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Rocketdyne Hike

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Hike the back roads of Rocketdyne and explore the heart of a wilderness corridor. Our hike will be on Boeing property at the top of Woolsey Canyon. The hike is rated as moderate. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Pre-registration is required, as access to the site is strictly controlled. Please send me your first and last name (if I do not have it) to register for the hike by updatng your RSVP and answering the question. Only I will see it.

The 2850 acre site sits on top of a beautiful ridge between Simi Valley and San Fernando Valley, just south of Sage Ranch. A large portion of the property, approximately 1200 acres, was purchased as a “buffer zone" to prevent nearby development while top secret Rocket testing and other scientific work was underway. This portion of the property shows a beautiful oak woodland across a portion of the property and it is easy for a visitor to visualize how the Valley may have looked before changes occurred due to civilization. Deer are commonly seen on the property.

Check out John Luker's photos of the SSFL area (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnclukerii/with/4948848250/)

The property should also become a part of the Rim of the Valley trail, presently under study, and will significantly fill in part of the “ring of green” of open space in the West Valley’s Simi Hills. This could only happen after appropriate clean up is completed, which is underway but will be a very long process, at least 10 more years.

From The Boeing Company

In accordance with The Boeing Company’s security restrictions, children must be over the age of 12 and all tour attendees must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident citizen cards. We ask that you not bring any individuals with you on the day of the tour who have not RSVP’d their attendance. In addition, we ask that you not bring any animals with you. If you have RSVP’d for a spouse or friend, please ensure they also receive this information.

Please be aware that on the day of your hike:

You should bring a picture identification card, either a state issued ID or driver license. You must wear sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes on-site. Please do not wear flip flops or sandals. Also, please be aware that sundresses and tank tops are not allowed.

You will want to bring a snack or lunch and ample water.

You will NOT be allowed to bring a camera on-site. In addition, you will NOT be allowed to take photos on camera phones.

You will NOT be allowed to take items (plants, flowers, rocks, metal hardware) from the site.

Unless you have Sprint as your cell phone provider, you will have no cell phone coverage while at the site. Please complete all pertinent phone calls before heading up Woolsey Canyon Blvd. We’re happy to share this hiking experience with you. While on site, please stay alert, pay attention to your footing, watch for trip hazards and beware of the numerous local residents – rattlesnakes, ticks, scorpions, ants, bees, mice, squirrels, deer, coyotes, bobcats, a local cougar and poison oak.

If you have any questions prior to Saturday, e-mail is the best way to get a hold of me. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.