WISTARIA FESTIVAL 2014
When: March 16, 2014 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Summary: Stunt High Trail begins with a pleasant shaded walk along Cold Creek Canyon and is one of the secret treasures of the Santa Monica Mountains. A year-round stream and a protected north-facing canyon provide a rich variety of ferns and flowering plants in the 600-acre preserve.
This hike has a terrific payoff at the end of a long steady climb in the way of panoramic views and dramatic sandstone formations at the top of Saddle Peak. Saddle Peak is the sixth tallest summit in the Santa Monica Mountain range at 2805 feet. We will follow along the creek and make a left at the trail junction and pass an oak grove. We continue our steady ascent on Stunt High Trail until we access a trail that meets up with the Backbone Trail. Along the way we will hike through chaparral and Manzanita. Turn left onto the Backbone Trail going to Saddle Peak. This hike provides a steady aerobic workout.
Trailhead: From 101 North, exit Topanga Canyon Blvd South (CA-27), go 1.6 miles, turn right at Mulholland DR for .5 miles, turn left at Mulholland HWY and go 5.3 miles, turn left at Stunt RD for 1.0 mile to the pullout on the right.
From 101 South, exit on Las Virgenes Road and head south for 3 miles to Mulholland Highway. Turn left and continue 4 miles to Stunt Road. Turn right and drive 1 mile to the pullout on the right.
From Santa Monica, drive north on PCH/Highway 1 to Topanga Canyon Blvd (CA-27) and go 4.3 miles. Turn left at Old Topanga Canyon RD, go 3.7 miles. Turn left to stay on Old Topanga Canyon for 1.6 miles. Turn left to stay on Old Topanga Canyon Rd for .4 miles. Turn left at Mulholland Hwy for 3.6 miles. Turn left at Stunt Rd for 1.0 mile to the pullout on the right. We will gather at the parking lot. I will be driving a gray Subaru Outback.
What to Bring: Good hiking boots/shoes. A hiking/trekking pole may be useful for the occasional step ascent/descent on the trail, but not necessary. Pack a lunch, snacks and bring plenty of water. Bring a hat/cap and sunscreen.
Carpooling: Contact other members to carpool; share the conversation and travel expenses.
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Picnic and Hike in Runyon Canyon
When:May 3, 2014 - Picnic 12:00PM - Hike at 2:00 PM
Where:1824 N. Curson Ave. Hollywood, CA 90046
Direction: Metro - Bus route 217, walk from subway station is ½ mile
Note: The easiest parking is just south of Hollywood Blvd., walk up Curson to the mansion. \
Leaders: Russell Hammerl firstname.lastname@example.org & Dennis Strayhan email@example.com
Santa Cruz Island Camping
When: May 23 - May 26, 2014
Where: Santa Cruz Islands Scorpion Ranch Campground
Leader: Russell Hammerl firstname.lastname@example.org
The Biltmore opened in 1923 as a 1,000-room hotel that was “first class in every respect.” This was the first hotel commission for the newly founded architecture firm of Schultze and Weaver, who later went on to design such grand hotels as the Park Lane and Waldorf Astoria in New York, and the Miami Biltmore in Coral Gables, Florida. In addition to the lobby and grand hallway designed to resemble a Spanish palace, the hotel has several banquet rooms, each decorated in sumptuous Beaux-Arts splendor.
Over the years, the Biltmore played non-stop host to high society, international political figures, movie stars, and royalty (including Rudolph Valentino, the Prince of Wales, J. Paul Getty, Howard Hughes, Herbert Hoover, and Eleanor Roosevelt), and it was the 1960 Democratic Convention headquarters of John F. Kennedy.
After the tour, stay for high tea in the hotel's magnificent Rendezvous Court (additional cost), for tea reservations call the Millennium Biltmore at 213-612-1562).
Meeting location: Pershing Square, located at Olive Street and 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles. Tour meets in the center of the park, near the mini-grove of orange trees.
Parking: $5 with validation from LA Conservancy in the underground Pershing Square Garage, located at Olive Street and 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Metro: Red Line to Pershing Square Station. Follow the signs to Pershing Square exit, then cross the street to the park. For details, visit metro.net.
Cost: $10, $5 for Conservancy Members
RSVP REQUIRED – Book directly with the LA Conservancy. This will ensure that a docent will be available for our group. Note: Booking dates will be available about 30 days out from the event, so you can book starting May 1st.
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Great Outdoors is comprised of five Chapters located in the southern part of California. Each Chapter creates their own overnight trips for camping (cars, tents & RVs), backpacking, off roading, etc. During our annual conference (held in October each year), the five Chapters compile the calendar.
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