Let’s start the New Year on this same trail and make it HikingOC annual peak. This is as the first “peak” in the Winter mountains training series with lower peaks nearby and OC area. This is a tough hike recommended only for those who have experience with hiking long distances and climbing steep slopes (to summit).
DIFFICULTY/GENERAL RATING: Level 3. You can check the RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) for more info about the hiking levels
Stats: Total distance is 10+ miles, completed in about 5-6 hours. Elevation gain is about 2300ft (4 miles up and 6 miles down)
Necessities: Adequate water (2 to 3 liters), hiking poles if you often hike with them, hat, sunscreen, snack or light lunch, layered clothing to adjust to climate change.
Directions: NEW PARKING INSTRUCTIONS!
>>>Parking is available all along the south (eastbound) side of Foothill Parkway, from Border Avenue to Elysia Street.
>>>We walk to the bridge just east of Trudy and meet under the sign that reads ‘Skyline Hiking Trail’.
>>>Do not leave valuables in your parked car. Be VERY careful getting in and out of your car – the traffic is moving very fast through there!
Weather: Extreme Heat or Heavy Rain on the day of the hike will cancel the hike. So please check weather conditions and be prepared for a last minute cancellation if the weather is not cooperating.
Description: It’s about 4 miles up on the Skinsuit trail (my first time exploratory and have read about how steep the trail, but not as tough as the Pipeline to Sierra Peak, so hope a challenging fun to begin a new year resolution). The hike starts with a mostly flat approach to the ridge line for almost a mile, then the next two miles are intense with a climb rate of about 1,000 feet per mile. A mile along the fire road gets us to the Doppler and lunch. The way down via Skyline Drive all the way from the Doppler station (Beek’s Place), it is roughly six miles.
More info: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/skyline-trail-and-skinsuit-trail-loop
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