We'll meet at the Vincent Gap Parking Lot, at the base of Baden-Powell, then shuttle to the Islip Saddle where we'll begin our hike and hike one way back to the cars that were left at Vincent Gap. This will take some advance planning because we'll need space in some cars for the carpooling part.
This route will cover a lot of ground and offer some spectacular views. There will be very few steep uphills as the first 2/3 of the hike are up and downs a number of times so it's not a constant grinding uphill and it ends with a nice long 2800 ft downhill over 4 miles back to the cars.
We will hit 5 peaks along the way:
MEETUP LOCATION: Vincent Gap parking lot
MEETUP DIRECTIONS: 8.7 miles west of Wrightwood, CA.
MEETUP DATE AND TIME: Saturday, 18 June 2011 at 8.00 am
MEETUP PARKING FEE: An Adventure Pass is required to park at both the Vincent Gap and Islip Saddle parking lots. They can be obtained at most major sporting goods stores (Sports Authority, etc).
DISTANCE: 14.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 5,000 feet
TRAIL DESCRIPTION: This is part of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), so is a well maintained single track trail.
DURATION: Plan on 8-10 hours, car to car.
LEVEL: This is a strenuous hike, advanced intermediate hikers and above, please.
Rain cancels the hike. We will reschedule if practical.
The Fine Print/Please Read!
I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends. DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY: Outdoor sports and other events we plan are inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Thousand Oaks Hikers Group and it's organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any The TOaks Hikers Group events, you are releasing the TOaks Hikers Group and it's organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.
Responsibility: I am not responsible for you. You are responsible for you. You should be self-sufficient and be able to find your way to safety in the event you find yourself on your own. I will not lead you back to the trailhead if you decide to turn back.
Disclaimer: The organizer and assistant organizers take no responsibility and will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during this hiking event. Hiking can be inherently dangerous and accidents will happen. By participating in this hike posted on this meetup web page you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being.