT (west) onto Verdugo Blvd and drive 0.4 mile to Descanso Drive
Turn LEFT (south) onto Descanso Drive and drive 0.2 mile to the entrance to Descanso Gardens [the entrance will be on your right]
Drive into the parking lot, park, and wait for the hiking leader(s) OR if the leader(s) haven’t arrived by 9:00 a.m., go ahead, pay the entrance fee, and enter the gardens.
The organizer(s) or leader(s) take no responsibility and will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during any Rancho Simi Trail Blazers Club (RSTB) hike/outing. These events can be inherently dangerous and accidents will happen.
By participating voluntarily you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being and acknowledge, appreciate, and in consideration for being allowed to participate in any way you further agree:
1. The risk of injury from the many of the activities is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular skills, rules, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist; and
2. TO KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others and assume full responsibility for your participation; and
3. To willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation. If, however, you observe any unusual significant hazard during your presence or participation, you will remove yourself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official immediately; and
4. You, for yourself and on behalf of your heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS Rancho Simi Trail Blazers, its organizers, officers, officials, agents, and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and, if applicable, owners and leasers of premises used to conduct the event ("RELEASEES”), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PERSON OR PROPERTY, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE, to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Activity participant agrees that this release will apply to all known and unknown as well as unanticipated claims, injures and damages resulting from group activities, as well as those now disclosed and all rights under section 1542 of the Civil Code of California and hereby are expressly waived. Section 1542 of the Civil Code of California reads as follows:
“A general release does not extend to claims which the (participant) does not know or suspect to exist in his (or her) favor, at the time of execution of the release, which if known by him (or her) must have materially affected his (or her) (participation and agreeing to) the release.”
By participating in any group event or activity, you hereby, for yourself, your heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, your executors and administrators, waive any and all rights and claims for damages you may have against any and all entities and individuals associated with the group, their representatives, successors and assigns and will hold them harmless and free of all liability or claim of negligence related to any and all injuries, disability, illness, death, loss or damage to person or property, suffered in connection with any and all activities organized by the group.