• Bear Canyon Trail Maintenance

    ANGELES CREST HIGHWAY

    Bear Canyon Trail Maintenance Meeting location: Angeles Crest Highway, 1 block north of 210 Freeway. If you miss us, drive 10 miles up ACH and turn right for the spur road down to Switzer Picnic Area. Our plan is to repair trail damaged by winter storms. Hike will be 6 miles with 600' gain going in and on return. There will be many stream crossings and water levels are high, so you may wish to bring hiking poles. Trail work will consists of brushing, light tread work and log removal. Primary emphasis is on making the trail more visible and removing hazards. We try to accommodate each persons needs regarding tasks and hope that you have a productive and enjoyable experience. We will provide tools but you can bring your own if you prefer. Hat, gloves, long pants & long-sleeved shirt, good boots and safety glasses are recommended (hard hat will be provided.) Sandals & sneakers are not allowed. Please be sure to bring water and your lunch. We will bring extra hard hats, gloves and safety glasses but you are welcomed to bring your own (sunglasses are OK). We hope to be back to Switzer by 4:30 pm. Alan Coles[masked] Visit our web page at https://sites.google.com/view/bearcanyontrailcrew/home

  • (Easy) Beginner Snowshoe Mt. Pinos

    Mt. Pinos Nordic Base

    This will be a beginner level hike up the gentle slopes from the Mt. Pinos parking lot to the general area of Mt. Pinos itself. If we stick to the road, this is only 3.2 miles with a little more than 500' in EG. I don't know what the temperature will be, but surely not more than mid 40s. Obviously - but stated here anyway, you will need to procure your own snowshoes AND practice putting them on at home. Rent/beg/borrow/buy, but you are going to be supplying your own snowshoes. Parking: Forest Adventure Pass or equivalent is required. You can buy them at many places. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/r5/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=STELPRDB5181410&width=full Caltopo: https://caltopo.com/m/M44F Set your navigation to search for Mt. Pinos Nordic Base or Chula Vista Campground to get you to the giant parking lot. If it is clear out that night, you will likely find a lot of amateur astronomers in the parking lot setting up their telescopes. I just checked the webpages of a couple of astronomy clubs and don't see anything listed for that night though. http://www.laas.org/joomlasite/index.php/bulletins/current-laas-bulletin https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/event-list.cfm Please check with Caltrans and Kern County for road closures and tire-chain restrictions. Caltrans: http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi Kern County: http://roads.kerndsa.com/road-status-closures Frazier Mountain: http://www.frazmtn.com/fmcoc/snowcond.htm You should check those websites prior to departing for the event. I've changed the start time to 8:00 AM, because we MUST get there early enough to get parking. To facilitate this, I would like to meet at the Flying J (at the turn off I5 to Frazier Mountain Park) at 7:15. I would expect to consolidate cars at that point, so that we have fewer parking spaces required at the parking lot. Yesterday (Feb 24) was so busy that they closed the road to more cars by 2:00 pm. So ... plan on meeting at 7:15 at the Flying J 42810 Frazier Mountain Rd, Lebec, CA 93243 If you decide to drive direct to the parking lot, be at the west end of the parking lot (left side as you come into the parking lot). The trailhead starts about halfway along that side of the parking lot. Basically a cut in the snowbank that borders the lot.

  • SATURDAY MORNING HIKING GONE MILD WILD,WINDING TRAILS,PEAKS,VIEWS

    ***MEETING NEXT TO STEPS PARKING LOT 2..MERRY GO ROUND.*** Look in photo section for pic for meet up point! ***NOT A BEGINNER HIKE *** Hike Location: Griffith Park Distance: 6.5 plus miles Elevation Gain: 1600 ft + Hike Classification: 7/10 (Semi-moderate -UP OUR SATURDAY HIKES ARE JUST GREAT..WITH AWESOME WORKOUT. BEAUTIFUL VIEW,WINDING TRAILS. STUNNING RIDGES AND PEAKS. GRIFFITH PARK HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER .LET'S ENJOY YOUR SHARE OF WILDERNESS WITH AWESOME GROUP OF PEOPLE! FOR EMERGENCY ..RANGER STATION PHONE#(323)[masked] LET'S MAKE IT FUN AND AWESOME WORKOUT, WHILE ENJOYING COMPANY OF BEAUTIFUL AMAZING FRIENDS!!! ☺☺ ☺ SMILES IS BEAUTIFUL THING! FINE PRINT : Wildlife (snakes, bobcats, mountain lions etc) seen in the park, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. ITEMS TO CONSIDER : Hiking boots, Trail running shoes ,appropriate amount of water according to your need,LET 2 LITTER OR MORE, Layered clothing in case it's cold. Long pants in case it's hot, to prevent being bitten by insects. Mosquito and tick spray are recommended. Flashlight.hiking poles if you need it.Snacks ,electrolytes,small first aid kit...etc DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 5 North Bound Exit "Griffith Park exit" Make a right at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp. Go about 0.7 mile to the next stop sign (4 way stop) and make a left turn. (There is a sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow) Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). From Interstate 5 South Bound Go West on Los Feliz. Make a right on Riverside Dr/Crystal Springs Dr into Griffith Park. Go two stop signs (4 way stop) and make a left turn. (There is a sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow) Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking . Put these coordinates in google maps for exact directions from your location:[masked],[masked] Important Disclaimer and Release of Liability : The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests. By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities. The Los Angeles Hiking Group, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event. In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: http://www.meetup.com/terms/ ( http://www.meetup.com/terms/ )

  • 2 Desert Days: Joshua Tree's Wonderland of Rocks, Mecca Ladders

    Indian Cove Nature Trail

    SPACE IS LIMITED. GET ON THE WAIT LIST... DO ONE OR BOTH HIKES.. Hikes start at 1:30 each day I will post a more detailed itinerary soon... Joshua Tree PHOTOS: http://www.meetup.com/los-angeles-hiking-group/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=26868333 Mecca Ladders photos https://www.google.com/search?q=mecca+ladders&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjngv63nf7YAhVGzGMKHfnUDIUQ_AUICygC&biw=1238&bih=919 THE PLAN: DAY 1: we will cover about 2 miles in 4 hours. Hike is medium hard but really scenic and worth it. For moderately Experienced monkeys. We will climb up and down a slot canyon. There are harder options that parallel my route, but I am giving you the option of medium and harder. Bring leather gloves to protect your hands, as the rocks are spiky Bring Lots of water, hat, hiking shoes, bla bla bla. I am not your mom. (As far as I know, I'm not your dad either, but show me a picture of your mom, we'll see...😀) There is No park entrance fee at Indian Cove group campground. DRIVE: is about 150 miles east of Los Angeles. Give yourself 3 hours Google map of the route from west LA: https://goo.gl/maps/EmipscyDBF62 AFTER HIKE DINNER AND POSSIBLE PARTYING IN THE TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY: DINNER AT LITTLE ITALY cafe 55315 CA-62, Yucca Valley, CA[masked]https://www.littleitaly-yvl.com/ THEN.... Karaoke....start at 8:00pm at Kokopelli's Kantina (same building as La Casita Nueva restaurant) 57154 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284 (Hwy 62 at Dumosa) HOTEL ROOMS OR CAMPING IS UP TO YOU GUYS --------------------------------- DAY 2: Afternoon: 1:30pm---5 mile, MODERATELY DIFFICULT loop at Mecca ladders with five 10 to 15 foot metal ladders to climb, 500 foot elevation gain --includes 5 mile drive on a smooth, but dusty, dirt road DIRECTIONS FROM YUCCA VALLEY TO MECCA LADDERS: 71 MILES https://goo.gl/maps/bmvf9c2w22E2 --------------------------------- As usual, you accept all risks of rock climbing and this hike. LEGAL STUFF: by going on this hike, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: http://www.meetup.com/terms/ ------------------------------------------ Stalk Me: http://lameetuphikes.com http://twitter.com/rexfrankel

  • Explore Griffith Park

    Greek Theatre

    TIME CHANGE: New start time: 4:30 P.M. We meet on the sidewalk in front of Parking Lot G, which is just north of, and practically next to, the Greek Theater (2700 N, Vermont Ave). You should be able to find parking in Lot G, Lot F (just below G), or Lot H (the grassy area above Lot G, which is opened occasionally). There is also parking on Boy Scout Road (to your left, as you approach the Roosevelt Golf Course from Los Feliz). Come early to ensure a parking space. This is a strenuous hike. We do many steep, slippery trails, some rock scrambling. The hikes are about 2 hours long and about 4 miles, and those miles include many steep ascents. We move at a fairly rapid pace. but pause occasionally for a few minutes to enjoy the views, smell the flowers, take pictures of the glorious sunsets, etc. You must wear good hiking shoes with lug soles and bring water. Definitely not for beginners. Advanced moderate hikers are welcome to try this hike, but please remember you must be able to keep pace with the leader. If you are not able to keep up, you will be directed back to the parking lot, or shown an easier path to take. Marie

  • (Strenuous) Griffith Park Hike... Beast mode...

    Griffith Park Merry Go Round Lot 2

    For those that want a hard hike on a Tuesday night... There may be running, on downhills, if everyone is up for it. If anyone on the hike does NOT want to run.. just voice your opinion and we'll just walk. Especially in the dark... There may be snakes... You might have to bust a few branches... this means we will be exploring new ridges, trails, routes. Don't expect only well-traveled trail. This will be about 2 hours and will go over the ridge line of the park (razorback) to the south side, then back across... No dogs. Generally no headlights are required or appreciated (unless you see a snake), but if we go off-trail in the dark, we will use lights. You should bring a light just in case. This hike is not for beginners. Expect to sweat and get your heart rate up to maximum for 10 minutes at a time, but it won't be extreme. There will be short water breaks every 15 minutes. Please be aware that Assistant Organizers, Event Hosts, and support hikers are volunteers organize hikes without compensation and assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and made your guests aware of the risks, dangers, and hazards associated with any outdoor activity, and you accept, and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards, and further agree to release, and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, and Event Hosts from, and against any, and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities. Please see the Meetup terms of service agreement http://www.meetup.com/terms/

  • Griffith Park Hike to Mt. Hollywood @ Merry Go Round Lot

    Griffith Park Merry Go Round Lot 2

    This hike is to Mt. Hollywood, about 5 miles/1300 feet elevation gain. This hike is @ 2.5 hours Legend for hikes: These hikes run year 'round every Tuesday. In the leader's (subjective) mind, the hikes are generally easiest the first Tuesday of the month and most challenging the last Tuesday of the month, with everything progressive in between. Beginners are encouraged to come to the first Tuesday of the month. Beginners will receive doses of encouragement the second Tuesday of the month to keep up if unable. The 3-4-5 Tuesdays of the month it is expected anyone that can't keep up with the leader will turn back. No animals allowed on hike The fine print: Wildlife (snakes, bobcats, mountain lions etc) seen in the park, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. We do start ON TIME, no matter how much traffic is on the freeways, inside the park, including if our parking lots are being used by movie crews. Allow yourself enough time for any unexpected surprises. Bring Along: Hiking boots and at least 1 Liter Water. Layered clothing in case it's cold. Long pants in case it's hot, to prevent being bitten by insects. Mosquito and tick spray are recommended. No bright (white) flashlights (it ruins night vision). Red, Blue flashlights are o.k. If you get to the lot after we meet (we start on time!), Sierra Club hikes start at 7:00PM on the opposite end of the lot (next to the stone steps). This hike is to Mt. Hollywood, about 5 miles/1200 feet. From 134 Freeway: (Note, if you are not familiar with Griffith Park Drive, this is a dark single lane route. You are better off taking I5 directions) Exit Forest Lawn. (If coming from Westbound go straight, from Eastbound, Go Right). Make a left on Zoo Drive. Make a right hand turn on Griffith Park Drive. Road weaves through Griffith Park. Continue on road until you hit Crystal Springs Road. Make a right hand turn on Crystal Springs. There's no street sign at the next stop sign. Look for the sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow, follow the arrow. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot, this is Lot 1. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) which will take you to Parking Lot 2. This is the parking lot where we meet. We meet next to the driveway that takes you down to parking Lot 3. From Interstate 5 (either direction) Go West on Los Feliz. Make a right on Riverside drive into Griffith Park. Go two stop signs and make a left turn. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit lot. Park in the back of the lot (the part you entered in). Meet at the back of the lot, where the driveway to the lower part of the lot is. It's close to the "No Practice Driving Allowed" sign is. Where to meet: See above. If you know the park well, it is Merry Go Round Lot #2, just at the path to the lower lot. If you'd like a visual, here is a map. CLICK ( ) for Visual Map of Driving Directions from Ranger Station Put these coordinates in google maps for exact directions from your location: [masked] [masked]

  • TNT & Power Hike

    Griffith Park Merry Go Round Lot 2

    Improve your trail strength, join TNT and get your workout on! The routes vary on a weekly basis and each week is usually tougher than the previous. Whether you choose to run or power hike, there will be no shortage of sweat and laughter. With 3-Groups to choose from, you will find a group that matches your current level. As you improve your cardio strength, you can go from a powerful hiker to trail runner hero! Where? When? Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, Parking Lot #2 TNT Island exact location:[masked], [masked] Start gathering at 6:45pm - Kicking dust at 7pm The Nitty-Gritty: 1 to 3 groups (G1, G2, & G3) - G1 advance runners always do a faster pace, more miles, & elevation gain than the weekly plan - G2 sticks to the Monthly Plan (details below) - G3 power hike pace and usually the most direct route to the peak MONTHLY PLAN: Week 1 - DYNAMITE LIGHT is considered intro to TNT trail runs. All beginner runners are welcome to join. Average: 5.5 to 6 miles, gain 1000' to 1300', steady ascend to the peak, & speed work. Week 2 - TRAIL BLAZERS' DELIGHT a bit more advance then week one. We prefer that you join us on Week #1 but beginner runners are welcome. Average: 6 to 7.5 miles, 1200' to 1500' gain, & speed work. Week 3 - BLAZE TO GLORY - advance trail run and your participation in week #1 or #2 is suggested. Average: 6.5 to 8 miles, gain 1400' to 1900', 1 to 3 steep climbs, & speed work. Week 4 - Zoom-Zoom-Kaboom! Push the pace and try to cover as many miles in two hours. Average: 8 to 12 miles, gain 1500' to 2400', gain & speed work. Week 5 - The rare Week #5 - The Plan is TBD IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in a high intensity activity like this one. My function as an organizer is only to organize the runs/hikes and I assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guests. By signing up for a run/hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and made your guests aware of the risks, dangers, and hazards associated with any outdoor activity, and you accept, and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards, and further agree to release, and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, and event hosts of this Meetup Group from, and against any, and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

  • Late Hike @ Griffith Park

    Griffith Park Merry Go Round Lot 2

    This is a hike to the picnic tables on Mt. Hollywood. This is not a beginner hike but the pace is slow at about 2 mph. Distance is 5 miles round trip. Elevation gain 1200 feet. Duration is about 2.75 hours. Meet at the Staircase on the north end of Merry-Go-Round parking lot-2. We are starting this hike later to fit the schedules of people that can't make it to any of the other hikes (because they all start too early!). We will leave at 7:30PM sharp. It will take a little over an hour to get to the peak of Mt.Hollywood. We will spend 15-20 minutes enjoying the fabulous view of the city, then hike back down the same way we came up. We will be back to the parking lot by 10:15PM. The fine print: Wildlife (snakes, bobcats, mountain lions etc) seen in the park, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. Bring Along: Hiking boots and at least 1 Liter Water. Layered clothing in case it's cold. Long pants in case it's hot, to prevent being bitten by insects. Mosquito and tick spray are recommended. Flashlight. This hike is to Mt. Hollywood, about 5 miles/1200 feet. Directions From Interstate 5 North Bound Exit "Griffith Park exit" Make a right at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp. Go about 0.7 mile to the next stop sign (4 way stop) and make a left turn. (There is a sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow) Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). From Interstate 5 South Bound Go West on Los Feliz. Make a right on Riverside Dr/Crystal Springs Dr into Griffith Park. Go two stop signs (4 way stop) and make a left turn. (There is a sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow) Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot. From 134 Freeway: (Note, if you are not familiar with Griffith Park Drive, this is a dark single lane route. You are better off taking I5 directions) Exit Forest Lawn. (If coming from Westbound go straight, from Eastbound, Go Right). Make a left on Zoo Drive. Make a right hand turn on Griffith Park Drive. Road weaves through Griffith Park. Continue on road until you hit Crystal Springs Road. Make a right hand turn on Crystal Springs. There's no street sign at the next stop sign. Look for the sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow, follow the arrow. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot, this is Lot 1. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) which will take you to a lighted parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). Where to meet: See above. If you know the park well, it is Merry Go Round Lot #2, at the stairs on the north end of the parking lot. If you'd like a visual, here is a map. CLICK () for Visual Map of Driving Directions from Ranger Station Put these coordinates in google maps for exact directions from your location:[masked],[masked]