What we're about

------ Welcome Scenic Hikers ------

Do you love hiking in the most Scenic spots in Southern California - the best views, the greenest forests and meadows, the bluest lakes, the best streams, waterfalls, and desert landscapes? This is group is for you!

We are experienced, moderate hikers who hike both for the workout and the scenery, and we take time to enjoy our surroundings and be in the presence of nature and wilderness and everything they have to offer.

Most of our hikes are 10 mi R/T or less, and 2,000ft of gain or less, hiking at a moderate pace. In the summer and early fall, most of our hikes are above 6,000ft.

We follow the seasons - we hike in the high country in the summer and fall (with several fall color hikes upcoming), we hike in the local OC mountains and parks in the winter, and we go to the deserts and follow the wildflowers and waterfalls in the springtime. We hike in the rain - if the trail is open, we are open.

We hike the lesser-known and less crowded trails, which are often the most beautiful!

Our hikes are not suitable for beginning hikers.

We follow COVID precautions on all our hikes

(Please note: current photos are pre-pandemic since we have not had any hikes since the pandemic began)

1. We limit our hikes to 8 people max.

2. You can cancel the morning of a hike if you don't feel well, there are no penalties for "flaking." although please only RSVP if you are serious since we have limited space.

3. We predominantly hike on the lesser known, less crowded trails

4. We maintain a physical distance of at least 6ft at all times during our hikes

5. All hikers please carry hand sanitizer and napkins/tissues in the event you need to sneeze or cough.

6. We hike with masks available: We put our masks up when passing other hikers on a narrow trail (Of course you are free to hike with mask on at all times if you wish)

7. Please do not carpool with anybody outside your immediate household. Please do not post any carpooling comments on the meetup site, they will be deleted.

8. Please do not share any food or water with anybody outside your household. There will be an unopened water and unopened food package available if needed by a participant.

Upcoming events (3)

The Lesser Known Hiking Gems of Southern California

Online event

Learn about the beautiful less travelled hiking areas available to us throughout Southern California! Video Presentation followed by Q & A and Discussion In this time of Social Distancing, what better than an out of the way, isolated, and lightly travelled hiking trail that just also happens to be beautiful. To be sure, some of the greatest places are the least known, as you will learn in this presentation. For almost every highly popular hike, there is a lesser known hike only a few miles away. Examples: Everybody goes to Baden Powell, but have you heard of Blue Ridge? Everybody goes to Whiting Ranch, but do you know of the hiking Trails in O'Neill Park or the Harding Trail? Everybody goes to Bridge to Nowhere, but have you heard of the Heaton Flat Trail? Some areas will we cover include: Orange County Parks The Santa Ana Mountains The Northeastern Angeles National Forest The Big Bear Area and San Bernardino Mountains The Laguna Mountains of San Diego County Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Anza Borrego Desert State Park Host: Charles G. Geller

Upper San Juan Trail

Blue Jay Campground

---- Upper San Juan Trail ---- Moderate 10 mi R/T, 1,200ft total gain hike descending into a lush forest and meadow with superb views of the Santa Ana Mountains. We will start from the Upper trailhead next to the Blue Jay Campground, and descend along the hillside to a shaded meadow where we break for lunch, then continue up a steep ravine to a ridgeline with great views. Some steep/slippery sections. Hiking Poles Recommended. Hiking Boots or High Traction Trail Shoes required. No beginners please. Bring Headlamp as a Precaution Rain Does Not Cancel. Meet at 11:00am at the Upper San Juan Trail Parking area, adjacent to the Blue Jay Campground, Long Canyon Road, Lake Elsinore, 92530. It is NOT the 'San Juan Trailhead" indicated on the map below - that is inside the Blue Jay campground. This is the lot just up the road, outside from Blue Jay Campground. If lot is full, park across the road or outside the campground. Return to the trailhead about 4:00pm

Dark Sky Stargazing and Geminids Meteor Shower Viewing

Blue Jay Campground

This year's Geminids Meteor Shower peak falls on a New Moon, with a d ark sky that promises to be the best show in years. Join us at one of the the darkest spots close to Orange County accessible by car, the Blue Jay Campground, located a few miles off Hwy 74 above lake Elsinore., less than a one hour drive from Irvine. We will have a spacious campsite for viewing, and there are other spots within the campground we can walk to. We will have a table where people can make hot food and beverages. Telescopes welcome. The event begins at 6pm, and arrive anytime after that you wish. The meteors will last all night but peak between 10pm and 2am. In addition to the meteors we will have plenty of stars and the milky way to see. The campsite number will be sent to confirmed participants before the event. Those who wish to camp overnight, indicate so in your RSVP. *** WHAT TO BRING Headlamp with a Red Light and spare batteries, Ground Cloth, optional sleeping bag, warm clothing layers, gloves, warm hat, warm beverages, snacks, camping gear if you are camping. Temperatures will be in the 40s and dip into the 30s by midnight.

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