Past Meetup

Castle Peak & Cave of Munits + After Party at Taqueria El Tapatio

This Meetup is past

17 people went

Details

Organizer: Mike Cheng

Location: Cave of the Munits trail head

Hike Difficulty: Moderate, mostly Level 4/10 (Cave climbing is a part of this hike.)

Distance: 3 miles

Elevation Gain: 700'

Time: 3 hours

Trail condition: Single file trail (We will climb up the 100 feet chimney cave.)

Water: Minimum 2 liters

Dog: No dog

Toilette: None

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What to wear: hat, short sleeve shirt, long pants and hiking boots. Gloves are not recommended. (Absolutely no tennis shoes)

What to bring: sunscreen, snacks, water, and the usual stuff. No hiking pole.

Direction: The trail head is at 24477 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307. It is accessible from 101 and 118 freeway via Topanga Canyon Blvd and Vanowen St.

Parking: Residential street parking

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Fiesta afterward: We will have brunch at Taqueria El Tapatio (http://eltapatio-1.com/index.html) at the corner of Victory Blvd and Fallbrook Ave. (Southwest corner). It has a 4 star Yelp rating and is considered the best Mexican restaurant in the west Valley.

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Please Chip In:

US Hiking is a social group for hikers. Our events are organized like house parties. Like a regular house party, it costs money to host one. It is customary for guests to help out any way they can to lessen burden on the host. That is the same for hikes. You can bring food, provide carpool or chip in to help out.

Suggested Event Contribution: $ 4 (Chip in link) (https://secure.meetup.com/USHiking/contribute/)

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Trail Description:

The 'Cave of Munits' is a large cave on the side of Escorpión Peak within the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve.

The cave is important because stories about its significance are still known by Chumash people today. According to oral history, this cave was the home of a very powerful shaman who eventually met his end after murdering the son of a politically important chief. Cumash culture was here for 10,000 years.

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Our Mission:

To lift people up through hiking.

Our Policy:

We're volunteers: Your hike leaders receive no monetary nor in-kind compensation of any kind for organizing this event or any other event.

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Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list. Guests are not allowed on advanced hikes.

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No drug: Zero tolerance for all illegal drug use.

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Warning:

If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

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