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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+)

Top of the World-Car Wreck/Oak Canyon /Level 3

Alta Laguna Park

The hike will go down Aliso Wood Canyon including Car Wreck trail and Oak Canyon! Meet Location: at the Picnic tables at the cul-de-sac end of Alta Laguna. If you park in the parking lot, walk out to the street and down to the cul-de-sac end of Alta Laguna Blvd. where you will see people around the picnic tables. General Rating/Difficulty: Level 3 Moderate to Fast Pace for distance, elevation and pace. Click RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to learn more about hike levels Length: Est. 10 miles - 1500+ ft gain/loss - 3 to 3.5 hours Bring: Lots of water, hat, sunglasses Trail Map: Aliso Wood trail map (http://ocparks.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=21141) Dec,[masked]: photos (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/) Description: This hike begins in Laguna Beach at the top of the mountains at a place called top-of-the-world. There is a nice trailhead here with good parking, bathrooms and water. We descend into the scenic Aliso Wood Canyons Wilderness park along the West Ridge, Cholla and Wood Canyon trails. Down in the canyons there are woodlands and streams. We will climb out either Mathis hill or along the steep and rocky Car Wreck trail. There is a mysterious wrecked Volvo up there we will pass on the climb out. Directions: In Laguna Beach turn inland on Park Ave from Pacific Coast Hwy. Follow until end at Alta Laguna Blvd. Turn left and go few hundred feet until dead end. We meet at the picnic tables at the cul-de-sac end of Alta Laguna Blvd. If you park in the parking lot walk out to the street and down to the cul-de-sac end of Alta Laguna Blvd. where you will see people around the picnic tables. 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, mountain lions, coyotes, 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***

Bonita Canyon Falls and Beyond (level 2+ to 3)

Lytle Creek Ranger Stn

It's time to chase some Waterfalls !!! Please read entire post and come informed and prepared. This hike is "not recommended" for first time hikers that are unfamiliar with my waterfall/canyon hikes. This hike is for hikers that are able to hike on wet, uneven, rough, rocky terrain with class 2 rock scrambling and maneuver on & around boulders. If you are uncomfortable with this kind of hike, please reconsider your rsvp ... "Know your limits and select hikes at YOUR ability level or below" My hiking style .... We'll stay together as a group for both camaraderie & safety. I'll hike at the pace of the slowest hiker BUT I prefer to hike at a bit faster then average pace if possible depending on what the group can do. Please arrive 10-15 min. early for intro's As with all my events this hike will start at the designated time. I will not hold up group for late comers, be respectful and be on time! Sorry, no guests - no exceptions! Recommend: Rain gear, Grippy shoes, Water, Snack, Good Attitude, and lots of Energy! And whatever else you need for a day hike in an awesome canyon. And don't forget the 10 essentials. *** "Waterfall Lovers hike" #3 *** Bonita Canyon Falls is a 2.8 mile out and back hike that takes you to a Huge Awesome Waterfall + possible bonus waterfall #2 @ middle fork General Rating/Difficulty: (level 2+ to 3) semi-slow to moderate pace, for distance, scramble and climb boulders; Click RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to read more about difficulty levels. Distance: 3-5 miles Duration: 2+ hrs. Type: Out and back Elev. Gain: 800 feet Directions from Rancho Cucamonga to Bonita canyon/Lytle creek ... Take Interstate 15 N. to Sierra Avenue exit north. Head north (towards mountains) on Lytle Creek Road approximately 5 miles to the Lytle Creek Ranger Station. Proceed half a mile past Station. At the South Fork , park on turnout on west (left) side where you see a lotta rocks in a river bed. ******************************************************** Possible Hike #2 ? .... Upper and Lower Etiwanda Falls ..... IF our time & energy allows. Etiwanda Falls parking lot is located at ..... 4890 Etiwanda ave. Rancho Cucamonga https://www.google.com/maps/place/North+Etiwanda+Preserve/@34.16407,-117.5255504,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c3484ade328013:0x5b1cb455626fc8cc!8m2!3d34.16407!4d-117.5233617 Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 800+ ft Time: 1-3 hours Difficulty: Moderate Dog Friendly: No Permit Required: No Parking: Only park in the designated lot. Rancho Cucamonga police will have your car towed Possible hike #3 .... Tangerine Falls !!! Decision will be made and details will be announced during Bonita Canyon hike. Note No smoking of any kind on our hikes. We are always hiking in areas where fires are easily started by sparks and ash. In addition, we want to enjoy the clean air and beauty of our surroundings. Thank you for cooperating. KNOW YOUR ABILITY AND LIMITATIONS BEFORE signing up. You acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. READ THIS .... 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, Bears, Big horn sheep, Mountain lions, Coyote, Bobcat, Snake bites and other potentially dangerous wildlife. By signing up for this event, you agree to not hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during any hike. * YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS and YOU WILL ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY *

(NO HOST) Forest Falls Fun Hikes on Snow (Levels 1+ up)

Forest Falls Trail Head Parking

This is a NO HOST hike, posting it here, so you can form a group and follow info here to go together. There will be a good amount of snow for the past few days snowing. Photos from past times: ***Mar, 2018 at Forest Falls: https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/28649331/469004269/ ***Jan, 2017 at Forest Falls (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/27549933/457652688/) ***Jan 21, 2017 at Lake Arrowhead (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=27562318). THIS IS A FUN and A GREAT WORKOUT hiking on snow. If you have snowshoes and like to hike longer, it is your call. We will spend 1-2 hours hiking on short trails to the waterfalls, passing the creek and on snow on hiking shoes or with microspikes. PLEASE COME WITH AN OPEN MINDED FOR THE UNKNOWNS. We'll meet at Orange Park and Ride 8:30 AM and carpool or meet at the trailhead. There is no phone signal at the mountains and it's hard to find each other. Meeting time and driving direction at the end of the post. An Adventure Pass is required at the trailhead Our Plan for this hike: Distance: 3-8 miles Duration: 2-5 hours Elevation: 200ft to 1000+ft gain Get few miles of snow hiking for fun and great workout...This report is very detail, read it FYI: http://myown100hikes.blogspot.com/2011/01/hike-2011007-big-falls-and-vivian-creek.html WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR: water, snacks and a light lunch. Wear layers clothes, clothes don't get wet easy, hiking shoes, extra socks and clothes to change after the hike. Hiking poles and 10 Hiking Essentials (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/9535234) MEETING LOCATION: 1. ORANGE PARK AND RIDE: at 7:30AM ***Park & Ride in Orange on N Tustin St and E Lincoln Ave Orange, CA 92865*** Traveling NORTH on the 55, exit Lincoln Ave. West. Make 2 lefts, go under the freeway and take a left onto Tustin Ave. heading South. If you're traveling SOUTH on the 55, exit Lincoln and make a left on Tustin. The Park & Ride will be on your left hand side. You'll need to make a U-Turn to get to this side of the street 2. If you are not in OC, and plan to go closer to the trailhead, please meet with us at: Starbucks between 8 to 8:15 AM 1755 E Lugonia Ave, Redlands, CA 92374 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***

2019-Jan: Hollywood Sign/Lake (Reservoir) & the Bat Cave/Level 2

Bronson Caves and Hollywood Sign

Special Hike to visit LA and Hollywood Reservoir with lots of water after the rains. We will start with the famous Hollywood Sign and Bronson Caves (Bat Caves), lots of movies filmed here, then visit the reservoir later (Lake Hollywood) Distance: 7 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 1700+ ft Hike Time: 3-4 hours Difficulty: Moderate Trail Condition: Well maintained trail Hike Type: out and back Bring: Water, Snacks, Sunscreen and hat General Rating/Difficulty: Level 2 (Moderate Pace) for distance, elevation and pace. Click RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to learn more about hike levels About the Hike: we will hike to the sign (back side), then front side and the Bat Caves (Bronson). The Brush Canyon Trail that begins where Canyon Drive becomes unpaved just beyond the lot where you parked your car. Cross the road and follow the short trail up to the Bronson Caves. The largest of these caves is better known as the "Bat Cave", which the Batmobile whooshed out of in the campy sixties TV series http://www.seeing-stars.com/Locations/BronsonCaves.shtml The wide, steep trail rises from the canyon floor, hugging the canyon wall. A stream feeds a thicket of sage, oak and manzanita that recedes as you continue upward. At the top of the hill, you can admire a jetliner view of the city on one side and the valley on the other. Follow the gently winding road to your left which dead-ends in about a mile just above and behind the Hollywood Sign. A fence keeps you at a distance of about twenty feet. Unfortunately you are not allowed to approach any closer nor climb on the letters and you may be cited if you do. Griffith Park: Trails Map () About the Hollywood Sign: Los Angeles' most iconic symbol, not to mention the most famous sign in the world. Originally erected in 1923 and then rebuilt in 1979, each letter is 50-feet high and 30-feet wide and the full sign spans 450-feet across the 1,675-foot summit of Mount Lee, overlooking the entire LA basin. Located within Griffith Park, an urban wilderness right in the heart of Hollywood. The hike to the Hollywood Sign trail head sits 8 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The duration of the hike takes place in Griffith Park. This hike starts in Griffith Park and takes you to the top of Mt. Lee behind the fabled Hollywood Sign. Hollywood land History and 360 degree views, Hollywood,L.A. basin and the San Fernando valley then this is a great hike for you. Standing on top of Mt. Lee really puts the size of the Santa Monica Mountains into perspective with the San Gabriel’s towering over one to the east. This is a rewarding hike because one gets to summit the top and get a work out at the same time. Many locals use this trail to exercise CARPOOL LOCATIONS AND DRIVING DIRECTIONS: ORANGE PARK AND RIDE: suggest to meet and leave at 7:45 AM. The intersection of E. Lincoln Ave and North Tustin St, Orange, CA // Frwy 55 & 91(across street with Vons and Bank of America, use this address[masked] N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92865) Direction to the trailhead (Canyon Dr): meet between 9:00-9:05 AM. ***From the South: going North on 101 Frwy, take exit #8B/HOLLYWOOD BLVD - go 0.2 mi - Turn Right on HOLLYWOOD BLVD - Turn slight left onto N Van Ness Ave and the first left into CANYON DR ***From the North: going South on 101 Frwy, take exit #8B/HOLLYWOOD BLVD - go 0.2 mi - Turn Right on HOLLYWOOD BLVD - Turn Right on N BRONSON AVE - go 0.6 mi Bear Left on CANYON DR Once the road enters Griffith Park, it’s stopped by a locked gate at the trailhead. Park in the small lot at the trailhead, along the street, or in the spillover lot just south of the trailhead 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***

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