On February 11, 2016 the the gas company reported that it had the Aliso Canyon gas leak under control. I've been wanting to do this hike for a while but a major gas leak just didn't seem compatible with a good hike. But now it's fixed, So...
Let's do Limekiln Canyon again, which sounds long for a weeknight, but it's not difficult because of the low elevation gain. It will be a dark night on the way up but moonrise is at 7:47 that night so we should see 94% illuminated moon as we approach the top. This hike starts at a trail head right on the north side of Rinaldi, west of Tampa.
The best part of this night hike are the views of the SF Valley lights, as we make our way parallel to Tampa and then cross the road to Wilbur Tampa Park to continue nearly to Reseda before turning back and returning by the same route to the cars. A scene or two from the "E.T." movie were filmed along our route. Whenever we do this hike (photos below), people seem to enjoy it, so why not do it again?
This location will be convenient for members in Santa Clarita, the SF Valley, Simi and even in TO.
Directions: The trailhead is on the north side of Rinaldi, just West of Tampa. Simply take the Tampa exit from the 118 in Chatsworth, go north a SHORT distance to Rinaldi and then turn left. The trailhead will be on your right, but you may have to park on the opposite side of Rinaldi, and (carefully!) cross the busy street. Here is a link to the Street View (https://maps.google.com/maps/myplaces?ll=34.274707,-118.559879&spn=0.001106,0.001388&ctz=300&t=h&z=20).
Required: Warm clothing if you get chilly, flashlight or headlamp.
Distance: 7 miles
Elevation Gain: 800'
Water Fountain: No
Parking: Free on both sides of Rinaldi
Trail: Excellent condition, single track and fire road
Sunset: 5:45 so bring a headlamp/flashlight!!!!
Known Dangers: Mainly slip-'n-fall, but snakes are possible
Here's a night time pictures of the SF Valley from our group hike here on Feb 5:
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