What we're about

SWAG had its beginning in April 2012 when our original leader, Wendy realized it was time for her and many of us to either get in shape or back into shape. And what better way to do that than walking and/or hiking? We started with about 10 people and have grown to 106 at the time of this writing.

We are a fun, congenial group of people who enjoy getting out and doing things together whether it be walking, hiking or any other adventure anyone can think of. It is a great way to get some exercise in, learn more about the local parks in the area and make some truly fantastic friendships along the way.

As most of you know there are a number of hiking groups in this area. We have several hike leaders and a variety of hikes posted. If you are concerned about your fitness level please read the description of the hike or ask questions if details are not posted about the elevation, trail surface and distance. My hikes are about 4 miles but sometimes include hills up to 500 ft (Foothill, Shiloh). The other leaders generally have longer hikes with more elevation around 800 or 1000 ft.

As with most groups there are rules:

Membership: Membership is $4.00 per year due within 30 days of signup. You can pay through the meet-up/WePay website or you can pay cash/check to me. Dues help to cover the cost of SWAG’s dues to the national Meet-Up organization and contribute to a general event fund. Please do not attempt to give your dues to other leaders or organizers as it might be difficult for them to get it to me.

About Attending Events:

1. All events start at the time indicated. We may wait a few minutes if someone knows you are coming but don't count on it out of fairness to others as they have planned their schedule to be on time.

2. Please make sure that you click “Yes” to RSVP so the leader knows who and how many will be attending.

3. If you find that you will not be able to attend after stating that you will attend, please change your RSVP to “No” – even if that is at the last minute.

4. There will be many events posted that you either cannot attend or do not want to attend. That is perfectly alright. But please, you do not have to RSVP No if you do not plan on attending.

5. Please read the descriptions of the hikes. If there are hills and you cannot do hills for whatever reason it is probably best to not RSVP.

6. Remember that everyone accepts responsibility for themselves. This means knowing and accepting your capabilities; wearing proper clothing; bringing your own water and snacks.

7. Please check the website prior to the event in case there are any changes. This is especially important during bad weather.

We do not charge per event. However, there may be times in which you might be required to pay for parking or an entrance fee due to the venue. Those fees are paid directly to the venue.

Please note that the leaders and organizers are all volunteers. They are not paid and most do not have any training in leading hikes. If you have a problem with any leader please do not comment on that event page. Instead please message Nyla and let her know of the situation that took place.

Now...let's get that SWAG going...

Upcoming events (5)

Hike pony gate at Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf State Park

This is a short fairly simple walk that takes us through a beautiful forest area and down to the waterfall then the last quarter-mile is a strenuous climb up Rocky steps back to the road. The distance is only about 2 miles but very well worth it.

Howarth Park - Spring Lake with Physical Distancing expected

NOTE : Physical distancing expected, WITH MASKS, single file when encountering other hikers to maintain 6 ft spacing. Because we have been experiencing high traffic at popular hiking locations, parents and strollers, etc. this walk will take us on the periphery of the park where the hoards are less likely to frequent. Thus we will do the high roads and the low roads with efforts to avoid congestion. . . Our 4 mile walk starts at Howarth Park near Lake Ralphine, winds along various trails, goes to the far side of Spring Lake Park, loops around the lake and returns to Howarth Park parking lot.

(Tentative) Lawson Trail exploratory

Hood Mountain Regional Park parking lot

Tentative, depending on smoke, temperature etc. First time walk on the new Lawson Trail at Hood Mountain Regional Park. Meet at the upper parking lot on Pythian Road (parking fee required). Lots of uphill going out, down hill coming back. Not sure of the mileage, probably about 5 for the round trip.

hike. Sonoma Regional from Arnold Drive

Sonoma Valley Regional Park (Arnold Dr. Entrance)

This is a loop with an a loop within a loop of 5 1/2 miles with a lot of hills from easy to moderate. The final loop will be around Lake Suttenfield. This hike has two options. Opt #1 is 4 miles and no lake Opt #2 is 5.5 miles with the final loop around Lake Suttenfield We will be meeting at the trail head located on Arnold Drive just passed Jack London village Parking is free at this entrance. Remember plenty of water and poles if you use them. Covid precautions will be applied

Past events (2,262)

Date change Annual hike Angel Island

Angel Island

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