Thanks for the kind words guys.
Hey Kevin, we took the Hungry Valley Road from the 5 to the end. The t/h is at the end of the road, a mile or so past the OHV area. There is easy access to the creek nearby the parking area, good for kids. The trail follows the creek back for miles and there is a large flat area w/ firepits and old oaks about 5 miles in, but it's worth going farther. It would be fun to get another hike together this summer. Possibly San Gorgonio in late June (weather/snow permitting). That green cuben tarp is from Joe at Zpacks, only 3.2 ozs, good for SUL.
Jon, you called it, that is Piru Creek. I tried to keep it a little vague to preserve the low impact nature of the spot but now the secret's out. We didn't see another person the entire time. We just hung our food, no bear canisters and it seemed cool. Great sandy beach type spots hidden along the creek in the spring, the water level will be getting too low soon.