Past Meetup

Oak Flat Trail to Whitaker Peak to Old Hwy 99 HIKE (near Pyramid Lake)

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DESCRIPTION OF HIKE: Moderate-to-strenuous 10 miles with ~2,000’ of elevation gain. There will be a 1.3-mile car shuttle.

After driving to the parking area (2,831’) just outside the Verdugo Oaks boy-scout camp (adjacent to the Oak Flat Fire Station), we’ll head up the well-maintained Oak Flat trail as it rises 1.5 miles through an oak woodland and then chaparral to the Whitaker Ridge dirt road (3,820’). From there we’ll follow it to the dirt Whitaker Peak Road which we’ll follow to its end (4,119’), enjoying “ever-widening vistas of fault-tortured canyon country.” Then we’ll hike a short distance off-trail up to Whitaker Peak (4,148’). There will be views of Pyramid Lake and Lake Piru during the hike. We’ll return along Whitaker Peak Road to Old Hwy 99 [aka Golden State Hwy] (2,943’) and carpool 1.3 miles back to Camp Verdugo Oaks.

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.

DIRECTIONS TO THE BEGINNING POINT OF THE HIKE AT CAMP VERDUGO OAKS (for anyone who intends to meet us at the trailhead parking area) – NOTE: You should be in the parking lot (see below) by 9:00 a.m.

In Simi Valley, take Highway 118 east to I-405; head north on I-405 until it merges with I-5.

From the junction of I-5 and I-405 (heading north toward Santa Clarita Valley) drive 25 miles north on I-5 to the Templin Highway exit (#183) and take it.

Turn left (west) and drive a very short distance to Old Highway 99 (aka Golden State Highway).

Turn right (north) on Old Highway 99 and drive about 3 miles to an entrance road on the left (west) leading to the Oak Flat Fire Station, the Oak Flat Campground, and Camp Verdugo Oaks [a boy-scout camp].

Turn left (west) on the one-lane entrance road and drive past the Oak Flat Fire Station to the gate at Camp Verdugo Oaks [NOTE: Do NOT take the right turn at a fork in the road that leads to the Oak Flat Campground].

Park just outside the gate in the dirt parking area and wait for the hiking leader(s).

DISCLAIMER:

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.