ABOUT THE HIKE:
Join us for an Advanced Beginner Level Hike. We'll have a great workout on the hills. The ocean views from the cliff at the end of Boat Canyon are AWESOME!
Boat Canyon is a ridge above Laguna Beach, after a ¾-mile uphill trek, we'll stop at the top to regroup, continue on Boat Canyon Rd. to Boomer Ridge; we'll go back down Boat Canyon Rd. to the Lookout point, take pictures, eat a snack and then head back down to start point.
Bring at least two liters of water, snacks, comfortable hiking shoes, a hat, trekking poles (if you use them) sun protection clothing and sunscreen. There is very little shade on this hike, be prepared! The ground is uneven, rough/rocky terrain with some challenging hills that will work your legs and lungs. (Carpooling is highly recommended).
From Pacific Coast Hwy going south (pass Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Crystal Cove before Laguna Beach), turn left on San Joaquin St. right on HILLCREST DR., turn Left on DARTMOOR ST., drive to the end. From PCH going North, pass Laguna Beach turn right on San Joaquin St (right after you pass Viejo, the street with a light), right on HILLCREST DR., turn Left on DARTMOOR ST drive to the end.
We are not professional leaders. We are outdoor lovers who invite others to get connected with our natural beauty. By joining us you agree that hiking and other outdoor activities that you participate in with this group can be dangerous and that potential risks do exist. You and respective family and friends agree to not hold the club, it's organizers, hosts, or its members liable for any injury you may suffer on our outings and agree to assume all risks and responsibility for your own actions. Your personal safety depends solely on your own judgement, ability, and experience.
Not only will you gain physical benefits from hiKing, but you will be able to enjoy beautiful views, discover new places, meet new and friendly people, gain peace of mind, gain balance in life and you will discover that you can be happier! :) Hiking in Nature Reduces Rumination!
How does Hiking improve mental health?
One of the benefits of Hiking is that it reduces the likelihood that one will over-think these experience. Running on a treadmill is a great exercise for improving mental states, but a hike through nature is even better when it comes to fighting common mental health issues like stress and depression.
What Hiking does to your body?
Improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Boost bone density, since walking is a weight-bearing exercise. Build strength in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and the muscles in your hips and lower legs. Strengthen your core.
How Hiking changes your Brain:
Doctors now prove what they've always known: getting outside is good for health. The benefits of hiking are endless. Hiking increases serotonin levels and lowers cortisol (the stress hormone), blood pressure, and heart rates. It prevents and reduces memory loss, grows muscles, and slows down minds.