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  • 24 Mar 2017 6:00 AM | Anonymous

    In the hope of seeing a profusion of wildflowers we will hike a park that is famous for its diversity of plantlife.




    This is a fun loop hike that takes us through about four different environments in 4 1/2 miles. We will cross a meadow to Lizard rock then descend a moderate slope to the creek and make our way over to Paradise Falls.  After that we will follow the creek through a shady forest then ascend out of the canyon to complete our loop.

    Distance: Approx. 4.5 miles
    Elevation change: 700 ft 

    Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

    Hiking time: Approx. 2 1/2 hours


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  • 22 Mar 2017 7:37 PM | Anonymous


    The poppies are in bloom at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.  The park hopes that this week's rain will make even more bloom over the next couple of weeks as long as we don't have a heat wave.  We will hike an approx. three-mile loop around the east side of the park where the poppy bloom is best.  We also have the option to add on another loop around the west side to see some different flowers.  The grape soda lupin really do smell like grape soda!


    Bring a sack lunch so we can have a picnic after the hike.  


    Following the hike, if you have time we can drive The Musical Road a few miles away, on the way back the freeway.  If you don't know what that is, it is a stretch of street that if you drive over it at 55 miles per hour the bumps in the road make you tires play The Lone Ranger Theme Song.


    Tips:

    • It gets pretty windy out there so be bring a jacket and a hat that won't fly off.
    • There is no shade so bring proper sun protection.
    • There is a nice bathroom in the visitor center building so you don't have to bother with the port-a-potties in the parking lot.


    For more info about the poppy preserve go to their website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=627


    Our return time for this one is kind of open ended. If you want to keep to a specific schedule, it would be a good idea to bring your own car.  It will be easy for you to return to your car at any time.


    Please contact me (Angeline@wildwomenhiking.com) directly if you would like to carpool. My carpool will leave from McDonalds off Valley Circle Drive in Calabasas/Woodland Hills at 8:00am. I can carry 3 passengers. Otherwise meet at the Preserve visitor center at 9:30 am Parking fee is $10/vehicle.


    Approx Distance: 3-5 miles

    Approx Difficulty: Moderate

    Approx Time: 3-4 hours


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  • 19 Mar 2017 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    The rain is going to be upon us most of the week, but Thursday looks pretty clear so far.  The Hummingbird Trail is beautiful and should be in pretty good shape after the rain.  We will hike it from the Rocky Peak Trailhead just off Santa Susana Pass Rd and the 118 Fwy.  This will be an "upside down hike", meaning we will hike down the hill first then back up.  It is a butt blaster of a hike, but really fun and pretty.




    We will begin the hike with a butt-blasting climb through a fascinating landscape of boulders, caves and rock features. A bonus fun feature of the Hummingbird Trail is the namesake hummingbirds who will hopefully make an appearance. The trail ascends a rock field that is fascinating to climb.  There are many rock caves to duck into for shady breaks on hot days.  And the view of Simi Valley is pretty spectacular.  

    This is a challenging hike because it is pretty much straight up then straight down again.  The "straight up" part really gets the blood flowing, but the "down" is a relief and still fun because the trail is so lively with rocks. Yes, the 1,000 ft elevation gain sounds intimidating, but we can stop often to enjoy the caves. You can do it!  


    "Explore the otherworldly rock formations that adorn the hillsides below Rocky Peak with this engaging yet challenging hike. Gaining 1,000 feet of elevation in just over 2 miles the difficulty is overshadowed by the geological wonders you will be eager to investigate along the way."
    ~ Best Easy Day Hikes San Fernando Valley 





    Approximate Distance:  5.5 miles (out and back)

    Approximate hiking time: 3-4 hours

    Difficulty: Strenuous

  • 09 Mar 2017 4:21 PM | Anonymous



    This will be a scenic hike that takes us on a trail tour of some of the best landmarks in Griffith Park. We will start down in Fern Dell, hike through the grounds of the Griffith Observatory, and on to Dante's View which is a volunteer tended garden with tremendous views of Los Angeles and the Valley.  We will be in full view of the Hollywood sign most of the way.  Wildflowers are in bloom and so we will take a route that will give us the best view of them as well.


    Afterward, as time allows, those who want to can grab some lunch at Trails Cafe on their shady patio.  There is also the option for anyone who wants to, to hang out on grounds of the Griffith Observatory on the way back (instead of continuing back down to the cars right away) to visit the observatory when they open at 12pm.  It is easy to find your way back down the hill to the Trails Cafe when you are finished.  Observatory admission, ground and telescopes are always FREE.


    The description below of Dante's View is borrowed from The Larchmont Buzz

    https://www.larchmontbuzz.com/larchmont-village-life/dantes-view-griffith-park/


    Dante Orgolini was a Brazilian journalist and artist who came to the U.S. in 1926 to pursue a degree in art at Boston University. He quickly settled into life as a journalist for Brazil’s popular A Noite newspaper covering Hollywood filmmakers and leading movie stars of the period.


    During the years he raised his young family in Los Feliz, Orgolini discovered Griffith Park. Hiking every trail and promontory soon became a cherished pastime for him and exploring the vast terrain of the park gave him a profound understanding of the importance of this natural area with its spectacular views above the ever-expanding city. From these early days, armed with only a pick and shovel he had brought from home, and the help of fellow hikers and park rangers, Dante carved out the mountainside garden that still stands today.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: This hike is in full sun so make sure to bring shade: a hat and/or and umbrella, and plenty of water.  Salty food or electrolyte tabs of your water might be a good idea if you tend to sweat a lot.


    Hiking Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

    (This is not a very long hike but there will be sustained uphill hiking in full sun on a pretty warm day.)

    Approximate Distance: 4.5 miles
    Approximate time: 3 hrs


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  • 04 Mar 2017 7:49 PM | Anonymous



    You no longer have to fantasize about hiking the Beverly Hills backcountry.  Beverly Hills has a backcountry?!! It sure does! It is called Franklin Canyon Park.  We are going to hike (almost) every inch of developed trail within the park for the grand tour.  Franklin Canyon is a little piece of paradise with so much more to offer than you've probably ever seen on casual visits to the park.


    We will start with a short little spur up to an overlook of the whole canyon and end with a peaceful cool-down loop around "Heavenly Pond" to say hi to the ducks and turtles. In our travels we will be in the company of hawks, ducks, and quail, walk the shores of lake, ponds, and streams, enjoy the shade of chaparral, sycamore, and redwoods, and discover granite and slate rock formations.




    A little history you will traverse o this hike -- Early Los Angeles oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny made his summer retreat in the spanish-style ranch house in lower Franklin Canyon.  Water tycoon William Mulholland and the DWP built the dam in upper Franklin Canyon in 1914 to store the water they stole *cough cough*, I mean "channeled", all the way from Owens Valley in the Sierra Nevada mountains via the new Los Angeles Aqueduct. (Watch the movie "Chinatown" and never view the LA Water supply the same way again.)


    This 8-mile hike is open to all ability levels.  The hiking is "Easy", but a hike of this distance would be considered "Moderate".  What's great about this hike is that we will hike several loops that each end at the central road through the park (like hiking around the petals of a daisy), so if a hiker wants a hike shorter than 8 miles there are several opportunities for her to end and return to the parking area via the road.


    Hiking Difficulty: Easy

    Distance Difficulty: Moderate
    Distance: 8 miles
    Approximate time: 4 hrs


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  • 04 Mar 2017 7:33 PM | Anonymous

    We completed Part 1 of the Grand Tour of the Old Stage Coach Road/Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park on Valentine's Day.  We hiked around the North end of the park, saw Spahn Ranch, and hiked down The Devil's Slide, which was turned into a waterfall that day.  Because it was Valentine's Day we lost half the hikers halfway through "the Grand Tour" so let's go ahead and finish Part 2 on Tuesday.  It will rain on Sunday so hopefully there will be a little trickle of waterfall action left on Tuesday.  We will explore the Southern portion of the park an take in as many natural and historic sites as we can for as long anyone wants to hike.  3-4 miles should cover it.






    Approximate Distance: 3 miles, but can be longer if everyone wants to extend it
    Approximate time: 2.5 hours

    Trail Difficulty: Moderate


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  • 24 Feb 2017 6:32 AM | Anonymous
    ***NOTE THE 10:00AM START TIME***



    John Muir once described Eaton Canyon Waterfall as "a charming little thing, with a low, sweet voice, singing like a bird, as it pours from a notch in a short ledge, some thirty or forty feet into a round mirror-pool."

    Its a lot of fun up there right now because more water is flowing in the river than has for many years.  This is the year for us to see our famous local waterfalls.

    This is a fun hike and pretty easy until the last 1/2 mile.  That last 1/2 mile to the waterfall has many river crossings.  It is conceivably possible to keep your feet dry throughout all these crossings, but don't count on it.  You will be happiest and maybe even safest if you just plan to get your feet wet (don't wear cotton socks, they'll be very uncomfortable) and bring a spare pair of dry shoes to put on after the hike.  Also, wear capri pants or shorts or you could end up with soggy bottom pants.  This is a good time to bring poles if you use them.

    After the hike we can all meet at Frida Taco's for lunch nearby on Colorado Blvd. which, incidentally, is also Historic Route 66.
    Frida Tacos
    1731 E Colorado Blvd
    East Pasadena, CA 91106
    (626)666-6966
    fridatacos.com
    There is a parking lot behind the restaurant.

    Approximate Distance: 4 miles
    Approximate Time: 2 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate

    Where to meet:
    Eaton Canyon Nature Center
    1750 N Altadena Dr
    Pasadena, CA 91107
    We will meet in front of the Nature Center

    Remember to bring:
    one liter of water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, sun hat and/or parasol, athletic shoes with prominent tread or hiking boots, personal medications, handful of toilet tissue, small plastic sack for garbage, and sunglasses.


  • 23 Feb 2017 7:39 PM | Anonymous


    The Backbone Trail is a 70 mile continuous wilderness trail that traverses the "backbone" of the Santa Monica Mountains from Thornhill Broome Beach in the west to Will Rogers State Historic Park in the East.  


    To build a continuous wilderness trail of this length through such a densely populated region is an astounding accomplishment that represents 50 years of effort by the State and National Parks Services, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and countless other agencies and volunteers.


    Distance Approx: 7.5 miles 

    Approximate hiking time: 4 hrs
    Difficulty: Moderate


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  • 14 Feb 2017 7:19 AM | Anonymous
    *Each car will need to display the $5 Adventure Pass. You can purchase yours at one of the vendors at this link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/r5/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5208699&width=full
    Big 5, Adventure 16, REI sell these passes.
    YOU CAN'T PURCHASE AN ADVENTURE PASS ON SITE. YOU MUST PURCHASE IN ADVANCE 



    Sturtevant Falls is rumored to be flowing strongly right now and really gorgeous.  Let's go check it out.  We will also hike through a neighborhood of wilderness vacation cabins built in the 1920's and earlier that line a flowing stream.  We will also loop through Hoegee creekside wilderness camp.  It will be a beautiful forested hike in the San Gabriel Mountains.

    A bit about what we will see:

    The mid-1800's saw a fad for backcountry hiking and camping in the San Gabriels. Hikers in the San Gabriels featured such notables as John Muir himself. Some enterprising outdoorsmen capitalized on adventure seeking tourists by building and maintaining resorts, trail camps, and roadhouses throughout the San Gabriel Mountains. Remnants of that era survive today, mostly in the form of backcountry trail camps that are available on a first-come first-served basis, at no charge, to backpackers.

    "Santa Anita Canyon meanders past historic stone and wood cottages built in the early 1900s; huge granite boulders; stacked, log-shaped concrete dams that form 20-fot cascades; and rock-scoured pools.  At the upper end of this loop hike, the trail passes through Hoagies Camp, a deep, wooded trail camp on the south bank of the creek.  It is named for Arie Hoegee, who built and operated a resort camp at the site from 1908 to 1938. The resort buildings were ruined in the floods of 1938 and burned during the Monrovia Peak Fire of 1953." from "Day Hikes Around Los Angeles" by Robert Stone.

    *Each car will need to display the $5 Adventure Pass. You can purchase yours at one of the vendors at this link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/r5/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5208699&width=full

    Approximate Distance: 6 miles
    Approximate Time: 3 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate


  • 11 Feb 2017 8:48 AM | Anonymous




    Santa Susanna State Historic Park  is a desert like environment that used to be a water wonderland.   Many creeks run through the park, there are waterfalls, and there are many of water and wind caves. Wide variety of animals and plants used to thrive in the park and there was a big Chumash settlement there.  When the railroad built the tunnel that runs under Santa Susanna pass they punctured the aquifer and drained the water table from the park.  To this day they have to pump water out of the tunnel to keep it dry. Lots of movies were filmed at the park after it dried up because it has a classic "Old West "atmosphere. 

    Another fun fact is that Charles Manson and his "family "lived for a time at Spahn Ranch that lies along the north border of the park. The park is littered with abandon cars that are rumored to have been stolen and abandoned by the Manson family. 



     We will hike along El Camino on the weather, the road over the past before the 118 freeway was built, We will look down the hill at Spahn Ranch, we will see one of Manson's abandoned cars, caves, a native rock shelter and grinding hole, a waterfall, and hike over the Old Stagecoach Road aka "The Devil's Slide". 


     A little about the old stagecoach Road:  
     The Stage Road was very steep and the trail still shows scars from wheel skids and devices that were drilled into stone to help winch wagons over the pass. The Devil's Slide was the steepest portion of the pass where huge stairs were chopped into the rock for horses to climb. From atop the Santa Susana Pass one can see the railroad tunnel, completed in 1904, which rendered the stage road a less efficient secondary option.

    Trail Difficulty: Strenuous (a good hike for poles if you use them)
    Approximate Distance: 6.26 miles
    Approximate time: 3 hours 


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