The Devil's Gateway

DATE: Feb 25, 2017 Saturday
END DATE: Feb 26, 2017 Sunday

Trip/Event Location: Los Angeles CA

Trip Leader(s)

Phoenix, AZ United States

Meeting Time: 8:30 AM

Max # People: 6

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: Yes, but only to cover shared expenses, and I too am paying

Difficulty Level:

Moderate to Strenuous

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Region: California/Hawaii

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On this one-night backpack, we’ll explore geological oddities hidden in the quiet, rarely-visited east end of the Sespe Wilderness - including a deep gorge called "The Devil’s Gateway" - and enjoy a creekside camp under sprawling live oaks.

This will be a moderately strenuous backpack, covering nearly 15 miles in two days at a purposeful pace over difficult trail and rugged terrain, so this trip is suitable only for experienced backpackers in very good condition. We’ll cheerfully face the possibility of occasional bushwhacking, ticks, and poison oak. Because of the strenuous nature of this trip, the leader reserves the right to qualify participants. This is a consciously low-impact outing, so carpool participation is encouraged and participants are urged to contribute to their vehicle’s shared mileage and parking costs. (Concessionare parking at the trailhead costs $13 per day).

This trip is strictly dependent upon a favorable weather forecast. A National Weather Service forecast of rain within 72 hours of our start will cancel or re-route this trip at the sole discretion of the leader, as will fewer than three confirmed signups as of 8:00pm, Thursday, February 23. This trip will be by individual commissary, and we’re not planning any shared meals, so please plan to provide your own supply of food. 

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

We’ll meet up at the AM/PM convenience store at 3907 East Telegraph Road in Piru, at the corner of Highway 126 and Torrey Road / Main Street, at 8:30am (SHARP!) on the morning of Saturday, February 25. L.A.-based hikers should plan on leaving L.A. no later than 7:30am.

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Phoenix, AZ

United States

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Discuss This Trip/Event
HuTcHoO Posted Feb 27, 2017 at 12:52 PM

Thank you CJ!!!!

HikerMark Posted Feb 27, 2017 at 12:42 PM

Great trip, great group...thank you, C.J.!

CJDGO Posted Feb 24, 2017 at 10:53 AM

As of Friday, the weather forecast calls for a definite chance of light rain on Saturday night into Sunday morning, plus some near-freezing morning temps. Be sure to pack warm clothes and good rain gear - a waterproof shell, rain pants, gloves, and either a pack cover or a waterproof bag for your gear (a trash compactor bag works well as a pack liner). DO NOT WEAR COTTON!

CJDGO Posted Feb 22, 2017 at 10:01 PM

As of Wednesday evening, the weather forecast is looking...interesting. Saturday is looking cool and sunny, but Sunday might see a chance of light rain, so please pack good rain gear.

CJDGO Posted Feb 19, 2017 at 2:46 PM

1) There's a long waiting list, so if your plans have changed, please remove yourself from the signup list to make room for someone else. 2) The area has gotten over 5 inches of rain in the past week, so be prepared for lots and lots of MUD! Maybe some ticks, too.

HikerMark Posted Jan 22, 2017 at 10:12 PM

I'm in!

HuTcHoO Posted Jan 22, 2017 at 9:22 PM

Thank you CJ for organizing the trip. My last backpack was with you last year and I'm itching for more. Thank you!!!!

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