• *Conditioning* Summit Series (ECHO, INSPIRATION, MT. LOWE)

    ***CONDITIONING SERIES*** Let's get some bonus hikes in while preparing for upcoming backpacking and mountaineering trips! The San Gabriel Mountains get warm by mid May! So let's take advantage of the cooler temperatures right now! *INTERMEDIATE* level hikes with a moderate 2.5 mph pace. This is also a good opportunity to carry weight for training. Some of the trails in the series will be narrow with vegetation and/or loose scree. Please have protective clothing and sufficient hiking shoes/boots. Some of the ridges do involve scrambling. Trekking poles can be useful. In limited areas there is Poodle Dog bush. This can be avoided by staying on the trail. Currently, the only area I've seen growth is the Mt. Wilson trails. *Echo, Inspiration, Mt. Lowe (5604') is approximately 13MI R/T & 3800 G/L* Sam Merrill Trailhead @ Cobb Estate to Echo Mountain. Castle Canyon Trail to Inspiration Point. A short route on the fire roads leads you to Mt. Lowe East Trail and onto Mt. Lowe. SHORT BREAKS @ Echo Mountain & Inspiration Point. LUNCH BREAK @ Mt. Lowe. We will descend the lollipop via the Upper Sam Merrill Trail back to Cobb Estate. MEET @ the Cobb Estate Gate. ***LIMITED TO 12 HIKERS*** Please have a completed profile with a photo of YOURSELF. Answer the questions when you RSVP. If you do not see the questions, please send me a message with your recent hiking experience. I reserve the right to accept or deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. CHRONIC NON-ATTENDERS, DOUBLE-BOOKERS and NO SHOWS will not get priority. ***NO PLUS 1'S or Guests, DOGS must be on a leash*** The TEN ESSENTIALS are ALWAYS REQUIRED! Please have a minimum of 3L of hydration, snacks, electrolytes, and lunch. ALWAYS carry enough clothing, water, food and first aid to spend the night in case of an emergency. *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up YES for this hike, you acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. Know your ability and do not put others in jeopardy. I reserve the right to accept/deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. UNSAFE WEATHER OR TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL CANCEL THE EVENT. "The mountains are calling and I must go" John Muir

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  • ***Rattlesnake Peak (5836')***

    Shoemaker Canyon Road

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  • ***VALLEY OF FIRE***

    Valley of Fire State Park

    $10.00

    PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION PRIOR TO SIGNING UP. ADVENTURE in the VALLEY OF FIRE! THIS IS A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! A MAGICAL DESERT PLACE! CAR-CAMPING, DAY-HIKING and EXPLORATION! This amazing Nevada State Park is located just forty miles outside of Las Vegas. The park is made up of several short hikes that can be combined for longer day trips and lots of adventure among the rock formations, petroglyths and canyons! This will be an INTERMEDIATE event! This is sandy and rocky terrain. It gets very warm due to exposure and the desert environment. It's best to explore during the winter months! CAR-CAMPING FOR THREE NIGHTS (TENTS ONLY). Amenities include toilets, showers, potable water and trash disposal. Campfires are allowed in the fire rings provided in the campsite (pending fire restrictions). BRING FIREWOOD. http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire THE CAMPGROUND COST IS $10 PER PERSON FOR THREE NIGHTS. PAYMENT IS DUE on or before JAN 10/2020 ONCE YOU ARE MOVED ON TO THE "GOING" LIST. PAYMENT MUST BE MADE via PayPal or Zelle to [masked]. IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT FEES ARE *NON-REFUNDABLE* THE PARK FEE IS ALSO AN ADDITIONAL $10 PER CAR CAMP FEE AND $10 PASS PER CAR FEE (PER NIGHT) THAT IS $20 PER VEHICLE, PER NIGHT ($60 TOTAL). Carpooling is suggested! PLEASE ANSWER THE WAIVER when you RSVP. You must have a completed profile with a clear, recognizable photo of YOURSELF. Chronic non-attenders, double-bookers and no-shows, will NOT get priority. NO GUESTS, NO PLUS 1'S, NO DOGS ***LIMITED TO 30*** THU FEB 27TH: ARRIVE & SETUP CAMP 3PM. 4PM Drive to the "FIRE WAVE" FOR HAPPY HOUR AND SUNSET (1.5mi r/t). (For those that know how difficult it is to get permits for the Arizona WAVE... this is the next best thing!) FRI FEB 28TH: 7:30AM DEPART CAMP. We will make several stops throughout the park for short hikes! Please have all of your hiking gear, food and water for the day! Let's see some of the highlights of the park before the weekend crowds show-up! All estimated mileage is round-trip. NATURAL ARCHES TRAIL (4mi). BALANCED ROCK (.5mi) photo-op. PETROGLYTH CANYON & MOUSE'S TANK (1mi). RAINBOW VISTA to FIRE CANYON OVERLOOK (2-4mi). RETURN TO CAMP. FIRE CAVE @ WINDSTONE ARCH for HAPPY HOUR AND SUNSET (WALK less than one mile). SAT FEB 29TH: 7:30AM DEPART CAMP. DRIVE IN CARPOOLS to Atlatl Rock to view the petroglyths. From Atlatl Rock we BEGIN OUR HIKE on the Fire Washington route to Prospect Trail. We will travel Prospect Trail to the White Domes Loop. We will travel back the same route to the Atlatl parking area. (14MI R/T with less than 1k G/L). Back to camp for HAPPY HOUR! SUN MAR 1ST: DEPART CAMP by 10AM THE TEN ESSENTIALS ARE ALWAYS REQUIRED*** YOU must provide all of your own camping, hiking, and safety gear. You are responsible for all of your own food, drinks and necessities. I also recommend gaiters due to the sandy terrain. BRING FIREWOOD. ALL ATTENDEES ARE REQUIRED TO READ AND FOLLOW ALL VALLEY OF FIRE PARK RULES & REGULATIONS DURING THEIR STAY WITH SJHC. YOU MAY BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE GROUP IF THESE RULES & REGULATIONS ARE NOT FOLLOWED. ***KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS*** By signing up YES for this event, you acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to participate with me and fellow hikers, backpackers, climbers, drivers. I reserve the right to accept/deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. HAZARDOUS WEATHER, TRAIL OR TRAVEL CONDITIONS MAY CANCEL THE EVENT.

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  • SUNDAY MORNING HIKE to Orchard Camp

    Lizzie’s Trail Inn and The Richardson House

    LET'S take a short morning hike to stretch out after a brutal Saturday adventure! Please have sufficient hiking shoes/boots and carry 1-2L of water and a snack. Trekking pole(s) can be helpful. We will take a short break at the camp. ***ALL LEVELS WELCOME*** MT. WILSON TRAIL to ORCHARD CAMP 7MI R/T & 2K G/L (A small group of us also do this hike Wednesday evenings. If you are interested please send me a private message.) MEET IN FRONT OF LIZZIE'S TRAIL INN @ 7:15AM. Boots on the trail by 7:30AM. Park on the street surrounding Mt. Wilson Trail Park. Please follow all street signs with regards to NO PARKING and do not block driveways. ***LIMITED TO 12 HIKERS*** Please have a completed profile with a photo of YOURSELF. I reserve the right to accept or deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. ***NO PLUS 1'S or Guests, DOGS must be on a leash & pickup the poop*** TEN ESSENTIALS are ALWAYS REQUIRED *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up YES for this hike, you acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. Know your ability and do not put others in jeopardy. I reserve the right to accept/deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. UNSAFE WEATHER OR TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL CANCEL THE EVENT.

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  • Black Star Canyon to Silverado Canyon!

    Needs a location

    To Silverado Canyon: 18 Miles, 4,000' EG. (A short portion of it is class 3/4) The hike to Silverado Canyon is a shuttle hike. We will first meet at Silverado Canyon (Maple Springs) Trail Head Parking Lot, at 7:30 am, drop a car and shuttle to Black Star Canyon Trail Head. This hike has expansive views of all Southern California and an adventure hike involves some off trails. One of my favorite and the prettiest hike in the region. Elevation gain is spread evenly. We will also be going via Black Star Canyon Water Fall. This will involve mostly a class 3, short distance scrambling. There is a good chance that you may get wet. MY WAIVER: Please do not sign up if the following is not acceptable. Any outdoor activity can be challenging, fun, or a painful experience, often depending on whom you are with, even deadly and more painful depending on you, your abilities, circumstances, lack of judgment and sometimes just bad luck. Accidents happen. Any outdoor activity involves the risk of injury or even death. Please do not sign up; if you are not comfortable with what you are doing, unwilling to take that risk, or if you think you don’t have the needed skills for the event. You are not participating in an event organized by trained outdoors people or medical professionals. No one is trained or paid to watch after your safety. You will be agreeing to take responsibility for yourself, your actions and not to hold organizer/group leader, participants, cooks, carpoolers or anyone liable but yourself by signing and/or showing up for this event. Please remember that if you are not capable to this event or you don’t know your limits and still sign up, you may not only put yourself in danger but also all the other participants who are going with you. You further agree to pay for any medical or legal cost involved in case of an injury to yourself and request your heirs to respect your agreed waiver in case of an injury or even death due to any reason, by signing up for this event. Please also note that I may exclude or include anyone at my own discretion.

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  • SNOW CAMPING @ DRY LAKE

    South Fork Trail 1E04

    ***EXPERIENCED WINTER BACKPACKERS ONLY*** There is currently LOTS of snow at Dry Lake in the SGW and it's spectacular! I've had a number of requests for a snow camping event! I have a permit for a small group of experienced backcountry winter travelers. This is a STRENUOUS 5MI & 2100' GAIN when traveling in the snow with overnight gear! You must have all the necessary WINTER backpacking (4-season) gear and know how to use it. WATERPROOF BOOTS, CLOTHING, MICRO-SPIKES, TREKKING POLES AND SNOWSHOES ARE MANDATORY, along with all other necessary winter gear. ***NO PLUS 1'S, NO GUESTS, DOGS ARE ALLOWED (leash law enforced 6' maximum). You must have a completed profile with a clear picture of yourself. Due to the nature of this hike, I reserve the right to accept or deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. If I am unfamiliar with your winter travel experience, you will not be added to the list. *LIMITED TO 8 BACKPACKERS* The TEN ESSENTIALS are ALWAYS REQUIRED! ALL 4-season backpacking gear, layers, and enough food for an overnight stay. WATERPROOF BOOTS and CLOTHING, MICRO-SPIKES, SNOWSHOES AND TREKKING POLES ARE MANDATORY. ***SEVERE STORM CONDITIONS OR ROAD CLOSURES WILL CANCEL THIS EVENT*** *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up YES for this hike, you acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. I reserve the right to accept/deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. SEVERE WEATHER/UNSAFE CONDITIONS MAY CANCEL THIS EVENT.

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  • Granite Mountain and more ABDSP

    Stagecoach Trails RV Resort

    Granite mountain from Smuggler canyon-Photo by Doug Brown Granite Mountain and more ABDSP Sunday January 12 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM *Stagecoach Trails RV Resort 7878 Great Overland Stage route · Julian, CA Please read the entire event post before signing up Join us for a hike to Granite peak by way of cool canyon We will meet at the stagecoach trails store, and caravan to the trailhead. Cool canyon has many interesting dry waterfalls and rock formations in addition to an extensive variety of cactus. there is a steep strenuous climb to the summit where we will take a well deserved break and enjoy the views. We will then follow the ridge west to another ridge and descend into Hornblende canyon and visit an Indian village,and climb the saddle back into cool canyon and back to our cars Distance: approx. 9+ miles Elevation gain/loss Approx 4000'/4000' Terrain: All cross country with some boulder scrambling (fun) Duration: 7+ hours Difficulty: Advanced due to some class 3 scrambling, 3100 ft gain in three miles and loose scree steep descent. Attire: Cross country desert attire with lugged sole boots. Hydration: 3-4 liters water minimum Food bring lunch, Electrolytes and snacks. DIRECTIONS; google maps link https://goo.gl/maps/r5Fte41vLqG2 Note: I will only wait 10 minutes past 8:00 am at the store. PLEASE BE ON TIME There is no cell service at the meeting spot. Most passenger cars should be able to navigate the 1/2 mile dirt road to the trailhead. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST SIGN UP NO +1s attendees will be selected from the wait list based on ability, suitability and organizer prerogative. Note: there are many pointy plants called cactus in the desert that will stick you please take this in consideration when choosing clothes and shoes This is a fairly strenuous cross country hike of more than 4000 ft of elevation gain. there is no trail and the terrain may be difficult in places. . You must be good physical shape to participate in this hike. If you do not have recent significant hiking experience please DO NOT signup for this the event so as not to cause problems for the others or yourself. This is not a "flower" hike and you will be required to keep up with the group. Sign on the waitlist. WAIVER/AGREEMENT TO HOLD HARMLESS By signing up for this Meetup, you must agree to the following: This event can be dangerous and cause serious bodily injury or even possibly death. The organizers of this group and its members will not be held responsible for the actions of any participant at any event. Each attendee attending an event is attending at their own risk and is solely responsible for any damage to their equipment or themselves. You must fully understand that attending these events involves risks and dangers of serious bodily injury, including permanent disability, paralysis, and death. You must fully accept and assume all such risks and all responsibility for losses, costs, and damages. You hereby release from all liability, claims, demands, losses, or damages on my account caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the members of this group. By signing up for this event you acknowledge that you have read this agreement, you fully understand its terms, understand that you have given up substantial rights by attending and have attended freely and without inducement or assurance of any nature and intend it to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law

  • Guadalupe Trail to Cactus Springs in the Santa Rosa Mountains

    Cactus Springs Trailhead

    THIS IS AN ADVANCED DESERT HIKE OF ***16 MILES WITH 5K ELEVATION GAIN & 2K LOSS*** A CAR SHUTTLE IS REQUIRED. Meet at the Cactus Springs & Sawmill Trailhead parking area at 6am. We will depart in carpools to La Quinta Cove (30mi drive). This is a long day due to the nature of the hike and car shuttle. ALL PARTICIPANTS MEET TO CARPOOL @ 6AM. Please DO NOT ask to meet the group in La Quinta Cove. This is a beautiful desert adventure that travels sections of three different trails through the heart of the Santa Ana Mountains from the desert to the pines. We will take short breaks along the route and have lunch at Horse Thief Camp approximately eight miles from the start. Water is available only at mile 14. I recommend using a filter. Temperatures can range from anywhere between 50-80F with varying conditions. Please be prepared with layers and more hydration than you normally carry. I recommend a MINIMUM of 4L, along with electrolytes, snacks and lunch. GETTING TO THE PARKING LOT: Route 74 for 15.6 miles from the intersection of Hwy 111 and Route 74 (Monterey Avenue) in Palm Desert. Turn left at the sign for the Cactus Springs/Sawmill Trailhead and Riverside County Disposal Station. The parking lot is on the left hand side ALMOST to the end of the road. Cell reception is unreliable in this area. ***NO PLUS 1'S, NO GUESTS, NO DOGS. ANSWER THE QUESTIONS upon RSVP. If you don't see the questions, send me a private message. You must have a completed profile with a clear picture of yourself. Due to the nature of this hike, I reserve the right to accept or deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. Chronic non-attenders, double-bookers and no-shows WILL NOT GET PRIORITY. *LIMITED TO 12 HIKERS* The TEN ESSENTIALS are ALWAYS REQUIRED! Always carry enough gear to be able to survive a night in the wilderness. BE PREPARED FOR CHANGING TEMPERATURES AND CLIMATE. I recommend carrying tweezers in case of cactus encounters, and wearing long pants/sleeves. *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up YES for this hike, you acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. I reserve the right to accept/deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. SEVERE WEATHER/UNSAFE CONDITIONS MAY CANCEL THIS EVENT.

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  • TRAM to PEAK *SNOWSHOE*

    Palm Springs Aerial Tram

    ***THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED TO A SNOWSHOE*** A GREAT BASE LAYER of snow is on San Jacinto! Let's hope it continues to snow! Snowshoes, micro-spikes, trekking poles and waterproof boots are MANDATORY! Please have all of your winter layers! The winter route is 8.5mi & 2400 G/L. This is NOT a three-season hike. This is WINTER. BE PREPARED. Please be an experienced hiker with four-season experience. Meet in the boarding area of the TRAMWAY by 7:30am. If you need a ticket ($28), I recommended arriving before 7:15am to line up. ***12 SNOWSHOERS*** ***CHRISTMAS THEMED OUTFITTING IS ENCOURAGED AND WELCOME*** BRING A MINIMUM OF 3L OF HYDRATION, SNACKS & LUNCH. A HOT DRINK IS NICE and helps warm you up. THE TEN ESSENTIALS are ALWAYS REQUIRED! Layers for changing temperatures and conditions. ENOUGH SUPPLIES TO SURVIVE A NIGHT IN THE WILDERNESS. Snowshoes, micro-spikes or crampons (NOT YAKTRAX), trekking poles, hand warmers, toque, sun hat, sunscreen, mitts, waterproof gloves, hardshell, rain pants, puffy, midlayers, raincover/garbage bag. THINK WATERPROOF & WARMTH. ANSWER THE QUESTIONS UPON RSVP. You must have a completed profile with a clear photo of YOURSELF. I reserve the right to accept or deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. NO-SHOWS, CHRONIC NON-ATTENDERS & DOUBLE-BOOKERS DO NOT GET PRIORITY. If you have no history with the group, and your experience is not listed on your profile, information must be provided to the organizer prior to being accepted on an event. *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up YES for this hike, you acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. SEVERE WEATHER/UNSAFE CONDITIONS MAY CANCEL THIS EVENT.

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  • ***1st Annual Holiday Hiking Celebration***

    Coastal Peak Park

    LET'S CELEBRATE our hiking community, friends and the holidays! Ocean view trails, hills and canyons. Ridge Park entrance in Crystal Cove leads up Bommer Ridge with a turnaround point above Shaw's Cove in Laguna Beach. Return via Emerald Canyon and Bommer Ridge. INTERMEDIATE HIKE of approximately 12 MILES R/T & 1000' G/L (4-6hrs). ***HOLIDAY ATTIRE*** LUNCH @ Mustard Cafe Newport Coast https://www.mustardcafe.com/location THIS IS A FUN HOLIDAY CELEBRATION WITH HIKING FRIENDS! BRING GOOD CHEER! You must supply all of your own hiking essentials, hydration/snacks. *****WE WILL TAKE A BREAK @ THE BENCH PRIOR TO RETURNING***** If you would like to bring yourself a bit of "cheer", we will be celebrating with mimosas at the break! #leavenotrace YOU MUST HAVE A COMPLETED PROFILE with a clear photo of YOURSELF! NO GUESTS or PLUS 1'S, NO DOGS ALLOWED PER PARK REGULATIONS. We will limit the number of attendees for the safety of the group. Members with hiking history with the group will take priority. *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up YES for this hike, you acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. KNOW YOUR ABILITY BEFORE SIGNING UP. I reserve the right to accept/deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. SEVERE WEATHER/UNSAFE CONDITIONS MAY CANCEL THIS EVENT. "Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity." Thich Nhat Hanh

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