This group is for adventure seekers that enjoy pushing themselves physically while spending the day outside in nature. Most hikes will be between 12-25+ miles and involve moderate to extreme elevation gains. We average 3-4 mph and don't take long breaks. You must be in good physical shape, be able to keep the pace, and be able to do the distance.
I wanted to form this group because most of the hikes in the other groups are either too short or the pace is a bit too slow with long breaks. I like pushing myself and covering lots of ground. I hope to do at least one or two hikes a month.
Most events will be close to Santa Cruz but I do enjoy the Ventana Wilderness and other parks that are at most 2.5 hours from Santa Cruz. We will do amazing loops and out and backs full of incredible views, varied terrain, and points of interest such as waterfalls, swimming holes, hot springs, old growth trees etc... Most of the hikes are on established trails but occasionally we will venture off-trail. If you are looking for a physically demanding day with lots of adventure and amazing natural beauty with minimal lollygagging then this is your group.
I welcome suggestions for hikes. I'm fairly familiar with local trails but love finding out about new ones and ways to connect known ones together. Each hike will have detailed route info, options for car pools, and how best to come prepared.
Disclaimer: The Organizers are not professional guides and do not have certified training nor insurance. As you are aware, inherent hazards and risks are associated with hiking and all other physical activity. You are responsible for your own safety and health. The individual hike Organizer is not in charge of this hike, but simply going on a hike and inviting others to join.