The VHC hopes to provide you access to the many trails that surround the communities that we live in. We are NOT a beginner hiking group so please be sure to read the hike descriptions to get a good understanding of what type of adventure you will be participating in.  We do hikes of many varying levels and each one could require different skills or abilities with the ultimate goal of having a fun and enjoyable experience.

My idea of a great hike is one just hard enough to where the group gets a good workout, but are still able to enjoy the experience.  For me this means a hike of up to 12 miles with under 3000 feet of gain.  If you are relatively new to hiking than I believe this will NOT be the group for you.

In my opinion hiking is about the terrain, social aspect, strenuosity and pace. As far as the terrain goes, I'll do my best to avoid fire roads whenever possible.  Trails, trail blazing, bushwhacking or rock scrambling are my preferred routes with my favorite being in or around water.  A small amount of danger or risk, while still being safe, can also add to a hikes enjoyment.  If I know you're having a good time that adds to my enjoyment.

How strenuous and how much you are willing to push yourself on a hike is different for everyone and one of the main reasons I try to mix up the hikes offered.   As for the pace the general rule of thumb is 2.5 miles an hour.  While I get accused on occasion of going too fast I do like to take in the surroundings as well as enjoy the company of the great people I've met through this group.

Just some thoughts . . . .

See ya on the trail….Don T.

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Friday, March 6, 2015 8:30 AM

    Death Valley: Surprise Canyon & Panamint City (backbacking)

    4 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015 6:30 AM

    Islip Saddle Loop

    11 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015 8:30 AM

    RedBoxStrawberryJosephineSdlColbyCynGabrielenoRedBox Loop

    39 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, March 8, 2015 9:00 AM

    Corral, Puerco Cyn & Malibu Seafood

    39 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Monday, March 9, 2015 5:00 PM

    Skyline Mountainway to Brand Park Library Car Shuttle

    14 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Thursday, March 12, 2015 5:00 PM

    Caballero, Bee Tree, Upper Rustic Loop

    15 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015 4:30 AM

    San Gorgonio Wilderness - Momyer Style!!!

    10 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015 9:00 AM

    Hike and then Eat & Drink till you drop at The Grill at the End of the Universe

    30 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, March 15, 2015 9:00 AM

    Devil's Chair via Holcomb Canyon

    20 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, March 15, 2015 10:30 AM

    Huntington Library and Gardens/Cal Tech campus walk

    23 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Monday, March 16, 2015 5:30 PM

    Beaudry Loop @ Verdugo Mtns. Open Space Preserve

    11 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Friday, March 20, 2015 12:00 PM

    Joshua Tree: Indian Cove Campground

    64 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, March 21, 2015 8:30 AM

    J Tree: Wonderland of Rocks ( A Shuttle)

    51 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, March 22, 2015 8:00 AM

    J Tree: 49 Palms Oasis - The VHC Way.

    46 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, March 22, 2015 9:00 AM

    CicLAvia in the San Fernando Valley

    5 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Monday, March 23, 2015 5:30 PM

    GP3 from Lake Hollywood (w/tourist finish)

    15 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, March 28, 2015 7:00 AM

    2nd Attempt: Mt. Wilson Loop via Sturtevant and Lower Winter Creek Trails

    17 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, April 4, 2015 7:00 AM

    Non-Hosted Carrizo Plain National Monument for Wildflowers, Geology, & Wildlife

    55 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, April 4, 2015 8:00 AM

    Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge, Intermediate +

    29 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, April 5, 2015 8:00 AM

    Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves -- Anza Borrego (exploratory)

    8 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
 
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