Join us for our first official summer hike--and it's a fantastic one--one of my all-time faves!
This will be a strenuous hike of up to 15 or 16 miles with a lot of elevation gain.(I have to look it up.)
We'll start the hike from Red Box Trailhead and hike for about 4.5 miles to the Kenyon Devore trail. This trail of about 3.5 miles snakes its way up the mountain until we reach the summit. The trip back to Red Box trailhead takes us past an old tunnel and around Mt. Disappointment.
Those hearty souls who would like to add another 1 mile RT can ascend to the top of Mt. Disappointment and spend a few minutes admiring the spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. The rest of the way is an easy 2 miles back to the cars for a final total of about 15 to 16 miles.
This is a beautiful, mostly forested trail with oaks, Manzanita and chaparral along its lower portion, and Alder, California Laurel and Big Leaf Maple trees where the trail follows and crosses Strains Canyon. There is cool water in this little stream except during the driest months. Higher, the trail switches back and forth through one of the finest stands of Big Cone Spruce in the Forest. Near the top, some Ponderosa, Jeffrey and Sugar Pines may be seen with oaks predominating along the final stretch. From this upper portion, just below the summit (5710’ elev.), is a fine view of the Mt. Wilson Observatory and the higher peaks of the San Gabriel range, including the highest, Mt. San Antonio (Mt. Baldy), at 10,064 ft. elevation.
Driving Directions to Red Box Trailhead. From the 210 Freeway, exit at Angeles Crest Hwy (SR 2) and go north. At 9.5 miles, you will come to the Clear Creek Information Station and the junction with Angeles Forest Highway.
Continue straight on SR 2 about 4.5 miles where Mount Wilson Road intersects the highway. Turn right onto Mount Wilson Road and then right into the paved parking area.
The Essentials: Lots of water (At Least 3 Liters) Lots of food for fuel. Dress in layers.
Adventure Passes Are Required To Park:Adventure Passes can be purchased at major sporting goods stores in your area. Sports Chalet in Woodland Hills sells them.
CARPOOLING INFO:Post a note in the comments section to let people know you want to carpool.
Carpool if possible.
For those who want to park their cars off of the 210 FWY and carpool with someone up the mountain to Red Box Trailhead.
MEETING TIME: 7:45 am.(I'll be there to lead the car caravan up the hill for those who need it.) MEETING LOCATION: Angeles Crest Highway (2) approx. ½-mile north of the 210 freeway. We will caravan/carpool from here to the Red Box Trailhead. You are welcome to drive your own car or share a ride.
DIRECTIONS to caravan spot: From the San Fernando Valley, Take the 210 Freeway east to Angeles Crest Highway (2) in La Canada/Flintridge. Turn left onto Angeles Crest Highway (2); go about ½-mile and park on the right side of the street (parking is free). Meet there and caravan to the Red Box Trailhead.
PARKING: Street parking is free near the 210 North freeway. A Forest Pass is needed to park up on the mountain. Those without Forest Passes should park by the freeway and carpool with others to the trailhead, space permitting.
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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.