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I found a new passive recreation park for the group to use for a party or picnic site. This is the newest LA City park and it is right in Northridge. Let's celebrate the new year with a picnic before we go and do a hike or something else. This will be a perfect opportunity to meet others in the group and see people in the day light, not in the dark. Bring some food to share. Bring your kids to play on the new playground, the new to hiking members will enjoy this easy walk around this small park. Park in the small lot for 15 vehicles, on Devonshire, or across Devonshire near the Outback. The parking lot & park are right next to the Oakridge Estate which is right next to Rydell Chevrolet. My cell is[masked] Read the description below. The Friends of Oakridge is excited to announce that the City of Los Angeles has begun construction on The Oakridge Estate Park. This hidden sanctuary, just a stone’s throw away from one of the busiest intersections in Northridge, will have an entrance on Devonshire Street and occupy the 8.5 acres between the former Stanwyck/Oakie residence and the Wilbur Creek. The unique park, with logs and rocks for imaginative play, will include an adventure area with horses for climbing and a bouncy tractor. A meandering, looped walking path, picnic areas and a gathering/classroom space are planned. The site has a vast number of mature trees, with more to be added, providing shady recreational activities near a large open meadow. The site will be managed and maintained by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The Oakridge Estate Park adjoins the decades-long home of famous comedic actor Jack Oakie and his wife, Victoria. Designed in 1937 for Barbara Stanwyck by renowned architect Paul R. Williams, the English Tudor style residence with tennis court and pool occupy the remaining 1.5 acres of the 10 acre space. The entire parcel was originally part of the 120 acre Marwyck Ranch developed by Barbara and Marion and Zeppo Marx in 1936. It became the finest Thoroughbred horse breeding and training operation west of the Mississippi. The Stanwyck/Oakie home and grounds, designated a City Historic-Cultural Monument in 1990, are to be rehabilitated and adapted for public use. It has been a long journey from plan to park. The Oakridge Park Advisory Board (PAB) was formed in 2010 to seek input from community stakeholders on the usage of the entire 10 acres. Councilmember Mitchell Englander of Council District 12 submitted an application for $1.3 million in Prop K funds in 2013. Prop K, known as The LA for Kids Program, earmarks funds for youth recreation and park facilities. A Local Volunteer Neighborhood Oversight Committee (LVNOC) was formed and held public meetings to collect additional community ideas for the usage of the park land. The City Bureau of Engineering (BOE) was tasked with the park design and development. The designs are now finalized and contractor selected. The long-awaited Oakridge Estate Park is now a reality. In 2011, Friends of Oakridge a 501 (c) 3 non-profit was formed to rehabilitate and preserve this unique cultural landmark. Friends encourage you to frequently visit our website for updates on park construction and news of upcoming events at Oakridge. While viewing the website, please sign up for our newsletter which automatically places you onto our email list. Please help us spread this exciting Oakridge Estate Park news! For additional Oakridge information, please visit www.theoakridgeestate.org
Top of Stunt Road - Saddle Peak trail head
ONLY 17 ppl signed up???? Come on, peeps! I visit once a year and this is all I get???? This will be a (partial) repeat of our 3rd anniversary hike that we did in 2015 (pictured above). Also, this is a collaborative hike with the "Conscious Hikers and Thinkers" group, led by my buddy Dave Lake, one of the earliest members of the PM Hikers. If you prefer a more challenging hike than the one described here, I encourage you to join Dave's version and we'll ALL meet at the top. His hike will bring you up from the BOTTOM of the mountain along a very cool trail. Here's his hike: https://www.meetup.com/Conscious-Hikers-and-Thinkers/events/257880219 Also, if you wish to see the pictures of the original 2015 hike, go here: https://www.meetup.com/The-PM-Hikers/events/223570970/ It's a partial repeat of that hike because this time there will be no bluetooth boombox with dancing, led by famed DJ, Dr. Detroit, but we WILL do the potluck part. Also, we'll do the 2 mini-hikes this time in the opposite order of 2015. That is, from the top of Stunt Road at Saddle Peak, we'll first do the short 2-mile out and back to some stunning sandstone rock formations, where you might see some rock climbers and will certainly hear the echoes of the dance party we had there in 2015. After hanging around a bit, we'll return to the start and begin the second 2-mile out & back which ends at the ruins of an old fire lookout structure with fantastic views of the SF Valley and beyond. While there, if you want to enjoy a bit of vino or other beverage, it's ok with me but it's NOT ok with me if you drink and drive. If you do, I'm likely to tattle on you to your mother and/or your kids. Total Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 900' (but it's spread out, so not hard) Facilities: No restrooms, no water, so bring your own. Sunset: 5:11 pm and it will be dark by 5:40, so BRING A FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP for the trek back to our vehicles. Dress for the weather, and it could easily be bone-chilling cold if you're a native Californian. (Not so much if you hail from the cold tundra of the Midwest like myself.) I repeat: If you intend to drink, DO NOT DRIVE!!!!! Make sure you carpool with a designated driver. Safety of everyone is an overriding concern. Known Dangers: We will be on part of the famous Backbone Trail, as well as another trail, and, while rattlesnakes are unlikely this time of year, I HAVE seen them in January. And slip-'n-fall is always a possibility. When we get back to our vehicles don't forget to take a look at the wondrous nighttime view of the Santa Monica beach area down below. This will truly be an event to tell your great-grandchildren about and perhaps even your attorney. CARPOOLING IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. USE THE COMMENTS SECTION TO CONNECT AND COORDINATE WITH OTHERS. Share phone/email in private messages, or the scumbag spammers will get them and harass you. Directions: From the 101 or PCH, take Las Virgenes (Malibu Canyon Road, depending on where you get on) to the stoplight at Mulholland Road. Go eastward from that stoplight a few miles until you get to Stunt Road. WATCH FOR IT on your right! Take Stunt Road up to the TOP, where it meets Shueren Road and where there is a small, very popular Lookout. Parking: Park at the top of Stunt Road, but DON'T trust your GPS. My written directions are always accurate. Parking is freee and you will be ok if you pull completely off of Stunt. If parking is already taken at the top, then just BELOW the top, there is LOTS of parking on the north side of Stunt, and from there it's a short walk to the top of Stunt. Disclaimer / Release of Liability: You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. Hiking is inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. This Meetup Group and its 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. You are responsible for you. If you choose to sign up for any events, you are releasing the Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. This applies to any guests you may invite.
This weekly evening hike will be different each week and will range from easy to moderate. We will begin at 6:30 pm, which should allow time for many members to end their workday and get to the hike without undue stress. Most hikes will likely take about 2 hours, but since each one will be different, some will take either more or less time. I will also vary the locations somewhat to allow for different people to attend. I will try and mention sunset times, but note that many, if not most of these hikes will include at least some hiking at night, so bring a flashlight or headlamp, in addition to water, hat, sunscreen (if needed), hiking poles, backpack, food, compass, tent, night vision goggles, wilderness survival kit, Swiss Army knife, 1000' of rope, repelling harness, grappling hook, bear and insect repellant, GPS, satellite phone, maps, water purification tablets, and Ouija board. Other than that, you won't need to bring much. I'll edit each individual week's description some days in advance so you'll know which state and county we'll be hiking in. I do believe most of the hikes will take place in the Continental U.S.A. If individual members would like to lead one of these weekly hikes, I can arrange that too. Just sent me a note, but I want them always to begin at 6:30 pm so as to avoid confusion. I myself will NOT be able to make it every week, so on those days I will simply cancel the event, unless one of you happens to be leading that week. Distance: TBD miles Elevation Gain: TBD' Difficulty: TBD Dogs: TBD Restrooms: TBD Water Fountain: TBD Parking: TBD Trail: TBD Sunset: TBD pm Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall Disclaimer / Release of Liability: You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. This Meetup Group and its 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. You are responsible for you. If you choose to sign up for any events, you are releasing the Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgement and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.
This one is designed as a one day trip or optional over night. There will be a few group meeting points throughout; but, small break-out groups pending interest, logistics, and preferences are encouraged. Detailed itineraries will follow closer to the date. Please refer to comments section for latest updates leading to the event.