NOTE: I am leading two hikes in the forest today. This one starts at 11:30 Am. The second starts at 5:00PM near the intersection of Mount Wilson Road and the Angeles Crest Highway
NO ADVENTURE PASS IS NEEDED TO PARK CAR. BRING LEATHER GLOVES TO HELP KEEP YOUR HANDS IN ONE PIECE.
DIRECTIONS: start at the 210 freeway and the Angeles Crest Highway (Highway 2). Drive up the hill on Highway 2 for 35 miles and the only restaurant you will see is Newcomb's ranch. (It is about two miles uphill from Chilao campground). We meet at the north end of Newcomb's Ranch parking lot at 11:30 AM. The Drive from the 210 to Newcomb's takes about 1 hour.
11:30 am: MEET AND GATHER OUR WITS AND COFFEE AND CAFFEINATED PEP DRINKS. THEN CAR-CONVOY NORTH TWO MILES TO BASE OF ROCK FORMATIONS
We will car-convoy 2 miles north of Newcomb's Ranch restaurant. On the hill in front of us are 5 collections of adventurous and climbable granite monoliths
NOON: HIKE STARTS: rock scrambling up ridge above the Angeles Crest Highway to the 5 collections of granite rock formations that tower above the road. 500 feet elevation gain and about 4 miles. NO ROPES ARE NEEDED
We will eat lunch on top of the rocks. After reaching the northern-most rocks we will drop down to the road and loop back to our cars
(trivia: JohnHenge is either named after the national forest restroom at the north trailhead, or famed hike leader That John guy, who discovered them)
my photos are posted here:
MORE PHOTOS: http://www.meetup.com/santamonicahikingclub/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1045755
THE USUAL STUFF:
BRING ALL THE USUAL STUFF, I'M NOT YOUR MOM....
Bring clothing (sorry, nude hikes are a different Meetup group), LUNCH!!!, lots of water (1 LITER PER HOUR OF HIKING), 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: