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Backpacker Magazine – October 2007

Top 3 Easy Canyoneering Hikes

If you've always dreamed of descending into the center of the earth, try one of these creekbed hikes.

by: Tyler Williams

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Big Tujunga Narrows, CA, Christopher Brennen
Big Tujunga Narrows, CA, Christopher Brennen
Buckskin Gultch, UT, Valerie Long
Buckskin Gultch, UT, Valerie Long
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Heading deep into a narrow canyon gets you inside nature in a whole new way. You'll plunge into secluded chasms that twist in a maze of twinkling grottos and hanging gardens, sometimes with only a sliver of sky above.

Big Tujunga Narrows, CA
Discover L.A.'s hidden canyons
Anyone who thinks Los Angeles is nothing but smog-choked sprawl should check out the gorges of the San Gabriel Mountains and hike the Big Tujunga Narrows to idyllic coves and scoured-bedrock canyons. From the parking area half a mile south of the Big Tujunga Narrows Bridge, cross the highway and descend a steep trail to the canyon bottom. About an hour downstream, you'll reach a 20-foot waterfall plunging into a pool. Check the depth, then jump or slide in. If it's too shallow, take the moderate shelf route leading around the cleft to the right. This bypass scramble will eventually lead back upstream into the gorge, where you'll swim between polished vertical walls. The last section allows for drying time as you exit at the concrete bridge and hike 2 miles along the Fall Creek fire road to your car.

Wind Down
Grab a deep-dish pie with extra cheese and mushrooms at Leo's in Tujunga. Locals say it's a slice of heaven. (818) 352-2222

The Way
From La Cañada, take CA 2 N to the Angeles Forest Hwy. The trailhead is half a mile before the highway crosses the bridge.

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Dec 19, 2013

When snow cover causes you to lose sight of your trail and landmarks, stay found by using a compass and reading Felix the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart. (Amazon). This book makes learning how to use a compass easy. Before you hit the trail, be sure to calibrate your compass to the declination of where you will be hiking or skiing. Go to: A compass doesn't need satellites, a signal, or batteries and works in all types of weather, day or night, but you need to know how to use it. Learn how to orient yourself using a compass, a compass and a map, a map and no compass, no compass and no map. Look for it on Amazon, "Felix the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart". The ability to know your way and know where you are is something we all need in any survival situation not just while hiking and camping. Learn to stay found day or night by using a compass and paying attention to your surroundings. Learn what to do if you get lost, how to get rescued, and survival packing (for the car and for the trail) just in case you end up unexpectedly spending the night outdoors.

May 28, 2012

will try this hike, thanks, also can you tell me if it's a tuff hike cause i wanna take my girlfriend thanks

Mar 10, 2011

can you give us an alternate driving route? the CA 2 has been closed for the last year or two at least. i've tried to get to this hike and i can't, not with the directions you give. the other 2 routes i found would make a 30 minute drive into a 2 or 3 hour one.


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