What we're about

The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group is for people who enjoy hiking, being outdoors and socializing. We explore many areas throughout the Monterey Peninsula, BigSur/ Ventana Wilderness, and Santa Cruz Mountains. On occasion, we will offer events out of the area. Hikes are generally for most levels; from 4 mile hikes with minimal elevation gain to 20 mile expeditions with significant elevation gain. Hikes may be scheduled on any day of the week and usually last between 3-5 hours. For those interested in multi-day activities, there will be some car camping or backpacking trips.

Please be advised that we are not a walking group and therefore do not expect to see many short hikes (less than 3 miles) over level terrain . Please match the hike to your skill level.

Please join us for our next hike!

Disclaimer: The Organizers are not professional guides and do not have certified training nor insurance. As you are aware, inherent hazards and risks are associated with hiking and all other physical activity. You are responsible for your own safety and health. The individual hike Organizer is not in charge of this hike, but simply going on a hike and inviting others to join.

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Upcoming events (5+)

Backpacking Emigrant Wilderness

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Emigrant Wilderness is located in the central Sierra, generally north of Yosemite and south of Pinecrest. Access is via Hwy 108 east of Sonora and prior to Sonora Pass. Elevation will generally average around 8,000 feet with typical Sierra setting of lovely meadows/mixed forest/massive granite/many lakes. The trip itinerary at this point to be determined. Our trail head will be Crabtree. Plan On: Around 30 miles backpacking over 5 days/4 nights. Looking a two days of off trail hiking. Difficulty: Moderate Meet at Pinecrest Forest Service Station on Hwy 108 at 10:00am. I will be there then to pick up wilderness permit, then we can caravan to trail head. Itinerary to follow. Other Information No cost permit Campfires okay Bear canister or hang food Water availability excellent (need to filter) Fishing in most lakes possible Please, no dogs Afternoon thunderstorms always a possibility Many campgrounds around Pinecrest for those who wish to travel the day before. Attendance To attend, please RSVP to the Waitlist. I will email with backpack questions if need be and move you to the "yes" column once you have been qualified. Will try to hold number of backpackers to 8 or so. Regarding participating in this event, you are responsible for your own safety and attendance is at your own risk. The organizer of the event does not assume any liability. In the event of injury or illness, assistance will, of course, be provided; but you should not expect professional level first aid or rescue from the organizer or any of the other attendees.

Third Sundays Soberanes State Park Weed Bash, CNPS

Rio Road Park and Ride

This is a CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY event. The ocean side of Soberanes weed bashes are every 3rd Sunday including March 17 and April 21, 2019. Here, Soberanes Creek falls into the ocean and needs our help continuing to remove various invasive weeds— primarily Cape ivy. All supplies provided. Bring a friend, water, and a snack. Bruce Delgado is the leader.

Sergio's loop

Fort Ord National Monument - Badger Hills Trailhead

This hike will be moderate paced (2-3 mph). Distance is 8.3 miles. Elevation gain is 850 ft. Follow written instructions. Trailhead for this hike is Badger Hills. The route is up Guidotti Rd. (2 miles). We will then make a left turn onto Skyline Rd. Just before we get to Laguna Seca we will take a trail (Sergio's loop) that is approx. 4 miles with great views!! We will be seeing some tall grass!! We hike as a group or, possibly, 2 groups: one fast and one slow. There must be a slow one. No hikers left alone! Bring water and snacks!!! This hike will take place even if it is a sunny day!! "HEAVY RAIN, SNOW Will cancel!!!

Land of Medicine Buddha with Andy Werner, CNPS

Main Street, just north of Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA


Land of Medicine Buddha is our favorite starting and ending location, but most of this field trip is actually in the Forest of Nisene Marks. We’ll see some interesting plants and late wildflowers such as harebells. We’ll also hike along a cool shady creek. About ±7 mi and ±700’ elevation gain. Bring water and a lunch or snack along with $5 each for LMB. Led by Andy Werner From Hwy 1 North-bound, take exit #437 (Soquel/Capitola) and turn right at the signal at the bottom of the off ramp and right again at the next signal. You are now on Main Street. Continue on Main through the signal at Soquel Drive—you are now on North Main Street. Parallel park on either side of the road. This is our meeting spot from which we will carpool. Andy will be standing alongside his tan truck on the right side of the road. This is a CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY field trip. Please don’t sign-up unless you love botany and nature. With a few exceptions, CNPS field trips are nature hikes, not a 'get your heart rate up' hike. Many of our field trips have a waitlist, therefore, you may be blocked from future CNPS hikes if you are a no-show. Everyone must sign up themselves—your name must be on the "Attendees (Going)" list to be able to join the group. Most of our hikes have a limited number of participants. Be sure to check your email just before the outing as occasionally an outing must be cancelled at the last minute. Also, if you are on the wait list, sometimes participants cancel the day before, moving you from the WAITLIST to GOING. If you haven’t been to a field trip meeting location before, it is suggested that you print out the enlarged Meetup map from your computer along with the “How to find us” information and take it with you to the meeting location.

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