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Our next Meeting will be on
May 2, 2017
/ LB Chapter Monthly Meeting on the first Tuesday of the month from
7:00 to 9:00 PM.
All Chapter Jamboree
May 11-14, 2017
Renew, Recover, Rejuvenate, those words come to mind when visiting Sage Hill Campground. Having been a very popular camping location for GO in past years, it has recently gone through some very difficult times. A major wild fire and a prolonged drought had left the area parched and, for lack of a better word, dying. But not anymore! Nature has a way of quickly breathing life back into places if there's enough rain, and boy has there been a lot of rain! The Santa Ynez River has roared back to life. Towering oak trees are once again thick and leafy canopies of green as well as the surrounding hills. With a healthy smattering of wild flowers and wildlife it's your opportunity to come back with your friends of Great Outdoors and witness the healing powers of nature!
There are many scenic hiking trails, swimming holes along the river, and down the road are some of the best wineries on the planet! Hiking, Swimming and wine tasting are on the agenda.
Not to mention many great places to eat and drink, Danish pastries anyone? There's also the Chumash Casino located in the nearby town of Santa Ynez if anyone wants to try their luck there as well.
Emerald Canyon - Bommer Ridge
May 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM Sharp
Please Contact the Trip Leader if you plan to atttend.
This moderate hike loops through coastal canyons and high open ridges in the heart of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. The route follow tree-shaded Willow and Emerald Canyongs, passing weather-carved rock formations and meadows. The hike also includes Emerald and Bommer ridges, with panoramic vistas of the ocean, coastline, and San Joaquin Hills.
We start at the northwest corner of the parking lot at the tailhead and head up Willow Canyon, traversing Willow Ridge, Laurel Canyon, Emerald Canyon, Bommer ridge, and Big Ben Trail. This hiking trail boasts the coveted shade of sycamore and oak tress, large sandstone boulders, and grassy oak woodlands. The total distance covered is approximately 6.5 miles, with an elevation gain of 1,400 feet.
The hike will begin promptly at 8:00 AM. Please arrive prepared with the club recommended essentials (http://www.greatoutdoorsla.org/page-18105). Snack breaks will be taken at regular intervals.
Mount Baldy Day Hike
May 20, 2017, 8 AMPlease Contact the Trip Leader if you plan to atttend.
Come with us to Mount Baldy, the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains. We will be leaving from the trail head at Manker Flats north of the Mount Baldy Village. You will need an Adventure Pass to park. The hike will leave at 8:00 AM. If coming from the west on the 210, exit Baseline Rd. and turn left at the first signal and then right on Padua. Then right on Mt. Baldy Rd. When you come to Manker Flats (the road has a median there, drive to near the end of the median), you can find parking along the road. If you arrive at the ski area, you have gone too far.
From Manker Flats, we will follow the mountain road to San Antonio Falls which flows year round. Continuing on the road, at .six tenths of a mile, we will hit the trail up through San Antonio Canyon. Our next stop will be a the Sierra Club's ski hut. After a rest there, we will continue across a rocky area, and then climb up the canyon to a ridge. From there, we will have a steep climb to the summit at 10,064 feet.
On a clear day, it is possible to see as far as the Channel Islands, Mount San Gorgonio, Mount San Jacinto, the Santa Monica Mountains, and far out into the desert.
At the summit, we will enjoy the views. People can eat the lunches that they have brought for the hike. After lunch, we will descend via the Devil's Backbone trail. This is a spectacular trail that descends to the Mount Baldy Ski Area. The trail is a narrow spine with dramatic dropoffs on both sides, A Mount Baldy from Mount Ontario
When we reach the Mount Baldy Ski Area lodge, we can partake of food and drink in the restaurant for those who wish to do so. Then we will hike down the ski area access road, back to our cars at Manker Flats. Total gain/loss is 3,900 feet. Total mileage is 11.25 miles.
Check out the other chapters' upcoming events:
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|Click here for Los Angeles Opera presents Tosca trip notes||Canceled for lack of interest |
(Feel free to go on your own)
|Click here for 2017 Jamboree Trip Notes||05/11-14/2017|
|Click here for Emerald Canyon - Bommer Ridge Loop Day Hike notes||Date change to 05/14/2017 from 05/06/2017|
|Click here for Mt. Baldy Day Hike notes||05/20/2017|
|Click here for Big Pine Creek Beginner Backpack notes||06/02-05/2017|
|Click here for Dogwood Car Camp Trip notes||06/09/-11/2017|
|Click here for Mt. Wilson Observatory Tour notes||06/24/2017|
|Click here for Second Recess Intermediate Backpack notes||07/08-14/2017|
|Click here for San Jacinto Day Hike notes||07/23/2017|
|Click here for the Lakes of the Glacier Divide Advanced Backpack|
|Click here for Mineral King Advanced/I|
Intermediate Backpack notes
|Click here for Los Angeles Conservancy Art Deco Tour of Downtown notes||09/30/2017|
|GO Conference and Jamboree||10/13-15/2017||Click here for El More - Crystal Cove Day Hike notes||10/29/2017|
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