SEE WHAT 8 TO 12 INCHES OF RAIN DOES TO OUR LOCAL WATERFALL PARADISE!
WHERE: Circle X ranch, in the western Santa Monica Mountains
WHERE TO PARK?: There are 4 dirt parking lots at Circle X ranch. However, we will meet at the Sandstone Peak trailhead (see map)
FOR A PRINTABLE VERSION OF THIS MAP:
HERE'S A PRINTABLE GOOGLE MAP: click on link
(NOTE: THE BLUE DOTS FOLLOW THE ROUTE WITH THE LEAST HAIRPIN TURNS--FOR THOSE THAT GET DIZZY EASILY)
WHEN: 11 am to 3:30 PM, Monday, December 27th
HOW LONG IS THE HIKE: About 4 miles each way. This is an upside down hike, we go down past 4 waterfalls, then come back up.
ELEVATION LOSS AND GAIN: We will descend 800 feet to the grotto in around 4 miles. Then take the elevator back to the top.
WEATHER: expected to be sunny, after the rain on the 26th
REGARDLESS, PLEASE CARPOOL IF YOU CAN.
--BRING A HAT!!!! BRING 2 QUARTS OF WATER PER PERSON. STAY HYDRATED!. Also, you might get wet crossing the stream. We're in no rush, so let's be careful!
We will first past a series of cascading mini falls. Then we will connect with the Grotto trail, and cross a much bigger waterfall. Soon, to our left,we will see falls #3. Then when we hit the canyon bottom and an old campground, we are really close to the grotto.
The Grotto is really cool because this is a 20 foot underground waterfall, located in a room under a giant boulder in the canyon. On the way we may pass nice smelling wildflowers, if the lilac flowers are blooming yet.
PHOTOS OF THE HIKE: http://picasaweb.goog... (http://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/2908GrottoCircleXRanchWesternSantaMonicaMountains#)
HERE'S A DESCRIPTION OF THIS HIKE FROM MEET-UP IN 2009:
BRING: WATER, A HAT, SUNSCREEN, COMFORTABLE SHOES WHICH YOU DON'T MIND GETTING WET, AND FOOD---THIS IS NOT TOO HARD OF A HIKE!
FOR A MAP OF THE RANCH:
HOW TO GET THERE:
FROM THE WESTSIDE, take the 10 freeway to Pacific Coast Highway, go west past Malibu to Yerba Buena Road. Turn right, go up the hill 5 miles to the Circle X ranch ranger station, and about a half mile past that is the Sandstone Peak trailhead.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO TAKE THE 101 FREEWAY: take the 101 Freeway west to Kanan Dume Road in the city of Agoura Hills. Take it to the south, towards the beach. In about 5 miles, you will come to Mulholland Highway, Turn right, going west. In about a mile, the road forks. Take the left fork onto Encinal Canyon Road. Follow this for about 2 miles. It will run into Decker road (also called Lechuza or Highway 23). Turn Right. This will lead very shortly again to Mulholland. Turn left (west). A short distance ahead is an abrupt right turn called Little Sycamore Rd. (The name soon changes to Yerba Buena Road--don't worry !). Take this twisty road for another 2 miles and you will see the parking area for the Mishe Mokwa trail, go another half a mile and park at the Sandstone Peak trailhead --YES--PARK THERE!. (If you continue west on this road for another 1/2 mile, you will see the ranger station--we are not starting from here, however, there are restrooms and drinking water here)
FINALLY, (LEGAL DISCLAIMER)--YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR BEING CAREFUL ON THIS HIKE. BY COMING ON THIS HIKE, YOU AGREE TO NOT HOLD ANYONE AT MEETUP RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INJURIES.
for Rex's complete guide to Meetup hikes in L.A., see this website: http://lameetuphikes.... (http://lameetuphikes.blogspot.com)