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+)

Evening Hike in Irvine's Beautiful Shady Canyon

Join Meetup friends for a fun, relaxing, evening hike on the beautifully maintained and scenic Shady Canyon Trail in Irvine. ABOUT THE HIKE: This out and back trail provides for a flexible pace that accommodates beginner and experienced hikers alike. The route follows a multi-purpose trail that includes your choice of either paved or hard pack dirt. The trail provides lovely views of the Sand Canyon Reservoir, the Strawberry Farms Golf Course, and the naturally vegetated adjoining hills of Sand Canyon. Our mid hike rest stop is the Turtle Rock Community Park, with rest rooms and drinking fountains, where we will regroup for 5/10 minutes... returning the same route to our trail head parking area. SUMMARY: Distance: 5.5 miles round trip Elevation gain/loss: approximately 500 feet Total hiking time: approximately two hours Level of Difficulty: Beginner ADDITIONAL HIKE NOTES: This is a relatively safe, year round evening hiking experience. Depending on the time of year, a flash light becomes helpful. 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 in a lovely outdoor patio setting. They include Sharkey's, Natraj's Tandoori, Nalu's Island Grill, Lucca Cafe, Subway, etc. 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. 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 of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

Explore the Corona del Mar neighborhood-approx. 5.5 miles- Adv. Begin.

Please read this carefully! We will start at the parking lot that is across the street from the Oasis Senior Center. The parking lot is next to a temporary fire station. From this parking lot, we will walk along Fifth to Poppy and then head west to Coast Highway and Ocean Avenue. From there we will walk along Ocean to Fernleaf and then we will make our way up to jamboree and Bayside. We will make a bathroom stop and an ice cream stop and then go up to Coast Highway and work ourselves back to the car. This is my tour of Corona Del Mar. This walk is dog friendly. Trudi's cell phone is[masked]. Driving directions-take the 405 freeway to MacArthur and head toward the beach. At San Joaquin Hills Road turn left. When you reach Marguerite turn right. The parking lot will be on the right hand side a ways down. 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.

Night Hike in Modjeska Canyon up Harding Truck Trail

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

!! DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS HIKE UNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO ATTEND !! We have limited space and it is inconsiderate to others on the waiting list. Night Hike in Modjeska Canyon... A perfect way to celebrate TGIF with friends! DEPARTURE TIME: We depart at 6 PM. Please arrive ten minutes early to provide time for an orientation and introductions. ABOUT THIS HIKE: The hike starts at the trail head for the Harding Truck Trail across from the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary on Modjeska Canyon Road. The trail is well maintained and climbs steadily along a ridge through scrub oak, manzanita, and coastal sage into the Cleveland National Forest. We'll hike for 45-60 minutes stopping at about the two mile mark for a potluck dinner. BYOB (beverage) and appetizers to share. The views from our mountain top picnic tables extends on a clear day over neighboring ridge lines to Newport Coast, Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina Island. Following a leisurely picnic dinner, we return on the same route about two miles to the trail head and parking area. ABILITY LEVEL: Beginner to Intermediate. We hike at a slow pace taking in the views as we go. This can be a difficult hike due to the 600 foot elevation gain, although the trail itself is not technical. DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 5, take the El Toro Road exit in Lake Forest. Head North up El Toro Road towards the mountains. At Cook's Corner, El Toro Road turns into Santiago Canyon Road. Three miles past Cook's, turn right on Modjeska Canyon Road. Remain on Modjeska Canyon Road (don't turn on Modjeska Grade Road) passing the Modjeska Fire Station and continuing until arriving at the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. Parking for the Harding Truck Trail head is located adjacent to and just beyond the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. The trail head is across the road from the paved designated parking area. To reduce parking congestion at Tucker, car pooling is advised. This is privately arranged through Meetup event comments usually meeting at 5:45 PM at the Santiago Canyon/Modjeska Canyon intersection. ADDITIONAL NOTES: 1) Select hikes/events at your ability level or below. 2) Bring extra water to hydrate before and during the hike. 3) Daylight hiking on the Harding Truck Trail offers limited shade, so bring hat and sun screen. 4) Bring charged cell phone, personal first aid kit, whistle and flash light. 5) Wear trail shoes with traction given the steep and rocky nature of the trail. 6) Although not available at the trail head, rest rooms are located at the park adjacent to the Modjeska Fire Station. 7) Select another hiker as a buddy and do not leave a fellow hiker alone on the trail. 8) Report any trail safety concerns to the event host. 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 of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

Friday Night Hike and Movie

Woodbridge Village Center

Make a meetup "date" to join your hiking buddies for a relaxing, scenic walk and FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES.... ABOUT THE HIKE: We begin the evening with a two mile, hour long, beginner hike around beautiful North Woodbridge Lake in Irvine. Our meetup location is the front of AMC Cinemas in the Woodbridge Village Center. The route will be a figure eight loop around and over the lake on a flat, paved path. If not staying for the movie, the route can be expanded to include another two miles around South Woodbridge Lake (a total of four plus miles and two hours of hiking time). ABOUT THE MOVIE: Upon our return from the hike, it is Friday Night at the Movies. You will have your choice of films at AMC Cinemas Irvine Woodbridge Movies 5. There are usually three or four newly released films (changing weekly) with start times beginning between 7:15-8:15 PM that will be available to us. General admission ticket prices are $6.99 ($9.99 for 3D films). In addition to the cinema concession, there other dining alternatives in the area. We will be gathering informally on the patio after the hike and before the movies to have a quick dinner. You may see film descriptions and their current showtimes here: https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/los-angeles/amc-woodbridge-5 DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 405 Freeway, take Jeffrey north about one-half mile.... turn left on Barranca about one-half mile.... turn left into the Woodbridge Village Center.... and look for the Meetup adjacent to the Cinema. 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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Beginner Hike on the Jeffrey Open Space Trail in Irvine

Cypress Village Community Park

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