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4th of July Hike: Mars Canyon

Mars canyon is a canyon slightly north and west of Achenbach canyon. The nice thing about Mars is it is relatively short hike and in the shade for most of the morning, so it makes it a good summer hike. The hike starts at the Achenbach trailhead parking and continues to the saddle between two peaks over looking Soledad/Bar Canyons. There is a marked trail for most of the way, but there are sections that are not well marked and the last 0.1 mile is straight up the side of a hill with limited markers to the saddle. There are two dry waterfalls to climb up. The trail is ~1.25 miles up to the saddle and then back down. If we have time and energy, there is a small side canyon to explore as well. Let’s celebrate Independence day with a morning hike.

The road to Achenbach trailhead can be very rocky, I recommend a higher clearance vehicle (can be made with lower just take it slow). Afterwards, if there is interest, we can go for lunch.

When: Thurs, July 4th


Where: Milagro coffee for a carpool at 7:30, or at the trail head for Achenbach canyon at 8:00. (if you carpool please compensate your driver.) Please comment on where you will be meeting the group. Thanks.

 

Getting there: (If you're not meeting at Milagro for the carpool...) Head northeast on University past Tortugas Mountain (A-Mountain). Turn right on Soledad Canyon Rd; turn left at fire station (still Soledad Rd.); turn right onto Ladera Canyon Rd; turn left after the dumpsters onto unmarked rd. and drive up 1/5 mile to trailhead (high-clearance recommended). Or park at road and walk 1/5 mile to trailhead.


Distance: ~3 miles


Duration: ~2-3 hours. The pace will not be too fast, and the group will take short breaks as necessary.


Elevation gain: ~1000 ft


Terrain: Steep trail with 2 climbs up dry waterfalls, in some places trail is not well marked, some scree.


Skill level: Beginner-Intermediate. The length is short but the entire hike is mostly straight up and then straight down. (and it will still be hot.)


Pets: As far as I know pets are allowed in this area, but the hike itself is not very pet friendly because of the two dry waterfalls.

 

Please Bring: Water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, gloves, hiking poles (for areas with scree), etc.

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  • mariel

    Great!

    July 5, 2013

  • Trish

    Awesome weather. Great group of people! :)

    July 5, 2013

  • Raena

    Was a great morning (and lunch). Please post any pictures you would like to share with the group.

    July 4, 2013

  • JERRY

    Thanks, folks!

    July 4, 2013

  • JERRY

    Ty

    July 4, 2013

  • JERRY

    Can I catch a ride from Milagros?

    July 4, 2013

    • Ryan C.

      Yes, we're meeting there to carpool. See you @ 7:30.

      July 4, 2013

  • mariel

    Samat or Ryan, do we need to bring our passports? Where is this Mars Canyon.

    July 3, 2013

    • Ryan C.

      No, no passports. Mars is accessed via the same point as Achenback Canyon. I added directions above just in case you're not carpooling.

      1 · July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be working but I hope this hike gets scheduled again for a Saturday hike! :)

    July 3, 2013

  • Bert V.

    maybe if I dont go north

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yay hope you enjoy this hike ;)

    June 28, 2013

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