• What we'll do
--- This is a FREE 4.4 mi brisk walk at sunset with LOTS of hidden stairs (15 stairways / 1466 stairs) in just under 2 hrs, with a fun group.
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• IF YOU SIGN UP AND CAN'T MAKE IT, PLEASE TAKE YOURSELF OFF THE GOING LIST!!!!!!
• BRING A FLASHLIGHT or plan to use your cellphone light as IT WILL BE DARK before we're done with the walk!
If you've never gone on an organized urban hike, you gotta check it out! (We try to do it weekly). Don't be afraid of the stairs - we wait for everyone and you can always bail out if you need to.
Join us afterward for dinner at Souplantation on San Vicente & Montana!
Dog friendly (if your dog is friendly and can climb/descend stairs!).
Check out my page of historical photos and info for the area we will walk: https://socalstairclimbers.com/historical-info-for-selected-areas/rustic-canyon/
ABOUT THE WALK:
Join us for a great break in your week — an evening walk through the beautiful neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Rustic Canyons. This 4.4 mile loop traverses 15 stairways, with 1,129 up-steps (that's 61 flights for you Fitbitters) and 332 down-steps, and climbs a total of 612 feet. It's a great introduction for stairwalking newcomers, but it's also a challenging hour and a half workout regardless of your experience level! We move quickly but will happily wait at the tops of stairways to collect the group. Dave and Kristy Moorman will be leading the loop in the early evening. We did this 50 Thursdays last year, and try to do it every week. If you are concerned about keeping up, it's easy to bail out at any point, but we want you to succeed!
Meet up at the foot of West Channel at PCH (Santa Monica) at the top of the pedestrian underpass entrance (by the Shore Bar / Restaurant Giorgio Baldi). The Hungry Cat is no longer in business but the address is right where we start. We will leave right about at 6:30PM with or without you! If you're a little late, leave a comment on this Meetup page or on our Facebook page, and we can wait a few or try to meet along the route. Or download the map (see below) and meet up with us!
PARKING - Arrive early to find parking! Free street parking can be found up West Channel, Entrada, Sycamore, or Mesa - a short walk from the start. Some meters on Entrada are 2 hour til 8PM (Meters at the lower end of W. Channel are 1 hr. max til 8PM, so forget about those!). Beach parking lot fees are enforced until sundown — enter the beach lot from southbound PCH and walk through the pedestrian tunnel under PCH - it comes out right at the walk start.
RESTROOMS - there are public restrooms along the beach parking lot across PCH from the start. You can walk under PCH through the tunnel in less than a minute. We go right by there at the beginning of the walk and we'll stop for anyone who needs it.
INTERACTIVE ROUTE MAP: Google Map, with start/end location, stairway locations, step counts, PLUS architectural/historical info & photos (click on the icons):
(iPhone users - copy the above link into your Notes app, save the Note, then click on the link for it to open in Google Maps instead of through another app. That will enable the GPS "blue dot" showing you where you are.)
• What to bring: Water bottle / Sweat towel / Flashlight (it will get dark!)
DISCLAIMER: Event is led by Dave and Kristy Moorman. Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in the rigorous activity that this is. As the organizers, Dave and Kristy Moorman assume absolutely no responsibility for the participants. If you choose to participate, you assume all responsibility for yourself and agree not to hold the leaders, helpers, or any designated sweep (the person walking at the rear) liable in any way.