What we're about

While this group is primarily focused on hiking, we also enjoy other forms of outdoor fun such as canoeing, biking, kayaking, camping and backpacking.... and a variety of special events including concerts, beach parties, museum, garden, art and holiday walks.

Our success is based in part on our ability to increase the fun factor of outdoor events, often including a social activity such as picnics that include food and beverage. Our organizers also design conditioning hikes that are intended to enhance aerobic fitness and endurance. Our group has peaked virtually all the major mountains in Southern California, including Mt. Whitney. We strive to offer the most fun and scenic outdoor activities available to residents of Orange County.... events that are both in and out of area.

Our group is diverse, including young/middle/senior ages, singles and couples, and a mix of people with differing racial/ethnic/cultural/religious/political backgrounds. The unity of the Sunset Hikes Meetup centers on our shared love of fun, outdoor activities.

We do NOT ask for donations to support our administrative costs or charitable pursuits, however we do ask that you actively and enthusiastically participate in our events. So come on out! Make new friends, get some exercise, and enjoy the great outdoors. We are all about having fun!

Check out the "Our Calendar" tab for a schedule of upcoming activities. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon....

We welcome you to the Sunrise to Sunset Hiking family!

Disclaimer:

Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any and all group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

Upcoming events (5+)

🎉 THE 'NEW YEAR - NEW YOU' WORKOUT - SECOND CHANCES 🎉 #7

HAPPY NEW YOU!!!!! 🎉 It's never too late for a SECOND CHANCE at getting fit! For the next 5 weeks join us and get fit with a FAST paced Shady Canyon Hike! This is a 'Get Fit 2020 New Years Workout Challenge'! This hike is intended to individually challenge yourself. Walk-talk, jog, or run, it's up to you. Dog friendly. Come ready to workout and start the New Year right. Although there is a natural social aspect to walking/hiking this is a workout so we get spread out on the trail, buddy up with someone with the same pace. 🧘‍♀️🧘‍♂️ ABOUT THE 'NEW YEAR - NEW YOU' HIKE: This is an out and back trail. The route follows a multi-purpose trail that includes your choice of either paved or hard-pack dirt. The trail provides a level path for those who want to PUSH the PACE! January begins with a multi-peak challenge, so this will help us ease into the New Year. Our mid-hike rest stop is the Turtle Rock Community Park, with restrooms and drinking fountains, where we will regroup for 5 minutes ... returning the same route to our trailhead parking area. SUMMARY: Distance: 5.5 Miles Round Trip Elevation Gain/Loss: Approximately 500 Feet Total hiking time: Approximately 1.5 Hours Level of Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE due to the fast pace and distance (not a beginner pace). Make sure you are physically prepared for this type of exercise. This hike is a follow up to the five-week COOL-YULE HOLIDAY WORKOUT, and many of you are already ahead of the game in terms of fitness! If you have concerns about your pace, no worries, this is an 'individually challenged' pace, however, it is at night so as always hike in groups of two or more. WHAT TO BRING: Typical hikers’ essentials, including a flashlight, walking or hiking shoes, water, and a HAPPY hiker attitude! 😁 This is a relatively safe, year-round evening hiking experience. Fit - leashed dogs are welcome on the Shady Canyon Trail. AFTER THE HIKE: There are several reasonably priced restaurants adjacent to Starbucks within the Quail Hill Shopping Center for those that wish to stay for dinner following the hike. There is a newly remodeled, lovely outdoor patio area that is covered w/heat lamps. If it gets too chilly we typically sit inside of Subway. The dining options include Sharkey's, Subway, Natraj's Tandoori, Nalu's Island Grill, Lucca Cafe, etc. **Stop by, say hi, and have a few laughs; even if you don't want to eat/drink. We get pretty silly! 😂 DRIVING DIRECTIONS: The Meetup location is just off the 405 Freeway, take Sand Canyon south and turn into the Quail Hill Shopping Center. Driving North on I-405: Take the Sand Canyon Ave exit toward Shady Canyon Dr (0.3 mi), turn left at Sand Canyon Ave (0.4 mi), at the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Quail Hill (0.2 mi), and then turn left at Passage (the destination will be on the right). Driving South on I-405: Take the Sand Canyon Ave exit toward Shady Canyon Dr (0.3 mi), turn right at Sand Canyon Ave (0.2 mi), at the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Quail Hill (0.2 mi), and turn left at Passage (the destination will be on the right). MEETUP LOCATION: Entering the Quail Hill Shopping Center, the Starbucks Meetup location is on the right or south side of the Center. IF IT DOESN'T CHALLENGE YOU, IT DOESN'T CHANGE YOU!!! WHAT WE FEAR OF DOING MOST IS USUALLY WHAT WE MOST NEED TO DO. ~RWE 🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️ 💪 DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership in this group is based on an "at-will" basis.

Evening Hike on Balboa with "Happy Hour" at Newport Landing

ABOUT THE HIKE: This flat, five plus mile, sunset hike is a beautiful ocean and harbor front experience on Balboa Island and Peninsula. It is considered advanced beginner because of the distance. Including dinner the hike will take about three hours. We will meet in the parking lot of Union Bank and then walk across the bridge to Balboa Island, down Main Street, along the harbor front sidewalk to the ferry. Taking the ferry over to the Peninsula (one dollar each way), we will walk through the Fun Zone, past Balboa Pier, and north on the oceanfront Boardwalk to the Newport Pier for a mid-hike rest stop. We will return the Boardwalk to Newport Landing for their "Happy Hour" dinner and drink specials. Following dinner, we head back to the ferry across to Balboa Island and our trailhead parking. The hike is dog friendly. It will be a fun evening outing! You can find the web site and menu for Newport Landing here: https://www.newport-landing.com/menus/happy-hour/ You will note that the appetizer and drink specials. Sunset Hikers will have a private room and deck at Newport Landing that overlooks the harbor for our Monday evening dining enjoyment. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 405 Freeway, exit at Jamboree Road heading toward the coast.... keep going past Pacific Coast Highway.... turn right on Bayside and then turn right into the parking lot of the Union Bank building. The bank will be closed at the time of our meetup. You will be parking at the shopping center at your own risk, with alternative street parking nearby on Bayside. DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and co-organizers assume no liability; walk and hike at your own risk. By being a member of this meet-up group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any and all group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a meet-up group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

My series of explore a neighborhood-MV Lake-Advanced Beg.-5 miles

Florence Joyner Olympiad Park

This is an urban walk in the City of Mission Viejo. This walk is all on paved surfaces and will take us around parts of the lake, as well as some of the residential streets in the neighborhood of the lake and paved trails. There are hills so bring your walking shoes, water, a flashlight and come join us. The walk is pet friendly. Cell phone for Trudi C is[masked] Disclaimer: Group organizer and co-organizers assume no liability; walk and hike at your own risk. By being a member of this meet-up group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any and all group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a meet-up group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

Beginner Hike starting at the Fullerton Arboretum including Craig Park.

ABOUT THE HIKE: This is a lovely, relaxed, beginner walk of 5 miles. The Arboretum is beautifully kept botanical garden with ponds and streams and examples of multiple environments. Craig park has rolling hills, mature trees for shade, creeks and a 3 acre lake. Lots of wildlife to observe. It is a very photogenic park. Bring water and comfortable shoes. The path is mostly concrete but we will be taking a less traveled dirt road to the top of the dam for part of the hike. The hike is not dog friendly. Once we have finished the park , we will walk the short distance back to the Arboretum parking lot. There is a requested DONATION of $2 for the arboretum. If you wish to contribute please bring the correct amount. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 57 Freeway... take the Yorba Linda Blvd exit turning west towards the University.. turn left on Associated Rd (first street) into the parking lot. Once you turn on associated into the university parking lot, the free parking for the Arboretum is immediately on the left. We will meetup at the entrance to the Arboretum.. DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any and all group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

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