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.

As you join, please read the "About" information under the heading "Pages" on the menu at the top of the Home page.

Upcoming events (5+)

Exploring Western End of Garland

Crossroads Shopping Center Park & Ride

We explore west end of Garland Park: Holt Road to Veeder Pond and back to Holt Road. This In-Out hike is somewhat strenuous due to the distance (12 miles total), elevation gains (3,000' plus total). Because of this, the hike is a wait-listed. Priority is given to those I have hiked before and know your strength. Route: Holt Road Entrance - Firetower - Park Summit - Garzas - East Ridge, then trace back to Holt Road Remember: Layered clothing, at least 2-3 litters of water and electrolytes, good treaded shoes, a pair of poles, snack and lunch, wind breaker, and lights (just in case), sunscreen (I am optimistic). We car pool at Cross Road P&R at 8:00. This is because Holt Road parking is limited at most 4 cars. Heavy rain, snow we cancel. DISCLAIMER: “The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group” group and its event/assistant organizers (the "Organizers") are not responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. By signing up for these events, you agree to release “The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group” group of Meetup.com and its Organizers from ANY responsibility, liability or claim in law or in equity. If you DON'T agree to these terms, DO NOT JOIN THIS MEETUP EVENT. “The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group” group of Meetup.com doesn't certify the expertise of the Organizers. The Organizers in this Meetup.com group are volunteers. You are responsible for yourself.

Hike to Ollason Peak via Eagle Peak at Toro Park

Toro Regional Park

We will meet at the dirt parking lot in front of the main gate of Toro Park. But will still need to pay our $2.00 entry fee (unless you are a senior or have season pass)!!! This hike will be 8 miles with about 1900 ft. elevation gain. Don't worry about "Kill Hill" it is a very short section of the hike... We will be hiking to the top of Kill Hill following a loop starting at the East Ridge trail head, going up to Toyon Ridge Trail .. soon reaching Eagle Peak then along several more UnNamed Peaks...then over to Ollason Peak! Poles, water (2-3 ltrs) , and shoes with good tread are recommended. It's steep on some sections!!! Bring some snacks!! This isn't a nature/photo walk; this is about keeping fit for longer hikes!!!! Be prepared!!!!!!! Dogs are welcome if they can be leashed and if you bring enough water for them.

Jack's Peak Traverse (6 Miles, ~1,400 Feet)

Roach Canyon

"Traverse: To travel across, or through" Join me for a tranquil traverse through one of this area's true outdoor gems! Jack's Peak. This will be a "true" traverse as we will be hiking over, through, and across this lovely place. Starting from the northeastern edge of the park on the Monterey side we will hike through native Monterey Pine forest as we work our way south and westward towards the true geographical summit of Jack's Peak itself. After a brief stop at the summit we will descend along a relatively little used path and eventually end our hike at Carmel Valley Road. This will be a point-to-point through hike meaning that we will start and end our hike at two different locations -- Therefore a car shuttle will be needed. Car shuttle planning logistics will be discussed via the comments board in the coming days. WHERE TO MEET URL: https://goo.gl/maps/yL9VmGiQDrQ2 Click this link for a cartographic representation of our meeting location. HOW TO RSVP: As is usual for my hikes I will be limiting participating strictly to those individuals whom I personally know and who are capable of maintaining a group pace. Therefore this will be a WAIT-LISTED event which means that you first sign yourself up to the Waiting List and then wait to be selected. GEAR TALK: Please wear sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing, hat, long pants, long sleeve shirt (for poison oak protection). RAIN CANCELS! RESPONSIBILITY/DISCLAIMER: “The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group” group and its event/assistant organizers (the "Organizers") are not responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. By signing up for these events, you agree to release “The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group” group of Meetup.com and its Organizers from ANY responsibility, liability or claim in law or in equity. If you DON'T agree to these terms, DO NOT JOIN THIS MEETUP EVENT. “The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group” group of Meetup.com doesn't certify the expertise of the Organizers. The Organizers in this Meetup.com group are volunteers. You are responsible for yourself. We expect you to take responsibility for your safety during our activities. Joining activities with the "Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group" is entirely voluntary and participants assume the full risks associated with the activities. It is each participant's responsibility to ensure that he/she is in sufficient fitness and health to participate in the activity, and to bring appropriate water, food, clothing, first aid, and navigation equipment for the conditions. The "Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group" and individual Organizers make no representation or warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities. By making a "Yes" RSVP to this event you acknowledge and agree to the foregoing as well as the terms set forth under the "PAGES" tab on the "Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group" home page.

Mount Madonna Fetid Adder's Tongue Hike

Mount Madonna (Sprig Recreation Area)

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. Everyone must sign-up themselves; you may not sign-up others. Many of our field trips have a waitlist, therefore, you may be blocked from future CNPS hikes if you are a no-show. 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. It’s a stinky little flower but an exciting one since it’s one of the first of the new year! Let’s see if the intriguing Fetid Adder’s Tongue is blooming at Mount Madonna. If not, we’ll have a nice hike in a lovely forest. We'll do ±4.5 mile loop with ±800 feet ascent. Bring water and lunch. Led by Andy Werner and Lynn Bomberger.

Past events (1,803)

Meyers Loop - Toro Park; about 2:30 time

Meet at the dirt parking area outside Toro Park

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