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Wilson Canyon – Los Pinetos Spring Loop

April 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Wilson Canyon is named after the same person as in Mt. Wilson — Benjamin Davis “Don Benito” Wilson, merchant, landowner, civic leader, as well as Los Angeles mayor from 1851 to 1852.  Wilson Canyon was purchased by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and opened as a park in 1996.

Trekking poles will come in handy (but not required). Bring them if you got them. If you don’t have any, I found a good deal on Amazon (HWD is an Amazon affiliate)


Our hike will begin in Wilson Canyon Park. Oak woodlands, an alder-lined creek and commanding San Fernando Valley vistas are some of the attractions of Wilson Canyon. After visiting an old abandoned miniature golf course and some artifacts from pre-Sylmar quake Olive View Hospital, we’ll connect with a seldom used single track trail and begin our climb along the eastern ridge of the canyon. 

After a couple more miles we leave Conservancy land and enter the Angeles National Forest. There won’t be many trees, but the ridges will be carpeted with emerald green grass and blooming scrub. Soon we will reach the Wilson Saddle on the Santa Clara Divide. 

While we are in the area we’ll bag Los Pinetos Peak (not officially a named peak). Los Pinetos Peak is a highpoint along the Santa Clara Divide Road. Host to an array of communication towers, the summit affords generous views of the Santa Clarita Valley to the North, Los Angeles to the South, the San Gabriel Mountains to the East, and the Santa Monica Mountains and Pacific Ocean to the West

Cindy, Gloria and I scouted out this hike last February. It will be about a 12 mile loop with about 2,600 ft total ascent. Save the date

Post hike Lunch at Fiddlers Three –
12721 Glenoaks Blvd, 91342-4749 Sylmar

Directions

Park on Olive View Dr and meet at park entrance

Park on street. We will meet by the green sign

The Organizers and members of Hiking With Dean are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per our ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER and Section 6.2 of the Meetup.com Terms of Service.

Details

Date:
April 14, 2019
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Event Category:
RSVP:
https://www.meetup.com/localhikers/events/260154084/

Organizer

Hiking With Dean
RSVP:
https://www.meetup.com/localhikers/

Location

Wilson Canyon Park
14450 Olive View Dr
Sylmar, CA 91342 US
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Details

Date:
April 14, 2019
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Event Category:
RSVP:
https://www.meetup.com/localhikers/events/260154084/

Organizer

Hiking With Dean
RSVP:
https://www.meetup.com/localhikers/

Location

Wilson Canyon Park
14450 Olive View Dr
Sylmar, CA 91342 US
+ Google Map

Trail statistics are approximate.  For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.

Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.

The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per the ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER.

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