• 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

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • Yachtley Crew, 70's and 80's tribute band in Simi Valley - Potluck

    "Duck Park" Rancho Simi Community Park

    Join us for a picnic and concert at Simi Valley's "Duck Pond" park (Rancho Siimi Community Park). Yachtley Crew - 70's and 80's tribute band. Concert is free. Parking on-site is free. Concerts start at 6:30 pm. Alcohol is permitted. Please bring snacks and drink to share. Food is also available for purchase. Bring a low-back chair and perhaps a blanket. http://www.rsrpd.org/events/music_in_the_park.php Look for the Hiking Plus banner along the back fence. Rancho Simi Community Park 1765 Royal Ave. Simi Valley, CA 93065 Dogs on a leash are allowed on the perimeters but not in the main event area. I will secure an area early in the morning. Look for our banner to find us. Please post in the comments if you can bring a table.

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  • Oak Ridge - Fit Beginner

    Oak Ridge Trailhead

    This is one of the most varied flora hikes I have done in the area and is suitable for fit beginners. From the trailhead, the hike rises rapidly out of a residential neighborhood through a series of zig-zags, with spectacular views of Conejo Mountain, culminating in a magnificent view of Boney Mountain and the Rancho Sierra Vista meadows. We will descend to and cross Reino Road, and enter into the Potrero Open Space trail, where we'll circle around the base of a water tank-studded hill, then scramble up past one of them to the cellular telephone antenna installation at the top through a rock-strewn trough. There, we'll stop for a snack-share social event, before heading back the way we came. The Route (photo posted): Hike Distance: 4.0 miles Gain: 650' Distribution: Well distributed over the entire hike. Difficulty ( https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781 ): Fit-Beginner. Shape: Out and back. Pace: approx. 2.0 mph. Trail Type: Double track, single track, street, and one rugged segment. Trail Variations: There is one segment of about 50 jagged rock steps. Duration: 3.5 hours Dogs: Yes. Restrooms: No Drinking Fountains: No. Parking: Free along street. What to bring: 1 liter of water for every 3 miles. Hiking shoes/boots. Not required, but recommended. Flashlight or headlamp. Sunscreen and/or hat as needed. Snacks and/or beverages to share ( https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772 ). Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes. 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. 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. Interesting Notes Here are a couple plants you are sure to see on this hike: Purple Sage Grey-green leaves. Aromatic when crushed. Purple flowers. Aka, Tobacco Sage, with mild hallucinogenic properties when smoked. Can be used as a spice or made into a tea. Tea has medicinal affects: Antiviral, gargle for sore throats, reduce hayfever symptoms and other drying actions. In the last summer, fall, and winter months, the flowers will have turned brown and the leaves we take on a greyer color. Sticky Monkeyflower Of the Snapdragon family. The flowers are supposed to resemble a laughing monkey's face. Leaves are very sticky on the underside. Directions From CA-118 CA-118 west CA-23 south for 7.4 miles US-101 north for 1.9 miles Exit 45, Lynn Rd., turn left (south) for 4.6 miles Right on S. Reino Rd. for 0.5 miles Left on Maurice Dr. for 0.4 miles to dead end Right on Mountain Creek Dr. for 0.1 miles Park on the street. From US-101 (Ventura) US-101 south Exit 47B, Wendy Dr., turn Left (south) for 0.8 miles Right on Borchard Rd. for 0.5 miles Left on S. Reino Rd. for 0.8 miles Right on Maurice Dr. for 0.4 miles to dead end Right on Mountain Creek Dr. for 0.1 miles Park on the street. Oak Ridge Trailhead 4140 Mountain Creek Dr Thousand Oaks, CA[masked], [masked] 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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  • Cave of Munitz

    Cave of Munitz

    Intermediate hikers will love this hike. It is not well suited for beginners. It has some of the most variations of terrain of any hike in the area and is one of my personal favorites. This is an interesting gem and one of the famous formations that every hiker in the Los Angeles area should see. It's a hike to a true cave! We'll start out with a rather flat walk behind some houses and then under some trees for a park like setting. The trail then continues past a fence, where we'll turn right and head for the cave. There will be an ascent to the cave entrance, but it's only a couple hundred steps. The cave can be entered easily by some, while others take a bit longer. We'll wait until everybody gets through. If you are carrying hiking poles or water, you'll need to be able to attach them to your body so that both hands are free. Some prefer gloves because there will be places where it is necessary to put your hands on the rocks. Some prefer long pants because there may be spots where you'll be putting your knees on the rocks. After coming out the exit, there will be a short period of rock scrambling that is best done in the daylight, followed by a very steep incline to the top for about 500 steps. This is the hardest part of the hike, and even seasoned hikers will stop several times to take a breather while making their way up. From here we'll make our way along the top ridge to an area where we'll stop and have a social event (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772)that will last 30-60 minutes. Please bring snacks and/or drinks (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772) to share. We'll head back around the back side of the mountain, connecting back up with the original route to the cave for the return. The Route (photo posted below): Hike Distance: 4.5 miles Gain: 1100' Distribution: Most of the incline is concentrated in the second quarter. Difficulty (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781): Intermediate. Shape: Counterclockwise lollipop. Pace: approx. 2.0 mph., significantly slower through cave and on steep ascents. Trail Type: Fire road, double track, single track, cave, rock scrambling. Trail Variations: There is a steep ascent for about 500 steps. There will be some rock scrambling after exiting the cave. Entering and exiting the cave can require some stemming. Please have two hands free. Duration: 3.5 hours Dogs: No. Restrooms: No Drinking Fountains: No. Parking: Free along street. What to bring: 1 liter of water for every 3 miles. Hiking shoes/boots Flashlight or headlamp. Sunscreen and/or hat as needed. Gloves (optional). Snacks and/or beverages to share (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772). Special Notes: It is best that you have two hands free for traversing into and out of the cave, and for the rock scrambling required after the cave. This means that any water or poles should be able to be carried by attaching to your pack or body. 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. 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. Interesting Notes Here are a couple plants you are sure to see on this hike: Jimson Weed The plant got its name from Jamestown, because in 1676, Jamestown, VA soldiers ate this plant in their salad and became psychotic for 11 days. The leaves and seeds are used to make medicine. Despite serious safety concerns, jimson weed is used to treat asthma, cough, flu (influenza), swine flu, and nerve diseases. Some people use it as a recreational drug to cause hallucinations and a heightened sense of well-being (euphoria). All parts of Datura plants contain dangerous levels of the tropane alkaloids atropine, hyoscyamine, and scopolamine, which are classified as deliriants, or anticholinergics. The risk of fatal overdose is high among uninformed users, and many hospitalizations occur amongst recreational users who ingest the plant for its psychoactive effects. As much as a 5:1 variation can be found between plants. It contains chemicals such as atropine, hyoscyamine, and scopolamine. These chemicals interfere with one of the chemical messengers (acetylcholine) in the brain and nerves. Ingesting only a few small seeds can result in serious poisoning and may be life-threatening. Ingesting even small amounts of the plant or seeds can result in confusion, frightening hallucinations, the inability to urinate or sweat, overheating, and a rapid heart rate. Depending on the amount ingested, these troubling symptoms can last hours to many days, and in some cases can lead to death. Touching he plant can cause dermatitis. Poison Oak If the leaves of poison oak are broken or the plant is damaged in some way, it releases an oil - urushiol - that is poisonous to humans. The oil triggers the body's immune system and produces a rash. Even dead leaves, stems, or roots contain the oil; it can also be inhaled if the plants are burned. Urushiol is the same oil that is produced by poison ivy and sumac. Indirect contact can occur if the oil gets onto clothes or is carried on a pet's coat. Although cats and dogs are not generally affected by urushiol, they can carry it. Most people, but not all, show an allergy to the oil, referred to as allergic contact dermatitis. It usually appears between half a day and 3 days after contact with the plant oil. People who are allergic to the oil do not have a reaction until they have a second contact with the oil. The immune system learns to recognize the oil from the first occasion and then reacts to it aggressively on future contact. Directions: Cave of Munitz 24501 Woodglade Ln. West Hills, CA 91307 Note: We'll be parking here, and then walking to the trailhead. Trailhead coordinates:[masked], [masked] From I-101: I-101, exit Valley Circle Blvd. Valley Circle Blvd. north for 3.2 miles. Left (west) on Highlander Rd. for 300'. Park on the street at near Elmsbury Ln. From CA-118: I-118, exit CA-27 Topanga Canyon Blvd. South CA-27 Topanga Canyon Blvd. for 2.4 miles. Right (west) on Plummer St. for 0.9 miles. Slight left (west, then south) onto Valley Circle Blvd. for 3.0 miles. Right (west) on Highlandr Rd. for 300'. Park on the street at near Elmsbury Ln. Disclaimer / Release of Liability: 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. 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. This applies to any guests you may invite.

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  • Sage Ranch Lollipop - Fit Beginner

    Sage Ranch

    As of May 2018, the first part of the clockwise loop was closed, but we found a new and cooler route with a perfect place for a snack-share, complete with picnic table. We'll head up the ramp and begin the hike counter-clockwise. This ramp will be the only significant incline, but is still suitable for fit beginners (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781). It is paved, runs 1/4 mile, and about 125' of gain. It will get your blood pumping, but that's OK because this is not a conditioning hike, it is a social hike. We'll continue until we see a trail junction heading to the right and behind the rocks. We'll follow it around and go up on the rocks to a secret area where the rock has been carved out. We'll have our social event there (Snack Share (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772)) lasting 30 - 60 minutes. After, we'll continue back to the main trail and follow it the rest of the way around. When we come to a sign that says "detour" because the path forward is closed, we'll take the detour. It is a steady climb up most of the way back, but fit beginners can handle it. It will eventually lead us back to the top parking lot. From there, we'll take the asphalt path and down to our cars. We'll stop whenever necessary to regroup. Other than what was mentioned earlier in this description, all of the gain is distributed with no difficult or extended elevation climbs. This hike has all the look and feel you would expect of a mountain hike in this area. Most of the walk is a well maintained rocky trail. This takes us through Sage Ranch Park, with interesting rock formations all around, a very cool overlook onto the valley at the half way point, and even an overlook onto part of the old Santa Suzanna nuclear test facility. Below is a picture of Turtle Rock. About the parking: There are two spots to park. The first (where we will meet), is right at the entrance along the west edge of Black Canyon Rd. This is a free gravel lot, but parking is limited to about 30 cars. If the free lots gets filled, continue about 500' west up a steep incline, where there is another lot with payment required via self-pay envelopes. In early 2018, it was $5. If you plan on parking in this lot, bring exact change. For this hike, we'll walk up to this lot, so you can wait there of you don't want to make the climb from the lower lot to the upper lot. The park is officially open from sunrise to sunset. Prior postings for this hike, had this warning: If you do park in the pay lot, be sure you return before sunset, else risk a ticket or being locked in by a ranger. Interesting Notes: Here are a couple plants you are sure to see on this hike: Black Sage Multiple brown buttons going up the top of the stalk, that may have white flowers. Green leaves. Purple or white flowers that are dark brown as they dry on the plant. Squish the leaves and smell. A rare and sought after Black sage honey is also made from the honey of bees that pollinate the Black sage plant. Black sage is utilized in the culinary world as an aromatic and flavorful herb. It can be used in recipes wherever traditional sage is called for, however keep in mind that foraged Black sage has a much stronger flavor than that of traditional store bought sage. Its flavor marries well with winter squashes, brown butter, poultry, venison, pears, cheese, potatoes and other herbs such as rosemary and thyme. Use fresh in a variety of different preparations or leaves can be dried and stored for future use as a dried herb. Black sage was used traditionally by Native Americans known as the Chumash people to form an herbal soak for the bath to be used in the treatment of bodily pain, specifically for the feet and lower legs. Yerba Santa Saint Herb, Holy Plant, Mountain Balm. The Spanish who came to early California were so impressed with the plant that they gave it the name Yerba Santa. Leaves were chewed to relieve dry mouth. Leaves were smoked or chewed to relieve asthma, coughs, colds, headaches, and stomachaches. Infusions of Yerba Santa leaves and flowers were used to treat fevers, coughs, colds, stomachaches, asthma, rheumatism pleurisy, chronic bronchitis, tuberculosis, and to purify the blood. Heated leaves were placed on the forehead to relieve headaches and other aches and sores. The sticky leaves stay in place upon the skin. Mashed leaves were applied externally to sores, cuts, wounds, insect bites, and aching muscles. Mashed leaves were also used to reduce the swelling and relieve pain caused by bone fractures. The branches and leaves were burned in steam baths to treat rheumatism and hemorrhoids. Contains chemicals that are thought to loosen mucus in the chest and may increase urination. The Hike: Distance: 3 miles Duration: 3.5 hours Elevation Gain: 560' Difficulty (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781): Fit Beginner Pace: 2.0 mph Dogs: Yes if leashed, per State law Restrooms: Yes, at the start, but you may have to walk up a 1/4 mile incline to get to it. Drinking Fountains: Yes, at the start, but you have to walk up a 1/4 mile incline and down into the picnic area to get to it. Parking: Free in the gravel lot, $5 to park up the incline at the top. Trail: Fire Road and rocky trail, good condition. Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall What to Bring: 1-2 liters of water. 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. The last 30 minutes may get dark. Picture of the route below the description. Directions: Sage Ranch Loop Trail 1 Black Canyon Road Simi Valley, CA 91304 Coordinates:[masked], [masked] From the 118 Exit Topanga Canyon and head south for 2.5 mi. Right (west) on Plummer St. for 09. mi. Continue as the road curves left, becoming Valley Circle Blvd. and then Lake Manor Dr. for 1.2 mi. Left (south) on Valley Circle Blvd. (do not continue onto Box Canyon Rd.) for 500'. Right (west) on Woosley Canyon Rd. up the winding hill for 2.5 mi. Right (north) on Facility Rd. for 500'. Left (west) into lot. Free parking is on left, paid parking is up the incline at the end. From the 101 Exit Valley Circle and head north past Roscoe Blvd. for 5.9 mi. Left (west) on Woosley Canyon Rd. up the winding hill for 2.5 mi. Right (north) on Facility Rd. for 500'. Left (west) into lot. Free parking is on left, paid parking is up the incline at the end. From Simi Valley E. Los Angeles east of Yosemite Ave. for 0.5 miles Right (south) on Christine Ave. for 0.5 miles Right (west) on Katherine Rd. for 0.1 miles Left (south) on Katherine Rd. for 0.2 miles Right (west) on Katherine Rd./Oak Knolls Rd. (last right before end) for 0.1 miles Left split onto Black Canyon Rd. for 1.9 miles Note that this road gets very narrow. Go slow - 15 mph or less. Free parking on right at intersection with N. American Cut off Rd., paid parking is up the incline at the end. 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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  • 2nd Anniversary Party with Bowling

    Harley's Valley Bowl

    Can you believe we are already 2 years old? Almost 2000 members! Since this adventure started, we have set ourselves apart. It's the people and the format of our events. Hiking is fun. Hiking-Plus is fun-Plus! This is a Bowling with Social Event! Please be aware there are two Harley's bowling alleys in Simi Valley. This is the one on Cochran at Stearns. You do not have to bowl to attend this event. Come for the party - watch, laugh, and share some snacks and beverages with the group! Please post in the comments if you don't plan to bowl so we have a good bowler count. In the past, those that have paid in cash by the event time (5:45p) have been able to bowl, so we won't set an RSVP limit. Still, if you have not indicated in the comments that you aren't bowling, I'm going to assume you plan on bowling, so try not to be no-show or day-of-the-event cancel. Feel free to discretely bring snacks to share, else they are available for purchase at the snack bar. This location has a full bar. Please find us along the right edge when facing the lanes at the event start time. The event host will put together teams, assign lanes, and collect cash payment. We have lanes reserved under the name Hiking Plus. The price includes shoes (bring or wear socks). Please bring $14.00 cash. The cost will be $11 unless there are no shows and your lane only has 4 people. In that case, the cost will be $14.00. Bowling Etiquette Be ready to bowl when it's your turn, else someone else may bowl for you to keep the game moving. Harley's Valley Bowl 5255 Cochran Street Simi Valley, CA 93063 (805)[masked] Many of us will head across the parking lot after bowling, to Peking Duck for some of the best Chinese food in Simi Valley.

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  • Angel Vista - Easy Intermediate

    Rosewood Trailhead

    This hike is rated intermediate because it is a continuous incline for 1.5 miles. This isn't real steep, but it is continuous, and many beginner hikers have indicated this should be rated intermediate (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781). That said, there is no reason a fit beginner cannot complete this hike. If needed, just stop and rest along the way, even if it's every 50 steps. This is not a conditioning hike, it is a social hike, and you really can't get lost. The only junction is 200 yards before the top, where we'll turn right to complete the climb. At the top, there is a picnic table and 360 degree incredible views that are especially wonderful at night. We'll have our typical snack-share (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772) social event at the top for 30-60 minutes before heading back the way we came. Please bring some food and drink to share. The top has been known to sometimes be very cool and windy. Please bring something to put on in case it is that way at the top. You will see several plants of note: Tree Tobacco 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. Elderberry The blue or purple berries are gathered and made into elderberry wine, jam, syrup, and pies. The entire flower cluster can be dipped in batter and fried while petals can be eaten raw or made into a fragrant and tasty tea. Spit out the seeds. Elderflower water is also used in perfumes and sweets. Most agree that they do need to be cooked if you are going to eat more than just a few out of hand. That’s because they have a small amount of cyanide producing glycosides, which are released upon digestion. Fully ripe black berries are not toxic and you can eat as many as you like. Boiling or baking takes care of any “toxic” issue as does drying raw berries. Directions: From the 101 take the Ventu Park exit (3 miles north/west of the 23) and go South toward the ocean. At Lynn Road turn right. VERY soon you will pass an open space on your left. Watch for the entrance to Regal Oak Ct on your left, where you will turn left. Take it all the way to the end and park. This is a neighborhood, so please keep the noise down. We will meet not quite at the end of the road. We'll cross a gate along the side of the street and across from the houses, then move 100 yards to the right and enter the trail. Hike Distance: 3.0 miles Gain: 800' Distribution: Most of the incline occurs in the first half, which is a continuous climb. Difficulty (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781): Easy Intermediate. Shape: Out and back. Pace: approx. 2.0 mph. Trail Type: Double track, single track. Duration: 3.5 hours Dogs: Yes. Restrooms: No Drinking Fountains: No. Parking: Free along the street. What to bring: 1 liter of water for every 3 miles. Hiking shoes/boots. Not required, but recommended. Flashlight or headlamp. Sunscreen and/or hat as needed. Snacks and/or beverages to share (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772). Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall. 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 judgement and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.

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  • Oakbrook Vista - Easy Intermediate

    Oakbrook Vista Trailhead

    This hike is on the easy end of the intermediate (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781) spectrum. It is an out-and-back hike. The first part is a steady incline, followed by a rolling trail to our destination. Fit beginners can complete this hike, but it will certainly get their blood pumping. There are no super steep sections. This hike takes us to a secret spot below a large rock formation. Naturally into the side of the rock is a half-globe carved out of it, giving us a quasi-cave area to sit and have our social event. This is not a conditioning hike, it's a social hike. We'll be stopping at various points to let people catch up and to make sure they make any turns. We'll stop at the turn around point for a social event lasting 30 - 60 minutes, where we will share snacks and beverages (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772). The Route (photo posted below): Hike Distance: 3.2 miles Gain: 900' Distribution: Most of the incline is in the first half. Difficulty (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879781): Easy Intermediate. Shape: Out and Back. Pace: approx. 2.0 mph. Trail Type: Double track, single track. Trail Variations: Duration: 3.5 hours Dogs: Yes. Restrooms: No. Drinking Fountains: No. Parking: Park in the street. What to bring: 1 liter of water for every 3 miles. Hiking shoes/boots. Not required, but recommended. Flashlight or headlamp. Sunscreen and/or hat as needed. Snacks and/or beverages to share (https://www.meetup.com/Hiking-Plus/messages/boards/thread/50879772). 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. 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. Interesting Notes Here are a couple plants you are sure to see on this hike: Manzanita Rounded leaves. Redish trunk and stems. Hard wood. Lots of curves. People used to spray this tree with lacquer and mount on their walls like a "tree of life" for decoration. Sticky Monkeyflower Of the Snapdragon family. The flowers are supposed to resemble a laughing monkey's face. Leaves are very sticky on the underside. Directions: Oakbrook Vista Trailhead 3222 Lang Ranch Pkwy. Thousand Oaks, CA 91362x Coordinates of trailhead:[masked], [masked] From CA-23: Exit 15 Avenida de Los Arboles. East on Avenida de Los Arboles until it ends, 1.6 miles. Right (south) on N. Westlake Blvd 0.2 miles. Left (east) on Lang Ranch Pkwy. 0.2 miles. Park on street, trailhead on the right (south) side. 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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