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Take a quick look at our 2017 Event Calendar (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/) to see what events are on the horizon

• Join us whether you are new or experienced in Hiking. There are different levels, but we all share one common: using our legs to move up down hills. Most of the time on dirt trails, but there are different terrains: rockies or gravels or in water, river or mud; different settings: mountain, forest, wilderness or desert. Click RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to learn more about difficulty levels. Click HikingOC Policy (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/about/) to read more FYI.

• Contact us if you are interested to join the Organizer Team and organize Hikes local OC or out of town Hikes to those who share the same interest. Our wide open calendar will fill with events during the weekdays, but mostly the weekends. Our events or trips are generated by volunteer effort and time of volunteer organizers.

[All Our Organizers Volunteer their Time and Effort for Free Cost to Most Events]

• Once or twice per month, there will be events or trips that require payments. These are costs to cover your expenses and fund raising to "HikingOC Fund".

• "HikingOC Fund" will generate profit after the costs from events monthly. It will maintain the group website, support all HikingOC volunteered organizers who contribute to build this hiking group, an outdoor active community and to donate to the good causes or charities.

• If you like to do a great cause in honor our group name, please support helping those affected by disasters or the National Park Services (we hike on many lands of the National Parks.) We are sure your support is highly appreciated and rescues the unfortunates! There are many Non-Profit Organizations, please contact direct AMERICAN RED CROSS ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER (http://www.redcross.org/ca/orange-county) for more info

***Read more past hikes on A Journey with HikingOC (http://hikingoc.blogspot.com/) -- More Travel Trips in the US and Many Regions in the World***

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Upcoming events (5+)

(NO HOST)Feb/Mar Southe­ast Asia: Sapa, VN/Thailand/Malaysia/ (Level 2+/3)

Join May & Huy on this adventure. Contact them ahead of time if you plan to be in SE Asia the time they go. Itinerary will be: 2 weeks - Feb 16 to Mar 2,[masked]. Sapa, Vietnam 2. Krabi, Thailand (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thailand/andaman-coast/krabi-province) 3. Penang, Malaysia Requirements: Had joined HikingOC on local hikes and conditioning hikes through out year. GENERAL RATING/DIFFICULTY: ideally level 2+for hiking pace. Click RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to learn more about hike levels ***Tentative Activities: 1. Hiking and Sightseeing. We will walk almost every day from 1 to 10 miles depends on the groups, hiking levels and location. 2. Boating, Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing, etc. (If weather permits) 3. Other activities are also available depending on our groups and time permits. REMINDER ***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings*** ***Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks, snake bites, coyotes, mountain lions or wildlife. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike*** ***YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS. ***YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY

2019-Feb: Black Star Canyon Falls (Level 2+/Strenuous)

Black Star Canyon Parking Lot

***THANKS TO THE STORMS AND RAINS RECENTLY, WE WILL VISIT OUR OC LOCAL SEASONAL WATERFALLS. IF YOU ARE NOT UP TO EXPLORE AND BE FLEXIBLE TO THE UNKNOWNS, THIS IS NOT A HIKE FOR YOU, PLEASE DON'T SIGN UP!*** It takes 5-6 hours for a 6 miles hike (it's not too difficult, but dangerous!) This is an Intermediate hike up Black Star Canyon Creek to the Base of the 80 ft. Falls. It will be close to 2 miles up a fire road and then close to a mile up the creek. The Falls are protected by nature as there is an abundance of poison oak, some rock scrambling, and big boulders to climb with beautiful waterfalls on the way to the big one. The hike up the creek is what makes this a level 2+ hike. Photos from Mar, 2011 (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/1322784/22335557/) General Rating/Difficulty: Levels 2+: moderate pace for uneven terrain, boulders scrambling, distance and pace. CLICK RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to read more about skill level Distance: 6 miles Duration: 5-6 hours Elevation: 500ft +- gain (a lot of big boulders scrambling) WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR: Comfortable Hiking Boots you don't mind getting wet. Extra shoes and socks to leave in your car. Water!, Snacks if you'd like and your camera. Most important bring protective clothing for the poison oak. It can be avoided for the most part but you more than likely will brush up against it at one point. 10 Hiking Essentials (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/9535234) DIRECTIONS: From the South: I-5 take Lake Forest/Bake or El Toro Exit, go East. El Toro turns into Santiago Canyon Road. Take Santiago Canyon Road about 5 miles north. Turn right on Silverado Canyon Road. Take the first left which is Black Star Canyon Road. Drive about one mile to the gate and park. From the North: 55 frwy in Orange take Chapman east. Keep going, it turns into Santiago Canyon rd. Go past Irvine Lake, hang a left on Silverado Canyon. Another left on Black Star Canyon. At the end is a large fire gate. This is where the trail starts. REMINDERS: ***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings*** > YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS. > YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks and snake bites. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***

Peters Canyon Hike Weekly Sunday (Multi-Levels 1+ to 2+)

Peters Canyon Meetup Starting Point

***NO PARKING ZONE and Driving Direction: see below FYI*** Join us for a workout or it can be a training for regular hikers. Peters Canyon is a dog friendly trail. Sunset is about 5ish PM General Rating/Difficulty: Levels 1+ to 2+: Slow-Moderate to Moderate-Fast Paces. Click RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to see more about difficulty levels Please keep in mind: Hikers will join organizers for a workout; there is no leader or sweeper on this hike Route: We will start at Eucalyptus trail and going up hill (optional to the lake) and hike back. Click on the links to see Trails Map (http://ocparks.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=15696) and to read more about Peters Canyon Regional Park (http://ocparks.com/parks/peters) Duration/Distance/Elevation: 1.5-2 hours, 5-7 miles and gain 500 ft-1000 ft The most important: 10 Hiking Essentials (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/9535234) Click to read more about HIKING SKILL LEVELS (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/10328308) that some other organizers may use Suggestions : 1) Everybody should have good tracking shoes or traction running shoes 2) loose clothes- shorts would be fine since its warm out there 3) Plenty of water DIRECTIONS : ***Sometimes you may get a ticket if you park in the zone "NO PARKING anytime" Try to come early or park at Cedar Grove Park parking*** 1. From the 5 Freeway- exit Tustin Ranch Road and head towards the foothills and drive approx. 3 miles. Get in the left hand lane and take a left on Pioneer WAY (signal). Now get into the right lane and take the next right on Pioneer ROAD (signal). This road will wind around Cedar Grove Park. Continue to the first stop sign and take a left on Peters Canyon Road (stop sign). Take this road down around a little curve and park on the right side of the curb at the end of the road. We will meet at the sign for Peter's Canyon Trail 2. Another location for parking: Park in North Tustin. Address: 2158 Lower Lake Dr. , Santa Ana, CA 92705 Parking is on the parking lot or on the street. You'll be ahead of the group, so we'll meet with you at the portable potties 10-15 minutes after. From North or Central OC, take the 55 Frwy exit Chapman Ave in Orange, go toward the mountains for 2.2 miles, then turn right on S. Crawford Canyon Rd for about 1 mile, then left onto Newport Blvd, then right onto Cowen Heights Dr, right onto Skyline Dr, then left onto Lemon Heights and continue to Lower Lake Dr. REMINDER***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings*** > YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS. > YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY ***Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks and snake bites. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***

Chino Hills State Park-Horse Trails Parking (Moderate - Level 2)

Chino Hills Horse Trails Parking

Click for Rating Table (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) DEPARTURE TIME: 7:30 AM We will be hiking a minimum of 7.0 miles with several options, up to 10 miles, by including some hills. PARK DESCRIPTION: Chino Hills State Park is unique in that it provides refuge for both biodiversity and solitude to the visitors who enjoy their outdoor experiences. There is no other location in the LA Basin were people can drive a short distance and be swept away with scenic vistas, hike, bike or ride a horse on over 65 miles of trails. At 14,102 acres the park is managed as an open space habitat where all plant and animal life are protected. Note: Rain, extreme heat or low participation may cancel hike. Check your email the morning of the event in case of cancelation. HIKE DESCRIPTION: According to the RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) this is a LEVEL 2 hike-MODERATE. We will usually take an easy route down Easy Street to Telegraph to Four corners. At Four Corners, as long as we have experienced volunteers to lead the group from there, you will have an option of taking the same way back (shady and easy, 7.0 miles), or longer (10 to 15 minutes) harder route back via Bovinian Delight to South Ridge (easy hill 7.5 miles), or even longer up North Rim Trail to Gilman Peak. Pace 2 to 3.5 miles per hour. We may reverse this order depending how sunny or hot it is. It should take about 2 to 3.5 hours, depending on optional trails hiked and speed. Bring a snack for our break at Four Corners. NECESSITIES: Adequate water (1 to 3 liters), hat, sunscreen, snack, layered clothing to adjust to climate change. Trekking Poles optional. Printable map located at link further down. FACILITIES: There are no water facilities. There is a port-a-potty midway through our hike. (Urinating in public is punishable by a fine under California Penal Code section 640). DIRECTIONS, PARKING & FEES : There are no parking or entry fees at this location. Please be kind as this is a residential neighborhood. From Orange side of 91 FRWY: Take the Imperial Highway exit from the 91 freeway. After 1.6 miles: Take the Kellogg Drive ramp and turn RIGHT. After 1.1 miles: Turn RIGHT onto YORBA LINDA BLVD. Immediately get in left lane to turn LEFT at next light onto FAIRMONT BLVD. After about .5 miles, turn LEFT onto Quarter Horse Dr. Go a 1/8 mi. and park in the trail head parking lot on the right. From Corona side of 91 FRWY: Exit Yorba Linda Blvd and turn right. Turn right on Village Center Dr. Turn left of Fairmont. Turn left onto Quarter Horse Dr. PARK WEBSITE : LINK (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=648) MAP OF THE PARK: LINK (http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/648/files/ChinoHillsMap.pdf) DISCLAIMER: Before undertaking any outdoor activity described on this site, it is your personal and exclusive responsibility to ensure that the activity is appropriate for you, that you have researched the activity description, and that you have proper training, equipment, and physical conditioning to safely participate in the planned activity. Please print a map in case you need to turn back. REMINDER: ***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings*** > YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS. > YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY. ***Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks and snake bites. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike*** Please contact me if you have any questions. PHOTOS: LINK (https://picasaweb.google.com/110113550755468517736/ChinoHillsStateParkTHEBARNMar232011) and additional LINK (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1235573)

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