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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  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015 5:45 PM

    Caballero Canyon to San Vicente Mountain

    7 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2015 6:30 PM


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

    National Trails Day Baldy and the 3T's Or Baldy via the Ski Hut Trail Only

    9 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, June 6, 2015 7:00 AM

    Rush Creek Exploratory Ascent to Mount Wilson

    9 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, June 7, 2015 8:30 AM

    Manzanita Trail to South Fork Trail

    13 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, June 7, 2015 10:00 AM

    "Galapagos 3D" and more at the California Science Center

    18 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Monday, June 8, 2015 6:00 PM

    Simi Peak: Loop from Lang Ranch Pkwy

    11 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, June 21, 2015 11:30 AM

    23rd Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival

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

    Big Pine Lakes - Creeks Not Peaks Version

    15 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, July 18, 2015 4:30 AM

    Mt Langley Loop via New Army Pass return on Old Army Pass

    39 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, July 19, 2015 8:00 AM

    Loop Hike to Chicken Spring Lake

    17 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, July 25, 2015 7:00 PM

    Mount Whitney Day hike

    15 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, July 26, 2015 9:15 AM

    Urban Adventure-Long Beach #3

    35 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, August 29, 2015 7:00 AM

    Mammoth Lakes Backpack via Duck Pass

    10 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015 12:00 PM

    Snow Canyon SP - Utah

    1 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Friday, November 6, 2015 12:00 PM

    Joshua Tree: Indian Cove Campground ~ November Editon

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

    VHC Cruise - Alaska: June 2016

    85 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
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