Calabasas Day Hikers Ben’s Bristlecone 2018

6th Annual
Bristlecone Pines Campout
August 4 & 5, 2018
Saturday to Sunday
Hikes & Potluck


Saturday, August 4
Camping at Grandview Campground followed by the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest hike & group POTLUCK.

Sunday, August 5 / Click on BLUE LINKS BELOW to navigate to the Meetup sign-up page.
Many options for the second day hike like:
White Mountain (14,000 ft)
Lone Pine Lake from Whitney Portal
Convict Lake Hike (leisurely)


*****NEW CDH POLICY***** Any member with two NO SHOWS on CDH events since Jan. 1st  2017 will lose their membership with CDH. Members will not be allowed on this and future events until they have updated their CDH profile by answering the new questions as well as having a recognizable face photo of themselves. This update can not be done via an app on an iphone or other type hand held phones. It must be done on a computer.

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“You may need to respond to questions
at the bottom of this listing to participate”

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DAY 1 – Saturday, August 4 – 10:00am-ish

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Hike

  • By 10:00 am – Arrive at Grandview campground (Elevation about 8,600 feet).
  • Set up camp.  Quick light lunch or pack a snack.
  • Carpool/drive up to the Schulman Grove Visitor Center – Elevation about 10,000 feet.
  • Choose one of the 2 hikes to complete (or both). Group up according to hiking level or acquaintances and do the hike!
  • OPTION: Pick up a self guided informational brochure. Choose someone to read outloud to the group at each marker.

Do one or two hikes listed below:
1. The Methuselah Trail:

Trail is 5 miles, and gains approximately 800 feet of elevation.  There are numbered posts along the trail and a brochure is available at the start of the trail.  The world’s oldest living tree is along this trail and although it’s identity is kept a secret, you may feel certain at the end of the hike that you have seen the oldest tree known to exist.

2. The Discovery Trail:
is approximately 1 mile, 400 foot gain and features interpretive signs and rest benches along the trail.The Discovery Trail is approximately 1 mile and features interpretive signs and rest benches along the trail.

Please bring your dishes prepared and ready to be consumed. You can cook on the firepit BBQ – but no stove will be provided this year. POTLUCK SIGN UP – Click here.

DAY 2 – Sunday, August 5
Choose your hike:

RSVP on Meetup by clicking the name of the hike you prefer to go on Sunday, August 5:
– White Mountain / Leader:  Ed Hansen*
– Convict Lake / Leader: Dave R.
– Lone Pine Lake  / Leaders: Ben Batchelor, Antonio Chacon

  • Strenuous: White Mountain / Elevation: 14,000 feet / 11.1 miles round trip / 2657 feet elevation gain. * You should have recent hiking experience above 10,000’, have hiked moderate distances (14+ miles/day) with 2500+ feet of gain, and are aware of what AMS is and how to deal with it.
  • Intermediate: Lone Pine Lake / 5.5 miles Round Trip / Elevation Gain/Loss: 1750 feet
  • Beginner/Easy/Leisurely: Convict Lake / 2.5-3.0 miles round trip / Elevation gain: 213 feet
  • Intermediate: Big Pine Lakes / Mileage determined by hike leader – will not go be 13 miles as shown on All Trails posting. / Elevation gain can be up to: 4251 feet
    **  For strenuous & intermediate hikes you may need to be “pre-approved” by the hike leader.

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Option “A” HIKE / Ed Hansen will post details on White Mtn. Click here for those details > 

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Option “B” HIKE / LONE PINE LAKE via the Mt. Whitney Trail with Ben Batchelor

Drive to Lone Pine and head to Whitney Portal (Elevation 8360 feet).  Hike to Lone Pine Lake (Elevation about 10,000 feet) via the Mount Whitney Trail, about 5 miles round trip.  Strong Intermediate / Advanced Hiker. Led by Ben Batchelor.
Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft. Difficulty. Strenuous. Rating. 8/10
Post hike: Drive back to greater Los Angeles.

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Option “C” HIKE / CONVICT LAKE LOOP / Easy, Scenic / Leader: Dave R.
2.5-3.0 miles round trip / Elevation gain: 213 feet
The trail is a beautiful trail that follows the shoreline. The trail is relatively flat ranging 213 feet elevation gain.  Option “C” goers can opt to have lunch at the Convict Lake Store following the “easy-peasy” hike. Beginner hiker and above.

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Option “D” HIKE / “Partial” BIG PINE LAKES – Intermediate / Leader TBD
Big Pine Lakes Trail is a 13.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Big Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate.

DIRECTIONS  to GRANDVIEW campground:”/grandview+campground/@37.3332417,-118.2598624,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x80be440eeab6478d:0x62b503185c9230bf!2m2!1d-118.1898224!2d37.3332623

From 395 north. From Big Pine town go east (right turn) on Highway 168 approximately 12 miles. Turn left at the sign*** (see photo below) on White Mountain Road and drive 5 miles.  The campground will be on your left.Highway 168 is very narrow and steep.

*** IMPORTANT!!!!!      There are no signs indicating “White Mtn Road” or the campground.  You MUST turn LEFT as the sign (below) indicates towards Bristlecone/UofC Research area which will lead you to Grandview Campground.

After entering the campground – check out the “message board” to find out what campsite we will be at. Will post CDH signs in “BRIGHT PINK” on the board and at the campsite. Will also save parking spots.

As usual – we will divide the tent area into two sections. “White Mountain” hikers in one area and all others in the second area, due to fact that they need to go to bed early and need a quiet, deep sleep for the next day’s hike. All others can stay up late without disturbing them.


Post potluck campfire gathering.
PLEASE bring 1 bundle of wood per vehicle.
Don’t forget to bring your CAMPING CHAIRS and/or a WARM jacket or blanket… or snuggle up with your favorite CDH buddy!



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ED HANSEN, Cece R. and her husband Matt will arrive 1-2 days early to acquire campsite(s) arriving on either Wednesday or Thursday. If you want to come early and hang out, help prep the campground and/or check out other sites like Bodie Ghost Town or interesting spots in Bishop. Message Cece to let her know at:

The Fine Print/Please Read!

  1. Wear lug soled shoes, long sleeve shirt and long pants for brush and tick protection, and dress in layers for comfort.
  3. Bring at least 1 liter of water per 3 miles, snacks, lunch (if posted), hiking poles (if you use them), camera and the “Ten Essentials” here.
  4. Carry rain gear if the rain forecast is 20 percent chance or better.
  5. Know your own capabilities and plan accordingly.
  6. No guests or “plus ones” please.  For liability reasons we must have everyone join the group, and agree to the standard Meetup “Terms of Service”.
  7. Be on time — It is extremely rude to be late and expect 20 people to wait for you.  Even if you call, it is still inappropriate to think that they should wait for you.
  8. Don’t be a no show — How hard is it to remove your name? TAKE IT OFF IF YOU CANNOT MAKE IT! The earlier the better so someone else that wants to go, can.
  9. Be courteous to your fellow hikers. This is a group event and we expect everyone to be cordial and respectful.
  10. Most importantly:  Have Fun!

Any outdoors activity can be challenging, fun, or a painful experience, (often depending who you are with), even deadly and more painful depending on you, your abilities, circumstances and sometimes just bad luck. Accidents happen. Please do not sign up if you are not comfortable with what you are doing, or if you think you don’t have the needed skills for the event. You will be agreeing to take responsibility for yourself, your actions and not to hold organizer/group leader, participants, or anyone liable but yourself by signing up for this event.

If you are lodging somewhere else, like a hotel in town or with a friend who may live up in the area – please let us know so we can have an accurate head count for the campsite. We may limit the numbers on this event.

Thank you!