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***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***

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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+)

2019-Feb: Yosemite National Park Winter Wonderland/Photography/Easy Snow Hikes

Annual Yosemite Winter wonderland. We will enjoy the park in a different atmosphere. With a lot of snows for playing and capture photos, we will have a great time for short snow hikes and photography. Please RSVP if you are sure to attend. To secure a space, RSVP to the waiting list and contact me in person, via message or email for further discussion. See below for more info. Estimate cost: $299+ (4 days/3 nights) or $249+ (3 days/2 nights) ***Plan your own and only join us to hike, $50 (non-refundable consulting fee). Contact the host directly for more info*** ****Estimate cost is including lodging, transportation, entrance fee, coordinating fee, but not including food**** *****DEPOSIT AND CANCELLATION**** ***If you need to cancel, the deposit amount is non-refundable ***Cancellation 10 days or less prior to the trip, total estimate trip cost is forfeit. ***Advance deposit is $150 (non-refundable) and due by Nov 15, 2018. Payment after due date, 1 month 10% on deposit amount, 2 months 15% on deposit amount or depends on available spaces and booking. * Lodging: 3 nights (Fri, Sat & Sun) double occupancy (triple and quadruple occupancy are lower rate: 15-20% lower). It will be less if leaving on Sunday. * Transportation: carpool (gas/car rental) * Food: at your own cost ($40+) GENERAL RATING/DIFFICULTY: Click RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to learn more about hike levels. Tentative schedule will be from early Friday Feb 15 to Mon Feb 18 or late Sun Feb 17, 2019 depending on weather conditions Day 1: Friday Feb 15 early morning leaving OC, arriving Oakhurst. Sunset at Bass Lake (hope we have a sunset view) Special phenomenal: Firefall (Horsetail Falls at sunset) https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/258911921/ Day 2: Sat Feb 16: hiking and sightseeing Mirror Lake, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Valley, etc. https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/258909930/ Day 3: Sun Feb 17: Yosemite Snow and Ski area. More landmarks and waterfalls from Yosemite Valley (Hope Badger Pass will reopen for some hikers to hike to Dewey Point https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/258911524/ 2016 photos: http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/228600962/) Day 4: Mon Feb 18: The Blossom Trail and wildflowers trail https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/258912393/ Photos from the trips: 2016: https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/237482045/)(https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=26748647) (Firefall) 2017: https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/237484183/ (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/237483038/) 2016: https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=26744473 https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=26748643 (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/237483038/) (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/228601685/) WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR: water, snacks, food for breakfasts and lunches on the trails. Wear layers clothes, clothes don't get wet easy, hiking shoes, extra socks and clothes to change after the hike, a sleeping bag/warm blanket, hiking poles and 10 Hiking Essentials (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/9535234) 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, mountain lions, coyote, snake bites 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***

(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: Yosemite Horsetail Falls/Firefall at sunset (only from mid-late Feb)

Yosemite El Capital Picnic Parking

THIS IS A SPECIAL EVENT OF 2019 WINTER WONDERLAND TRIP IN YOSEMITE https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/256334354/. After a long day hiking and playing with snow, we shall come to this "special" spot to take time for an exceptional show that rarely happens. After the show, dinner will be next! MEETING TIME: 4-4:30 PM at El Capitan Picnic area to check out what it is all about! Yosemite Valley Map (http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/YOSEmap2.pdf) This is an article "Published by DL Cade (https://iso.500px.com/author/dl/)" talking about Darvin Atkeson (https://500px.com/Darvin), who captured the stunning photograph above in February of 2014: "Every February, a waterfall named “horsetail falls (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horsetail_Fall_(Yosemite))” begins to run off the top of the famous El Capitan rock formation (https://iso.500px.com/27-jawdropping-photos-of-el-capitan-to-put-tommy-caldwell-and-kevin-jorgesons-record-setting-free-climb-in-perspective/) in Yosemite National Park. Then, if the conditions are right at sunset, nature pulls of an incredible trick… as if by magic, the thin falls seem to catch fire." To read more about this article, please click the hyperlink of Firefall "magical"! (https://iso.500px.com/a-few-sunsets-every-year-this-waterfall-glows-like-its-on-fire/) Some more reading here (http://yosemitefirefall.com/yosemite-firefall-horsetail-fall/)

2019-Feb: Yosemite Snow and Ski area (Levels 1+ to 3: Easy Fun to Strenuous)

THIS IS DAY 3 IN THE YOSEMITE WINTER WONDERLAND TRIP https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/256334354/ We will hope Badger Pass reopens to have some good views hikes on snow. DEPARTURE TIME Badger Pass Parking: 8:30 AM Route: Snowshoe Hike to Yosemite's Dewey Point (http://www.dowhatyouwantweekends.com/2011/04/dewey-dewey-dewey.html) or hike a little bit on different trails and play with snow and more small hikes in Yosemite Village. DISTANCE: ~2 to 7 miles (RT) Duration: 4-5 hours hiking time! Essential Equipment: Micro spikes, Poles, Gaiters, snowshoes Difficulty: Levels 1+ to 3 (Easy Fun or Strenuous). Click on RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) for more about difficulty levels GOOD TO KNOW Wear good traction hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, bring plenty of water, snacks, a light lunch and Ten Essentials:link (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/9535234) About Badger Pass and Yosemite Park Map (http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/YOSEmap1.pdf) and Yosemite Valley Map (http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/YOSEmap2.pdf): http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=134994 http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/glacierpoint.htm 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, 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

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