DESCRIPTION OF HIKE: Moderately strenuous 7 miles RT with 1,800’ of elevation gain/loss.
We will approach the San Gabriel Peak area by vehicle from the northwest via Angeles Crest Highway and Mt. Wilson Road. The hike will begin from the dirt parking area (5,119’) at Eaton Saddle on Mount Wilson Road (about 2.3 miles from Red Box). Our hike will begin on the Mount Lowe [Fire] Road. First we’ll hike up to San Gabriel Peak (6,161’) offering views of Mt. Baldy, Mt. Wilson, Strawberry Peak, and others. Next we’ll visit nearby Mount Disappointment (5,960’) which was the site of one of the 17 Nike Missile Defense System locations in the Los Angeles area in the 1950’s. Then we’ll head over to Mount Markham (5,742’) and Mt. Lowe (5,603’) [Professor Lowe had originally planned to extend the Mt. Lowe Railway from nearby Echo Mountain all the way to the summit of this peak, but failed to do so] after which we’ll return to our vehicles at Eaton Saddle.
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. CLOTHING NOTE: Long-sleeve shirts and long pants are recommended since portions of the trail may be somewhat overgrown.
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 TRAILHEAD FROM SIMI VALLEY (for anyone who intends to meet us at the trailhead) – NOTE: You should be in the trailhead parking lot (see below) by 9:00 a.m.
Head east on Hwy 118 and drive 17.4 miles to the junction with Interstate 210.
Head east (toward Pasadena) on Interstate 210; drive 14.1 miles to Exit #20 for the Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2) heading north. NOTE: Be sure not to take Exit #19 for Hwy 2 (the Glendale Freeway) heading south toward Los Angeles.
Take Interstate 210 Exit #20 and head north (into the San Gabriel Mountains) on Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2).
Drive 13.9 miles on Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2) to the Red Box junction of Angeles Crest Highway and Mt. Wilson Road.
Drive 2.3 miles south on Mt. Wilson Road to the dirt parking area on the right (west) side of the road at Eaton Saddle. NOTE: There’s a trailhead for the Valley Forge Trail on the opposite (east) side of the road at Eaton Saddle.
Park and wait for the hiking leader(s).
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.”
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