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Vasquez Rocks--all the rocks, and nothing but...

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Vasquez Rocks

10700 West Escondido Canyon Road Agua Dulce, CA 91390 · Agua Dulce,, CA

How to find us

meet in the dirt parking lot all the way into the park. There are porta-potties there.

Location image of event venue

Details

WE'RE GONNA HIKE VIRTUALLY ALL THE TRAILS AT VASQUEZ ROCKS AND CLIMB ALL THE COOLEST ROCKS!

11 am to 4:30 pm, or so...(park gates close at 5)

BRING A CAMERA!

A lot of my fellow hikers say they get lost in the vast honey-comb of trails at Vasquez. And no websites have a detailed trail map. So I took an aerial photo and transferred the trails to a topo map, added in shading for the hills and rocks and creeks. It is posted below.

Our hike goes up, down, and all around the rocks, and we should be there all day, from 11 am to 4:30 pm-ish. Nothing too difficult, and you can bail out early and I won't be offended.

DISTANCE: 6 TO 8 MILES, MAYBE.

ELEVATION GAIN--AROUND 150 FEET IN THE FIRST PART OF THE HIKE, AROUND 500 FEET NEAR THE END.

So bring lunch, comfy hiking shoes, snacks, plenty of water (at least 3 liters--the water in the drinking fountains sucks!). We'll follow the creek a ways and go through the freeway underpass just for the heck of it. We'll check out the punchbowls and waterfalls in the north-west corner, assuming mother nature complies and gives us some rain. We'll see Native American pictographs (which may or may not be authentic, I'm told). I'll bring my guitar and try to annoy you with my bad attempts at singing the classics (rock, that is).

AFTERWARD: We'll head to the Big Mouth Pizza place in Agua Dulce for pizza, salad, beer, etc.

33323 Agua Dulce Canyon Rd
Agua Dulce, CA 91390

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www.bigmouthpizzaco.com (http://www.yelp.com/biz_redir?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bigmouthpizzaco.com&src_bizid=wR6rIoSKpXuBV041F22zPA&cachebuster=1327095978&s=ed988ce5fd7c302bb95a9ace997a68b2424764a360ee2255fa7bf5c6ee433e9d)

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DIRECTIONS:

Take the 14 freeway north of L.A to the Agua Dulce Road offramp. Turn left and go 2 miles to the park entrance.

HERE IS A MAP: "A" is the park entrance, "B" is where to park and meet-up, and "C" is the Big Mouth Pizza co.

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=34.48279,-118.31949&z=13&t=M&marker0=34.48949%2C-118.32010%2C11.6%20km%20W%20of%20Acton%20CA&marker1=34.48517%2C-118.31378%2C11.0%20km%20W%20of%20Acton%20CA&marker2=34.49477%2C-118.32649%2C10.8%20km%20SxSE%20of%20Bouquet%20Reservoir%20CA

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FOR LOTS OF PHOTOS AND MAPS: https://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/VasquezRocksSanGabrielSierraPelonaMountainsPinchpoint

https://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/ChasingTheSnowInVasquezRocksAndActon

OUR HIKE ROUTE:

for a printable version of this map, click here: http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/1/d/6/2/highres_87247522.jpeg

FOR A PRINTABLE AERIAL TRAILS PHOTO: http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/6/6/a/0/highres_88166272.jpeg

LEGAL STUFF: finally, by going on this hike, you agree to assumeall 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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YOUR HIKE LEADER: is somewhat of an expert on local history, environmental battles and native plants, (so if you are looking for advice on drought tolerant native plants and wildflowers, or suing developers to save open spaces, come on this hike)!

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.

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