Join us for a Saturday hike crossing the wild and rugged San Emigdio Mountains that are northwest of Mt. Pinos. Hike will require a 45 minute car shuttle before and after the hike. Hike will start at El Camino Viejo trailhead in the Wind Wolves Preserve and take the historic route to the Pine Mountain Club. El Camino Viejo is the old wagon route from Los Angeles to central and northern California via the San Joaquin Valley; used in the early 1800's. Over the years weather, geology, and vegetation have not been kind to the El Camino Viejo so in many places there's bushwacking and boulders to scoot around.
Our route begins as a maintained trail, narrows, vanishes into the brush and rocks at times, then widens as we approach the Pine Mountain Club. We will have a late lunch at one of the restaurants at Pine Mountain Club. Hike is approx 8 miles, and about 2100 ft elevation gain. Please know your abilities before signing on. This is not a stroll due to bushwacking and some off the trail hiking.
The San Emigdio Mountains are rugged, remote, and in parts don't have a lot of human traffic, so there is a good chance we will see larger wildlife too (another reason not to bring a dog): Tule Elk, deer, coyote, bobcat, and possibly mountain lion, bear, condor, and eagle. We will see lots of interesting geology too: including the Devils Kitchen syncline, and towards the end of hike we cross the famous San Andreas fault, the boundary between the North American and Pacific plates. You can boast that you hiked two of the world's large tectonic plates in one day. There is some interesting garnet-bearing granitic rocks we found last time on the hike. I will keep the geology chit-chat to a minimum unless you are interested-this not a geo field trip.
The adventure will require a car 45 minute shuttle before the hike and after the hike. We will meet at the intersection of Mt Pinos Road and the Mil Potrero Road that is west of Frazier Park. We will drive all vehicles to an approved parking area at the private Pine Mountain Club, then leave half the vehicles there and double up in the remaining vehicles, and drive to the Wind Wolves Preserve. At the Preserve we will regroup and take the Preserve van at 8:30 AM to the trail head, hike up San Emigdio Canyon to the our vehicles in Pine Mountain, have a late lunch lunch, and then retrieve the other vehicles from the Wind Wolves Preserve.
Recommended: long pants (due to lots of brush and yucca), long sleeves for the same reason, 2 quarts of water, boots, jacket or sweater, trail snacks, sunblock, and a hat.
Weather in San Emigdio Mtns can range from cool (40s F) to warm (80s F) this time of year.
Wind Wolves Preserve info: http://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/
Dogs are not allowed on this hike.
Location of meetup point: Intersection of Cuddy Valley Road, Mil Potrero Hwy, and Mt. Pinos Road, (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=34.840909%2C-119.085730%2C+Frazier+Park%2C+CA%2C+93243%2C+us)34.840909,-119.085730
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Driving directions: From I-5 take Frazier Park exit and Frazier Mtn. Road west past Frazier Park for 7.1 miles. At Lake of the Woods the road becomes Cuddy Valley Road, and continue west on the Cuddy Valley Road for 5.0 miles until you reach the intersection with the Mt. Pinos Road. Park in the open area between the fork in the roads, and wait here for the group (spot shows as 12588 Cuddy Valley Rd, Frazier Park, CA 93225 on goggle maps).
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