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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.

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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.

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Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

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The most Incredible Views of Las Trampas Ridge Wilderness , We'll take Bollinger canyon creek loop to Vail peak via Las Trampas ridge trail then down to sulpher springs up to breath taking views of Danville and MT Diablo . The view from the ridge affords the sights of the Ygnacio, San Ramon and Amador valleys, Mt. Diablo, Carquinez Straits and other distant points of interest. The Corduroy Hills Trail, skirting Eagle Peak. This time of year everything is green with abundant wildflowers and wild life The trail is going to be about 7 .5 miles with 1400 ft of elevation gain rated 6/10 hikes we do . Bring: Hiking boots Food and water for 5-6 hours Sunscreen Camera for the flowers , veiws and wildlife The trail head is the parking lot at end of Bollinger Canyon road by the bathroom , we should be there by 9:15 Direct all question to Margarita

Berry Creek Falls Trail

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Berry Creek Falls Trail is a 10.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder Creek, California that features a beautiful waterfall and it’s own microclimate of redwoods . It’s rated as difficult and is a 9/10 on the hikes we do . NOT FOR BEGINNER HIKERS. A strenuous loop that encounters picturesque waterfalls and beautiful redwood groves. From the Park HQ take the Skyline to the Sea Trail then return via the Sunset Trail. Long hike through old-growth redwoods to shimmering waterfalls is a Bay Area favorite. Redwoods and waterfalls make this the best hike in the San Francisco Bay Area. Veteran Berry Creek Falls hikers recommend a counter-clockwise loop starting on the Sunset Trail, turning left on to the Berry Creek Falls Trail, taking another left onto the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail, which returns to the trailhead. Details: 10.7 mile loop, 2,400 foot elevation change, for experienced hikers only. A difficult hike with a lot of uphill and downhill. As with all hikes, bring plenty of water, snacks, and hiking poles if desired. Address for GPS: N Escape Rd, Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Arnold Rim Trail

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Arnold Rim Trail is a 7.4 mile with 1,400 ft of elevation gain moderately/hard out and back trail located near Arnold, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Great views of forests, waterfall, canyons, and streams. Many birds and wildlife. Breathtaking vistas with panoramic views stretching from Mt. Diablo in the East Bay Area to snowy Mt. Lyell on the high eastern slopes of the Sierras near Yosemite, then dive down into canyons with streams coursing through the shade of older growth forests of cedar, pine, fir and oak. High rocky promontories, native acorn grinding rocks, a magnificent waterfall, many birds and wildlife of all kinds, and a lake. Bring plenty of water , food and sunscreen for 6 hours Be at trail head 9:[masked] Dunbar rd , Arnold , Ca

Diablo Foothills Hike through Mt. D State Park

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Diablo Foothills Regional Park is northwest and next to Mt. Diablo State Park, not far from Walnut Creek. This loop hike will begin at the Old Borges Ranch trailhead, head along a short section of Mokelumne C.T.C. Trail, across the border into Mt. Diablo S.P. for only 2 miles, then return back along Castle Rock Rec. Area to trailhead. Rock formations along hike include China Wall and the Castle Rock ridgeline. Distance: About 7 miles total on LOOP hike; wide trails and single track. Elevation: Trailhead about 600' elev. High point about 1000'. Difficulty: First half of hike is the hardest due to many ups/downs on hillsides. Second half is easier - moderately easy, mostly flat and low hills. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR BEGINNER HIKERS. Exposure: Varies - first half more exposed/open, second half more shaded. Restrooms: At trailhead. Dogs: O.K. on leash, bring poop bag please. Fees: No fees at park but please offer to help with gas if you rideshare. Bring: Let's do bag lunch as there is a covered picnic area near parking lot. Suggest dressing for warm weather; wear hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes. Day pack with plenty of water/hydrating drinks. Suggest sunscreen and hat. Trekking poles recommended. MEET AT STARBUCKS IN NORTH STOCTON (I-5 AT TRINITY PARKWAY) BY 7:15 a.m. FOR CARPOOLS TO TRAILHEAD.

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