• 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)

  • 2019-Mar: Peters Canyon Hike Weekly Tuesday (Levels 2/Moderate)

    ***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 6ish PM General Rating/Difficulty: Level 2: Moderate Pace. Click RATING TABLE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/108673802/#mce_temp_url#) to see more about difficulty levels Please keep in mind: Hikers will join for a workout together; 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 500ft-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***

  • Bonita Falls + Old CC Spur Trail - Level 2+

    Hiking Trail Bonita Falls

    **** Must have Adventure Pass to park **** There are two separate hikes. First is the Bonita Falls, then we will hike Old CC Spur Trail Bonita Falls hike - 2 miles round trip with about 300 feet of elevation This majestic waterfall falls over 100 feet which by Southern California standards is massive. The hike begins with a small river crossing. There should be multiple ways to get across without getting wet but make sure to be careful. The rest of the way is mostly walking on rocks. After viewing the waterfall, we will hike the nearby Old CC Spur Trail (4 miles away) Distance : 5 miles, elevation gain 1000 ft Hiking poles will be helpful to cross the stream and walk on rocks. North OC carpool: Meet at Fullerton Target parking lot, 2920 Yorba Linda Blvd, Fullerton, 92831 at 7:45 am 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***

  • 2019-Mar: The Hills of Turtle Rock near UCI-Weekly Thurs/Levels 2 to 3+

    This hike is rated level 2 or 3 for pace and elevation. Please see the RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) for more info about difficulty levels. Meeting time: 6:00 - 6:05 PM Duration: ~1.5 hours Distance: 4 miles Elevation: 1100 ft ESSENTIALS: Bring water, running/hiking shoes, a headlamp or flash light for most of the hike (after sunset the first 15-30 minutes) DIRECTIONS: Address: 1 Concordia, Irvine From the 405 exit Jeffrey and head towards the beach, Jeffrey will become University, Left onto Ridgeline Drive, Turn right onto Turtle Rock Drive, Turn right on Concordia and park on the street. Map: 1 Concordia, Irvine 92612 ABOUT THIS HIKE: This is a workout conditioning hike composed of a looped route with a mix of trails and sidewalk/bike paths, along with some not too long but fairly steep hills. The two popular hills: French Hill and Suicide Hill at Turtle Rock. This loop, which uses city streets, single-track trails and a little bit of climbing, is one of several possible routes that visit the two summits. This hike requires regular hikers or those who have exercise experience (stair stepper or treadmill on 5-7 degree incline). The trail is dog friendly. Route: The hike begins with a steep climb up French Hill, gaining 200 feet in about 0.3 miles. At the top, you get a nice view of the Santa Ana Mountains and you can also see the other destination, Turtle Rock, to the left. At the top, bear right, pass by a small summit marker, and begin heading downhill, toward a residential neighborhood. The trail swings around the back side of the houses and begins to curve south, making a moderate ascent to a ridge. Here, you get nice views of the Laguna Canyon area and the San Joaquin Hills. At 1.2 miles, you begin a sharp descent toward Ridgeline Drive. Head right and follow a trail that’s been beaten on the side of the road. Soon you cross Hillsborough, where you can follow a proper sidewalk up to the intersection with Turtle Rock Drive. Cross the street and continue following Ridgeline, looking for a paved walkway heading downhill (1.9 miles.) At the bottom of a hill, where the walkway makes a hairpin turn, continue straight on a dirt trail. Never getting too far from the residential area on the right, you climb to another ridge. Head right at a junction, where you’ll see Turtle Rock ahead of you, with its geological outcrops that resemble turtles. You descend into a pleasant wooded area, reaching a paved walkway at about 2.6 miles. Head left, and almost immediately take a hard right and begin climbing a staircase. At the top, head right and continue your ascent. A little bit of scrambling, though nothing too difficult, is required to reach the top of Turtle Rock (2.9 miles), where you enjoy a nice view of almost all of Orange County, and on clear days, beyond. Continuing north, you descend steeply from Turtle Rock. Turn left at the next junction and head through a meadow, toward the intersection of San Rufino and Via Novella (3.4 miles.) Follow Via Novella to Amalfi Drive, head right and turn right again on Turtle Rock Drive. Heading slightly uphill, follow Turtle Rock 0.4 miles back to the starting point. 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 SP Perimeter Loop - Level 1+ to 2++

    E Coastal Peak & Ridge Park Rd

    This is a longer hike around the entire perimeter of Crystal Cove State Park, with a short detour down to the beach and back. Shorter options are available if you are not up for the full distance. This is not the Beach Walk. Sorry, Dogs are NOT permitted on any of the hiking trails in the park. ## Key Info: ## Meet and Greet at the rest room area at 9:20 AM. ## Hike Briefing at 9:25 AM. ## The hike departs promptly at 9:30 AM. ## Trails are subject to closure right after a significant rain. Check the Comments for updates. ## If you arrive late or otherwise choose to do this walk on your own, just follow the directions detailed below. Length: Up to 11 miles, about 4 to 5 hours including rest stops, with ~1,300 ft gain/loss Difficulty: This hike is up to 11 miles and a moderately challenging workout hike on varied terrain. Shorter/easier options will be offered, if desired. Pace: Moderate (~25 minutes/mile) Description: We will head down No Name Ridge, directly across the street from the rest room meeting spot. This is a nice big, wide, well groomed dirt maintenance road, with ocean views all the way down to the ranger station by PCH, about 3½ miles. After a 10-minute snack/facilities break, we head over to El Moro Canyon and turn RIGHT, and go down to the beach to Abalone Point. From Abalone Point, we head back to El Moro Canyon and turn right on BFI. This is a moderately steep climb up to the top of Moro Ridge. Continue up Moro Ridge to Bommer Ridge and turn left, heading back to our starting point. Easier Options: If you would like to just do a portion of this hike, let me know at the start and I will give you instructions to make this a 2-mile, 4-mile or 7-mile out and back hike. Feel free to bring a friend, as you will be splitting off from the main group to return early. Sometimes we may see some wildlife: quail, hawks, roadrunners, bunny wabbits, and if we are very lucky, maybe a snake or a tarantula. Rating: Level 1+ to 2++ - Click here for hike RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) Parking: There is plenty of free on-street parking all along Ridge Park Road and East Coastal Peak Road. GPS Address: 20403 E Coastal Peak, Newport Coast, CA 92657. I usually park on the street right in front of the restrooms. Facilities: We start the hike at the rest rooms in Coastal Peak Park. When we get to the Ranger Station, there are rest rooms and picnic tables. On the beach, there are restrooms on the way to Abalone point. Finally, on Moro Ridge, there is a pit toilet at one of the campgrounds. All of the other rest rooms on this hike are disguised as bushes.... What to bring: Lots of water, snacks and lunch, sunglasses, sturdy hiking shoes, maybe hiking poles if you have them, a hat or umbrella for sun protection, a happy attitude and a big smile! Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Trail Map: http://www.ocparks.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=57857 Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Brochure: http://www.ocparks.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=21146 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-Mar: Wildflowers Carrizo Plain National Monument (Overnight/Levels 1+ up)

    HikingOC Annual Spring trip to Northern LA and central CA Wildflowers Road Trip. With all the rains, we are looking for another beautiful wildflowers season SoCal. We will be on a weekend trip flexible with hiking schedule and sightseeing carpet wildflowers on rolling hills and valley of Carrizo Plain National Monument (https://www.blm.gov/nlcs_web/sites/ca/st/en/prog/nlcs/Carrizo_Plain_NM.html). ****TRIP COST, DEPOSIT AND CANCELLATION**** >>>Plan your own and only join us to hike, $25 (non-refundable consulting fee). Contact the host directly for more info*** >>>Estimate cost: including lodging, transportation, coordinating fee, but not including food: $99+ for 2 days/1 night >>>Advance deposit is $50 (non-refundable) and due by Mar 15, 2019. Payment after due date 10% more on deposit amount or depends on available spaces and booking. >>>CANCELLATIONS: 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. * Lodging: 1 night (Sat) double occupancy (triple and quadruple occupancy are lower ). * Transportation: carpool (gas/car rental) * Food: at your own cost ($20+) Photos from 2017 Super Blooms: April 8 weekend https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/27757963/459948893/ April 15 weekend https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/27776751/460190983/ April 2 weekend https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/27745336/459749606/ Reports from the news on >>>KTLA news Majestic "Super Bloom" Migrates North to Central California (http://ktla.com/2017/04/03/majestic-super-bloom-migrates-north-to-central-california/) >>>ABC news Inside scoop on California's wildflower hot spot (http://www.abc10.com/weather/inside-scoop-on-california-wildflower-hot-spot/428465094) Please see below for further info: Park Map: https://www.blm.gov/documents/california/public-room/map/carrizo-plain-national-monument-visitor-map Tentative Schedule: depends on weather. 1. Day 1 (Sat/Mar 30): leave OC at 7am from Irvine or a designated plan carpool location. We will enter from north and explore the park. We will drive to south entrance from Soda Lake Rd, and drive along Elkhorn Rd from south to north. Please note Elkhorn Rd is unpaved, high clearance vehicle is recommended. If we have time to hike Caliente Mountain https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/caliente-mountain-ridge-trail then Sunday schedule will be on the way back 2. Day 2 (Sun/Mar 31): stop on the way in Malibu for the following hikes, please see details post: https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/259910761/ GENERAL RATING/DIFFICULTY: Levels 1+ to 3: easy to strenuous hikes depending on your fitness levels to enjoy the park. Click RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to learn more about hike levels. WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR: water, snacks, food for breakfasts and lunches on the trails. Wear layers clothes, hiking shoes, hiking poles and 10 Hiking Essentials (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/9535234) For those who are interested camping in the primitive conditions open space at Carrizo Plain Camping (https://www.blm.gov/nlcs_web/sites/ca/st/en/prog/nlcs/Carrizo_Plain_NM/recreation/camping.html) 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, 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***

  • OCParks Hosting: Whiting Ranch Trail Rehabilitation (Level 2)

    Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

    Join OC Parks staff and volunteers in helping to repair extensive storm damage to trails at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Before the trails can open to the public for use, the trails must be repaired to prevent further damage and ensure the public’s safety. Come prepared to hike to the various trail work locations. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, and snacks. Long pants, hiking shoes, and work gloves are recommended More info and sign up: https://letsgooutside.org/activities/2019/03/23/whiting-ranch-trail-rehabilitation-2/ MEETING TIME: 8 AM (Glen Ranch Parking Area) GENERAL RATING/DIFFICULTY: Level 2 Moderate for distance, elevation and pace. Click to see RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) for more info about hiking levels DISTANCE/ELEVATION/DURATION: Estimated 6 miles, 1500 ft gain in ~2.5 hours. It's comparable to Level 3 of OCParks and Irvine Conservancy Landmarks Rating Level: Level 3 Distances up to 6 miles with expected elevation gain up to 1000 feet overall done at a moderate walking pace of no faster than 3.5 mph and some stops for resting, regrouping and/or interpretation, some shaded areas, mostly natural surface trails or roads and a few hills with moderate grades. ABOUT WHITING RANCH: Limestone Canyon & Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park encompasses approximately 4,300 acres of riparian and oak woodland canyons, rolling grassland hills and steep slopes of coastal sage scrub and chaparral. The park is highlighted by scenic rock formations, including the beautiful Red Rock Canyon. There are three intermittent streams: Borrego, Serrano and Aliso Creek meandering through the park, each hosting an abundance of wildlife. Remnants of the former cattle ranching days can be seen throughout the park. Though 90% of the park burned in the Santiago Fire of 2007, the land is in the recovery process. Please respect that process by staying on marked trails and following park rules More info: Orange County Parks (http://www.ocparks.com/whitingranch/) Whiting Ranch Wilderness (http://www.whitingranch.com/) 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

  • Crystal Cove SB Sand/Surf/Tide Pool Walk - Levels 1+ to 2+

    Crystal Cove State Park (Cameo Shores)

    Ok Low Tide Fans, this is a low tide walk on the sand at the scenic Crystal Cove State Beach (http://www.crystalcovestatepark.org/). 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 11:50 AM. ## Hike Briefing at 11:55 AM. ## The hike departs Cameo Shores parking area promptly at 12:00 Noon. ## For the pay parking, meet us at the north restrooms at 12:12 PM. ## Tide is Low -0.1' at 2:05 PM. We should have plenty of sand for easy walking, and nice tide pools in the rocky areas. If you arrive late or otherwise choose to do this walk on your own, just follow the directions detailed below. Check out these previous photos: July 2018 (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/29043419/472671144/) and March 2018 (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/29706423/479181544/). Description: Miles of scenic beaches! Sealife such as seals, sea stars, crabs, sea slugs, dolphins and whales may be seen. One mile is on the pavement and 7 miles on sand with a few short, rocky areas. I usually wear flip flops on the few rocky areas we must cross, and when exploring the tide pools. 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. For added challenge, you can go up and down the ramps between the beach and the bluffs. Length: Up to 8 miles and up to 3 - 4 Hours. ~100 ft gain/loss Pace: Slow pace stroll to fast pace powerwalk/jog Rating: Levels 1+ to 2+ Click here for hike RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) Free Parking: From Pacific Coast Hwy turn towards the ocean on Cameo Shores Rd. Turn immediate right onto Hampden Rd and park along the road. Meet me at intersection of Cameo Shores Rd and Hampden Rd. GPS address:[masked] Hampden Rd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625. See Key Info below for time. Pay Parking ($15 or state pass): From Pacific Coast Hwy turn towards the ocean at Newport Coast Dr and enter the State Park. Turn immediate right (towards LA). Go all the way to lot #1 - the most northerly parking lot. Park and continue walking north on paved trail to the restrooms. Wait at the restrooms to meet free parking group. See Key Info above for time. Route: From the northern parking lot restrooms we will head north on the paved path toward the beach. We will turn right just before the ramp that leads down to the sand. This takes us past the golf course, to a nice circular view point at the end of the path, perfect for a group photo. Then we will walk on the sand south toward Laguna Beach for about 1½ hour, then turn around and hike the same way back. Essentials: Water, maybe a snack, sunglasses, flip flops or sandals, a hat or umbrella, a happy attitude and a big smile! Map: Crystal Cove Beachfront (http://www.crystalcovestatepark.org/map-of-coves-and-beaches/) 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-Mar: Point Mugu Peak & Point Dume Wildflowers (Level 2/ Moderate)

    Tentative! We will be on the way back from Carrizo Plain, so we may be earlier or later than the scheduled time. >>>Point Mugu Peak: info from previous times (about 3 miles to the peak out and back or 5 miles loop https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/mugu-peak-trail) April 2012: https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/7454472/ May 2011: https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/1369261/23204004/ >>>Point Dume: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/623/files/PtDumeBrochure.pdf >>>Escondido Falls: https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/259909067/ Photos from last trip in April 2011 (https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/1342004/22687922/) Photos from Mar 3, 2019: https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/29752248/479227858/ Carpool from OC is highly recommended. Meet at the Park and Ride in Orange or meet at Point Mugu Peak Parking between 1:00 - 1:15 PM. Direction for carpool at the end of the post. Distance: about 2.7 miles Elevation: about 1247 ft Duration: 2 hours hiking time GENERAL RATING/DIFFICULTY: Level 2/2+: Moderate for distance, elevation and pace. Click to see RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) for more info about hiking levels What to bring: Comfortable Hiking Boots you don't mind getting wet. Extra shoes and socks to leave in your car. Lots of Water, Snacks and light lunch and your camera. Most important bring protective clothing as may be poison oak on the waterfalls trails About Point Mugu Peak: at Point Mugu State Park offers some amazing rolling mountains, sweeping meadows of tall grass, and beautiful coastal views and the wildflowers were blooming everywhere Spring time. Directions: From the East: take the 10 Freeway west until it becomes Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Continue west on PCH to Chumash trailhead is at[masked].065812 (If you see Point Mugu Naval Base, you are going too far from South PCH heading North; if you go from North PCH toward South, then after passing Naval Base, the trailhead is on the left side) *** 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 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***