What we're about
This group is for novice, accomplished hikers and all those inbetween who wish to get outside and explore, enjoy and experience the Great Outdoors. Scheduled hikes provide descriptions of difficulty level, length of hike, elevation, what to bring and other important hiking information to take into consideration when choosing whether or not to sign up for a particular hike. We emphasis the importance of knowing your own hiking ability and recommend starting on easier hikes before heading out on more difficult ones. Hike leaders are members like you who decide to join our Leadership Team after becoming experienced at hiking and leading groups of people on trails. Only hike leaders can choose, post, and lead a hike, but we are open to suggested locations to visit. We practice "Leave no Trace" on our hiking events, which means packing in/packing out all items you bring along. Our hikes are on established trails and we rarely venture off-trail. We suggest keeping cell phone usage to a minimum while on the trails. Safety is of critical concern so our group strives to make hiking events as safe as possible. However, hiking does have risks so please stay with the group and watch out for potential dangers on the trails.
In determining what to bring and how to dress for a hike, consider the difficulty level, length of hike, weather conditions, and area location. For most hikes we suggest bringing water and snacks, first aid kit, and any personal items you need in a day backpack. Most hike leaders carry much more than that and will usually provide a list of what to bring on their posted hike description. Clothing can vary, depending on expected temperature on hike day, but it's best to dress in layers in case it gets warmer or cooler than expected. Hiking boots/hiking sandals or sturdy walking shoes are what most hikers wear. Trekking poles can be very helpful and many hikers use them on hikes with hills. Always be prepared for contingences if the hike does not go as planned. If you have any medical condition (such as diabetes) or are on prescription medicine please privately advise the hike leader before setting off on hike day. Please do NOT come hiking when sick, recovering from serious illness, taking medicine that causes drowsiness, experiencing a hangover, or feel somewhat impaired in any way. Common sense should prevail!
DISCLAIMER: HIKE LEADERS OF SJH ARE NOT CERTIFIED HIKE LEADERS, MAY NOT HAVE CPR/FIRST AID TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE, AND ARE NOT EMERGENCY TRAINED PERSONS. THEY ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY, BUT WILL DO WHAT THEY CAN TO HELP IN AN EMERGENCY.
$10 ANNUAL DONATION IS suggested to cover cost of website fees & hiking related costs.
So shut off your cellphones, open your senses and come appreciate the natural world just waiting outside your door. Hiking is healthy for the heart, invigorating for the body, refreshing for the mind, and soothing for the soul.