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Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing/Night Run Aug. 8

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3 years 6 months ago - 3 years 5 months ago #12093 by Frank_B


This is an "evening" run to watch the Perseid Meteor shower from the highest point in Rowher Flats OHV, just a few miles away from Vasquez Rocks near Agua Dulce.

We've done this run a few times before, and have had a great time. The Perseids can offer a spectacular display of meteors. They are visible from July 17 through August 24, peaking around August 13, which being Thursday, would be difficult for many people who need to work the next day. I'm hoping that August 8 is close enough to present a good show.

UPDATE: THE ASTRONOMERS CANNOT BRING THEIR TELESCOPES TO ROWHER FLATS AFTER ALL, BUT HAVE SAID THEY WOULD COME AND TEACH US ABOUT THE NIGHT SKY. See you there.

We'll meet at 6:30 PM on the north side of Rowher Flats on Bouquet Canyon Road at GPS Coordinates:

34 degrees 34.567 minutes/ 118 degrees 22.359 minutes

Then we'll head up the hill at 7:00 PM. This trip is doable by any stock truck. The first 100 yards or so are the toughest of the entire run- if you make it through there, you'll be fine. The climb up is quite steep but should present no problems for any four-wheel drive vehicle.

Once at the top, everyone will have time to have a snack/dinner until approx. 9:00 PM when it'll be getting dark. Dinner will be on the trail.

Bring chairs or blankets/pillows that'll allow you to comfortably watch the sky. You might also bring a light jacket, sweater or sweatshirt as it can get chilly in the evening. (We'll be at approx. 4,800 ft elevation.)

Bring a flashlight or headlamp- be sure to cover the lens/light with red cellophane/gel/transparent tape, etc. so as not to blind everybody.

Cameras/tripods are always encouraged.

We'll begin the trip back down the hill at midnight and anticipate reaching the south end of Rowher Flats/Sierra Hwy around 1 am. From there, we'll head back home via the 14 Freeway.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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3 years 6 months ago #12094 by Keanan
What are the camping options nearby? Can I camp up on top there? I'd like to go but I don't feel like driving home at 2 am.

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3 years 6 months ago #12097 by Jake

Keanan Fleck wrote: What are the camping options nearby? Can I camp up on top there? I'd like to go but I don't feel like driving home at 2 am.


IIRC there are no designated campgrounds there, you are allowed to dispersed camp at Rowher Flats.

www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5319969.pdf - from the middle of page two:

Although no water is available and no developed campsites are located within the Rowher Flat OHV
area, dispersed camping is allowed. Fires are permitted in Forest Service provided stoves. Check with
the local Forest Service office for current fire restrictions.

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3 years 5 months ago #12109 by 1084
thank for organizing. we'll be there

Karen and I

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3 years 5 months ago #12117 by umbertob
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Frank Buddenbrock wrote: UPDATE: THE ASTRONOMERS CANNOT BRING THEIR TELESCOPES TO ROWHER FLATS AFTER ALL, BUT HAVE SAID THEY WOULD COME AND TEACH US ABOUT THE NIGHT SKY. See you there.


If they are worried about you flipping again, tell them they can put their telescopes in my car. :P

See you there, thank you Frank.

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3 years 5 months ago #12119 by Garrett
I am looking forward to this, see everyone there.

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