This is a "go to" destination for every hiking group in the LA vicinity, and the Blazers are going to just do it, too!
It's hard to remember now when Russia was the superpower we were worried would destroy us with the push of a button, but the 16 Nike Missile bases dotting the Los Angeles area remain as testaments to that era. The bases served as sentinels from 1956 to 1968, when ICBMs replaced them in keeping movie stars, tree huggers, and the rest of us heathens safe from Communism.
Our route takes us 4 miles, from Caballero Canyon up to Dirt Mulholland, and on to one of the decommissioned bases (total hike is about 8 miles). From atop the former radar tower, we'll have 360 degree views of the Valley, the Santa Monica Mountains, the Encino Reservoir, and the LA Basin. Total elevation gain on the hike, minus the stairs up the radar tower, is 900.'
The trail through the canyon is mostly single track, following a seasonal stream, and Dirt Mulholland is wide open fireroad. The path will be exposed, so prepare for sun.
Since this is an out and back trail, Gentlers can do as much as they'd like, and turn around when they've had enough. Most of the elevation gain is in the beginning, and you'll only see the missile base if you do the entire hike.
From the 101 Freeway, exit at Reseda Blvd and turn south (toward the ocean). Drive for about 2.2 miles. There is parking on both sides of the street; the trailhead is on the left side of Reseda Blvd., across the street from Braemar Country club. The trailhead is clearly marked with a big sign.
Park on the street. Parking is free.
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The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.
Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.
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All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.