Mission Peak (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_Point_(California)) is the second highest point in the Santa Susana Mountains, and after dark there is a magnificent view of the lights in the San Fernando Valley as well as Santa Clarita.
The hike itself, a fire road with some steep sections, is approximately 5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1200', so it will be difficult for beginners or unfit dogs. But what else are you going to do on a Thursday night? You might as well work your lungs and legs.
Starting at 7 pm, there should be ample time for most members to reach the trailhead at the end of a cul-de-sac on Neon Way in Granada Hills. The sun has decided to set that night at 7:32 pm, which means that we should have adequate ambient light to reach the summit where we can then rest as darkness falls and enjoy the view as the lights below assume control.
We will descend in darkness so make sure you bring a flashlight in addition to water. Please try to keep your shouting, laughter and/or altercations to a minimum as we reach the cars so as not to disturb the residents who live right there.
Directions: Take the 118 Freeway to the Balboa exit, go North about 2 miles and turn left onto Sesnon, then go roughly 1 mile turning right onto Neon Way, which you will take to the cul-de-sac at the end, where you can park. Carpooling is recommended.
Known Dangers include rattlesnakes and there is a sign at the trailhead warning of mountain lions. I see those signs on many trails, but as a group I expect we'll be fine.
Disclaimer: By attending this hike you agree not to hold me or anyone else responsible for injuries or other mishaps that may befall you. The danger, as well as the mutual protection, is shared by all.