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Golden Soles is an OVER-50, NO DOGS, WEEKDAYS ONLY hiking and brisk walking group. Our hikes are in SMALL GROUPS in order to support the community spirit of Meetup and increase our awareness of one another (safety). As a member, you’re expected to: 1) Follow all safety requests from your Hike/Walk Leader, 2) Be aware of your fellow hikers/walkers, and 3) “Leave No Trace”.

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Golden Soles welcomes enthusiastic over-50 hikers looking to indulge in the sport of Social Group Hiking or Walking. We are NOT a speed-hiking group and we stay together throughout the hike, though we DO keep a fair pace going and our cardio pumping! We work up a sweat but we also take the time to enjoy the beauty of our surroundings! Please familiarize yourself with our THREE TYPES OF HIKES AND WALKS listed below.

Golden Soles honors the concept of Meetup to meet face-to-face in “real time” and share actual conversation with others interested in the sport of social group hiking and walking. In addition to the fitness component of hiking/walking, we also take the time for photo breaks, chit-chat, moments of awesomeness, snacks, and general breath-catching-up!

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Golden Soles offers THREE TYPES OF HIKES AND WALKS:

1) BRISK WALKS – terrain is on smooth paved multi-use trails such as asphalt, concrete or gravel with most trails offering a soft shoulder on both sides. Average speed is a BRISK 20 min mile (3 mph) depending on terrain and your Hike Leader. Walks are usually from 4-6 miles. Elevation gains are easy to moderate but generally flat (see elevation gain in walk description as there might be some hills!). There is a short snack break at the half-way point. Drive times 10-30 min locally.

2) TRAIL HIKES – terrain could vary from paved multi-use trails, earthen trails, granite surfaces, uneven surfaces, rocky creek crossings, dirt roads, etc. Read the Details your Hike Leader has written in the hike description. Most of our hikes also provide map links which contain detailed data about the hike, which gives you super-great info to decide if the hike is "right" for you. Hikes can vary in: A) Trail Rating from Easy to Moderate, B) Length from 4 to 10 miles, C) Elevation Gains up to 1,800-ish feet, and D) Average Pace from 20 to 30 mins per mile. Breaks are dependent on the variables of each hike. Drive times can vary from 10-40 mins locally to 120-150 mins to our beautiful outlying areas. Estimated drive times or Google pin locator links are usually provided in the hike description too.

3) PHOTOGRAPHY HIKES – terrain could vary from paved trails, earthen trails, and/or dirt roads. Range can vary from 4-8 miles. There will be plenty of stops for photo opportunities and sharing of knowledge. Varying drive times of 30-120 mins to trailheads.

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Golden Soles is solely a social, non-professional, volunteer group. Only you can assess your abilities to attend a hike and are solely responsible for your safety and well-being. Please familiarize yourself with Meetup's Terms of Service.

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