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(Trekker Series 1) Circle X Ranch - The Grotto Falls

  • Feb 2, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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A Repeat of This Hike Has Been Scheduled on May 4, 2013.

Organizer: Mike Cheng

Lead: Alex

Sweep: Jeff L

Safety detail: Scott Hathaway

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Location: Malibu, CA

Hike difficulty: Level 4/10 (with extensive bouldering at 6/10 level of difficulty)

A beginner hike: No

Distance: 4.5 miles (This is a partial loop hike.)

Elevation Gain: 850'

Time: 4 hours

Trail condition: Single file trail, big boulders, mostly shaded

Water: Minimum 2 liters

Guest: 1

Dog: no

Toilette: at Circle X Ranch ranger station

Parking: Circle X Ranch parking lot. Parking space is quite limited. Carpooling is a must.

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Direction: Pacific Coast Highway to Yerba Buena Road. Turn inland; go 5.4 miles to Circle X Ranch Ranger station.

What to bring: hat, long pants, sunscreen, gloves, energy bar, lunch, snacks, water, and the usual stuff.

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Trail description:

This 5-mile partial loop hike visits a unique destignation around Malibu. From the parking area for Circle X Ranch, we plan to walk down the access road down to the tailhead, which descends to a narrow bolder-filled canyon that houses the mysterious grotto. Along the way, the trail passes in and out of shade as it follows a small creek down the mountain.

The trail comes to a sudden end as the creek, the west fork of the Arroyo Sequit, passes through and beneath large rocks. Continue downstream, passing over big boulders. The water can be seen between the boulders some ten feet below.

There are several ways where you can get down between the rocks and explore the grotto. Continuing over the rocks, to the point where the creek makes its exit. At the base of the grotto, water tumbles off a rock like a shower head, dropping twelve feet into an enclosed pool. Here a ring of shallow water around a tall boulder creates a semi-circular cave.

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2013 Activities:

Trekker Series: On the 1st Saturday of the month and will be 6 miles or less.
Explorer Series: On the 2nd Saturday and will be 7- 8 miles.
Adventurer Seires: On the 3rd Saturday and will be 9 miles or more.

Mountaineer Series with elevation gain of 4000' and more will be scheduled for 3rd and 4th quarters for seasoned alpinists.

Exploratory hikes are available off schedule. To participate, you must be a strong and seasoned hiker. Please email me if you are interested.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with me or with Los Angeles Hiking Group frequently will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

No show policy: If you sign up for an event and no show, you will either lose your waiting list priority or not be able to sign up for the next event.

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Warning:

If you have prior medical condiction or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: http://www.meetup.com/terms/

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  • Cindy F.

    Great hike, nice people, accommodating weather- what more could one ask for?

    February 5, 2013

  • Elizabeth T

    That was a lovely trail, very scenic. Definitely a new favorite. Great to see the old crew and nice to meet new hikers. Thanks, Mike for another fantastic hike!

    February 4, 2013

  • Leo S.

    thanks Mike. Climbing on the rocks was great!

    1 · February 2, 2013

    • Camilo

      Thanks a bunch Leo for lending me a hand along those hard to reach areas of the climb ;-)

      February 4, 2013

  • Willie

    Great, wonderful people to be around with....
    Thanks Mike...

    February 4, 2013

  • Lou

    Great day in the Santa Monica mountains and perfect weather for rock scrambling. Mike, thanks for another fantastic outing!

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • sondra

    Thanks Mike for another great adventure. Thanks Luis for Driving. Thanks Anna and Courtney for riding!

    February 3, 2013

  • Luis

    Postd 130+ pics of a great day out. hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • Ceci

    Great hike, beautiful location and wonderful seeing the regulars back on the trails...see you next week!

    2 · February 3, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Hopping rocks with a great bunch of hikers! This was an enjoyable day! Thanks Mike for organizing another great experience!

    2 · February 2, 2013

  • olivia c.

    To Mike Cheng: Erica told me she was giving me her spot! I didn't know you were not suppose to do that?? and I DID NOT GO!!!! I went with another group and had a great time!!!!! thanks......

    February 2, 2013

  • Luis

    LOve this hike. A nice workout with extremelly nice people. FIrst time I have joined one of mike's hikes and I met a lot off people I hope to see again soon.

    February 2, 2013

  • Erica

    Thanks Mike, Great hike in perfect weather!

    February 2, 2013

  • LaNisha

    Great hike as always. Thanks Mike.

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Anna B.

    Mike, Thanks for organizing another great hike!

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Linda W

    Really fun!

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Courtney

    Great job Mike....fantastic people and hike. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • alex

    great hike and great people .. Mike as always you done a great job at getting everything right

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Frances

    First hike with Mike and the group, and it was so fun. Thanks for organizing.

    February 2, 2013

  • Paul G

    Thanks Mike. Great hike and a great group.

    February 2, 2013

  • Shannon A.

    We're almost there but will be about 15mins late. Coming up the 1PCH. There are 4 of us carpooling

    February 2, 2013

    • Lee Z.

      Late?? Really??? that's hard to believe

      February 2, 2013

    • Ceci

      Isn't it! We are never late. Good thing we are fast enough to catch you even with a 15minute handicap.

      February 2, 2013

  • Zarina

    Great!

    February 2, 2013

  • olivia c.

    ok Erica gave me her spot, but I see that she is going? so I don't want to be rude and just show up. I hope to make it next time.

    February 2, 2013

  • Erica

    Gladys, you can have my spot. I can not find anyone to carpool with. I'm sucks at find place without an actual address. Afraid get lost and can't find the group, I need to give up my spot.

    February 1, 2013

    • olivia c.

      thank you very much!!! I hope they let me go in your place? I'm going and see.

      February 2, 2013

    • Erica

      Sheridan has offered to carpool with me.

      February 2, 2013

  • Cindy F.

    I would like to meet at Neptune's Net about 8:00. It takes awhile to climb that hill to Circle X- I've done it a few times. Better to be early than miss it! Let me know. I'm coming from Beverly Hills. I have a Highlander and can do the driving, but would rather not, as I don't like driving these steep roads very much.... thanks

    February 1, 2013

    • Sheriden

      Cindy, I am planning to leave Neptune's Net area at 8:35. It only takes 15 minutes from there and this leaves 10 min for bathrooms.

      February 1, 2013

  • jennifer

    Hi there - Is anyone is driving from Culver City? Would like to catch a lift w/someone in the area if possible. Happy to contribute gas $. thanks!

    January 11, 2013

    • Cindy F.

      Jennifer, I would like to carpool. I'm leaving at 7:15 from Beverly Hills. Can you make it here by then? I'm on Olympic near Beverly Drive.

      February 1, 2013

    • Sheriden

      Cindy and Jennifer, will you meet Erica and I on PCH right before Neptune's Net, so we can have a full car going to the ranch? Need to be there by 8:35 to have enough time to get to Ranch and bathrooms b/f hike starts.

      February 1, 2013

  • Frances

    Anyone leaving from pasadena? If so, please email me via Meetup and I will check my email later. Thanks

    February 1, 2013

  • olivia c.

    I really want to go on a hike tomorrow, and if I get a spot tonight would be nice,cuz just in case I am waiting for another group, so please people if you are not going let us get in today? so can can make plans what other hikes to do? please, please???!!!!!

    February 1, 2013

  • sondra

    2 questions - Mike do you think meeting in Sherman Oaks at 7:45 will get us there before 9? (101 to the 23)
    To all my carpoolers, I just bought a Silver Honda Accord EX so look for that in the Ralphs parking lot on Coldwater, pretty roomy trunk for backpacks and whatnot.

    January 31, 2013

    • Russ

      That part of Westlake Blvd is the 23.

      January 31, 2013

    • sondra

      OK to all my carpoolers, I am putting the Ranger station in my Iphone app so if we need to park in another lot we might need to leave 5 minutes earlier.

      February 1, 2013

  • Erica

    Erica and Jennifer looking for ride from Torrance and Culver City. If anyone from OC We can meet you on one of 405 exit.

    Thanks!

    February 1, 2013

  • LaNisha

    Probably have the longest drive. Can carpool or or meetup with a group. Coming from Riverside

    January 31, 2013

    • Luis

      Hi Lanisha, not sure if it would be beneficial for you but I am heading out from the Pacoima brandford park area... think 5 fwy and 170 fwy split. if it works for you I have another possible carpool-er and you can ride with us for the remainder of the way. email me for more info if your interested.

      February 1, 2013

  • Sheriden

    I am coming from the West Side and would like to carpool from the PCH, right before Neptune's Net. Anyone else want to meet there?

    February 1, 2013

  • Ken S.

    I have a torn calf muscle that is preventing me from hiking right now. If not healed up by the middle of this coming week I will relinquish my spot. I really hope I don't have to but it isn't looking good right now.

    January 24, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Can't tell you how much I wanted to go on this one. This is turning out to be more serious than originally thought. I see quite a few people I know here, so please ENJOY EVERYBODY.. And as always safety first!

      1 · January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK Mike, I have to ask... what is a level 4/10 hike? The fact that I have to ask makes me skeptical that this hike may be a bit too advanced for me. I hike 2-3 times a week at Griffith Park 3-5 miles. I haven't done boulder climbing. I'd love to give it a go... but I also don't want to hold up the group. Any suggestions/thoughts?

    January 30, 2013

  • Erica

    Me too, anyone from Torrance or southbay area want to carpool?

    January 3, 2013

    • Erica

      Thanks Mark, count me in.

      January 3, 2013

    • Erica

      Hey Mark, Jennifer will carpool too, pls. let me know if your car have space for Jennifer and I?

      January 29, 2013

  • Linda W

    Does anyone want to carpool from East SGV like Duarte/Arcadia? Or Alhambra? I can chip in for gas.

    January 4, 2013

    • Courtney

      see you at the same spot like last time...Thanks

      January 29, 2013

    • Luis

      Finally got on the list, and I will becoming from the Arleta area (5 & 170 FWY split) I would be willing to drive. Car seats 5. (3 of them snugg).

      January 29, 2013

  • alex

    I will be comming from miracle mile fairfax district area. If anyone want st set up a carpool to the trail head...

    January 29, 2013

  • becky (ngoc bich) l.

    Hi Linda, IM close by Arcadia, can carpool with U and Erik

    January 4, 2013

  • Ceci

    Hmmmm! Black Friday of hiking...everyone is waiting to get in.

    January 4, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Rock hopping and bouldering make the hike so much more fun!

    January 2, 2013

    • sondra

      yeah yeah yeah!!!!!!!

      January 3, 2013

  • Luis

    If by some miracle I make it onto the main list I'm open to picking up two people. I live in Arleta... think 5fwy meets the 170 fwy area. I also backpack and will bring my ceramic filter to give us water filtering capabilities on the trip.

    January 3, 2013

  • sondra

    If anyone wants to carpool from the SFV let me know. I am in Sherman Oaks so very accessible to 101 or 405, but I think mikes idea of taking the 101 to Westlake makes sense.

    January 3, 2013

  • sondra

    @Mike I always use hiking boots, but some are more waterproof than others, so I have to decide which boots.

    January 2, 2013

  • Luis

    Mike would you happen to have a gpx route for this trip? Last time I was over to malibu and did the Solstice canyon trail I had considered trying that trail as well. If I can't make the main group I may mosey on over on my own and would find the gpx file very helpfull. Thanks.

    January 2, 2013

  • Erica

    I will try to hike every weekends with the group, hopefully, I lose few pounds gained over the holidays and bring down my cholesterol level :)

    January 2, 2013

  • cynthia

    is the bouldering steep? or just easy scrambling?

    January 2, 2013

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