Organizer: Jennifer Ripley
Location: Caballero Canyon Trail Head, on Reseda Blvd.
NOTE:: This hike does not start at the very top of Reseda blvd. It starts closer to the bottom. Possible Mexican lunch after, TBD by group.
Hike difficulty: Level 7/10 - This hike is for strong intermediate hikers only, due to length and speed. No beginners.
Distance: 10.5 - 11 miles
Elevation gain: 1400' + additional cumulative gain of 800' near the 1/2 to 3/4 mark of the hike
Moving pace: 2.5-3 mph . We will hike steadily until we arrive at Eagle Rock for our rest stop.
Time: 3.5-4+ hours
Trail condition: Some single track and mostly fire road.
Water: 3 Minimum liters (If you bring less than this amount, you will be in big trouble.) Most of the trail is in full sun. There are some sections of shade.
Toilette: None at Trail Head. If you drive up to the end of Reseda Blvd there is a toilette at Marvin Brande Park. We are not starting our hike there though so you would need to drive back down Reseda and park near our trail head.
Adventure Pass: None
What to bring: See the US Hiking Day Hiking Equipment list (http://www.meetup.com/USHiking/pages/Day_Hike_Equipment_List/)
What to wear: Hiking or Trail Running Shoes. Sunscreen, hat.
Direction: From the 101 - take Reseda exit head south towards Ventura. Cross over Ventura and take Reseda until just before Country Club Pl.
Parking: Street Parking
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: $ 6 (Chip in link) (https://secure.meetup.com/USHiking/contribute/)
Trail / Venue Description:
We are going to take the long way to Eagle Rock! Our hike begins at the Caballero Canyon Trail Head located on Reseda Blvd on the East side of the street. We will hike approximately 1.6 miles to where Caballero meets Mulholland Dr (dirt). We will then take the Bent Arrow trail to Fire Road 30 which will take us to the "hub". From there we take the Backbone trail to Eagle Rock for a snack, pictures, and hopefully great views. The return trip will be where the added fun begins. From the Backbone trail we will descend on the Garapito Trail nearly 800 feet only to follow that trail in a U formation and climb back up and out reuniting with Fire Rd 30, the Bent Arrow Trail, and finally Caballero Canyon Trail back to our cars. Starting lower on Reseda and adding the "U" from the Garapito trail adds another 2-2.5 miles to the usual Eagle Rock hike and the extra 800 foot climb.
To lift people up through hiking.
We're volunteers: Your hike leaders receive no monetary nor in-kind compensation of any kind for organizing this event or any other event.
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 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.
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 can not be agreed to by a minor. Therefore, you and your guest must be over 18 to participate in our events.
No drug: Zero tolerance for all illegal drug use.
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.
By participating in this event, you and your guests acknowledge that you have read US Hiking Liability Wavier (http://www.meetup.com/USHiking/pages/US_Hiking_Waiver/), fully understand its terms, understand that by participating in this event, you and your guests have given up substantial rights freely and voluntarily without any inducement.