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

  • Monday, April 20, 2015 8:00 AM

    Paria Canyon: Post Paria Shenanigans

    1 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM


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

    Prairie Fork EXPLORATORY

    15 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, April 26, 2015 8:30 AM

    Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak, Balanced Rock, Tri-Peaks

    25 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:00 PM


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

    Mt. San Gorgonio Via Vivian Creek

    30 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Monday, May 4, 2015 5:30 PM

    Trail Canyon Falls - Weeknight VHC Bushwhack Special

    8 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, May 9, 2015 6:30 AM

    San Jacinto - 8 Peaks

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

    Rush Creek Exploratory Ascent to Mount Wilson

    14 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

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

    Havasupai 2015

    57 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, May 23, 2015 12:00 PM

    Needham Mountain Backpack in Sequoia NP from Mineral King

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

    San Gorgonio Wilderness - 17 Peaks

    6 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, June 6, 2015 9:00 AM

    Sierra Nevada Backpack - South Lake and Beyond

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

    Big Pine Lakes - Creeks Not Peaks Version

    14 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Friday, January 15, 2016 8:30 AM

    VHC Cruise - Alaska: June 2016

    80 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
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