Welcome to Hiking With Dean, the best hiking group this side of the Los Angeles River!

Formally the original "The Weekday Hikers," we now meet regularly on the weekends for hikes mostly in and around the Santa Monica Mountains, between Pt Mugu to the west and Will Rogers State Park to the east. Once a month or so we'll leave our comfort zone and explore the trails of Orange County and Palos Verdes. During the Spring and Summer months I'll be leading evening and full moon hikes during the week (byob!)

Beginners are welcome to join the group and attend our easy and beginner hikes. We also provide hike reports so that you can review your adventures when you get home.

Please, no dogs unless otherwise indicated in hike description.

Proud Member of:

  • California State Parks Foundation
  • The Mountains Restoration Trust
  • Montecito Trails Foundation
  • Conejo Open Space Foundation

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A Few Testimonials

Dean is a wonderful leader. He really paid attention to the needs of the group. He facilitated the group, but didn't control the group. I will attend again -- Kimmy

If Dean [one of the original SoCal Meetup-ers mind you] would ever write a book on hiking SoCal [as he rightfully should] it would be a must-buy. Dean is both knowledgeable and adventurous. Conscientious and kind. I would have no problem hiking with Dean anywhere. - Les

Dean is a great hike leader. He knows the trails. — Lydia

The group leader Dean is very conscious of all of us hikers as a group. We all get to trek at our own pace comfortably and still stay together.He's got an agenda planned with an extra twist on where we are going to hike. — elyse

Dean is an excellent group leader who knows the trails very well. He is always looking out for the welfare of his hikers. The group attracts some of the most pleasant people you can hope to meet. — Bruce

What can I say? This group ROCKS!!! Some of the friendliest people I have met and the Organizer, Dean is a sweetheart! - Sara

Dean has organized the best group of hikers who like to hike and have fun. — Blake

Dean is extremely knowledgeable and serves up a seemingly endless array of hikes. A very pleasant and down-to-earth group of people who are easy to get to know ... and like — Drew

Dean is a strong hike leader with a friendly and outgoing group of people who know how to have fun while hiking - Laura

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