- SEQUOIA/KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK CAMPING
So, we are going to Sequoia for camping, hiking, and fun. We'll see the largest trees on Earth and hike to a nice waterfall. We'll be in the mountains so we'll most likely see some deer and probably see a bear or two. Most definitely we will see some beautiful scenery. Most important, we will have a great time hanging out and socializing. This is a 3 night trip to Sequoia. The cost for the camping is $48.00. Food and drink are NOT included in the cost of the the camping, and you will need to carpool with someone and share the driving expense. There is also a $35.00 fee per car to enter the National Park. This is car camping so you will park your car near your tent and you can bring as much stuff as you want. You should have basic gear for car camping including a tent, sleeping bag, mattress pad, flashlight, ice cooler, hiking shoes, proper clothes, bug spray, sun screen, camp chair etc. The campsite has vault toilets, running water, and there is a store, restaurant, and showers really close nearby. The campsite is all ours and we can make as much noise as we want as long as we don't bother the next campsite which is 1/2 mile away. We will have campfires, and one night we will have a pot-luck dinner/party for the July birthdays. On one day I plan to drive in to Kings Canyon to do the hike to Mist Falls. Another day we will visit the big Sequoia trees including the General Sherman Tree. I hope we will be able to go up to Moro Rock for sunset. Of course, if you don't want to do these, there are plenty of other hikes and attractions to keep you busy. The weather in the area averages 80's/90's in the day and 50's/60's at night. Everyone is welcome on this trip, but I just want to mention that most of our campers on past trips are 35-60 and most people are avid hikers. Just please be in decent physical condition and be friendly and have a good attitude. The photo above is actually from our last trip to Sequoia. There are a limited amount of spots available for this trip and it's first to pay, first served. The campground has limited parking, so carpooling will be required. The campground is only about 5 hrs away, so if you can't get off of work on Thursday, you could still drive up after work. If you want to go, please RSVP "Yes." I'll then contact you through your email address and give instructions on payment. You won't be confirmed to go on the trip until you have paid. (Payment will be through Paypal) The camping is three nights and the cost is $48.00. Sorry no discounts if you can't be there all three nights. Full refund up to two weeks before the camping trip. No refunds after June 27th. Please note that this is BEAR COUNTRY and the campground has strict rules. Any items with a scent MUST be stored in the metal storage boxes that are on the campsites. You must be willing to abide by the rules at this link concerning storage of food and scented items: https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/bears.htm Here is an advisory from the U.S. National Park Service concerning possible poor air quality at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks :https://www.nps.gov/seki/learn/nature/airqualityinfo.htm )
- Temescal Canyon/Skull Rock hike
• What we'll do The Hike is to Skull Rock and a waterfall. Skull Rock offers great panoramic views of the ocean, Santa Monica and the Los Angeles Basin. - Meet at the picnic tables under the pine trees (the parking lot closest to Sunset Blvd) - Difficulty - Moderate - Distance - 4 miles - Elevation - 1200 feet It is a loop hike, returning to the trailhead barely retracing our steps. This moderate hike will start by climbing the Temescal ridge route to the junction with the Skull Rock trail. We will descend into Temescal Canyon past the waterfall. We then pass through a wooded area, back to the parking lot. • What to bring Bring two liters of water, light snack, windbreaker and a hat. • Important to know - Heavy rain cancels. - There is parking in Gateway Park, but it costs about $10.00. If you don't mind walking a bit farther, parking is free on Temescal Canyon Blvd. south of Sunset Boulevard.
- 🍺❤️ FIREWORKS / POTLUCK / HIKE and PARTY - Los Liones BLUFFS 🍺❤️
FIREWORKS - HIKE and PARTY!!!!! Pot-Luck / BRING FOOD and DRINK TO SHARE!! Pretty EASY 4 miles R/T (half way up to Parker Mesa on a BLUFF overlooking the ocean) leaving the parking lot at 6:55-ish IF YOU'RE RUNNING LATE YOU CAN EASILY FIND US!!! **We'll leave BLUE chalk at each turn... POTLUCK suggestion: lets go by BIRTHDAY... Jan Feb March - Veggies / Salad Apr May June - Protein July Aug Sept - Pasta / Carb Oct Nov Dec - Fruit / Desert everyone bring your own beverages, plates / glasses / utensils / napkins / blankets ***if you have a specialty that doesn't fit into your category feel free to go for it, it's just a suggestion and nobody will check your ID. *************************************** BRING a FLASHLIGHT ***************** ⛔️ GOOGLE MAPS ⛔️ https://goo.gl/maps/Mf8ZYpMPC1fFfGgQA ***parking restrictions AFTER 11PM so we'll have to start heading down by 10 PM unless you're parked elsewhere LEGAL STUFF: AND AS USUAL, YOU AGREE BY GOING ON THIS HIKE THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AND THAT THE MEETUP FOLKS HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR SAFETY. PLEASE SEE THE MEETUP TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP: http://www.meetup.com/terms/ ESPECIALLY PARAGRAPH 11.
- 💦💧WARM WEATHER / COOL WATER / SWIM / BRIDGE TO NOWHERE / POTLUCK / PARTY! 💦💧
Bridge to Nowhere - Trailhead
85 DEGREES / COOL OFF IN THE STREAM!!! ✅BRIDGE TO NOWHERE / SECLUDED WATERFALLS / THE LOST MINE✅ (yup, it's EARLY... but due to the popularity of this hike, all the good parking spaces are gone pretty early... sooo... ya gotta do what ya gotta do) This hike takes us IN THE WATER!!!! We cross the stream every 15-20 minutes, and can swim, splash, sit in it etc etc... Lovely cascading stream, shear granite walls, and the mysterious "Bridge to Nowhere" !! GOOGLE MAPS / SMARTPHONE MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/aBXvdkpfjpk ( https://goo.gl/maps/aBXvdkpfjpk ) **************************** ✅The Plan✅ 1) Hike past bridge / hike to secluded waterfalls / hike to lost mine / have lunch (not necessarily in that order) (leave pot-luck items in car) swim / shenanigans 2) Hike back to cars 3) Drive 4 miles to Peak for Potluck ✅✅ BRING AT LEAST 3 LITRES OF WATER ************************************ it's approx 90 minutes from the West Side to the roadside parking area, and most-likely a 10-15 minute walk to the meeting area, sooo... ⛔️***LEAVE THE WEST SIDE NO LATER THAN 7:40 AM***⛔️ ************************************************** ** WATER SHOES REQUIRED.... ( OR SHOES YOU DON'T MIND GETTING WET ) WE'LL BE GOING THRU 1-3 FEET OF WATER** just past the bridge are places to swim / dive off of rocks / some places are up to 6-8 feet deep depending on "Mother Nature Stuff" which weathermen can't even explain. Although the hike is 11 miles round trip... it's EASIER than a lot of the steep 8 mile hikes we do, cuz theres hardly any altitude change; around a few hundred feet You'll need an Adventure Pass... you can get them at REI or Adventure 16, or the RANGER Station on the way to the hike (see the nifty map) 1 pass is required per vehicle and costs $5. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A PASS it's no big deal... they'll issue you a ticket which costs $5, so in many cases it's easier to just pay the ticket. IF you're familiar with the hike and have an adventure pass, you can of course meet everyone at the trailhead GOOGLE MAP https://goo.gl/maps/aBXvdkpfjpk ***IF you bring a dog... they NEED to be on a leash, AND they need those little "DOG BOOTIES" since the sand is VERY HOT. TEMP SHOULD BE A BIT WARM... AROUND 85 DEGREES... but since we're in the water often ya hardly notice it... THERE ARE SEVERAL opportunities to cool off in the water. We'll be stopping at EACH river crossing to PLAY and COOL OFF!!! If the distance is an issue: There are a few places where you could stop to chill out on a rock and wait for us to come back. (it's an out and back, NOT a loop) "Bridge to Nowhere" is a bridge built in 1936 that was supposed to connect Azusa with Wrightwood. A series of avalanches and technical snafus delayed and eventually ended construction of the road... thusly... it's a bridge that goes "Nowhere"... there are BUNGEE jumpers that jump off the bridge on weekends... OHH!!! and people pan for gold in the area... one guy last year said he made $30,000 from the gold he mined on weekends. -11 Miles ROUND-TRIP with a MINIMUM elevation gain; traversing a stream 5-6 times. The stream is 2 feet deep... and is 4-5 feet in a few places ( PERFECT for cooling off in!!! ) note... we won't be hiking in water OVER 2 1/2 feet -Shoes WILL GET WET!!! (wear a pair you can get wet, and bring an extra pair to change into AFTER the hike) -Difficulty 7/10 only because of the distance. It's mostly flat... with a moderate amount of rock scrambling -Will take approx 7-8 hours AT A RELAXED PACE.... (no speed-racers) we'll be stopping occasionally to rest / take photos / swim / eat -lunch in the shade, next to the stream -minimum amount of poison oak; like "hardly any" -we'll meet near the trailhead, across the parking lot from the RESTROOMS, about 30 yards prior to the trailhead at 9:30AM and LEAVE at 9:50-ish IT TAKES APPROX 90 MINUTES TO DRIVE FROM LA AND THE VALLEY 🌼GOOGLE MAP🌼 https://goo.gl/maps/aBXvdkpfjpk -ADVENTURE PASS REQUIRED - 1 PER VEHICLE. Costs $5; Available at REI and the National Park Office ( You'll pass a National Park Office on the way... on Route 39 / Azusa blvd; approx 2.8 miles north of the 210 Freeway on the RIGHT side of the road) but... ✅if you DON'T have a pass and get a ticket, it's only $5...✅ DO NOT: (these have been done on previous hikes here) 1) DO NOT change in and out of your shoes every time we cross the stream... if you do, everyone will point at you and call you funny names... then we will leave you behind 2) DO NOT forget water and end up drinking from the stream. There's some tiny creatures in the water that I can't spell that may make you sick if you ingest them. Bring AT LEAST 3 liters of water 3) DO NOT bring a pet who is afraid of the water... 'nuff said 4) DO NOT wear flip-flops from the 99 cent store... you won't have enough traction for the semi-steep descent to the stream at the end and you may fall and everyone will point at you and call you names and then we will leave you Afterwards... DRIVING 4 miles to pot-luck on a peak overlooking the canyon... POTLUCK suggestion: lets go by BIRTHDAY... Jan Feb March - Veggies / Salad Apr May June - Protein July Aug Sept - Pasta / Carb Oct Nov Dec - Fruit / Desert everyone bring your own beverages, plates / glasses / utensils / napkins / CHAIRS OR BLANKETS ***if you have a specialty that doesn't fit into your category feel free to go for it, it's just a suggestion and nobody will check your ID. LOGISTICS of the Pot Luck... After the hike we return to the cars and drive to the peak... 4 miles from the parking lot... the area where we're gonna hang is next to a large parking lot... Thanx!!! John
- 💦💦 GROTTO WATERFALLS / 6 MILE HIKE / NEPTUNES NET for FOOD / BEACH SUNSET !!!
Sandstone Peak Trailhead Parking
The GROTTO winds through plush vegetation and down the canyon where there is a series of 3 small WATERFALLS and a small CAVE. There WILL be some easy rock scrambling involved. **** LEAVE the West Side no later than 11:40 AM ****GOOGLE MAP TO PARKING AREA https://goo.gl/maps/ha2egCXnRRq - approx 900 foot elevation drop - MODERATE hike - APPROX 3 1/2 HOURS THERE WILL BE SOME EASY ROCK SCRAMBLING!!!! SORRY... NO DOGS past the grotto... (you'ld still be able to do 80% of the hike) the PARKING LOT is the same lot we use for the Sandstone Peak hike... Bring a snack for our stop at the bottom. We'll be going to Neptunes Net for food after the hike... From the corner of PCH and Yerba Buena... APPROX 6 miles up the hill; PASS the Ranger Station at Circle X Ranch... and go APPROX an additional 1.5 miles to the parking lot on the LEFT. PLEASE CARPOOL!!!!!!!! PARKING IS LIMITED!!!
- 🍔 1 BRIDGE, 3 CAVES 🎂 JENNY'S BIRTHDAY 🎵 BEATLES CONCERT at WARNER CENTER 🎵
SEMI-EASY 4 MILE HIKE thru the forest, thru the woods, over a bridge and into 3 caves!! There's several Indian Morteros ( those holes etched into rocks where the Indians ground up acorns to make flour ) GOOGLE MAPS to the hike: click here https://goo.gl/maps/6hALPKEvT32WLW2G7 there's a fair amount of VOLUNTARY rock scrambling and a very small amount of bushwacking... a medicine circle and there's a POSSIBILITY of a very friendly horse along the way also... GOOGLE MAPS to the hike: click here (https://goo.gl/maps/R47TQQekeXB2) 🍕 AFTERWARDS; BEATLES - STONES COVER BAND at WARNER CENTER 🍔 4:30-ISH till 8:30-ISH GOOGLE MAPS to WARNER CENTER (14 minutes from the hike) https://goo.gl/maps/i4JCCys3Gv5BH86E7 MORE concert info: (there are food trucks) https://www.valleycultural.org/concerts_events/beatles-vs-stones/ https://mommypoppins.com/los-angeles-kids/event/free/concerts-on-the-green 🍕✅💜🍔
- 🌗🌔🍔 FULL MOON / POTLUCK / HIKE and PARTY - Los Liones BLUFFS 🌗🌔🍔
What do we do when it's too HOT during the day??? NIGHT HIKE!!! FULL MOON HIKE and PARTY!!!!! Pot-Luck BRING FOOD and DRINK TO SHARE!! SUNDOWN 8:06 / MOON RISES AT 6:49 Pretty EASY 4 miles R/T (half way up to Parker Mesa on a BLUFF overlooking the ocean) leaving the parking lot at 6:45-ish -ish IF YOU'RE RUNNING LATE YOU CAN EASILY FIND US!!! **We'll leave ORANGE chalk at each turn... POTLUCK suggestion: lets go by BIRTHDAY... Jan Feb March - FRUIT / DESSERT Apr May June - VEGGIES / SALAD July Aug Sept - PROTEIN Oct Nov Dec - PASTA / CARB everyone bring your own beverages, plates / glasses / utensils / napkins / blankets ***if you have a specialty that doesn't fit into your category feel free to go for it, it's just a suggestion and nobody will check your ID. ***COULD A FEW PEOPLE BRING GARBAGE BAGS???? THANX!! *************************************** It'll be pretty bright with the FULL MOON, but you might want to BRING a FLASHLIGHT just in case. ***************** ***parking restrictions AFTER 11PM so we'll have to start heading down by 10 PM unless you're parked elsewhere
- 💦💧 BEAR CANYON / 7 miles / SHADED HIKE / MEXICAN FOOD AFTERWARDS 💦💧
BEAR CREEK SHADED HIKE!! Gonna be HOT in town, so cool off with us in the mountains!! THE PLAN: 1) Hike 2) MEXICAN FOOD at GRINGOS LOCOS 3) Shenanigans This hike is mostly shaded, 7 miles and has a GRADUAL 1,600 ft elevation change. SMALL amount of poison oak which wasn't a problem at all last time we did the hike. It's slightly steep in places, but we're gonna take our sweet-ass time so don't worry about falling behind. You'll need an adventure pass, one per vehicle for $5 / Available at the ranger station within a mile of the trail ( see nifty map ) GOOGLE MAPS TO TRAILHEAD: https://goo.gl/maps/EJQQRAstwvyZ7QnN8 LEAVE THE WEST SIDE no later than 10:15 to park and walk to the trailhead ( 10:00 if you have to purchase an adventure pass ) DOGS ARE OK ON LEASH!!!!! DOGS ARE OK ON LEASH!!!! GOOGLE MAPS TO GRINGOS LOCOS: https://goo.gl/maps/CWLfFYFesEB886Rp7
- 🌼🌺 FOSSIL RIDGE to STUNT ROAD SADDLE / REEL INN / WINE 🍷 / SUNSET 🌼🌺
7 miles round trip and an OCEAN VIEW!! (parking is sometimes an issue... so carpool if possible) 1) HIKE FOSSIL RIDGE follows a small creek under a dense growth of TREES.... up and back (not a loop) so if you only wanna go a couple miles and turn back, you just retrace your steps and go AT YOUR OWN PACE!!!! 2) drive to REEL INN (down TopangA, right at PCH... 100 yards on right) 3) (optional) SUNSET and WINE TASTING at Rosenthals (next to Reel Inn) ( there's a GREAT meditation-rock at the beginning that would be PERFECT to just chill-out for a while if you don't wanna do the entire distance ) ELEVATION GAIN 1,800 FEET; at a RELAXED pace and a break at the top for a snack it should take around 5 hours. OH... and there's FOSSILS towards the top. SORRY.... NO DOGS :-( GOOGLE MAPS: https://goo.gl/maps/BDuay9G2rtqVdTW6A TO GET TO THE HIKE: HEAD up PCH from Santa Monica to Topanga Canyon (about 4 1/2 miles from the California Incline or 5 1/2 miles from the PIER) Turn RIGHT onto Topanga Canyon and go approx 4 1/2 miles and make a LEFT on OLD TOPANGA CANYON road. Approx .4 miles (four tenths) from the turn is the parking area on the left. There's LOTS of additional parking along the road if that lot is full.