I'm recycling this PM Hike because there were only 3 of us the first time and it's too beautiful not to share with others and is an easy location for many of our members.
This is a beautiful hike (pics at the bottom) along a well-maintained trail that begins just across the street from the beginning tip of Lang Ranch Park. It begins with 5 short switchbacks in shaded oak as we begin to climb, then straightens out for about another mile with continuous elevation gain until we reach a junction. We'll continue straight a wee bit to a peak with wonderful 360 degree views, then backtrack to the junction where we'll continue along a single track trail for another half mile to a clearing by an outcropping of sandstone rocks looking downward toward the Albertson Motorway fire road.
After stopping for photos and a brief rest we'll retrace our steps and head back down to where we started. It will be getting dark by the time we turn around (sunset is at 7:07 pm, but will remain light for about 30 more mins), so bring a flashlight for the return trip.
At this stop I will ask people if they'd like to share an experience, memory or story about the horrible event we all know that took place on this day in 2001.
Distance: 3.1 miles out and back
Elevation Gain: 856'
Difficulty: Intermediate due to the elevation gain.
Dogs: Rover-on-a-leash is most welcome, but pet gerbils, not so much.
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes; slip and fall on some slippery, loose rocks.
Our hike difficulty categories:
Beginner: No steep sections. Up to 4 miles in distance and no more than 750' elevation gain.
Intermediate: 4-10 miles, and/or up to 2000' elevation gain.
Advanced: More than 10 miles, and/or more than 2000' elevation gain.
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.
I took these pics on this hike:
That sandstone in the distance is our destination.