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

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015 5:00 PM

    Skyline Mountainway to Wildwood - Carmen sets the pace!!!

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

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

    31 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, March 29, 2015 7:30 AM

    Ice House Canyon To Bighorn, Ontario Peak, and Return

    8 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Thursday, April 2, 2015 5:00 PM

    Orchard Camp via Mt. Wilson Trail

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

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

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

    Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge, Intermediate +

    21 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, April 4, 2015 5:00 PM

    Hummingbird Full Moon, Shortest Lunar Eclipse in Century & Sunset Potluck

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

    Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves -- Anza Borrego (exploratory)

    8 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, April 11, 2015 8:00 AM

    Upper Bear Creek Trail - Car Shuttle

    8 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, April 12, 2015 8:30 AM

    Anacapa Island Day Trip

    70 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Friday, April 17, 2015 8:00 AM

    Paria Canyon via Wire Pass: A Shuttle

    18 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015 6:00 AM

    Iron Mountain (Big Iron)

    15 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 8:00 AM

    Prairie Fork EXPLORATORY

    14 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, May 2, 2015 7:00 AM

    Mt. San Gorgonio Via Vivian Creek

    30 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, May 9, 2015 7:00 AM

    Rush Creek Exploratory Ascent to Mount Wilson

    11 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, May 16, 2015 2:00 PM

    VHC Anniversary Place Holder

    1 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, May 17, 2015 8:00 AM

    Upper North Fork Matilija Creek to Maple Camp

    31 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 8:00 AM

    Havasupai 2015

    58 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, May 30, 2015 4:00 AM

    San Gorgonio Wilderness - 17 Peaks

    5 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Friday, July 10, 2015 5:00 PM

    Big Pine Lakes - Creeks Not Peaks Version

    14 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
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