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CANCELLED - 5 Deer Trail to Martindale Ridge - Lollipop with more Views

Santa Clarita Community Hiking Club
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Jul 15 6:30AM - 7:30AM

NOTE: RSVP closes 2 days before (due to need to check #s - for special carpool arrangements)!!

Saturday July 15, 2017 -GREAT PANORAMIC VIEWS, lots of greenery and no other hikers - Five Deer trail from Artesian Springs Camp to Martindale Ridge Road and back

Distance: 10 Miles, RT (lollipop style)

Gain: 1200' Approx.

Hiking Time: 4.5 hours

Rating:Moderate ++ , for distance / effort (a couple of steep hills early - going up/ and a few hills later - coming down later), poles will definitely help

Description:

This hike is one of my personal favorites -a beautifulhike,100% single track -so close to suburbia but still miles away. Westart at 3800' (2600' above Santa Clarita and 10 degrees cooler) with a view of the Bouquet Reservoir,Jupiter and Grass Mountains, Mt. McDillandthe Sierra Pelona. We hope tocatch some breezes and bigviews as we hike East in the Angeles National Forest.

NEW IMPROVED ROUTE !! - LONGER VIEWS FROM THE RIDGELINE

For those of you who have been out with me on this trail before, I am trying a slightly different route that is a lollipop style hike, rather than an out and back. The main advantage of this is we get to do most of our climbing earlier in the hike. The bonus is we get to see more trail variety and more time hiking along the ridgeline to look down on the Sierra Pelona way below. We'll see if you like this route better?

After a30 minutedrive from Santa Clarita, up a curvaceous Bouquet Canyon, we kick the adrenaline up a notch by going off-roaddriving 2 miles on a dirt forest road tostartour hike at Artesian Springs camp. This is a fun trip just in itself!!

As we hike along a little usedmountainbiketrail, we pass through old growth chaparral and periodically dip into shady canyon doglegs. Along the way, we hope to enjoy wildflowers, birds, and views across Bouquet reservoir to Jupiter and Grass Mountains.


We will still stop for a snack/lunch at our favorite climbeable shady oak tree and enjoy an expansive panoramic view of Mt. McDill, the Sierra Pelona, withVasquez Rocks / Agua Dulce in the distance, as you look South East (see photo below).If it is a cool clear day, we shouldbe able to see all the way East to Palmdale and North to the Tehachapi Valley and its windmills.

This time we pass the interesting rock outcrops only on the way back.

Meet your Leader to Carpool to the trailhead:!!!! DO NOT GO TO TOWSLEY!! Meet in the Santa Clarita Best Buy parking lot (26531 Bouquet Canyon Road ), the one with the Trader Joes,at6:30AM for a 6:45AM SHARP departure to the trail head.


Directions from the 5 FWY East to the Best Buy Carpool spot:

From the I-5 Freeway, heading North toward Castaic, exit at Newhall Ranch Road (Route 126). Headup an offramp and then turn East (right) along Newhall Ranch Road, toward Valencia. Go4.4 miles on the Newhall Ranchto the intersection with Bouquet Canyon. Turn left at this light and left again at the next light into the Best Buy parking lot (26531 Bouquet Canyon Road). Meetthe group in front of the Best Buy store entrance to organize carpools.


Carpooling fromBouquet Canyon Best Buy totrailhead:

NOTE: Unless you have driven there with usbefore, I do not recommend driving all the wayto the trailhead on your own. Meet us at Best Buy in Valencia, if you can. If you are driving from Lancaster, meet at the gate forforest road 6N08 on Bouquet Canyon Road, just South of Spunky Canyon Road.

The carpoolwill drive 20 miles up Bouquet Canyon to the Forest road 6N08 gate to arrive about 7.20AM at the entrance to 6N08.Here we may need to consolidate the shuttle further beforewego off-road, driving 2 miles Eastfrom Bouquet Canyon, along 6N08 . It is a fairly rough road, sowe will need several high clearance vehicles (i.e. SUV/ pick ups), but not necessarily 4WD -no problemwith aSubaru.We need enough of this vehicle typeotherwise everyone is going to have to get "very friendly" for 2 miles. If you have a "weekend vehicle" andcan help contribute to this special carpool, please let me know (by messaging) ahead of time, so I can ensure we have enough space.

Please be respectful of your driver's support by contributing something at the end of your carpool to help defray the cost of gas - THX.

Heading down the trail:We expect to get to the Artesian Springs trailhead about 7.30AM and start heading down the trail at 7:45AM SHARP .

We shouldbe back at Artesian Springscampground by about 1:00PM andBest Buy by ~ 1:30PM.

Dogs: OK, must be on a leash andwell behaved around other dogs and people with hiking poles. Ifyou bring a dog, pleaseplan to driveyourself in your SUV. Remember this is a lot of narrow single-track, if your dog likes to do donuts, you may need to be in the back!


Adventure Pass: Yes (just in case) 1/car. These can be obtained at any BIG 5 Sporting Goods store or ranger station; $5 for a day pass, $30 for a yearpass.

BRING: Hiking Poles, lunch/snacks, at least 3L of water and some electrolytes, camera, hat and sunscreen. Wear long pants , hiking shoes/boots with good tread -No flip-flops/ tennies! Check forecast and bring an extra layer (windbreaker) if it looks cooler. Bug Net is strongly advised, if they bug you :-), there are a couple of shadier parts with small flies. I have limited extra nets - $5,if you do not have one.

Heads Up: If you do not want your socks/ bootsto end up looking like this...!!!

Then I recommend youwearGaiters like these below, if you have them. If you are interested, you can get them fromREI, ~$25. They are also good forkeeping pebbles, snow and rain out of your boots.

I willtry totramp the grass down as best I can in the grassy spots where this can be an issue.


Leader: Steve I.

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