April Hikes with the Community Hiking Club
Saturday, April 12- Weldon to East Canyon
This is a 9 mile trail with about 1500’ gain. It should be loaded with wildflowers in March, so bring your camera. There will be Winter Vetch, Curly Dock, California Poppies, Datura, Phacelia, and much more. Bring lots of water, lunch, and your camera. Meet at the base of East Canyon at 8:00. We will leave most of the cars and this location, and carpool to the Weldon Canyon Trail head, just up the road. If you wish to make this an easier hike (6 miles), you can leave the trail and go down East Canyon while the remainder of the group heads up to the monument on top of East/O’Melveny. This will add the additional 3 miles to the route. This is a good place to relax and have a snack or lunch before returning to the bottom of East Canyon. There are also great views from this vantage point!
Directions to East Canyon: Exit the I-5 freeway at Calgrove. Turn west. Follow Calgrove around a curve and through a signal. You will now be on The Old Road. Pass Towsley Cyn. Pass the Post office. Pass the Church of the Nazarene. Immediately after passing the Church of the Nazarene, park along the side of the road, on the right. This is where we will meet. Some cars will remain here, and others will carpool the hikers to Weldon Canyon, just up the road.
Bring: Lunch, snacks, water, poles if you have them, a camera if you have one.
Saturday, April 19-Placerita to East Walker Ranch
We will meet at Placerita Canyon Nature Center near the steps to the building, and proceed down the Canyon Trail which is a very easy jaunt with almost no gain. This portion is perfect for easy hikers. This portion will be 4 miles RT with only 1 short hill. Once we’ve reached Walker Ranch, the Easy hikers can return to Placerita Nature Center on their own, or venture out to the waterfall, which would add another 1 mile RT to their total. Moderate + hikers will head over to East Walker Ranch and will add another 4 miles to their trek, bringing the total to 9 miles. This segment is more difficult with 4 significant (but not THAT hard) hills to conquer. After we finish up at Walker Ranch, you can return to Placerita Nature Center with your leader, or you can venture around Golden Valley to add up to 6 more miles to your trek.
Meet at Placerita Nature Center at 8:00.
Rated: Easy (first segment) and Moderate (entire route)
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