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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-08-2012, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Should I hike the Angeles or the jacinto Reyes?

Im iin town (LA) for a week. Jacinto Reyes forest is 1 1/2 hrs away, and Angeles natl park is closer. I want to hike some pretty scenery/gorges/waterfalls/etc. Best bet for a day hiking, guys?? Ever do any of these parks?

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thinking of Smith Mountain hike to the summit. Anybody try it? Snakes? Poison Oak? Bears? Ants?

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Well, no input on hiking ,tooo many years ago for that, but:
The Rt 33 area has some great driving roads that lead into a scenic back area. The town of Ojai is interesting.
Smith Mtn, is close to LA. There should be mostly fire damage from the fires a few years ago.
Little rain out here so our hills are "Calif Golden" rather than green.
It is also by some great mtn driving roads.

However, if you are in town Sat or Sun Feb 18-19 why not drive out to our Drivers School??

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It's been over 30 years since I've hiked in either place. All I remember is that both are great. Hopefully somebody with recent experience will have some input.

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You should also set your alarm for Oh(!) Dark:30, and make the trip to Irvine on Saturday morning for Cars and Coffee. You will be permanaently affected by what you will see (in a good way); this event happens just about every Saturday, and is mostly gone by 8:30-9:00 AM...

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Thanks, guys. Wife prefers nature/scenery. Me- Alfas are neat, but gotta work in a hike- its in the blood. I'll let you know what happens!

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thinking of Smith Mountain hike to the summit. Anybody try it? Snakes? Poison Oak? Bears? Ants?
Don't have to worry about it too much, in most of the more publicly traveled canyon trails around here, but still need to be aware of the snakes, coyotes, and the occasional Black Widow spiders.

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Thanks, Shadow- sorry for late reply- hectic getting back hoome/work/catching up afyter 10days.

Ended up Smith Mntn was kinda far (7 mile round trip hike0 for our time, so we went to Sweitzer Falls (4 mile) in the Angeles Natl Forest instead of the Jacinto. . Nice hike. No snakes. Some poison ivory though, but I was prepared- LONG PANTS!!

Geez- Cal must be broke as the signs in the trails are confusing/misleading. WE actually never made it right to the falls as the sign 1/2 mile before it mentioned all the other destinations/sites without mention of the falls, making us believe we either passed it somehow or one could never expect to get dowm so deep into the rocky/dangerous canyon cliifs.

So we headed back with only an obscure view from another point. Sheesh......

Next time well get there!!

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If you run out to Las Virgenes, on the 101 north ( just past Calabasas, at the west end of San Fernando Valley) try Malibu Park Just off Mulholand, THE classic sports car road in LA. Nice hike,goes to the old MASH TV set. Waterfall and swimming near the start, choose your distance!

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Thnaks for the link, Robert. Sounds like a very nice place, and if I get a chance, will put it on my priority list! heading back soon.........

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For a real Los Angeles experience out the Valley end, go out 101 to Kanan-Dune Road. Take the Kanan exit in Agoura Hills south (left across the overpass) 9 miles* to PCH (Pacific Coast Highway, Route 1) in Malibu. Turn right (north) about 1.5 miles to Zuma Beach. This is the Home of the TV series "Baywatch". Pam Anderson's home is just a few miles away.

*About halfway there you cross Mulholand Highway - the definitive Los Angeles two-lane sports car (and motorcycle) road. It runs parallel to 101 from the ocean to the 405 near UCLA along the ridge of the Santa Monica Mountains.

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