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Presidents Day Hike
The nice thing about this hike is that we do most of the ascent early in the morning. We'll be on all the trails shown in pics here (http://www.meetup.com/fun-in-the-sun-Oxnard/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=904783), plus about 14 more miles.
Variety of interesting terrain--shady/switchback/single track trails, wide open fireroad with unobstructed views, and trailblazing, i.e. finding a cross country route for the first time. Stunning views of the Sespe Wilderness to the north, while we traverse several miles of the Nordhoff Ridge Fire Road. Three peaks: Sisar (5,560'), Chief (5,530'), Nordhoff (4,485'). Some crazy rock scrambling, suitable only for those with good balance, fleet of foot and an eye for adventure. There might be some crazy bugs too. Flying earwigs galore were on top of Chief Peak on a previous trip. Pace: You must be able to keep up with Camille* or Holly, so do a strenuous hike with one of us BEFORE signing up for this one.
Terrain: Single track, fireroad, trailblazing with rocky scrambles.
Bring: 4+ liters water, electrolytes, plenty food (lunch, dinner, snacks), first aid kit, camera, the ten essentials (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Essentials), GPS if you have one, trekking poles if you like them, gloves, a headlamp (there are extras to lend).
Wear: Lug soles, hat, layers. It can be very cold at 5,500'.
Dogs: No dogs for this one--too strenuous and class 2 scrambling.
Meeting Place is approximate: location will be emailed to participants.
Help keep our National Forest clean:
Just one piece of trash, that's all we ask. If we help out on every hike, we do our part to keep our parks clean. Even one piece each will make a difference over time.
* I hike about 3x/week, often 12-15 milers. Contact me to join one of those--Camille.
Chief Peak. Above--rocky scrambles.
Chief Peak. Below--from Nordhoff Ridge Fire Road.