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Old Ridge Route – The Grapevine

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Old Ridge Route – The Grapevine

This is an 8 mile hike, elevation gain of 500’, out and back. We will explore ruins and other areas along the road. Comfy shoes are strongly recommended, no hiking boots unless you prefer them. We’ll be walking on concrete and asphalt the entire way. No dogs on this hike, it will be too hard on their feet.

This group hikes as fast as the slowest hiker.

Please follow the Meetup and CDC guidelines to keep our hikers safe:
• Carry a mask and wear it when near each other or other hikers.
• Practice social distancing at 6 ft. apart.

The Old Ridge Route opened in 1915 and was the only highway that connected Northern and Southern California. It was once dotted with hotels, gas stations, diners, and nightclubs. Hollywood stars and L.A. gangsters often visited the area. In 1970, the route was replaced by the Interstate 5.

More history and why it was dubbed “The Grapevine:”

We will meet at the ruins of the Sandberg Summit Hotel at 3:00pm and start at 3:15, our destination is the Tumble Inn ruins. Here we will take a break and have snacks or a late lunch.

The climate is dry and we’ll be at a higher elevation (about 4,000’), it can get chilly and it can get hot. I will keep you posted on the weather.

Meet time: 3:00 at the Sandberg Summit Hotel ruins. We will start at 3:15
Sunset: 7:51pm
Distance: 8 miles
Hiking Time: 5 hours, maybe less.
Trail type: concrete and asphalt with some areas in poor shape
Elevation Gain: 500’
Difficulty: Fit Beginner/Intermediate
Dogs: No
Restrooms/Water fountain: No
Parking: Free on the road
Known Dangers: Slip and fall, rattlesnakes, mountain bikes, sunburn

Good walking shoes, no hiking boots
Plenty of water, 2-3L or more, lunch and snacks, electrolytes, hat, sunscreen.
Dress in layers, windbreaker

See maps in the photo gallery
Sandberg Summit Hotel coordinates: 34.740870, -118.709839
Oak Ridge Rd & Pine Canyon Road coordinates: 34.744618, -118.712759
Google maps:,-118.7098025//@34.7428349,-118.7136756,658m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e0

From Los Angeles:
Head north on the I-5 and exit Highway 138 (Lancaster Road)
Go East
Turn Right at the Ridge Route Road and follow it South.
Near the intersection of Pine Canyon Road and the Ridge Route, you will see a large dark Ridge Route sign on the right.
Continue south on the Ridge Route Road and go slow. You can easily miss the meeting spot if you go too fast.
Look for a wide sandy part of the road on the right. You will see a lone tree and some river rock boulder ruins of the Sandberg Summit Hotel.

• California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
• Ventura County:
• L.A. County:

Your participation means you agree with the mandated COVID-19 safety measures and you will follow these rules:
• Each participant will observe social distancing of 6 ft.
• Carry a mask and wear it when near each other or other hikers.
• Cover your mouth with your elbow if you need to sneeze or cough.
• DO NOT attend this hike if you are showing signs of COVID-19, or if you choose not to observe the mask rule.

• You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions.
• Your RSVP means you are releasing the PM Hiker organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries.
• The PM Hiker organizers are not trained leaders and do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips.
• This event can be dangerous and accidents can happen.
• You are responsible for your own safety and well-being. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. You take full responsibility for their own actions.
• These rules apply to any guests.

May 15 2021


Date: May 15
Time: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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