• Caballero Canyon to Bent Arrow Trail & Temescal Fireroad
    This is the substitute hike for the Musch Loop hike in Topanga. Due to road closures that hike has been rescheduled for next Sunday Join us for a leisurely hike through the old stomping grounds of Edgar Rice Burroughs in Caballero Canyon in Tarzana. After climbing to dirt Mullholland we'll turn west for a bit then south on Bent Arrow trail to the Temescal Fireroad where we will continue west and then loop around back to Caballero Hike is about 5 miles with 500 ft elevation gain. Active/fit beginners should be ok. Bring water, snacks, hat and sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes. Meet at the Caballero Canyon trailhead on Reseda Bl. From the 101 Freeway, exit at Reseda Blvd and turn south. Drive for about 4 miles. There is parking on both sides of the street; the trailhead is on the left across the street from Braemar Country club.

    Caballero Canyon

    4002 Reseda Bl · Tarzana, CA

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  • 9th Annual Chatsworth Halloween Hike - Spooky Night Version
    We've been doing this one in Chatsworth/Twin Lakes since 2009. It's the scariest hike this side of Transylvania! Due to ongoing development in the area our exact path is unknown, but I estimate it to be a 3-4 mile loop with about 700' gain. Costumes are optional: https://amzn.to/2C5jb6o Video from 2014 https://youtu.be/gUadeAwo8SA Picture descriptions .....A group of innocent hikers, unaware of what waits beyond the next switchback..... BOO! Chatsworth E-Riders Sprucing up Boot Hill in 2014. Its a ghoulish job but someone has to do it. You'll lose your head on this hike R.I.P. Jennifer North Part of the hike will be on little-used trails. Long pants would be nice for some short segments, but not required for hike. Wear hiking shoes or boots. Expect the unexpected. If you are not an experienced hiker this hike may not be for you. No white lights. Red or green ok or Glo sticks DIRECTIONS Park on Poema. or....Parking Locations: https://goo.gl/ECRFm7 Advice - avoid the Twin Lakes neighborhood roads. Use major arteries to get to Topanga and Poema Check out the map and familiarize yourself with the destination and neighborhood. Carpooling is recommended (see Warner Center Park and Ride).

    Devils Canyon

    11444 Poema Pl · Chatsworth, CA

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  • 9th Annual Chatsworth Halloween Hike - Day Version
    We've been doing this one in Chatsworth/Twin Lakes since 2009. It's the scariest hike this side of Transylvania! Due to ongoing development in the area our exact path is unknown, but I estimate it to be 3-4 miles with 700' elevation gain Costumes are optional: https://amzn.to/2C5jb6o Video from 2014 https://youtu.be/gUadeAwo8SA Picture descriptions .....A group of innocent hikers, unaware of what waits beyond the next switchback..... BOO! Chatsworth E-Riders Sprucing up Boot Hill in 2014. Its a ghoulish job but someone has to do it. You'll lose your head on this hike R.I.P. Jennifer North Part of the hike will be on little-used trails. Long pants would be nice for some short segments, but not required for hike. Wear hiking shoes or boots. Expect the unexpected. If you are not an experienced hiker this hike may not be for you. DIRECTIONS Parking Locations: https://goo.gl/ECRFm7 Advice - avoid the Twin Lakes neighborhood roads. Use major arteries to get to Topanga and Poema Check out the map and familiarize yourself with the destination and neighborhood. Carpooling is recommended (see Warner Center Park and Ride).

    Devils Canyon

    11444 Poema Pl · Chatsworth, CA

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  • VIP Hike & Luncheon: Corral Canyon Loop - Malibu Seafood - Free Wine
    This hike is for HWD VIP members only. Not a VIP? Join today at http://vip.hikingwithdean.com Attendees will be eligible for our prize drawings (see below). Our hike will begin at sea level in Corral Canyon, the last undeveloped coastal canyon in Los Angeles County that flows freely to the ocean. Our hike starts with a drop into a shaded creek bed and a hop over Corral Canyon Creek. We turn north and follow the creek bed up the canyon for a bit. As we start climbing the switchbacks Corral Canyon will open up before us After about 550 feet of elevation gain we'll turn south and take a short detour for an ocean vista and a group photo. We then continue south with a gentle descent and get some increasingly breathtaking views of the coastline as we close this 2.5 mile loop. Beginners OK. After the hike we'll have lunch at Malibu Seafood Patio where I will be providing the wine and holding two prize drawings. I have the following to give away: O - Field & Stream 5-Piece MESS KIT - more info: https://amzn.to/2R4eVsL O - Stainless Steel Water Bottle: more info - https://amzn.to/2zALCHu Check in with me at trail head enter drawing. Maybe we'll spot some dolphins frolicking in the waves, or some celebrities. Don't forget to pick up some VIP SWAG at my car This hike is for HWD VIPs only. Not a VIP? Join today at http://vip.hikingwithdean.com (http://vip.hikingwithdean.com/) Bring sunscreen, hat, 1 quart water, sturdy shoes. Clothing optional. There is street parking on PCH, $7.00 in lot.

    Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market and Patio Café

    25653 Pacific Coast Hwy · Malibu, CA

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  • Corriganville Park Loop Adventure
    [Supplemental material https://amzn.to/2OA4Ylb (optional)]Leading our hike in Corriganville Park will be Quentin Tarantino. The photo above (credit: Bruce Fox) is the set for Spahn Ranch, created for his upcoming new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" starring Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden, Kurt Russell and other A-listers. Filming is ongoing. For those of you familiar with the park, you know this isn't the first movie filmed at Corriganville. Purchased in 1937 by Ray “Crash” Corrigan, the Corrigan Movie Ranch provided scenery as well as man-made structures and sets, and served as the background scenery for 3,500 movies, TV programs and commercials such as Fort Apache, Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory, The Robe, Tarzan, The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Sky King, Circus Boy, and Star Trek. The ranch was open to the public on weekends and holidays from 1949 to 1965. For an admission price of one dollar, visitors could experience a variety of stuntman shows, movie and TV actors (often Crash himself) signing autographs and posing for pictures, western street movie sets ("Silvertown"), frontier Army fort ("Fort Apache"), and Mexican village, many made up of real working buildings and not just set fronts as is common on many studio backlots. Now named Corriganville Park, the site of Corriganville Movie Ranch is a public park operated by Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Ray Corrigan himself takes you on a tour of his ranch on DVD: https://amzn.to/2OA4Ylb We will enter Corriganville with a descent down Twilight Canyon, a section of the old stagecoach rd. After entering the park we will avoid security and fencing by meandering along some secret and little-used trails and get as close as we can to the set -- without getting caught! We will be treated to views of dramatic rock formations that made the park a popular filming location from 1930s to 1960s. The park has many sites and vistas seen in movies and especially 1950s television westerns. Along the way are various concrete and brick foundations, the remains of movie and theme park buildings, and several signs present photographs and descriptions of filming locations. This will be about a 3.5-4 mile lollipop with some moderate hills suitable for fit beginners. There will be many stops along the way as Quentin explains some of the locations. NOTE: The trails I chose to take will depend on the set security that has been set up at the park and will be chosen as we go along, so let's all stick together. Actual hiking distance and elevation gain is unknown so don't ask me! Directions The lot won't hold all of us so here are some parking options: https://goo.gl/2kCoLi From the 118 - Exit Rocky Peak Rd, turn right on Santa Susana Rd. After you pass the Rocky Peak exit off the 118 Freeway, start looking to your left for Lilac Lane. Park in corner dirt lot. There is some shoulder parking nearby too. The lot won't hold all of us so here are some parking options: https://goo.gl/2kCoLi I was just kidding about Tarantino.

    Twilight Canyon Trailhead

    7700 Santa Susana Pass Rd · Simi Valley, ca

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  • San Vicente Mountain/Nike Missile Base Loop - Dogs OK
    At the original Nike Missile base observation tower on San Vicente Mountain we will be treated to spectacular views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Fernando Valley, and the Los Angeles Basin to the ocean. This moderate, leisurely 5-mile loop with 600 feet of net elevation gain (about 750 total) makes for an excellent hike along and around Mandeville Canyon and its ridges. See http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=54 for park info 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 The Organizers and members of Hiking With Dean are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per our ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER and Section 6.2 of the Meetup.com Terms of Service.

    Power Pole Trail

    13138 Garden Land Rd · Los Angeles, CA

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  • The Complete Hiker's Guide to the Backbone Trail Presentation
    UPDATE TO THE UPDATE I spoke to the event manager and she said anyone who RSVPed via email or phone will be on a list. If you signed up via Facebook only you will not be on the list, but if you show up a spot may open up due to no-shows. ****** UPDATE: We are fully booked for all four programs with a huge wait list of visitors wanting to get in. Again, this program is fully booked for all time slots. Reservations had to be made at [masked] or by calling[masked]. If you did not make reservations in this manner (saying you're going on Facebook is NOT a reservation - sorry), your information will be kept on file. Should a spot open up for you before Sept 8th, you will be notified. ******* Discover the newly completed Backbone Trail, a true hidden gem right here in our own backyard. Find the best day hikes, learn ways to through-hike the trail, and enjoy tips, advice, and stories from the authors of The Complete Hiker's Guide to the Backbone Trail. Times of each presentation: 9:30 am (full) 11:30 am (full) 2 pm (few spots left) 4 p.m. (just added) Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/events/2226761544280068/ Length of each program: 70 min After the free program, authors Doug and Caroline Chamberlin will sign copies of their book, available in the Visitor Center store. This will be a reservations-only program due to limited seating, Parking is free at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center. To make reservations or for more Information: [masked] or[masked] [Note: This is not an HWD Event. It is posted as a public service. But ok to RSVP here so you can see/join your hiking buddies at venue.]

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    King Gilette Ranch/Santa Monica Mountains

    26876 Mulholland Highway · Calabasas, 91302, CA

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  • Flash Hike: Liberty Canyon Natural Preserve
    To make up for the confusion regarding the Backbone trail presentation I am posting and leading this hike for those that did not make it onto the list (and anyone else who wants to join us). Its at the same time and appx the same place. The Liberty Canyon Natural Preserve is a 730-acre preserve located in the northeast portion of Mailbu Creek State Park. Liberty Canyon is a valley oak (Quercus lobata) woodland/savanna. This scenic 4.75-mile lollipop loop with 500 feet of elevation gain incorporates four different trails to create a surprisingly enjoyable hike. It is suitable for fit beginners The Liberty Canyon Natural Preserve is an area rich in history, believed to have been continuously inhabited by prehistoric peoples and more recently by the Chumash from 6000 BC to the early 1800s. Talopop was the name of the native Chumash village located here. We will circle the tribe's ancestral land on the loop bearing its name -- the Talopop Loop In 1834, the land along Las Virgenes Creek became part of the Las Virgenes Rancho belonging to Domingo Carrillo and Nemisio Dominguez. Dominguez's daughter Maria married Pedro Sepulveda in 1859, and the couple built an adobe near the banks of the creek. Sepulveda was a harness and saddle maker by trade. He also cut firewood and made charcoal that he traded for household items in Los Angeles. Maria and Pedro Sepulveda raised 12 children in the two-room adobe that still stands on the Grasslands trail. Wear hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers. Bring a quart of water and snacks DIRECTIONS: Trailhead is on Mulholland Hwy 0.15 miles west of Las Virgenes Rd. Park on Mulholland.

    Grasslands Trailhead - MCSP

    27000 Mulholland Hwy · Calabasas, CA

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  • VIP Hike: Wet & Wild(wood) Picnic
    I have a new secret trail in Wildwood reserved for VIPs only. 🤔Not a VIP? You can become one here: http://vip.hikingwithdean.com Directions to trail head can be found here: http://vip.hikingwithdean.com/vip-hikes/wet-wild/ This hike will require a few a stream crossings so wear shoes you don't mind getting wet, and shorts (or long pants you don't mind getting wet). We'll have a picnic lunch at Skunk Hollow, a tree-lined area adjacent to a flowing creek with a picnic bench. A nice little area. It will be almost all downhill to Skunk Hollow -- 🍴Bring some food and drink to share.🥂 I'll bring table cover, flatware, plates, cups, napkins. And some wine (won't be able to carry enough for everyone) We'll return to the cars via my new secret trail and more stream crossings. Hike will be about 6-8 miles with 1,000 ft gain (with possible extensions) 👉THIS HIKE IS FOR MEMBERS OF THE HWD VIP CLUB. TO JOIN GO TO http://vip.hikingwithdean.com. Don't forget to RSVP here as usual

    Needs a location

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  • Evening Hike to Murphy Ranch
    Join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/hikingwithdean/ For those that have never heard about it, the ranch is allegedly a 1930s hideout where NAZI/Third Reich sympathizers could sequester themselves until German rule had been established in the USA The property was developed by Winona and Norman Stephens and a German national by the name of Herr Schmidt. The design implemented was an installation of several buildings, fuel tanks, and multiple massive cisterns. The entire complex, according the plans of Herr Schmidt, was to be self-sustaining even if it suffered years of isolation from the outside society The FBI raided the ranch in 1941 and that was the end of that until the 50's when an artist's colony was established. My research indicates that this is an urban legend. There may be no Herr Schmidt, it was not a Nazi compound, and there was no raid. It is true that Winona and Norman Stephens built a self-sustaining ranch here. Presumably they were convinced by a Herr Schmidt, who may have been a Nazi sympathizer, to build it due to a belief that German National Socialism would reach US soil. But there is absolutely no evidence that it was a Nazi hideout, compound or anything like that. Here we are on one of our hikes in front of the power room that housed the generators. The generators were eventually donated to Loyola Marymount University in the early 1970s. Hike will be about 4-5 miles with moderate elevation gain. Check out the pictures from our other hikes there: https://www.meetup.com/localhikers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=25082772 (http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/photos/25082772/) http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=15100752 https://youtu.be/q11641lwyBY Directions to Trailhead Interactive Map: http://goo.gl/maps/r7nN8 From Sunset Boulevard, 3 miles west of the 405, turn north at the light onto Capri Drive. After 1/3 mile continue through the traffic circle, remaining on Capri Drive for another 1/3 mile until it comes to and end at Casale Road. Sullivan Ridge Fire road begins to the left but do not turn left on Casale Rd. Find street parking to the right or on an adjacent roads. After you park, walk to the end of Casale Rd. This is where we will meet and check in. You will be parking in a residential neighborhood with parking restrictions -- pay attention to signs.

    Sullivan Ridge at Casale Rd

    Capri Drive and Casale Road · Los Angeles, CA

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