Tongva Peak Cardio Workout (hike/trail run) - Very Advanced

Join me for a great evening workout to Tongva Peak in the Verdigo Mountains starting from the Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale. The views of the city lights are great and it sure beats a boring gym. Chances are you'll get a much better workout too.

Training Concept:
This will essentially be a form of interval training, which is actually quite effective for increasing your cardio capacity/fitness level. Since we are all at different fitness levels some of us will likely keep a faster pace than others. We'll all try to push ourselves a bit to get our heart rate up and then catch our breath and re-group at the junctions.

Difficulty: Very Advanced
You need to be very well conditioned for this workout. This hike will take the Mt. Hollywood workout to the next level, so if you have done the Mt. Hollywood Cardio workout and find that you tend to fall behind the group a bit, I would not recommend this workout. We'll be doing a couple of very long and steep inclines, and from the top we will be jogging most of the way back in order to finish the workout in a reasonable amount of time. If you don't like jogging, this is not for you.

This is not a slow paced "social hike". We'll keep a fast pace power-walking and jogging to get our heart rate up to improve our conditioning.

Since we typically do different trails every week the difficulty and distance varies. In general though the workouts are easiest the first Thursday of the month and most difficult the last Thursday of the month.

The Plan:
We'll meet by the bench outside the music studio at the north end of the Brand Library building at about 6:45 PM, do some stretching and introductions etc. and get started heading up the trail at 7:00 PM sharp.

At the peak we'll catch our breath for a few minutes and enjoy the city view before continuing along the ridge and taking the long fire road back down. We will jog all the way down back to our cars.

Distance & Elevation Gain:
6.5 miles and about 2,500 ft or so cumulative elevation gain/loss.

Time Required:
About 2.5 hours or so.

What To Bring:
- Headlamp (best) or flashlight and spare batteries (important)
- Trail running shoes or flexible hiking booths with plenty of traction (important)
- Hydration system (best) or bottle with water or Gatorade etc.
- Your cell phone
- Layered clothing including a light wind breaker jacket
- Consider camera

Click here for Google directions to the meeting spot.

You can park at the Brand Library (until 10 PM). There should be plenty of (free) parking available.

No Shows:
It is inconsiderate to the organizer and anyone on the waiting list to RSVP and not show up, therefore I am registering no-shows. For this event you need to change your RSVP to "No" minimum 30 minutes before the start of the event. If you have multiple no-shows on your record you may not be admitted to events where there are people on the waiting list.

Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in a high intensity activity like this one. If you are in doubt please get a check-up with a physician. As an event organizer I assume absolutely no responsibility for you. I am simply a "training buddy", nothing more. If you choose to participate, you assume all responsibility for yourself and agree not to hold me or our Meetup group liable in any way.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Took me nearly 2.5 to complete and Stein and several others waited at the end for the few of us behind. Thank you! If I regularly attended these cardio hikes especially Stein's, then Tongva next time around should be a breeze. Tough uphill, but doable with a little discomfort unless you are pretty fit. I'll get there.

    May 31, 2013

  • Stein

    Great workout last night with a strong group of people. 6.5 miles & 2500 ft elevation gain in only 2 hours. Wow. Thanks for coming out everyone.

    May 31, 2013

  • Natalie M

    Thank you Stein for a great workout!! Tongva Peak was beautiful!! :))

    May 31, 2013

  • Ken S.

    Strenuous and good!!

    May 30, 2013

  • Karate K.

    do you have a map of this trail/hike? i'd like to try it on my own time. thanks! i don't think i can keep up with the group, but i start training for the october 2013 long beach half marathon in july, and i'd like a variety of cardio work outs in my training, so i'm not bored.

    May 30, 2013

  • Mark (.

    Where we were,

    stats, 6.7 miles, 2474 feet elevation gain, in 2 hrs.

    Thank you Stein.

    May 30, 2013

  • Carina

    Running late. Dont wait for me

    May 30, 2013

  • jose s.

    Is this hike to the first set of benches or all the way to the tower

    May 26, 2013

    • Stein

      The first bench view is the "warm-up". Then we head down to do the Tongua Peak trail which is the real challenge.

      May 29, 2013

    • jose s.

      Thanks for letting me know, I'm sure what are you guys talking about , cause I have seen this trail from the benches, never try it, so I'm going to wait for the next one,

      May 30, 2013

  • Ken S.

    I actually just took a week off from all this and it feels WEIRD!!!, lol. Can't wait for this one! WAHOOO!!!!

    May 29, 2013

  • Julie

    Sorry, didn't see the trail running. Not quite fit to run uphill just yet.

    May 25, 2013

    • Stein

      we don't normally run uphill, only on the flat sections and downhill. Most of the uphill is way too steep to run.

      May 26, 2013

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