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Los Angeles & Orange County - Painted Ladder Canyon

This hike is hosted by Ghouls Who Hike Ambassadors Mia Svenson &Brandi M Rubin!

Trick or Treat yo self to a fangtastic Halloween hike with all your favorite ghoulfriends! This is a Halloween themed hike - please come in costume, and feel free to bring treats to share! 

Mecca Hills Ladder & Painted Canyon
Trail Rating: This is a yellow hike on the GWH trail rating scale. It is moderate but may be challenging for some due to unmarked trails, elevation gain of over 1,000 feet, and distance of over 5 miles. 
Date: October 14th, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM
Distance: 7.0 Miles
Total EG: 1,942 feet
Trailhead Coordinates: 33.61904, -115.99804
Dogs: This trail involves climbing ladders through tight corridors, please only bring your dog if your dog has climbed ladders before.
Permits / Passes: Eventbrite required
AllTrails Track: (It's a loop) 
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/mecca-hills-ladder-and-painted-canyon--3
Kids: No 
Men: Yes

***As with all GWH events, you must sign the GWH waiver before attending – it takes less than a minute to sign, and once you’ve signed it once you’re good to go for all future meetups***
LINK TO WAIVER: http://bit.ly/GWHLiabilityWaiver

PLEASE BE AWARE:

- Due to the difficulty of this hike, 2L of water, nutrient dense snacks, and appropriate footwear are required

- This hike involves climbing ladders and going through tight slot canyons. If you are afraid of heights or claustrophobic, this hike may not be suitable for you. 

- This hike is open to hikers of all skill levels. We’ll be hiking as a group, and nobody will be left behind or forgotten.

- Since we won't be leaving anyone behind, we will be taking breaks when they are needed, for as long as they are needed. Unfortunately there is no way to predetermine this. If you plan to leave the group or are uncomfortable waiting for or hiking at the pace of other hikers please do not attend. We will take one longer extended break to eat some treats and hang out. 

- The drive to this trail involves 1-2 miles of unpaved road. Sedans and cars with low clearance will be able to make it, but should take caution and drive slowly. Last year a honda accord and prius made it with no issue! 

Any updates will be posted on the event thread via the pinned post, and I'll update the event description if anything changes, can't wait to meet you!

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OPTIONAL: Car Camping! I'll be car camping the night before in the canyon. It's a wilderness area, so no permits or fees required. You are welcome to join me! I'll create a post in the event thread later so we can plan. This won't be part of the official meet up, but will be super fun.

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