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Upcoming events (3)

Trail Work on the Lower Sam Merrill Trail

Echo Mountain trailhead

Let's get out for a few hours to help out our tattered trail with Forest Service Volunteers! There are quite a few spots that need attention. So we will just do our best and chip away at what we can. PLAN We will build a dip where we addressed the sink hole and retaining wall in order to control any further water damage in this area. I need help in order to accomplish this. Hopefully you can join me. The lower Sam Merrill Trail is likely the most heavily used trail in the San Gabriel Mountains. With its close proximity to the second largest metropolitan area in the U.S., it is easily accessible for day hikers and trail runners of every fitness level. But the trail has suffered greatly over continued neglect, and the rains of this past winter weren’t any help. Erosion, mini slides, and overgrowth have taken their toll on the trail, and even taken a life. Restoring the trail to a safer level is possible but only thru the support of volunteers like you. We hope you can join us now or the next time! You will need to have: • Long Pants and Long Sleeve Shirt • Leather Gloves or garden gloves (I may have a couple you can borrow) • Hiking Shoes or Boots • A daypack with 2-3 Liters of water, lunch and snacks • Sunscreen We will provide: • Hardhats • Tools Liability Waivers and Disclaimers: We only organize events and do not claim that any of the organizers, assistant organizers, event organizers, event hosts, and/or volunteers are trained professional guides. We are volunteers; thus we're only inviting you to join us as friends hiking with friends. Outdoor sports can be inherently dangerous, and from time to time, accidents may happen. By joining in any posted events, you agree that you're aware of the risks, hazards, and dangers associated with any activity and that you're taking full responsibility of your own safety and well-being. All participants must take full responsibility for their own actions and adhere to the rules and regulations of any governmental agencies that exist written or otherwise; that you are releasing SoCal Hikers and Trail Builders from any and all claims and liability in case of possible injuries as stated in paragraph 6.2 of the Meetup Terms of Service Agreement (http://www.meetup.com/terms/) located at the bottom at the Meetup website. If you do not agree with the above or unsure of your ability to complete the event safely, please do not sign up.

Rescheduled Mt. Wilson via Chantry Flat's Upper Winter Creek Trail

Stats Distance: 14< miles Elevation gain: 3,900' > Level: Advanced Time: 7-8 hours Adventure Pass is required. Directions: From the I-210 fwy towards Santa Anita, take the Santa Anita exit and travel north until the road ends at the Chantry Flat parking lots. We'll meet at the upper parking lot by the picnic area and signs. Join me for a winter hike. The plan is to take the Upper Winter Creek Trail to Mt. Wilson and back down the same we came in. We will go as far as possible. Be prepared for winter conditions. Microspikes or crampons are required to attend. The first recorded exploration of the mountain was performed by Benjamin Davis Wilson (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Davis_Wilson) also known as "Don Benito". Wilson, who was the grandfather of George S. Patton (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_S._Patton), was the owner of Rancho San Pascual (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rancho_San_Pascual) in about 1852 and ran a winery at his home, "Lake Vineyard (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rancho_Huerta_de_Cuati)", which was in the area of today's San Marino (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Marino,_California). Wilson hoped to find a suitable wood for his casks but was disappointed by the poor quality of trees on the mountain. He built a trail, following an established Indian route, which became known as the Mount Wilson Trail. In turn Wilson's trail became the predecessor of the Mount Wilson Toll Road (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Wilson_Toll_Road). "He was surprised to find line shacks at the summit, probably left by Spaniards who were known to track down destructive grizzly bears. He built a three-room cabin along the trail called "Halfway House." Despite Wilson's inability to find adequate wood, the hike became a popular pastime for locals who would make a weekend trip to the summit. These hikers built signal fires on the summit to let people below know that the party had arrived safely." Source: wikipedia (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Wilson_(California)) Once we reach the summit, we'll take a lunch break at the Cosmic Cafe before returning back to the cars. ********************************************** Liability Waivers and Disclaimers: We only organize events and do not claim that any of the organizers, assistant organizers, event organizers, event hosts, and/or volunteers are trained professional guides. We are volunteers; thus we're only inviting you to join us as friends hiking with friends. Outdoor sports can be inherently dangerous, and from time to time, accidents may happen. By joining in any posted events, you agree that you're aware of the risks, hazards, and dangers associated with any activity and that you're taking full responsibility for your own safety and well-being. All participants must take full responsibility for their own actions and adhere to the rules and regulations of any governmental agencies that exist written or otherwise; that you are releasing SoCal Hikers from any and all claims and liability in case of possible injuries as stated in paragraph 6.2 of the Meetup “Terms of Service” located on the bottom of the Meetup website. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. If you do not agree with the above or uncertain of your physical abilities to complete a hike or event safely, please do not sign up.

The Grand Canyon South Rim to River Hike

Mather Campground

You can make reservations at https://www.recreation.gov for camping reservations. Stats Distance: 16< miles Elevation gain: 4,500'< approx. Level: Advanced South Kaibab Trail: The trail begins on the South Rim near Yaki Point, and descends to the Colorado River. Elevation change from rim to river is 4860 ft (1480 m), along a 6.3 mile (10.1 km) trail. Because of the unavailability of water and steepness of the South Kaibab Trail, rangers recommend hiking down this trail only - and recommend using the Bright Angel Trail for the hike out. River Trail: The trail has little elevation variation and follows the Colorado River for 1.7 miles (2.7 km) between the Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails. Two foot bridges permit access to the north side of the Colorado River. Bright Angel Trail: The trail begins on the South Rim just west of Kolb Studio, and descends to the Colorado River. Elevation change from rim to river is 4460 ft (1360 m), along a 7.8 mile (12.6 km) trail. This trail passes through Indian Garden. Thursday will be driving day. We will meet at Mather Campground Thursday if you are staying at the same campground. Friday will be a free day to do what you like, find out the details of the bus stops, etc. Saturday will be hiking day. Sunday will be driving back home. ********************************************** Liability Waivers and Disclaimers: We only organize events and do not claim that any of the organizers, assistant organizers, event organizers, event hosts, and/or volunteers are trained professional guides. We are volunteers; thus we're only inviting you to join us as friends hiking with friends. Outdoor sports can be inherently dangerous, and from time to time, accidents may happen. By joining in any posted events, you agree that you're aware of the risks, hazards, and dangers associated with any activity and that you're taking full responsibility for your own safety and well-being. All participants must take full responsibility for their own actions and adhere to the rules and regulations of any governmental agencies that exist written or otherwise; that you are releasing SoCal Hikers from any and all claims and liability in case of possible injuries as stated in paragraph 6.2 of the Meetup “Terms of Service” located on the bottom of the Meetup website. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. If you do not agree with the above or uncertain of your physical abilities to complete a hike or event safely, please do not sign up.

Past events (471)

Ice House Saddle

*Ice House Canyon Trailhead

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