Tina going down the slides.
Me going down the slides. Somehow she looks more relaxed than I do!
I do mean you'll be sliding down this fun natural slide if you want to go in this far. This is a great hike for people who want to get a good workout, keep cool, and have some fun. If you want to stop at the Punchbowl (waterfall/pool) and relax while the rest of us go further to the slides--please feel free to do so.
We're getting an early start to beat the possible throngs of folks who love this place.
Description below courtesy of Brew, The Calabasas Day Hikers. It's a cut and paste Brew with some minor modifications.
MEETUP LOCATION: Dirt parking area just east of the bridge/near Thomas Aquinas College (Don't leave valuables in your car at this, or any other trailhead)
MEETUP DIRECTIONS FROM 101: There are several ways to get to the trailhead, but this seems like the least complicated: 101 North to exit 66A, CA 126 East/Santa Clarita. Follow CA 126 for 12 miles and use exit 12, CA 150 West/Santa Paula 10th Street. Follow CA 150 west for 5.7 miles and look for a dirt parking area on the left, just before the bridge. If you pass Thomas Aquinas College, turn around, cross the bridge, and look for us on your right. (Restrooms and fresh water are available about one mile before the parking area at Steckel County Park, also on the right.)
MEETUP PARKING FEE: Free, no Adventure Pass required at this time
DISTANCE: 10 miles out and back
GAIN: About 1,500 feet
TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Starts and ends on a paved road, then a single track, a trek through the creek, and finally some rock scrambling and rough terrain if we decide to go past "Barrier Rock" to the slide. Dogs are welcome, but they may get tired on one.
LEVEL: Intermediate due to the rock scrambling and water crossings
SPECIAL NOTES: Waterproof bags for cameras, cell phone, wallet, lunch, etc. Bring towel and a change of clothes for the drive home and optional post hike feeding. UPDATE: Wear shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting wet--it is a certainty that we will NOT stay dry on this hike! Bring a dry pair of socks and shoes for after the hike if you want to stop and grab a bit. Bring a sunscreen and hat because we'll be exposed to the sun on a great deal of the hike.
Description: Santa Paula Canyon is one of the best hikes in Ventura County. The trail takes you through picturesque St. Thomas Aquinas College. The road eventually splits off to the right from the college and continues through a ranch and oil well site. Approximately 1.3 miles from the highway and after the oil wells, the route enters dense sycamore and alder stands along the creek bottom. During the winter floods of 2005, much of the trail and road was eliminated due to high waters. The main attractions are a narrow gorge and beautiful waterfalls that cascade into deep pools of water. Be very careful when hiking this trail due to the many steep drop-offs and high cliffs. After 3.4 miles, the trail passes Big Cone Camp that has campsites set in a shady grove of big cone Douglas-fir with year-round water close by.
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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 judgement 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.