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Sonoma County Outdoors is an adult group for Hiking, Walking, and Social Activities.

Want to hike or walk for fitness and fun?

Would regularly meeting with a committed group of like minded people help keep you accountable to exercise?

Just want to get out of the house and have some fun?

If you said yes to any of these questions, then take a look at Sonoma County Outdoors!

There are a lot of great hiking Meetup groups out there and some of us belong to multiple groups. This group is intended to supplement those groups for shorter weekday hikes, and longer local hikes that are a little closer to home in Sonoma County and surrounding areas.

What's it all about?

WEDNESDAY NIGHT WALK (4 miles after work): An 80 minute brisk walk in Downtown Petaluma to get a few miles in before the weekend hike. This urban walk is a little slower pace than our Tuesday Night Fitness Hike, but a good bit of exercise nonetheless. You'll feel it the next day. For a cardio workout, see our Tuesday Night Fitness Hike.

TUESDAY NIGHT FITNESS NIGHT HIKE (5 miles after work): A FAST 80 minute Fitness Hike in Downtown Petaluma to get a few miles in before the weekend hike. This is a cardio hike that is sure to get your blood moving. We move fast and generally don't wait for slower members in the hike. If you're having trouble keeping up with the pace of the Fitness Hike, please instead join us on the Wednesday Night Walk.

WEEKEND HIKES, 6-12 miles: Weekend hikes are usually within an hour drive of central Sonoma County. The hikes are anywhere from Easy/Moderate to Moderate to Moderately/Strenuous, and on rare occasions, Strenuous. We usually pack a light lunch and stop to eat about half way thru the hike. We might even stop in for a quick social gathering after the hike to wet our whistle, or to grab something a little more substantial to eat. We hike at a brisk pace, this is not a stroll or sightseeing adventure - it's a hike.

THE PACE, WEDNESDAY NIGHT WALKS: The Wednesday Night Walks are a brisk pace. We do 4 miles in the same time as we do 5 on the Tuesday Night Fitness Hike. We do about 2-1/2 mph (23-24 minute miles). Tjis is the place to start if you are new to the group.

THE PACE, TUESDAY NIGHT FITNESS: The Tuesday Night Hikes are a cardio workout. Not quite power walking, but we do go about 3-1/2 mph (16-18 minute miles). If you are new to the group, I strongly recommend you try the Wednesday Night Walk before attempting the Tuesday Night Fitness Hike.

THE PACE, WEEKEND HIKES: Weekend hikes are about the same brisk pace as the Wednesday Night Walks. We're not strolling by any means, and we are usually covering a lot of ground without a lot of stopping.

SOCIAL MEETUPS: We occasionally organize Social Events to get out of the house and enjoy ourselves. These might be a show, a meetup for dinner, wine tasting, a Crawl, etc... Bring your spouse, friends and significant others to these fun events. Note: Most of these are adult oriented events and are not appropriate for children, unless it specifically says so. If you have any doubt, please ask.

WHAT DOES IT COST? Nothing to you. Meetup charges a monthly fee for hosting this group. We pay that for you. If you'd like to contribute something to offset those costs, we take contributions in the form of Red Wine!

GROUP GUIDELINES: (To participate in hikes you must agree to the following)

1. Apply to join the group. you will be notified of events when you join and be able to see the location where events are being held.

2. When applying, please use a profile picture that shows your face. Our hike leaders pride themselves on not losing anyone and knowing who you are is important.

3. Events start on time. Please be on time. We won't wait for you, so please don't ask.

4. Introduce yourself and check-in with the event organizer when you arrive at the event.

5. Don't sign up for an event that you are not committed to attend. No-shows might be dropped from the group after 2 no-shows.

6. Be fun! Meanies and disruptors will be banned.

7. Be kind in your review and opinion of us. We do this for the fun and love of hiking, and want to share it with others.

DOGS: Well behaved dogs on-leash are allowed on Weeknight Hikes and Weeknight Walks, but only at the hike leaders discretion. If your dog is aggressive or disruptive, the hike leader might ask you to leave the hike. Please come back next week without the dog. Most dogs are welcome though.

Dogs are not allowed on Weekend Hikes. The trails are often narrow, and the hikes are very crowded. Plus, more than half the places we hike don't allow dogs on trails. Please don't ask to bring your dog on a weekend hike. They will not be allowed to participate.

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS: Invite your friends and sign up today to receive your invitation to our next event!

SCO IN THE NEWS...

PETALUMA MAGAZINE, SUMMER 2011
Walking Together, The Original Social Network
(an article on walking groups in Petaluma, page 44)
http://zoominlocal.co... (http://zoominlocal.com/santa-rosa-press-democrat/2011/06/04/#?page=44)

PETALUMA PATCH
The Neighborhood Files
by Rayne Wolfe
http://petaluma.patch... (http://petaluma.patch.com/articles/one-step-at-a-time-marv-guggemos-and-his-tribe)

PRESS DEMOCRAT
Trailhead Blog (4 articles)
by Greg Retsinas
(Greg's trailhead Blog is a great resource for local and Bay Area hiking. Look to it for hikes and useful information, and for his personal experiences in hiking our local outdoors)

LAKE TO LAKE TO LAKE IN MARIN

http://trailhead.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/12116/lake-to-lake-to-lake-in-marin/

FULL MOON HIKE TO ARCH ROCK
http://trailhead.blog... (http://trailhead.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/11481/full-moon-hike-to-arch-rock/)

ON THE RIDGE INSIDE ANNADEL
http://trailhead.blog... (http://trailhead.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/11608/on-the-ridge-inside-annadel/)

A NEW TRAIL AT POINT REYES
http://trailhead.blog... (http://trailhead.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/11792/taking-a-new-trail-at-point-reyes/)

Let's go!

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UPDATE: 1st Wednesday! Wednesday Night Walk starts from Pongo's on the East Side

Wednesday Night Walk: Petaluma East Side Green Belt * Want to walk for fitness and exercise? * New to walking and want to build up stamina? * Like a slower pace than our Tuesday Night Fitness Hike? * Would walking with a committed group of walkers help you? If you said yes to any of these, then the Wednesday Night Walk in Petaluma is for you. We start at Pongo's at the G&G shopping center, and walk about 4-1/2 miles depending on weather conditions and the pace of the group that night. Afterward if you have the time, join us at Pongo's for a bite to eat and some liquid refreshment before heading home. Pongo's is a refreshing Thai restaurant, with salads and burgers as well. DETAILS: - Meetup time: 6:00pm (we walk at 6:10 sharp) - Meetup location: Pongo's - Distance: ~ 4.5 miles - Duration: 75-80 minutes - Pace: Easy/Moderate (about 2.5-3 mph or 20-24 minute miles) - Difficulty: Easy (if you've walked 3-4 miles recently) - Hills: Mostly flat - Optional After-walk gathering at Pongo's WHAT TO BRING: - A good pair of walking shoes - Water (you'll be glad you did) - A fun attitude! SO HOW FAST ARE WE WALKING? The Wednesday Night Walk is about 2.5 - 3 mph (20-24 minute miles) The Tuesday Night Fitness Hike is about 3.5-4 mph (15-17 minute miles) HOW DO YOU PARTICIPATE? Sign up with Meetup and RSVP Today! This also gets you on our email list to make you aware of upcoming events, hikes and walks. You will not be spammed. If you are, let me know. Spamming will not be tolerated. WHY DO YOU NEED TO RSVP? It's important to RSVP for these walks. When all the people have arrived for a walk that have RSVP'd, we leave... it might mean we leave early. If you didn't RSVP we are not going to wait for you. Plus, it's just a nice courtesy to the organizer and other participants. Please take the time to RSVP. QUESTIONS? Email me with any questions by using the "Contact Us" link on the left hand side bar of this meetup group page. Hope to see you on a walk or hike soon! Gary SCO Organizer

Tuesday Night Fitness Hike: 5+ Fast Miles, Downtown Petaluma and Western Hills

WARNING: THE TUESDAY NIGHT FITNESS HIKE IS AN AEROBIC, FAST-PACED URBAN HIKE. WE WILL BE WALKING A 16-MINUTE MILE WITH ONLY BRIEF STOPS (AS NEEDED). OUR SUMMER ROUTE INCLUDES THE HILLS IN HELEN PUTNAM PARK (740 FT. ELEVATION GAIN), AND OUR WINTER ROUTE EXPLORES THE WATER TANKS (670 FT. ELEVATION GAIN). IF YOU FIND YOU ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY KEEPING UP WITH THE LEADERS IN THIS GROUP, PLEASE USE THE OPT-OUT POINT AT THE FIRST MILE OF THE HIKE! ANOTHER OPTION IS OUR WEDNESDAY NIGHT WALK FOR A MORE MODERATE PACE. THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME KEEP THIS HIKE AN AEROBIC WORKOUT! NOTE: The Tuesday Night Fitness Hike is posted on the SCO Calendar every week. Steve Tubbs is shown as the host each week but he might, or might not, show up to the event. This is, more often than not, a small group of regular, fit walkers who show up on time every Tuesday night to enjoy this rigorous walk. We leave promptly at 6:10 pm from the Kentucky Street entrance to the Lanmart Building. So, if you don't see Steve on the Tuesday night you are there, you might see him on the next one. Tuesday Night Fitness Hike, 5+ miles fast paced urban hike: The Fitness Hike includes multiple steep uphill portions in Helen Putnam Park (during Daylight Savings Time), and at the Petaluma Water Tanks (after Daylight Savings Time ends). Tuesday Night Fitness Hike: - Warning! This is a FAST hike... a real workout! - 5+ miles - Meetup time 6:00 pm (We hike at 6:10 sharp) - Difficulty is STRENUOUS! - 90 minutes This is a fast, evening Fitness Hike that starts downtown outside (on the sidewalk) of the Lanmart Building (Brixx Restaurant, Heebee Jeebee) on Kentucky Street. We head west to Helen Putnam Park (or the Water Tanks) for some beautiful vistas before returning to our starting point on Kentucky Street. This hike is generally the same route and is focused primarily on fitness. WHAT TO BRING: - A good pair of walking shoes - Water (you'll be glad you did) - A fun attitude! WHAT ABOUT THE DARKNESS? Bring a SMALL flashlight. The sidewalks can be treacherous in west Petaluma, and you'll want to see those crags, cracks and upheavals in the concrete. SO HOW FAST ARE WE WALKING? The Wednesday Night Walk is about 2.5 mph (24 minute miles) The Tuesday Night Fitness Hike nearly 3.5 - 4.0 mph (16-minute miles with hills!) HOW DO YOU PARTICIPATE? Sign up with Meetup and RSVP Today! This also gets you on our email list to make you aware of upcoming events, hikes and walks. WHY DO YOU NEED TO RSVP? Please take the time to RSVP YES when you plan on attending an event. When all members that RSVP'd YES have arrived, we can leave. It might mean we get to leave early. It's equally important to keep your RSVP up to date. If you've RSVP'd YES for and event, we are going to wait for you until the departure time. Please don't make us wait for you if you don't intend to show up. **If you RSVP YES with a "maybe" comment, that's not a yes and we are not going to wait for you. QUESTIONS? Email me with any questions by using the "Contact Us" link on the left hand side bar of this meetup group page. Hope to see you on a walk or hike soon! SCO Organizers

Wednesday Night Walk: Petaluma Downtown & Riverfront

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Wednesday Night Walk: Petaluma Downtown and Riverfront * Want to walk for fitness and exercise? * New to walking and want to build up stamina? * Like a slower pace than our Tuesday Night Fitness Hike? * Would walking with a committed group of walkers help you? If you said yes to any of these, then the Wednesday Night Walk in Petaluma is for you. We start at Aqus Cafe and take in the West Side of town, including some of Downtown, the Waterfront and a few of the Historic home of old Petaluma. We walk about 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 miles depending on weather conditions and the pace of the group that night. Afterward if you have the time, join us at Aqus Cafe for a bite to eat and some liquid refreshment before heading home. Aqus Cafe is a true gem of a gathering place, restaurant, coffee house, and live music venue. But it's the people on either side of the counter that make this place so special. DETAILS: - Meetup time: 6:00pm (we hike at 6:10 sharp) - Meetup location: Aqus Cafe - Distance: 3.5 to 4-1/2 miles - Duration: 75-80 minutes - Pace: Easy/Moderate (about 2.5-3 mph or 20-24 minute miles) - Difficulty: Easy (if you've walked 3-4 miles recently) - Hills: Mostly flat with a few small and easy to climb hills - Optional After-Hike Gathering at Aqus Cafe WHAT TO BRING: - A good pair of walking shoes - Water (you'll be glad you did) - A fun attitude! SO HOW FAST ARE WE WALKING? The Wednesday Night Walk is about 2.5 - 3 mph (20-24 minute miles) The Tuesday Night Fitness Hike is about 3.5-4 mph (15-17 minute miles) HOW DO YOU PARTICIPATE? Sign up with Meetup and RSVP Today! This also gets you on our email list to make you aware of upcoming events, hikes and walks. You will not be spammed. If you are, let me know. Spamming will not be tolerated. WHY DO YOU NEED TO RSVP? It's important to RSVP for these walks. When all the people have arrived for a walk that have RSVP'd, we leave... it might mean we leave early. If you didn't RSVP we are not going to wait for you. Plus, it's just a nice courtesy to the organizer and other participants. Please take the time to RSVP. QUESTIONS? Email me with any questions by using the "Contact Us" link on the left hand side bar of this meetup group page. Hope to see you on a walk or hike soon! Gary SCO Organizer

Tuesday Night Fitness Hike: 5+ Fast Miles, Downtown Petaluma and Western Hills

WARNING: THE TUESDAY NIGHT FITNESS HIKE IS AN AEROBIC, FAST-PACED URBAN HIKE. WE WILL BE WALKING A 16-MINUTE MILE WITH ONLY BRIEF STOPS (AS NEEDED). OUR SUMMER ROUTE INCLUDES THE HILLS IN HELEN PUTNAM PARK (740 FT. ELEVATION GAIN), AND OUR WINTER ROUTE EXPLORES THE WATER TANKS (670 FT. ELEVATION GAIN). IF YOU FIND YOU ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY KEEPING UP WITH THE LEADERS IN THIS GROUP, PLEASE USE THE OPT-OUT POINT AT THE FIRST MILE OF THE HIKE! ANOTHER OPTION IS OUR WEDNESDAY NIGHT WALK FOR A MORE MODERATE PACE. THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME KEEP THIS HIKE AN AEROBIC WORKOUT! NOTE: The Tuesday Night Fitness Hike is posted on the SCO Calendar every week. Steve Tubbs is shown as the host each week but he might, or might not, show up to the event. This is, more often than not, a small group of regular, fit walkers who show up on time every Tuesday night to enjoy this rigorous walk. We leave promptly at 6:10 pm from the Kentucky Street entrance to the Lanmart Building. So, if you don't see Steve on the Tuesday night you are there, you might see him on the next one. Tuesday Night Fitness Hike, 5+ miles fast paced urban hike: The Fitness Hike includes multiple steep uphill portions in Helen Putnam Park (during Daylight Savings Time), and at the Petaluma Water Tanks (after Daylight Savings Time ends). Tuesday Night Fitness Hike: - Warning! This is a FAST hike... a real workout! - 5+ miles - Meetup time 6:00 pm (We hike at 6:10 sharp) - Difficulty is STRENUOUS! - 90 minutes This is a fast, evening Fitness Hike that starts downtown outside (on the sidewalk) of the Lanmart Building (Brixx Restaurant, Heebee Jeebee) on Kentucky Street. We head west to Helen Putnam Park (or the Water Tanks) for some beautiful vistas before returning to our starting point on Kentucky Street. This hike is generally the same route and is focused primarily on fitness. WHAT TO BRING: - A good pair of walking shoes - Water (you'll be glad you did) - A fun attitude! WHAT ABOUT THE DARKNESS? Bring a SMALL flashlight. The sidewalks can be treacherous in west Petaluma, and you'll want to see those crags, cracks and upheavals in the concrete. SO HOW FAST ARE WE WALKING? The Wednesday Night Walk is about 2.5 mph (24 minute miles) The Tuesday Night Fitness Hike nearly 3.5 - 4.0 mph (16-minute miles with hills!) HOW DO YOU PARTICIPATE? Sign up with Meetup and RSVP Today! This also gets you on our email list to make you aware of upcoming events, hikes and walks. WHY DO YOU NEED TO RSVP? Please take the time to RSVP YES when you plan on attending an event. When all members that RSVP'd YES have arrived, we can leave. It might mean we get to leave early. It's equally important to keep your RSVP up to date. If you've RSVP'd YES for and event, we are going to wait for you until the departure time. Please don't make us wait for you if you don't intend to show up. **If you RSVP YES with a "maybe" comment, that's not a yes and we are not going to wait for you. QUESTIONS? Email me with any questions by using the "Contact Us" link on the left hand side bar of this meetup group page. Hope to see you on a walk or hike soon! SCO Organizers

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