Wilson Canyon Overlook Bench via May Canyon Trail
This is a 6.1 mile out and back hike with about 1200' of elevation gain.
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In the spring of 2012 a concrete and stone bench was installed for your sitting pleasure thanks to a local church. It's twin is above Granada Hills on top of Mission Point. The bench is located at Latitude:[masked] N; Longitude[masked] W; Elevation 3,004'.
More information about the bench can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/widowersbenches/
We will be able to see a sea of sparkling city lights the entire route!
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The route is 100% double track class 1.
Click here to learn about the YDS. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yosemite_Decimal_System)
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This is a moderately paced hike for the intermediate hiker. No beginners please! If you are unsure of your level, please contact me beforehand.
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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.
Although I am a pretty slow hiker, I will not be acting as a sweep. There will be no sweep on this hike.
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You must bring a headlamp for night hikes. No, a cell phone flashlight app is not a viable option. No, I don't care what color your headlamp is. I do however ask you respect your fellow hikers by:
1. Using the lowest power setting on your headlamp to get the job done and
2. Not shining your headlamp in anybody else's eyes and
3. Turning it off when not needed.
[ ---- Directions to the Trailhead ---- ]
From the 210 Freeway exit Polk Street. Turn NE towards the mountains. Turn right on Egbert Street. Turn Left on Astoria Street. Turn left on Simshaw Avenue. Turn right on Parkland Circle. The trailhead is 15 houses down on the right side.
For those who are coordinate-phobic, the nearest house address is 13212 Parkland Cir, Los Angeles, CA.
Trailhead coordinates:[masked], [masked]
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Free parking is available at the trailhead on a residential street.
Please be respectful and limit the noise at the trailhead.
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.
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No permits or fees of any kind are required.
[ ---- What to Bring ---- ]
1/2 liter of water, a charged cell phone, trekking poles, a headlamp, an extra layer for when the sun goes down, and a good sense of humor and a great attitude.
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DO NOT bring your dog if the temperature at the start of the hike is above 80 degrees! Check the weather link below. Below 80 degrees, well behaved dogs are OK, but be sure they are protected against ticks. Be sure you have a leash available.
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[ ---- Event Cancellation Disclaimer - Please Read Carefully ----]
As a member on the Santa Clarita Valley Search and Rescue Team, there may be a very rare occasion I would need to cancel an event at the last minute when duty calls.
If a suitable alternate organizer is not available, I will cancel at least 60 minutes before the scheduled start of the event. Please double check this page and/or your email before you head to the trailhead to verify the hike is in fact still on. I would not want you to drive to the trailhead just to find nobody there.
[ ---- 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.