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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:04 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Taco wrote:
AW, the site is sluggish lately. Gotta 'select all' and 'copy' your post prior to posting so you don't lose it. My apologies if you already do that.


Yeah, I have forgotten on occasion to do that and thats what got to me the time before last. This one was I had some tabs open on my firefox and before closed the one about the AC100 and of course, viola...everything gone....oops.

Since Im at it, heres the sheriffs hiking form(thanks to Altadenablog)....maybe it will come in handy to use for someone. I think we should have it as a sticky in the plans/partners section.
http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_163961.pdf
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AW, Please tell me there's some footage of this hoisting  Razz

http://www.sgvtribune.com/crime/ci_18554654

Man rescued from San Gabriel River near East Fork Road
Posted: 07/27/2011 08:59:36 AM PDT

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST - Officials and friends resuscitated and rescued a man from the San Gabriel River after he jumped or fell in and landed on a rock, authorities said Tuesday.

Officials received a call just after 5 p.m. Monday that a 46-year-old man, who had been drinking alcohol with friends near East Fork Road, "had either fallen or dove into the rushing water of the San Gabriel River," Los Angeles County sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said in a written statement. "He struck a rock and was unresponsive and laying face down in the water."

"Witnesses moved him a short distance, but were hampered in their efforts due to it being a very treacherous area of the river and that it was difficult to move the man as he weighed well over 300 pounds," Parker said.

The friends began performing CPR and called 9-1-1.

U.S. Forest Service officials and a sheriff's rescue helicopter happened to be in the area and arrived to help within minutes, Parker said.

Sheriff's paramedics were lowered from the helicopter and were able to resuscitate the victim, hoist him up into the aircraft and take him to a hospital, officials said. He was listed in stable condition Tuesday.
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Hiker deaths in Angeles National Forest prompt warning
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/l...g-in-angeles-national-forest.html
"The deaths of two hikers in the last week, including one Saturday, in the popular Eaton Canyon section of Angeles National Forest have prompted a warning from officials.People often underestimate the power of Mother Nature, L.A. Sheriff's Sgt. Debra Herman said, hiking on trails well beyond their skill level. County emergency personnel have been responding daily to incidents in Eaton Canyon, Herman said.
“The only day this week we did not have a rescue was Tuesday,” she said....."

Hermit Falls not far behind....
08/04/2011 13:21 Back injury Chantry Flats Campground at Hermit Falls
08/03/2011 17:39 Back Injury Chantry Flat and Hermit Falls

Climber With Broken Legs Airlifted from Angeles Forest
http://lacanadaflintridge.patch.c...s-airlifted-from-angeles-forest-2
"The climber was in a popular rock climbing area near the Horse Flats campground off the Angeles Crest Highway....A rock climber was airlifted to the Huntington Memorial Hospital around 4:45 p.m. after suffering two broken legs from a fall in the Angeles National Forest, according to Sgt. Randy Tuinstra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Crescenta Valley Station....."

Southland woman thanks live-saving good Samaritans
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story...ocal/inland_empire&id=8287931
" A Southland woman gets to thank the good Samaritans(CalTrans) who rescued her when she was caught in heavy snow months ago in the San Gabriel Mountains.....Cooley says she'll never forget the frigid night of April 19. She had run out of gas along Highway 2. When she got out she started walking east, but she went past a road-closed sign into a snow drift. That's when she slipped and fell down an icy ravine.
"Oh it was freezing," said Cooley. "I kept moving my arms; you know trying to keep as much as I could, trying to move my fingers because they were starting to become frostbitten as well."
The next morning she struggled up to the top of the hill, but because the road was closed she was all alone.
That is, until she saw a Caltrans work crew off in the distance trying to clear the snow......"

State of the San Gabriels Rivers Watershed Symposium
http://wp.cwea.org/?p=4495
"Biological communities in the San Gabriel Mountains had the highest IBI scores indicated that their populations were relatively undisturbed. In contrast, the biological communities in the highly urbanized lower watershed and main channel were much more disturbed as indicated by lower IBI scores.....

Unexpectedly, water toxicity was most frequently observed in the high biologically performing upper watershed locations(35% occurrence of toxicity) and was never observed in the highly urbanized main stem....Nearly every chemical constituent, including nutrients, metals and organics that was assessed against a water quality standard was within the Basin Plan thresholds regarded as safe for human and aquatic life....
E. coli concentrations were lower below the effluent discharges compared to upstream, where concentrations were routinely greater than California standards.....The watershed includes 48 cities and three counties. Precipitation throughout the watershed is variable from 27 inches in the mountainous areas to 12 inches observed in the coastal areas in an average year. Gary provided the extreme occurrence of 0.65 inches recorded in one minute at a gauging station in the mountains. ....The SGRRMP initiated a bacteria monitoring program in the summer of 2007 to specifically assess swimming safety. Eight popular swimming locations in the upper watershed were monitored for E. coli during the water spring and summer months from May through September when the density of swimmers is greatest. E. coli levels during 2007-2009 were typically below California standards indicating that it is safe to swim. Occasionally these standards were exceeded on weekends or holidays when recreational use was high....

Historical:Hugo Reid Adobe
http://landmarkadventures.blogspot.com/2011/08/hugo-reid-adobe.html
"Henry Dalton was born in England in 1803, and in 1820 sailed to Lima Peru and became a merchant eventually commanding a small fleet of merchant vessels. By 1841 he had become a prominent figure in California coastal trade. Dalton chose Rancho El Susa as his home renaming it Azusa de Dalton.....So who was Hugo Reid? According to the 1953 book “Arcadia, City of the Santa Anita,” by Gordon S. Eberly, he was a tall, good-looking fellow with keen blue eyes. After an unhappy love affair he left Scotland and his family at the age of 18 and sailed to the port of San Pedro and made a trip to Mission San Gabriel. He was so taken with the beauty of the San Gabriel Valley that he moved permanently to Los Angeles in the summer of 1834....Reid, by then called Don Perfecto Hugo Reid at the age of 27....The Reids(Hugo Reid, a Scotsman, petitioned the government of Mexico to grant him Rancho Santa Anita. His claim strengthened by his marriage to Victoria, a native Indian of the San Gabriel Mission) became widely known for entertaining with lavish meals and relaxing ranch life at the Rancho Santa Anita...Only two years after obtaining full title on the Rancho Santa Anita property in 1845, they sold it to Reid’s former business associate Henry Dalton in 1847 for $2,700 (about 20-cents per acre!)
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Motorist Plunges Off(fatality) San Gabriel Canyon Road
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news...abriel-Canyon-Road-127683908.html
"...A witness at the Coldbrook Campground in the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa reported seeing a vehicle go off the road near Mile Marker 32 shortly after 2 a.m., according to CHP Officer Anthony Martin and information posted on the agency's web page."

Another fatality from Hwy2 as well...not much info though

Pot raid yields 11,000 plants in Angeles National Forest
http://www.scpr.org/news/2011/08/...000-plants-angeles-national-fore/
"....The raid brings to 16 the number of grow sites uncovered in the Angeles National Forest this year. Sheriffs and federal officers have eradicated nearly 89,000 plants. Pilots have helicotered out two and a half tons of debris found at campsites where farmers stay for months to monitor a crop"

Excellent look into operations of ANF pot raids
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story...&rss=rss-kabc-article-8304458

Helicopter rescues injured woman near Eaton Canyon waterfall 8/14/11
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_18682099
"ALTADENA - A 59-year-old woman fell near the first waterfall at Eaton Canyon on Sunday and had to be taken by helicopter to Huntington Memorial Hospital, officials said......"

Above is one more to add to:
http://altadena.patch.com/article...years-eaton-canyon-rescues-so-far

Hermit Falls not to be outdone...
08/14/2011 11:22 Possible Fx Leg Search & Rescue Chantry Flats by Hermit Falls 1st Water Trail

Hermit Falls youtube: "Sin jumping Hermit Falls"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aOBi9vPZ-g
"Sin jumping a 50ft cliff and landing on his butt and back. Respect for a guy who doesn't know how to swim. Wilson came to his rescue but nearly drowned as well lol."
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Eaton continues...

Hikers Stuck in Eaton Canyon Wash Overnight
http://altadena.patch.com/article...ck-in-eaton-canyon-wash-overnight
".....The hikers who were airlifted were exhausted but uninjured, according to Jacobs, but were taken to the hospital to be examined.
The group had taken off on Saturday with the intention of rappeling down the falls and walking out through Eaton Canyon - they brought the necessary equipment with them, according to Jacobs.
However, they did not get down on Saturday night, and on Sunday morning one of the family members called the station, she said....."

Larry Wilson: The push to 'close' Eaton Canyon Falls
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_18694117#ixzz1VoPiatUR
"....Because, in fact, until the early 1970s, it was "closed." That is, in a grand folly driven by monumental optimism about the efficacy of chain-link, the Pasadena Department of Water & Power fenced off the mouth of the upper canyon below the Mount Wilson Toll Road bridge for decades.
And, right, those were the years we kids went up there. See, it's impossible to fence off a canyon, dozens of yards wide, with a rough, rocky bottom. When there's enough of a prize up top, folks will slip underneath it....."
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blog: http://serpicorabbit.info/
including waterfalls East Etiwanda and Devils Gulch

Rescued Frogs Dying at the Zoo
http://www.ksee24.com/news/local/Rescued-Frogs-Dying-127982783.html
"... About two years ago, more than 100 were rescued after a fire in the Angeles National Forest destroyed their home. Today there are only two left. Zoo staff say the frogs' dying during their change from tadpole to adult frog, which is a very stressful period in the animal's life cycle...."

Remembering Eaton Canyon Hiker (Guest Column)
http://altadena.patch.com/article...g-eaton-canyon-hiker-guest-column
".....The female friend, who accompanied John the day of the incident, stated that she and John climbed to the top of the cliff and walked through a narrow, steep ridge. When John felt it was unsafe, they both turned around to walk back towards the entrance they had climbed.
However, as they were walking back, she says that either John slipped or the ground crumbled under him, causing him to slide off the cliff to his death......"

08/25/2011 14:03 ANF-4320 CA-SNF-002119 MOTOR Resource Order SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST
^Yosemite news: Motor Fire
http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/08/...ldfire-near-yosemite-getting.html
"......Highway 140(&El Portal) is closed east of Mariposa because of the Motor Fire.Air tankers, helicopters, bulldozers and hotshot crews are joining the firefighting effort, the U.S. Forest Service said.
Fresno County Fire spokeswoman Brenda McCants said there are now 1,152 firefighting personnel on scene.
The extent of the road closure is unknown. The highway leads to one of the main entrances to Yosemite National Park. Officials say there is a "significant" chance that the fire will grow from its current 1,000 acres....."
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Yosemite news: Motor Fire


It's a bad year for Yosemite - 17 visitors dead so far! (not from the fire)
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Remembering Eaton Canyon Hiker (Guest Column)
http://altadena.patch.com/article...g-eaton-canyon-hiker-guest-column


When non-hikers write about hiking!

Cathryn De Guzman wrote:
At the canyon, we were able to find a hiker who was there at the time John fell, and she showed us where John had fallen from and how to enter that trail. Unfortunately, it was too easy for us to find Internet forums on “How to Enter Razorback trail at Eaton Canyon” and “How to Get to Eaton Canyon’s Second Waterfall” through our smart phones and reviews that past hikers post on networking sites such as Yelp.

Many of the reviews are helpful and warn about the dangers of entering the trail, but others make hiking the trail sound like they are entering Disneyland and that the hike and risks are well worth the waterfall at the end.  


Perhaps Cathryn De Guzman isn't aware that people have died at Disneyland, too.
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http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_18831463

"A bill gathering steam in Congress would remove protections from more than 43 million acres of wildlands - including 48 acres in the Angeles National Forest - and could start a modern gold rush in the Eastern Sierra ghost town of Bodie...

...Likewise, environmental groups protective of the Angeles National Forest say McCarthy's bill opens up areas of the West Fork of the San Gabriel River, the upper Arroyo Seco above La Ca ada Flintridge and Pasadena, the Sheep Mountain and Cucamonga wilderness areas above Claremont and Upland, and Strawberry Peak in the back country near Mount Wilson, to development forces. However, there are no known plans to log or mine these remote Angeles forest lands."
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Late-Night Hikers Rescued
http://altadena.patch.com/articles/late-night-hikers-rescued
"Six hikers were escorted to safety after getting lost on a late-night excursion in the Angeles National Forest around 1 a.m. Saturday, according to officers at the Altadena Sheriff’s Station.
Four young men and two young women called for help about 2:30 a.m. Saturday to report they had become lost while hiking on Sunset Ridge Trail...."

Sheriff's Search and Rescue find missing hikers
from:http://sheriff.lacounty.gov/
"AUGUST 30th, 2011

Three hikers were reported missing in the Angeles National Forest at 10:45PM Monday night, and were found by Sheriff's Search and Rescue teams at 8:40AM Tuesday morning.  Family members notified Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station deputies that the men were supposed to return by 6:00PM Monday night, but were missing. The hikers are male residents of Los Angeles and Torrance, ages 32, 45, and 50.

The men began their hike at 9:00 A.M. Monday morning and planned on completing it by 6:00 P.M. The Montrose Search and Rescue team and Sierra Madre Search and Rescue team of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were activated at 11:00 P.M. Monday night, and immediately began their foot search of the area in the dark. Reserve sheriff's deputies and civilian volunteers compromise most of the team members, volunteering their time on a moment's notice, using their mountaineering experience and skills, as well as their personal time to help strangers in harm's way. Search & Rescue team members found one of the hiker’s vehicles in the Mount Waterman area and a second was found at the Devil’s Canyon Trail head near Mile Marker 50.50 on Angeles Crest Highway. The hikers had possibly intended to hike a one-way, 15-mile day hike from one vehicle to the other and had not taken gear to stay overnight.

The search teams began their search near Mount Waterman and inserted a second rescue team into the Devil’s Canyon area at 3:00 A.M. Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station patrol deputies and a Sheriff's Aero Bureau patrol helicopter are assisted with the search. Family members said one of the three hikers has extensive survival and backpacking experience, the group has a compass, and that each man was equipped with a backpack. Two of the men are not experienced hikers. "It's a very rugged area," said Sheriff's Montrose Search and Rescue Team member Steve Goldsworthy. "In some places there is no trail, it's just slate and rock." Ground crews and helicopters found the men in Devils' Canyon at 8:40AM Tuesday...."

Lightning, weather cut short Mt. Baldy's Run to the Top for the first time in history
http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_18831765
"MT. BALDY - For the first time in race history, lightning and inclement weather interrupted the Run to the Top race on Monday.
Most of the participants in the 46th annual event were stopped at the halfway point, about four miles in, at the top of the notch where the restaurant sits.
"I'm sure there were a lot of disappointed runners, but I think they all understand," said Augie Medina, a 64-year-old South Pasadena runner. "You don't mess with lightning."
In addition to the lightning, officials were worried about the weather - it was in the 30s at the top of the mountain, sparking fears of hypothermia - and the rain.
The race directors, Cary and Jennifer Mitchell, were told to stop the race after rescue officials deemed it unsafe for runners to continue to the top.
They called the race about 8:45 a.m....."

Mountain Lions Spotted(or not spotted IMO) in Burbank, Prompting Warnings
http://northhollywood.patch.com/a...ted-in-burbank-prompting-warnings
"...A particular large cat has wandered the hills above Burbank and frightened some residents. Some people can only hear the bone-chilling screech of the cat, but others have seen it in backyards and even crossing the streets late at night.
Half a dozen joggers and bikers have reported seeing big cats, especially around the country club in the foothills of the Verdugos on Country Club Drive. Residents have also seen bobcats, which are smaller, spotted and not a threat to humans......"

Mountain Lion Killed on Freeway
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news...-Killed-on-Freeway-128855663.html
"A 15-month-old mountain lion was killed while trying to cross the San Diego (405) Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass, authorities said Wednesday.
The puma, fatally struck by a vehicle near Getty Center Drive on Tuesday, was one of a handful in the Santa Monica Mountains that were being studied by naturalists, according to Woody Smeck, superintendent of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area......"

Children Playing with Fireworks Spark Sun Valley Wildfire
http://laist.com/2011/09/06/child...rks_cause_sun_valley_wildfire.php
"...Responding by ground and air, firefighters from the L.A. County Fire Department, Burbank Fire Department and Angeles National Forest joined forces to successfully combat the blaze in the Verdugo Mountains. Their efforts protected nearby homes as the fire scorched approximately ten acres of the hillside...."

Mystery Photo Blog
http://www.altadenahistoricalsociety.org/blog.htm
Up to extremely difficult where is this photos.

Shattered Window, Stolen Items
http://lacanadaflintridge.patch.c...ime-blotter-stolen-assault-rifles
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Five men in two cars reported that someone smashed their windows and broke into their vehicles parked in the Angeles National Forest at mile marker 18.87. Stolen during the Aug. 20 incident were items worth $2,500, including cell phones, cash and a wallet
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Three Hikers Rescued from Cliff at Eaton Canyon
http://altadena.patch.com/article...-from-cliff-at-eaton-canyon-video
"Three hikers were airlifted out of Eaton Canyon after they were found clinging on to a cliff 100 feet off the ground, according to Capt. Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.....The hikers were uninjured and were airlifted and dropped off in a landing area just below the Pinecrest Gate..."

DUI suspected after injury crash on Glendora Mountain Road
http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_18868756
http://glendoramtnroad.blogspot.com/2011/09/fwd-your-ride-today.html
"A man was suspected of drunken driving Saturday after his car plummeted 500 feet over the side Glendora Mountain Road, injuring himself and two passengers, authorities said. The crash was reported just before 5:30 a.m. on Glendora Mountain Road, near Glendora Ridge Road, in the forest north of Glendora, according to California Highway Patrol logs...."At the time, the visibility was approximately 20 to 30 feet because of the fog up there," the officer said.
The Mustang went over the side of the road and finally came to a rest about 500 feet down a steep embankment, Jolin said....."

Hikers' Cars Burglarized
http://montrose.patch.com/article...e-blotter-hikers-cars-burglarized
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Three vehicles parked off the Angeles Crest Highway in the Switzer Picnic area parking lot were burglarized between 11:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. The three victims had been hiking in the area. All reported a front window smashed on each car and property taken from inside. Among the items reported stolen were an iPhone, Garmin GPS, wallet containing a license and $100 cash, backpack, make-up bag and flip phone.


Leftover Labor Day Trash, Feces May Taint LA Water Supply
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/20...-feces-may-taint-la-water-supply/
"...As much as 30,000 pounds of refuse was found in just one canyon of the Angeles National Forest in the wake of the holiday weekend, according to park officials....

Bear makes a mess of residents' trash(Verdugo Mtns)
http://articles.glendalenewspress...-bear_1_trash-cans-mess-residents
"Several Briggs Terrace residents were frightened Tuesday(Sep 6) after a black bear dug into their trash cans in search of a late-night snack, officials said.Residents notified sheriff’s deputies of the wandering bear about 10 p.m. after it was knocking down their trash cans and scouring for food, said Deputy Steve Toly of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station. The large bear terrified residents, he added..."


O/T: Missing hiker found safe(San Gorgonio)
http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_18862888
"...The hiker, Bryan Gutierrez, was located by San Bernardino County search and rescue personnel at about 1:30 p.m(the day after missing).
Gutierrez was found in Falls Creek Canyon and was hoisted out of the area by the sheriff's air rescue helicopter....

It was the latest in a number of emergency incidents that have occurred in the mountain community in the past few months.
Taylor Vejar, 11, of Rancho Cucamonga died in a rock slide Sept. 5 while on a hiking trip with three friends.
Two other people not in Taylor's group were injured in the rock slide.
Giovani Rodriguez, 16, of Rialto slipped on a rock and fell 50 feet to his death in the Big Falls area of Forest Falls in June."

Above and Beyond: CV Sheriffs Honored
http://www.crescentavalleyweekly....e-and-beyond-cv-sheriffs-honored/
"Among the 38 extraordinary men and women who were honored were those who serve at Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Meritorious Conduct Gold Medals were awarded to Deputy Jeff Martin, Reserve Chief Michael Leum, Reserve Capt. Janet Henderson, Reserve Sgt. Bruce Parker, Reserve Sgt. John McKently, Reserve Deputy Doug Cramoline, Reserve Deputy Fred Koegler and Reserve Deputy Fred Wenzel.
All are members of the Montrose Search and Rescue Team that responded with other deputies and search and rescue members to a call for support at Fire Camp 16 deep in the Angeles National Forest, the area where two Los Angeles County Firefighters lost their lives while fighting the Station Fire......
The team members were briefed on the life-threatening circumstances of the mission and all were offered the chance to opt out. None did. They were told to remove their bulletproof vest to help deal with dehydration and intense heat from the fire.....We stood in a line as the [men’s bodies] moved down the line and onto a fire [vehicle],” Cramoline added...."
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O/T: Missing hiker found safe(San Gorgonio)
http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_18862888
"...The hiker, Bryan Gutierrez, was located by San Bernardino County search and rescue personnel at about 1:30 p.m(the day after missing).
Gutierrez was found in Falls Creek Canyon and was hoisted out of the area by the sheriff's air rescue helicopter....


"Gutierrez, 30, was hiking Vivian Creek Trail to San Gorgonio Peak when he disappeared, Miller said. He was with about 100 people from a church."

WTF?  How do you get 100 people on a Wilderness Permit?

Name and shame the damned church.
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O/T: Missing hiker found safe(San Gorgonio)
WTF?  How do you get 100 people on a Wilderness Permit?


20 at a time  Rolling Eyes  Shocked

More importantly how do you loose someone with that many hikers together?
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If I had a group of 100 hikers in front of me on a trail, I think I'd just turn around.  It's hard enough to get by a group of 8 people, but 100 just wouldn't be possible.
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If I had a group of 100 hikers in front of me on a trail, I think I'd just turn around.  It's hard enough to get by a group of 8 people, but 100 just wouldn't be possible.


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simonov wrote:
Name and shame the damned church.

no source ever did say....

Wild L.A.: Mountain Lions, Grizzly Bears & the Land that Once Was
http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal...s-grizzly-bears-and-the-land.html
'before the cities' what it was like.

Video of previous Eaton Canyon rescue released
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aNEWZK52Zo

09/18/2011 16:05 fall injury @Hermit Falls (not that Im keeping score of Eaton vs Hermit)

Monkey Canyon Cliff Jumper Tells Tale
http://montrose.patch.com/article...ey-canyon-cliff-jumper-tells-tale
"...The 30-year-old web designer fractured his left heel and shattered his right heel cliff jumping into shallow water at Monkey Canyon in Tujunga, prompting a helicopter rescue by the Montrose Search and Rescue Team. ...After the jump and injuries, he doesn't need surgery but Perrett has to be in a wheel chair for several weeks...."

After the Station Fire: Ten Miles - Four Peaks
http://www.photographyontherun.co...StationFireTenMilesFourPeaks.aspx
"... It had been a while since I'd done San Gabriel Peak, Mt. Markham, and Mt. Lowe; and although I'd run within a quarter-mile of the summit of Mt. Disappointment several times, I'd never done the last bit up to the peak. All four of these peaks can be done in a (round trip) run/hike of less than ten miles, with a cumulative elevation gain/loss of around 3000'....Turricula was present virtually everywhere along the route that had been burned, and could not entirely be avoided. It was especially prevalent on the path to summit of Mt. Markham from the Markham-Lowe Saddle..."

Three T's (Timber, Telegraph, and Thunder) 9/11/11
http://whiskeyandthemidnightsky.blogspot.com/
"...You can't call yourself a Los Angeles peakbagger until you've done the 3 T's.."

Closed Portion of Highway 39, Angeles National Forest, Sept. 18, 2011
http://www.1000wordsphotos.com/39Sept11/
"...Some of the locals on both sides have told me they believe it will never open again. From the pace of the work I would say that one more bad winter and they should give up trying..."


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Eaton Canyon Falls by ~RandySprout on deviantART

Sierra Madre Residents on Alert After Two Mountain Lions Spotted at House(includes nice video)
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/131043153.html
"A public safety alert will be put out to residents in Sierra Madre Tuesday after two large mountain lions were spotted overnight, said police.
The two big cats were camped out in the front yard of a residence in the 600 block of Camillo Street at around 12:30 a.m.
“The two mountain lions stayed in the area for about 15 minutes until our officers ran them back up into the hills,” said Sgt. Joe Ortiz, of the Sierra Madre Police Department.
The animals were very large, and probably each weighed around 200 pounds, according to officers. The homeowners, who have lived at the home for nearly 20 years, said they've seen bears and bobcats, but nothing like these cats....."

Santa Monica Mountain's Lions Face Extinction
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/201...monica-mountains-li_n_990572.html
"...Of the group of 21 lions that have been collared over the years in the Santa Monica Mountains few have survived. Only one male is known to have come from the outside, from the Simi Hills across the 101 freeway into the Santa Monicas, this in 2009, bringing fresh genes with him. Biologists estimate there are currently about 10 of the big cats in the encircled zone...."

San Bernardino Sheriff's Department issues bear advisory(includes video)
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story...ocal/inland_empire&id=8366355
"RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (KABC) -- A large bear has been seen in residential areas on the north end of Rancho Cucamonga and residents were reportedly trying to get close and take pictures with the bear.
The Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood at the north end of Burrell Street is right up against the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, so a bear sighting isn't totally unexpected.
However, sheriff's deputies are concerned that some people aren't taking these sighting seriously enough so they've issued an advisory.
A picture of the bear taken just a couple of days ago showed it going through a trashcan that was knocked over outside a home at Burrell Street. ....."

Missing Father Ate Bugs and Leaves for Six Day Before Being Recued by Three Adult Children
http://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/a...ee-adult-children-david-lavau.htm
"David Lavau, 68, who had been reported missing on Sept. 23, was rescued last Thursday by his three adult children from the bottom of a rugged ravine located at Angeles National Forest(Lake Hughes Road, Castaic area), approximately 50 miles north of Los Angeles, authorities have confirmed.
According to Capt. Mike Paker, a spokesman of the Sheriff's Department, that three adult children of Lavau rescued their father Thursday after searching along the highway between their father’s home in northern Los Angeles County and Ventrra County. They had carefully examined treacherous drop-offs calling out for their father.
Lavau survived after falling six days in the ravine, eating bugs, leaves and drinking creek water. According to Parker, the location was confirmed through Lavau’s bank and cellphone records before the children commenced the search...."

Skeletal Remains Found in Angeles National Forest
http://sierramadre.patch.com/arti...-found-in-angeles-national-forest
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Hikers discovered the skeletal remains of a man in Angeles National Forest on Sunday, but his identity still remains unknown, according to coroner’s officials.
Crescenta Valley sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Big Tujunga area on Sunday night and called the coroners at 11 p.m. Sunday, Capt. John Kades of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office told Patch.


Missing mountain-biking brothers found in Angeles Forest
http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_18985488
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ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST -- Sheriff's search and rescue teams located two mountain bikers Monday who had gone missing during a night ride in the Angeles National Forest.
The bikers, who are brothers, aged 42 and 45, set out with two other bikers from the Switzer picnic area just before 11 p.m. Sunday, said Deputy Mark Pope of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau. They were planning to ride to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena -- a distance of about nine miles.
After the brothers fell behind three miles south of Switzer's, their companions reported that they were lost and search and rescue teams from Altadena, Montrose and Sierra Madre were activated, Pope said.
The brothers were located at 5:15 a.m. in good condition. One of them is overweight with high blood pressure and possibly diabetic.


http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/...ued-monkey-canyon,0,4081025.story
"...U.S. Forestry personnel reported that they found the man just after 1:50 p.m. at the bottom of the canyon bottom off Angeles Crest Highway. They found the hiker unconscious and bleeding from the ears, officials said.Sheriff's rescue helicopter Air-5 flew to the area and the crew began searching the canyon bottom. They found the hiker lying in shallow in water a remote area about five miles from Angeles Crest Highway....."

Life on the Crest(Jerry Schad)
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2011/sep/28/feature-life-crest/
"Jerry Schad died on Thursday, September 22, 2011. He wrote the Roam-O-Rama outdoors column for the Reader from 1993 to 2011. This is the first part of a story originally published in the Reader's pages on April 2, 1987; next week, the second, final part details the Trailmaster's roots....


Stars above the San Gabriel Mountains
http://blog.hodomania.com/stars-above-the-san-gabriel-mountains/

"The other night, me, my tripod and my camera sat by the side of the road on Angeles Forest Highway, in the San Gabriel Mountains, above Los Angeles."[/i]
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Sierra Madre Residents on Alert After Two Mountain Lions Spotted at House(includes nice video)
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/131043153.html
"A public safety alert will be put out to residents in Sierra Madre Tuesday after two large mountain lions were spotted overnight, said police.
The two big cats were camped out in the front yard of a residence in the 600 block of Camillo Street at around 12:30 a.m.
“The two mountain lions stayed in the area for about 15 minutes until our officers ran them back up into the hills,” said Sgt. Joe Ortiz, of the Sierra Madre Police Department.
The animals were very large, and probably each weighed around 200 pounds, according to officers. The homeowners, who have lived at the home for nearly 20 years, said they've seen bears and bobcats, but nothing like these cats....."


What gender are these cats? Any other info?
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HikeUp wrote:
What gender are these cats? Any other info?


Couldnt find anything...there was a suggestion that if they did indeed weigh around 200 pounds each, they are both male.

There was another article about bobcats though
Mountain Lion Spotted on Skyland Drive(includes 2 pictures)
http://sierramadre.patch.com/arti...ain-lion-spotted-on-skyland-drive
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A number of mountain lion sightings in recent weeks have put foothill residents on high alert for the safety of themselves and their pets. Last Friday, Sept. 30, Patch Blogger, Library Trustee and Canyon Dweller Catherine Addé spotted this mountain lion near her home on Skyland Drive in the upper Sierra Madre Canyon.
Just last month, another Sierra Madre resident reported seeing a large mountain lion in the area of W. Mira Monte Avenue. Only three days later, Monrovia Patch reported that a local house cat had been killed by a mountain lion.


And just to add a news item I missed...
Rubio Cañon Land & Water Association missed required water quality tests
http://www.altadenablog.com/2011/...required-water-quality-tests.html
"The Rubio Cañon Land & Water Assn. sent out a letter to shareholders last week saying it failed to monitor drinking water standards for uranium as required by the state health department during two quarters of 2010.....The three water sources, which include a well, a tunnel, and the stream in Rubio Canyon, come from a place with natural uranium, and are mingled with other sources in the treatment plant.  The three sources are supposed to be tested quarterly, and samples are taken by a water company employee.  Wood said that the uranium from the canyon water sources is usually so small, and so diluted when it leaves the treatment plant, that it doesn't present a problem....."
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HikeUp wrote:
What gender are these cats? Any other info?


This is a mating pair.  The smaller one is the female of course.  The male is the one that stretches and walks away at the end.  (two words...fuzzy dice)

So cool!!!!!

Ah - the two photos are of a bobcat though....
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cougarmagic wrote:
HikeUp wrote:
What gender are these cats? Any other info?


This is a mating pair.  The smaller one is the female of course.  The male is the one that stretches and walks away at the end.  (two words...fuzzy dice)


Yeah, plus that male totally looks like a tom. Excellent video!
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Wildlife Waystation at Halloween images
http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/...-halloween,0,2458723.photogallery

Scoutmaster Rescued Near Switzer Falls Area Saturday(10/30/11)
http://altadena.patch.com/article...-near-switzer-falls-area-saturday
"Some quick thinking from a Boy Scout troop helped Air-5 rescue a local scoutmaster who had fallen 20 feet onto a bed of rocks while leading the troop on a hike on Bear Canyon Trail, which is about two miles south of Switzer Falls in the Angeles National Forest, according to authorities...."

Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011 Signed by Obama
http://corbamtb.com/news/2011/11/09/ski-area-recreation/
".... The act goes on to specifically mention mountain bike terrain parks and trails, zip lines, frisbee golf courses and ropes courses as acceptable additional recreational activities for ski areas. It excludes activities such as tennis courts, water slides, swimming pools and golf courses.

In the Angeles National Forest there are four ski areas: Mountain High (East, West & North), Mt. Waterman, Ski Sunrise and Mt. Baldy. For a few short weeks in 2009 Mt. Waterman opened to bicycles in the summer, but was forced to abandon its mountain bike park plans because of the limitations of their ski area permit. The passage of HR 765 now allows the Secretary of Agriculture to issue permits for mountain bike parks to existing ski area permit holders..."

Historical: the San Gabriel - a river on the edge
http://www.scribd.com/doc/7196468...pth-look-at-the-San-Gabriel-River
A 64 page exhaustive news report on the San Gabriel river in the year 2000....for example on page 51,  forest service George Duffy and his vision of lakefront hotels and shopping centers in 25-50 years from then.

Historical: Stan Kisler collection(MtLowe Railway pictures)
http://www.peryhs.org/tag/stan-kistler-collection/
note:3 pages of photos

Spanked on Baldy
http://www.backpacker.com/blogs/673
A cautionary tale of winter storms on Baldy
"On Christmas Eve, 2008 Amkraut climbed Baldy's Devil's Backbone Route, beginning from the top of Mt. Baldy ski area, to test a high altitude mountaineering tent and some other gear....Indeed. Amkraut got struck by a storm that measured 70 mph. "But the wind wasn't the problem," he says. "It was an ice blizzard. Freezing rain coated everything." ....Teaching moment here: Rewarming shock occurs when dilating blood vessels at the extremities can drop your blood pressure to dangerous levels. This is often accompanied by a dump of toxins into the bloodstream, upping the potential for heart and kidney problems. Amkraut ended up in the hospital for four days...."

photos
http://difabu.smugmug.com/
The backpacking and hiking collection, with a lot of San Gabriel locations
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Busy weekend for the Angeles:

01/22/2012 15:34  Lost Teenagers Search & Rescue Garcia Canyon Trail/Glendora Ridge Motorway  
01/22/2012 12:54 Rescue/Arroyo Public Assist Arroyo
01/22/2012 11:57 Cliff Rescue Search & Rescue Millard Cyn across from Millard Campground  
01/22/2012 11:22 Injury/ Ankle Medical Aid Chilao Area on PCT
01/21/2012 19:05 SAR Activation Search & Rescue Eaton Cyn. b/t the waterfalls & the parking lot
01/21/2012 14:16 FATALITY Medical Aid ACH mm 41.94  
01/21/2012 10:43  OVERNIGHT GROUP Miscellaneous VALLEY FORGE

Vigen Sarkisyan, 18, Killed When Car Plunges 500 Feet off Angeles Crest Highway
http://blogs.laweekly.com/informe...igen_sarkisyan_18_killed_when.php
"Vigen Sarkisyan(18 years old) was in a car with two of his friends when it flew off the side of the highway -- plunging 500 feet into a ravine in the Angeles National Forest.
One of his friends managed to crawl up to the road and flag down some help...... but by the time Sarkisyan and another injured passenger were pulled from the wreckage (near mile marker 41) by an Air Rescue helicopter from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, the former was declared dead....."

Teens Rescued, Air-Lifted from Millard Canyo
http://sierramadre.patch.com/arti...ed-air-lifted-from-millard-canyon
"Three South Pasadena teens—one a 19-year-old woman, who was trapped on a cliff with a 100-foot drop to Millard Canyon—were rescued Sunday around 12:30 p.m. after going on a hike earlier that day, reports Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD)....."

Sheriff's copter rescues 3 boys from Angeles National Forest
http://www.insidebayarea.com/california/ci_19799976
"...A 14-year-old boy who managed to get cell phone reception on a cliff in Azuza Canyon called at 3:40 p.m. Sunday to report that he and two friends were stuck and needed to be rescued, said Capt. Mike Parker of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.
Air-5 Rescue pilots and deputies with paramedic found the boys near Garcia Canyon Trail off Highway 39 north of Azuza, he said.
The four Azuza residents were "trapped on the mountainside, " Parker said. "The steep terrain was made worse by the loose rocks that would cause them to fall if they tried to climb up or climb down. Also, if one boy were to fall, he could knock others off the cliff as well."
One deputy was lowered from the helicopter by hoist as it hovered 300 to 500 feet above the canyon to rescue the boys one at a time, he said. By 4:50 p.m., all four were inside the helicopter.
"Once they were safely in the aircraft, they were all smiles and thank yous and started saying how much better the helicopter was than video games," said Sgt. Tom Giandomenico of the sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau.
"We later learned they had gone hiking and gotten lost between two mountain ridges," he said. "They were wearing shorts and t-shirts with no hiking equipment. They clearly were not prepared where they ended
up..."

Lost Boy Scouts Found
http://www.crescentavalleyweekly....01/22/2012/lost-boy-scouts-found/
"At about 8:35 p.m. on Saturday night the Montrose Search and Rescue Team was activated to respond to the Mount Wilson area regarding two boy scouts and their leader who had been separated from their group while hiking and were presumed lost. They were well equipped for the conditions.....The Search and Rescue Team located the hikers near their last known location in the Mount Wilson area. They had begun to set up camp and had planned to continue their hike during daylight.  They were all in good health and were all decided to continue camping for the night...."

Second NPS extension for comments on San Gabriel Watershed plans
http://www.examiner.com/san-gabri...ts-on-san-gabriel-watershed-plans
"The National Parks Service (NPS) has extended the deadline for public comment on the Draft San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains Special Resource Study and Environmental Assessment to Feb. 13, 2012.  This is the second extension of the deadline; previous deadlines were Dec. 16m 2011 and Jan. 9, 2012......Next Steps in the Study Process
Spring 2012:
Comment Analysis/Determine Necessary Revisions to Study Report
Spring/Summer 2012:
Final Study/Transmittal to Congress..."

blogroll:
http://www.weekendsherpa.com/activities/hike/los-angeles/?page=1
hiking all over Los Angeles..not many pictures

http://anendlessroad.com/aer/category/hiking/
mostly the San Gabriel mountains with plenty of pictures

Manzanita Cider
http://honest-food.net/2010/08/22/manzanita-cider/
"...Ever since I moved to California I’d read that the berries were quasi-edible, that someone — Indians or Spaniards — did something with them at some point....As it happens, the Franciscan friars, who were the first European settlers of California, made a sort of cider from the berries. The California Indians did the same thing, plus they made a meal from the dried, ripe berries they’d later use for porridge in winter.....But really? I’d eaten a berry or two, and I can tell you manzanita is definitely not something to munch on while walking a trail. The berries are loaded with tannin, which sucks all the moisture from your mouth and replaces it with a coating of felt —...."
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AW, many thanks to ya for all the fun, informative and educational material that you have posted in the past, the now and the future(in case I forget).
I really appreciate reading something different from just a regular trail report!!!... 666
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Icehouse canyon bird(Wren)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/maureen_sullivan/6919105423/

Funeral Set for Angeles Crest Highway Crash Victim 2/23/12
http://lacanadaflintridge.patch.c...ighway-crash-victim#photo-9178549

"Andrew Mander Searcy was driving back to La Mirada after visiting his family when his car plunged 300 feet off Angeles Crest Highway at Mt. Gleason Road on Monday. He was 25.....Searcy went missing Sunday and the crash site was found about 8:15 a.m. Sheriff's deputies from the Norwalk Station used a helicopter to trace Searcy's route and found the vehicle crashed, the La Canada Valley Sun reported. According to a CHP accident report, investigators concluded that Searcy was driving southbound on Angeles Forest Highway, south of Aliso Canyon Road and Mt. Gleason Road, when he lost control of his vehicle. His car then plunged down a 300 foot embankment and came to rest on its roof, investigators wrote. Sheriff's Air 5 located Searcy's vehicle and lowered a paramedic who pronounced him dead, said Reserve Chief Mike Leum of Montrose Search and Rescue Team."The Montrose team performed the body recovery, which took many hours due to the complexity of the car’s location," Leum said...."

Car overturns, injures 4 on Big Tujunga Canyon Road 2/24/12
http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_20035975
"TUJUNGA - Four people were injured, one critically, when a Mustang convertible overturned in the Angeles National Forest Thursday night.
The vehicle overturned in the 11900 block of Big Tujunga Canyon Road around 9:45 p.m., said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Gregory Baek.Three people were trapped in the vehicle, which was badly crushed, and had to be freed by rescuers, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department......The driver[drunk], a male, was taken into custody, said LAPD Lt. Debra Brounsten....."

Forest Service to drop fees at most national forests
http://www.latimes.com/news/local...-fee-20120229%2C0%2C1863639.story
[quote]....The U.S. Forest Service proposes eliminating fees for three-quarters of the forest areas where they are now imposed, including 19 in Southern California....Many trail heads, day-use sites and general forest areas where fees are now in effect in the region's four national forests will become free, said Tamara Wilton, a California Forest Service manager.....The Forest Service launched a national review of the fee program last year. Regional offices drew up a list of proposed changes that will be released to the public in the next few months and submitted them to an advisory committee representing recreation interests, said Frances Enkoji, a manager in the agency's California office. The revisions would probably take effect next year.
Twenty-five fee areas would remain nationally, including 12 in the Southland. The agency plans to retain the Adventure Pass. In many areas where fees are eliminated, the agency proposes to continue charging for use of certain busy sites that are equipped with six specific amenities outlined in the 2004 law. Those include toilets, interpretive signs, trash cans and picnic tables.
That may spark more legal battles. What if you park at one of the fee sites to go hiking but don't use any of the facilities? Do you have to pay? "Yep, right now, that's the way we are managing the program and the way we are interpreting" the law, Wilton said...."

SGV board backs completion of Highway 39 to Wrightwood
http://www.whittierdailynews.com/ci_19990874#ixzz1nv3A32Bv
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The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments voted unanimously last week to oppose Caltrans' abandonment of 27 miles of Highway 39 from Azusa to Crystal Lake.
The local joint powers agency also voted to write a letter requesting the state transportation agency continue the project it started in 2009 to repair a 4.4-mile gap in the the state highway between Islip Saddle and Wrightwood at Angeles Crest Highway. That upper portion of State Route 39 has been closed to the public since 1978 due to a mud slide that damaged the roadway.
The COG, a collaboration of 31 cities, three county supervisors and three water agencies, addresses issues that affect the entire San Gabriel Valley and give the region a greater voice in federal, state and county government.

It is the first time the agency has weighed in on the Highway 39 issue since this newspaper reported in October Caltrans' decision to drop the roadway completion project. In December, this newspaper reported Caltrans said it could no longer afford to maintain the mountain portion of State Route 39, citing budgetary reasons, and said it was shopping the highway to other governmental entities.
It costs Caltrans about $1.6 million a year to upkeep the road, which connects county flood control workers to three key mountain dams, as well as millions of visitors to recreation areas that are part of the 650,000-acre Angeles National Forest.
A group of business leaders, cabin owners and some
environmental groups support re-opening Highway 39 as a continuous loop from Azusa and Glendora through the forest, to ski areas in Wrightwood, as well as destinations to the west in La Canada Flintridge. They contend the 34-year closure acts like a clog in the state route system, keeping visitors congregating along the west and east forks of the San Gabriel River, instead of allowing them to circulate more freely in the forest and beyond.
Barret Wetherby, a proponent of re-opening the road, called the COG action "great."
"I think that will help," he said.
Wetherby and members of the Azusa Chamber of Commerce met with state Sen. Edward Hernandez, D-West Covina, on Jan. 27, to talk about the issue. Also at the meeting were officials from Caltrans and the state Department of Fish and Game. Another meeting is set with Sen. Hernandez on March 9, Wetherby said.
At that meeting, the Department of Fish and Game will discuss whether reopening the roadway will cause harm to the San Gabriel Mountains Big Horn Nelson Sheep. Caltrans cited concern for the sheep as a reason for not pursuing the project.
Some residents of Wrightwood, however, are in agreement with Caltrans' latest decision. They say opening the road will bring too much traffic, litter and other problems from the San Gabriel Valley to the mountain resort town. Others say the mountain environment will be damaged from more cars and auto exhaust.
A two-page memo from Duarte City Councilman John Fasana, COG transportation committee chairman, notes that the re-opening project "was fully funded and was programmed in the 2008 State Highway Operation and Protection Program for $47,592,000, capital and support." Construction on the project was to begin last year.
Caltrans said in October 2011 the project was "not realistic or cost effective."
Wetherby, at the meeting with Sen. Hernandez, said he questioned Caltrans officials why an 800-foot section of Angeles Crest Highway above Pasadena was repaired in 1.5 years, while "we are still waiting more than 30 years later" for Caltrans to repair 500 feet of the 39 roadway.
When Azusa chamber officials asked what happened to the money for the project, Caltrans said they no longer had the funds.
On the issue of turning over the 27-miles of mountain highway to another entity, both the county of Los Angeles and the U.S. Forest Service have declined, according to the COG memo.


4 rescued from Eaton Canyon on February 21, 2012
Note: Eaton canyon saw 3 rescues during that 24hrs period
http://www.amrt.org/index.php/blo...-eaton-canyon-on-february-21-2012
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A call came out for stranded hikers in Eaton Canyon at approximately 5:30p.m. on Tuesday February 21.  
By the time the first unit was dispatched we were able to make contact with one of the individuals on their mobile phone.  After verifying whether there were injuries and if they were safe, we were able to determine their approximate location.  The information that our victims were uninjured, in a safe location and somewhere between the 2nd pitch and the top of the falls was relayed to our field crews.  The victims were updated with an occasional text, letting them know crews were on the way.  A short time later the field crews made contact with the victims.  The victims were located on the north side of the ridge, with two of the four over the side of the ridgeline on a ledge.Two team members proceeded up the ridgeline to set hand lines and raise two of the victims from the ledge to the ridge. The other team members remained on the canyon floor, including the crew chief, to run the operation from below.
Once in place, the hand lines allowed team members to escort the victims from the ridgeline to the canyon floor safely


Woman strikes Eaton Canyon Nature Center employee with car 2/5/12
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story.../local/los_angeles&id=8531990
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A dispute over a dog leash at Eaton Canyon Nature Center ended with a county park employee in the hospital.Sheriff's officials said it all started when the park employee asked a 28-year-old woman to put a leash on her dog on Friday.According to deputies, the employee asked Arune Kavaliauskaite three times to put a leash on her dog.Officials said Kavaliauskaite became angry, got into her car and then purposefully drove into the employee, knocking her into a parked car.Kavaliauskaite was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. She's being held on $30,000 bail.


Rancho Cucamonga stepping up trespassing enforcement at Cucamonga Canyon
http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_19964670#ixzz1nv51ioqY
"RANCHO CUCAMONGA -- The city is stepping up enforcement against trespassers on their way to Cucamonga Canyon, the area north of Alta Loma marked by cliffs and waterfalls.There is only one legal way to enter this popular canyon -- through Big Tree Road, also known as Cucamonga Truck Trail. But many canyon visitors take short cuts through private property north of Turquoise Avenue or through the residential development west of Skyline Road.At a special meeting with the City Council and Cucamonga Valley Water District board on Tuesday, law enforcement officials said "no trespassing" signs will soon be posted and violators will be cited.San Bernardino County sheriff's Lt. Steve Smith said trespassers will be cited using the state Penal Code and prosecuted through the District Attorney's Office...."We may even film people being cited and post it on Facebook," Smith said.A public meeting on the issues of Cucamonga Canyon will take place at Stork Elementary on March 12 at 6:30 p.m."

Car plummets 600 feet on Angeles Crest Highway 2/28/12
http://maraudernews.blogspot.com/...plummets-600-feet-on-angeles.html
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Early Tuesday morning, a grey Nissan Altima went careening off a cliff on Angeles Crest Highway.The unidentified driver was on his way to work in La Cañada Flintridge when the accident occurred. George Beltram, an employee of Pro Traffic Services, was the one who walked down the hill and called the incident in. He said the car fell 600 feet. “He was all the way down there.” Another eyewitness, who works for Par Electrical Contractors, said that cars continued to speed at “70 or 80 miles an hour” even after seeing the accident before. The car was flipped, with its roof crushed, trapping the driver inside. Members of the US Forest Service, LA County Fire Department 130 and the Department of Public Works arrived on the scene. The roof of the car was sawed off and the driver was eventually airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital. Despite the fall, he remained conscious through the ordeal.
Angeles Crest Highway remained closed for over two hours as the wreckage was removed


Longboarding on the GMR: video
http://www.sunnysidelongboarding....2/joe-takes-a-raw-run-on-lookout/
or a more "professional" look at the sport at non- San Gabriel locales(thanks to glendoramountainroad.com)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW-J2pQrlsw

Water worries again....
Worries mount for Sierra, water supply
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbc...le?AID=/20120301/A_NEWS/203010329
"Stockton remains in danger of having its driest winter since 1975-76, depending on what March and April have to offer.
"It ain't over yet," said walnut farmer Tom McGurk, whose orchards may not have the soil moisture they need this summer if Mother Nature does not deliver. Stagnant, dry weather quadrupled the number of no-burn days in San Joaquin County this winter, from 7 days last winter to 29 days this winter, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District reported Wednesday. Inspectors wrote 88 citations for local residents who burned on no-burn days, compared with nine citations last winter. The restrictions are now over until next fall.
In 20 years of farming east of Linden, the least amount of rain McGurk ever got was 10 inches. The most was 21 inches.Right now he is at 4.5 inches, with time running out....There is still enough water stored in reservoirs to get Stockton through summer, but then we would have little left for the following year...."
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O.C. forests turning fee-free
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/area-345278-service-forest.html
"....Huge chunks of land where the passes are required are being greatly reduced, making access, yes, free......The ruling left the timing and locales somewhat murky. But I talked to the feds and they explained that they are in the process of reviewing specific areas and will soon make changes based on certain amenities.

But they agreed to a preview: Huge parts of the Holy Jim area in Trabuco Canyon will become exempt as will nearly all of the Ortega Corridor......Forest Service officials tell me they are going along with the ruling and cite six things that all must have for a pass to be required.The six required amenities are: picnic table, trash receptacle, toilet, interpretive signing or display, parking, and security.The first five are concrete. But security? I asked Tamara Wilton, Region 5 recreation fee program manager, to explain.Like many things in the bureaucratic world, security is sort of vague. It might mean a daily or weekly patrol. It might mean something like a gate.But in areas where the amenities aren't in place, sometime around summer's end Adventure Pass will no longer be required.
Why not a firm date for the change to free access?First, the Forest Service needs to review its review of amenities. Then it needs to map specific boundaries. When those maps are available, I plan to publish them....."

blogroll:
http://hikingangelesforest.com/
general hiking trip reports that are organized

http://mavensphotoblog.com/
geologist trip reports mainly centering on the San Andreas Fault
example: http://mavensphotoblog.com/2012/0...over-the-mojave-desert/#more-3549
^aerial photos of Hwy39,Wrightwood,etc.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/201...d-Glendora-Ridge-Mtwy-in-Azusa-CA
Massive website dailykos begins reporting on socal hikes...I wonder how they will keep it up with so many photos per report.

Uncovering San Dimas Canyon's Hidden History
http://www.kcet.org/updaily/the_b...dimas-canyons-hidden-history.html
"...Framing our route were the river-rock foundations of cabins that had housed upwards of ninety families on land leased from the Angeles National Forest. Vinca minor, an exotic vine with periwinkle-blue flowers, crawls over the gutted structures, cast-off kitchenware, and exposed nooks and crannies; climbing up the eastern and western slopes are sturdy clumps of cacti left to fend for themselves after the 2002 Williams Fire gutted these residences, a blaze that ultimately torched the entire watershed.
As for the road that had snaked along the San Dimas, it too had fallen victim to the conflagration: intense post-fire flooding and erosion has taken out most of its bed, and what remains is almost impassable; we had to clamber over alders, oaks, and pines that have dropped like Pick-Up-Sticks to block its meandering route.
A ghostly community: its silence shattered when a red-tailed hawk coasted overhead and let out a hoarse scream.
These communal artifacts, as haunting as the raptor's cry, were not the ones we were seeking. Instead our small party of three had set off from the Forest Service's San Dimas fire station hoping to relocate a memorial plaque erected in 1927 on an upstream hillside honoring Stuart J. Flintham....."

MSR Team Called Out; Robotics Competition Continues
http://www.crescentavalleyweekly....t-robotics-competition-continues/
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Montrose Search and Rescue Team members responded to a call of 12 stranded hikers at 11:08 a.m. this morning. The hikers started out of Chantry Flats earlier today, despite the impending storm, hoping to reach Mount Wilson.

“Four or five of the hikers got back to their car. The others were found and are being transported,” said CV Sheriff’s Station watch commander Lt. Debra Herman. They were found at 12:45 p.m. and were transported to their cars at the Chantry Flats area by the Montrose Search and Rescue Team and sheriff’s department vehicles.

In an interview on Friday, both MSR Team member Mike Leum and David Sweet, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, advised that no one go out into the storm if travel was not necessary.

The rain is predicted to continue throughout the day with snow levels dropping as low as 2,000 feet.


O/T: Project Yosemite
http://projectyose.com/
HD video of Yosemite with timelapse

Closer to home, and also in Vimeo, Sierra Descents checks in with some socal skiing...
http://www.sierradescents.com/video/2012/03/19/the-deep-report.html
"....I mean, there was snow on I-10 in Beaumont! That’s 2500 feet above Sea Level, 35 miles from Palm Springs. On Secret Hidden Peak, Trevor and I found snow so deep it was hard to move—even headed downhill. Luckily, we got things figured out and had one of those mind-blowing days that stays with you forever. "

California Art Club
http://www.californiaartclub.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/
Artists like Karen Winters...
http://www.karenwinters.com/pasadenapaintings/index.html

Crystal Lake entry in their annual competition


Santa Anita canyon from a currently running LA exhibition
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Station Fire closure to be extended past July1st?

Replanting Failed Seedlings in Angeles Forest Will Have to Wait Till Next Year
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news...Reforestation-Plan-146748555.html
"A significant portion of the seedling trees planted last year in the Station Fire burn zone have not survived, according to officials involved in the project, though the Angeles National Forest has yet to release an official count.

The 2009 blaze--largest in L.A. County history--scorched more than 165,000 acres and while the chaparral, grass and sage have come back quickly on their own,the effort to restore 4,300 acres of pines and firs is proving more difficult than projected......"

The Chaparral Institute Blog defends chaparral and basically the trees being planted are not natural to some areas.
http://californiachaparral.org/wordpress1/
".....The following statement in the article (which likely came from one of the interviewed US Forest Service sources) is a classic example of the pervasive misconceptions that continue to influence land management policy: “Soil on the 11,000 acres chosen for reforestation was burned too deep for natural regeneration. Without rapid intervention, chaparral would probably choke off any new trees.”...."

04/08/2012 15:23 Cliff Rescue Search & Rescue Eaton Canyon

After multiple injuries and rescues, officials plan Eaton Canyon mountain safety meeting
http://www.burbankleader.com/the8...-tuesday-20120412,0,3841946.story
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After a busy season of injuries and rescues near Eaton Canyon Falls and other trails in the San Gabriel Mountains, local public safety agencies are hosting a press conference Tuesday to explain the dangers of the area and offer safety tips.

Representatives of the U.S. Forest Service, Pasadena Fire Department and Los Angeles County Fire, Sheriff’s and Public Works departments will be present.

The event takes place at 3 p.m. Tuesday 4/17/12 at the Eaton Canyon Park and Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr.  Pasadena.


Sierra Madre rescue log for March
http://arcadia.patch.com/articles...escue-log-missing-hikers-50ba4980

The only one with detail was 'Lost and Injured for 58 Hours in Millard Canyon '
http://sierramadre.patch.com/arti...-hours-in-millard-canyon-193a70f9
"Akiva Estersohn went out for a hike on a Friday morning and expected to be gone for little more than an hour.  Fifty-eight hours later he was found by local search and rescue teams with a gash in his head, sitting in the middle of a stream bed above the Millard Canyon Falls not far from the Sunset Ridge hiking trail....." it goes into detail and explains that he got lost because he misremembered in a big way the area's terrain after going off-trail, thus committing to ascend Millard Canyon.
After getting above the falls, he started climbing steep cliffs where..."The soil was loose and he kept slipping, falling and sliding.  His pants began to rip to shreds from all the scraping against brush and the ground. At this point, it was late afternoon on Friday and Estersohn was not sure if he would be able to find a way out.  Then things got much worse: Estersohn, on a slope he described as ‘near vertical’ was trying to move to a place where things were less steep.  Suddenly, the loose soil gave way and Estersohn fell backwards, tumbling and turning.He hit his head hard on rock.“I might have lost consciousness for a moment.  I found myself on all fours on an unstable position.  I was stunned, I was terrified,” Estersohn said. “I could not believe a human being could sustain that kind of impact.”He lay there, dazed.  And then he realized the gravity of his injury.“There was a lot of blood.  There was blood all over my shirt.  And I looked at it and thought I better get up,” Estersohn said....As it got dark, Estersohn decided to find shelter.  He was more prepared than most casual day hikers: he had an emergency space blanket which would help keep him warm.  He found an outcropping under a ledge and managed to pull the space blanket taught around it to seal in warm air.....Much of the second day passed like the first, climbing searching for a signal, and trying to get up  to the fire road....“I could hear car doors slamming, people laughing,” Estersohn said.
He used an emergency whistle to try to signal ‘SOS’.  He used  a mirror in his compass to try to flash a signal to anyone who might be looking below.  And then, he began to yell.  He yelled for help, both in English and Spanish.  He yelled for as long as he could. ...
By the time he was done yelling, it was again getting later in the day.  Estersohn felt extremely dehydrated.  He was worried he would have to camp again.  He wanted badly to get back down to the stream where he could drink.  He had left his space blanket behind where he camped the first night, thinking there was no way he would get stuck for another.
So he gave up trying to get out, and went back down into the canyon to camp. He used the space blanket pieces and sheltered as best he could for a second night in the wilderness.
It was not an easy night – Estersohn was woken up by loud howling.  He wondered if it was a mountain lion.  Perhaps it was a coyote.  Whatever it was, it was close..."
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2012 run/bike/walk schedule

May 19th - Amgen Tour Stage 7 Ontario to Baldy
May 26th - MtWilson run 7am - full
July 21,22 - AC100 - full
Sept 3rd - MtBaldy Run to the Top

Gorgeous Gorge
http://gourmetsportsman.blogspot.com/2012/04/gorgeous-gorge.html
Fishing in a nice clear stream with an encounter with some rock climbers...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4tqhvxP7gw
video text:"Unfortunately at the end of our day we saw some A-hole in the parking lot scoping our truck to break into it."

Cryptic species in our own backyards!
http://www.daysedgeproductions.co...ptic-species-in-our-own-backyard/
"A few weeks ago Dr. Catherine Newman, a biologist at Louisiana State University, published a paper describing a new frog species, previously unknown to science....The new frogs described described by Newman live in one of the most urbanized places in the world – New York City. The idea that an unknown frog was living virtually in the shadows of New York’s skyscrapers made this story an instant classic, and news outlets around the world announced the finding to great fanfare.....Coincidentally, I recently learned that Los Angeles has its own enigmatic amphibian. But unlike the familiar-but-incognito leopard frogs described in New York, ours lived completely undetected until just a few years ago.

The San Gabriel Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps gabrieli) has only been observed at a handful of sites in the San Gabriel Mountains, northeast of LA. The first specimens weren’t collected until 1985, and even then, it took until 1996 for Dr. David Wake to examine the museum specimens carefully and realize that this species was quite distinct from any of its known relatives – not just genetically distinct, but visibly different from any other species in its genus. Genetic evidence suggested that this species had split from its nearest relatives something like 10 million years ago!........

After about an hour, I spotted what looked like a fat earthworm under a large rock… It turned out to be the tail of a retreating Ensatina eschscholtzii – a big, rubbery, dull-pink salamander that’s found in mountainous areas all over California. I was re-invigorated – there were salamanders here!

I photographed the Ensatina, returned it to its home, and continued searching for my real target. Finally, after another hour or two of methodical searching, I lifted a big, flat rock in a well-shaded section of the talus slope and saw a tiny, curved shape among the roots and pebbles – the San Gabriel Slender Salamander! It was smaller than its name, mostly black, but with beautiful golden speckles down its back...."

Ensatina -not too rare


San Gabriel salamander -rare
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That's cool!
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Hiker rescued after fall into Eaton Canyon ravine('Coyote canyon') 6/9/12
Note: Coyote canyon is listed as the drainage east of walnut canyon(aka the horse trail) that goes to the toll road
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/l...6/eaton-canyon-hiker-rescued.html
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A 53-year-old man with diabetes suffered a possible punctured lung Saturday when he fell into a ravine while hiking with his family in Eaton Canyon above Pasadena, authorities said.

According to the Pasadena Fire Department, the man tumbled off the side of a canyon and into the ravine, making it difficult for a search and rescue team to find him.

Firefighters said they were notified about the fall at 10:40 a.m. Rescuers found the hiker about 50 minutes later. Authorities, who at first reported that the hiker was a teenager, said the injured man was able to talk to dispatchers on his cellphone, which helped guide searchers to his location.


Somewhat typical news coverage of the San Gabriels on the internet-

( Raul Roa/Staff Photographer / June 4, 2012 )
http://www.lacanadaonline.com/new...sales-at-spor-001,0,3091905.photo


Historical: The Buckhorn at MtBaldy
http://www.pablostories.com/ClubReviewDetails.aspx?id=4
".....Most visitors to San Antonio Canyon pass the restaurant now known as The Buckhorn located at the head of Baldy Village, without knowing the story behind this historic building. It was the major building of Curry’s Camp Baldy, ‘The Yosemite of the South,’ from 1929 through 1938...

Foster Curry, the son of David and Jennie Curry and the owners of Yosemite’s famous Camp Curry resort, purchased Camp Baldy in 1928. How [Foster] became Camp Baldy’s owner is not a pleasant story. [His father] David passed away in 1917 and Foster became the heir apparent of the famous resort. For several years he did an outstanding job taking his father’s place.

However, Foster had a drinking problem that led to his banishment from the ‘Incomparable Valley’ which he loved so dearly. Despite this love, Foster vowed never to return to Yosemite and set off with his second wife Ruth, who must have helped him to overcome his problem, to find other opportunities.

Following two failed hotel ventures, Foster and Ruth purchased Camp Baldy and, with Foster’s excellent resort management experience and Ruth’s vivacious personality, set out to make it the canyon’s and the San Gabriel Mountains’ premier resort using Yosemite’s Camp Curry as inspiration...

By 1932, Curry’s Camp Baldy, as the resort was now known, boasted fine dining facilities and 84 shaded cabins along musical San Antonio Creek. . . . Then tragedy struck. Foster Curry died rather suddenly in November 1932 of leukemia ... In 1933, Edmund Burns who appeared as a leading man in silent movies with famous actresses such as Gloria Swanson, Constance Talmadge, and Leatrice Joy ... met Ruth and they were married in 1934.

These halcyon days of Curry’s Camp Baldy hit a snag when the casino, located across the street from today’s Buckhorn Restaurant, burned to the ground in 1936. However, Edmund and Ruth Curry Burns began work on a new and much larger building called the Wagon Wheel Casino. The new casino opened less than a year after the fire.

The beautiful, rustic building included a 7,000 square-foot dance pavilion, a stage large enough for band and entertainers, and a sizable dining room that extended over San Antonio Creek. Part of the floor was glass and diners and dancers could view the creek below...

Then disaster struck. On March 1 and 2, 1938, following several days of ground soaking rain, Southern California and the San Gabriel Mountains were hit by the worst storm in the area’s history. The violence was nowhere worse than in San Antonio Canyon ... Gone were the casino, the swimming pool, part of the hotel, and all but ten of the 84 cabins...

Oh, yes. Remember that Foster Curry vowed never to return to his beloved Yosemite? He did. In June 1933, an airplane flew over Yosemite Valley with Ruth Curry as the passenger. Foster’s ashes were distributed as the plane flew above a cloud. Foster finally returned to his beloved home...."
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Dead Body Discovered Below Bridge To Nowhere 8/23/12
http://monrovia.patch.com/article...-below-bridge-to-nowhere-02e2f984
"A hiker up at the Bridge to Nowhere reportedly discovered a dead body Thursday evening.

The deceased was described as a male white heavily submerged in the San Gabriel River below the bridge, in the mountains above Azusa and Glendora. The body was discovered around 5:45 p.m., according to scanner reports. Los Angeles County fire fighters, along with San Dimas Search and Rescue traversed the terrain to confirm the hikers report just after 6 p.m...."

Deputies Bust $4 Mil. Pot Farm North of Santa Clarita
Part of a state-wide operations
http://scvnews.com/?p=18897
"....Deputy Alex Radovic said members of the sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Bureau were airlifted Monday into the Poison Oak Canyon area of the Angeles National Forest where they found 2,719 marijuana plants that were approximately 24 weeks old.With help from the sheriff’s Aero Bureau, narcotics officers confiscated the plants together with camping gear, irrigation equipment, pesticides and several thousand pounds of fertilizer, Radovic said......."

Angeles Crest Highway: motorcycle on fire, LA Sheriff Rescue 5 helicopter 8/26/2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ji2DJyurjk

Duet for Saw and Coyotes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-rbisrJEhc
Substitute a saw for a violin and attract coyotes(not shown).
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"Heavily" submerged?  As opposed to lightly submerged no doubt.

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were airlifted Monday into the Poison Oak Canyon area of the Angeles National Forest


Sounds like a delightful place.  Must visit one of these days.
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Hahahahahha what the hell is happening?! Poison Oak Canyon? Heavily submerged?
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cougarmagic wrote:
AW wrote:
were airlifted Monday into the Poison Oak Canyon area of the Angeles National Forest


Sounds like a delightful place.  Must visit one of these days.


Yes, the  canyon is a high priority first descent that will be perfect for the fall season with plenty of red color Very Happy

Just as a note for the thread, I got scammed again by the news source. It was actually 9/14/2011, not this year. There was a regional effort, but no local news this year.
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Rock climbers rescued in MtBaldy*actually Icehouse canyon*
7/5/12
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Sheriff's personnel rescued two rock climbers Tuesday evening in Mt. Baldy after they became stuck on a near-vertical rock face about 200 feet from the bottom of a canyon. San Bernardino County sheriff's dispatchers received a call at 6:13 p.m. from someone who heard a pair of climbers scream in the Ice House Canyon area. The caller thought the pair might be injured. Deputies in a helicopter found Andrew Clyde Ealum, 21, of Defuniak Springs, Fla. and Delley Marie Monahan, 32, of Rancho Cucamonga in about 20 minutes. Sheriff's officials said they were clinging to a shrub on the rock face and needed to be rescued. Using a hoist and night-vision goggles, deputies were able to hoist both victims out of the canyon. Officials said they were both in good health and declined medical treatment
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Were they rock climbers or were they just two guys out climbing rocks?

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Hi there,

For those who might get out into this neck of the woods.

Sheep Creek Rd. (3N31) is open from Lytle Creek Rd. to the base of Gobblers Knob. The road is in great condition. It had been closed since the Sheep fire around 2008. The Sheep fire also closed that length of the PCT coming up from Swarthout Cyn. I don't know yet if the gate is open at the Lone Pine Cyn. end of the road near Clyde Ranch.

Other good news in the area of accessibility is that the upper portion of Lytle Creek Rd. (3N06) is open, at least to Stockton Flats. The road had been barricaded near the public shooting concession since heavy runoff washed several portions of the road away in early 2011. The road (3N33) ascending between 3N06 and 3N31 is also in great condition.
Lytle Creek Rd. from the shooting range to the Stockton Flats area, although freshly graded, is very rocky.

And finally, San Sevaine Rd. (1N34) is scheduled to open after Labor Day just in case you want to enjoy a hop up to the wilderness trail head.. Please remember to call the Lytle Creek Ranger Station to inquire about the gate at the head of 1N34 before you make the trip. Enjoy.

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Awesome beta doood! Thanks!
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Endangered mountain yellow-legged frogs might get a hoppy ending
http://www.latimes.com/news/local...g-refuge-20120916,0,4132145.story
"....When Backlin and Gallegos visited recently, several hundred adult frogs shared the knee-deep pools with hundreds of wiggling tadpoles and dime-sized babies.
"Whoa!" Backlin shouted, diving head first into a tangle of branches shading a small patch of water boiling with frogs. With one sweep of the net, he pulled out half a dozen. In less than three hours, the biologists captured 71 adults of the species scientists know as Rana muscosa. Fifty-two had been tagged during previous forays into the canyon. But 19 were new frogs.
Two years ago, this 1.5-mile stretch of spring water and ice melt was thought to hold about five...."

The Least Among Us: The Story of the Yucca Moth
http://brockbajer.blogspot.com/20...among-us-story-of-yucca-moth.html
"....This stately plant owes its entire existence to one small inconspicuous insect: the yucca moth. And the moth in turn would perish forever without the relationship it has forged with the yucca. In the absence of either one of these species, the other would quickly become extinct. ...The yucca moth never eats during her short lifespan. Dowden continues, “No one knows what started such a habit or how the moth’s curious body developed. But the partnership must be very old, since species of yucca have evolved and each has a species of Tegeticula moth that evolved with it. The yucca depends entirely on its little moth.This year in the canyon(Big Tujunga), plant rustlers chopped hundreds of blooming yucca ‘trees’ down and stole them. I believe they were gathering the fertilized seed. The real crime is they stole the yucca moth larvae before they could complete their generous cycle. There will be fewer yuccas next year not only because these plant thieves stole thousands of seeds but because they destroyed so many of the yucca’s only pollinator...."

Industry scoops up 100 acres in mountains north of Azusa
http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci...p-100-acres-mountains-north-azusa
"..Industry, which has 219 residents, bought a secluded 100-acre camp in the mountains north of Azusa.
While city officials say they plan to use the property as open space, others in the region have been left scratching their heads on why a city more than 20 miles away would take on the investment of a camp.
...."Right now, we're just kind of cleaning it up," City Manager Kevin Radecki said. "The city bought it for recreation and open space. The council hasn't made a final determination of exactly what to do with it. There's going to be some long-range planning that goes on. It was available."The 26 parcels of land are another addition to massive land holdings that include dozens of properties in Industry and 5,700 acres outside the city in the Tonner Canyon area near Diamond Bar.
The city paid $5.25 million for Follows Camp, which was previously owned by Follows Camp LLC, a company controlled by Rowland Heights investor Garry Tsaur and a business partner.....Broker Brion Costa in 2006 represented Flochal Inc., the company that owned the land before Tsaur. A flood in early 2005 had wiped out an access bridge and destroyed structures at the camp. At the time of the flood, about 200 residents were living at the camp. The county began fining Flochal because Follows was permitted only for two weeks of camping, not for long-term residential uses. Flochal sold the property to Tsaur the next year. "Garry bought it really for his own personal use after learning there was not a whole lot that could be done up there," Costa said. "The entryway over the river needed to be reconstructed. There were a number of issues." Costa called it the most complex transaction he had ever handled.

"That was one hell of a nightmare sell," he said. "We had to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Fish and Game, Caltrans. Virtually everyone in the state is involved with that sale."..."

A call for a stranted female hiker ends in a successfull rescue of a four-legged victim - September 1, 2012 Altadena - Dawn Mine trail
http://www.amrt.org/index.php/blo...ur-legged-victim-september-1-2012
"....Turns out the German Shepherd spotted a deer and took off, breaking free from his leash. While attempting to retrieve him, the victims became stuck, prompting the rescue. "

August Rescue Log, Sierra Madre Search And Rescue
http://www.sierramadrenews.net/?p=10666
"....Overdue Hikers, between Fish Canyon and Switzer Falls: SMSR joined other Los Angeles County Sheriff’s search and rescue teams in the search for 2 hikers overdue from a hike to take pictures of a “waterfall” in the local mountains.  A coordinated plan was developed and search teams dispatched to trailheads at Fish Canyon on the east to Switzer’s picnic area on the west.  Attempts to reach the subjects via text message were ultimately successful and the subjects were located near Switzer Falls.

Searches often involve coordinated use of multiple tactics and technologies to locate missing hikers, but the job of Search and Rescue teams is greatly simplified by letting someone know where you are going and when you’ll be back.  The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Hiker Plan is a good way to document your plans."

09/16/2012 08:35 Vehicle Break In Lower Big T Cyn & Falls Creek Rd (3n27)

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Chantry Flats to Mt. Wilson X-Country via the Winter Creek
http://www.canyoncartography.com/...n-x-country-via-the-winter-creek/
Trip report of MtWilson via Winter Creek(starting from upstream of Hoegees camp). No rappels or waterfalls noted.

Learning About Strength of Spirit (or, Just One of My Fire-Fightin' War Stories?) - by Bill Neal
http://elkwhistlebillneal.blogspot.com/
"....But, here's my story - as a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, I learned that strength of spirit meant much more that physical strength....On another night, we were doing structure protection in Icehouse Canyon on Mt. Baldy, up on the roofs of the cabins trying to keep them from burning. Earlier, we had gotten a hot meal at the Ice House Lodge, a beautiful old building with county firemen laying all over the floor sleeping - in the middle of our meal we had to run outside and cut a line around the lodge to keep it from burning (it finally burned to the ground in another fire several years later).
Icehouse Canyon was aptly named - a narrow, steep canyon with a year-round stream of snow-melt run-off - it was cold! It was approaching Thanksgiving by this point so we were freezing, but we were in the middle of a fire-storm powered by Santa Ana winds with fire blowing everywhere. It was getting pretty miserable. Then the ante went up - the burning vegetation on the steep canyon-sides above us was no longer holding back boulders, allowing them to roll loose - they were bounding and crashing down the canyon-side in the dark, right on top of us, like cannonballs. We could hear them coming but we couldn't see them in the dark until they were already there. We were totally exposed on the rooftops with no way to protect ourselves. That's when the football player started crying. By that time, it was all that the slight little archeologist and I could do to keep the crew together and functioning. She was mothering everybody, even though she was probably still only in her 20's, and, at 36, I was being Papa Bear. She really did impress me with the strength of her spirit. It was a life lesson for me in one of those situations that absolutely tests the limits of your endurance, your physical condition, and your spirit - one of those "when the chips are down" situations..."
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blog: canyoncartography.com
Chantry Flats to Mt. Wilson X-Country via the Winter Creek
http://www.canyoncartography.com/...n-x-country-via-the-winter-creek/
Trip report of MtWilson via Winter Creek(starting from upstream of Hoegees camp). No rappels or waterfalls noted.


Yet another "I wonder if..." mystery solved.
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Yet another "I wonder if..." mystery solved.


Yup, but the San Gabriels are getting a lot smaller in that regard.
I also wanted to add this picture from West LA Hiking and Mountaineering meetup group...has the fire on San Antonio ridge 9/1/12 as seen from Ross Mountain....that and the north ridge to Iron Mtn:lol:

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Cool that the frogs are rebounding.  Maybe they'll re-open the closed section of the PCT between Eagle's Roost and Cooper Canyon.  Right now the official detour goes by way of Devils Punchbowl.   Shocked

Nice write up on Winter Creek.  The guy has a gift for writing.  I wonder which branch of Winter Creek he took?

Radical photo of San Antonio Ridge etc.

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More and more typical under-reported news:

Wildcad: 09/19/2012 18:48 Cardiac Arrest Medical Aid 1960 San Gabriel Avenue/between Ranch

Body found in Azusa Canyon 9/19/12
http://www.sgvtribune.com/ci_2158...iker-finds-body-hanging-from-tree
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ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST - A man's body was found by a motorist in the Angeles National Forest at 4:35 a.m. on Wednesday.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to a call about the body found 3 1/2 miles north of city limits in Azusa Canyon.
A person driving along the canyon saw someone lying on the side of the road and thought they were dead, sheriff's officials said.
"There was no immediate sign of foul play, but there are some indications of a suicide," Lt. Andy Berg said.
The body found is described as male; no further details are available.
Homicide and coroner are currently investigating at the scene.


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Hiker finds body hanging from tree 9/20/12
http://www.sgvtribune.com/ci_2158...iker-finds-body-hanging-from-tree
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AZUSA - A man was discovered hanging from a tree near the riverbed Wednesday(9/19/12) night.
Azusa Police Sgt. John Madaloni said a hiker who was in the riverbed adjacent to the 1900 block of Azusa Avenue/San Gabriel Canyon Road reported finding the body. Police were notified at 6:43 p.m.
"Initial investigation by officers and detectives revealed there was no evidence of foul play. And it appears to be a suicide," Madaloni said.


Memorial Signs for LACoFD Fallen Firefighters on Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14) near Lancaster 9/20/12
http://caltransd7info.blogspot.co...rial-signs-for-lacofd-fallen.html
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Yesterday, a Caltrans Sign Crew from the Mission Hills Maintenance Station installed memorial signs on the northbound and southbound Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14) for two of the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s fallen firefighters, Captain Ted Hall and Engineer Arnie Quinones.  
Hall and Quinones were killed in line of duty while battling the Station Fire in August 2009 in the Angeles National Forest.  The Station Fire was the largest fire in LA County history.
This sign was originally requested by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, and the California State Legislature has designated the SR-14/SR-138 Interchange as the Los Angeles County Fire Captain Ted Hall & Engineer Arnie Quinones Memorial Interchange.


Note: Actually, the Angeles Forest highway was supposed to be named after the firefighters as covered in misc news some time ago. At least there is a conclusion to this.

La Cañada High students get an up close Endeavour flyby
http://www.lacanadaonline.com/new...yby-show-20120921,0,6043080.story
I didnt see any reports of this from the mountains, but there was a picture from Griffith Park - Los Angeles Hiking Group


La Cañada Council signs off on 'ultimate' deal
http://www.lacanadaonline.com/com...ate-deal-20120919,0,1875807.story
"....The La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to approve the proposal(2 'bubbler' water fountains, 1 for horses and 1 for hikers' and move forward with construction on the condition that the project is no longer called the Ultimate Destination Pocket Park. Several residents said they oppose building a park in the canyon.

The Ultimate Destination, part of the 12-mile loop trail that encircles the city, is a wide spot in the Cherry Canyon trail offering views of the San Gabriel Valley, San Gabriel Mountains and La Cañada Flintridge. Blackwelder donated $35,000 to the city in 2009 to provide water for trail users....But the idea brought opposition from neighbors.
Anne Karayan told the council on Monday that a park in Cherry Canyon would draw cigarette-smoking teenagers and other loiterers. Fire risk and litter would follow, she said.....The project, which was kick-started by Blackwelder’s donation of $35,000, will cost $136,000. The city is responsible for $41,650, with grants and donations from the Trails Council, private citizens, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Los Angeles County covering the rest...."

Forest Service Goes Off-Grid... in the Suburbs
http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/g...goes-off-grid-in-the-suburbs.html
".....As of September 19, the USFS's San Dimas Technology Development Center will be powered entirely by solar panels set up on one and a half acres of the grounds. The site's 1,288 new solar panels will not only generate enough electricity to run the San Dimas center, but will sell enough extra power to help offset electric bills at the Angeles National Forest Supervisor's Office in Arcadia.

The panels were installed with the help of a little over $1 million in stimulus funding, and will save considerably more than that over the lifetime of the project -- about $100,000 each year in avoided electric bills. In addition, the USFS embarked on an aggressive energy conservation plan at the facility with the help of California Conservation Corps workers, including weatherizing buildings, upgrading air conditioning and lighting, and installing occupancy sensors in rooms....."
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From my office in Glendale I wish I had my camera with a telephoto lense to get a picture of Endeavor flying over the hills and silhouetted against Mt. Lowe. All I managed to do was watch it with my binoculars. Quite spectacluar.
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Yeesh!  That's a heck of a thing to find on a hike.

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Hiker finds body hanging from tree 9/20/12
Yeesh!  That's a heck of a thing to find on a hike.

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AZUSA - A man discovered hanging from a tree near a riverbed earlier this week killed himself, authorities said.

An autopsy was conducted Friday on the body of the 45-year-old Arcadia man and coroner's officials ruled the death a suicide.

Azusa police said a hiker discovered the body near the 1900 block of Azusa Avenue/San Gabriel Canyon Road at 6:43 p.m. Wednesday.

It was the second body found hanging from a tree that day.

At 4:35 a.m., a driver spotted a body of a man by mile marker 21.91 at Highway 39 in the Angeles National Forest.

Initial information from the sheriff's department erroneously said the driver saw someone lying on the road.

Sheriff's Lt. David Vega said the body was hanging from a tree.

The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner identified the man as a 25-year-old El Monte resident. An autopsy is pending.

The two cases are not linked, according to Coroner's Lt. David Smith.
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Aren't there trees much closer to home?
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Well, yes, but the views are much better in the mountains.

And besides:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feat...ayer_detailpage&v=WoaktW-Lu38

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