Description: *Okay for Advanced Beginner/Intermediate hikers wanting to take on some hills at a moderate pace *
Link to Hike Rating Table (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf)
MEET TIME: 7:20 AM
HIKE TIME: 7:30 AM SHARP!
Please arrive 10 min. early for introductions, instructions & to avoid confusion.
Lying peacefully in east Orange alongside the Santiago Creek, the 1,758-acre Santiago Oaks Regional park is a nature lover's paradise. This secluded refuge offers hikers, bikers and equestrians the natural charm of mountain vistas, an orange grove, a meandering creek and a mature forest of many different species of trees. Wildlife abounds and a series of interconnecting trails leads through shady groves and to a lookout that features an awe-inspiring view of Orange and the surrounding foothills.
ABOUT THE HIKE:
We hike as a group, starting out on a trail that has beautiful houses on one side and the Santiago Creek on the other. After about 10 minutes, we enter the actual park. We will hike on both flat shady trails and include some hills for a good workout. We will stop for a snack midway or towards the latter part of our hike. Plan on 5-7 miles for about 2-3 hours. Terrain can be uneven so shoes with good traction are recommended. The trails chosen will vary from week to week. A map of the trail system can be found here. Please bring a copy with you if you are not familiar with this park.
Attention Dog Lovers: This is a dog friendly park & hike, However your canine buddies are required to be on a leash at ALL times as a courtesy and safety to all hikers, Please obey park rules!
NOTE: Rain or extreme heat or low attendance may cancel hike. Please check meetup on the morning of the event.
From Serrano Ave. in Orange, go south on Orange Park Blvd. After 0.3 miles, the street curves at the end and becomes Mabury Ave. Make a u-turn right after the curve to park along the fence. For your GPS or internet map program - use the closest house address of 6531 E. Mabury Ave., Orange. We will meet in front of the opening in the brown fence area across the street from address above.
NOTE: This is a residential neighborhood so please be respectful by keeping voices low (turn your boom box down).
NECESSITIES: Adequate water (1 to 3 liters), snack, hat, sunscreen, hiking or trail running shoes, and a friendly attitude.
OPTIONAL: Trekking Poles, camera, binoculars.
PARK INFO: For more information about the park, visit: OCPARKS
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.
NOTICE OF LIABILITY RELEASE:
***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, direct, or indirect, incidental, punitive, health related, physical, psychological, loss, personal injury or any other damages that may be sustained during this hike***
Please email me if you have any other questions.