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Want to get a taste of the Outdoor Nation without having to climb up a steep mountain trail? Come join us for a nice evening walk on the Thompson Creek Trail in Claremont. If you're looking for a good beginner hike, this is it.
The Thompson Creek Trail runs alongside a flood control channel south of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, from Mills Ave to Towne Ave. For the most part, the Thompson Creek Trail is a smooth, paved bicycle path with about 300 feet of elevation gain.
We'll meet at the Thompson Creek Equestrian & Bicylce Trail parking lot on Indian Hill Avenue and walk easterly about 1 mile to Mills Avenue, where we will regroup. From there we will walk back the way we came and then follow the trail past our starting point for another 1.2 miles where we again regroup before heading back, making it a 4.5 mile walk total.
For those looking for a shorter walk, you may join us from the trailhead to Mills Ave and back, for a 2 mile total walk. Totally up to you.
There are restrooms at the nearby Higginbotham Park, about a half mile west of the trailhead, which we will pass on our way to Towne Ave.
DISTANCE: 4.5 miles RT
DIFFICULTY: This is considered an easy walk on a flat surface.
WHAT TO BRING: Comfortable clothing, walking shoes and enough water to properly hydrate yourself for 4.5 miles of walking. For most people 1-2 bottles of water is sufficient.
NO PLUS ONE'S: Even though this is an easy walk, we still require that each participant sign up for this event separately so we know who's coming and so each participant is fully aware of the event description and liability waiver. If you have someone you'd like to bring, just have them join the group and RSVP. Please don't ask if you can bring a Plus One. If you do, I will just direct you back to this paragraph. :-)
DIRECTIONS: From the 210 Freeway, exit at Baseline in Claremont and drive west. Proceed 1.5 miles and turn right on Indian Hill Blvd. Drive north on Indian Hill Blvd 0.5 miles to the Thompson Creek Equestrian & Bicycle Trail parking lot on your left at 2471 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The approximate GPS for the parking lot is:[masked], [masked].
WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK
By joining and/or participating in this and any Lazy Ass Hiking event or activity you agree to be fully responsible for your own safety and behavior and to hold the organizers and participants harmless from any loss, damage or liability that may occur during this event or while in transit to and from the event. You are responsible to know your limits and determine whether you are in adequate physical shape to complete the hike or not. In addition, you understand and accept that hiking is an inherently dangerous activity that can lead to serious injury or death and that the organizers are not professional hikers or trained leaders and are not medically trained to handle emergencies.