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Hart Park Sunset Conditioning Hike.

Join us for a late afternoon conditioning hike, finishing in evening twilight and providing unobstructed views of the Bakersfield sunset. This hike will start as late as possible each week to provide a finish near the end of Civil Twilight and a beautiful Bakersfield sunset!

We meet at the Sheriff's shooting range near the "west" entrance to Hart Park.  I plan on changing the start time each week at successfully later times through February.  This is based on the premise that later and later times will allow more people to attend on Thursday evenings.  It will also allow for continued views of the sunset.

This one and a half hour hike is moderate because we do keep a good pace as we move up down some hills, a few which are somewhat steep and can be slippery. The total distance is about five miles with an elevation gain of around 1500 feet.   I would not recommend this hike for anyone who is not in shape. You don't have to be in great hiking shape but you do need to have a recent history of regular cardio exercise.

So, if you are looking to keep in shape and something to do, join us this Thursday afternoon at the posted start time.  A headlamp should not be needed but I always like to carry one for emergencies. 

This picture is an example of a few of the excellent hills to climb, making your heart beat and calories burn!  There are also level and down hill areas to allow recovery while still keeping on the move.


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  • Thomas H.

    Due to my induction into the Fire program I will be unavailable for this hike

    1 · February 6, 2014

    • Tony S.

      Good luck with that Tom, we'll see you on the next one.

      February 6, 2014

  • Sally T.

    Fair weather hiker (some might say sissy)....catch up with everyone on Tuesday.

    1 · February 6, 2014

    • Tony S.

      Okay Sally....We'll trudge on with out you this time. Fair weather hiker maybe yes, sissy ... I don't think so.

      February 6, 2014

  • Tony S.

    It turned out to be a nice outing with only a little mist for a short period of time. Thanks for sticking it out with me, Coleen and Gabe.

    February 6, 2014

    • Coleen K.

      It was great! Thank you!

      1 · February 6, 2014

  • Tony S.

    Light rain does not cancel this hike, pouring rain making slick mud does! An alternative route is to hike the dirt road behind the Shooting Range to the overlook of the soccer fields and back. That is 4.5 miles with less gain then the regular hike. If you like walking in the rain, bring your rain gear! Please cancel your RSVP if you do not wish to participate. Thanks.

    February 6, 2014

  • Stephen B.

    I wish it was at 4:30, then I could make it

    February 5, 2014

    • Tony S.

      Monday we left at 4:30 and finished right at dark. I did have next weeks Sunset Hike set for 4:15, but I'll bump it up to 4:30. We should still be done before dark. The Tuesday hike at CALM will remain at 3:30 for now.

      February 6, 2014

    • Tony S.

      Correction, Tuesday's hike at CALM will remain at 3:45.

      February 6, 2014

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