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Michael's MOE Junction via East Canyon in Santa Clarita

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Michael's MOE Junction via East Canyon in Santa Clarita

[Description ]

This is an fast paced intermediate level conditioning hike to MOE Junction (Formerly 'Jones Junction' AKA 'Water Tanks') from East Canyon in the Santa Clarita Valley

This hike will be about 3 hours long depending on the group.

In this area in the past, I have seen a bear, deer, bobcat, owls, rabbits, birds, western toads, grass spiders, hawks, coyotes, a California black headed snake, grey fox, and tarantula.

[ Just The Facts ]

The round trip distance to MOE Junction is 6.13 miles from the church parking lot and the gain is about 1324'.

[ Route Description ]

The route is double track class 1.

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[ Pace and Ability ]

This is a moderate paced hike for the intermediate hiker.

[ Responsibility ]

I am an organizer, not a leader. I am not liable for you and any way, shape, or form. Think of us as just a bunch of friends going hiking.

I reserve the right to exclude you from the hike, but would typically only do so if I was concerned about safety.

You must be self sufficient! If you find yourself alone in the middle of the wilderness, you must possess the skill set and common sense necessary to get yourself out of the bind.

I will not be acting as a sweep. There will be no sweep on this hike.

[ Directions to the Parking Area ]

From the Golden State (I-5) freeway in Santa Clarita, exit Calgrove Blvd. Turn west as Calgrove becomes the Old Road and head south about 3/4 of a mile. The Newhall Church of the Nazarine will be on the right side of the road. If you have gone back under the freeway, you have gone too far.

[ Parking ]

We will park at Newhall Church of the Nazarine, 23857 The Old Rd, Newhall, CA. Meet at the South East corner of the parking lot.

DO NOT leave any valuables in your car in plain sight, better yet, just leave your valuables at home. Either you or a thief can remove your valuables from your car. I suggest you do it first.

[ Permits & Fees ]

No permits or fees of any kind are required.

[ What to Bring ]

1 liter of water, trekking poles, a headlamp just in case, 10 essentials, and a good sense of humor and a great attitude.

[ Dogs ]

Well behaved dogs are OK only if it is under 80 degrees at the start of the hike, but be sure they are protected against ticks. Be sure you have a leash available. Check the weather forecast below.

[ Weather Forecast]

[ What if you have to cancel? ]

I do understand from time to time emergencies come up and plans change, and if it does, please remove yourself as soon as you realize you can't make the event. Just because this is a web based venue doesn't mean it's OK to throw out common courtesy and flake.