THIS GROUP IS PERMANENTLY INACTIVE AS OF OCTOBER 28, 2015. The successor to this group is After Work Hiking Plus!--FAST HIKERS ONLY (click on link for info--it's a different website than this one). As this website has a great history of hikes and photos, it will remain online for an indefinite period of time. Unfortunately, an option is not available to close the website to new members, but obviously there is no point in joining this group now--new members will not be accpeted.
With over 5300 members, this Meetup group has become too large and a victim of its own success. Please note that, like most Meetup Organizers, I am just a volunteer—I'm not required to organize or lead any hikes, and I'm not making any money off of it. The only reason I've done it is because I enjoy it. Unfortunately, managing this huge group has become far too time-consuming.
The new group, After Work Hiking Plus!—FAST HIKERS ONLY, is a much smaller group and rarely has wait lists. I've been enjoying the new group, including the faster pace, and, in accordance with a key policy of the new group, we do not wait for slower hikers. NOTE: You definitely will not enjoy this group unless you are a fast hiker.
I will not be appointing any leaders to take over this group. I've organized every single event for this Meetup, and except for five or six hikes that I couldn't lead, I've led every single hike for this group, and it will stay that way.
I've been the sole Organizer of this Meetup for over six years and have held over 300 events, including after work hikes, trail work days, and sometimes just dinners when hikes were canceled (I've also spent a lot of time organizing another 50 or so events that were canceled due to the weather). In doing so, I've met a large number of friends, been on scenic and energetic hikes, and have had some great dinners and drinks with the group. As I work for myself out of my home, I have met most of my current friends through Meetup.
It's been a great run, but it's not over. As I mentioned, I'll continue leading hikes for the FAST HIKERS ONLY group going forward. If you're in that group, I'll see you there; if not, hopefully I'll see you on the trails or around town.