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Relatively easy mostly flat trail hike after initial short steep access down from the cul-de-sac at North end of Biltmore St. in North Clairemont. Wonderful initial forest-type canopy over the wide dirt trail alongside a little creek with ponds, until coming out into the main broad hiking trail in the center of San Clemente Canyon/Marion Bear Park. Many huge sycamores and oaks in this City open-space park with a wide main trail and small stream with some ponds that may have minnows and some orange crawdads if you are lucky/observant enough and go in the wetter season. Some birds so if you bring binos you may be able to ID different species. We saw a big hawks soaring overhead last time, and previously a little skink on trail- SKINK not skunk. Previously last year we saw lizards, rabbits, ducks, a rare iridescent golden bumble bee, a beehive, a huge great blue heron startled us on a previous hike there as it flew from a pond 15 feet away, and even a tiny snake last summer... Also we have had a closeup of a redhead woodpecker that popped out of its hollow and stared us down from the tree trunk close by the beehive. Great place to exercise walk and commune with nature for a little while as we tune out any noise from H52 which runs along the North side of San Clemente Canyon. There is some poison oak growing under the trees and off the trail, but we don't venture off the trail or into any bushes so we don't touch it. Meet us BY 1pm at the North end of Biltmore St, at the trailhead post on sidewalk there. Early parking in the cul-de-sac, later comers please park up the hill by Capehart St. Please don't block anyone's driveway. We have a bunch coming from hiking groups also. Quite a big friendly group usually assembles there weekends for this casual fun local hike. Be on time! Dress appropriate for the weather/temp ( any rain cancels ) and wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring a bottle of water and your camera, hat and sunscreen, binos if you like to see birds up close. You are solely responsible for your safety and well being on any event posted by this group! No organizer/host of this group is in any way liable for any injury or misfortune that could occur. An rsvp here confirms your acceptance of responsibility. Park bathroom is about halfway along this hike. None at trailhead.
• What we'll do This is a BRISK PACED intermediate, 5-6 mile, 2-3 hour hike with some hills at a scenic local preserve. It is not suitable for beginners. • What to bring Bring water and wear comfortable shoes with grip.
**Please be sure and RSVP so we know there will be enough to play!! RETURNING TO TOWER 8, OCEANSIDE!! This is a social volleyball meetup with varying levels of players. Please do not expect to have 3 hits (bump, set, spike) on the majority of volleys. However, please be able to maintain a volley on a consistent basis. People are encouraged to keep the volley going as long as possible because that is what makes it enjoyable. Guidelines: Please be aware of a few things. *Call the ball .. it's a safety thing! *Play your area unless someone asks for help. *A serve cannot be blocked. *If the ball hits the line, it's good. Covid 19 precautions: There will be no direct contact (i.e. high/low fives) with anyone except through hitting the ball. Please do not come if you are not feeling well, have any cold/flu-like symptoms (fever, runny nose, cough, feeling run down, etc), have recently been in gatherings of more than 20 people or have been around someone suspected of having Covid-19. Please use hand sanitizer prior to playing, and avoid touching your face. Play at your own risk. Please respect everyone’s personal space. Please remember, per meetup.com policy section 6 - "You acknowledge that some Meetup events carry inherent dangers, such as the risk of illness, bodily injury, disability, or death. By participating in these events, you understand and agree that you have freely chosen to assume these risks." https://help.meetup.com/hc/en-us/articles/360027447252?flash_digest=a0ae01a42265ee12d1bfb1746b00a7a12c9faf4b
This walk is cross-posted with Hiking Addicts. We will observe posted notices regarding face coverings and distancing. Some of the parking lots are still reserved for employees and take-out customers, or just plain closed off. We'll try this with NO attendee limit and see how it goes. Your well-behaved, dog- and people-friendly canine friend is welcome, but must be on leash and under your control. Please leave Fido at home if you do not wish to respect this simple rule. We will start walking promptly at 6:05. Depending on pace, we will finish at around 7:20. This walk repeats every Monday, all year long.