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4 Waterfalls hike--(one underground) at Circle X Ranch--Canyon View Trail

SEE WHAT A WEEK OF RAIN DOES TO OUR LOCAL WATERFALL PARADISE!

WHERE: Circle X ranch, in the western Santa Monica Mountains

NOTE: BECAUSE THIS HIKE GETS REALLY POPULAR IN WATERFALL SEASON, WE ARE LIMITED TO 50 HIKERS MAXIMUM, AND CAR-POOLING IS MANDATORY--THE RANGERS GET A BIT CRANKY IF WE PACK THEIR PARKING LOT. WE ARE LIMITED TO 12 CARS.

CARPOOLING IS MANDATORY--A GOOD SPOT TO MEET FOR CARPOOLING IS ON PCH ACROSS FROM NEPTUNE'S NET (AT YERBA BUEBA ROAD). THEN DRIVE UP THE HILL 5 MILES TO THE PARKING LOT. Park in the lot with the sign saying "Sandstone Peak trailhead".


DRIVING TIME: Typically it takes an hour from downtown or west L.A to get here.

ITINERARY: WHEN: 3 PM, Sunday April 3rd

3 pm: Meet at Sandstone Peak trailhead parking lot

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 #2 and 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.

7 PM--watch the sunset and optional dinner at Neptune's Net (located at PCH and Yerba Buena Road)

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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. The last tenth of a mile of the hike requires some climbing over boulders to get to the last waterfall (the grotto--which is the underground waterfall in the picture above)

ELEVATION LOSS AND GAIN: We will descend 800 feet to the grotto in around 4 miles. Then take the elevator back to the top. Only the last tenth of a mile at the last waterfall requires some climbing over large bouders.

WEATHER: expected to be sunny

WHERE TO PARK?: There are 4 dirt parking lots at Circle X ranch. However, we will meet at the Sandstone Peak trailhead (see map)


PLEASE PRINT OUT THIS PRINTABLE VERSION OF THE MAP SHOWING WHERE TO PARK:

http://photos1.meetup...


ALSO, HERE'S A PRINTABLE GOOGLE MAP: click on link

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(NOTE: THE BLUE DOTS FOLLOW THE ROUTE WITH THE LEAST HAIRPIN TURNS--FOR THOSE THAT GET DIZZY EASILY)

--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!


PHOTOS OF THE HIKE:

FROM DECEMBER 27, 2010: http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1200522

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HERE'S A DESCRIPTION OF THIS HIKE FROM MEET-UP IN 2009:
http://www.meetup.com...

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BRING: WATER, A HAT, SUNSCREEN, COMFORTABLE SHOES WHICH YOU DON'T MIND GETTING WET, AND FOOD---THIS IS NOT TOO HARD OF A HIKE!

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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.


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And for more cool hikes this week, see my Calendar of Meetup hikes in L.A.: http://lameetuphikes....

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful area...like the lushness of the foilage...liked the stream crossing and rock scrambling added to the advernture and experience....the Underground Waterfall Grotto fantastic...

    April 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    An amazing Underground Grotto! Kudos to those few who truly demonstrated the spirit of a group hiking experience by willing stepping forward, lending a hand to others, as in the rock scrambling sections, readily partipcipating and assisting rather than just being focused on their own experience and goal

    April 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great hike, especially the grotto fall. Met friendly and helpful folks on the way to help crossing the river and climbing the boulders. Thanks, Rex, for organizing!

    April 4, 2011

  • ! That JOHN G.

    GREAT HIKE!!! Thanx REX... terrific waterfalls and a fun bunch of people

    April 4, 2011

  • Linelle

    Beautiful countryside. Good variety of scenery. I really enjoyed this hike. Thanks, Rex!

    April 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great... hike back was about 1 hour mostly uphill. so I"m gonna say this is more like a 6 mile round trip as opposed to 8 :-)

    April 4, 2011

  • rexfrankel

    Loved it so much I'm doing it again in 2 weeks! We're going all the way down the falls to whatever is there!

    April 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful views and heart-pumping rock jumping. Good stuff.

    April 4, 2011

  • Jackie

    Great time of the year to visit as recent rainfall ensured the waterfalls spots were running. Nice workout ~7 miles total.

    April 4, 2011

  • Rimona

    That was so much fun and so beautiful. Never had so much fun.

    April 4, 2011

  • Frank H.

    Regretting I passed this hike up. Rex, any possibility you may do this hike again soon? Pics looks amazing!

    April 4, 2011

  • Shurovi

    it was a fun day- great group, pretty waterfalls, fantastic grotto...thank you for organising, Rex : )

    April 3, 2011

  • Bob in P.

    Great hike -- Seen Grotto before, but never the trail between Sandstone Peak and Circle X Ranch. Thanks to Shurovi for letting me know about this one!

    April 3, 2011

  • Michael A.

    Awesome

    April 3, 2011

  • Amy A.

    Thanks Rex, once again it was beautiful! The farther you go the more waterfalls you see (and experience), it was a great hike!

    April 3, 2011

  • Vlad

    (note, you have to select whole string starting from http and ending =CLiiuJkG, and copy/paste it in the 'address' bar of you internet browser. As Rex the organizer has ability to post proper links; but I don't.

    April 3, 2011

  • Vlad

    Hi Rex, I see people struggle to arrange carpools. Kind of late, but I created a file at
    https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApvdRRHkwKSxdHk1NzZlTWpkS09jd2RZX1R3cEpnMGc&hl=en&authkey=CLiiuJkG
    anybody can edit /update/etc. Feel free to use it now or later

    April 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alright I'll just be at the PCH spot at 220.. Hope someone has a spot?? See you guys there!

    April 3, 2011

  • !! Steve Mt. Man C.

    any spots for carpool I am here by the Santa Monica Airport[masked]

    April 3, 2011

  • Bob in P.

    Yay -- 'legal' at last ....

    April 2, 2011

  • Jeff

    Rex, I'll be at the carpooling meetup spot by 2:20 if you have a spot still.

    April 2, 2011

  • Adam L.

    hey john, leave from WHERE at 2:20??

    April 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ha-not real clear so throwing this out again-anyone in the Valley still looking for, ie have space for two?

    April 2, 2011

  • Linelle

    For SF valley folks-Either meet us at Balboa/101 @5400 Balboa(Encino Medical Plaza). Cars will be left on the side street which the front of the bldg faces. We will leave here at 145. OR meet us at Kanan Rd and 101 at the park and ride on the south east side of this intersection. There is a Burger King nearby. We will leave this spot at 215. WE MUST hear from you to know we should wait for you. We will not be stopping at Kanan and 101 if there is no need to.
    My cell # is[masked]

    April 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gina, Kurt, We are going from Encino, intersection 101 and Balboa, if you are interesting of carpooling from there, please let me know your e-mails, I will send the information about time and place.

    April 2, 2011

  • Megan M.

    I'm going to be at teh PCH parking lot by 2:20 to catch a ride with someone up to the trail. I'm coming from the Alhambra Pasadena area and will likely leave around 12:45-1:00 to get to the parking lot on time if anyone wants to catch a ride with me there.

    April 2, 2011

  • Katherine

    Hi Rex,
    This hike sounds real adventureous too bad I'm going to miss out on this time but please let me know if you are planning on doing again soon!

    April 2, 2011

  • Deirdre H.

    Yes, I do. I'm picking up one person in Santa Monica. Email me at: [masked].

    April 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just got added from the waiting list. Are there any carpooling opportunities left? I'm in Simi, and can easily go to the valley or anywhere else nearby to link up with others.

    April 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Gina, We are carpooling from Encino, and I think we can find the place in the car for you. Need to check with Linelle and Jeanie, and let you know (i think it already happend tomorrow)

    April 1, 2011

  • GERN B.

    I think I can make it even though yesterday I was in the hospital for getting hit in the face with a turtle on the way to my dumpster diving class which I failed

    1 · April 1, 2011

  • Viviana

    Any one going from Valencia or near by areas?

    April 1, 2011

  • rexfrankel

    Oh yeah, if you are not one of the lucky 50 who got the spots for this hike, and you choose to come on your own, I cannot stop you. But PLEASE carpool anyway. If the Sandstone Peak parking lot is full, please park at the dirt lot 1/2 mile to the west. There is a trail that merges with the Canyon View trail going downhill from that lot. If that is full, you can park at the ranger station lots a 1/2 mile to the west. Here there is also drinking water and clean toilet and hiking trail to the falls.

    1 · April 1, 2011

  • rexfrankel

    CARPOOLING PLAN: Those that want to carpool from the beach to avoid pissing off the rangers, please meet at the beach side of the intersection of PCH and Yerba Buena Road. Then we can take the 5 miles uphill together. I will be there with my gold Nissan Maxima that holds 5 people. Please be there at 2:20 and we will leave by 2:30.

    April 1, 2011

  • Bob in P.

    Yah, yah, that's it --- I'm with Tex ..... er, Rex!

    April 1, 2011

  • Shurovi

    krikey! John, forget your SUV...just bring a big yellow bus we can all hop into...and Bob can bring the "I'm with Rex" t-shirts.

    2 · April 1, 2011

  • Joanne

    On this day, I know nothing, I understand nothing..I am ignorant!

    1 · April 1, 2011

  • Bob in P.

    "HYPOTHETICALLY", my latent alzheimers may kick in and I may forget about the 50 person limit OR I may claim ingorance too, which in MY case is a slam dunk .... he he

    1 · April 1, 2011

  • ! That JOHN G.

    "HYPOTHETICALLY" I may disregard the 50 person limit / come anyways and claim ignorance. MY SUV seats 8 and will pick up whoever's there around 2:20-ish...

    April 1, 2011

  • Jeff

    I coming from South Bay (Manhattan Beach) if anyone wants to carpool, or meet up somewhere along the way. Probably just going to do the hike and head back.

    March 31, 2011

  • Clive

    Jen - I live Burbank / Topanga area - if we get a few together lets do it?

    March 31, 2011

  • Jennifer

    I'm coming from Woodland Hills/ SFV. I can drive, or if someone has room in their car that would be great, I can meet any where. Thanks! :)

    1 · March 31, 2011

  • Deirdre H.

    Ashley, haven't heard if Sheilah is coming with me or not so we do have room. I'm picking my friend up in Santa Monica, but we can meet in Venice (she lives in Playa Del Rey)--- where to leave our cars, though? I hate driving (being from New York City, I learned quite late in life) so if you'd like to drive that would be great-- we would pitch in for gas.

    March 31, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dierdre and/or Sheila, is there room for me? If you want I can drive.. Have a scion xB so good for bags and 3 other people! ..is anyone else coming from Venice/ Westside?

    March 30, 2011

  • Deirdre H.

    Sheilah---I'm coming with one other person. I can pick you and your roommate up in Santa Monica or meet at that Neptune restaurant.

    March 30, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hoping for a carpool for me, newish from Seattle +my roommate new here from Australia. Hoping someone sees a benefit in minimizing the ridiculous gas costs further!

    March 30, 2011

  • Lorie

    SO wish I could go, underground waterfalls!!!?!?!! Have a blast

    March 30, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Carpooling with Macie from WeHo.

    March 30, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so excited!!

    March 30, 2011

  • Jeanie

    @ Olga & Linelle: Great! Can either of you drive? I drive a 2-seater. We should meet wherever is convenient for the driver.

    March 29, 2011

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