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Golden Soles is an OVER-50, NO DOGS, WEEKDAYS ONLY hiking group. Our hikes are always in SMALL GROUPS in order to support the community spirit of Meetup and to increase our awareness of one another (safety). As a member, you’re expected to: 1) Follow all safety requests from your Hike Leader, 2) Be aware of your fellow hikers, and 3) “Leave No Trace”. Golden Soles main difference from other hiking groups is that we take the time to experience and enjoy what we’re trekking through. If these limitations don’t appeal to you, then this group is not for you.

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Golden Soles welcomes enthusiastic over-50 hikers looking to indulge in the sport of Social Group Hiking. We are NOT a speed-hiking group, 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 WALKS AND HIKES 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. In addition to the fitness component of hiking, we also take the time for photo breaks, chit-chat, moments of awesomeness, snacks, and general breath-catching-up!

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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 5 miles but could range from 4-7 miles. Elevation gains are easy to moderate but generally flat. There is a short break for a snack at the half-way point. Drive times 10-40 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 written description your Hike Leader has provided. Many hikes provide map links which contain vital trail statistics for your decision making. Hikes can vary in: A) Trail Rating from Easy to Moderate, B) Length from 4 to 10 miles, C) Elevation Gains, 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 will be listed in the hike description. Most of your questions can be answered by reading the written descriptions.

3) PHOTOGRAPHY HIKES – terrain could vary from paved trails, earthen trails, and/or dirt roads. Range can vary from 4-6 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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