• Multi-level (3, 5, 7, 10 mile) Evening Hike on the Newport Back Bay

    Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center

    ABOUT THE HIKE: This is a beautiful 10 mile (or less) hike around the upper Newport Bay - intermediate level and up. This hike features minimal elevation gain, awesome views and paved trails. Fit dogs welcome! This 200 million year old estuary is home to over 200 species of birds. Get away mid week and cool off! You may also hike 3, 5, or 7 miles as an alternative. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 73 freeway, take the Irvine Blvd exit heading toward the coast. Turn left on University; there is parking on the street or the parking lot located on this corner. We meet at the trail head closest to the parking lot entrance @ the picnic table. 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.

  • Bolsa Chica Wetlands Hike

    Bolsa Chica Conservancy

    Meet at 5:45 in front of the bridge by the parking lot off Warner by PCH. We'll start hiking at 6pm sharp. We'll hike for about 5 miles, and then cross the street to enjoy a SuperMex dinner. Some may want to park in the SuperMex parking lot if parking is tight 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 to W Jetty View Park from Balboa Isl Dinner @ Crocker's Well Dressed Frank

    About this Hike: Join us for this special hike in beautiful Balboa Island and crossing over on the ferry to the Peninsula. We will be walking down E Oceanfront along the boardwalk as far as we can. Then continuing onto E. Oceanfront Blvd. to Channel Rd. arriving at the Jetty. You will have time to enjoy the Park,Jetty and the Wedge. This is a special area of serenity and beauty. Enjoy watching the boats coming in and out of the jetty or watching the waves break at the Wedge. We return to E Oceanfront along the boardwalk to the Balboa Pier and then we will go to dinner after crossing back over on the Ferry. **We will be changing the dinner venue periodically Important** This is an advanced beginner hike. It is a flat hike. The distance is 5.2 miles. Important** We will have our first bathroom opportunity on the Peninsula and then again at the Balboa Pier About Dinner: We will be having dinner on Balboa Island at Crocker's The Well Dressed Frank 211 Marine Ave Ste A, Newport Beach, CA 92662. They have more than just Hot Dogs. Anyone who has room for dessert will have the opportunity to get a Balboa Bar, Frozen Banana or other treats after we leave Crocker’s. http://www.crockersfranks.com/crocker-menus.html 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”.

  • Aliso Creek Trail to Cook's Corner for Pasta Feast and Dancing

    Join Meetup friends on Wednesday evening for a relaxed, beginner hike on the beautiful Aliso Creek Trail. We will conclude the hike with dining and dancing at Cook's Corner. ABOUT THE HIKE: This 4.6 mile gentle downslope/upslope (400 feet elevation loss/gain) route from Cook's Corner is a paved bike trail with National Recreation Trail designation having lovely views of the Aliso Creek wet lands. On Wednesdays, Cook's offers an all you can eat, five buck, pasta/salad/toast dinner special, plus a full menu of additional dining options. We dine as a group in an informal, outdoor, patio setting. As a country/blues/rock band will be playing live at Cook's, hikers have been known to take over the dance floor! The hike is a 90 minute, relatively safe, out and back, easy paced, scenic, beginner hike that begins and ends at Cook's, with a short rest stop at the midpoint. Hungry hikers arrive back at Cook's to dine on the patio around 7:30 PM with the pasta buffet closing at 8 PM. After dinner, the hikers turn into dancers; the band will close for the evening around 9:30 PM. If you can't make the hike, feel free to join us for the dining and dancing. This mid-week Meetup is a fun and relaxing way to get some exercise, dine, dance, and socialize with your hiking buddies. ADDITIONAL NOTES: Restrooms are available at Cook's, but not on the trail. A flash light is recommended during the Winter months when we hike in the dark. While the bands at Cook's are "hot," evenings on the patio can be cool, so bring a jacket. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 5 Freeway, take El Toro Road inland, approximately five miles to Cook's Corner. El Toro Road turns into Santiago Canyon Road at Cook's Corner. 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.

  • Turtle Ridge

    Turtle Rock Community Park

    For your safety and enjoyment please do not sign up if you are not accustom to strenuous hiking. There will be no sweep, and the pace will be brisk, some will run. We will be walking at about a 4 mile an hour pace. Turtle ridge trail has a little of everything. The best part is 2 miles of uphill for some great endurance pushing the pace. The route is 5 to 8 miles. This will be ongoing for the next several weeks to train for bigger/longer hikes. We will take the Turtle Ridge trail from the park to Bommer meadow, through the nature loop, from there we will cut to the switchbacks to the San Joaquin hill summit. This is an out and back. Bring water and ready for a good workout. Though we need to be off the trail by sundown, bring a flashlight. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 405 Freeway, take the Culver exit toward the ocean. Follow Culver approximately three miles and turn left on Shady Canyon. Follow Shady Canyon approximately one mile and turn left on Sunnyhill and an immediate left into the Turtle Rock Community Park. We will be meeting at the entry to the Turtle Rock Community Center, that has both rest rooms and a drinking fountain. See the attached map above. 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.

  • Hump Day Fitness Hike @ Weir Canyon Loop

    Location visible to members

    ABOUT THE HIKE: Join us to let off some steam and get your heart pumping in this mid-week hike. Multi-level from advanced beginner to intermediate conditioned hikers. This hike is programmed to get your heart rate up and burn off stress and some calories. Throw on a heavy pack for an extra challenge! Hikers will be led through Weir Canyon Loop Trail - a beautiful, 4 mile, loop in the Weir Canyon Wilderness Park, Anaheim Hills. There is about 420 feet of elevation between the high and low points of the loop; however the undulating terrain along the trail generate almost 800 feet of elevation ascent/descent on mostly single track trail in a wilderness setting (Nature makes the best gym:). There are several short steep hills and the terrain can be rocky. The hike will start out as a group with a fast paced leader and a moderate paced sweep. We will reunite at the midway point for a water break and to take in the views. The return trip will bring us back to the trailhead for for a total workout of approximately 1.25 hours to complete. DIRECTIONS: The hike is off Serrano Ave. which is accessible from Imperial via 91, Weir Canyon, Nohl Ranch or Cannon via Santiago Canyon. Take Serrano to Hidden Canyon Road (no signal), go ½ mile until it dead-ends. The Trailhead is located at the end of Hidden Canyon at Overlook Terrace. NOTE: Trailhead parking is in a residential area so be respectful with noise and parking. There are no restrooms or water at the trailhead. DEPARTURE TIME: If you aren’t familiar with the area, please allow ample commute time. We will welcome people and have introductions starting at 6pm and will leave promptly at 6:10pm. BRING: Make sure to bring plenty of water, charged cell phone and wear sunscreen, hat and shoes/boots with traction. **Rain may cancel hike, but we typically hike on hot days, just bring extra water and sunscreen** 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.

  • Beginner Hike on the Jeffrey Open Space Trail in Irvine

    Cypress Village Community Park

    ABOUT THE HIKE: This is a beginner hike on the mostly flat Jeffrey Open Space Trail in Irvine. We will meet in front of the Cypress Village Community Center. We hike out and back on the same trail so the distance and pace can vary depending on your hiking ability. The total hike time can be from one to two hours. This is a opportunity for anyone interested in walking/hiking, being outdoors, and meeting new friends. The secret to staying healthy is to stay active, with walking/hiking being one of the safest, easiest and least expensive ways to accomplish that. Please join us! ADDITIONAL NOTES: Restrooms are available at the trailhead parking area and along the trail. The hike is dog friendly, if leashed and friendly. Regular walking shoes, not hiking boots, are appropriate as this is a mostly flat, paved trail. Find additional information on the trail here: http://www.cityofirvine.org/open-space-trails/jeffrey-open-space-trail DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 5 Freeway in Irvine, exit Jeffrey Road heading north... turn right (east) on Roosevelt... turn right (south) on Vision... turn right into the parking lot for Cypress Community Park. 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.

  • Bedford Peak in Silverado Canyon with John Santy (INTERMEDIATE)

    Maple Springs Parking Area

    ***No beginners please. This is an intermediate hike due to distance, pace and elevation gain. We hike as a group and stop at hilltops and junctions in order to keep the group together. If you are an exceptionally fast, or slow hiker, and have trouble staying with a group, this may not be the hike for you.*** Hiking Distance/Time: 7 - 8 miles/ 3 - 3 ½ hours Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet Departure Time: We will begin the hike at 7:30AM. This hike will start at the designated time. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow for parking and introductions. About This Hike: The hike to the top of Bedford Peak in the Cleveland National Forest is a fun rewarding hike with great views of Southern California. The hike is mostly on a single track trail with little shade. Bedford Peak is located almost on the borderline between Orange and Riverside Counties, in the Santa Ana Mountain Range. The hike to Bedford Peak offers sweeping views of the Santa Ana Mountains and the greater Southern California area. Bedford Peak sits at an elevation of approximately 3,800 feet. We will hike as a group at a moderate pace, allowing us to enjoy the views. There is a porta-potty at this trailhead. Directions: From the 55 Fwy, exit at Chapman Ave in Orange and head east. At about 4 miles, at Jamboree Rd, Chapman turns into Santiago Canyon Road. Continue on Santiago Canyon Road another 6 - 6 ½ miles to Silverado Canyon Road. Turn left and drive to the end of Silverado Canyon Road to the Maple Springs Trail Head (about 5 - 5 ½ miles). Park here. There is an outhouse type restroom at this trailhead. NOTE: Parking is limited here, so carpooling is highly recommended. All vehicles must display an adventure pass to park. From the 241 Toll Road, exit at Santiago Canyon Road and head east. Continue on Santiago Canyon Road to Silverado Canyon Road. Turn left and drive to the end of Silverado Canyon Road to the Maple Springs Trail Head (about 5 - 5 ½ miles). Park here. NOTE: Parking is limited here, so carpooling is highly recommended. All vehicles must display an adventure pass to park. 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.

  • Beginner Hike starting at the Fullerton Arboretum including Craig Park.

    ABOUT THE HIKE: This is a lovely, relaxed, beginner walk of 6 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.

  • Boat Canyon hills and thrills workout

    515 Dartmoor St

    Time to get the heart pumping with some hills, great views, and some of the best people you will ever meet. The hike greets you with a steady hill for about a .65 mile, then it levels with intermittent hills until we reach our first marker (Bommer). We will build up to two loops: 1 Emerald loop, 2. Big Ben Loop. However we will start with shorter routes like the Cow Trail until the days get longer. Meet a new friend, support one another, and have a great workout! Bring water you'll need it, hat, sunscreen, flashlight (just incase). We need to be completed by sunset per park rules. 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.