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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:21 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Hikin_Jim wrote:
Nice write up on Winter Creek... I wonder which branch of Winter Creek he took?


Judging by Chris' photo I'm guessing route B.
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Increased canyon traffic for some Rancho Cucamonga residents
http://www.sbsun.com/breakingnews...cucamonga-residents#ixzz28jR18tbv

"RANCHO CUCAMONGA - Residents of scenic Skyline Road in the most northwestern corner of the city have noticed a marked increase in foot traffic in front of their homes since the city increased enforcement of a trespassing law through nearby Crestview Court. Hikers have come in increasing numbers in recent years to visit the Sapphire Falls area of the Cucamonga Canyon thanks to recent social media buzz.....Otis Radford, a Realtor, said foot traffic in front of his home has increased "by 80 percent." Radford said he'd like to see an ordinance closing the canyon at night.....Resident Danny Peelman sees two perspectives on the issue: as a homeowner on Crestview Court, a cul-de-sac off Crestview Place, and as the trespassing prosecutor for the city of Rancho Cucamonga. "On Tuesday, I prosecuted 12 of the cases (from trespassers on Crestview)," Peelman said. "It's a misdemeanor. They can be fined a thousand dollars or six months in jail." Peelman said there were triple the number of trespassers coming up through Crestview before the enforcement started in late spring this year. He laughs as he recalls an incident in which a groom, a bride, and a photographer were taking wedding photos in his neighbor's backyard.
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Sheriffs unveil new rescue choppers
http://www.altadenablog.com/2012/...new-rescue-choppers-not-done.html
"The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department unveiled its three new Air 5 rescue helicopters Wednesday in a press conference in Long Beach.
The newly-acquired Europter AS 332L1 Super Pumas replace the aging Sikorsky SH-3H Sea Kings that are a familiar sight in Altadena skies during the height of summer.....The release said that, "Additionally, the Super Pumas will be equipped with an advanced avionics cockpit. These enhancements include Global Positioning System / Wide Area Augmentation System (GPS/WAAS) navigation capability, instrument flight rules (IFR) capability, and weather RADAR. LASD Super Pumas and flight crews will be capable of flight in nearly all weather conditions, enabling a trauma patient on board to reach a hospital emergency room when all other less capably equipped helicopters will be stuck on the ground. "For enhanced safety, LASD Super Pumas will be equipped with Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System / Terrain Awareness and Warning System (EGPWS/TAWS), and a program Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) program. These enhancements bring the Super Pumas and the Air Rescue-5 program in alignment with some of the highest industry standards for flight safety and operational capability..."

Caltrans Has Ruined the Angeles Crest Highway(w/photos)
http://www.bikingbrian.com/2012/1...ruined-the-angeles-crest-highway/
"...The highway has been resurfaced with a chip seal (photos below) from the Los Angeles County line, ending 13 miles west at Dawson Saddle. If the “road work next 60 miles” sign in Wrightwood is any indication, than this is planned for the remainder of the rural part of the highway. Chip seal makes for a noisier ride in a car, but for bicyclists it’s a much harsher ride compared to smoother blacktop.....

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr. Rundall, who owns Newcomb's Ranch, drives a Corvette. Maybe he belongs to that club.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sapphire Falls looks like a nice spot (except for the graffiti).


So what's the deal with the "chip seal?"  Cheaper and more durable but a lot rougher ride?  Is that basically the issue?  

I wonder if chip seal will provide any better traction in winter.

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Chipseal; you get what you pay for.  Its is a cheaper way to put pavement on a roadbed, but it won't last as long as a regular pavement job.  It'll probably be cracked and broken by the end of this winter, in need of a full repave job by end of winter 2013-2014. But as long as it survives until the election in 30 days, the politicians are OK with it.    Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, so it's NOT as durable?  Eww.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the legal way to get into Cucamonga Canyon? From what I understand, it is either Barrett-Stoddard road (from the west) or from the top of Skyline Drive to Cucamonga Truck Trail (from the south). Is this correct?

The upper portions of Cucamonga Canyon have a lot of potential. Its a bit of a boring slog to get into the canyon using the truck trails, but worth it. Whenever I take my mountain bike through there, it feels pretty isolated. I can't really comment on the Sapphire falls area of the canyon,  which is the most popular, as I have never been to that area.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out the below map.  Apparently, you have to park on Almond St.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Jim. That's what I suspected. Like I said, pain in the a**
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a fan of Cucamonga Cyn. Did it as a canyoneering route a few years ago and it sucked. Lots of tagging and trash.

Cool to see Super Pumas being used. I still haven't seen one in person yet. Not exactly common here.

Sucks bigtime about the chip seal. Evil or Very Mad

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:46 pm    Post subject: Recent Backpacker features the San Gabriels Reply with quote

The most recent issue of Backpacker features a page of several hikes in the San Gabriels.

- Mt. Waterman Loop
- Icehouse Canyon to Bighorn & Ontario Peak
- Baldy Loop via Manker Flats, fire road, Notch, Backbone, Ski Hut Trail down.
- PCT from Inspiration Point to Three Points (overnight at Little Jimmy & Buckhorn)



I'd say a bit better than a small paragraph about Griffith Park from a few months back.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I saw that article.  Kind of interesting although they're not quite clear as to what that "mountain map" is supposed to be showing.  I think it's the view from somewhere along the PCT, but they don't come right out and say.

My preference on a hike near Icehouse would be Cucamonga Peak over Ontario and Bighorn, but they picked out some reasonably nice hikes.

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department unveiled its three new ... AS 332L1 Super Pumas
Saw a chopper up on Mt. Baldy on Saturday flying patterns.  Maybe a Super Puma?




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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super Huey or whatever the 4 blade Hueys are called.
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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department unveiled its three new ... AS 332L1 Super Pumas


I don't ever want to need a heli rescue, but if I do it needs to be a Super Puma.   Laughing
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Sheriff's Investigating Body Found North of Azusa 10/19/12
http://monrovia.patch.com/article...igating-body-found-north-of-azusa
"....The body was found near mile marker 23 of San Gabriel Canyon Road, also known as state Route 39, at 6:41 p.m. Thursday, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, which is about two miles north of San Gabriel Dam and six miles north of Azusa, along the San Gabriel Reservoir, the sheriff's department reported."

82-year-old hiker(Lucian Donald Carpenter of Chino)  found dead in Angeles National Forest
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_21779930/body-discovered-forest
"...Sgt. Pete Shupe of the sheriff's San Dimas station said a Southern California Edison employee discovered the body about 9 a.m. off Mt. Baldy Road, mile marker 2.18."

Crime blotter: child endangerment charges following parole check 10/9/12
http://www.altadenablog.com/2012/...arges-following-parole-check.html
"....Tuesday, October 9
A vehicle burglary occurred at Eaton Canyon (1700 block of Altadena Drive). The unknown suspect smashed the window of a parked car and stole the victim’s purse, which was visible from the outside. ..."

Fire in Sunland on Sunday 10/1/12
http://www.crescentavalleyweekly....1/2012/fire-in-sunland-on-sunday/
"Firefighters responded to a grass fire in Sunland late Sunday evening at Oro Vista Avenue and Big Tujunga Canyon Road, about a mile from the entrance to the Angeles National Forest.
The area was mostly dry brush consisting of chaparral and bamboo. No structures were threatened or damaged in the blaze, but several homes are located in nearby Riverwood Ranch about a mile from the incident.
The call was received at 10:29 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Dept. spokesman Brian Humphrey. A homeless man living in the area was critically burned in the blaze and was transported by ambulance to Mount Gleason Middle School where he was transported by helicopter to a local hospital. The investigation into the fire is ongoing. .
Engines from several firefighting entities, including engines from Pacoima, knocked down the blaze in about 15 minutes. The number of acres burned was undetermined Sunday evening.
Brian, (who did not wish to give his last name) credited the quick action by firefighters for preventing the blaze to get out of control...."

Recreation Program Fee Accomplishment Report 2011
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5395468.pdf
Mainly repairing Station fire infrastructure

10-13-2012 Suicide Canyon
http://vccanyoneering.blogspot.co...10/10-13-2012-suicide-canyon.html
-notes all rappels but one are bolted

Big Bear Causes Commotion in SoCal Neighborhood
http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/...ra-bear-october19,0,2545895.story
"...GLENDORA, Calif. (KTLA) -- A black bear spent much of Friday afternoon evading authorities as it wandered through a residential neighborhood in Glendora.Glendora police used pepper balls and bean bags to try to convince the bear to return to the foothills, which it finally did. The bear was first spotted around 3 p.m. in the 300 block of East Sierra Madre Avenue.Neighbors say the bear is a frequent visitor and has never caused any problems."

O/T: Natural kaleidoscope
several media outlets fell for this one as well as twitter folk.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/a...ers-ground.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
HuffingtonPost claims Justin Lee as the source, although they dont know its obviously fake as well...."He said: 'The sun has to be in position to get the rainbow, and this photo was not planned by me beforehand. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
'I couldn't believe how lucky I was to see such a sight, and just had to start taking pictures straight away.'..."  


Me too....I was lucky enough to get a picture of Bigfoot here in the Gabes, although the picture is grainy since I had to snap it in a hurry. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:43 pm    Post subject: misc news21 Reply with quote

Bullet-train planners face huge engineering challenge
http://www.latimes.com/news/local...ountains-20121113,0,4082877.story
".....The crossing of not only the Tehachapi Mountains but the San Gabriel Mountains is seizing the imagination of engineers who see it as the greatest design challenge of the $68-billion project.....The plan calls for bullet trains to shoot east from Bakersfield at 220 mph, climbing one of the steepest sustained high-speed rail inclines in the world. It would soar over canyons on viaducts as high as a 33-story skyscraper. The line would duck in and out of tunnels up to 500 feet below the rugged surface. It would cross more than half a dozen earthquake faults heading toward L.A....Descending the Tehachapis, the trains will barrel through miles of creosote and sagebrush across the oven-hot Mojave Desert, and cut through neighborhoods of homes, churches, schools and businesses, some of which will have to be flattened. It will kiss the boundary of a top-secret Lockheed Martin aerospace plant and sail alongside a Disney movie lot in Santa Clarita.
Reaching the San Fernando Valley, it will pass through an industrial corridor before dipping underground near Glendale and running deep beneath the Los Angeles River. It will most likely pop up in Chinatown, where some of Hood's laborers settled...."
Note: The part about the San Gabriel mountains in particular is the high-speed train is supposed to go alongside highway 14

Terry Dorsch July 9 1949 - Nov 7 2012 (Angeles Crest Highway motorcycle accident)
http://www.flattrackers.com/forum...ry-dorsch-july-9-1949-nov-7-2012/
"..... he was going quite fast{rumoured to be 75 mph} and hit the guard rail in the turn, constuction workers were immediately there at his side, one of them had to go down the hill to call 911 as there was no reception. By the time the helicopter got there, he was still with us and as the good racer he was told them where he was hurting...in route to the hospital he passed away...."

New Guardrails, Safety Features for Angeles Forest Highway
http://scvnews.com/2012/11/14/new...tures-for-angeles-forest-highway/
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L.A. County Public Works will install new guardrails and make other improvements Angeles Forest Highway in the Acton area if the Board of Supervisors approves the million-dollar construction project Tuesday. Plans have been afoot to improve the roadway for two years, when the county applied for federal highway funds via Caltrans. The money came through – $900,000 – which will offset the physical construction cost.The total price tag is roughly $1.8 million, including design plans, utility clearance and associated expenses.The U.S. Forest Service has given the county the OK to perform the work on the highway section that’s under Forest Service control.The plans call for new guardrails, roadway signs, striping and pavement markers on Angeles Forest Highway between Sierra Highway and Angeles Crest Highway.With board approval, Public Works will put the construction project to bid.


Body Found Inside Car Submerged In San Gabriel Reservoir
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/20...bmerged-in-san-gabriel-reservoir/
"....Officials from the Los Angeles County Fire Department said the car reportedly fell approximately 400 feet down an embankment from state Route 39. The car had been there for quite some time, but it was not seen until Wednesday morning, according to sheriff’s Lt. Andy Berg from the San Dimas station..."

UPDATE: Sheriff's Aviation Unable to Find Reported Plane Down on Mt Baldy 11/14/12
http://claremont-laverne.patch.co...wn-near-mount-baldy#photo-9477972
"....... A sheriff's helicopter crew in 40 King did a flyover-area check on the south slope of Mount Baldy, east of the resort for a possible aircraft down{from a single reporting party}, a department spokeswoman said.The crew was unable to locate any aircraft and at 6:15 p.m. they closed the call, Cynthia Bachman of the Sheriff's Department said Wednesday evening....."

Helicoter rides....
http://slickdeals.net/f/5489882-L...national-LLC-Up-to-51-Off-Groupon
"....$89 for a 25-minute helicopter tour of Mount Baldy and holiday lights for one...Pilots take a Bell 206B-III JetRanger chopper into the air up to 7,000 feet above Mount Baldy and the San Gabriel Valley mountain range..."

Wildfire burns 8 acres above reservoir east of LA 11/14
http://www.times-standard.com/sta...ire-burns-above-reservoir-east-la
"....U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County investigators are trying to determine what ignited the fire at midmorning near Morris Reservoir in San Gabriel Canyon, north of the cities of Glendora and Azusa.Some 150 firefighters were aided by seven aircraft at the height of the blaze. One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was sent to a hospital...."

Injured Horse Rescued in Angeles National Forest Above Altadena
http://altadena.patch.com/article...es-national-forest-above-altadena
"....That horse ....has been walked out of the area by rescuers from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, apparently unhurt.... The horse and its rider fell while on the unpaved Brown Mountainway and El Prieto Mountainway. The rider is uninjured...."

Altadena Search and Rescue Finds Four Hikers
http://altadena.patch.com/article...rch-and-rescue-finds-foour-hikers
"....regarding four adults who were lost on the trail. Los Angeles County Fire Engine #66 with Captain Gonzalez were assisted by the Altadena Search and Rescue Team who located the hikers and escorted them out of the canyon safely and uninjured."
Comments indicate they might have been locked out of Pinecrest and didnt know where to go
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting news21, a feature on this forum I've always enjoyed...

It's really interesting to see how the so cal [massive] population interacts with the 'local' mountains... sometimes it's pretty, other times not.

That helicopter sounds tempting:  

"Pilots take a Bell 206B-III JetRanger chopper into the air up to 7,000 feet above Mount Baldy and the San Gabriel Valley mountain range. Pilots take a Bell 206B-III JetRanger chopper into the air up to 7,000 feet above Mount Baldy and the San Gabriel Valley mountain range."The course passes over homes decorated for the holiday season, covering downtown Los Angeles, Catalina, and the Pacific Ocean"

Thanks again AW...
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Its just tedious to get any *new* info out of the internet, without running into 95% old or false leads.

Rescuers Save Dog Who Fell 150 Feet Over Cliff  12/2/12
http://altadena.patch.com/article...50-feet-over-cliff#photo-12423602
"The terrain was steep. The rain was pouring. The fog was limiting. But that didn't stop the Montrose Search and Rescue Team from saving a four-legged adventurer from a steep fall. A dog out for a walk with its owner fell 150 feet over a cliff in the Dark Canyon area of the Angeles National Forest, Saturday afternoon. Members of the 24-man team repelled down to where the dog fell below a hiking trail and found the pooch stuck in debris. The dog was hoisted out of the steep canyon. The dog received minor injuries, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department...."

Updated: $675K Raised for Millard Canyon Purchase
http://pasadena-ca.patch.com/arti...aised-for-millard-canyon-purchase
".....The 13-acre area in Millard Canyon above Hahamongna Watershed Park was described in a biological survey done by the conservancy as a prime wildlife corridor and a good habitat for amphibians and other species, Patch previously reported, and the tree canopy is home to at least 80 bird species, the AFC said in a release Friday."The conservancy now plans to restore the land and work with local schools and community groups on educational and conservation-related projects," the AFC said in the release.The parcel is west of the La Vina housing development and to the east of homes in The Meadows, another residential neighborhood......"

blog: inaturalist.org
http://www.inaturalist.org/places/51042
Has a growing species guide for plants/animals/etc as well as observations in the field. Note: The site defines the Angeles Forest as way more than the actual area. The site heavily relies on the Pasadena front range at this point, but has been growing.

Historical:California Extreme Super Flood(of 1861/1862)
http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012...9/california-extreme-super-flood/
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news...Continuous-Rain-112228904.html?dr
"....State government was forced to relocate from the capital in Sacramento for 18 months in San Francisco. The rain created an inland sea in Orange County, lasting about three weeks with water standing 4 feet (1.2 m) deep up to 4 miles (6 km) from the river. The Los Angeles basin was flooded from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, at variable depths, excluding the higher lands which became islands until the waters receded....."

From the second link..."..."We actually made a model of this type of storm, just like we made a model of a Southern San Andreas Earthquake,"  Jones explained.  "We used the same techniques to try to assess what the damage would be.   And our conclusion is that the storm would cost about four times as much as the shakeout earthquake."..."

Volunteer/Current events newsletter for the Angeles Forest
http://www.mtlowe.co/images/Newsletters/12%20dec.pdf
Still going strong...just substitute the month(typically 3 letters, but sometimes 4 such as july)) and year that you want to see.
"To all Forest Service Volunteers,
On behalf of District Ranger Mike McIntyre and the Los Angeles River Ranger District team, I want to wish you the very best this coming holiday season. I’d also like to give a big shout-out and say thank you to all that have made 2012 another great year for the Volunteer Program in Angeles National Forest!...."
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Helicopter Crew Rescues Two Stranded Atop Snowbound Mount Baden-Powell
http://claremont-laverne.patch.co...mount-baden-powell#photo-12622062
[quote]...The unidentified hikers called for help about an hour before sundown and a Fire Department helicopter crew was able to rescue them, Deputy Jodi Wolfe of the sheriff's Palmdale Station said.
Deputies in Palmdale were advised the hikers were stranded atop the 9,399-foot peak, and one of the pair was beginning to experience hypothermia due to freezing or near-freezing conditions.
"The Antelope Valley Search and Rescue Team and Los Angeles County Fire Department were immediately called into action," Wolfe said. "A sheriff's helicopter spotted the stranded hikers and called for the Fire Department’s rescue helicopter. The rescue helicopter landed and picked up the stranded hikers, taking them to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Training Facility in Wrightwood."

LA Waterkeeper Makes History in the Nation’s Capital
http://ecowatch.org/2012/la-waterkeeper-makes-history/
Supreme Court hears arguments that LA County violated federal Clean Water Act and polluted San Gabriel river. "...The Ninth Circuit held that LA County was liable for stormwater pollution measured at two receiving water monitoring stations in both rivers. LA County appealed (after losing on an en banc attempt) and, to our surprise, the U.S. Supreme Court granted cert this summer..."

Crystal Lake Cafe on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/crystallakecafe

http://www.thehungerruns.com/info.php
The Angeles Forest(Santa Clarita OHV area) gets booked for a takeoff on the pop culture Hunger Games.

San Diego to get better warning of severe storms
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/20...r-warning-severe-storms/?sciquest
"....The National Weather Service forecasts and monitors winter storms approaching from the ocean. But the new network of stations to be situated in Bodega Bay, Goleta, Eureka and Point Sur will be equipped to look more precisely at the atmospheric rivers that form the basis of the pineapple express. The network is being assembled by Scripps, NOAA and the California Department of Water Resources, which will use radar and sensors to track the birth, growth, girth, composition and direction of these systems. Soil moisture sensors also will be placed at dozens of places across California to help predict where flooding might occur..... "
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Christmas Eve rescue of injured hikers on Baldy.

http://claremont-laverne.patch.co...ued-on-storm-shrouded-mount-baldy
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Teen Girl Falls Several Hundred Feet From Angeles Crest Highway
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/20...-fell-from-angeles-crest-highway/
"...The rescue took place 10 miles up from Mountain High Ski Resort, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The girl was found “conscious and breathing.”..."

CA: Rescue Crews Reach Injured Hiker Just In Time To Save His Life 12/21/12
http://www.jocosarblog.org/jocosa...ust-in-time-to-save-his-life.html
"....Leiland Merritt, 23, was hiking near Mount Wilson[Pleasant View Ridge] at approximately 3 p.m. when he lost his footing. He fell 200 feet, sliding down ice, into a stream....The friend who was with Merritt walked the mile-and-a-half to a restaurant near the Angeles Crest Highway, where he called for help.It took nearly three hours before the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue team — comprised of volunteers — and the Montrose Search and Rescue crew located Merritt below Pleasant View Ridge trail.The Pasadena resident had a jacket and some food but his clothes were wet. Rescuers said the hiker would have died from the cold had they not reached him Thursday night...."

Recreation Fee Changes Tables
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull...id=stelprdb5404142&width=full
A modification of where the adventure pass is needed at the 4 socal national forests....except it doesnt address the parking situation alongside the road. Most access points in the Angeles remain fee-based, but there are more free ones.

Soledad Interpretive Site Santa Clara Mojave District Free
CHILAO VISITOR CENTER SITE Los Angeles River District Free
BEAR DIVIDE VISTA Los Angeles River District Free
JARVI MEMORIAL DAY USE SITE Los Angeles River District Free
Cabin Flat Trailhead Santa Clara Mojave District Free
Condor Peak Trailhead Los Angeles River District Free
GEORGES GAP TRAILHEAD Los Angeles River District Free
TRAIL CANYON TRAILHEAD Los Angeles River District Free
SAN GABRIEL CYN ENTRY STA San Gabriel River District Free
SHOEMAKER VIEWPOINT San Gabriel River District Free
GREEN VALLEY TRAILHEAD San Gabriel River District Free
Inspiration Point Los Angeles River District Free
Markham Trailhead Los Angeles River District Free
Colby Canyon Trailhead Los Angeles River District Closed
Baldy Bowl Trailhead San Gabriel River District Free
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Hiker recovering after rescue from Angeles National Forest
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/l...from-angeles-national-forest.html
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An Arcadia man was in the hospital Monday after he was rescued from the frigid Angeles National Forest, where he had been hiking with friends.He survived 26 hours in the freezing cold, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials.Danny Kim, 28, was discovered by search-and-rescue personnel about 8 p.m. Sunday. He was described as wet, injured and “extremely hypothermic.”Kim was airlifted by the Los Angeles County Fire Department to a hospital, where he was in stable condition, Deputy Matt Bodell said Sunday.Kim and two friends went hiking in the West Fork area of the forest and attempted to go north on a trail in the late afternoon Saturday, Bodell said. Kim got separated from the group about 6 p.m. and endured below-freezing temperatures overnight as searchers tried to locate him.Family members described Kim as physically fit and “determined,” Bodell said, adding that the average person could not have endured the cold. Kim had only a light jacket and no flashlight, Bodell said, but search-and-rescue personnel found him walking.“If he had sat down, that would have been a problem,” Bodell said.Bodell said Kim appeared to have sustained a small injury to the back of his head. He was being treated for that injury and his hypothermia Sunday night, Bodell said.


Note: Kim was found approx 5 miles west along the West Fork SG river trail/road. The group was dayhiking the Bear Creek trail, which goes north at 1 mile in on the trail.

Where have I been? {Chantry Flats accident}
http://www.brokencountry.com/index.php/2011/05/03/where-have-i-been/
"I was at work last Thursday when my ex-wife called me and told me that my oldest daughter was in the hospital....It seems that she was hiking at a place call Chantry Flats above Arcadia CA. when she fell 25 feet from a cliff into the river and broke both her legs....I told my boss that I was out of there and headed to the hospital where she had been choppered into by Los Angeles County Fire.There she was, in the emergency room, higher than hell on morphine.....She fell while taking pictures because Chantry Flats is really pretty, especially in the spring.
She hit hard in just a couple of feet of water, however this waterfall is really popular with the kids for cliff diving.Once in the water the waterfall began to suck her under water where she could not get her backpack off.A man who is a councilor in a half way house for drug addicts named Carl was up there with one of his charges that had recently been released from prison.The ex-con named David, jumped in and saved my daughter’s life by removing the backpack and getting her out of the water.Once out of the water, David and my daughters friend Vicky began to run out of the canyon to get help. It was clear that her legs were fractured as her right foot was turned 90 degrees.On their way out they ran into a utility crew who was working on power lines in the canyon. These guys radioed for help while Carl rendered first aid.
She was so far into the canyon that the only way to get to her was by helicopter. ...."

Misc:
http://backcountrypatrol.com/
"The San Gabriel Mountains Backcountry Ski Patrol  is a volunteer organization based in Mt Baldy Village that operates with a volunteer agreement with National Forest Service.Our mission is to provide services for the public's benefit in accordance with the congressional charter under Title 36 recognizing and authorizing the National Ski Patrol:...."

Minus'll throw in
http://www.meetup.com/Baldy-Off-Piste/
"Interested in Off Trail (Off Piste) hiking? You find the right group. If there is no trail, it is our trail. Do you know that Mt Baldy has hundreds of canyons, ridges, climbs and traverses. How many trails in Mt Baldy you hiked? How many gold mines, crazy old mining pipes, crashed airplanes and old historical building you find? Join the Baldy Boars and we will take you all over this rugged canyon, snout first."

Angeles Crest Pursuit Ends in Arrest 1/6/13
http://altadena.patch.com/article...nuary-6-altadena-crescenta-valley
Quote:
Sheriff's Deputies pursued a driver who apparently failed to yield on Angeles Crest Highway, authorities said.Officials from the Altadena and Crescenta Valley Sheriff's stations and California Highway Patrol began the pursuit on Angeles Crest Highway about 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
After about 15 minutes of Altadena and Crescenta Valley police pursuing the car at normal speeds, CHP took over for about 25 to 30 minutes until the chase ended when the driver was arrested in the North Hollywood area, Sgt. Paul Gallo told Patch.
The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and failure to yield.


Ridge Route repair group runs up against Forest Service
http://www.latimes.com/news/local...ge-route-20130113,0,6093628.story
"...For history buffs willing to tackle its 697 curves, the original Ridge Route remained open to traffic well into the 21st century.
But the Forest Service closed the 20-foot-wide road to the public in 2005 after heavy rains washed out parts of it. Federal officials later spent millions of dollars to repair the damage and repave 1 1/2 miles of the road. It is now passable, although some areas remain unpaved because of recent pipeline relocation projects conducted by petroleum and gas companies whose lines run parallel to the road.
Nonetheless, Angeles National Forest officials — who have jurisdiction over the mountains that are crossed by the Ridge Route — have not reopened the 30-mile stretch, which zigzags along mountaintops between Castaic and Highway 138 near Gorman.
Officials also won't allow members of the nonprofit Ridge Route Preservation Organization to use mechanized equipment to clean out culverts and remove rocks that occasionally tumble onto the roadway, said Scott, though as the group's president, he has been given a key to the roadway's gate....
"We can't even shove a spade of dirt over the side of the road" because of the agency's rules, said Scott, a 77-year-old retired Pacific Bell engineer who lives in Torrance and discovered the Ridge Route as a teenager in 1955 when he took his first car out for a spin....Off-road motorcyclists had damaged a staircase that once led to the sleeping rooms, and Scott's volunteers attempted to stabilize it to prevent the concrete steps from completely collapsing. Angeles National Forest officials complained in a letter to the state Office of Historic Preservation of the "inappropriate rehabilitation measures by a volunteer group."..."

Closure Of Williamson Rock To Protect Endangered Frog Continues
http://hometownstation.com/news/s...t-endangered-frog-continues-32561
"In an ongoing effort to protect habitat of an endangered frog species, Angeles National Forest officials have continued the closure of the Williamson Rock area until Dec. 31, 2013....."

Missed Opportunities Lead to Success
http://socalbowhunter.blogspot.co...pportunities-lead-to-success.html
Blog about hunting in SoCal.
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Ridge Route is a pretty cool road.
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Hiker Finds Woman's Body in Angeles National Forest, ID Pending
http://laist.com/2013/01/25/hiker_finds_womans_body_in_angeles.php
"....The hiker discovered the body in the area of East Fork Road at Prairie Fork Road, according to City News Service..."

LASD Sheriff’s Find and Rescue Missing Hikers on Strawberry Peak Trail, Angeles National Forest
http://sheriff.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/lasd/!ut/p/b0/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfGjzOItDCDAyN3M083A09_d0y3A2NzIIMhEvyDbUREAB3KcTQ!!/?1dmy&page=dept.lac.lasd.home.newsroom.detail.hidden&urile=wcm%3Apath%3A/lasd+content/lasd+site/home/home+top+stories/sheriff_s+find+and+rescue+missing+hikers+on+strawberry+peak+trail_angeles+national+forest
"...The Sheriff’s Montrose Search and Rescue Team was activated to locate four hikers who became stranded during a routine hike on Strawberry Peak Trail, Angeles National Forest.
One of the hikers called the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station from his cell phone. The stranded hiker stated no one was injured, but they had no supplies and the weather was turning cold.
At approximately 10:30 PM, the hikers were located by the Montrose Search and Rescue Team. The hikers were hoisted to safety by Helicopters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department"

Man who allegedly threatened to drive off side of mountain arrested
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/01/chantry-flats-.html
Quote:
A man who authorities say attempted to kill himself and his estranged girlfriend by driving them off the side of a mountain was taken into custody Sunday after he crashed his vehicle into a guardrail, fled the scene and then barricaded himself in a home near Santa Anita Dam.
The suspect, Patrick Anthony Gonzalez, 21, of Los Angeles, left the scene of the incident at Chantry Flats late Saturday and ran off into the Angeles National Forest, according to Lt. Mike Castro of the Arcadia Police Department.
His female passenger was not injured, Castro said, but Gonzalez was.
As authorities searched for him, they received a 911 call from residents of a home near Santa Anita Dam who reported an intruder, Castro said.
“It was determined that the intruder was in fact the driver of the vehicle that had collided into the guardrail,” Castro said.
An L.A. County sheriff’s SWAT team was called after the suspect refused to leave. The standoff went on for several hours, Castro said, ending peacefully at 8:23 a.m. Sunday.
Gonzalez was taken to a hospital. After a medical evaluation, he will be booked on several charges, including attempted murder and residential burglary, Castro said.


photo: http://www.laobserved.com/archive.../01/los_angeles_basin_from_sp.php


Suburban Farmer Can Keep Growing His Persimmons...For Now
http://laist.com/2013/01/25/suburban_farmer_can_keep_on_growing.php
"The agricultural efforts of La Cañada Flintridge resident William Johnson have gotten a reprieve, though the suburban farmer isn't out of the woods--or persimmon grove--yet.
Johnson has been tending to 78 acres of land that run alongside the Angeles Crest Highway on which he's planted 475 persimmon trees. It takes 7 years to bear fruit, but recently Johnson learned the city might give him the boot before a single persimmon could be harvested; La Cañada is considering a new general plan that would ban agricultural activity from the land where the persimmons are growing.
This week Johnson says he "has signed a memorandum with the city that allows him to continue his operation," reports the Glendale News-Press, though city officials say they've only "agreed to consider his request."...."

Supreme Court Clarifies Definition of “Discharge” under CWA
http://www.martenlaw.com/newslett...wa-discharge-definition-clarified
Multi-year conclusion: When a city discharges polluted water back into the San Gabriel river, this does not constitute a discharge of pollutants into natural waterways and doesn't violate the clean air/water act.
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State Starts 2013 With Record Dry Conditions
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/201...california-drought_n_2772154.html
"California is poised to shatter an all-time weather record by notching the driest January-February period in recorded history across the northern Sierra Nevada.....
If February concludes without additional storms -- and none are expected -- the northern Sierra will have seen 2.2 inches of precipitation in January and February, the least since record-keeping began in the region in 1921.
That is well below the historical average of 17.1 inches.
The dry conditions have not been limited to the northern Sierra. January and February have produced 1.32 inches of rain in the city of Sacramento, ranking as the third driest since record-keeping began in 1850, said Johnnie Powell, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Sacramento....."

Why the County Had to Pay Aetna $8M After the Northridge Quake
http://northridge.patch.com/artic...tna-8m-after-the-northridge-quake
"....Big out-of-court settlements included:$6.15 million to a worker who drove his vehicle off the Angeles Crest Highway and down a 150-foot embankment, is now a quadriplegic and alleged dangerous conditions on the roadway;"

blogroll:
Getting Ready for Mt. Whitney In SoCal and the Sierra
http://mtwhitneyhiking.blogspot.com/
Mostly snow hikes

Sherry Schmidt Watercolors
http://sherryschmidt.blogspot.com/
Watercolor paintings accompanied with the actual landscape
http://sherryschmidt.blogspot.com.../02/february-in-eaton-canyon.html
http://sherryschmidt.blogspot.com/2013/02/mt-baldy.html
http://sherryschmidt.blogspot.com/2012/11/canyon-park.html
http://sherryschmidt.blogspot.com/2012/08/eaton-canyon.html

Malibu Search and Rescue
https://www.facebook.com/MalibuSAR
"Units are on scene and have determined that the informant was mistaking an off road vehicle in the canyon for a vehicle over the side."

Repaving the Angeles Forest Highway
http://www.roadsbridges.com/sites..._angeles%20forest_R&B0213.pdf
A technical article about CIR recycling.
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Rancho Cucamonga continues efforts to manage Canyon traffic flow(death at lower Cucamonga canyon)
http://www.contracostatimes.com/c...fforts-manage-canyon-traffic-flow
"....City measures implemented in the past year have included parking permits and signs alerting people to the proper entrance to the canyon at the northern end of Skyline Road.Officials are now considering ideas to expand the management effort that include the possibility of more permitted parking in surrounding residential streets, parking meters on Almond Street, and a 7 a.m.-to-7 p.m. parking curfew near the Skyline access point."We've seen an increase in the number of incidents, not just in the canyon, but also in the Etiwanda Falls area north of Etiwanda Preserve," Bell said. "There's just more activity, and more people accessing the area on the foothills. It used to be areas only the locals knew about, but over the years with the Internet, we've seen more activity, and that has more issues."The popular canyon, a once pristine area where the flow of mountain water created a series of waterfalls, has seen an increase in vandalism. The motley sight of graffiti-tagging colors the rocks upsets many longtime admirers of the falls. Trash litters the wilderness area.

....Jacob Daniel Hernandez, 19, had been hiking and rock climbing with his cousin when he fell in the popular San Gabriel Mountains location shortly after 3 p.m. After the fall, his cousin, whose name was not released, managed to call rescue officials despite spotty reception in the canyon....Paramedics declared Hernandez dead at 4:16 p.m.The cousin had only a few bruises and scrapes and did not require hospitalization.
"They were climbing up the rock cliff. (The cousin) was first, and Jacob was behind him. He heard Jacob slip," said Cindy Bachman, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. .."

Burglars Steal $40k Worth of Equipment From Fire Station
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/51107045/#.UT50DTfJJ8s
"Thieves broke into a remote fire station in the Angeles National Forest and stole some $40,000 worth of essential firefighting equipment this week, authorities said Friday.The burglars took more than 30 chainsaws, four generators and other equipment from locked storage bins at the U.S. Forest Service's Texas Canyon Station, northeast of Santa Clarita.
"It's a big loss to our firefighters that are out there," said Nathan Judy, fire information officer for the Angeles National Forest. "This isn't just spare equipment."....It's the only burglary Judy said he can recall in 16 years with the Angeles National Forest.Several firefighters were on the large complex when the burglary occurred, but they did not hear anything suspicious, he said...."

My Hike to Nowhere...a hike to the burn area north of East Fork road.
http://orangesandavocados.com/2013/03/09/my-hike-to-nowhere/

Hello. I'm a new prospector here in So Cal. Here is my adventure so far.
http://www.treasurenet.com/forums...ere-my-adventure-so-far-help.html
"...Yeah, we were gonna find some gold today! Off we went for the 1/2 hour trek to Lytle Creek..... Now were we were parked there was two trails. One heading up, and one heading down. I decided to explore a little bit and take the trail that went up. After about 1/4 mile up that trail I had enough insight to discover that we were heading away from the water. Bad. So back down we went to the lower trail to the water. It was only about 2 hundred yards away from the truck so out came the gear. It took us about an hour to get all that crap down to the creek and set it up. It was time to put the 6 foot monster into the stream and start collecting the booty. Well, dumb ass me, the frigginn 6 foot monster sluice box with miner moss and all the goodies inside started to float on down the creek. Who would have thought about that? WOOD FLOATS! ok. I'm learning here. We weighed the huge ass box down with some rocks and positioned it nicely. The water was coming in at a nice rate. The angle was sweet and we were ready to start feeding the monster. My brother started to shovel the sand and rocks and stuff right into our bucket with the 1/2 inch classifier on it. I was shaking it and getting all the big stones out. The bucket would fill and we fed the monster. Worked like a charm! the rifles were working right, the miners moss was catching small heavy rocks, we were in the rich! I thought a few hours of this and we'd be coming home with gold. Well, we spent about 4-5 hours shoveling and decided it was time to clean the box. The only thing heavier than our 6 foot monster was our the same thing being made out of soaked plywood, and a **** ton of dirt in it. Proudly hauling that mess up to our table, we were very careful not to lose one pebble out of the sluice. We dumped the contents into our 35 gallon Walmat tub and started to pack up...because hauling a **** ton of pebbles seemed to be a good idea at the time. Several trips to the truck and back, and two tired brother later, we made it back home, unpacked, and started to go through our "mother lode." I classified the dirt down through our 20 mesh screen. We saw tons and ton of small sparkly things. We panned the crap out of all that. It took us hours! We spread out the bigger stuff on my work bench. We went through two 5 gallon buckets by hand. We didn't find a damn thing. No black sand, no nuggets, no flakes, no flour, not even a hint of gold. *sigh* off to the prospecting store I went. ...ok, I thought. I did a bit of research on East Fork. So many videos to watch and forums to read about the place. It took me about 4 days to read everything that was said about the place. It was time to pack up and go....There was no where to park! We ended up down the road a bit. I read somewhere on this site to look for an old burnt up tree on the left as I hike down from the parking lot. There was to be a shelf or something there that contained gold. Yep, couldn't find any sign of an old burnt tree, not even a black spot on the ground. Off we went across the road and over the ridge into a place called "Nugget Alley." We carried all our crap down the trails trying hard not to break our asses tripping on a rock or something. We found a nice little spot. This time, we were going to do things a little bit different. We decided that we were going to go in the middle of the river, turn over a crap ton of rocks and shovel all the sweet sweet gold goodness into out 5 gallon buckets and take them home for further processing. DOH! You guys probably already know how heavy dirt is in a 5 gallon bucket, but for some reason, I decided that all the gold we were about to find would be worth the effort. My poor brother and I made several trips back and forth to the truck lugging a **** ton of buckets filled to the top non-the-less, up that climb....k, I rebuilt the monster sluice box. I rebuilt it into a "high banker." I popped on a hopper and a stand. I cruised out to Harbor Freight. Spent more money on a 3000 gallon per hour submersible pump and a 200 watt power inverter. Got me a car battery and all the crap to find this illusive friggin gold. It is no longer a hobby. It is no longer an interest. It is no longer something I want to do for fun. I'm now on a mission. I will start sacrificing goats and eating turkey livers. I will go visit a psychic adviser, to find this yellow crap.
Called my brother this last weekend. We took out a minimal supply of crap we didn't need back out to East Fork. This time we were going to beat all the people. We left at 10pm Saturday night. Got there around 11:30 or so. Still a lot of cars in the parking lot, but plenty of room to park. It was really dark. We put on our jackets, took out flashlights and decided to do some reconnaissance of Heaton Flatts. It about 1/2 mile or so above the parking lot. Damn it was dark. We turned a corner and saw lights out in the distance. I thought who in their right mind is going to be out here? .... My brother and I took our flashlights, and took all our gear to a sweet looking spot to set up. It was 2am. It was really dark. We set up all the stuff, hooked up our "high banker" to the pump and the pump to the inverter and the inverter to the battery. Yeah we had a light to plug into it as well. The damn battery wasn't charged enough to turn the pump on, so I took a trip back up to the truck, stole the battery out of it (yes I don't care at this point) and set it up again....ug. 1:30 in the morning here.......can't stop thinking of "HOW TO BUILD A DRYWASHER!" oh god......"YouTube" why do you scorn me so? I swear I'm not a drug addict! I'm finding it hard to sleep at night, knowing all that gold is outside....in the dark......all alone. If I wouldn't get crazy looks from my wife like Richard Dryfus in Close Encounters, I'd pack up my self right now and go out to Heaton Flatts. It's only an hour drive for me. I could be there no later than 3am. I would just take a few things with me...."

O/T:40 hikers rescued; were lost on Ky. mountain
http://www.myfoxla.com/story/2155...lost-on-ky-mountain#ixzz2NHdU31wI
"WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) - More than three dozen Pennsylvania college students spending spring break in Kentucky on a mission trip were safe Friday after becoming lost for hours when a sightseeing mountain hike unexpectedly stretched into the night, officials said Friday.....The group was made up of 37 students and three staff members from La Salle University on an annual mission trip called Project Appalachia, said John Caroulis, spokesman for the Philadelphia school...Fugate said the group apparently hiked to a popular spot above the Bad Branch Falls waterfall, but it got dark and they couldn't find the trail back. When they got disoriented, they called 911 from their cellphones and were able to talk rescuers toward them.They were on a 5-mile trail shaped like a lollipop headed to an area called High Rock, which is known for its breathtaking views, according to Shad Baker, a local resident who created many of the public trails used in the area and helped guide rescuers via cell phone. "Rescuing 37 people is a monumental undertaking," Baker said. "So the fact that they got them out is really good."....
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Driver arrested after car falls 60 feet down Highway 39 http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/n...-falls-60-feet-down#ixzz2NeKAgqSU
"ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST - A suspected drunk driver was arrested Wednesday night after his car went over Highway 39 and fell about 60 feet.
The man, who ended up with cuts and scrapes, walked back to the road.
The crash happened around 7:50 p.m. at mile marker 31.05 and involved a Nissan Sentra heading south on the mountain road......"

Sheeper Peepers: Looking for Big Horns in the San Gabriel
http://www.socalwild.com/2013/03/...big-horns-in-the-san-gabriel/965/

"....We volunteers were pumped up with information (“Rams can be as large as 300 pounds,” “They only eat grasses and shrubs”) but the most interesting facts was the herd had been as big as 700 in the 1980s. A big crash in sheep numbers from 1986-1993 brought the herd to dangerous low numbers of 100 or so.  Since then, sheep population has been on the upswing every year. Last year, the estimate was 418. (2013 numbers will be soon available. Watch this spot for updates!)
The reason for the decline and upswing? Old growth and fire, we were told. In the late 80s, the hills and mountain tops were getting too thick with vegetation, making it hard for the big horns to move around, let alone reproduce and care for young. With the fire of 2003, the area was cleared out, new growth came and with that, higher numbers of sheep.  As strange as it seems, fires can be great for wildlife.
We sheep spotters also learned that we may see collared sheep, big horns that are part of an on-going research project. More than 60 were collared in 2006 – about 14 still have radio-activated collars....."

My first view of Comet PanSTARRS 3/11/13
http://jane.whiteoaks.com/
"We arrived at our viewing location, 23.5 miles up the hill, milepost 48.34, 34d 18′ 26″ N Latitude 118d 00’54″ W Longitude, altitude 5266 ft before sunset – the Chilao turnout just before the Caltrans yard on Angeles Crest Highway. I am indebted to my friend Steve Edberg, who has observed on these pullouts since the 1970′s. We passed many other spots which he has observed from, but which didn’t have the required “dip” in altitude, which provided a view of the western horizon depressed to a further 1 degree.We had to wait over a half hour after sunset for the twilight sky to darken. Civil twilight occurred at 7:22 p.m. PDT, when the sun dipped 6 degrees below the horizon. We scanned the sky, not only looking for the comet, but for the moon, too. But the new moon was only about 6 hours old (new at 12:52 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time March 11, and impossible to see). Thanks to Steve Edberg for explaining “horizon depression”:”Due to our elevation, looking down from 5,266 feet, the terrain horizon in the distance was lower than horizontal, so we could look “down” far enough that we gained one degree more of viewing potential. This dip of the horizon doesn’t include the terrestrial refraction at the apparent horizon, which often “raises” astronomical objects (meaning they set later than airless geometry predicts)”. Here is what we did see, beginning at 7:34 p.m.
Here is my first sketch. Showing what Comet PanSTARRS looks like through 7 x 50 binoculars with a 7 degree field of view. We were unable to see it naked-eye. I couldn’t get both the horizon and the comet in the same binocular field of view. Here is the final view through bigger binoculars just before the comet was lost in the haze. Celestron 9 x 63 binos, with a 5 degree field of view. It was amazing to watch the speedy comet move!..."

blogroll:
http://jdboggs.blogspot.com/
Better late than never for the misc news threads.

Out of the Station Fire Ashes Project
http://caleyphotography.com/Out_of_the_Ashes_Project.php
"Michael Caley’s passion for nature coalesced into a unique project in 2009 when 250 square miles of the Angeles National forest burned in the Station Fire above La Canada Flintridge. With special clearance to mountain bike in the closed forest as a US Forest Service volunteer, he photographed the forest recovery on a year round weekly basis. His ongoing “Out of the Station Fire Ashes” project chronicles the forest transformation from scorched earth to mountainsides covered with fire-follower wildflowers and other flora"
Note: only 20 photos so far...

In Ventura there is  https://www.facebook.com/TheSantaYnezRiverWilderness
There is a trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq72zPv9Q0E

Missed: https://www.facebook.com/ChilaoSchool
"The Chilao School is 2,000 square feet of open space with good natural light, located in the heart of the Angeles National Forest, close to Newcomb’s Ranch Restaurant, within a quarter mile of Meadows Group Camp, and surrounded by hiking trails and scenic vistas.The school was built in 1963 by La Canada Unified School District and briefly served the residents of the Angeles National Forest as an elementary school.Closed to the public since the late 1980s, the school now belongs to the non profit group Redbird, who is making the space available to rent.The school is being left largely intact and retains the charm of its bygone days. Redbird’s goal is to make this space available to arts, culture, self improvement, forest management, fire ecology and educational groups in the greater Los Angeles area and beyond."

A Mad Rush of Seeds...
http://centerlinerule.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-mad-rush-of-seeds.html
"Like the chaos of a bunch sprint, seeds have been in full flight in San Dimas Canyon lately. If you ride up there mid-morning after the sun has cleared the enclosing ridges, stop at the high point of the road, just before that short descent to the fire station, turn around and look back along the road. Even if the air is calm, seed are floating up from the marsh at the canyon bottom, maybe from the slopes as well. Let a gust of wind increase the air speed and the casual floating turns into a mad dash. A virtual storm of plant spawn rising on the updraft of air......You know, there is a reason that our freeways are planted with great masses of single species of shrubs or ground cover. High speeds limit what we see, things blur together, detail is lost. This is the advantage of moving at human speed, that I have mentioned before, and allows for multiple perspectives of our surroundings, multiple readings of the landscape and the life thereon"
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Park Service recommends adding San Gabriel foothills to Sta. Monica recreation area
http://www.altadenablog.com/2013/...o-sta-monica-recreation-area.html
San Gabriel Mountains would change to Santa Monica Mountains: San Gabriel Unit.

Rash of public attention to rescues continue(6 rescued at  Sylmar into Angeles Forest)
http://griffithparkwayist.blogspo...hiker-rescues-highlight-need.html
"*UPDATE: Veterans Memorial Park Trailhead* LAFD helicopter hoisting uninjured boys from precarious location (2 trips w/ 3 victims each) to awaiting Fire Engine transporting to parking lot. LAFD had similar incidents last 2 weekends in nearly same location. LAFD reminds hikers to REMAIN ON TRAILS. – Erik Scott###"

New deputy Forest Supervisor Daniel A. Lovato
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/angeles/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5415104
"...As deputy supervisor he will share broad management duties with Tom Contreras, forest supervisor, over the Angeles, a 1,000-square-mile, high-use urban day forest...."

Forest Service selects new ranger for San Jacinto District
http://idyllwildtowncrier.com/201...-ranger-for-san-jacinto-district/
"This week, San Bernardino National Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron announced Arturo Delgado as her choice for San Jacinto District Ranger.
Delgado is currently the Forest Wildlife biologist on the Angeles National Forest and plans to begin at the San Jacinto Ranger District the week of May 20...."

O/T:Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Graffiti Closes Another Joshua Tree Spot
http://www.kcet.org/living/travel...sm-closure-in-joshua-tree-np.html
"Two months to the day after a spate of vandalism promoted officials to close the popular Barker Dam area in Joshua Tree National Park, a new rash of graffiti has prompted the closing of yet another popular day use area, this time at Rattlesnake Canyon near the Indian Cove campground......."The continued malicious desecration of the national park has now impacted archeological sites. Limits to fiscal and personnel resources restrict the immediate remediation of the area. Therefore to prevent continued damage to scenic, natural, and cultural resources, the entire day use area of Rattlesnake Canyon from the day use closure gate to the top of the canyon is closed to public entry".

O/T: Cedar Creek/San Diego permits online commence...$6 to visit a waterfall(just dont get close)
http://www.recreation.gov/wildern...ntractCode=NRSO&parkId=109033

At least that stops the rescues....oops Rolling Eyes
http://www.ramonasentinel.com/201...ess-to-cedar-creek-falls-reopens/
"...Ramona Fire Department/Cal Fire Station 81 in San Diego Country Estates reported that it responded to one medical aid call from the trail on Saturday. Engineer/Paramedic Dan Mora said a female in her mid-20s complained of leg cramps as she was hiking back from the falls, but she was able to hike out....Deputies and forest rangers will actively enforce the rules, according to sheriff’s officials. Law enforcement officers were on hand over the weekend at the trailhead to make sure hikers complied.....San Diego County reported recently it is suing the U.S. Forest Service to get the agency to set aside its decision to reopen the western access.“The lawsuit is in response to the forest service’s decision to ignore both the public safety and fiscal concerns raised by the county during the appeal of the permit system plan,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob...."
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Speed May Be Cause of Fatal Crash Near Claremont 4/17/13
http://glendora.patch.com/article...use-of-fatal-crash-near-claremont
"The 21-year man killed in rollover crash on a rain-slick mountain road near Claremont was identified by today as Kyle Crampton, 32, of Chino Hills....The single-vehicle crash on Mt. Baldy Road at Mountain Avenue was reported around 10:40 p.m. Monday, said California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, he said....Light rain and excessive speed were likely factors in the crash, a CHP officer told a news photographer at the scene....The driver was headed downhill without wearing a safety belt and ended up pinned in the badly crumpled car, the photographer reported."

Two airlifted after crashes in OHV area in San Gabriel Mountains 4/14/13
http://www.sgvtribune.com/breakin...fter-crashes-ohv-area-san-gabriel
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ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST - Two people were airlifted from the off-highway vehicle area in two separate incidents near San Gabriel Road and East Fork Road in the San Gabriel Mountains on Sunday, officials said.Los Angeles County Firefighter Sean Travis said the patients suffered limb fractures and were airlifted in separate incidents at the same location. Both incidents involved collisions between off-highway vehicles near the water's edge, he said.No further information was available on the condition of the patient


Note: This particular day was the off-road finals
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Azu...d-Park/114943321929617?group_id=0


2013 Climb for Heroes @MtBaldy 4/14/13
http://heroes.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1040&pg=entry

Beware of Dog: The Little-Known Story of the Poodle-Dog Bush and Its Nasty Bite
http://www.rei.com/share/rei-blog/2013/04/poodle-dog-bush.html
"...From a safe distance, I got a look at the beast during a recent visit to SoCal. Kerry Johnston, a botanist with the Angeles National Forest (which includes the San Gabriel Mountains and other wild terrain north of Los Angeles), showed me a spot where poodle-dog bush is flourishing. Here’s what I learned:....
REI: What do you know about the plant?
Johnston: The scientific name was recently changed to Eriodictyon parryi. Its old name was Turricula parryi. It is a sub-shrub, meaning it’s not a perennial—it’s not going to complete its lifecycle in 2 years. It’s not going anywhere right now. I’m assuming after the canopy closes and the shrubs start taking over, it will just die back. We’re just watching to see when. When is that going to happen? We work around it all the time, and it makes it difficult getting to all these planting units [where seedlings are being planted to restore the forest] because you’re trying to go around it and avoid it, and it’s made doing that really difficult...."

Paramount ticks test positive for Lyme
http://www.theacorn.com/news/2013...ticks_test_positive_for_Lyme.html
".....Paramount Ranch was one of three Santa Monica Mountains park sites that came back positive for Lyme disease in tests conducted by the Los Angeles County West Vector and Vector- Borne Disease Control District. The other two locations were Tapia Park and Malibu Creek State Park, both located within a short distance of one another.Robert Saviskas, executive director of the L.A. county agency responsible for conducting the tests, said this was the first year his agency tested for Lyme disease at Paramount Ranch, among approximately 12 sites tested within the Santa Monica Mountains. The first tick known to carry Lyme disease was found in the mountains in 1998.“We’re finding that about 1 or 2 percent of western blacklegged ticks in the area carry the Lyme disease bacteria, so it’s important for us to identify where the problem is occurring,” Saviskas said. “This particular tick is most active from late November through May.”

Historical from 2009:Of Telescopes and Ticks: How Mount Wilson Observatory Became an Infectious Disease Study Site
http://www.scientificamerican.com...telescopes-and-ticks-at-mt-wilson
"...Schwan agreed to run a DNA test on the ticks and confirmed that they contained the spirochete Borrelia hermsii. "With the vector and spirochete found in the very room where Larry was exposed," Schwan says, "I was convinced he had contracted relapsing fever."If it was true, Schwan realized, it would be the first new case of relapsing tick fever in Los Angeles County since the 1930s...."
link from article:
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/15/7/09-0223_article.htm
".....A few vertebrate animals potentially involved with this focus were investigated. Douglas tree squirrels (Tamiasciurus douglasii), which are important hosts for O. hermsi ticks and B. hermsii spirochetes, inhabit the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the north but are absent from the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains (9,24,25). Other sciurids, including the California ground squirrels (S. beecheyi), Western gray squirrels (Sciurus griseus), and Merriam chipmunks (T. merriami), are abundant on the observatory grounds. Several species of mice (Peromyscus spp.) are also found at the observatory. In 1947, Longanecker collected 90 O. hermsi ticks from an active deer mouse nest near Big Bear Lake (26). Many larval and nymphal ticks had recently fed, and some specimens were infected with spirochetes. Our serologic results suggest that brush mice (P. boylii) are involved in the enzootic focus on Mt. Wilson.Western bluebirds (Sialia mexicana) are also abundant around the observatory and nest in tree hole cavities. O. hermsi ticks have been found in bluebird nests in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and in British Columbia, Canada (26,27); these birds may also serve as hosts for the ticks in this site. Further work is needed to determine the role that these and other mammals and birds may play in maintaining the ticks and spirochetes in the mountains of southern California...."

Historical 2010: East Fork San Gabriel River 2010 Summary Report
https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=40820
A detailed 24 page analysis of fish in the East Fork SG river from Heaton upstream to Prairie Fork.With an average depth less than a foot, the river was calculated at 17 CFS. If you were way off on how many fish you thought were there before reading, I suspect you arent alone.
Fishies from page 12
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Vandals Target Los Angeles Area National Forests
http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/8u...Area+National+Forests/3F4fSJGgPJV
The complete photo gallery of the Cucamonga canyon graffiti/thrashing thread

The Terrible Beauty of California's Powerhouse Fire
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocu...lifornias-powerhouse-fire/100527/
"... a wildfire started in California's Angeles National Forest, north of Los Angeles, near a hydroelectric plant called as Powerhouse No. 1. The Powerhouse fire was pushed by erratic dry winds, destroying at least six homes near Lake Hughes, damaging many more, and leading to the evacuation of several thousand residents...."

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Campfires banned on southern PCT
http://www.pcta.org/2013/campfires-banned-on-southern-pct-12941/
"...The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and National Park Service have released restrictions that essentially ban campfires along most of the Pacific Crest Trail south of Yosemite, even with a campfire permit. This is the southern 930 miles of the trail....BLM Fire Prevention Order Number CA-060-2013-01 establishes seasonal “Stage II” Fire Restrictions for BLM land along the PCT from the Mexican Border to Walker Pass/Highway 178 (PCT mile 651). The seasonal restrictions will run from May 15th through October each year...."

blogroll:
http://cucamongawilderness.org/
Developing blog of the Eastern section of the Cucamonga wilderness
"....    Stonehouse Camp:  Water flow GOOD (Updated: 6/20/2013)
Third Stream Crossing / Camp: Water flow GOOD (updated: 6/20/2013)
   Commanche Camp: Water flow LOW (Updated: 6/20/2013)..."
older news:1N34 - San Sevaine Road - Closed
Date(s): Mar 17, 2013
Forest Road 1N34 (San Sevaine Road) is closed until further notice.

Mt. Waterman to open resort to cyclists
http://www.lacanadaonline.com/new...cyclists-20130621,0,4444958.story
"After two dry winter seasons made skiing at Mt. Waterman all but impossible, owners of the facility in Angeles National Forest plan to open up their small mountain resort to cyclists next month.....Six bike trails, as well as scenic lift tours to the top of mountain, will be offered in the summer season starting in July, according to the resort’s Facebook page. The official opening date has not yet been confirmed.
Mt. Waterman will also serve food and drinks at the warming hut, located at the top of ski lift No. 1.Prices are $20 for a single bike ride or $40 for an all-day pass. A trip up the mountain without a bicycle will cost $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children ages 7 to 12. Children six years or younger can get a lift up the mountain for free. Hours are Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..."

Not using headlights on the ACH
http://www.lacanadaonline.com/new...se-drive-20130627,0,3745277.story
"...June 19- Receiving stolen property: Angeles Crest Highway at Greenridge Avenue, 4 p.m. A 23-year-old Glendale man was pulled over for not using headlights in the Angeles National Forest. He was arrested for wearing a stolen "City of Los Angeles' Public Works" vest and driving without a license...."

Historical:Back-country rescue of wounded man took six weeks to complete in 1901
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/n...-man-took-six-weeks#ixzz2XXEcgHPN
"Pine Flats, now known as Charlton Flats, looks peaceful in this photo by Ralph J. Wyatt.It is easily reached today by the Angeles Crest Highway. In 1901, Pine Flats was way in the back country requiring many miles of hiking or riding......They were scouting a canyon, looking for game. Ward heard a rustling in the underbrush, and fired, thinking it was an animal.It was Fred Buchanan in the underbrush.Fred had been hit in the neck and seriously wounded...."Camp Buchanan" where he lay for six weeks, partially paralyzed.Friends and family brought supplies by pack train. Information about his condition was sent to Pasadena by carrier pigeons and signal devices.Finally, after six weeks, it was decided he could be moved and he was carried for six days over narrow trails, camping at night. They rested several days at Sturdevant's Camp...At home, Buchanan seemed cheerful and regained the ability to walk although his left arm remained paralyzed.The Buchanans even threw a party for those who had helped, including such foods as rattlesnake salad and tenderloin of burro...."

San Gabriel Mountains Piper PA-18 N1256A 6/15/13
http://joeidoni.smugmug.com/Aircraft-Crash-Sites/PA/30045633_vPbwvq#!i=2581373517&k=KKBRN55
Finding crashed planes in the San Gabriels
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MOUNT BALDY: Packing it in — on a mule
http://www.pe.com/local-news/san-...aldy-packing-it-in--on-a-mule.ece
Youtube video: "Mount Baldy: Mules assist trailbuilders"
"...Jonathan Schultz, 50, of San Dimas, had been promoted as a mule skinner, but the worst thing he did to one Friday morning, July 19, was load it up with a couple hundred pounds of cargo. The other mule he brought to the trailhead of Ice House Canyon near Mount Baldy carried him. Two of the three horses he hauled to the trail also got pack loads. The other bore a rider that brought up the rear of the train.
Schultz laughed about the title.
“A mule skinner is one that works with mules,” he said, the spurs on his boots ringing occasionally as he walked around his trailer, prepping his animals for a journey up the trail. “It’s just a term the old cowboys used.”
Schultz had come at the request of Ben White, leader of the San Gabriel Mountains Trailbuilders, a 25-plus-year-old volunteer organization that helps improve and maintain trails in the San Gabriel Mountains. White said when a big project comes along involving the transport of heavy material into the forest, he calls Schultz....
This particular job involved carrying 57 wooden 4-by-4 beams and metal support materials one mile up the Ice House trail. The materials will be used to build a retaining structure called a Sutter wall above and below a section of trail that has chronic problems with slides. Schultz figured it would take several trips and most of the day to finish the work.
It’s slow work, just like it was in 1905 when the U.S. Forest Service was established...."

The Second Waterfall
http://www.pasadenamonthly.com/articles/second-waterfall-2013-06-28
"...On a recent scorching hot sunday afternoon, three members of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s all-volunteer Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, Tom Afschar, Zach McFarland and Mark “Tak” Takahashi, took their weekly patrol deep into the heart of Eaton Canyon in the Angeles National Forest...One would think the insistence of authorities and the descriptions of Suen’s grievous injuries in the news media would have had some dissuading effect on hikers.
They have not.
“We are still up there all the time,” Takahashi said. “At least once a week. At least.”
Just two days before the team’s rounds, in fact, world-renowned rapper The Game and several of his friends attempted to find the second water- fall-only to get lost. The Game was able to find his way to safety, but one member of his crew was not. Pasadena Fire Department helicopters were called to locate the man, and with their help, McFarland and other rescuers hiked in and escorted him to safety, unharmed.
There were 14 rescues like this one in Eaton Canyon in the first four months of 2013 alone -accounting for more than half of all AMRT’s operations. Twenty hikers have been plucked from the canyon, seven of whom were injured. According to Afschar, a single rescue helicopter costs taxpayers nearly $4,000 per hour for an operation.
There is no truly safe passage to the second waterfall, but hikers who get into trouble usually do so in one of two fashions: They lose their way, or they fall victim to “the Nub.”.....The Nub is a narrow gap in the Razorback Trail where hikers have little more to cling to than a sheer, decomposing rock wall. For hikers with no rock-climbing experience, the only apparent way to navigate the Nub is to hug the rock face for dear life and shimmy as delicately as possible from side to side. Lose your footing or panic and it’s 120 feet straight down to the canyon floor....
Back on patrol in Eaton Canyon, Afschar estimated that nearly 20 people climb to the second waterfall on a busy day-even after Suen’s death. “We’ve had people pass us on the Razorback in the middle of a rescue,” Takahashi added. “Ultimately, you can’t save people from themselves.”
Indeed, as word of the danger spreads, the allure of the second waterfall may only be growing.
“We’ve put signs up before,” Afschar explained. “They get taken down or vandalized. We recently put up several signs up on the ridge where the deaths occurred. They were gone within three weeks.” ....."

Marijuana bust in Los Padres National Forest: 3 arrested
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story...cal/ventura_county&id=9179728
"Three Kern County men have been arrested following a major marijuana bust in Ventura County. In May, a Ventura County sheriff's helicopter and narcotics detectives found several large marijuana cultivation operations in the Los Padres National Forest, along the north slope of Pine Mountain. Since then, more than 55,000 marijuana plants from seven illegal growing operations have been confiscated. The street value of the seized plants is estimated at $165 million..."

Beachcombing: Southern California's geologic history, as told by the sand on our beaches
http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/07/...ia-s-geologic-history-as-told-by/
"....The sand on beaches between Point Dume and Redondo Beach comes in part from the San Gabriel Mountains: silvery mica, milky quartz, whitish-gray granite with flecks.“Sediment that’s derived from granite type watersheds is generally comprised of a lot of quartz,” says Orme. “It tends to be light in color.”
...."

Surviving in "Extreme" Conditions
http://quantumfrontiers.com/2013/.../surviving-in-extreme-conditions/
"....This morning I woke up and looked at the Mt. Wilson horizon and decided to drive up there. I left my morning ballet class early to make time for the drive. The road to the observatory is not simple. HWY 2 is a pretty serious mountain road and accidents happen on it regularly. This is the first thing: to have access to observatories, I need to be able to drive there safely and reliably.
Fortunately I love driving, especially athletic mountain driving, so I am looking for almost any excuse to drive to JPL, Mt. Wilson, and so on. I’ll just stop, by saying that driving is a hobby for me and I see it as a sport, a science, and an art.
The first portion of the 2 is like any normal mountain road with speeding locals, terrifying cyclists and daredevil motorcyclists......
The first thing visitors see is the Cosmic Cafe. It has a balcony going all around the cafe with a fascinating view when there is no smog or fog. Last April, Caltech had its undergraduate student Formal here. We dined at this cafe and had a dance platform nearby. Driving up here, I could not help thinking how risky this was: 11 high-rise buses took a large portion of the Caltech undergraduate student body up to the top of this mountain in fog so dense we could barely see the bus ahead of us. The bus drivers were saints. Hiking or running shoes are the best shoes to wear here, so I cannot imagine how we came here in suits, dress shoes, tight dresses, and merciless heels.....
I parked at the first available lot, right in front of the cafe and near some large radio towers. When trying to lock my car, I had some trouble. I have an electronic key which operates as a remote outside the car. The car would not react to my key and would not lock. I tried a few more times and finally it locked. I figured the battery in the key was dying, but that didn’t seem right. If any battery were dying, it would be the battery in the spare key that I am not using.
I walked around a bit to take some pictures and came upon another parking lot. This one was full of Ferarris. It turns out that today was a Ferrari Club field trip to the observatory and the happy Ferrari owners were getting a tour of the domes.....
I went back to my car and realized that I could not open my car no matter how much I tried. ...This wasn’t going very well.
Fourth thing: if you’ve spent enough time in lab and on problem sets, you know that despairing is very useless. So, I did not despair and went to the domes to find the Ferrari group. I figured that their tour guide would have a radio so I could at least make some contact with the people down below the mountain — there is no phone reception on Mt. Wilson.
I found the Ferrari group and hopelessly showed my key to them, explaining that I thought my key battery had died. They glanced at my non-Ferrari key and moved on. However, their guide was very helpful and said he did not think it was the battery.
Earlier a Porsche-driving visitor had a similar problem. He figured out that the radio towers were causing too much interference with the key’s signal to the car’s receiver. This made sense! Fifth thing: things we learn are actually applied in real life and often in very practical and non-abstract ways!...."

David Wu’s Angeles Crest Ride
http://whiteowlscyclingblog.blogs...david-wus-angeles-crest-ride.html
A serious contigent of cyclists ride up from Duarte to the ACH and back through Hwy39...passing the ferraris at the bottom of the ACH.


Historical image: 461 Heads to Rubio Canyon
http://www.pacificelectric.org/pa...ampaign=461-heads-to-rubio-canyon
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This weeks news was all historical

Film:Baldy for the Blind(2010)
http://www.baldyfortheblind.com/about-the-film-5/
"BALDY FOR THE BLIND is the story of 11 blind students attempting to summit the highest peak in Los Angeles County. "

Mt Baldy summer ski jump (status:destroyed)
http://www.skisprungschanzen.com/...es/CA-California/Mount+Baldy/748/
A few pictures of a plastic ski jump that used to exist at Manker Flats.

MOUNT BALDY'S REAL NAME IS MOUNT SAN ANTONIO
http://museumsanfernandovalley.bl...aldys-real-name-is-mount-san.html
Picture of MtBaldy's summit with unlisted date...but heck of an old photo.

Mount Lowe, California, circa 1913. "Electric car at Ye Alpine Tavern, Mount Lowe Railway
http://www.shorpy.com/node/9389?size=_original
The uniqueness of this particular photo is its LARGE size.

The Monte Cristo mine
http://www.millsite.com/
Detailed history of Monte Cristo

Angeles Forest Highway Reconstruction Project, Los Angeles County
http://www.roadsbridges.com/angel...uction-project-los-angeles-county
An extremely detailed posting about the resurfacing of the AFH.
"....The road exhibited significant pavement distress. With an average pavement condition index (PCI) of 47, the road seriously needed to be rehabilitated, according to Imelda Diaz, P.E., with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and head of the county’s pavement-management unit. In an effort to improve its performance, in the summer of 2011, the county debuted its first-ever cold in-place recycling (CIR) project, which earned a Roads & Bridges/Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association Recycling Award......The lead unit was the milling machine, a Caterpillar PR-1000 with a 12.5-ft-wide, down-cut milling head. Unlike most of today’s milling machines, the PR-1000 is rear loading, “which is pretty unique because they don’t make rear-loading machines anymore,” Emerson told Roads & Bridges. (PRS owns six rear-loading milling machines.) Three inches of existing pavement were taken off the top, intended for recycling as the new base course for the roadway since the subgrade was still strong..."

Tectonics and Topography in the Transverse Ranges:  Landscape response to increasing rock uplift rate across the transition from soil-mantled to rocky slopes
http://www.public.asu.edu/~kwhipple/c_tect_topo.htm
OK I only mentioned this because the photo for this study is that of Great Falls of the Fox rap1.


blog: http://mtwilsonmtbadventure.com/
This company offers shuttle service(incl mtn bike) to MtWilson...listed at $15 per person, min 5 people from JPL.

Misadventures on a Mountain 11/4/13
http://www.withlove-rachel.com/2013/11/misadventures-on-mountain.html
"....At some point, around 7:30 pm, an hour after the sun set, we found ourselves hobbling down Mount Wilson with only a cell phone and small headlamp for light. We hadn't seen another human for at least 2 hours, my toes felt as though a hammer were smashing down on them with each step, and we were both exhausted and discouraged, maybe too exhausted to pay too much attention to the steep drop down the side of the mountain that lay beyond the darkness of our small beams of light.

"Do you think we should be worried about mountain lions?" C asked?
"The thought crossed my mind. I hope not. Maybe our flashlights scare them. I guess the best we can hope for is using our poles as defense," I responded.

How the hell did it come to this?..."
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Thanks for the ANF news update as always.

I like to see detail described about the road.  It's not just about how fast you can go on a motorcycle.   Realize that human beings just like us are working to find good solutions to problems in this very difficult place.  (by the way, if you have a problem with it, use your own feet to get there...)
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This is consistently one of my favorite parts of this board.

And in other news, this happened:
http://www.latimes.com/local/lano...112,0,7782398.story#axzz2kTrycVWs
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Ride Report: Ken Burton Trail 11/12/13
http://dfishdesign.wordpress.com/.../13/ride-report-ken-burton-trail/

"....One of these trails was the Ken Burton tail. Perhaps never loved as it’s siblings El Preito or Sunset, it was still part of the intricate web that made up the endless miles of trails. Along with some friends I climbed to the summit of Brown Mountain and dropped into the Ken Burton Trail, only to find it overgrown and beyond disrepair. We hiked and hacked our way down for three miles of overgrown brush. Working our way down to the Secco Arryo we continued to hike our bikes along the riverbed. After what seemed like endless hours of hiking our bikes, wrong turns, and being ripped to shreds by yucca plants we managed to clear the debris damn and finally ride our bikes....."

Cloud seeding, no longer magical thinking, is poised for use this winter
http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/11/...longer-magical.html#storylink=cpy
"As California concludes a second drought year and water managers hope eagerly to avoid a third, utilities across the state are poised for that first mass of pillowy gray clouds to drift ashore from the Pacific Ocean.....California has been seeding clouds for at least six decades. The first couple of decades were experimental, but since then it has been routine practice for a number of water agencies and hydroelectric utilities. In any given winter, there are cloud-seeding projects underway in 15 California watersheds, from Lake Almanor in the north to the San Gabriel River in the south. Most were up and running for the season as of last week, ready to take advantage of the first cold storms...."

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Photo gallery of post-Station Fire graffiti at the Big Tujunga River at Stoneyvale/Wildwood

'Zen' amidst graffiti
http://distilleryimage10.s3.amazo...a6244e611e3948e22000a1f9d45_8.jpg


A Visit from the Hulk 11/14/13
http://www.crescentavalleyweekly.com/news/11/14/2013/visit-hulk/
"....Ferrigno is a well-known actor who portrayed the Hulk from 1978 to 1982 in the television series, “The Incredible Hulk;” however, for the last eight years, he has been a reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept....“We were called out to two motorcycle accidents but were canceled,” Leum said. However the team did stop to assist a U.S. Forest Service officer who had stopped 10 hunters. They were, of course, armed with firearms. At times, this type of situation can become tense.
“I think the officer was glad we were there,” Leum said. Especially when he realized one of the supporting officers was Ferrigno...."

Officials plan test of Azusa early warning siren 10/25/13
http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvcri...est-of-azusa-early-warning-siren/
".....Police are teaming up for the exercise with a group of local volunteers known as the Azusa Amateur Radio Communications Emergency Services, Fleming said. The group exists to provide emergency communications in the event of a disaster.“The siren is intended to evacuate residents in close proximity to the mouth of the Canyon in the event of a forest fire of flood,” Fleming said. “It is not expected that all residents would hear the siren if indoors, which is why the siren is complementary to emergency response personnel announcements, as well as door-to-door notification as part of the city’s emergency response procedures."

Forensic Geology: Paper Balloons and Sand
http://www.hgs.org/node/5272
"The bit chatters and the cuttings come over the shaker covered in sticky brown drilling mud. After washing off the mud, the bits of Pliestocene alluvium from 900 feet below North Hollywood in California’s San Fernando Valley glisten in a multitude of colors and shapes. The angular rock fragments were sourced from the exposed hard rock formations in the surrounding San Bernardino, Santa Susana, Verdugo, and San Gabriel Mountains. These source rocks include the grantoid Palm Canyon Complex, the Mendenhall Gneiss, and the Lowe Granodiorite. This unique assemblage of rock fragments is characteristic of this location and only this location. Expert analysis of this handful of alluvium would be able identify the the exact location of its origin....."

Historical: Mountain Men: Pioneers and Outlaws of the San Gabriels
http://www.kcet.org/socal/departu...-outlaws-of-the-san-gabriels.html
Essay and a number of photos about Robert Owens,The "Brown Boys",The Rankins, Tiburcio Vasquez, and Charles Tom Vincent.

Historical:Arrowheads found in Big Tujunga Canyon
http://digital-library.csun.edu/cdm/ref/collection/SFVH/id/3310
photo from the Little Landers Historical Society collection -
"Arrowheads from the Tongva tribe. The Tongva village at the mouth of Big Tujunga Canyon was the largest Native American settlement in the Los Angeles area, and dated back to 435 A.D. "

Historical/really late trip report
Allison Mine hike, circa 1973 (yes, friggin’ 1973!)
http://www.otherhand.org/home-pag...hike-circa-1973-yes-friggin-1973/
"In the early 1970s I was obsessed with finding an old mine in the San Gabriel Mountains of California called the Stanley-Miller Mine...I had studied historic USGS maps of the area which showed several old trails going to the Stanley-Miller. One of these trails traversed the easterly slopes of the East Fork of the San Gabriel River Canyon, and well…It needed checking out. Along the way it passed by a mine called the Allison Mine. Didn’t know much about it as this was the days of libraries, not the Internet...."


12th Annual Parade of Lights - Wrightwood
Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Finally got to post this before it happens:D
http://wrightwoodchamber.org/wrightwood-christmas-parade-of-lights

blogroll:
http://www.weedingwildsuburbia.com/
Native Plants

https://shoestringadventures.com/
New blog...with a few stylish 'weekend warrior' entries thus far

http://www.funwithchrisandjane.com/
hiking around socal and beyond
A trip to Baden-Powell 11/2/13 notes defacement to the memorial..specifically the word "God".

http://www.run100s.com/
Runners website portal for schedules, blogs, etc
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VermillionPearlGirl wrote:
This is consistently one of my favorite parts of this board.

And in other news, this happened:
http://www.latimes.com/local/lano...112,0,7782398.story#axzz2kTrycVWs


The fatality was updated as that of Kevin La, 19 years old. Theres also a youtube video post-accident, pre-air5. The video doesnt show any blood, so I suppose it is left with only knowing he went unconscious from the water after jumping off the standard spot, and not where things could have been improved.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:35 pm    Post subject: Ken Burton Trail Reply with quote

Thanks for that update on this bike trail. I remember back in the day when you could go down this trail and swing over to that campground near Dark Canyon (no longer there I understand) onto the trail passing by the Brown Debris Dam and back out to the JPL parking area. That was a wonderful loop.

I was out to the Alison mine about 5 years ago.  Amazing how they got all that equipment up there.  Came down Alison Gulch-only 3 rappels here as I recall and a long way back out to the East Fork trailhead.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool Allison flick.  First time I visited was in the 80's.  There was still an outhouse standing -- and it still hand the TP spindle in it.  None of those cabins were there, but the mill and the tracks leading to it were still there.

I went to the Stanley-Miller too.  Much harder to find, particularly with a 1:62,000 map with 80' contour lines.  I got into the vicinity -- and then spotted some rock chimneys sticking up out of the brush.  I found an old cast iron stove (big!) and multiple mine shafts, including one full of a lot of crushed cans.

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Well, I guess that answers my Ken Burton question. Good stuff AW.
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Helicopter Rescue on Whitney:
http://www.latimes.com/local/lano...127,0,2352274.story#axzz2lnVxflrj
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Wow.  That was a dramatic one.

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Yeah, I like that they were supposed to meet up to hike. And when they didn't, they both went hiking anyway. It's equal parts pleasant and problematic.
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Three Missing Hikers in Angeles National Forest Found Thursday 3/13/14
http://monrovia.patch.com/groups/...es-national-forest-found-thursday
"...Sierra Madre police Sgt. Ruben Enriquez said radio traffic indicated searchers had made contact with the missing hikers, all men in their 20s, just before 4 a.m.Enriquez said police received a 911 call from one of the hikers around 9:17 p.m. Wednesday. The caller told a dispatcher the trio had hiked from the Chantry Flats picnic site and trailhead up to the Mount Wilson Observatory and had got lost coming back down. "
Note: KTLA reports the hikers were found on Redbox/Rincon road

Patrols, signs in Cucamonga Canyon to cost $70,000
http://www.dailybulletin.com/gove...in-cucamonga-canyon-to-cost-70000
"...Law enforcement and city officials anticipate spending $70,000 in the next year on crowd control and preservation efforts at Cucamonga Canyon.Officials expect to spend at least $45,000 to continue increased patrolling and another $25,000 to improve street signs at the popular wilderness hiking area. City leaders expect costs for policing the canyon will be offset by fees and fines issued by sheriff’s deputies....One of those measures, which could be implemented soon, is a paid parking program on Almond Street, Bell said.Staff is still working out details of the program and expect to bring it back to the City Council for approval. Residents would not have to pay, Bell said.....The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Forest Service help with the increased patrols, which began in 2013. Last summer, deputies and Forest Service patrol officers issued 585 citations and made 11 arrests.In 2013, 701 hours of enforcement activity were logged, not including assistance from volunteer groups such as Citizens on Patrol and the Sheriff’s Explorers, said Anthony Onodera, chief of the Sheriff’s Department’s Rancho Cucamonga station.....This past year several city staffers, law enforcement officers and U.S. Forest staff visited Cedar Creek Falls in the San Diego area, which has similar problems. Local leaders used the visit to draw inspiration. During that visit, officials got the idea for increased signage and a paid parking program, Bell said...."

Santa Ana Mtns:Wife of mountain biker who died in storm angry about delayed rescue
http://www.latimes.com/local/lano...304,0,6946776.story#ixzz2vyFvAUW8
"...Arista said her husband called her around 5:30 p.m. saying he was lost and was heading down the mountain, but didn’t think he could make it. She told the Press-Enterprise that her husband’s speech was slow, and he had difficulty answering questions.  He also told her he had fallen.Riverside County Sheriff's Lt. Zach Hall said in a statement that a search for Marin was initiated at 5:45 p.m., but that the extreme weather, rough terrain and other unsafe conditions prevented rescue teams from making their way up the trail that Marin had taken. The weather also prohibited the use of a helicopter and motorized vehicles.Hall also said they could not pinpoint’s Marin’s exact location using cellular network towers. The department decided to wait until Sunday morning to resume searching .Unwilling to wait, Christyna Arista, 33, an experienced hiker, told the Press-Enterprise she set out to look for her husband with the help of other family members.Marin was later discovered at 10 a.m. Sunday on North Main Divide Road in an Orange County portion of the Cleveland National Forest.Arista said her husband's body was found in a seated position on his mountain bike, leaning against the side of a hill. His arms were on the handlebars, feet on the pedals. His body was purple....."

link:Montrose Search & Rescue Team Monthly(Feb 2014) Recap
http://www.crescentavalleyweekly....arch-rescue-team-monthly-recap-2/
Crescenta Vally Weekly has been publishing this monthly for some time....if its given to them.

Smoking pot before hitting trail didn’t help lost hikers 2/14/14
http://civicbee.com/2014/02/14/sm...ing-trail-didnt-help-lost-hikers/
"...Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Andy Cronin updated Littlerock residents on the two hikers who went missing off the Vincent Gap Trail in the Angeles National Forest last weekend....According to Deputy Cronin, the missing hikers were separated from their two friends who knew the trail and ended up losing their flashlights when it got dark.“They ended up straying off the trail, and they kind of went in circles,” Cronin said. “They finally did a smart thing. They stopped for the night and built themselves a little fire to keep themselves warm.”....When Deputy Cronin interviewed the hikers, he noticed a telltale smell emitting their vehicle.
“I said, did you guys smoke out before you left for hiking?” Cronin imitated a dazed-and-confused response from one of the hikers: “Uh … no.”Noting that the mild temperature of the mountains that morning helped the stranded hikers, Deputy Cronin said, “These guys got really, really lucky. Their situation was very survivable because it wasn’t freezing cold.”And yes, the moral of the story is a matter of common sense:“Don’t smoke weed before you go hiking,” Cronin said. “Don’t lose your flashlight, and, if you all are going to go hiking, make sure you take a trail that you can handle.”

Azusa ‘A’, Garcia Trail still off limits
http://www.sgvtribune.com/general...a-a-garcia-trail-still-off-limits
"....But the Azusa “A” has been missing from the foothills since Jan. 16, one of the Colby Fire’s casualties.....Plans for a permanent A have been in the works for more than a year, he added, and the mayor pro tem has been in talks with Rosedale Land Partners, the deed holder for the land the A is on."RLP and the city of Azusa are actively discussing options related to the transfer of the Garcia Trail hillside property, but we have no news to announce on the disposition of the property at this time,” said Bill Holman of Rosedale Land Partners.RLP attempted to transfer the deed twice, in August 2011 and October 2012, but the city has not yet accepted the deed for the property, which includes portions of the Garcia Trail.The city has not accepted the deed, Macias said, and while he would be in favor of the city taking control of the land, there are other options to consider.“I know there are concerns as far as liability and maintenance,” he said. “But we can look at either the city or a nonprofit taking it over, or having a group of volunteers working with a nonprofit to take it over....”

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hiking around SoCal... http://www.1w-nature.com/2/post/2...g-cucamonga-wilderness-day-1.html

Bavaria’s “Everywhere”: Up Close and Behind the Scenes 2/16/14
http://www.ghostdeep.com/2014/02/...ias-everywhere-behind-the-scenes/

"...Director Mark Dadlani took the mood and themes of "Everywhere" and envisioned a spiritual transformation from Nature to Civilization. We follow a lost soul into a foggy valley[Buckhorn?] while an animal spirit watches him and guides him deeper into her domain. He tries to climb a great height to meet her, but tumbles to his death..."
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoZRpYGfgPs

old photo: http://soldierporn.tumblr.com/pos...7137640/standing-outside-the-fire

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U.S. and Canadian service members engage targets at a simulated enemy camp during Fleet Combat Camera Pacific’s Winter [Feb 2013]Quick Shot 2013 combined field-training exercise in the Angeles National Forest near Azusa, California.Quick Shot is a semi-annual exercise that improves combat camera service members’ ability to operate in a tactical environment.


San Gabriel Mountains Bighorn Sheep Survey 2014
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mec...y/sets/72157641779408533/?view=lg
One Bighorn found...

Deer photos...
http://breathelighter.wordpress.c...-san-gabriel-mountain-adventures/
"...I am surprised I saw this little guy, so nearly camouflaged in the brush. But then, before I moved on, brothers and sisters crossed the street right in front of me, and joined their sibling for some late afternoon munching...."

Plant: http://claytonia.org/tag/san-gabriel-mountains/
One of the plants found in rocky terrain

Wistaria Festival: How did Sierra Madre's record-setting wisteria get so big?
http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/03/...re-s-record-setting-wisteria-get/
"This Sunday the town of Sierra Madre holds its 97th annual Wistaria Festival, during which the public is invited to check out the massive woody vine that’s grown so big it’s in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest blooming plant.....North says the San Gabriel foothills are great for wisteria. The area is not too windy. It’s warm with very few hard frosts. And since the plant is non-native, there aren’t as many natural pests and diseases to harm it.Wisteria is a legume, and North says that means it has a very unique relationship with naturally occurring bacteria in soil called rhizobia.These rhizobia enter the plant's roots and interact with them to create an enzyme that pulls nitrogen from the air into the soil."So it never suffers for lack of nutrients," North explained. "Basically it can grow in very poor soil and manufacture its own fertilizer."Frank McDonough, the Botanical Information Consultant with the Los Angeles Arboretum, thinks the Sierra Madre wisteria might also be tapping into an underground water source."For a plant to get that big, especially a vine, it's going to need a lot of water," he said.Luckily for the wisteria, McDonough says the area around Sierra Madre is unique in that it has pockets of water not too far underground. Some are fairly isolated, and he thinks the plant may be tapping into one of those pools...."

Little fish causes big headache
http://www.signalscv.com/section/36/article/115884/
"A critter the size of a goldfish has wiggled its way into a controversy that has turned off some canyon residents’ tap water, halted bulldozers and periodically flooded a road in the Santa Clarita Valley.....By now, the creek bed is nearly level with Bouquet Canyon Road in places, and when water flows down the creek in any significant volume, it floods the road.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has reduced flow from the dam at the top of the canyon to a trickle, concerned about accidents on the flooded road.And that has left many residents downstream with inadequate water for their homes — and in some cases with no water at all.Concerned for the well-being of Bouquet Canyon residents, Los Angeles County supervisors on Feb. 25 approved a declaration of local emergency aimed at allowing agencies to bypass costly permits needed to clean up the creek bed.The move promised to enable the “county to work with state and federal agencies to help resolve the crisis in Bouquet Canyon and restore the flood-carrying capacity of Bouquet Canyon Creek,” Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who represents the Santa Clarita Valley and introduced the motion, wrote in a statement shortly after the emergency declaration.U.S. Forest Service officials contacted via phone calls and email during several days last week did not respond to questions from The Signal about the possibility of cleaning out the creek bed so water can be restored to Bouquet Canyon residents.“The Forest Service has been very active in advocating for a resolution,” said Linda Purpose, spokeswoman for the United Water Conservation District. The district represents Ventura County farming interests that receive water from the Santa Clara River, including its tributary Bouquet Creek.
“They have not been willing to continue to deal with the situation on an emergency basis because they were working to motivate (Public Works) to develop a feasible plan to effectively solve the problem, rather than a series of temporary solutions,” Purpose wrote in an email to The Signal. Unruh is not so sure about a resolution.“It looks like it’s going sideways,” he said last week. “Give me a double-bladed truck and one guy on the road with a cell phone to tell when cars are coming, and I’ll clear the creek bed and fix the problem in a day.”

Damaging exotic mussels in area lake are impossible to eradicate
http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/02/...ssels-in-area-lake-are-impossibl/
"....The mussels are now known to exist in 26 lakes in Southern California. Lake Piru is the first lake not fed by the Colorado River to get the species.  ...A pair of adult quagga mussels can produce up to a million offspring. Scientists say that their high productivity and small size make them practically impossible to eradicate.Solomon said there is no chance that the mussels would grow to a point that they would choke off water supplies to residents and farmers that rely on them. He said that the water district would clean off accumulated growth regularly.That kind of program can be costly and time consuming. An official for the Metropolitan Water District said it spends three-to-five million dollars a year controlling quaggas.“We clean it once, twice a year. We go down with divers. We visually inspect it. If it appears to be getting clogged, then we’ll send divers down, and they will literally jetwash it and clean it manually,” said Jim Green, water systems operations manager for MWD...."
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we should start planting Wisteria in the San Gabes to kinda balance out all the terrible shit that grows there now.

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