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Rattlesnake Peak via Road to Nowhere

  • Dec 6, 2008 · 8:00 AM
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http://www-scf.usc.edu/~munarett/rattlesnake.html UPDATES BELOW: Alright, I've been doing some thinking. I am going to restrict YES rsvp's. Here are the guidelines for being a YES on 9/10 and 10/10 hikes: 1. You have hiked with me before on a 9/10 and 10/10 rating hike. Be it my hike or Ze's. 2. You are able to keep pace or stay within 5 minutes of the main group. 3. You are a part of a preorganized Second Unit. 4. Are able to show that you have previous mountain-hiking experience. I'm sure more are to follow. For those on that I placed on the Waitlist, it means that you have not hiked with me and I do not know your fitness level. Please send me an email stating your training/fitness level and hiking experience. If you do not email me, I will change your RSVP to NO.
This hike is for MODERATE to ADVANCED levels ONLY unless a second unit is established the THURSDAY BEFORE (12/4) the hike. Lower than moderate level hikers are welcome so long as there is an experienced leader with you. I will not allow 'yes' rsvp's to those who don't do cardio regularly for any unit. This hike will destroy you. If you would like to lead this Second Unit, please email me.
Rattlesnake Peak it is. We'll meet at the end of Shoemaker Canyon Rd. I'm thinking about changing the time for perhaps 730 or 8. Although we may head a little past Rattlesnake to add some more elevation. That information is still being researched. Email me if you have questions. For all trips, wear boots or sturdy shoes, and bring lunch, lots of drinks, warm clothing (depending on altitude) Trips are canceled in the event of rain (unless trip leader states differently). So assume it is canceled if it's raining the morning of. The trip "leader" is a volunteer and not a real leader (i.e. not liable for the group). Think of it as hiking with a group of friends. Joining LA Hiking hikes is entirely voluntary and participants assume the full risks associated with the activities. It is each hiker's responsibility to ensure that s/he is in sufficient fitness and health to participate in a strenuous hike, with the appropriate water, food, clothing, first aid, and navigation equipment for the conditions. The LA Hiking Group and the individual organizers make no warranties about the safety or supervision of these activities.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    December 8, 2008

  • Tim L.

    Awesome views, but brushy trail and slippery, rocky terrain. After reaching the peak I explored the parallel ridge west of the main ridge. It was an interesting adventure with some serious bushwhacking. Every possible species of sharp, thorny plants were on that ridge! At one point I fell on a yucca and got skewered nice and good.

    December 8, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Weather today around Islip Saddle was too bad to hike so I gave up S Mt Hawkins.

    December 7, 2008

  • Guido

    Although the way down was tough, mostly cross-country, with nasty buckthorn and yuccas, I enjoyed it very much. Great group and fun time at the restaurant.

    December 7, 2008

  • John Q.

    haha cougars...thanks mike.

    December 6, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    A good tough hike with a constant incline. Bad idea to try and break in new shoes on a hike like this. Outstanding views. The route back to the cars was steep, slippery and crowded with nasty yuccas and brush but I'm happy we took it. Certainly made it more adventurous and more interesting than going back the same way.

    December 6, 2008

  • John Q.

    The way up, steep. the way down, steep. legs, cut up. current status...slightly delirious.

    December 6, 2008

  • Véro

    very nice loop, beautiful views, and of course, very fun group :-)

    December 6, 2008

  • Tim L.

    I might start a bit earlier to get a head start. I'll be on radio Ch. 17-22.

    December 5, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rattlesnake it is! I'm driving from Redondo, so if anyone else is in the south bay let me know. Also, happy to meet in Azusa to consolidate cars.

    December 5, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    hmmm i was also thinking about this: http://www.gpsmountaineering.com/copterridgeandmountislip i know i know, too many ideas

    December 3, 2008

  • John Q.

    If i had a crystal ball to look into, it would more than likely show a rattlesnake...

    December 1, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm leaning toward Rattlesnake with the baldy thing on watch for melting snow. going up rattlesnake is the main goal, plus checking out the ridge toward S Mt Hawkins. However I think it maybe be too long to go all the way to S Hawkins mileage - wise, so maybe check out part of the way with time constraint

    December 1, 2008

  • John Q.

    wow. that elevation profile is amazing!

    December 1, 2008

  • Guido

    I agree with Joe. The ridge from Rattlesnake winding towards South Mount Hawkins looks very interesting...

    December 1, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    well, at least up to rattlesnake, and a little beyond

    December 1, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rattlesnake Peak Traverse!!!!

    December 1, 2008

  • John Q.

    lol thanks guido. Still looking at the alternates and holding onto hope for a sudden warmup.

    December 1, 2008

  • Guido

    A pic of the current conditions of the backbone:
    http://www.summitpost.org/image/467702//tom-skirting-harwood.html

    December 1, 2008

  • Guido

    I was in the Baldy area this weekend and yes, the snow level is down to about 9,000 feet and even lower on the north slopes. That would certainly make the descent from Baldy to Dawson tricky. In case you don't want to try going up Baldy anyways, how about Rattlesnake Peak Loop from Shoemaker Road or Monrovia Peak? Just some thoughts...

    December 1, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    based on this snow level, there will be no hiking at that elevation. we are not doing any snowshoes / crampons. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31755050&l=5853d&id=68602558

    November 30, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Joseph,

    Any word on how much snow is up there? I'm thinking we may need showshoes and/or crampons. Maybe we will get lucky and the weather gods will give us a Santa Ana this week and much of it will melt. Make them some kind of sacrifice - please!

    November 29, 2008

  • Véro

    I'll make cookies too :-)

    November 24, 2008

  • John Q.

    thx Lorraine, that sounds good! I volunteer Ofir to carry them. All those in favor say "AYE." All of those opposed...well, that's the only option :)

    November 24, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dear Weather God: I am sorry. You are the god, I am just Joe the Hiker. I was kidding about that whole 'permitting' thing. You know who's boss. I just hope you take into consideration our needs too, and just maybe delay any major snowstorms until after Dec 6, 4 pm? Pretty please?

    November 23, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Newman!

    November 23, 2008

  • Tim L.

    Hey now, I did put a sad face smiley after that snow comment ;) Besides, it's your fault Zé. You angered the weather gods with your crack about WE will permit the weather to be good, haha :P

    November 23, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    oh and we have a traitor among us! although Tim is signed up for this hike, he actually wants it to SNOW. he is hoping our plans are thwarted!

    November 23, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    is it like going up twin peaks?

    November 23, 2008

  • John Q.

    lol thx mike. i'm especially looking forward to it now!

    November 23, 2008

  • John Q.

    you know rachelle, i often wonder that too. except i don't ask that question until it's already too late.

    November 22, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Baldy, Pine & Dawson. We really should start hiking no later than 7 a.m. We want to insure we are back on trail and on our way down while there is still light. 7:15 is fine too, provided that's when we get started.

    November 22, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wait, how did I get roped into this? :P

    November 22, 2008

  • John Q.

    yea, that's a good suggestion Tim. But like Iron, I'm a sucker and just follow where the group goes. And if the group is heading to La Tolteca after, then i'm there too!!!

    November 21, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    yup, definitely is. i mean, gain per mile up is going to be over 1000 ft. that's worse than Iron mt! and it will have the same level rating, although i bet its less torturous going downhill. and there's no yuccas to deal with

    November 21, 2008

  • Tim L.

    I mapped this out on TOPO and looked at the elevation profile. Man, this is going to be rough. Folks, this is definitely a 10/10 in difficulty! Although one good thing is you can stop at Baldy and not go on to Dawson and Pine if you've had enough after Register Ridge, which is exceedingly steep.

    November 21, 2008

  • John Q.

    We should be good with light. We should be on the Ski Hut Trail by the time the sun starts to set. Pack the headlamps I suppose.

    November 20, 2008

  • Guido

    I guess that's what it will boil down to. I think we should be on top of Baldy (first time) at around 10am.

    November 20, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    yes, so basically be at Manker flats at 7:15!

    November 20, 2008

  • Guido

    something to chew on... If we want to do Baldy via register ridge and further to Pine via north backbone...and be back at the car in daylight:
    about 2.5 hours to baldy from mankers flat (via register), up to 4 hours from Baldy to Dawson, Pine and back (haven't done it myself but there is a trip report from Travis whom some of you may know), and about 2 hours down from Baldy to the car. So you're looking at a minimum of 8 hours of hiking, but 9-10 hours probably is more reasonable.

    November 20, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    weather permitting? no! WE will permit the weather to be good.

    November 20, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    excellent...

    November 19, 2008

  • John Q.

    thanks guido. 2600' in 1.5 miles! I think this'll be a retirement hike for me :) Hope you can make it out to this one.

    November 19, 2008

  • Guido

    November 19, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    or a baldy loop. or some crazy shit

    November 18, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rachel is in town, and she will NOT accept anything but a hard hike.

    baden-powell traverse is nice. i've done that so won't do the same thing though its a good one. if you guys do that. i'm gonna lead a 'side hike' that instead will hit islip and all the hawkins peaks at least.

    November 18, 2008

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