I met two very cool people today for a hike.
Shawnté runs a hiking blog called What Would Ed Do?, and a fantastic one at that. Rebecca is Shawnté’s friend and hiking partner. Shawnté has a talent for writing witty stories about their hiking exploits that have made me laugh out loud. So when she sent me an e-mail telling me that “Team WWED” would love to join me on my next hike, I was more than happy to oblige.
On a Saturday morning, we met in La Canada where the Angeles Crest Highway begins its route into the forest. Our goal for the day was to just hike about five miles, but we ended up having so much fun, our adventure took us on 9.5 miles of trails until late into the afternoon. We started our hike at Charlton Flats and headed north on the Silver Moccasin Trail. While the Los Angeles Basin was covered in clouds, the higher elevations of the Angeles National Forest had blue skies and sunshine – perfect conditions for a hike.
Thoughts about the hike:
- Of the handful of people we passed on the trial throughout the day, one of them was a good friend who was camping at the Chilao Campground. What a small world!
- Rebecca, who prefers anonymity online, was nicknamed “The Mystery Hiker” on this hike.
- Spotted a lot of wildlife on this hike: two mule deer, a White-Headed Woodpecker, a White-Breasted Nuthatch, Band-Tailed Pigeons, Roufus Hummingbirds, and about a dozen Western Bluebirds.
- My Canon 1100 IS bit the dust on this hike. I blogged about it’s death here.
- The Station Fire hit this area hard just seven days later. This would be my last hike in the Angeles National Forest for two months.
- No resources to post. As of March 2011, the Silver Moccasin Trail, the Chilao Visitor Center Interpretive Site, and the surrounding forest are closed due to the 2009 Station Fire.
- Date of hike: August 22nd, 2009
- Location: Angeles National Forest, California
- Length: 9.5 miles
- Duration: 7 hours
- Average speed: ±1.3 mph
- Vertical feet up: 2005 feet
- Vertical feet down: 1765 feet
This map was made with the data my GPS captured on the hike.
For a more detailed trip report map, check this out or click on the map.