Guides and Trips

Trips
Chorro Grande
by mattmaxon on Apr 20, 2014
Backpacking | 5.2 miles
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Castaic and Redrock Cyns
by mattmaxon on May 24, 2014
Castaic, California, United States
Hiking | 8.4 miles
Seldom visited area I have looked at the Redrock Mtn from afar The main attraction in the area is the Sierra Club Lower Peaks Section Redrock Mtn which I visited a few weeks back. I had seen the white cliffs in Castaic Cyn and resolved to get a closer look.After virtually scouting the route  with Google Earth and Bing Maps I headed out thinking I could ride mtn bikes up the canyon quite...
Museum Trail to Picnic Tables
by mattmaxon on May 26, 2013
Palm Springs, California, United States
Hiking | 0.9 miles
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Baron Fitzsimmons Canyon
by mattmaxon on Dec 14, 2013
Sunland, California, United States
Canyoneering | 3.4 miles
TR: Baron Fitzsimmons Canyon ACA Rating: 3AII Our hiking time: 3½ hours Our Hiking distance: 2.1 miles(TOPO!) Elevation loss: 585 feet(TOPO!) Elevation gain: 585 feet (TOPO!) Required equipment: Standard canyoneering gear 1, 220ft rope, 1, 90ft rope, 50ft webbing 5 quicklinks Rappels: 5 to 80 ft Hazards: Steep loose exposed terrain USGS TOPO map(s) Sunland California General description: This canyon has always piqued my interest every time I drove home on Big-T road toward Sunland. After years of seeing this it was time to...
Camp Five Cyn +Fall Crk
by mattmaxon on Dec 01, 2013
Hidden Springs, California, United States
Canyoneering | 2.9 miles
This is a combined trip I wanted to do when I first did Camp Five Cyn back in 11/2008 and combined with an XC exit route back to the start on Angeles Forest Highway.Camp Five has not seen any traffic since the Station Fire as no new anchors had been placed. The upper segment before the first drop was not too brushy. The big drop now has a nice long hunk of 11mm static...
Big T Reservoir
by mattmaxon on Nov 24, 2013
Tujunga, California, United States
Hiking | 3.7 miles
Coludburst Cyn
by mattmaxon on Oct 06, 2013
Mt Wilson, California, United States
Canyoneering | 7.1 miles
We'd looked at this over the years and always seemed to have something else to do. We started up the Bill Riley Trail andjoined the paved Mt Disappointment Rd. We turned left and started up. My fellow canyoneers said we're going the wrong way! Nah! it just a head. We'll wait here for you.I figured it was just around the next bend... Not really. When I git to the drop-in for Supercloud...
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PCT Section L FAIL
by mattmaxon on Aug 24, 2013
Tuolumne Meadows, California, United States
Backpacking | 69 miles
This was to be a hike of the complete PCT California Section L.Hike setupI made it to the Terminus at Sonora Pass at the appointed Friday night 8/23 about 10:30pm.The 7am hour came and went . No Bernd.. I sent an Inreach message, eventually I received a reply. Bernd's truck broke down outside Bridgeport.Bernd said he wanted to hike with me out from Tuolumne and would return there on Sunday.We where rushed...
Wildsun Ridge
by mattmaxon on Jul 28, 2013
Burbank, California, United States
XC Hiking | 8.3 miles
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Top of the Hollywood Sign
by mattmaxon on Jul 27, 2013
Whitley Heights, California, United States
Hiking | 8.8 miles
Temescal Cyn
by mattmaxon on Jul 21, 2013
Pacific Palisades, California, United States
XC Hiking | 3.9 miles
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PCT Mono Crk to Reds Meadow
by mattmaxon on Jul 04, 2013
Vermillion Valley Resort, California, United States
Backpacking | 34 miles
This trip closed the last gap in my PCT "Segment" hike for Section H. Leaving Sections I, L, & M (209.4 miles) to complete Central CaliforniaMy friends and I did a "Key exchange"  for this trip as the drive back to the start is about 7hrs according to Google Maps.This segment is logistically difficult for the Section hiker since it crosses from the Western Sierra to the Eastern Sierra. Making the choice...
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Beeli Goat Trail
by mattmaxon on Jun 29, 2013
Sylmar, California, United States
XC Hiking | 4.2 miles
I first did this hike on 1/14/2010 not much has changed except the route seems more traveled.With very high temps forecast we got going as early as possible. As soon as the sun made it's appearance the temps started to climb.There was a security guard at the shack behind the chain-link fence gate but I don't think he saw us. After we got up higher the guard moved to the locked gate.We...
Mt Wilson from Chantry Flat
by mattmaxon on Jun 08, 2013
Arcadia, California, United States
Hiking | 12.9 miles
An oldie but a goodieHave done this trip 350 to 400+ times since the early 1990's about 3½ hrs round trip is my best time but I don't have any GPS data to support that assertionBernd had never done Mt Wilson from Chantry. That's what happens when you sit at home drinking beer, watching fishing and golf on TV! ;)Once upon a time when I'd arrive at Chantry Flat early, I'd be...
NHPS trip to San Gorgonio Mtn
by mattmaxon on May 31, 2013
Heart Bar Campground, California, United States
Backpacking | 21 miles
I was denied permits for this trip on Memorial day weekend. Stress at work made me want to get out. So here I am.Friday 5/31Got less than my envisioned "Alpine Start" @ 8:21am. It was going to be warm today but it will be cooler up here.One group of day hikers left about 10min before. Stopped at Aspen Grove Jct to do my requisite stretching (2nd group of day hikers passed) and...
Mt Baden-Powell X2
by mattmaxon on May 18, 2013
Mile High, California, United States
Hiking | 16.0 miles
Nuther training hike on Mt Baden-Powell.Met Scott, Aysel, & May near the summit and gabbed for a bitSpreadsheet with the waypointshttp://goo.gl/Dy7U2
Palm Springs to Long Valley
by mattmaxon on May 26, 2013
Palm Springs, California, United States
Hiking | 12.9 miles
Baden Powell X 1¾
by mattmaxon on May 11, 2013
Mile High, California, United States
Hiking | 14.7 miles
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Mt Baden Powell Big Wheel Survey
by mattmaxon on Oct 14, 2012
Mile High, California, United States
Trail Survey | 15.8 miles
I hiked Mt Baden Powell as a training hike several times and found the miles markers to be way off.I took my Big Wheel up to the summit and measured the trail down from the top.While the raw data is presented here. The data is here http://goo.gl/Dy7U2 in spreadsheet form.
Wardens / Upper Hostetter Ridges Loop
by mattmaxon on Apr 28, 2013
Los Angeles, California, United States
Hiking | 3.5 miles
I was looking to shorten one of my morning conditioning hikes and wanted to see just how long taking Upper Hostetter Ridge (UHR) would take.Usually I'd turn right at waypoint 001 going down La Tuna Foot Trail or left to Verdugo Motorway and down Hostetter MotorwayThis isn't it. I need to keep it in the 2 hour range.Perhaps some work on the brush and having a better way off UHR down to...

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