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Parker Mesa via Trippet Ranch & Brunch

Organizer: Mike Cheng

Hiking assistants: Robert Dickman

Location: Topanga State Park, CA

Hike Difficulty: Level 5/10

A beginner hike: No

Distance: 7 miles

Elevation Gain: 1400'

Time: 3.5 hours

Trail condition: Single file trail, no shady

Water: Minimum 2 liters

Guest: 2

Dog: no

Toilette: in the park

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What to Bring: Hat, sunscreen, energy bar, snacks, and water.

Early departure: If you need to be separated from the group for any reason, you must inform the hiker leader. Not knowing your whereabouts may prompt us to report your missing to proper authority for further actions.

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Direction: From Topanga Canyon Boulevard, turn east on Entrada Road; that’s to the right if you’re coming from Pacific Coast Highway. Follow Entrada Road by turning left at every opportunity until you arrive at Topanga State Park. The trailhead is at the end of the parking lot.

Parking: $ 10 if you park inside the park. Street parking is free.

Brunch: Pat's Topanga Grill, 1861 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290, (310)[masked]

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Trail description:

A 7 mile hike from Trippet Ranch to a very popular overlook in Topanga State Park. The trail is gently graded. The vista will one of mountain, ocean and the city in the distance. The trail is a part of the system of fire roads in Topanga State Park. Our destination is Parker Mesa Overlook, elevation 1525'. On a clear day, you’ll get amazing views of the Santa Monica Bay, Catalina Island and often inland as far as the San Bernardino Mountains.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with me or with US Hiking frequently will be given priority when they are on the waiting list. 

No show policy: If you sign up for an event and no show, you will either lose your waiting list priority or not be able to sign up for the next event.

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Warning and Disclaimer:

If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

US Hiking, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.

In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:http://www.meetup.com/terms/

Profile Photo:

Members interested in joining this hike must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of US Hiking. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up.


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  • Mark (.

    Where we were,

    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2716617

    stats, 7.6 miles, 1568 ft (???) total elkevation gain, in 2 hrs, 33 mins.

    March 28, 2014

  • George

    Hiking with Mike is always an adventure, nice relaxing hike, great views, and I just had to get another 500 FT elevation gain...

    March 24, 2014

  • Mark (.

    Thank you Mike, it was a sweet Sunday hike, adjusted nicely. It was also nice to see the new faces and a few previous hike partners during the hike.

    March 23, 2014

  • Mike C.

    Thank you all for joining me in the second hike of US Hiking. Many of you made a special effort to support me. I am very grateful. .

    When I left the last group, your words of support and encouragement were like North Star in a dark night that guided me through sea of uncertainty and gave me the bearing to move forward. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. .

    Last but not least, let me thank our sweeper Robert for a job well done.

    2 · March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Mike for the great hike & nice to meet you all!!

    March 23, 2014

  • romyleen

    A wonderful & relaxing Sunday hike!

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very enjoyable! Thanks Mike

    March 23, 2014

  • Barbie

    GREAT hike, just what I expected from my very first hike & lunch with the infamous MIKE CHENG!!! Thanks so much Mike, for putting this together and showing up with so much energy ~ especially after no sleep! :D ~ Barbie

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Linda

    Beautiful day & a nice workout. Thanks for organizing it & making the newcomers feel welcome!

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Irene G.

    Fun hike, fun people.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Panit

    Today's was such a great fun hike on a beautiful day - thank you for leading us on a great trail/not leaving the lost ones behind and sharing your stories & passion for hiking at lunch, made the long wait for food seem much shorter for sure, Mike.

    March 23, 2014

  • Rick S.

    Great hike!

    March 23, 2014

  • Robert D.

    Great hike with Mike and a great group of hikers. I was a little sore from yesterday's hike in Baldy so it was nice to get the lactic acid out of the legs!! What happened to George ??
    Rob

    March 23, 2014

    • Panit

      I kidnapped George... :) He actually steered me and another hiker up the wrong path for a while before we turned back around and Mike found us. All is well now.

      March 23, 2014

  • Rimona

    Beautiful hike. Great view of the ocean

    March 23, 2014

  • Yoon m.

    I am very sorry for the last minute cancelation. I started having sore throat, and I don't want to get sick worse or spread out my germs to you guys. I am very disappointed and miss this hike :-( Hope you guts enjoy the hike and thanks always, Mike!

    March 23, 2014

  • Yoon m.

    I am very sorry for the last minute cancelation. I started having sore throat, and I don't want to get sick worse or spread out my germs to you guys. I am very disappointed and miss this hike :-( Hope you guts enjoy the hike and thanks always, Mike!

    March 23, 2014

  • larry

    I hate to do this but I have to drop out. I was really looking forward to this hike.

    March 23, 2014

  • Barbie

    I forgot to put my 'plus 1' on, Mike!!! Can I still come with my friend?

    March 22, 2014

  • John N.

    This looks wonderful and I love brunch but alas I have a writing conflict. have fun and thanks for a wonderful day.

    March 22, 2014

  • Vin

    I was looking fwd to this, but sprained my ankle playing basketball today. Will have to pass on this unfortunately. But I would love to meet and hike with you all the next time. Have fun out there!

    March 22, 2014

  • Efrain V.

    I love hiking. .

    March 22, 2014

  • Adele W.

    This hike looks too advanced for me but I hope to get there soon. I think I could handle three miles to start. If you know of anything I would love to hear from you. Thanks!

    March 22, 2014

  • Efrain V.

    I love hiking. .

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • Mike C.

    People asked what hiking meant to me? Here are some of my thoughts. .

    For every step taken, confidence grew.
    For every word exchanged, rapport built.
    For every crevice crossed, fear faded.
    For every aid rendered, trust bolstered.
    For every summit reached, dream fulfilled.

    1 · March 21, 2014

    • Rimona

      Well said

      March 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      A nice comment from Mt. Wilson hike, "One builds character to reach to the summit...". I feel, ones true self comes out, what one is really made off.

      1 · March 21, 2014

  • Irene G.

    I'm coming from the South Bay if anyone would like to carpool.

    March 17, 2014

    • Irene G.

      Yes. Let's carpool. [masked]

      1 · March 20, 2014

    • Panit

      Can I please join in if there's room for one more? Also from S. Bay - by 405 Western exit. Will text.

      2 · March 21, 2014

  • Rimona

    Hi Mike.. I am not sure I will stay for the Brunch. I have a Memorial at 3pm in Pasadena.

    March 20, 2014

    • Mike C.

      We must make the most of it then.

      March 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Mike! Thanks for scheduling a lovely Sunday Hike. I'm participating in the Climb For Heroes event this Sunday at Mt. Baldy, but I will join you soon!

    March 17, 2014

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