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Exploring Coniferous Forests of the Backcountry

If you only explore the local trails in the frontside of the San Gabriel Mountains, you may never know that there's literally forests on the backside of these mountain ranges. The south-facing slopes on the front are often dry and shrubby, with oak groves and streamside woodlands, but if you venture to the north-facing slopes at high elevations you'll find yourself surrounded by mixed evergreen forest. This coniferous wonderland, the Angeles National Forest, was established in 1907 and became the very first National Forest in California (second in the US)! Come discover the giant evergreens, native shrubs, and unique wildflowers. Learn about some of their edible and medicinal properties. Marvel at the sceneries overlooking the entire mountain range. If you're lucky, you might even spot a bighorn sheep! 

Things to Expect:
- Easy to Moderate walking
May be at higher elevations
- Frequent stops to talk about local flora and fauna
- Creek and stream crossings possible
- Rest for 15-30 min to enjoy provided meal and drinks

We Provide:
- Hike guided by staff Naturalist
- Light meal and beverage featuring local plant ingredients
- Light to moderate exercise while being out in nature
- Educational enrichment to grow your appreciation for local environment

Please Bring:
- Water
- Extra cup for provided beverage
- Extra layers of clothing
- Hiking or running shoes (may get wet from water crossing)
- Waterproof jacket (if chance of rain)
- Sun protection & Insect repellent
- Small backpack to carry items
- A notebook with pen and/or cell phone to record notes and take photos of what you learn 
- Trash bag for picking up litter
- Hiking pole (optional)