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The Southern Sierra Conditioning Hikes club features three levels of conditioning hikes presented at Hart Park east of Bakersfield. Hart Park provides the bluffs needed for the extra strength training hills can provide compared to the flat lands of west Bakersfield. Our goal is to provide a safe, fun, opportunity for you to improve your physical fitness, enabling you to be in better shape for longer day hikes and camping trips to the many beautiful, awe-inspiring areas.

Check the schedule for Beginners, Intermediate (or Moderate), and Advanced. The hikes are between 3 to 6 miles and completed in 1.5 to 2 hours. We have had great success helping new and returning hikers! It's a lot of fun doing these roller coaster type hikes while getting to know new friends.

Our sister group, Southern Sierra Hiking Club, provides hiking activities all year round in the mountains and wilderness areas in California. If not already a member, you are welcome to join them also. Hiking areas feature the Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, and the Giant Sequoia National Monument. They hike on trails, scramble, climb peaks, go cross country, snowshoe, and backpack. Other areas to hike include the Tehachapi and San Emigdio Mountains, the Los Padres and Angeles National Forests, AND, extended holiday adventures to popular multi-state destinations!

Here is a link to join the Southern Sierra Hiking Club: https://www.meetup.com/Southern-Sierra-Kern-Tulare-Hikers/ .

Beginners are encouraged and welcome!

Upcoming events (5)

Hart Park Intermediate Hike (NIGHT HIKE)

Sheriff's Shooting Range

This hike is NOT for beginners to hiking but for people who want to expand their endurance, socialize and have fun. We typically go the full 2 hours and cover 6 miles. We go at a fast pace and will climb some steep inclines while on the trail. Also, since our clocks have fallen back be aware that most this hike will take place after sundown. So dress accordingly and bring plenty of water. Headlamps/flashlights are required.

Also, be aware that the trail can be steep and slippery, so please wear proper hiking shoes. Always be vigilant as we have seen rattle snakes, king snakes, and gopher snakes. Rabbits and skunks have been also spotted. Be vigilant, safe, and let's have fun!!!

If you have any questions please contact me.

Lets get our hike on!!!

*** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Kern Southern Sierra Hiking Club Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

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SSHC and SSCH Covid-19 Hiking Safety Rules

By signing up for any hike, you are agreeing to comply with the rules below and you acknowledge you are responsible for your own safety, and will hold harmless SSHC and SSCH, its members, and organizers from any incident or event that may happen.

1. If you are sick in any way, please stay home.
2. Must bring a face covering to meet up at the trail head and to use on trail when it is not possible to avoid close proximity to other hikers.
3. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
4. Be respectful and mindful of others who may not want to be approached, touched, or within 6 feet of others.
5. Maintain a trekking pole distance apart (at least six feet)
6. Bring hand sanitizer/disinfectant wipes on every hike
7. Group sizes will be limited to 10 hikers. So, please cancel your RSVP asap if you will not attend a hike you are signed up for.

***GUESTS*** Due to the limited number of hiking spots, and the need for each person to read and understand the safety rules, no guests will be allowed, so please have your guest sign up to become a member of the club.

Thank you for your understanding and willingness to help us all be as safe as possible on the trails.

6pm Riverwalk Park-Evening Power Walk

Location visible to members

** ** PLEASE Headlight or flashlight required October -March. PLEASE bring at least 1 liter of fluids with electrolytes. Come join me for a brisk walk on the bicycle trail. All levels are welcome. The goal is to put in flat brisk walking mileage ranging from 4 to 8 miles. This is in and out on the same trail, so many levels of fitness can participate. I will be walking a 3.0-4mph pace. Bring a walking buddy or come on your own. Just come. PLEASE RSVP IF YOU PLAN TO JOIN ME. Headlight or flashlight required November-March.
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SSHC and SSCH Covid-19 Hiking Safety Rules
By signing up for any hike, you are agreeing to comply with the rules below and you acknowledge you are responsible for your own safety, and will hold harmless SSHC and SSCH, its members, and organizers from any incident or event that may happen.
1 If you are sick in any way, please stay home.
2 Must bring a face covering to meet up at the trail head and to use on trail when it is not possible to avoid close proximity to other hikers.
3 Cover your coughs and sneezes.
4 Be respectful and mindful of others who may not want to be approached, touched, or within 6 feet of others.
5 Maintain a trekking pole distance apart (at least six feet)
6 Bring hand sanitizer/disinfectant wipes on every hike
7 Group sizes will be limited to 10 hikers. So, please cancel your RSVP asap if you will not attend a hike you are signed up for.
Guests:
Due to the limited number of hiking spots, and the need for each person to read and understand the safety rules, no guests will be allowed, so please have your guest sign up to become a member of the club.
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6pm Wednesday Evening Moderate Conditioning Hike

Location visible to members

** Requirements-FLASHLIGHT .Bring 1-2 liters of water with electrolytes AND shoes with good hiking tread. The trail can be rough and slippery on hills, **especially in the dry season**. Social Distancing guidelines will be followed.

Join us for a[masked] mile hike, occaisionally less or more. The hike is a good for cardio conditioning that incorporates some hill work. Our average pace is[masked] minute miles, including the hills. This hike is one of our club's weekly conditioning hikes that we do to help members get in condition for the beautiful away hikes that we take.

**Dogs are allowed if they are well behaved and interact well with other animals and people. Leashes and water are required for your pet. Do not bring your pet out if it is over 90 degrees.
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SSHC and SSCH Covid-19 Hiking Safety Rules
By signing up for any hike, you are agreeing to comply with the rules below and you acknowledge you are responsible for your own safety, and will hold harmless SSHC and SSCH, its members, and organizers from any incident or event that may happen.
1 If you are sick in any way, please stay home.
2 Must bring a face covering to meet up at the trail head and to use on trail when it is not possible to avoid close proximity to other hikers.
3 Cover your coughs and sneezes.
4 Be respectful and mindful of others who may not want to be approached, touched, or within 6 feet of others.
5 Maintain a trekking pole distance apart (at least six feet)
6 Bring hand sanitizer/disinfectant wipes on every hike
7 Group sizes will be limited to 10 hikers. So, please cancel your RSVP asap if you will not attend a hike you are signed up for.
Guests:
Due to the limited number of hiking spots, and the need for each person to read and understand the safety rules, no guests will be allowed, so please have your guest sign up to become a member of the club.
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*** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers and members in this group are not professional enough trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Kern Southern Sierra Hiking Club Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

Advanced Beginner Hike

Hart Park

Where: We will meet at the paved parking lot at the Sheriff's Pistol Range at the west end of Hark Park.

Level: Hills will be gradual, pace will be somewhat slow, rests will be often and as long as needed.

Stats: 3.5 to 5 miles depending on speed of group with a ~450 foot elevation gain.

Time: 6:30pm

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SSHC and SSCH Covid-19 Hiking Safety Rules
By signing up for any hike, you are agreeing to comply with the rules below and you acknowledge you are responsible for your own safety, and will hold harmless SSHC and SSCH, its members, and organizers from any incident or event that may happen.
1 If you are sick in any way, please stay home.
2 Must bring a face covering to meet up at the trail head and to use on trail when it is not possible to avoid close proximity to other hikers.
3 Cover your coughs and sneezes.
4 Be respectful and mindful of others who may not want to be approached, touched, or within 6 feet of others.
5 Maintain a trekking pole distance apart (at least six feet)
6 Bring hand sanitizer/disinfectant wipes on every hike
7 Group sizes will be limited to 10 hikers. So, please cancel your RSVP asap if you will not attend a hike you are signed up for.
Guests:
Due to the limited number of hiking spots, and the need for each person to read and understand the safety rules, no guests will be allowed, so please have your guest sign up to become a member of the club.

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What to Bring: MANDITORY>>>Shoes with good tread; flashlight or headlamp; water; weather appropriate clothing. IF YOU HAVE THEM>>>hiking shoes and hiking poles are helpful.

Safety Considerations: The hills are slippery especially if very dry or very wet. Please remember that this is a nighttime hike and it can get very dark. If you wear corrective lenses for night blindness, you will need to wear them on the hike.

Just in Case: If you have medical issues that do not prevent you from hiking, but could arise during the hike, please email me emergency contact information and a brief description of the medical issue. This will be kept completely confidential and will ONLY be used in case of an emergency. Disregard this if you provided the information when you signed up on the Meetup site.

*Dogs are allowed if they are well behaved and interact well with other animals and people. Leashes and water are required for your pet. Do not bring your pet out on days 100 degree or higher days.

Come join us!

This hike is good for members who just need a short day hike or those who simply need to be kind to their bodies. Be sure to RSVP so we know to expect you and please cancel your RSVP if you cannot make it.

Important Notice:

The Organizers, and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/meetup is responsible for his or her own safety. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging you are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Southern Sierra Hiking Club Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

This hike is a great way to to begin your hiking obsession.
- The pace is slower.
- Hills will be provided as options and always with rest periods.
- And as always...This hike is always subject to change. If you unanimously complain about being bored, we will crank it up!

Once you are comfortable with this introductory hike, you have the option to move up to our more challenging conditioning hike(s) to develop your abilities further. We support each other and we always have fun!

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