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Take a quick look at our 2020 Event Calendar (https://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 (https://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to learn more about difficulty levels. Click HikingOC Policy (https://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 (4+)

2021-Oct: Fall Foliage-Eastern Canada-Montreal/Ottawa-New England-VT/NH/Level 2

Fall Foliage Road Trip in Eastern Canada and New England. Please RSVP to the waiting list, meet in person on the trails, via message, email for further discussion ***PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATED TO ENTER TO CANADA***

Schedule: Oct 19 to Oct 28, 2021

ESTIMATE COST, DEPOSIT AND CANCELLATION OF SERVICES:
It will depend on 7 days/11 days/14 days to know the Cost!
***Plan your own and only join us to hike, $300+ (non-refundable coordinating fee). Contact the host directly for more info***

***DEPOSIT: the deposit amount is non-refundable $750+ and due by Aug 15, 2021. Payment after the due day will add 10% or more depending on booking and spaces are available).

***CANCELLATION: If you need to cancel after paying deposit, it's non-refundable.
>>>Total Estimate Trip Cost due by Sept 30, 2021.
>>>Cancellation on Sept 30 or after, total trip cost is forfeit.

***Estimate cost land portion: from $1299+ per person for double occupancy. Contact for cost of single and triple occupancy.

The land will include: transportation, lodging, not included airfare, optional activities and most meals.

The following EXCLUDING expenses:
1. Airfare ~$250+ RT (not final until booking)
2. Most Meals, some park entrance fees.
3. Optional activities

***Allow $250+ (your budget) for meals, optional activities and other expenses/gifts***

Itinerary: To be updated.
Part 1: Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada
Part 2: Ottawa and Montreal, Canada
Part 3: New England: Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, etc

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 and Canoeing (If weather permits)
3. Horseback riding and 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***
> 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, 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***

Powder Canyon in Rowland Heights (Level 2)

Rowland Water District

DESCRIPTION:

Powder Canyon is located in the La Habra/Rowland Heights area and is owned by the Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority. We will explore some of the trails, going up and down to enough hills to enjoy the scenery and get a good workout.

We will take a rest in the middle of the hike at the picnic area near the horse corral. There is a restroom available there.

Distance: 7 miles.

Elevation Gain: about 1500 ft

General Rating: Level 2 MODERATE, Download RATING TABLE (https://tinyurl.com/HikeRating) to read more about difficulty levels.

After the hike, you are welcome to join us for a dim sum lunch at New Capital Seafood, 1330 S Fullerton Rd, Rowland Heights. It is at a second floor building of a shopping center. If you never had dim sum before, it can be a new adventure. We will all sit at a round table (up to 10 people). Ladies will push dim sum carts around and you just select whatever you want and we all share the food together.

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, 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,

Crystal Cove State Beach Walk - Levels 1+ to 2

Cameo Shores Road & Hampden Road

This is a low tide walk on the sand at the scenic Crystal Cove State Beach (http://www.crystalcovestatepark.org/). This is a flexible hike, suitable for Beginning to Intermediate hikers. Please read the directions carefully and note the TWO parking options and meeting places/times.

Sorry, dogs are NOT allowed on the beach.

## Key Info:
## Meet and Greet at the Cameo Shores free parking area at 2:50 PM.
## The hike departs Cameo Shores parking area promptly at 3:00 PM.
## For the pay parking, meet us at the north (Lot #1) restrooms at 3:10 PM.
## Tide is Low 0.2' at 4:35 PM.
## Sunset is at 6:10 PM.

If you arrive late or otherwise choose to do this walk on your own, just bring a friend and follow the directions detailed below.

Description: Miles of scenic beaches! Sea life such as sea lions, sea stars, crabs, anemones, sea slugs, dolphins and whales may be seen. One mile is on the pavement and the rest is on the sand with a few short, rocky areas. If you want to walk barefoot on the sand, you may want to bring some flip flops to slip on for the few rocky areas we must cross. See the Key Info above for tide info.

We will pass by the Crystal Cove Historic District (http://www.crystalcovestatepark.org/the-historic-district/), a National Register of Historic Places. There are picnic tables and restrooms there.

For Level 1+: Walk as far as comfortable then turn back the same way you came. This might be only 2 or 3 miles.

For Level 2 and above: Pick up the pace and go farther, if you wish. For added challenge, you can go up and down the ramps between the beach and the bluffs. You can go all the way to Abalone point and touch the rock, then head back, about 8 miles total.

Length: Up to 8 miles and 3 Hours (more or less). ~100 ft gain/loss
Difficulty: Your choice. Make it short, slow and easy. Or make it longer, faster and more challenging.
Pace: Slow pace stroll to fast pace powerwalk/jog

Rating: Levels 1+ to 2 Click here for hike RATING TABLE (https://tinyurl.com/HikeRating)

Free Parking: From Pacific Coast Hwy turn towards the ocean on Cameo Shores Rd. Then immediately turn right onto Hampden Rd and park along the road. Meet me at intersection of Cameo Shores Rd and Hampden Rd. GPS address: 4699 Hampden Rd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625. See Key Info for time.

Pay Parking ($15 or state pass): From Pacific Coast Highway, turn toward the ocean at Newport Coast Drive and enter the State Beach. Turn right and go all the way to Lot #1 at the North end. Park and then walk north on the paved path to the first restroom. Wait there for the Free Parking group to arrive. See the Key Info for the time.

Route: From the northern parking lot restrooms we will head north/west on the paved path toward the beach. We will turn right just before the ramp that leads down to the sand. We will walk past the golf course to a nice circular view point at the end of the path. Then we will walk down to the sand and south toward Laguna Beach, then turn around and hike the same way back.

Essentials: Water, maybe a snack or picnic lunch, sunglasses, flip flops or sandals, a hat or umbrella, a happy attitude and a big smile!

How to get to Crystal Cove Beach: http://www.crystalcovestatepark.org/how-to-find-the-park/

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***

Salt Creek 5-Mile After-Work Hike. NEW: Frisbie on the Beach! Level 2 Moderate

Fratello's on Clubhouse / Niguel Intersection

BRING A FLASHLIGHT!

DEPARTURE TIME: 5:20 p.m.

NEW: I have ordered a set of Led lighted Frisbies, so once we reach Salt Creek Beach - we will play for 10 minutes or so.

Please show up 10 minutes early so you can introduce yourself to others.

Trail is 100% paved.

We will meet in a parking lot next to Fratello's Restaurant.

ABOUT THE HIKE: This is a fast-pace (we're usually done in 1.5 hours) 5- milish walk along the paved road of the fragnant sage-dense area in Laguna Niguel that ends in the beautiful Salt Creek Beach. This trail has a few small hills, but mostly is flat and gradual. This hike is suitable for anybody: for beginners or advanced hikers, and will take us no longer than 2 hours to complete. The paved trail is laying just above the actual Salt Creek, and there are several spots where you can hear some frogs singing at night :-) There are restrooms at the half-way, when we reach the Beach.

***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 wear regular tennis shoes, not your hiking boots since this is a paved trail.

Rating table:https://tinyurl.com/HikeRating

Sunset right now at around 6:12pm

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