WOW, its been 6 years since we started! Time to celebrate! Another milestone: we recently crossed the 2000-member mark. The original Nike Missile base observation tower on San Vicente Mountain will provides a great location for for our Anniversary Hike. We'll also be treated to spectacular views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Fernando Valley, and the Los Angeles Basin to the ocean.
See http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=54 for park info
This 5-mile loop with 600 feet of net elevation gain (about 750 total) makes for an excellent moderate hike along and around Mandeville Canyon and its ridges.
Its about 45 minutes to the top. I am starting the hike late for those that feel guilty about imbibing in the morning (weather permitting) . It will also provide time for last minute grocery shopping. There are picnic benches and facilities by the tower. No need to carry trash out.
Tarzana Trailhead Added (http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/events/107516222/) - Richard has volunteered to lead a group for those coming from the San Fernando and Conejo Valleys. If Tarzana is more convenient than Brentwood sign up here (http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/events/107516222/).
Bring food/snacks and drink to share. Count on me to bring some white wine and red Solo cups. I will also bring enough napkins and plasticware for everyone. Please post in Comments section below what you will be bringing
Along the way we will experience:
Mandeville Canyon - a north-south notch in the Santa Monica Mountains
Westridge - we will climb a DWP service road out of the canyon to Westridge enjoying views of Canyonback Ridge and the San Gabriels to the east and the ocean behind us
San Vicente Mountain - site of the old Nike Missile base where we will enjoy our snack atop an observation tower. See http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=54 for park info
Canyonback Ridge - here there is both a gradual fire road and a more adventurous single-track heading down the ridge. Guess which path we will take
Hollyhock Trail - There are nice views up and down the lush canyon as we descend 500 feet over 3/4 miles. A small sycamore grove at the bottom of this trail segues into the houses along Mandeville Canyon Road
If you are coming from the San Fernando or Conejo Valley you may be interested in the "Tarzana Connection." Same destination, different starting point. sign up here (http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/events/107516222/).
Directions to Trailhead
From Sunset Boulevard, 2.3 miles west of the 405 freeway, head north on Mandeville Canyon Road. Drive 4.8 miles, and turn left onto Garden Land Road. The trailhead is at end of road.
Parking Tip: There probably won't be any parking on Garden Land (its a very short residential street, as the map reveals) so park on west side of Mandeville as close to the corner as possible
There are neighborhood homes around the trailhead, please keep noise to a minimum.....until hike starts ;)
Trivia: Did you know Mandeville Canyon Rd is reputed to be the longest paved dead-end road in Los Angeles?
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