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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, November 27, 2015 9:00 AM

    Matilija Falls - Ojai

    30 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Friday, November 27, 2015 2:15 PM

    Hummingbird Almost Full Moon & Sunset Potluck @ Rocky Peak

    41 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, November 29, 2015 8:00 AM

    Dawn Mine Approach to Brown Mountain EXPLORATORY

    6 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Friday, December 4, 2015 12:00 PM

    Mojave National Preserve - Barber Peak Loop Trail, Kelso Station and Kelso Dunes

    63 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, December 5, 2015 8:00 AM

    Top Of Topanga Loop-The I am not going to Mojave

    8 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2015 10:00 AM

    Urban Adventure-Riverside-Part 1:March Field Air Museum

    10 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2015 1:00 PM

    Urban Adventure-Riverside/Part 2-Mission Inn

    11 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, December 12, 2015 6:00 PM

    VHC Holiday Party

    56 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, December 13, 2015 8:30 AM


    32 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, December 19, 2015 1:00 PM

    VHC Slumber Party at Camp Sturtevant w/Route Options (Cold Weather Edition?)

    34 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, December 26, 2015 10:00 AM

    Coronado Butterfly Preserve in Goleta

    97 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, January 2, 2016 8:30 AM

    Cienega Canyon Loop

    19 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, January 16, 2016 8:30 AM

    Upper Bear Creek Trail - Car Shuttle

    17 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, May 7, 2016 3:00 PM

    Save the Date-VHC 8 Year Anniversary Party

    1 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, June 4, 2016 8:30 AM

    VHC Cruise - Alaska: June 2016

    91 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
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Larry, Linelle
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