Organizer: Jennifer Ripley
Location: Upper Las Virgenes. Trail head starts at the end of Las Virgenes Rd in Calabasas
Hike difficulty: Level 6/10; In general, if you have never done a hike longer than 5 miles and more than 1000' elevation gain, this hike is not for you.
Distance: Approx. 8-8.5 miles
Elevation gain: 1250'
Time: 2.75 - 3 hours
Trail condition:Mostly fire road on the way up and a combination of single track and fire road on the way back. This trail is mostly exposed which should be taken into consideration on a hot day.
Water: 2.5-3 Liters Minimum (If you bring less, you will be in big trouble)
Dog: Ok on leash - bring water for your dog
Toilette: Just the bushes
Adventure Pass: None
What to bring: WATER! A good attitude and a friendly smile. Please refer to US Hiking Day Hike Equipment List (http://www.meetup.com/USHiking/pages/Day_Hike_Equipment_List/) for guidance.
What to wear: Your choice of hiking clothes. Hiking boots or trail runners. Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
Direction: Take Hwy 101 to Las Virgenes exit. Head North West (away from the beach) on Las Virgenes and go to the end of the road where it dead ends.
Parking: Street parking
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: $ 6 (Chip in link) (https://secure.meetup.com/USHiking/contribute/)
Trail / Venue Description:
This is a very nice moderate loop hike. We will head out on the Las Virgenes trail for about a mile. Then we will turn right and head up fire roads to Upper Las Virgenes completing nearly all of the elevation gain by the half way point. We will enjoy a short stop at the top to enjoy the views, have a snack, and regroup if necessary. From there we head down in the canyon for the return trip. Its quite lovely with a variety of different brush, trees, and rocks to view.
Profile photo: Anyone interested in joining US Hiking must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of our group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up for an event.
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 pre-screening 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.
Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason,he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.
No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.No minor: Meetup user agreement cannot be agreed to by a minor. Therefore, you and your guest must be over 18 to participate in our events.
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:
The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests. By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks,dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.US Hiking, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event. In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: http://www.meetup.com/terms/