Past Meetup

Seek the Iron Throne of hikers and summit Mendenhall Peak!

This Meetup is past

13 people went

Park and Ride Lot, Lowell Ave/210 Freeway

3930 Lowell Ave · La Crescenta, CA

How to find us

We'll meet at the Lowell exit park n' ride right off the 210 and then carpool to the trailhead, which is 14741 Little Tujunga Canyon Rd Sylmar, CA 91342

Location image of event venue


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Organizer: Jason Craig

Location: La Crescenta, CA (map) (

Hike Difficulty: Level 7/10

Distance: ~8.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft

Start Time: 7:30 am at the carpool location, then drive to the trailhead.

Time: 6.5 hrs

Trail condition: Single track and fire road.

Water: Minimum 3 liters

Guest: No

Dog: Sure, on a leash

Toilette: At the trailhead


What to bring: Food and drinks to eat and share, energy bar, snacks, water and the usual stuff.

Parking: We have to carpool to the trailhead, which doesn't have a lot of parking.

Trailhead address: 14741 Little Tujunga Canyon Rd., Sylmar, CA 91342

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Trail Description:

The trail starts at the whimsically named Burma road, which is a truck trail that leads up to the saddle. Once there, we go off-trail to begin the steep ascent to the Iron Throne of Hikers. You will be rewarded with a chair made of stone that commands a spectacular view from a very well-defined peak. We then continue on to Mendenhall Peak, which has various old foundations on it. From there we'll keep going and pick up a fire road to make a loop back to the saddle, and then down to the cars.

This is a fun hike with great views in a lesser-traveled area of the San Gabriels.


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.

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 minors: 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. _____________________________________________________ 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:

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.

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