• Evening Conditioning Hike

    Jesusita Trailhead

    This is a conditioning hike, which means the emphasis is on cardio. We will be going at a moderately strenuous pace to tick off between 4-6 miles with generally more than 1500' of elevation gain in two hours. And yes, this will be a night hike, as in: it will get dark soon after we start. IMPORTANT NOTE: As usual, we'll start hiking at exactly 5:45pm, so plan accordingly. If you're running late, pick up the pace (for even more cardio!) and you should be able to catch up to the group---if the coyotes, mountain lions, and/or rattlesnakes don't get you first. The other usual conditions apply: bring plenty of water, a flashlight/headlamp (or two) along with a layer (or two) because the temps will fluctuate. As always, you're also responsible for your own safety and behavior. Happy, well-conditioned trail pups are also welcome (i.e. dogs), but make sure they have water & snacks, too. Lurkers are welcome, but show up early; if everyone that's signed up shows up before the start time, we'll hit the trail.

  • Evening Conditioning Hike

    Inspiration Point Trailhead

    This is a conditioning hike, which means the emphasis is on cardio. We will be going at a moderately strenuous pace to tick off between 4-6 miles with generally more than 1500' of elevation gain in two hours. And yes, this will be a night hike, as in: it will get dark soon after we start. IMPORTANT NOTE: As usual, we'll start hiking at exactly 5:45pm, so plan accordingly. If you're running late, pick up the pace (for even more cardio!) and you should be able to catch up to the group---if the coyotes, mountain lions, and/or rattlesnakes don't get you first. The other usual conditions apply: bring plenty of water, a flashlight/headlamp (or two) along with a layer (or two) because the temps will fluctuate. As always, you're also responsible for your own safety and behavior. Happy, well-conditioned trail pups are also welcome (i.e. dogs), but make sure they have water & snacks, too. Lurkers are welcome, but show up early; if everyone that's signed up shows up before the start time, we'll hit the trail.

  • San Rafael Something

    Nira Campground

    We'll spend the day doing something fun (and exhausting) out in the San Rafael Wilderness. I'm not sure exactly what yet, but plan on 15+ miles and at least 5000' of gain. More details to follow, but save the date. As you might expect, this is an advanced hike and will be limited to a smaller group. It's only open to those who have been on any of my previous longer hikes. (If you haven't been on any of my longer hikes, but feel confident you can keep pace, send me a note detailing your bona fides.) No lurkers and no "no shows." Weather might adjust this one, but it hasn't stopped us in the past.

  • Evening Conditioning Hike

    Rattlesnake Trail Head

    This is a conditioning hike, which means the emphasis is on cardio. We will be going at a moderately strenuous pace to tick off between 4-6 miles with generally more than 1500' of elevation gain in two hours. And yes, even with the daylight savings time change, it will be dark when we finish. IMPORTANT NOTE: As usual, we'll start hiking at exactly 5:45pm, so plan accordingly. If you're running late, pick up the pace (for even more cardio!) and you should be able to catch up to the group---if the coyotes, mountain lions, and/or rattlesnakes don't get you first. The other usual conditions apply: bring plenty of water, a flashlight/headlamp (or two) along with a layer (or two) because the temps will fluctuate. As always, you're also responsible for your own safety and behavior. Happy, well-conditioned trail pups are also welcome (i.e. dogs), but make sure they have water & snacks, too. Lurkers are welcome, but show up early; if everyone that's signed up shows up before the start time, we'll hit the trail.

  • Matilija Meandering

    Matilija Trail - Trailhead

    10 miles (or more), with a fair amount of ups and downs, creek walking, boulder wrestling, and snake charming. Feel free to follow the hike coordinator as far into the brush and up the sides of any waterfalls we might encounter, or choose your own distance. As usual, you're responsible for your own safety and behavior. Be prepared for all the elements, along with getting your shoes wet and muddy. Don't bring any water---if you're planning to drink from the creek. Otherwise, bring an ample amount. Oh, and food. Yes, you should bring something to eat. It's surprising how often people show up for a longer hike and don't bring any food. "Oh, I'll eat after the hike," they say. Yeah, cool, we're all going to eat after the hike---and during. Did you know that "wish sandwiches" don't have many calories? (Granted, I'm not talking about the experienced hikers who know what they're doing and can easily do 30 miles on a handful of pecans. Just saying...) End time is an estimate, it could be sooner or later. This is a more advanced-ish hike, so beginners and "no shows" should think about doing something else somewhere else. Seasoned trail dogs are more than welcome. More info to follow, or maybe not. We'll aim to start hiking at 8:00 on the dot, so plan your drive times accordingly. (There's no cell service at the trailhead, fyi.)

  • Evening Conditioning Hike

    Cold Spring Trailhead

    This is a conditioning hike, which means the emphasis is on cardio. We will be going at a moderately strenuous pace to tick off between 4-6 miles with generally more than 1500' of elevation gain in two hours. And yes, even with the daylight savings time change, it will be dark when we finish. IMPORTANT NOTE: As usual, we'll start hiking at exactly 5:45pm, so plan accordingly. If you're running late, pick up the pace (for even more cardio!) and you should be able to catch up to the group---if the coyotes, mountain lions, and/or rattlesnakes don't get you first. The other usual conditions apply: bring plenty of water, a flashlight/headlamp (or two) along with a layer (or two) because the temps will fluctuate. As always, you're also responsible for your own safety and behavior. Happy, well-conditioned trail pups are also welcome (i.e. dogs), but make sure they have water & snacks, too. Lurkers are welcome, but show up early; if everyone that's signed up shows up before the start time, we'll hit the trail.