Jun 29, 2015
June 28, 2015 - This was another wonderful hike led by Dave, this one blessed with beautiful clouds and nice folks Debbie, Eric, Judy, Missy, Brian, and Julia.
GENERAL INFO about the Arnold Rim Trail Association guided sunset hikes to Cougar Rock:
• Have a look at the map below. Click on the little icon that looks like a stack of paper. You may toggle back and forth between USGS, MapBox, and OpenLandscapeMap map layers. You may also expand the map to full screen by clicking the opposing arrows icon.
• The sunset hikes to Cougar Rock (along a part of the Arnold Rim Trail) almost always led by Captain Dave, follow a loop of about 4 miles total, with about 8,00' of elevation gain. The hikes are typically scheduled on weekends, near the full moon, in the months of May through October. To learn specifically when the hikes are, please visit arnoldrimtrail.org and sign up to receive our emails. We do not share our email addresses and you may unsubscribe anytime.
• Hikes depart from Valley View Drive and 5N78Y, a parking area that is not marked yet (as of July 2015). This parking area is exactly 1.4 miles from the intersection of Valley View Drive and Lakemont Drive in Arnold. Once you turn onto Valley View Drive from Lakemont Drive, stay on Valley View Drive for 1.4 miles. Be careful to stay on VVD, since it curves frequently during the first mile, the paved section. When Valley View Drive turns to dirt, travel 0.4 miles and the parking area will be on your right. Again, it is not yet marked.
• You may download the .kml file of the hike, which will open into Google Earth. Also, download the .gpx file and load into your phone mapping app or other mapping device to follow this trail. As of July 2015, the side trail from the parking area to the Arnold Rim Trail is not yet signed. The Arnold Rim Trail Association is planning to install this signage, but until then use your mapping device, i.e. smart phone mapping app or Garmin, to follow the trail after you download the .gpx file.