Past Meetup

A 100 foot tall Chimney cave, a kings's crown & oranges and rocks at Sage Ranch

This Meetup is past

54 people went

Castle Peak/Ahmanson Ranch

24477 Vanowen St. · West Hills, CA

How to find us

meet at the west end of Vanowen a few hundred feet west of Valley Circle Blvd.

Location image of event venue

Details

CAVE-CLIMBING TO A ROCKY PEAK IN THE WEST SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, WITH LUNCH AT THE PEAK: 3 HOUR HIKE

THEN OFF TO NEARBY SAGE RANCH FOR A 2 HOUR LOOP HIKE TO MORE ROCKS AND VIEWS ALL THE WAY TO THE OCEAN (if it's clear...)

(above: Sage Ranch)

(Above: the Cave of the Munits)

(above: CASTLE PEAK)

Castle Peak and Cave of the Munits—hike is about 3 miles (the Cave is a 100 foot tall chimney cave--has a hole in the top where you can see the sky).

HIKE DIFFICULTY: CASTLE PEAK: Medium--we will be ascending through a chimney cave which does not require ropes or climbing equipment. This requires using your hands, however. When we climb out the top of the cave, we will continue up a hillside to a notch in the ridge. (total gain of 700 feet). Just over this notch is the civilized trail that will take us east to Castle Peak. From Castle Peak, we will go back on the same ridge trail (not going down through the cave) and it will lead us back down to the trail crossroads and to the cars.

WE THEN DRIVE ABOUT 15 MINUTES NORTH TO SAGE RANCH FOR A 2 MILE LOOP HIKE ON THE ROCKY PEAK.

Difficulty: Sage Ranch has only about 200 feet of elevation gain and the trails are wide and civilized. We will do a little bit of rock exploration at the start of this hike.

WE'LL BE BACK AT SUNSET, AND WE CAN TAKE DINNER SUGGESTIONS...

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DOGS: no dogs, please, even if on leash. You will have to carry your dog up through the cave, and Rover will not be pleased.

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DIRECTIONS: Castle Peak Park—located at the west end of Vanowen Avenue (take the 101 freeway to Valley Circle offramp, go north to Vanowen, turn left (west) and park in neighborhood)

MAP TO THE MEETUP SPOTS: "A" IS CASTLE PEAK PARK; "B" IS SAGE RANCH

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=34.21776,-118.65320&z=13&t=M&marker0=34.19569%2C-118.65938%2C4.4%20km%20SW%20of%20Chatsworth%20Reservoir%20CA&marker1=34.24076%2C-118.67217%2C4.1%20km%20WxNW%20of%20Chatsworth%20Reservoir%20CA

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http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1583291

http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1274467

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AS USUAL: BRING 3 TO 4 LITERS OF WATER, A HAT, SUNSCREEN, COMFORTABLE SHOES, LUNCH, SNACKS

LEGAL STUFF: finally, 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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