Life is WILD!
Retrace some of the steps of Cheryl Strayed.
Date: May 30, 2015
Time: 9am - 3:00pm
Distance: 11 miles
Elevation Gain: 2000'
Difficulty: 7/10 Advanced Intermediate
Bring appropriate hiking gear including but not limited to: Hiking shoes, hiking socks, 3 liters of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, first aid kit, appropriate clothing, water, camera, trail snacks, energy bars, water.
Directions: (See Google Maps link below)
Take Interstate 5 north, to Hwy 14 north, to Agua Dulce Canyon exit. Turn right, go 2 miles to Soledad Canyon Road. Turn left, go 6 miles to Indian Canyon Trail-head, turn right into the parking lot.
This is the shuttle drop off spot. All drivers leave your passengers here then follow these directions.
Exit the parking lot turning left, go 6 miles to Agua Dulce Canyon Road, turn right, go 2 miles back to Hwy 14 freeway. Continue north on Agua Dulce Canyon Road 1.8 miles to the stop sign. Go straight and turn right into Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, 10700 West Escondido Canyon Road. Turn left at the intersection and follow the road to the picnic tables at the end of the parking lot.
From here we will shuttle the drivers back to Indian Canyon Trail-head.
Google Maps Guide (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/34.4669356,-118.329622/34.4378814,-118.3360589/Indian+Canyon+Rd,+Acton,+CA+93510/10700+Escondido+Canyon+Rd,+Santa+Clarita,+CAemail@example.com,-118.3123787,14z/data=!4m16!4m15!1m0!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x80c2f342a414b983:0x778b6d278aea097e!2m2!1d-118.2728358!2d34.437172!1m5!1m1!1s0x80c28abc67a8dcb7:0xc7d7f172cfbe73c5!2m2!1d-118.320694!2d34.4885893!3e0) - this shows directions From 14 Fwy to Indian Cyn Trailhead and back to Fwy and on to Vasquez Rocks Shuttle spot. The first spot (Indian Cyn) is where the drivers leave off the hikers....the second spot is where drivers go and leave their cars, and get shuttled back to the first spot.
Leaving the Indian Canyon Trail-head we enter the river bottoms into a surprisingly lush, and marshy area.
What's that? A train may pass us as we cross into the mountains.
Wildflowers adorn our path as we push onward.
A tunnel to where???
We're on the right trail!
Our hike finishes at the amazing Vasquez Rocks!
After hike BBQ
Join us at my house in Acton for a pot luck, barbeque lunch. Maps with the address will be provided. Bring your favorite culinary creation and drinks to share.
After the feast we'll screen the movie "Wild" with Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern.
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