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This meetup is all about social interaction, mostly through hiking. We think mental health is just as important as physical health, and that makes us different from other hiking groups. If you are interested in hiking, making friends, having fun, and exploring the greater Los Angeles area, then this group is for you. Hiking, PLUS other stuff!

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Paradise Falls - The easy way

Tennis Court parking lot

A hike to Paradise Falls is one of the most popular things to do for those visiting Simi Valley, yet a lot of people that live nearby rarely make this fun hike or perhaps have never done it. There are several paths one can take to the falls. This route is the easy way to Paradise Falls and suitable for fit beginners. See link: How hard is this hike (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781). There are a couple inclines of several hundred steps, but nothing a fit beginner cannot handle. There is one stair case of several stories that takes us down to the falls. There is nothing wrong with taking it slow because this is a social hike, not a conditioning hike. We'll be waiting for folks to catch up at the major junctions. The waterfall is flowing fully even during our drought conditions. It is fed by urban run-off (surface water waste created by urbanization). It feeds into a small pond, where I see people swimming and diving all the time, even though this water is not safe or legal for either due to health risks and debris hidden below the surface. The Route. To the Main Parking Lot We'll be starting from the tennis court parking lot 4 blocks east of the trail head parking lot and across the road. We'll take a tunnel that goes under the road and make our way to the park side of the road. We'll turn right (west) for 1 block, where we'll see an entrance to the Moonridge trail that runs parallel to the road. We'll enter and make a right, following it around past the first set of junctions, continuing for about 1/4 mile, and then follow it around to the left instead of taking the stem to the right. This will take us to the steps to the main trail head parking lot on the right side. We'll turn right, going up the stairs, and head across the lot to the entrace of the Mesa trail. To the Tepee We'll take that trail, past the gate, and after 2000', turn left on the North Tepee Trail. We'll follow this down for 2000' more to a large Tepee structure. We'll regroup, we can take a few pictures, there's a drinking fountain, and we can rest a moment. To the Waterfall We'll then continue down to the Paradise Falls waterfall by following the zig-zag trail and taking a stair case down. The Snack Share After a short visit, we'll return a different way, heading partly back up and across the back side of the waterfall along Wildwood Canyon trail. After about another 100 yards, we'll come to a couple picnic tables on the right where we'll share snacks and beverages (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772). Returning Early For those that wish to head back instead of hanging around for the snack share, you are responsible for finding your own way back, although there is almost always someone leaving early that knows the route, or you can study the map in this description. Continuing with the group For this hike, we'll take the easiest way back. We continue on this trail and it comes to a dead end, we make a right and then immediate left onto the Indian Creek trail. We'll follow this all the way back to our cars, making a right towards the end when it dead ends again. Interesting Notes: You will see several entities of note: Prickly Pear Cactus Inside and fruit are edible. Remove needles and scrape to remove hairs, cut top off, hollow out to make water container. Burn or scrape off needles - even stones can be used if you don't have a knife. Fruit peels easily. Eat seeds and all. Use duct tape to remove thorns from hands. Lemonade Berry Some saps can produce skin allergic reactions. Good kindling. Usually, the berries are toxic. They are covered with a gooey sour (like lemon) coating. Hikers sometimes drop a seed or two into their water bottles to give the water a tang. Wide leaves, rounded tips, edges are smooth, dull on back. Can only be found in the California hills. Directions: Wildwood Park 635 W Avenida De Los Arboles Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 From the 118: CA-118 west to CA-23. Continue south on CA-23 to exit 15 for 4.8 miles, Avenida de los Arboles Turn right (east) on Avenida de los Arboles for 3.3 miles until 4 blocks before it ends. There will be tennis courts on the right with a parking lot. From CA-23: CA-23 to exit 15, Avenida de los Arboles East on Avenida de los Arboles for 3.3 miles until it ends. Trail head on the left. Turn right (east) on Avenida de los Arboles for 3.3 miles until 4 blocks before it ends. There will be tennis courts on the right with a parking lot. The Hike: Distance: 3.5miles, 3 1/2 hrs Elevation Gain: 650' Pace: 2.0 mph Difficulty (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781): Fit Beginner Dogs: Yes. Restrooms: Yes - at the start. Drinking Fountains: Yes. Parking: Free. Trail: Double and single track, fire road. Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall. High Res Link of route () What to Bring: 1-2 liters of water. Snacks and/or beverages (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772)to share. Hiking shoes preferred, but athletic shoes will be OK. Flashlight or headlamp for evening hikes. Insect Repellent Disclaimer / Release of Liability: You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. This Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. You are responsible for you. If you choose to sign up for any events, you are releasing the Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.

Las Llajas - Suitable for beginners

Las Llajas Canyon Trail trailhead

This hike is a great trail for beginners because all the elevation gain is distributed. It is a walk down a rolling fire road through a really cool canyon, and you will find no difficult or extended elevation climbs. This is one of my favorite trails for people new to hiking. It is an "out-and-back" hike, where we return the way we came, so there is virtually no chance of getting lost. You may be amazed that such a place exists right here in Simi Valley. From the trail head, we'll walk down an asphalt path for several hundred steps and turn right onto a gravel fire road. After that, there will be no more turns. But shortly, we'll take a detour up a trail off to the right to see the first bee sactuary. it was filled with live bees last time I looked in May 2017. Then we'll return back to the fire road. We'll continue on the fire-road for about 1 mile. We'll stop there (in the shade if summer) to allow others to catch up. Then we'll take a 200' detour to the left to see the second bee sanctuary, which continues in a half circle back to the fire road. Even though I haven't seen any actual bees there, it's still interesting to see. We'll continue for another 1.5 miles and wait there for anybody that needs to catch up, and share snacks and/or beverages (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772). There is a lot of wild life along this trail because it is the only area with water for quite a distance. This is a social hike, not a conditioning hike. See link How Hard is This Hike (https://www.meetup.com/The-PM-Hikers/messages/boards/thread/50018589). Still, for those that aren't interested in the beverage and/or snack share and want more of a workout, just continue on for another mile (15-20 minutes) at a fast pace, then turn around and come back. That's about how long we'll be before packing up and heading back the way we came. Interesting Notes: Tree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca) Elongated yellow flowers. The Cahuilla Indians used the leaves interchangeably with other tobacco species in hunting rituals and as a poultice to treat swellings, bruises, cuts, wounds, boils, sores, inflamed throat, and swollen glands. It does not contain nicotine. It contains anabasine, a similar compound, which is highly toxic to humans and animals. It is more toxic than nicotine. Ingestion of the leaves can be fatal. It is being investigated for use as a biofuel. All parts of this plant are toxic. Used as an insecticide. Do not smoke. The Hike: Distance: 5 miles Gain: 700' Distribution: Well distributed. Difficulty (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781): Beginner. Shape: Out and Back. Pace: 2.0 mph. Trail Type: Fire road. Trail Variations: Rolling stroll. Duration: 3.5 hours Dogs: Yes. Leash as required by law. Restrooms: No Drinking Fountains: No. Parking: Free along street. What to bring: 1 liter of water for every 3 miles. Snacks and/or beverages to share (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772). Hiking shoes preferred, but athletic shoes will be OK. Flashlight or headlamp. Sunscreen and/or hat as needed. Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall. Hosting Route: The host knows the route. A pic of the route has been posted as part of this description. Navigation: Host memory, enhanced by GPS navigation as needed. Hike type: Social. We won't be hiking at a fast pace because this is a social hike, not a conditioning hike. There is nothing wrong with stopping, even if it means every 50 steps. See "How hard is this hike" in the discussion section (LINK (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781)). Stops: The host may designate stopping points to let others catch up. This hike will include an extended stop for a snack and beverage (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772) share at the half way point. This hike does not have any junctions once past the first 500'. There may not always be a sweeper designated to be the last hiker. Each hiker is responsible for knowing their capability, only attending events where they are able to sustain the described pace, for keeping up with the group sufficiently enough to make the turns and not get left behind, and for making sure the host is notified if they are going to split from the group. Since this hike is out-and-back on a wide fire road with no turns after the first 500', one cannot get lost. Therefore, for this hike, it will be acceptable to split from the group moving faster, slower, or otherwise at your own pace. Group separation: Sometimes hikers wish to move significantly ahead and not wait at designated stopping points. Please let the host know. They are on their own regarding route and navigation. If others follow, it is group hijacking: Incorrect routes may be taken and group splitting may occur. Please don't do this. Directions: Las Llajas Canyon Trail 5715 Evening Sky Dr Simi Valley, CA 93063 From the west: 23-N to 118-E, Exit 29 Yosemite. From the east: 118-W, Exit 29 Yosemite. Head north on Yosemite for 1.25 miles. Turn right (east) on Evening Sky Drive and proceed for 0.5 miles. See the trail head on the left. Park along the street. Disclaimer / Release of Liability: You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. This Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. You are responsible for you. If you choose to sign up for any events, you are releasing the Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.

Dos Vientos - Easy Intermediate

Dos Vientos Community Park

Warning: Google Maps may take you to the incorrect location, although the address is correct. Please follow the written directions. The Hike The hike starts on the Park View trail, completely flat along a gravel track that moves around the Dos Vientos Community park. It then gently rises into the surrounding hills, continuing onto the Powerline trail. The first 1.75 miles has about 350' of gain and another 150' of gain on the return, including an extended incline of about 450 steps. The extended incline is fire road, so it isn't especially steep. Parts are ruggedly strewn with small rubble but there are still clear foot paths along the edge. It will get the heart pumping and beginners will probably curse this extended climb. At the height of this point, there is a fantastic overlook. We continue another 0.85 miles for another 450' of gain and 190' on the return. It continues to the next electrical tower where the trail splits. This leads to the 2,200 feet high Conejo Mountain in Camarillo, CA. This extension can be done by beginners, but they will probably want to go slowly and rest a moment after each 100 steps. While not steep, this incline is extended, so I put this in the intermediate category. Either way, the pace will be a leisurely 2 mph because this is a social hike, not a conditioning hike (see LINK - How hard is this hike (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781)). At the end of this segment, we'll stop to share snacks and beverages (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772)before returning back the way we came. This trail offers panoramic views of the Oxnard Plain, the Pacific Ocean, numerous Channel Islands, Boney Mountain, Mugu Lagoon, and the Topa Topa Mountains. The mountainside is mixed with the remnants of a brush fire and new growth. I will be marking the trail with white arrows at junctions so that nobody gets lost and hikers can turn around at any point. The Park The Dos Vientos park and recreation center is open until 10pm on weekdays, 6pm on weekends, has plenty of parking in a paved lot, has indoor drinking fountains and bathrooms, two separate picnic areas with barbecue grills, and alcohol is allowed in the park. Interesting Notes. You will see several plants of note: Prickly Pear Cactus Inside and fruit are edible. Remove needles and scrape to remove hairs, cut top off, hollow out to make water container. Burn off needles. Fruit peels easily. Eat seeds and all. Use duct tape to remove thorns from hands. Lichen A composite organism arising from algae, cyanobacteria, or both, and often fungi. They come in many colors. Not related to moss or any plant. They get all their food from photosynthesis, air, water, and minerals in their environment. Most comes from air, and therefore, can be used to monitor air pollution. 6% of earth's land surface is covered by lichens. This is the paint that gives the look of the rocks of Yosemite. 20,000 known species. Self-contained ecosystems. Some of the oldest living things. Can survive unprotected in space, surviving vacuum, fluctuating temperatures, and cosmic radiation. Used for making dyes, sometimes by boiling in water. Some are edible, some poisonous. Directions: Dos Vientos Community Park 4801 Borchard Rd Newbury Park, CA[masked],[masked] From the 118: West to CA-23. CA-23 south for 7.4 miles. US-101 north for 4.1 miles. Exit 47B Brochard Rd. Brochard Rd. south for 7 miles. Dos Vientos park entrance on the right. From CA-23: CA-23 south to US-101. US-101 north for 4.1 miles. Exit 47B Brochard Rd. Brochard Rd. south for 7 miles. Dos Vientos park entrance on the right. From US-101 (Camarillo/Ventura): US-101 south. Exit 47A Brochard Rd. Brochard Rd. south for 7 miles. Dos Vientos park entrance on the right. Hike Stats: Difficulty: Easy Intermediate (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781) Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1140' Distribution: All of the gain is on the way up. Shape: Out and Back. Pace: 2.0 mph Trail Variations: After 1.5 miles, there will be several sections of 1000 steps or more that are continuous elevation gain. Duration: 3.5 hours. Dogs: Yes. Restrooms: Yes. Drinking Fountains: Yes. Parking: Free in paved lot. Trail type: Single track and fire road. Parts of the fire road have heavy gravel and rubble. Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes. Below is the route we will follow. Please take note if you plan on separating from the group, perhaps for returning right away instead of participating in the snack and beverage share. What to Bring: 1 liter of water for every 3 miles. Snacks and/or beverages to share (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772). Hiking shoes preferred, but athletic shoes will be OK. Flashlight or headlamp. Sunscreen and/or hat as needed. Hosting Route: The host knows the route. Navigation: Host memory, enhanced by GPS navigation as needed. Hike type: Social. We won't be hiking at a fast pace because this is a social hike, not a conditioning hike. There is nothing wrong with stopping, even if it means every 50 steps. See "How hard is this hike" in the discussion section (LINK https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781). Stops: The host may designate stopping points to let others catch up. This hike will include an extended stop for a snack and beverage share (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772) approximately at the half way point. We will stop at junctions to make sure everybody makes any turns or chooses the correct direction at splits, else something will be used to mark the direction, usually a large arrow made of baking soda. There may not always be a sweeper designated to be the last hiker. Each hiker is responsible for knowing their capability, only attending events where they are able to sustain the described pace, for keeping up with the group sufficiently enough to make the turns and not get left behind, and for making sure the host is notified if they are going to split from the group. Group separation: Sometimes hikers wish to move significantly ahead and not wait at designated stopping points. Please let the host know. They are on their own regarding route and navigation. If others follow, it is group hijacking: Incorrect routes may be taken and group splitting may occur. Please don't do this. Disclaimer / Release of Liability: You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. This Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. You are responsible for you. If you choose to sign up for any events, you are releasing the Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite

Happy Camp 2 - the one with real incline

Happy Camp Rustic Canyon

This is not the usual "Happy Camp" hike the group has done in the past. The starting point is NOT at the golf course entrance. The dirt lot can hold at least 50 cars. There is some real incline on this hike and no trails coated with silt. We start with about 1.25 miles of relatively flat and slightly downhill double-tracker. Then we start up a fire road for 1.5 miles with a continuous incline of 700'. This section can be exhausting, so I've rated the hike on the easy end of the Intermediate spectrum. A strong and motivated beginner can do this hike, but they will be challenged and slow during this segment. That's OK, because this is not a conditioning hike, it is a social hike. We'll be stopping at various points to regroup, and there is nothing wrong with taking many small stops along this section to catch your breath. After having done two segments, we'll reach a steel hitching post and clearing, where we'll have a social event lasting about an hour. We'll be rewarded with spectacular views in all directions. During the day, you can easily see the ocean and Channel Islands. Finally, we'll head back the way we came. Interesting Notes. These are plants you will likely see on this hike. White Sage It is very aromatic and is the plant burned in "smudging" to ward off evil spirits and perform other purification. Along the second half of the outbound section, both sides of the trail have patches of White Sage. Everlasting Smells like maple syrup when crushed. Essential oil has analgesic, anti-allergenic, antibacterial, anticoagulant, antidiabetic, antifungal, antihaematoma, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitussive, antiviral, astringent, cholagogue, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, febrifuge, fungicidal, hepatoprotective, mucolytic, nervine, splenic and stimulant therapeutic properties. Directions: Happy Camp Rustic Canyon 13650 Broadway Rd. Moorpark, CA 93021 Coordinates of trailhead:[masked], [masked] From CA-118: West on CA-118, exit 19a Princeton Ave. Left on Princeton for 1.4 mile until dead end. Right on Spring Rd. for 1.3 miles. Right on CA-23N/Walnut Canyon Rd. for 0.9 miles. Becomes Happy Camp Rd. for 236'. Right on Broadway Rd. for 0.3 miles. Parking lot in Northeast corner of intersection. From CA-23 and US-101: North on CA-23. CA-118 east for 0.6 miles. Exit 19a, Princeton Ave. Right on Princeton for 1.4 mile until dead end. Right on Spring Rd. for 1.3 miles. Right on CA-23N/Walnut Canyon Rd. for 0.9 miles. Becomes Happy Camp Rd. for 236'. Right on Broadway Rd. for 0.3 miles. Parking lot in Northeast corner of intersection. The Hike: Distance: 5.7 miles, 3.75 hours Elevation Gain: 1000' Difficulty: Easy Intermediate Pace: 2.0 mph Dogs: No Restrooms: Yes. Drinking Fountains: No. Parking: Free in the dirt lot at the trailhead Trail: Double Track and Fire Road, with some sand. Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall Hosting Route: The host knows the route. Navigation: Host memory, enhanced by GPS navigation as needed. Hike type: Social. Below is a picture of the route. Those that wish to return immediately instead of hanging around during the snack and beverage share, should memorize the below route so they can safely return on their own. Stops: The host may designate stopping points to let others catch up. This hike will include an extended stop for a snack and beverage share ( https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772 ) at the half way point. Group separation: Sometimes hikers wish to move significantly ahead and not wait at designated stopping points. Please let the host know. They are on their own regarding route and navigation. If others follow, it is group hijacking: Incorrect routes may be taken and group splitting may occur. Please don't do this. What to Bring: 1-2 liters of water. Snacks and/or beverages to share Hiking shoes preferred, but athletic shoes will be OK. Disclaimer / Release of Liability: You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. This Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. You are responsible for you. If you choose to sign up for any events, you are releasing the Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.

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