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

  • Sunday, August 2, 2015 7:00 PM

    The Swing/Big Band sound at Grand Performances

    6 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2015 5:45 PM

    Reseda to Eagle Rock

    5 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, August 8, 2015 7:45 AM

    Devil's Canyon Shuttle

    18 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, August 8, 2015 12:00 PM

    LA River Second Annual Boat Race

    3 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Sunday, August 9, 2015 10:00 AM

    Urban Adventure-Oxnard/Camarillo

    25 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Thursday, August 13, 2015 6:00 PM

    "Little Shop of Horrors" at Malibu Wines

    24 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Friday, August 14, 2015 6:30 PM

    "Ghostbusters" at Malibu Wines in Sunland This Time!

    13 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Saturday, August 15, 2015 8:00 AM

    Mt. San Gorgonio Via Vivian Creek

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

    Mammoth Lakes Backpack via Duck Pass

    13 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Friday, September 4, 2015 7:00 AM

    Sierra Nevada Backcountry Adventure

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

    Virginia Lakes Basin Backpack

    10 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
  • Friday, September 18, 2015 7:00 PM

    "Airplane" script reading at Tree People

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

    Snow Canyon SP - Utah

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

    Joshua Tree: Indian Cove Campground ~ November Editon

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

    VHC Cruise - Alaska: June 2016

    91 Hiking Enthusiasts attending
 
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Don T., Larry
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