What we're about

Our mission is to get people moving, improve their fitness levels through fun group activities, and help them THRIVE! Whether it's a walk, run, hike, bike ride, or outdoor fitness class, we have activities for men and women of all fitness levels. If you are new to exercising or returning to it after a lapse, we have short, scenic hikes for beginners in our beautiful local mountains (Santa Monicas, San Gabriels, San Bernardinos, San Jacintos, etc.). Our Fitness Classes are designed for all levels as each participant performs the exercises at their own pace. The bike rides are usually short "no-drop" rides of 15-20 miles.

For the more adventurous, we will be having some strenuous hikes to the tallest peaks in Southern California during the summer. For this more advanced group, the hiking season culminates in September with our annual summit of Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the "lower 48" states.

We are in no way affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, and actually disapprove of Kaiser as a healthcare organization and encourage our members to avoid that HMO. Kaiser kills, and we are not about dying, we are about THRIVING!

Upcoming events (4)

Hike to the Grotto at Circle X Ranch & Escondido Falls

Circle X Ranch, Grotto Trailhead

Join me as we hike to the Grotto in the Santa Monica mountains. This is an easy hike of 3 miles, roundtrip, to one of the most unique areas in Southern California. The Grotto is an underground cave with a waterfall in the Circle X Ranch area of the Santa Monica mountains. The hike to and from the Grotto is a scenic route that includes some views of other waterfalls .

When we get to the Grotto, we will take a snack break and spend some time there rock scrambling and exploring. Bring water shoes and enough water/snacks for the day.

For those interested in a more strenuous day of hiking, I will be continuing on to Escondido falls for an additional 4 miles, the 3 tiered fall features a rock scramble up hill to the upper alcove/falls.

If you have not seen this Southern California treasure, you need to do this hike. I am limiting the number of attendees due to the size of the ranger station parking lot & because of the double hike. Carpool if you can.

Be well and thrive!

Maritza

Lilac Canyon, Black Mountain Open Space Park, PQ

Miner's Ridge Loop Trail

FYI - in case you are in our neighborhood -:)

Ahwee Trails and Miner's Ridge of Lilac Canyon:
A great cardio to start your beautiful day.....
We take the short Ahwee Trail loop to warm up and then Miner's Ridge Loop Trail towards the peak. We take five minutes break at the top, and then head back. We should be back down to the parking lot by around 10 am or soon after. There are few unmarked trails that we explore so I would like you to stay close and keep up the pace with the group. Part of this trail is technical so I would certainly not recommend it to the beginner hikers….

Distance: About 5 miles

Please make sure that you have and carry enough water, proper clothing (Boots/shoes,...), snacks, poles, etc.

* No lavatory/ facilities at this location/ parking
* Access to the trailhead via Carmel Valley Road

More info about the trailhead:
https://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/parks/trail-for-all-people

Please be a minimum of 10 minutes early to get your gear prepared.

Please note that this hike is cross-posted to other meetup group(s).

"No Shows" will be marked as such.*

Looking forward to see you. Cheers!

*Hiking in the age of Covid-19:
Make sure to bring a mask to wear when we first meet as a group and to re-don it on the trail whenever your are unable to maintain the proper "physical distancing" from another hiker.

DISCLAIMER: This Meetup group, it's organizers and members take no responsibility for any injuries or accidents that may occur during events. By joining this event, you take full responsibility for your own safety. Please ensure that you are in good health before participating and understand that there is risk involved in your participation. This Meetup group does not guarantee or certify the qualifications of any of it's organizers or event hosts, and they are not responsible in any way for your safety.

Daley Ranch (North Entrance)

27072 Cougar Pass Rd

FYI - in case you are in our neighborhood.....

Hello Happy Hikers 😊

Daley Ranch is located in the northeastern portion of the City of Escondido, north of Dixon Lake and west of Valley Center Road. Access is provided via La Honda Drive to the south, Valley Center Road to the east, and Cougar Pass Road to the west. We will start our hike today from Cougar Pass. Ample parking spots but no facilities. Daley Ranch offers over 20 miles of multipurpose trails for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. Six distinct trails cover most of the property. Most popular are the Boulder Loop Trail (2.4 miles) which affords outstanding views of Escondido, and the Ranch House Loop (2.5 miles), which passes two small ponds and the site of Daley's original log cabin.

Direction:

The entrance to the northernmost part of the property is along the unimproved Cougar Pass Road, 0.5 miles south of Alps Way.

We will hike the following trails:

Cougar Ridge,
Crest,
Boulder Loop to Ranch House (where you refill water and use lavatory if needed) *Take a quick break at Ranch House area*
Continue on Boulder Loop towards Rock Ridge (opportunities to take photos etc)
Boulder Loop to Cougar Ridge

In total, we plan to hike about 8+ miles

Check out the video for a better idea of where you start from.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNPQCW_t_I4

Bring at least 2L of water, plenty of snacks/food, sunscreen and a sun hat. There is a lot of sun exposure. Proper hiking boots or trail runners are a must. Hiking poles are highly recommended.

Please be a minimum of 10 minutes early to get your gear prepared and make a pit stop if necessary (no facilities until Ranch House). We leave on time.

Please note that this hike is cross-posted to other meetup group(s).

"No Shows" will be marked as such.*

Looking forward to see you all. Cheers!

*Hiking in the age of Covid-19:
Make sure to bring a mask to wear when we first meet as a group and to re-don it on the trail whenever your are unable to maintain the proper "physical distancing" from another hiker.

DISCLAIMER: This Meetup group, it's organizers and members take no responsibility for any injuries or accidents that may occur during events. By joining this event, you take full responsibility for your own safety. Please ensure that you are in good health before participating and understand that there is risk involved in your participation. This Meetup group does not guarantee or certify the qualifications of any of it's organizers or event hosts, and they are not responsible in any way for your safety. We are all just participants.

Let's Hike to Switzer Falls. Recreation Pass needed. READ How to find us

701 Angeles Crest Hwy

Let's hike to Switzer Falls in the San Gabriel mountains. This is a relatively easy hike of about 4.5 miles round trip with 670 ft. of elevation gain (most of it on the way back).

This is a beautiful hike along the Arroyo Seco. But it is also very popular on the weekends. Be prepared for a crowd.

No adventure pass required is you park along the 2 Fwy. Lower Parking requires aventure pass.

*Hiking in the age of Covid-19:
Make sure to bring a mask to wear when we first meet as a group and to re-don it on the trail whenever your are unable to maintain the proper "physical distancing" from another hiker.

DISCLAIMER: This Meetup group, it's organizers and members take no responsibility for any injuries or accidents that may occur during events. By joining this event, you take full responsibility for your own safety. Please ensure that you are in good health before participating and understand that there is risk involved in your participation. This Meetup group does not guarantee or certify the qualifications of any of it's organizers or event hosts, and they are not responsible in any way for your safety. We are all just participants.

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