20's, 30's & 40's Friday Night Adventure Hikes!!!!

  • March 28, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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20's, 30's, & 40's (general age range of the group but all welcome!!)


***please try to be early if possible, we do depart 7:15 sharp***

Meet at 7 PM, but leave at 7:15 PM. Meet in front right (by street) of the ranger station (the one in the picture). Parking is in the free parking lot. We'll go on a 4-6 miles RT 800 feet elevation gain hike. Hike will be approx 2-2 1/2 hours. Bring water, sweater since we'll be hiking in the dark, shoes with good traction.

Bring water, sweater and sneakers with good traction! Please DON'T bring white flashlights! It blinds our night vision. Instead, you can bring blue, green or red flashlights.

Ranger Station is across the street from the merry-go-round. There's a stop sign where the Ranger Station is.  The Mapquest, Google, Apple Maps directions may take you too far. Use this map to find the Ranger Station.

If you leave early, please tell one of the organizers so we know that you are safe.

These Friday night hikes are now open to non-singles (married people, couples or people in relationships). You can bring your non-singles friends who just want to get exercise.

Rain cancels hike--including light rain.

If for some reason you get separated from us, Ranger Station Tele. # Phone: (323) 913-4688.

Map of Griffith Park:http://angeles.sierraclub.org/griffith/griffith_park_map.html

Hike isn't recommended for beginners or people out of shape. This is a moderate hike.

We may be hiking to the same place this cool video was filmed:





The Physical Benefits

The first benefit that most individuals will see is the aforementioned cardiovascular one. Most hikes require some form of vigorous hill climbing for prolonged periods of time, ranging from four or five hours to hikes that can last up to eight or nine hours. Many individuals treat hiking as a form of physical exercise, and while they might have some sort of daily regimen back in the city, such as strength training or aerobics in a gym setting or at home, they use spare time on the weekends to venture into the wild and experience nature up close and personal while also getting a good workout.

Beyond the simple cardiovascular workout that vigorous hiking can provide is the fact that at its most basic level it is a type of interval training, with periods of significant effort followed by either flat areas or resting points along the way. It is also a great way to achieve total body fitness because one set of muscles will be used on the way up, while an entirely different set of muscles are used on the decline. These are not only the muscles of the legs, but also the muscles in the upper body when carrying a backpack, and the various core muscles throughout the trunk which keep one balanced on trails that are not always necessarily level.

Beyond the Physical

Beyond the physiological effects of hiking, there are also the psychological effects to take into consideration. Heightened stress levels are scientifically proven to be detrimental to the health of a human being over the course of their entire life, and reducing those stress levels is considered crucial for health and well-being. Many individuals find hiking through nature to be one of the most peaceful and relaxing activities they can participate in, because it provides an escape from traffic and the various stresses related to living in an urban environment.

In addition, there was a recent paper published by the Journal of Psychological Science called “The Cognitive Benefits of Interactive Nature”, which discussed how interacting with nature dramatically improves an individual’s cognitive function, specifically as it relates to direct attention and working memory, which are both considered crucial mental talents. The concept is that nature is filled with a variety of interesting stimuli, such as a colorful bird, a unique looking rock, or a fallen tree that catches the eye, while a city is filled with nothing but the concrete that we see in our daily routines. Because you cannot help but stop and notice the colorful bird, the strange cloud pattern, or a beautiful sunset, it forces your attention circuits to refresh themselves, which causes cognitive function to increase. Just like any other part of your body, your brain grows stronger over time.

According to the article, the basis of this concept lies in what is known as Attention Restoration Theory, where nature provides a variety of attention-grabbing stimuli that urban environments lack, and because these additional stimuli require directed attention, they force the brain to work harder, thus increasing cognitive function.





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  • Edwin

    Nice hike. Got a good "burn" from it.

    March 30

  • Gwendolyn

    I arrived too late and missed the group... I'm hoping to attend an upcoming hike and eager to meet everyone!

    March 30

  • Kira

    The earthquake occurred as I was driving away. Drat that I didn't get to feel it! Nice hike overall though. See you next time!

    March 29

  • Thomas

    So yes, maybe you've heard, there was a 5.1 earthquake tonight while we were hiking. (9:09 pm centered in La Habra). We were moving -- I didn't feel anything -- did you?

    March 28

    • Jan

      I think it was just as we were getting in our cars after the hike. I felt it, but didn't realize what it was until I heard it on the news later. Thought it was just tired legs. :) thanks for a nice Friday nite hike everyone!

      March 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    great hike. thanks for everyone that came out.

    March 28

  • Dan K

    It was fun:-) sure moving is good..didn't even felt earthquake.

    March 28

  • Mike C.

    Good hike tonight Ed.

    March 28

  • Mike C.

    Ed, I'm in my way might be a little late, just let me know what direction were going tonight. Thanks

    March 28

  • Frank

    Will try to make it...

    March 28

  • Efrain

    The beer belly is growing out of control so see you guys tonight! =P

    March 28

  • Nova

    Is the hike similar to Kenneth Hahn park trails?

    March 28

  • Eric James H.

    I would still like to see OSS on Friday Nights too.

    March 27

    • ed

      I'm try to get Lee from LA Hike Meetup to take over for Bob's hikes. Lets hope his group takes over. :)

      March 27

  • Dan K

    Good idea moving Sunday.

    March 26

  • Meaghan

    Hi all, we're now casting singles ages 35 to 60 for a fun new dating game show! Please send name, age and photo to [masked] It's alot of fun and it pays!

    March 25

    • ed

      Have a more official e-mail address? Gmail isn't used for biz.

      March 25

  • ed

    I'm debating whether to move these hikes to Sunday since Bob is closing his Meetup group. Let's see what happens.

    March 25

  • Sioux

    Can't make it, sorry maybe next week. Duty calls.

    March 21

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