Rising Out of the Ashes

Dagger Flat began as a small Native American Tataviam footpath. Long after the Tataviam left the area, the Civilian Conservation Corps came in and made a trail where the old Tataviam footpath had been, and called it Dagger Flat.

The year was 1930. The trail went unused because the northern part of what is now the Angeles National Forest was virtually unpopulated. The trail eventually fell into disrepair and was no longer viable. Eighty-two years later, in 2012, the Community Hiking Club discovered the Dagger Flat Trail on an old forest map. We decided to try to find the trail to hike it. Using the old map, we were able to determine where the old trail was, by crawling underneath the chaparral.

The Forest Service gave us permission to re-create the trail. This was to be our special gift to the community of Santa Clarita. This was the first viable trail on our side of the San Gabriel Mountains. It meant we didn’t have to drive for an hour or more to get to a trail in the beautiful Angeles National Forest. It meant we had a trail HERE, an historical trail we could call our own. We worked nearly every day for three years and three months, and were within three months of completing the trail.

Chaparral was removed, the trail was secured with railroad ties to make it sustainable, landslides and falling rock were under control, picnic areas were ready for visitors, there was a parking area at the trail head, and we only had about a half mile to finish.

The Sand Fire ended all of that. It destroyed the trail, burned up the railroad ties we used to arrest landslides and erosion, and a total of $25,000 worth of uninsured tools and supplies. That fire took away our hopes and dreams of a trail in the national forest in Santa Clarita.

We now have permission to start rebuilding the trail in the Spring of 2017, but we cannot accomplish this without replacing all the tools and supplies that were burned in the fire. You can help us realize our dream of finally completing this trail for the people of Santa Clarita and the County of Los Angeles.  Your donations go directly to Community Hiking Club ( a 501c3 ) and are tax-deductible.
Some of the burned tools

Stairs burned up; the trail now subject to landslides.  

Before the fire, a spectacular set of stairs..All these railroad ties were hauled in and set by a great crew of people who worked SO HARD to make this the best trail.

A picnic table and umbrella were here with this great view of the Pacoima wash.

Before the fire - what a panoramic vista!

  • Pauline Harte 
    • $100 
    • 61 mos
  • Pat Horanberg 
    • $1,000 
    • 61 mos
  • Linda Tarnoff 
    • $25 
    • 64 mos
  • Carol Baker 
    • $100 
    • 64 mos
  • Lisa Smith 
    • $120 
    • 64 mos
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Lise Meyers 
Santa Clarita, CA
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.