November & December 2014 LATH Hikes

201411hikesIt’s almost time for the holiday season and our LATH Hike Leads have prepared a great list of hikes for November and December to close out the 2014 LATH hiking season.  We’ve had some great adventures in 2014, including our recent Grand Canyon Road Trip Hike!  Just so you know, that trip was one that the hike leads had planning on setting up for a few years, and it finally came to fruition! Throughout 2014, we’ve met many new hikers that have become part of, what our hikers have warmly called, our LATH family. We’re happy to have with us while we go on some great hikes in and around Los Angeles.  In addition, at the end of our hiking season, we have schedule a LATH Winter Break (details listed below the December hikes) to allow our hike leads to take a well deserved break. But hey, the season’s not done yet, so let’s get to that hikes list schedule and go on a LATH hike!

FOLLOW LATH ONLINE
The LATH Digital Team keeps you updated on upcoming LATH hikes/events, provide outdoor news/updates, share fun pictures, and help answer your hiking questions. So make sure you follow us on:
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BEFORE YOU CLICK ON A HIKE LINK BELOW, PLEASE NOTE: The hike information on each page may not be up to date with regards to its meeting info/date/time it was linked from. However, it will display (or be created with) the correct information (date, times, and assigned hike lead) as the hike approaches its scheduled date. It does take some work to update these, so we work on the ones with closer upcoming dates first. If a hike has multiple upcoming dates (typically Wednesday night hikes), only the most upcoming date (and info) will be displayed, and will be updated accordingly.

HIKE LIST KEY:
Canceled Hike, Event, or Information

Added or Replacement Hike or Detail
* = New LATH Hike or Special Event (Information may be pending, if so, will be linked at a later date)

LIST LAST UPDATED:  DEC 03, 2014, 5:23 AM

NOVEMBER
Sat – Nov 01 – Level 6 – North Etiwanda Preseve – 8:00 AM
Sun – Nov 02 – Level 4 – Ernest Debs Park – 9:00 AM
Wed – Nov 05 – Level 5 – Griffith Park – Vermont – 7:00 PM
Sat – Nov 08 – Level 2 – Arroyo Pescadero – 8:00 AM
Sun – Nov 09 – Level 6 – Schabarum Park – Powder Canyon – 8:00 AM - (CANCELLED)
Sun – Nov 09 – Level 4 – Griffith Park – Dante’s Peak – 8:00 AM – (REPLACEMENT HIKE)
Wed – Nov 12 – Level 5 – Griffith Park – Merry Go Round – 7:00 PM
Sat – Nov 15 – Level 3 – Eaton Canyon Falls – 8:00 AM
Sun – Nov 16 – Level 4 – West Fork – Cogswell Dam – 8:30 AM
Wed – Nov 19 – Level 4 – Griffith Park – Vermont – 7:00 PM
Sat – Nov 22 – Level 7 – San Jacinto Peak- 7:30 AM
Sun – Nov 23 – Level 4 – El Prieto Canyon – 8:00 AM
Tue – Nov 25 – Level 4 – Marshall Canyon – 8:30 AM
Wed – Nov 26 – Level 4 – Griffith Park – Merry Go Round – 7:00 PM
Fri – Nov 28 – Level 4 – Claremont Hills Wilderness – 9:00 AM
Sat – Nov 29 – Level 5 – Hollywood Sign – 8:00 AM
Sun – Nov 30 – Level 7 – Inspiration Point – 8:00 AM (CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN)

DECEMBER
Wed – Dec 03 – Level 5 – Griffith Park – Vermont – 7:00 PM (CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN)
Sat – Dec 06 – Level 5 – Mishe Mokwa – 8:30 AM
Sun – Dec 07 – Level 3 – Monrovia Canyon Falls – 8:00 AM
Wed – Dec 10 – Level 5 – Griffith Park – Merry Go Round – 7:00 PM  (Last LATH Hike of 2014)

LA TRAIL HIKERS – WINTER BREAK
From December 11, 2014 to January 6, 2015
During our Winter Break, the LA Trail Hikers group is dormant and will not schedule or lead any hikes. This allows our hikers and hike leads to enjoy the holiday season and take a well deserved break until we return at the start of the 2015 LATH Hiking Season.

2015 LATH HIKING SEASON
We will start the 2015 LATH Hiking Season on: Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

WHAT IS A HIKING LEVEL?:
Please make sure to gauge yourself based on the hike’s difficulty level by looking at our Hike Level descriptions.
Find out more about hiking levels here:
http://latrailhikers.com/about/hike-levels/

HIKE CANCELLATION NOTE: Should any hike need to be cancelled (due to heavy rain or other reasons), we’ll try to post on our website’s hike’s detail page and on our Facebook page, about 1 .5 hours prior to the meeting point, so you are aware. Otherwise, the hike is considered a go.

ADDITIONAL HIKE NOTES:
– Weekend hikes are primarily in the morning unless otherwise indicated.
– All hikes are subject to change, cancellation or other modifications. We may even add in additional hikes that may not appear on the original posting.
– We try to schedule 2-3 months worth of hikes so we always have a fresh new set every so often.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE WITH THE GROUP ON THESE HIKES?
1. Read the details page for the hike you’re interested in.
2. Make sure that the Hike Level accommodates your hiking experience.
3. If, and only if it suits you, then (optional: RSVP via Facebook for the event and) show up the day of the hike with all necessary gear and water (we mention everything you need on each details page per hike).

MY FRIEND SAID I CAN DO THIS HIKE, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT, RIGHT?
We take your safety quite seriously, and would not like for you to attend a hike you’re not ready for.  You know your body and hiking experience better than your friends. Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced hiker, please read our hike details page as the hike may not suite your experience level. We have a better experience if every hike has hikers of the intended level.

DISCLAIMER: LA Trail Hikers and its Leads/Organizers/Volunteers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm,bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking “Attending,” or attending the hike, you confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold any hike lead/organizer, participant, LA Trail Hikers, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate with the group if you are not adequately prepared with enough water and the right gear/equipment/nutrition essential to complete the hike. You are fully responsible for yourself.

2014 Grand Canyon Road Trip Hikes and Sign Up List!

We finally have the hikes list for the Grand Canyon Road Trip Hike.
Road Trip Hike details here: http://latrailhikers.com/hikes/road-trip-hikes/grand-canyon-south-rim/
HIKES RSVP:
Here at the 13 Grand Canyon Hikes. Sign up (RSVP) will be done via this spreadsheet: http://goo.gl/jdnhAx

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LEVEL 8 SIGN UP STATUS: Now filled to capacity  (updated 10-08-2014 4:46pm)

Aside from signing up for the specific hikes, let us know that you’ll be attending by RSVP’ing on our Facebook Event:
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/776348095709119/

HELPFUL CONNECTIONS:

CARPOOL LIST:
Need a ride, or have a ride to give, to the Grand Canyon? Why not carpool with fellow hikers. Or, simply let us know who you are riding with. Sign up here: http://goo.gl/UgsbEX

CAMPGROUND SHARE:
Have some spaces open at your campsite? Looking to see who else is camping? Let us know here: http://bit.ly/1klV7cI

LATH Volunteer Event at Yosemite (November 10-12)

yosemiteUPDATE : All 5 spots are now filled. No more openings at this time.

In November, the LA Trail Hikers will be continue a great volunteer partnership with NatureBridge, a non-profit organization, by helping them raise funds for NatureBridge programs and help kids participate in environmental science programs in Yosemite National Park through school scholarships.

We are looking for five (5) LA Trail Hikers who will represent our group and participate in this volunteering event at Yosemite during:
Monday, November 10, 2014 – Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mon, November 10 – Arrival, Orientation, Team Building, Volunteer Training (Group Dinner)
Tue, November 11 – Volunteering Day, Evening Group Activities (Breakfast, a packed Lunch, Group Dinner)
Wed, November 12 – Yosemite Park Day Exploration/Hike, Drive Home (Breakfast)
(Accomodations will be provided on Monday & Tuesday night.)

Volunteer Activity Day (Nov 11):
As a volunteer, you will be collecting donations park visitors while standing in front of the park gates. All donations collected will go to NatureBridge to support their outdoor programs for students.

We ask that you only RSVP if:
– You are 100% availabe for all 3 days (meaning, having any time off is already approved).
– You are be able to stand/walk for about 6-8 hours during the volunteer event (with small rest breaks of course).
– Must be 18+ years of age.

Previous LATH Volunteers:
If you have been on a NatureBridge volunteering event before, we’re sure you know how amazing and rewarding this experience can be. Especially a Yosemite first-time visitor. And for this reason, we are looking to provide this experience to new participants first. So we ask that you give others an opportunity to sign up first. If the 5 spots are not filled by Oct 5, 2014, we’ll then open it to returning volunteers.

If you meet all conditions, RSVP Here:  LATH Yosemite Volunteer RSVP (Eventbrite)

Specific information will be provided to participating attendees prior to the event/trip. Carpooling will be setup prior to event.

We look forward to having you join us on this event!

September & October 2014 LATH Hikes

201409hikesSummer is coming to a close, and the first day of Fall is right around the corner (Sept 23, Autumnal Equinox). Last month we celebrated our 5th Year Anniversary, a great milestone in LA Trail Hikers history! A big thanks to all the LA Trail Hikers who were able to join us at our Annual Beach party and on our Anniversary Hike at Griffith Park! It seems we’ve only just begun to motivate the people of Los Angeles to go out for a hike in their local nature parks, but we’ll continue doing so as we move forward. Well, it’s time for our schedule of hikes. The LATH Hike Leads have heard you out and put together a good spread of different leveled hikes in September and October. In addition, we’ll be doing volunteer hike at Amir’s Garden (http://www.amirsgarden.org/) in Griffith Park, be going on some new hikes, experience some higher level trails, and head out to the Grand Canyon for our road trip hike. We hope there’s a hike here that fits your hiking experience level. So go ahead and check the hikes that LATH has scheduled just for you!

BEFORE YOU CLICK ON A HIKE DETAILS PAGE BELOW, PLEASE NOTE: The hike information on each page may not be up to date with regards to its meeting info/date/time it was linked from. However, it will display (or be created with) the correct information (date, times, and assigned hike lead) as the hike approaches its scheduled date. It does take some work to update these, so we work on the ones with closer upcoming dates first. If a hike has multiple upcoming dates (typically Wednesday night hikes), only the most upcoming date (and info) will be displayed, and will be updated accordingly.

HIKE LIST KEY:
Canceled Hike, Event, or Information

Added or Replacement Hike or Detail
* = New LATH Hike or Special Event (Information may be pending, if so, will be linked at a later date)

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2014 – 06:09 pm

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Sun – Sep 14 – Burbank Peak

SEPTEMBER
Mon – Sep 01 – Level 5 – Hollywood Sign – 8:00 AM
Wed – Sep 03 – Level 5 – Griffith Park – Merry Go Round – 7:00 PM
Sat – Sep 06 – (No LATH Hike Scheduled)
Sun – Sep 07 – Level 6 – Topanga State Park – Parker Mesa Overlook – 7:30 AM
Wed – Sep 10 – Level 4 – Griffith Park – Vermont – 7:00 PM
Sat – Sep 13 – Level 4 – Amir’s Garden + Volunteer Event – 8:00 AM
Sat – Sep 13 – Level 4 – * Rancho Palos Verdes – Trump Trail – 4:00 PM
Sun – Sep 14 – Level 6 – Burbank Peak – 8:00 AM
Mon – Sep 15 – Level 3 – * Skyline Trail – 8:30 AM - (CANCELLED)
Wed – Sep 17 – Level 3 – Griffith Park – Merry Go Round – 7:00 PM

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Sat – Sep 20 – Inspiration Point

Sat – Sep 20 – Level 7 – Inspiration Point – 6:30 AM
Sun – Sep 21 – Level 6 – Brown Mountain – 7:00 AM
Mon – Sep 22 – Level 2 – * Murphy Ranch Park – 8:30 AM
Wed – Sep 24 – Level 4 – Griffith Park – Merry Go Round – 7:00 PM
Fri – Sep 26 – Level 8 – * Cucamonga Peak7:00 AM  6:45 AM
Sat – Sep 27 – Level 5 – Potato Mountain – 8:00 AM
Sun – Sep 28 – Level 3 – Monrovia Canyon Falls – 8:00 AM
Sun – Sep 28 – Level 5 – Griffith Park – Merry Go Round – 5:00 PM
Mon – Sep 29 – Level 3 – * Sycamore Canyon Park8:30AM  8:45AM

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Sat – Oct 18 – Mt. Wilson

OCTOBER
Wed – Oct 01 – Level 5 – Griffith Park – Vermont – 7:00 PM
Sat – Oct 04 – Level 2 – Lower Arroyo Seco – 9:00 AM
Sat – Oct 04 – Level 5 – Echo Mountain – 4:00 PM
Sun – Oct 05 – Level 6 – * Schabarum Park – Powder Canyon – 7:30 AM
Wed – Oct 08 – Level 3 – Griffith Park – Merry Go Round – 7:00 PM
Sat – Oct 11 – Multi-Level – * Grand Canyon Road Trip Hike – 8:00 AM
Sun – Oct 12 – (No LATH Hike Scheduled)
Wed – Oct 15 – Level 5 – Griffith Park – Vermont – 7:00 PM
Sat – Oct 18 – Level 8 – Mt Wilson – 6:00 AM
Sat – Oct 18 – Level 2 – * Millard Canyon Falls – 7:30 AM  (CANCELLED)
Sat – Oct 18 – Level 2 - Rose Bowl - 8:00 AM (REPLACEMENT)

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Sat – Oct 25 – Claremont Hills Wilderness

Sun – Oct 19 – Level 5 – Echo Mountain – 8:00 AM
Wed – Oct 22 – Level 4 – Griffith Park – Merry Go Round – 7:00 PM
Sat – Oct 25 – Level 9 – * Mt. Baldy – Devil’s Backbone – 6:45 AM
Sat – Oct 25 – Level 4 – Claremont Hills Wilderness – 8:00 AM
Sun – Oct 26 – Level 7 – * Mt. Thom – 8:00 AM (CANCELLED)
Sun – Oct 26 – Level 3 – Monrovia Canyon Falls – 8:00 AM  (REPLACEMENT)
Wed – Oct 29 – Level 4 – Griffith Park – Vermont – 7:00 PM

WHAT IS A HIKING LEVEL?:
Please make sure to gauge yourself based on the hike’s difficulty level by looking at our Hike Level descriptions.
Find out more about hiking levels here:
http://latrailhikers.com/about/hike-levels/

HIKE CANCELLATION NOTE: Should any hike need to be cancelled (due to heavy rain or other reasons), we’ll try to post on our website’s hike’s detail page and on our Facebook page, about 1 .5 hours prior to the meeting point, so you are aware. Otherwise, the hike is considered a go.

ADDITIONAL HIKE NOTES:
– Weekend hikes are primarily in the morning unless otherwise indicated.
– All hikes are subject to change, cancellation or other modifications. We may even add in additional hikes that may not appear on the original posting.
– We try to schedule 2-3 months worth of hikes so we always have a fresh new set every so often.

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Oct 11 – LATH Grand Canyon Road Trip

2014 GRAND CANYON ROAD TRIP HIKE (UPDATE)
The Grand Canyon Road Trip Hike has been set for the morning of:  Saturday, October 11, 2014

We’ve setup a page to start getting you ready for this Road Trip. Visit it here:
http://latrailhikers.com/hikes/road-trip-hikes/grand-canyon-south-rim/

ACTIVE LATH HIKE LEADS
The following are the list of active hike leads of the LA Trail Hikers. We hope you recognize many of the names on the list as are the folks who lead the trails and keep us together. We thank them for their ongoing contributions and commitment to LATH:
– Jason Bazalar
– Tony Ramos
– Irma Padilla
– Janiece Cordova
– Carol Martinez
– Diana Herrera
– Sylvia Quinteros

FOLLOW LATH ONLINE
The LATH Digital Team keeps you updated on upcoming LATH hikes/events, provide outdoor news/updates, share fun pictures, and help answer your hiking questions. So make sure you follow us on:
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/latrailhikers
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/latrailhikers
Instagramhttp://instagram.com/latrailhikers
Google+https://plus.google.com/+LATrailHikers
Tumblrhttp://latrailhikers.tumblr.com

DEPARTED HIKE LEADS
Over the past couple of months, we had some hike leads step down from leading with our group. As volunteers to the group, all hike leads are given the option to leave when they feel it’s time to depart. We’d like to thank the following individuals for their past efforts and time with our group:
– Jorge Jimenez
– Mona Ibrahim
– Jose Gonzalez
– Effin Gentry
– Gianni Manzano

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE WITH THE GROUP ON THESE HIKES?
1. Read the details page for the hike you’re interested in.
2. Make sure that the Hike Level accommodates your hiking experience.
3. If, and only if it suits you, then (optional: RSVP via Facebook for the event and) show up the day of the hike with all necessary gear and water (we mention everything you need on each details page per hike).

MY FRIEND SAID I CAN DO THIS HIKE, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT, RIGHT?
We take your safety quite seriously, and would not like for you to attend a hike you’re not ready for.  You know your body and hiking experience better than your friends. Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced hiker, please read our hike details page as the hike may not suite your experience level. We have a better experience if every hike has hikers of the intended level.

DISCLAIMER: LA Trail Hikers and its Leads/Organizers/Volunteers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm,bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking “Attending,” or attending the hike, you confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold any hike lead/organizer, participant, LA Trail Hikers, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate with the group if you are not adequately prepared with enough water and the right gear/equipment/nutrition essential to complete the hike. You are fully responsible for yourself.

LA Trail Hikers Beach Party 2014

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Sat – Aug 16 – LATH Beach Party 2014

LOCATION UPDATE (8/16): We’ll be just left of Lifeguard Tower 22 @ Bolsa Chica State Beach.

Summer is here, and LA Trail Hikers are ready to enjoy  a day in the sun.  We’ll be taking a day off trails to celebrate the accomplishments of our LATH hikers with an all day beach party! This event starts early in the morning for some good swimming/sunbathing, and continues through the night for a great evening with a bonfire. Some hikers spend all day with us, and others come for part of the day or night. And best of all, it’s a potluck style event, so bring any good food and beverages to share with everyone!

SOCIAL EVENT: LA Trail Hikers – Beach Party 2014lifeguard_tower22

EVENT DATE: August 16, 2014

EVENT TIME: 8:00am – 10pm (All Day Event)

LIFE GUARD TOWER #: 22 (Just left of it)
Make sure to stay to your right as you enter the beach.

MEETING POINT:
Bolsa Chica State Beach
Life Guard Tower # 22 (on the left side)
17851 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

The entrance to the beach is on Pacific Coast Highway, about one and a half miles south of Warner Avenue.
Bolsa Chica State Beach is slightly south of Seal Beach and north of Huntington Beach.beach4

EVENT DESCRIPTION: The sun is out and the LA Trail Hiker are ready for their 2014 Beach Party! Join us to enjoy the wonderful combination of great food, friends and families at Bolsa Chica State Beach! This event is open to all our LATH Hikers.

EVENT RSVP:  Let us know you’re be attending! RSVP via FB at:
https://www.facebook.com/latrailhikers/events

POTLUCK INFO: This is a potluck-style event so bring a dish and drinks to s2013-08-10 20.01.21hare with others.  Bringing something to the beach party?  If you have any portable cooking tools/Propane BBQ Grills (no charcoal grills), please feel free to bring them. Keep in mind that people like to volunteer to cook around the clock. NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED. Let us know what goodies you’ll be bringing by putting your name and the items in the following form:

POTLUCK SIGNUP FORM
Bringing something?  Let us know: http://bit.ly/q9bGTB

 

BEACH GEAR: So what should you take with you? It’s very important that you bring a chair and don’t forget your beach towels and a sweater for later that night. You’ll want to have plenty of sunscreen and other beach-related items. However, we recommend you taking any of the following to make your day/evening at the beach a great experience:beachparty_night1

  • Sunscreen – You’ll be glad we reminded you.
  • Water – Keep in mind you’ll probably get thirsty and may want to have some around.
  • Beach Chairs – You’ll use these plenty for enjoying a relaxing beach day/night
  • Beach Blankets – When you want soak some sun, take an after-swim nap, or take a break from sitting/standing.
  • Towels/Swimwear – Think ahead and prepare for some fun in the water.
  • Coolers/Insulated Lunch Boxes – If you plan on bringing some food/refreshments that need to stay cold, you might consider bringing one.
  • 2013-08-10 16.17.06Beach/River Sandals – You may want to get into the water but with foot protection, so these may come in handy.
  • Sports Equipment – Bicycle, Football, Hula Hoops, Volleyball & net, and any other type of fun sports equipment you might want to share.
  • Beach Umbrellas – Keeps you under the shade.
  • Plastic Bag – Keep your wet clothes separate.
  • Throws/Blankets – Later in the evening you may want to cozy up with a blanket as it will get cold at night.
  • Sweaters/Long Pants – Again, it does get colder later in the evening. Keep yourself warm.
  • Firewood – Have any extra wood laying around? Bring some for our fire pit.
  • BBQ/Cooking Utensils – Do you have portable cookware? We’ll need some where to cook those burgers.
  • No enclosed tents, ez-ups and open tarps only. 
  • Other Recommendations? – Post them on our FB Event page.

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BEACH PARKING LOT FEE: $15.00 per vehicle (9 persons or less per vehicle).  $20.00 for over-sized vehicles. It is best to arrive prior to 10 am to get good parking. It gets very crowded this time of year, so if you don’t want to spend hours waiting in line and trying to find parking, it is advised that you come early or later in the evening, not midday.  If you come after, you may get locked out out of a full parking lot. And they will only allow people in once a number of people have left. So please get there earlier in the day.

DOG FRIENDLY?: Not really. No Dogs on sand, they can be on a leash on paved multi-use trail (bike path) only. We recommend leaving your pets at home, or with a designated caretaker while you’re at this event.

BOLSA CHICA STATE BEACH INFO:

DISCLAIMER: LA Trail Hikers and its Leads/Organizers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm,bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By attending the event, you confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as bicycling, swimming, and all other beach activity may have an associated danger, and will not hold any hike lead/organizer, participant, LA Trail Hikers, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. We are not responsible for any loss or personal injury.

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