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Monkeying around with Bees (Peak) & Rocking down to Bouquet Falls, a loop

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Bouquet canyon falls--Quarry Road trailhead

34092 Bouquet Canyon Road · Bouquet Canyon, CA

How to find us

ignore map link above--it is PROBABLY wrong. SEE MAP BELOW. THE CORRECT GPS LINK: N 34.55376 W 118.41365, and Google maps' address is 34068-34098 Bouquet Canyon Rd

Location image of event venue

Details

FOR INTERMEDIATE TO EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY. THIS IS AN ADVENTURE HIKE AND CLIMB DOWN THESE ROCKS TO THE BOUQUET WATERFALLS!

(part 1 of my 2 part North L.A. County monkeying around today. Hike #2 is at Vasquez rocks park at 2:30 PM)

http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/events/219625629/

BELOW: THE 20 FOOT WATERFALL. BELOW IT IS 1/4 MILE OF CASCADES (smaller falls)

(ABOVE: Bouquet falls and rocks)

We will start our hike at the Quarry road parking area on the east side of Bouquet canyon road, and follow a wide dirt road starting from the west side of Bouquet canyon road that gains 1100 feet in elevation in 3 miles, eventually reaching the Saugus Del Sur fireroad (see map below). We will soon reach the 3700 foot summit of Bee peak by using a single-track trail along the summit, where we will stop for lunch. From there, we will take a narrow dirt trail down the hill to some rocks. Known as Pelona Schist, these are very solid dark-colored metamorphic rocks. We will climb down them carefully, losing the remaining 200 feet in elevation as we bottom out at Bouquet Canyon creek. Here we will check out the waterfalls, which are a series of year-round flowing cascades with one 20 foot falls and numerous small drops. There is some poison oak in the falls area so I will point that out. From the falls it is a 1 mile walk along the roadside back to our cars

LENGTH: about 6 miles and three hours at least

PHOTOS FROM OUR LAST TRIP HERE:

http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=9028742

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WEATHER: expected temperature: 55 degrees, 90% chance of "showers" in morning, clearing after noon

http://www.weather.com/weather/5day/l/14166:19:US

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DIRECTIONS--GPS LINKS:

BELOW: trail sign just north of parking area

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

take the 405 or 5 freeway north of L.A. and just after the merger of the 5 and 405, take right lane onto the 14 freeway. In about 5 miles get off at the Sand Canyon road exit, go north (left turn) 2 miles and when it intersects Sierra Highway, turn right, go 1/4 mile then turn left onto Vasquez canyon and follow this road for about 3 miles and then turn right at Bouquet canyon road. Go north on Bouquet canyon road for about 9 miles. You will see a sign saying "Quarry Road". Park in the dirt area on the right side of the road just before the sign.

GPS coordinates:N[masked] W[masked]

(when driving, if you reach Bouquet reservoir, you have gone too far. The parking areas are 1 1/2 miles downhill from the Bouquet dam)

PARKING HERE DOES NOT REQUIRE A NATIONAL FOREST ADVENTURE PASS.

PRINTABLE MAP TO BOUQUET MEETUP SPOT:

http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/8/7/d/4/highres_128854772.jpeg

PRINTABLE TOPO MAP WITH TRAILS: http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/8/9/b/4/highres_129095252.jpeg

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THE USUAL STUFF:

BRING ALL THE USUAL STUFF, I'M NOT YOUR MOM....

Bring clothing (sorry, nude hikes are a different Meetup group), lots of water, LUNCH, hat, comfy shoes, snacks, all your troubles..., guitar, camera, etc

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/

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You can see my blog at http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com (http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com/) for stories on new parkland purchases and other environmental battles, like the recent addition to Vasquez Rocks park.

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