What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in hiking, camping, stand up paddle boarding, and other adventures with your dog(s). Whether you have a dog or not, you're welcome to join this group. We'll indicate the difficulty level for each outing since some may range depending on mileage and elevation for the hike. Day hikes range from 1 to 20 miles, planned and some may be short notice.

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We practice leave no trace principles (https://lnt.org) and carry the ten essentials (https://www.nps.gov/articles/10essentials.htm). You're responsible for yourself, your dog(s), gear, clothing, health, fitness, food, water, and your own safety.

To join this group:

PHOTO, please have a recognizable photo of your face on your profile. You are subject to removal from this group without a recognizable photo.

RSVP for events and if you're unable to attend an event for which you said "You're Going," please change it to "No - Not Attending," as soon as possible so the group doesn't wait for you. Also, if you have a history of signing up for our meetups but repeatedly do not show up or repeatedly cancel at the last minute when there is a waiting list, you are subject to removal from this group.

COURTESY, everyone is expected to exhibit courtesy and respect during our events. Do not expect others to supply equipment, food, necessities, or other items without prior arrangements. Expect to fairly compensate drivers in car pools.

Now the FUN stuff! A lot of the hikes we'll do will count towards one of the many challenges we have in SoCal (i.e. Coast to Crest Trail Challenge, 52 Hike Challenge, 5-Peak Mission Trails Challenge, Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge). But we'd like to add more activities than hiking so we'll have other adventures too!

Whether you're doing any challenge (steps, miles or hiking) or just want to get out and enjoy the outdoors, we hope you can join us! Looking forward to meeting all of you.

Upcoming events (5+)

Day Hike - Oak Canyon (Mission Trails)

Old Mission Dam

Join us for a hike through Oak Canyon in Mission Trails! We will be doing a loop starting with about one mile on the Grassland Trail. This part of the trail has little to no shade so we will do it while it's still early. Then we will meander down the Oak Canyon Trail, which has a flowing stream this time of year. We can take our time in this section to give the dogs and us a chance to play in and enjoy the water! This is a leashed hike for the dogs. Meeting time: Meet at the western side of Old Mission Dam parking lot at 8:00am - hiking starts NLT 8:10am Distance: 3.7 miles loop Elevation gain: 350 ft Difficulty: easy Hiking time: about 2 hours with stops Facilities: may be a restroom in the parking lot Fees/permits: none More info/pics: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/oak-canyon-to-grasslands-trail (note that we will be traveling the opposite direction that this suggests) Recommended: • day pack • hiking boots/trail runners • hat, sunscreen, and other sun protection • layers because it may be chilly to start but will warm up later • water for you and your dog (if you’re bringing one) • snacks (for you and your dog) Directions: From the 52, take Exit 13 for Mast Blvd. Turn South onto W Hills Blvd. Turn right on to Mission Gorge Rd. Turn right on to Father Junipero Serra Trail, and continue until you reach the Old Mission Dam parking lot. The lot fills up quickly - if there is no more space in the parking lot you can park along the shoulder of Father Junipero. Featured photo is from AllTrails. You'll recognize the organizer (Ellie) as the one wearing the black trucker hat with the brindle pup. If you need to contact Ellie, call or text[masked]

NEW Event! Dog Trail running at Penasquitos Canyon Trail

12350 Black Mountain Rd

Hi Everyone, New Event! Dog Trail running aka Cani-Trail ***All levels of runners welcomed! *** Join us on, Sunday morning, at Canyonside Community Park, located in Rancho Penasquitos, for a 3, 5 or 7 mile trail run (you choose your mileage, and run your own pace) . The Penasquitos Canyon Trail, is flat, wide & well groomed, and features a water fall & creek, (and one very small hill). Multiple single tracks off the main trail if you want to explore. Suggestions will be offered on how to Cani-Trail run safely with your pup, maneuver around fellow runners, how to manage your leash, and a few helpful canicross commands. Please note: Rancho Penasquitos Canyon Trail contains multiple inner loops, and bridges. All trails are well marked and very visible, but can be confusing, you may want to stay with the group on the first time. Please, review the trail maps provided at the trailhead, or use your GPS when exploring. If necessary, please bring your own copy of the trail map below. Parking: Drive to the very last parking lot at the west end of the baseball fields to a dirt parking lot. Click Link for PDF ... PENASQUITOS CANYON TRAIL MAP (https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/park-and-recreation/pdf/penasquitoscanyon.pdf) Alltrails.com Interactive Map: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/los-penasquitos-canyon-trail If you don't have specific canicross gear, no worries! We have canicross gear for you and your dog to try out at the run. Suggested Equipment...but, not necessary: 1. Runners Canicross Belt. (Not necessary, but will make for a more comfortable run). I'll have a few samples to lend-out. 2. Canicross Dog Harness or a dog harness with attachment ring on back. 3. Dog Leash or Canicross Bungee Leash. If all you have is a regular leash, you can still run! I'll have a few samples to lend-out. 4. Water & Treats - For you, and your dog. Note: wag bags provided at Park. Looking forward to meeting you both! San Diego Canicross Team *Please, no dogs under one year old. Their bodies are not fully developed yet and need a bit more time to grow before pulling in a harness. **Dogs with shorter muzzles, i.e Pit Bulls, Boxers, etc. are not well suited for this sport, because of strained breathing issues, and heart stress. I'd hate to have anything bad happen to your pup. ***To protect the safety of your dog and other dogs at the meet-up, if your dog shows signs of aggression or aggression towards other dogs, we will have to ask you to leave the meet-up. We're here for to have fun in a low stress environment. Thank you!

Day Hike – Mt. San Antonio aka Mt. Baldy Peak

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Join us in hiking to the top of Mt. Baldy (10,064ft summit)! This is a leashed dog hike. If you don’t have a dog, we’d still like you to join us! This hike counts towards the 2019 Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge! Link below if you’re interested in officially signing up for the challenge but not a requirement to sign up to do this hike. Route: We’ll start at the Mt. Baldy ski lift parking lot and head up to the Top of the Notch Restaurant. Then we'll connect to the Devil's Backbone trail taking that the whole way to the peak. We'll return the same way we came and can hit the restaurant again for restrooms/water. Meeting time: 7:00am and hiking starts NLT 7:15am, meet at the end of the upper parking lot (photo attached). Distance: 10.2 miles RT (pace is brisk/moderately fast) Elevation gain: 3,900 ft Difficulty: strenuous Hiking time: ~7-8 hrs with stops for lunch/snacks Facilities: Top of the Notch Restaurant has restrooms/water Fees/permits: California adventure pass is required. You can also use your Interagency Annual Pass also known as the America the Beautiful Pass (National Parks Pass). More info/pics: https://sixpackofpeaks.com/socal/ OR https://socalhiker.net/a-six-pack-of-peaks/ Recommended: • day pack • 10 essentials (https://www.nps.gov/articles/10essentials.htm) • hiking boots/trail runners • hiking poles • hat, sunscreen, and other sun protection • layers because it may be chilly to start but warm up later (it also could be windy at the top) • water for you and your dog (if you’re bringing one) • lunch/snacks Directions: Can use coordinates[masked], [masked]. Mt. Baldy ski lift parking lot has three levels (lower, mid, and upper). Park at the upper level at the far end of the road. We'll pick up the trail in that spot. Last year the lot was completely empty. If you need to contact the organizer Shannon, call or text[masked]

Day Hike – Cucamonga Peak (w/hike to saddle option) - RESCHEDULED

*This hike is rescheduled from 4/28 to 5/19. Due to heavy snowfall this year, the trail is still not clear of snow from the saddle to the peak and may require crampons/ice axe. To be on the safe side for us and our pups, I'm shifting it a few weeks. I'm going to try and schedule a different hike on 4/28 for those still interested/available to hike that day!" Join us in hiking to the top of Cucamonga Peak (8,859ft summit) OR just to the saddle! It’s up to you. This is a leashed dog hike. If you don’t have a dog, we’d still like you to join us! This hike counts towards the 2019 Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge! Link below if you’re interested in officially signing up for the challenge but not a requirement to sign up to do this hike. Route: The Icehouse Canyon trail is beautiful and runs through the forest alongside Icehouse Creek for a while. We’ll head up to Icehouse Saddle which makes a good stop for a break and to regroup. This is the turning around point for folks only wanting to reach the saddle. The rest of the group will continue on to the peak (2.4 more miles to the summit and steep) and return the same way we started. Meeting time: meet at the trailhead (next to the self-serve permit box) at 7:00am and hiking starts NLT 7:15am Distance to saddle: ~7.2 miles RT (elevation gain 2,600 ft) Distance to peak: ~12 miles RT (pace is brisk/moderately fast) Elevation gain: 4,300 ft Difficulty: strenuous Hiking time: ~7-8 hrs with stops for lunch/snacks Facilities: toilets at trailhead Fees/permits: 1) day hike permit is required but they are self-serve and can be obtained at the trailhead; bring a pen and 2) California adventure pass is required. You can also use your Interagency Annual Pass also known as the America the Beautiful Pass (National Parks Pass). More info/pics: https://sixpackofpeaks.com/socal/ OR https://socalhiker.net/a-six-pack-of-peaks/ Recommended: • day pack • 10 essentials (https://www.nps.gov/articles/10essentials.htm) • hiking boots/trail runners • hiking poles • hat, sunscreen, and other sun protection • layers because it may be chilly to start but warm up later • water for you and your dog (if you’re bringing one) • lunch/snacks Directions: • Trailhead coordinates:[masked], [masked] OR • Trailhead address: 7641 Ice House Canyon Road, Mount Baldy, CA 91759 If you need to contact the organizer Shannon, call or text[masked]

Past events (85)

Beach Hike - OB Dog Beach

Dog Beach

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