New/Beginner/Introd­uction to Hiking


Where: We will meet at the dirt parking lot at the Sheriff's pistol range at the West end of Hark Park.

Level: . Hills will be gradual, pace will be somewhat slow, rests will be often and as long as needed.

Stats: 3.5 to 5 miles depending on speed of group with a ~450 foot elevation gain.

Time: 6:30pm

What to Bring: MANDITORY>>>Shoes with good tread; flashlight or headlamp; water; weather appropriate clothing. IF YOU HAVE THEM>>>hiking shoes and hiking poles are helpful.

Safety Considerations: The hills are slippery especially if very dry or very wet. Please remember that this is a nighttime hike and it can get very dark. If you wear corrective lenses for night blindness, you will need to wear them on the hike.

Just in Case: If you have medical issues that do not prevent you from hiking, but could arise during the hike, please email me emergency contact information and a brief description of the medical issue. This will be kept completely confidential and will ONLY be used in case of an emergency. Disregard this if you provided the information when you signed up on the Meetup site.

*Dogs are allowed if they are well behaved and interact well with other animals and people. Leashes and water are required for your pet. Do not bring your pet out on days 100 degree or higher days.

Come join us!

This hike is good for members who just need a short day hike or those who simply need to be kind to their bodies. Be sure to RSVP so we know to expect you and please cancel your RSVP if you cannot make it.

This hike is a great way to to begin your hiking obsession. You will be able to gauge where you are and where you want to be. If you want to stay here, that's great too because you will find that our members are fantastic and fun to spend the evening with. I will add options for you to test yourself but also provide alternate routes if you are just out to enjoy the evening. Please note that we will only go as fast as the slowest hiker. This hike is different that the beginner hikes in the following ways:

- The pace is slower.

- Hills will be provided as options and always with rest periods.

- And as always...This hike is always subject to change. If you unanimously complain about being bored, we will crank it up!

Once you are comfortable with this introductory hike, you have the option to move up to our more challenging conditioning hike(s) to develop your abilities further. We support each other and we always have fun!

Important Notice:

The Organizers, and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/meetup is responsible for his or her own safety. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging you are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Southern Sierra Hiking Club Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.