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For Fall 2020 hiking - please continue to practice SOCIAL DISTANCING ON HIKES AND EVENTS with SJH. Be careful, safe, sensible and let's try to keep COVID-19 OFF OUR HIKES! Thanks and enjoy the Great Outdoors.

This group is for novice, accomplished hikers and all those inbetween who wish to get outside andexplore, 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.

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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.

Upcoming events (4)

Angel Island Hike - San Francisco Bay

Angel Island - Tiburon Ferry

FIRST: We will be taking the 10am ferry. Due to Covid 19, MASKS, SOCIAL DISTANCING and pre purchase of tickets are required to ride the ferry for this meetup to Angel Island. (instructions below). *Carpooling is not recommended. This is a fun hike. Different then any other. First, we will be taking a short ferry ride out of Tiberon. We will be doing a 5 mile hike around the perimeter of Angel Island. The hike is easy to moderate w/ a beautiful view of the SF Bay, beaches and a lot of military history. You will have the option of climbing to the top of Mt. Livermore (an extra 1 1/2 miles) to see a panoramic view of the entire bay. I highly recommend if you've never been before. We will take a half point break on the beach for snacks. Following hike, we will head over to the Cantina and if you'd like, you can purchase food/beverages. Adult beverages are also available. *COST: Adult -$15 Senior -$14 (65+) This includes ferry ride plus state park entrance. **Bring: Mask, Food/snacks, water, sunscreen and cash/credit card for parking/food/drinks following, if you desire. ***Due to limit, this will be for 'members' only! AS OF THIS POSTING THERE WAS PLENTY OF TICKETS LEFT FOR THE 10am TIME SLOT. This hike is limited to 12, so if on 'going list' please go to website to purchase your ticket. (info below) Please take the time to read ferry rules also. You should arrive at ferry by 9:45am. angelislandferry.com *Also note that if you need to cancel you can transfer ticket for another time/date. Since it will likely book, transfering to next person in line would be appreciated. Tennis/running shoes are fine for this hike. Looking forward to spending time with old and new friends...

Famous Dipsea trail at Stinson beach hike

Stinson State Beach

This hike will be 8 miles total at a fast pace With 1800 ft of elevation gain . Moderately / hard Hike . This is a 7/10 of hardness on hikes we do Please don’t sign up if you can’t a fast pace of at least 3 mph Need to leaveCentral valley area by 6:30 am If your unsure 100 % you’ll go don’t sign up now wait until you know for sure. No last minute cancellation unless a good reason you just block people that want to go . This fun and exceptionally scenic loop is one canyon over from Muir Woods, in neighboring Mt. Tamalpais State Park. The loop descends from coastal bluffs with spectacular ocean views, through surprisingly lush mixed-species woodland, into a narrow canyon filled with lush old-growth redwood forest. Although Steep Ravine’s redwoods are smaller and fewer in number than Muir Woods, the canyon is more enjoyable since it’s a lot less touristy. Nonetheless, the Steep Ravine Trail is still extremely popular; on a nice weekend you might pass a group every two or three minutes. After a rainfall, there are some mini-waterfalls and the trail becomes even more popular. The Steep Ravine Trail includes a 14-rung wooden ladder that can be difficult to climb if the rungs are wet.The dipsea trail and steep ravine trail is 6.7 miles We’ll start at Stinson Beach. That adds an extra 2 and a half miles round-trip, which is not entirely a bad thing since it’s pretty nice and you can stop at the beach afterwards. 9 am by bathrooms at parking lot of Stinson Stated beach We always practice social distancing rules

2 night camping event "Pinnacles National Park"

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THE EVENT IS FULL NO OPENINGS This is a make up date because the Camp owner wouldn’t refund but gave us another date. If you were on original event add you self to waiting list and I’ll move you over This is a two night event • What we'll do Saturaday We’ll be doing around 10to 12 miles and rated moderately difficult 9/10 rated for the hikes we do and parts that’ll be strenuous with 2000 ft of elevation gain . Pinnacles National Park has more than 30 miles of trails that showcase the beauty of the park up close and personal. Hikes range from flat stretches of grasslands to uphill climbs through talus caves. only 5 cars are aloud at the group site but you can park in general parking . The 5 cars are already taken • What to bring All yopur camping gear and enough water ,food and sunscreen to last the weekend . • Important to know Friday night is no noise after 10 pm . Saturday is campfire party get together . Since this is a group site Adults only !!! Not for beginner hikers ! NO REFUNDS Please plan to bring and or wear a mask if needed and social distance. Carpooling not recommended. By signing up for this hike, you agree to the following: I recognize that there are risks associated with participating in group hikes. I assume full responsibility for personal injury, including disease-carrying insect bites and snake bites, to myself and family members. I agree to indemnify and release from liability the leaders of this group against all claims, causes of action, damages, judgments, costs or expenses, including attorney fees which may arise.

Bothe-Napa Valley State park 2 night Camping adventure

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

This camground is one of the better spots and the best is it's only a 16 minute walk to Frank Family Winery , 25 minute walk to Castello di Amorosa winery ( The Huge Castle ) and Sterling Vinyards is 6 minutes by car . I plan on hiking in the mornimng and coming back to get ready to go wine tasting at 1 pm for a couple of hours walking to Frank Family Winery a Then to Castello di Amorosa winery. If you don't drink no problem these winery are so breath taking that just walking around is fun especially at the castle . ******You can Need to make a reservation at https://www.reservecalifornia.com/CaliforniaWebHome/ For the nights of 11/20 & 11/21 . After you make the reservation then sign up for this camping event . Please don’t sign up if you don’t have a camping spot . I have site 16 and two to three tents will fit in each site so you can get your own or share with other but you need to arrange that ********************* This will be a hiking , Wine tasting and camping weekend .The hikes will be Moderate and anywhere from 4-8 miles . Saturday we'll do a morning hike then go Wine tasting in the afternoon at some of the winniers close to camp . Located in the heart of the beautiful Napa Valley wine country, the Park offers camping, picnickingand hiking trails that go through stands of coastal redwoods as well as forests of Douglas-fir, tanoak, and madrone. Daytime visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll in Ritchey Canyon on the Redwood Trail to view the delicate ferns and listen to the water splashing down the rocky creekbed. Bring your wine and cheese and picnic under the towering Douglas Firs.Take mere stroll along the creekbed, you will enjoy a close-up look at all the natural beauty that the park has to offer. There are well over 10 miles of trail for your indulgence. Please plan to bring and or wear a mask if needed and social distance. Carpooling not recommended. By signing up for this hike, you agree to the following: I recognize that there are risks associated with participating in group hikes. I assume full responsibility for personal injury, including disease-carrying insect bites and snake bites, to myself and family members. I agree to indemnify and release from liability the leaders of this group against all claims, causes of action, damages, judgments, costs or expenses, including attorney fees which may arise.

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Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Park

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