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San Rafael Hills—Descanso fireroad/Cherry Canyon trail

  • Nov 27, 2010 · 11:00 AM
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WORK OFF THAT THANKSGIVING FOOD-FEST ! #4 in our exploration of the Rim of the Valley Trail system: to the hills above Descanso Gardens and Mount Cerro Negro. Length: 6 ½ miles Elevation Gain: 600 feet on mostly wide fire-road Difficulty: 4 out of 10 Beautiful views of the city and surrounding mountains WHEN: Saturday November 27th at 11 am BRING: WATER, HAT, SUNSCREEN, COMFY SHOES, SNACKS FOR THE REST STOP AT THE TOP OF CERRO NEGRO. FOR A GOOGLE MAP:
http://maps.google.co... CLICK FOR PRINTABLE TRAIL MAP:
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FOR MORE INFO:
http://sambana.com/in... DIRECTIONS TO PARKING: The hike is in the Cities of Glendale and La Canada-Flintridge, just south of the Descanso Gardens botanical garden and starts at the end of Stancrest Drive where it goes under the 2 Freeway.. FROM THE SOUTH: Take the 2 freeway to the Verdugo Blvd. offramp, and turn left. You will be heading west and go under the freeway. At the first street past the freeway on ramp, turn left onto Valihi Way. Follow Valihi south and turn left onto Stancrest. Follow Stancrest and stay to the left when the road forks. Soon Stancrest will go underneath the freeway. Just past the underpass is the trailhead. Park there. FROM THE NORTH: take the 210 east to the Oceanview Blvd. offramp, and go south (right turn). Follow Oceanview to Verdugo Blvd. and turn left onto Verdugo. Then turn right onto Valihi Way and Follow Valihi south and turn left onto Stancrest. Follow Stancrest and stay to the left when the road forks. Soon Stancrest will go underneath the freeway. Just past the underpass is the trailhead. Park there. FROM THE EAST: take the 210 west to the Oceanview Blvd. offramp, and go south (left turn). Follow Oceanview to Verdugo Blvd. and turn left onto Verdugo. Then turn right onto Valihi Way and Follow Valihi south and turn left onto Stancrest. Follow Stancrest and stay to the left when the road forks. Soon Stancrest will go underneath the freeway. Just past the underpass is the trailhead. Park there. FROM THE WEST: Take the 101 freeway, until it turns into the 134 freeway and follow it all the way to Glendale, then take the 2 freeway north and exit at Verdugo Road. Turn left at Verdugo and left again at Valihi Way. Turn left at Stancrest Drive and stay to the left when the road forks. Soon Stancrest will go underneath the freeway. Just past the underpass is the trailhead. Park there.

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  • Gabor

    Good trail for conditioning!

    December 6, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed this hike nearby the highway! Thanks!

    November 29, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time. Rex does a great job leading.

    November 28, 2010

  • BJORN

    AS ALWAYS AN A+

    November 28, 2010

  • Shurovi

    beautiful views, good workout, wonderful company...thank you, Rex for organising : )

    November 28, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    it was a beautiful day for a hike and, as usual, met lovely people but i'm so glad i did not know how long it actually was as i may not have joined up, which would have been my loss...

    November 28, 2010

  • rexfrankel

    Beautiful day, really nice people, challenging intellectual conversation. Oh, and everyone, sorry, it was actually 9 miles, not 6 miles. D'oh!

    November 28, 2010

  • Todd Z

    great group of people. the weather was perfect.

    November 28, 2010

  • Puck

    Nice hike except Some of the slower hikers were left behind on the way back and almost took a wrong turn.

    November 28, 2010

  • Jay B.

    Very cool. Thanks, Pablo!

    November 27, 2010

  • Pablo

    Alright people... my app kinda crashed on me when I was uploading the map so I lost the elevation map. BUT here it is nontheless:
    http://tinyurl.com/276odno
    Click on the end waypoint in the second page to see the other stats. Photos to come later. :-)
    Good hike!

    November 27, 2010

  • Patty L

    missed it...got lost! :(

    November 27, 2010

  • Rimona

    Missed the hike..there was a family issue to deal with........

    November 27, 2010

  • rexfrankel

    As far as I know, dogs are allowed here as long as they are on-leash.

    Also, the hike should be done by 2:30 OR 3 at the latest.

    November 26, 2010

  • Rebeca

    Approximately how long will the hike last?
    11:00 to ?
    Thanks!

    November 26, 2010

  • Lee Z.

    Let me stick my toe in the water here....a 4 level hike you can bet it is not too challenging at all. You wlll definitely not be crossing any streams and the elevaton is minor.

    November 26, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the difficulty level due to length/elevation, or are there difficult parts of the trail, due to stream crossings and/or narrow parts that could be a problem for those who don't care for heights?

    November 26, 2010

  • rexfrankel

    difficulty is 4 out of 10.

    November 25, 2010

  • Lee Z.

    Great venue...I used to live up there...haven't hiked that trail for years. If I was still in town I would go

    November 22, 2010

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