Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hike: Devils Slide Trail to Deer Springs Trail

From: Bob Audibert
When: June 11  (Saturday) at  8:30 AM

Join us on a 11 mile  hike from Humber Park in Idyllwild to the Deer Springs Trail Head. This is a strenuous hike . There is 2400' of elevation gain. From Humber Park we will travel the 2.5 miles up Devils Slide Trail to Saddle junction. From there we will take  the PCT 4.1 miles  gradually climbing through the open forest crossing the ridge at about 9000 feet around the rim to Strawberry Junction. From Strawberry Junction we follow Deer Springs Trail down 4.1 miles descending about 300 feet to the trail head..

What to Bring?
Please bring 3 liters of water, lunch and snacks. Be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, sturdy and comfortable hiking shoes and dress in layers. 

Because there is a limit on the number of hikers allowed on Devils Slide I will get the permit in advance. So if you are interested please register as soon as possible.   This hike will be limited to the first twelve (12) that preregister. 

From the Ranger Station in Idyllwild drive 1 mile north on highway 243. Park on the north side of the road across from The County Park Nature Center. From there we will go to Humber Park where the hike will begin.

Would it rain, the hike will be canceled.

 Note that an Adventure Pass is REQUIRED to be displayed when parking at Humber Park.

To register for the hike, or if you have questions about the hike please either contact me (bob.takeahike1@gmail.com ), or Gary Marsalone at (858) 663-1201 or hikesie@gmail.com  SANTA MARGARITA GROUP.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Palomar Mountain State Park Hike

Aug. 6 (Sat) 9:00 AM
by: Bob Audibert 

Palomar State Park Hike: This is an eight mile Moderately difficult hike with just under 1000' of elevation gain\loss.   Most of the climbing takes place within a two mile stretch.  We will begin the hike at the Doane Pond parking lot and hike west along Done Creak to the historic Weir.  We then take the lower Done Valley trail through a beautiful meadow. Leaving the meadow we begin our climb through the pine and cedar forest to Boucher Lookout. The lookout offers stunning views to the south.  We will trek through another deeply wooded section of this beautiful park back to Doan Pond, our starting point. 

Please dress in layers and wear sturdy slip resistant hiking shoes.  Also bring a lunch or snack and two liters of water and don't forget the sunscreen. 

Direction: From Highway 76, either of two roads can be used to reach the park. The one from Rincon Springs (County Road S6) is scenic but rather steep and winding. County Road S7 from Lake Henshaw is longer, but its gentle grade makes it more suitable for heavily loaded vehicles and those pulling trailers. Please note that there are no gas stations on Palomar Mountain. If you're using Google Maps or MapQuest, the park's physical address is: 19952 State Park Rd. Palomar CA 92060.

There is an  $8.00 per vehicle day use fee.   We will meet at the Park entrance at 9AM then drive to Doane Pond where the hike will begin.   

To register or for more information please email Bob Audibert at bob.takeahike1@gmail.com or call me at (951)302-1059.