What we're about

We are a small group of fit and energetic senior hikers, and you will know everyone when you come to hike.

Our average speed is about 2 miles per hour (more or less depending on trail conditions and weather.) You must be physically fit to hike with us to keep up with the group. Hiking requires more energy, strength, and stamina than walking. If you are thinking about old people’s slow walks on paved and flat surfaces because we are seniors, I would not recommend to join this group because we are much more active than you think. We are brisk hikers. Please do not join if you are simply a walker. Or you might want to try out by joining a Shorter Hike during free trial period.

There are four weekly hikes: Shorter Hike, about 3 miles on smooth (entry trail) as well as rocky terrain with a moderate long slope. Cardio-Shorter Hike includes more ups/downs and steep ascents/descents. Intermediate Hike, about 5.5 miles, and Longer Hike, about 7 miles on a mixture of smooth (entry trail) and rough as well as rocky, and hilly terrain at Friedrich Wilderness Park in San Antonio. We also occasionally hike at Eisenhower Park and McAllister Park. The longer hiking group ventures out from time to time to Hill Country State Natural Area in Bandera. Government Canyon State Natural Area, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, and Pedernales Falls State Park. We hope to explore additional places in the future. All our hikes take place on weekdays in order to avoid crowds. We enjoy hiking without dogs.

Please read each hiking description before you decide to join to determine your physical fitness level. If you’re not sure of your fitness level, consider starting out with the Shorter Hike and moving up to the longer one as you feel comfortable.

$6 annual dues by cash or check to the Organizer in person after the free trial period.

$7 annual dues by credit card after the free trial period.

The Organizer, Leadership Team, Hike Leaders, and Hosts are all dedicated volunteers without pay, and our group is not-profit. This group and volunteer members provide you with hiking opportunities in a group setting. The personal consequences of your decisions, actions, and risks are your sole responsibilities.

Please click on the link to our GROUP POLICIES below and read to better understand our group as well as other guidelines and useful messages which can be found under “Table of Contents” by scrolling down.
https://www.meetup.com/Energetic-Hikers-Age-60/pages/30220241/GROUP_POLICIES/

If you love nature and hiking on natural trails in wilderness, want to enjoy the company of avid hikers of age 60+, and stay fit for years to come, this group is for you.

Upcoming events (4+)

Intermediate Hike without feeling generation gap

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This hike is about 5.5 miles for those who want to hike more than the Shorter Hike, and less than the Longer Hike, or who want to add more distances per week, or who want to try as a transitional hike from Shorter Hike to Longer Hike.

OPTION ONE: We hike on entire Restoration Way and skip Bosque Trail. Overall long gradual ascents and descents as well as flat terrain, and no steep climbing. About 560 feet of elevation gain.

OPTION TWO: We skip outer loop of Restoration Way and hike on Mill Pass,, then Bosque Trail. Long gradual ascents and descents as well as flat terrains. In addition, there are challenging steep up and down hills. About 650 feet of elevation gain.

The hike is mostly portions of the Longer Hike, or a shorter version of modified Longer Hike. The trails are rocky with exposed tree roots. We hike at brisk pace. A not fast and not slow hike is expected. Our average speed is about 2 miles per hour. Good hiking shoes/boots are suitable. Bring water (A MUST), and snacks if you like. If you need to contact the event host, please call Ikuko at[masked].

This hike is not suitable for beginners. If you are not sure about your fitness level, please try the Shorter Hike, and find it out. You should be fine if you are comfortable with the Shorter Hike without difficulty, and able to keep up with the group’s pace. But it’s not an easy hike for very beginners.

Note: You are in the wilderness once you left the trail head.

Water requirements for Intermediate Hike during hot summer months:

To avoid dehydrations, every average size hiker must carry and consume 1 liters (2 bottles) of water (adjust to your body size) while hiking. Please understand that we are seniors who are more susceptible to heat and dehydration, and we need to take precautions to avoid emergency situations. Not drinking sufficient water your body needs while hiking is the cause of heat exhaustion, and you can prevent it.

♦️ Please answer LIABILITY agreement in your profile page if you have not done so. You will find how to step by step instructions:
Click on MORE menu below our group name on homepage. Choose MESSAGE BOARD. Find “Revised instructions on Liability Agreement” by scrolling down.♦️

Shorter Hike without feeling generation gap

Friedrich Wilderness Park

We hike about 3 miles in the lower parts of the park, and on upper trails. There are moderate gradual short ascents and descents, and a long gradual uphill and downhill with about 250 feet of elevation gain. We hike at brisk pace. A not fast and not slow hike is expected. Our average speed is about 2 miles per hour. Good hiking shoes/boots are suitable. Bring water (A MUST), and snacks if you like. If you need to contact the event host, please call Ikuko at[masked].

Water requirements for Shorter Hike during hot summer months:

To avoid dehydrations, every average size hiker must carry and consume a half-liter (1 bottle) of water (adjust to your body size) while hiking. Please understand that we are seniors who are more susceptible to heat and dehydration, and we need to take precautions to avoid emergency situations. Not drinking sufficient water your body needs while hiking is the cause of heat exhaustion, and you can prevent it.

♦️ Please answer LIABILITY agreement in your profile page if you have not done so. You will find how to step by step instructions:
Click on MORE menu below our group name on homepage. Choose MESSAGE BOARD. Find “Revised instructions on Liability Agreement” by scrolling down.♦️

Cardio-Shorter Hike without feeling generation gap

Friedrich Wilderness Park

This hike is perfect for Shorter Hike hikers who want to challenge, but who think the Intermediate Hike is too long. Also the hike is for any hikers who want to add more miles per week in addition to other hike.

This is a challenging 3.5 mile hike for Shorter Hike hikers. We hike on Water Trail and skip Juniper Barrens (lower portion). Then we will go up a long gradual ascent on Main Trail, and continue to portions of Intermediate/Longer hikes with steep uphills/downhills which are good for cardio workout with more elevation gain/loss than the other Shorter Hike. The trails are rocky in addition to exposed tree roots, and mostly shaded under trees. Our average speed is about 2 miles or less per hour with about 450 feet of combined elevation gain. We hike at brisk pace. A not fast and not slow hike is expected. Good hiking shoes/boots are suitable. A hiking pole may be helpful on steep hills. You should be fine if you are comfortable with the other Shorter Hike without difficulty, and able to keep up with the group’s pace. If you are having difficulties with the other Shorter Hike, this hike is not recommended. Bring snacks if you like, and water (MUST). If you need to contact the event host, please call or text Ikuko at[masked].

Note: You are in the wilderness once you left the trail head.

Water requirements for Shorter Hike during hot summer months:

To avoid dehydrations, every average size hiker must carry and consume a half-liter (1 bottle) of water or more (adjust to your body size and weather) while hiking. Please understand that we are seniors who are more susceptible to heat and dehydration, and we need to take precautions to avoid emergency situations. Not drinking sufficient water your body needs while hiking is the cause of heat exhaustion, and you can prevent it.

♦️ Please answer LIABILITY agreement in your profile page if you have not done so. You will find how to step by step instructions:
Click on MORE menu below our group name on homepage. Choose MESSAGE BOARD. Find “Revised instructions on Liability Agreement” by scrolling down.♦️

Intermediate Hike without feeling generation gap

Location visible to members

This hike is about 5.5 miles for those who want to hike more than the Shorter Hike, and less than the Longer Hike, or who want to add more distances per week, or who want to try as a transitional hike from Shorter Hike to Longer Hike.

OPTION ONE: We hike on entire Restoration Way and skip Bosque Trail. Overall long gradual ascents and descents as well as flat terrain, and no steep climbing. About 560 feet of elevation gain.

OPTION TWO: We skip outer loop of Restoration Way and hike on Mill Pass,, then Bosque Trail. Long gradual ascents and descents as well as flat terrains. In addition, there are challenging steep up and down hills. About 650 feet of elevation gain.

The hike is mostly portions of the Longer Hike, or a shorter version of modified Longer Hike. The trails are rocky with exposed tree roots. We hike at brisk pace. A not fast and not slow hike is expected. Our average speed is about 2 miles per hour. Good hiking shoes/boots are suitable. Bring water (A MUST), and snacks if you like. If you need to contact the event host, please call Ikuko at[masked].

This hike is not suitable for beginners. If you are not sure about your fitness level, please try the Shorter Hike, and find it out. You should be fine if you are comfortable with the Shorter Hike without difficulty, and able to keep up with the group’s pace. But it’s not an easy hike for very beginners.

Note: You are in the wilderness once you left the trail head.

Water requirements for Intermediate Hike during hot summer months:

To avoid dehydrations, every average size hiker must carry and consume 1 liters (2 bottles) of water (adjust to your body size) while hiking. Please understand that we are seniors who are more susceptible to heat and dehydration, and we need to take precautions to avoid emergency situations. Not drinking sufficient water your body needs while hiking is the cause of heat exhaustion, and you can prevent it.

♦️ Please answer LIABILITY agreement in your profile page if you have not done so. You will find how to step by step instructions:
Click on MORE menu below our group name on homepage. Choose MESSAGE BOARD. Find “Revised instructions on Liability Agreement” by scrolling down.♦️

Past events (580)

Cardio-Shorter Hike without feeling generation gap

Friedrich Wilderness Park

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