Henninger Flats An XMBC Moonlight Hike 15 April 1995


WHAT: Moderate hike. 5 miles round trip, 1500 elevation gain, on trails and fire road.

DESCRIPTION: We’ll hike down into and across Eaton Canyon, and up the cypress-rimmed fire road (part of the historic Mt Wilson toll road ) zigzagging up steep chaparral covered slopes 2 1/2 miles to Henninger Flats where there are picnic and camp grounds. From the flats is offered a scenic view of east San Gabriel valley.

In late March 1995 there was a major landslide near the beginning of the fire road, just across Eaton Canyon, so we will probably have to proceed as follows: cross the bridge across the creek, then hike down the east side of the creek for about half a mile, until you see a barbed wired-topped fence next to the trail. At that point, head up a small wash following a well-traveled trail which winds up the wash to meet the fire road. (4/95 there is a small sign saying "to Henninger Flats" where the wash meets the trail. That trail has some ruts several feet deep, so watch your step and use your flashlight if necessary on the way down. Continue two miles up the fire road to Henninger Flats.

Henninger Flats is under the administration of LA County. Its principal purpose is as a tree nursery. Almost 120,000 new trees are grown here every year for the replanting of fire-blackened slopes all over Southern California. There is a small museum which may be open, as well as a short nature trail.

WHEN: Saturday April 15th, departing 4:00 PM sharp from the trailhead. Allow one hour's driving from the South Bay; more in case of heavy traffic.

WHERE: The trailhead is 2260 Pinecrest at Altadena Dr. Take Frwy 210 and exit north at Sierra Madre. You are now on Altadena Dr. Drive about two miles north, passing Washington and New York streets. Turn right on Crescent Drive, then right on Pinecrest. Ref: old Thomas Guide book page 20 F4. There is a high fence & gate at the trail head. Park along the street.

Alternate road head, with better parking and no locked gate: just north of New York, turn right into Eaton Canyon County Park. Cross the creek and go approx. 1/2 mile north until you see a small sign marking the start of the trail up the wash to the Henninger Flats fire road.

BRING: Water (1 quart min; there is water at the top), snack, camera, ten essentials, including good flashlights. The weather could either be chilly or hot, as well as breezy, so bring extra clothing and a wind breaker (as usual ). Good walking shoes or light boots are fine.

MAP: topo - "Mt Wilson" (7.5’).

Additional Info: There is a ranger station at the flats, phone 818-794-0675. The hike will be cancelled in case of bad weather. If unsure or if you have any questions, call the leader. You should be aware that, as in all Southern California wild areas, there could be rattlesnakes about; however, it’s unlikely we will see any. Also, watch for poison oak (three shiny leaflets, green or reddish-tinged).

Post hike: There are plenty of good places to dine. Avanti on Lake at Union (south of the 210 and north of Colorado) is especially good for gourmet wood-fired pizza.

Call if you can provide a ride or if you need one. in any case, we would appreciate knowing who’s planning to come.

Hike Leader: Bruce Hamilton (w) 310-333-3538, (h) 310-327-4862
e-mail: (w) bhamilton.lax1b@xerox.com, (h) bhami@netcom.com