• Hike UC Riverside Botanic Gardens (w/Optional Morning Hike at Mt Rubidoux)

    • What we'll do The gardens is a living plant museum with more than 3500 plant species from around the world. More than 4 miles of trails traversing the Garden from top to bottom. There are bathrooms right inside at the entrance. We will be starting out by going up a stairway. Then we will begin our hike on a dirt trail and uneven surfaces. We will be going uphill for about 3/4 of a mile. Then we will be dropping back down through the gardens. We will have maps that let you see what plant region we are in. After we experience the trails, we will be going over to the Desert and Rose Garden Area a short walk from the trail. ***See Hike Mt Rubidoux with Brunch at Tio's Tacos ***if interested in a morning hike before this hike. Admission is Free and a donation of $5 is appreciated. NO PETS are allowed. What to bring : Bring water and you may want hiking sticks for the uphill portion. • Important to know We will meet just inside the gate after purchasing a parking pass. There are 20 parking spots right by the entrance. Parking is $3 for 2 hours. The machine accepts cash and card. If the parking lot is full go back down road to Lot 10 and pay for parking in that area. If that lot is full then go to Lot 13 east of Lot 10 for free parking. This hike is intended to go along with the 8:30A Hike Mt Rubidoux in Riverside but you don't have to attend the Mt Rubidoux hike to join us. 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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  • BEGINNER Walk on the Oso Creek Trail in Mission Viejo

    Norman P Murray Senior Center

    If you enjoy walking but prefer to do it with other people please join us on a monthly walk on the Oso Creek Trail. It is always more fun to exercise with other people and we are better together! This group is open to anyone so please bring friends or family members. Children and well behaved dogs are also welcome to join us. The trail is mostly paved with some areas of dirt/bark chips. This hike is about 3 miles and usually takes 60 to 75 minutes. We finish with some light stretching. We will meet in the morning on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Norman P Murray center (off La Paz and Veterans way behind Newhart Middle School) at 8:50 am for a 9:00 start. There is plenty of parking (also restrooms in the center) and easy access to great walking trails. We will meet by the front entrance to the Murray center (by the main entrance with the concrete spheres) and walk from there. 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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  • Hike with Mike - Dana Point Strand & Salt Creek Beach

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

    ** START 9:00am EVERY SATURDAY MORNING - EVERYBODY WELCOME! ABOUT THE HIKE: We meet in the Dana Point Strand Beach Parking lot (free parking) at Selva Road on the ocean side of PCH. Go right after you enter the parking lot and proceed to the end (rest room & funicular). We start our walk by heading south along the bluff top walk to the switchback trail and down to the elevated Strand Beach boardwalk. We go the length of the boardwalk to the sand, go around the corner to Salt Creek Beach, head up the trail and then along the ocean view bluff top path through the park. We continue past the Monarch Bay golf course, through the tunnel under PCH and enter scenic Sea Terrace Park. Our walk then takes us past the rose garden, back under PCH, down the hill to Salt Creek Beach, around the corner, back to the sand and then up the stairs to the Strand Beach parking lot. This advanced beginner hike will be 3.7 miles with approximately 200 feet of elevation gain/loss and a mix of trails, walkways and sandy beaches. 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. Please note that DOGS are NOT ALLOWED on the beach or the Strand Beach trail. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 5 Freeway, take Crown Valley Parkway exit heading west toward the coast... turn left on Pacific Coast Highway... turn 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.

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  • Hike Mt. Rubidoux with Brunch at Tio's Tacos (w/Opt Hike at UCR Botanic Gardens)

    ABOUT THE HIKE: This hike to the top of Mt. Rubidoux is the most popular hike in Riverside, if not the Inland Empire. It combines a rich history that includes iconic flag and cross displays with spectacular 360 degree views. The hike is a four mile, looped, beginner hike on a single lane paved road with approximately 400 feet of elevation gain/loss. We will begin the hike at our meetup location at Ryan Bonaminio Park and proceed .3 miles up San Andreas/Glenwood Street to the Mt. Rubidoux Trailhead marked by the Frank A. Miller Memorial Park Sign. From this trailhead, we take the long and less steep route up, passing under the Peace Bridge to the summit where we will enjoy the spectacular views and various monuments. The hike will take approximately 1.5 hours on a mostly exposed trail. The route is dog friendly. ABOUT MT. RUBIDOUX: In 1906 Frank Miller, owner of the Mission inn, along with Henry E. Huntington and Charles Loring, formed the Huntington Park Association and purchased the property with the intent to build a road to the summit and develop the mountain as a park to benefit the city of Riverside. Originally the park was named Huntington Park, but the name was changed to the Frank A. Miller Memorial Park after the heirs of Mr. Miller donated the property to the city in 1955. The first memorial marker on the mountain, the cross and tablet at the summit honoring Father Junipero Serra was dedicated on April 26, 1907. The Testimonial Peace Tower and bridge was dedicated to Mr. Miller on December 13, 1925. ABOUT THE BRUNCH AT TIO'S TACOS: Join us for a post hike celebration at perhaps the most unique Mexican restaurant in the Inland Empire. Both the hike and the restaurant are dog friendly. You will find more information on the restaurant here: http://www.tiostacos1.com/About-Us.html DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE MEETUP: From the 91 freeway in Riverside, exit at 14th Street... drive west on 14th Street... turn left on Palm and continue 1,200 feet and slant right on Tequesquite Avenue... follow about 1,000 feet to the parking lot on your left at the Ryan Bonaminio Park. We will meetup at restrooms next to parking in the park. **UCR Botanic Gardens has a separate sign up. This hike starts at 12:45p** DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO TIO'S TACOS: Exit the parking lot heading north... turn left on Pine Street, a one way street... turn right on Mission Inn Avenue... the restaurant is located at 3948 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501 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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  • Cave of Munits and Castle Peak

    Upper Las Virgenes Canyon

    HISTORY: This is a favorite short hike of mine that packs in lots of adventure and beauty! Explore a chimney cave that was once the home of a great shaman of the Chumash people who eventually met his end after murdering the son of a politically important cheif. The cave has an impressive Cathedral-like quality inside with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Natural skylights permeate inside rays of sunshine, so you won't need flashlights or headlamps to see. It's a really cool place to hang out and take some amazing pictures! Castle Peak was traditionally used by Chumash priests and astronomers during winter and summer solstice ceremonies. According to the Chumash people, this site is one of nine alignment points located within Chumash territory that are believed central to maintaining balance in the world. This peaks proximity to the cave makes this a hike with immediate gratification without having to hike a long distance to see both. HIKE DETAILS: 3-4 Miles and 700 feet elevation gain. Suitable for all hike levels, however, climbing to the cave and peak requires some steep rock scrambling (no ropes needed), so if you don't like that sorta thing, reconsider your RSVP. Once we are done exploring the cave, we will be walking up a steep, vertical incline up the mountain behind it. This is all part of the adventure and I promise the views will not disappoint and will be worth the effort and sweat to get there! I did not get a chance to go to Castle Peak on my last hike there, so this section will be exploratory. There are faint trails to follow once on top of the ridge from the cave, but should be easy to locate. Sturdy, grippy shoes are a must on this hike do to rock scrambling and at least 2 liters of water and snacks to keep up your endurance and energy. MEETUP: There is plenty of free parking on the residential streets before Victory Trailhead or you can pay $3 to park in the dirt parking lot. We will meet at the trailhead at 8:00 a.m. and will begin hike by 8:30 a.m. or sooner once everyone has arrived. There are porta-potties at the trailhead. Optional additional cave hike in nearby location and post hike celebration following for those interested. DIRECTIONS: There is no physical street address, so follow instructions below: Ventura Fwy (101) exit at Valley Circle Blvd. Go N. 2 miles and turn left on Victory Blvd. Park entrance is 0.75 mile at the end of the road (Access to the park is at the Victory Trailhead at the western terminus of Victory Blvd in West Hills at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Trailhead at the northern end of Las Virgenes Canyon Road in Calabasas). If using Googlemaps, tou can try typing "Upper Las Virgenes Canyon trailhead" or Victory Trailhead in West Hills and directions should take you straight there.

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  • BEGINNER: Quail Hill Loop Trail in Irvine

    Location visible to members

    My cell phone number:[masked] OUR HIKE: We'll be hiking in the Quail Hill Preserve in the City of Irvine, taking an easy 2-mile trip around the preserve. We might head around twice to stretch our legs a bit - there's plenty to see. Afterwards we can walk to Starbucks for a coffee and pastries. This is a beginner's hike and is not suited to those wanting a conditioning hike. DETAILS: Difficulty: This is a flat hike with one moderate hill at a slow to moderate pace; this is a great first hike or a quick pick me up before you go about your weekend errands. Gear: All you need is a hat, water, and comfortable shoes: hiking boots aren't necessary, nor are trekking poles. Do bring some light snacks for energy out on the trail. A cell phone can be helpful in listening to the guided nature trail stops. Cameras can capture some stunning views. Bird watchers might bring binoculars as well. Facilities: There is water and a restroom at the trailhead. Pets: Dogs on a leash are welcome on this trail THE PRESERVE: This trail is part of the City of Irvine Open Space Preserve, boasting 5,200 acres representing a number of different ecosystems. This preserve includes our Quail Hill Trail, Shady and Bommer Canyons, and Turtle Ridge. Though some parts of the preserve have restricted access, our trail is open to the public every day. There is a guided nature trail accessed by telephone. Those doing the second loop can stop and enjoy the stops or listen to them as we go. DIRECTIONS: Exit the 405 Freeway at Sand Canyon and head south. Go straight through the roundabout, go past the Fire Station on the right, then take the next right into the parking lot. There's plenty of parking here for all. HIKE GUIDANCE: 1) Select hikes that are at your ability level-there is no sweep. 2) Bring at least one bottle of water (16oz). 3) Rain three days or less prior to hike cancels hike. Forecast temperatures in excess of 85 degrees F at any part of the hike cancels the hike. 4) Wait at each trail crossing or turn-off for the rest of the group and the organizer. 5) Wear appropriate hiking clothes and shoes. 6) Do not leave a fellow hiker behind without inquiring as to their condition. 7) You are responsible for your own safety. 8) No smoking on this or any other Sunset Hike 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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  • Morning Fast Pace Workout in Crystal Cove State Park

    Crystal Cove State Park, Ridge Park entrance

    If possible, please get there 10 minutes earlier. We will do stretching and warm up and also allow a bit more time for parking. ABOUT THE HIKE: From the Ridge Park entrance to Crystal Cove State Park, we will take the West Ridge Trail down to NoName Ridge Trail and back. This wide dirt fire road will be at times steep and rocky with beautiful canyon and ocean views. This will be a timed hike of roughly 50-60 minutes out and 50-60 minutes back with a five minute rest stop to regroup at the midway point with access to a drinking fountain and restrooms. Total hike time will be less than two hours. This is intended to be an intermediate level conditioning hike with a fast pace and without a sweep, not intended for beginner hikers. Total round trip distance will be 6 miles, with approximately 1,500 feet elevation gain and loss. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 405 Freeway, take Culver Drive offramp toward the beach. Culver turns into Bonita Canyon Drive. Turn left on Newport Coast Drive at the 73 toll road. Turn left on Ridge Park Road proceeding up the hill to East Coastal Peak Road with Coastal Ridge Park on your right. From the 73 toll road, take the Newport Coast Drive exit heading toward the beach. Turn left on Ridge Park Road proceeding up the hill to East Coastal Peak Road with the Park on your right. From PCH, take Newport Coast Drive inland. Turn right on Ridge Park Road proceeding up the hill to the park as described above. We meet at the restrooms in parking area for the Coastal Ridge Park. The meetup location is at the restrooms in the parking area shown below: ADDITIONAL NOTES: Dogs are not allowed on the trails in this wilderness area. 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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  • FRIDAY EVENING WALK AROUND DANA POINT HARBOR TO A WATERFRONT PICNIC

    Join your Meetup hiking friends for a relaxed Friday evening walk around the beautiful Dana Point pleasure craft harbor. Following the hike, we will be enjoying a potluck picnic in a lovely waterfront setting having both ocean and harbor views. And following the picnic, we can move to Costello's, Big Shots, and/or StillWater for optional dancing! SUMMARY: Walk rating - beginner Distance - three miles round trip Elevation gain/loss - mostly flat Walking time - approximately 90 minutes Picnic time - approximately 60 minutes ABOUT THE WALK: This is a slow paced, BEGINNER, 3 mile round trip hike on sidewalks that over look the scenic Dana Point Harbor and Pacific Ocean. The hike will begin at the Dana Point Harbor pier, next to the landmark Pilgrim tall ship and the Ocean Institute. We will proceed south along the marina to the bridge over the harbor turning right on Dana Drive north to the Yacht Club. We will then head south on the ocean side of Dana Drive to its terminus having a spectacular view of the harbor's ocean access. Again, reversing directions, we take the marina front side walk back over the bridge to the park area that is our point of beginning. This route is very popular with local residents and their four legged friends. We are taking this walk at a time of day that enjoys a brisk ocean breeze and setting sun. ABOUT THE PICNIC: Our picnic will be located next to our Meetup parking in a park setting with multiple picnic tables above Baby Beach. Overlooking the harbor turning basin, this is one of the premier places for a picnic in OC! BYOB (beverage) and potluck delectables to share. While our picnic area may be alcohol restricted. we will exercise adult discretion and our Fifth Amendment rights! As the sun will be setting, a jacket is advisable for the picnic. ABOUT THE DANCING: Dancing at Costello’s neighborhood bar begins at 8:30 PM. Costellos's is located just north of Crown Valley Parkway and the San Diego Freeway. Costello's address is 27567 Puerta Real, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Dancing at Big Shots Bar and Grill begins at 9 PM. Big Shots is located on El Toro Road, one mile north of the 5 Freeway. Big Shots address is 23512 El Toro Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630. Dancing at StillWater begins at 9 PM. StillWater is locate one mile north of the DP Harbor, on Del Prado just east of Golden Lantern. StillWater's address is 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 92629 DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point, turn on to Dana Point Harbor Drive and follow it to the "end." There are multiple parking areas that serve the Pilgrim tall ship and the Ocean Institute. The Meetup location will be in front of the Dana Point Harbor pier adjacent to the Pilgrim tall ship. 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 spree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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