Trail Canyon Falls is a 30 foot waterfall located in the Angeles National Forest. It is not frequently trafficked and less than an hour from campus making it a nice getaway from the city. It is about 4.3 miles roundtrip with 743 feet of elevation gain. It has a few river crossings, mainly across logs, culminating to a 2 out of 5 in difficulty. Hopefully the waterfall will be active because of the recent rain. The canyon itself is beautiful and we will get a peak of Mount Mckinley on our way to the falls.
Peak: Trail Canyon Falls
Scenery: Nestled in a Big Tujunda Canyon with steep walls on all sides and distant peaks in the background, Trail Canyon Falls is an impressive sight, especially in the days following a storm. Along the way we will see some cabins that date back to the 1920s.
Fun Fact: Trail Canyon refers to the trail of gold flakes seen swirling down the the creek at the bottom of the canyon. In the early 1900s, miners attempted to find riches here but were unsuccessful.
Professor: Paul Tokorcheck
After graduating college, Professor Tokorcheck joined the Peace Corps. He taught Math and Physics at Tolon Senior Secondary School, a small village school outside of Tamale, Ghana. From 2004 to 2006, he traveled across West Africa with an aid organization, helping to resettle thousands of refugees who were displaced during the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He received his doctorate from UC Santa Cruz working under Marty Weissman studying a mix of Number Theory, Group Representation Theory, and Lie Theory. He is also a professional cook! Here is the link to his website if you'd like to read more about his personal life and research!
Trip Lead: Katelyn Michael
Address: 19300 Gold Canyon Truck Trail, Sunland-Tujunga, CA 91040
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