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)

Wednesday's Sunrise to Sunset Virtual Meetup Hike

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This event is for people unable/unwilling to hike in a group and wish to hike alone; as such, the hike itself will be un-hosted.

ABOUT THE HIKE: Sunrise to Sunset Hikers are still hiking sunrise to sunset. Pick your time (anytime Wednesday) and your trail and let's go! Please practice "social distancing" of course. When you return from your adventure, please post a picture(s) and comment about where you went and what you experienced. Our hiking community recognizes the physical and mental benefits of getting outdoors and getting exercise. While we can't currently do it as a meetup group, we can do it individually or with a loved one. Be creative! The trail could be close to home or something off the beaten path. Sunrise to Sunset Hikers are a hiking community that supports and encourages its members to get out of the house and on the trails. This will be a FUN way to maintain our sense of community and share our adventures. Hike on!

Also you may wish to post your hike pictures on Sunrise to Sunset Hikers on Facebook. You will find the link to our group site here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1332178846847294/?ref=

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.

Hike the Dana Point Strands Beach and Salt Creek Beach

Dana Point Strand Beach. NW corner of parking lot by elevator

Join us for a brisk mid-week beach hike on the Strands Beach. Shoes optional!

This Meetup event will practice social distancing. If you do not wish to hike in a group, please feel free to participate in our "virtual" meetup hikes. You must be a Sunrise to Sunset Hiker to attend; no plus ones.

ABOUT THE HIKE: Beginning at the Dana Point Strand Funicular, we go down the stairs to the beach, walk the wet sand to the north end of Salt Creek Beach, return south to the south end of The Strands Beach, then return on the sand and 165 stairs to the parking lot. This advanced beginner hike is 3.8 miles with approximately 200 feet of elevation gain/loss, with most of the hike on hard pack wet sand.

These are some of the most beautiful beaches in Orange County, adjacent to some of the most expensive real estate in the world, including the Ritz Carlton Hotel. We finish the hike at our bluff side parking area, with magnificent 180 degree views of the Dana Point Headlands and Pacific Ocean. Plan on about 90 minutes of hike time. Dogs are not allowed on the beach.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 5 Freeway, exit Crown Valley Parkway west toward the coast, left on Pacific Coast Highway, right on Selva Road. Turn right into the parking lot for Strand Vista Park. Turn right to the north end of the parking lot, next to restrooms and the beach access trail. Parking is FREE.

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.

Mixed Doubles Pickleball Mornings in Laguna Niguel

1 Coco Beach

ABOUT THE GAME: Men/Women doubles play. Advanced beginners only. You need to get your serve in the court in one try and know how to keep score! We rotate players after every game, so everyone plays with everyone. We adjust the points needed to win each game so as to minimize the sideline wait time. We play as guests of residents in the community, on a converted tennis court. No restrooms. FREE play. We play to win, but laugh a lot!

Additional note: You must be a Sunrise to Sunset Hiking Meetup member to RSVP this event. No guests. Please RSVP only if committed to play. No shows and late cancellations are not cool.

ABOUT PICKLEBALL: The sport has been around for over fifty years. One summer day in 1965 three dads on Bainbridge island, Washington heard their kids complaining that they were bored with nothing to do. The men decided to take things into their own hands and they invented a new game using the badminton court that Joel Pritchard had on his property along with ping pong paddles and a wiffle ball they borrowed from a neighbor. The three men came up with a version of the current game. At first players would hit the ball over the net but then they decided to lower the net so they could hit a variety of shots including low drive shots and they designed some stronger wooden paddles and made some new rule changes. The adults ended up playing the new game more than the children but nowadays people of all ages are having fun. One of the moms named the game for a rowing boat that is the last to depart with only the crew chosen as leftovers from other boats. The founders named their dog "Pickles" in honor of the game, although some believe the sport was named after the dog. Pickle ball is now the fastest growing sport in America!

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 5 Freeway, take the Crown Valley Pkwy. exit heading west toward the ocean... turn left on Golden Lantern.... turn right on St. Christopher North that turns into Silver Glade Drive that turns into Coco Beach.... park on Silver Glade or Coco Beach and look for the tennis courts at the end of the street... See map.

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.

INTERMEDIATE Pickleball Clinic "Improve Your Skills"

Laguna Niguel Regional Park

ABOUT THE CLINIC: This clinic is for people who HAVE BEEN PLAYING 3 MONTHS OR MORE and already have a Good Forehand and Backhand Ground Stroke, a Strong Serve, and have good Control and Accuracy of Soft and Hard Shots. Players who DO NOT meet these requirements should sign-up for the Advanced Beginner Clinic (Improving your Skills).

The court is not reserved and our hope is that when we begin to play there will be an available court. Laguna Niguel Regional Park charges $3.00 for parking during the week. You could park for free in the Aliso Village Shopping Center and walk thru the front gate of the park. I'm guessing it might be a 10 minute walk. Wear tennis or court shoes and Bring WATER and you might want to bring a Hat, Sunglasses and use Sunscreen.

Additional note: You must be a Sunrise to Sunset Hiking Meetup member to RSVP this event. No guests. Please RSVP only if committed to play. No shows and late cancellations are not cool. This event usually develops a wait list, so we give priority to those people who have NOT taken this Intermediate Clinic Before.

ABOUT PICKLEBALL: The sport has been around for over fifty years. One summer day in 1965 three dads on Bainbridge island, Washington heard their kids complaining that they were bored with nothing to do. The men decided to take things into their own hands and they invented a new game using the badminton court that Joel Pritchard had on his property along with ping pong paddles and a wiffle ball they borrowed from a neighbor. The three men came up with a version of the current game. At first players would hit the ball over the net but then they decided to lower the net so they could hit a variety of shots including low drive shots and they designed some stronger wooden paddles and made some new rule changes. The adults ended up playing the new game more than the children but nowadays people of all ages are having fun. One of the moms named the game for a rowing boat that is the last to depart with only the crew chosen as leftovers from other boats. The founders named their dog "Pickles" in honor of the game, although some believe the sport was named after the dog. Pickle ball is now the fastest growing sport in America!

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 5 Freeway, take the La Paz exit heading west toward the ocean... turn right into Laguna Niguel Regional Park.... turn right and GO PAST the tennis courts and Park where it says LOT B just past the restrooms. There are 4 pickleball courts next to each other.

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.

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