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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Series #2: Carmel to Pt. Lobos and back, 16 mile beach walk

Needs a location

[Waves at North end of Carmel Beach]

Let's walk from Carmel-By-The Sea to Pt. Lobos and back. It is about 16 mile round trip. We start and finish at Devendorf Park in downtown Carmel.

FYI: RSVP will be closed when the "Going" reaches 12.

Rough route:
Going --- We walk down the "Carmelites" path to Carmel City Beach (0.5 mi). From City Beach to Carmel State River Beach via Scenic (~1.5 mi).
Continue to Carmel Meadow Beach, then to Monastery Beach (~2 mi). Walk along HWY 1 (~0.6 mi) to get to Pt. Lobos.
We will make a big loop covering north end to the south end of the Pt. Lobs Preserve (~6 mi).

Return --- Pt. Lobos - Monastery Beach - Carmel Meadow - Carmel State Beach - Carmel Mission - Mission Trail - Devendorf Park. (Lots of good coffee places nearby!!!)

*** Although the elevation gain is only 1,100', we cover good distance (16 miles) with crisp pace. So this hike is wait-listed event.

*** Parking is limited around Devendorf Park, but some all day parking is available. See below:
Public Parking is available along Junipelo north of 5th; also City Parking at Vista Lobos (between Junipelo and Torres; between 3rd and 4th).

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Hike start time is now set at 6:55 am, this will allow us at Pt. Lobos by 8:00 am, its opening time. We start promptly.

++What to bring:
2 to 3 L of water, Sun protection, layered clothing, wind breaker, snack, lunch, comfortable walking shoes, short gaiter may be useful for avoiding sand sneakiing into your shoes, camera is a must.

## Trash bag and a pair of glove (we can pick up any trash along the way for public service)

** A copy of your vaccination record (a photo by your cellphone suffices)

++ We will regroup at several points, where some folks who arrive sooner can do push-ups, etc. while wait.
++One can run, jog or sprint on beach section ... whatever heart's desire ...

Cancel under thunder storm condition.

RESPONSIBILITY:
“The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group” of Meetup.com (“MBAHG”) and its event/assistant organizers (the "Organizers") are not responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. MBAHG doesn't certify the expertise of the Organizers. The Organizers in this Meetup.com group are volunteers. Neither MBAHG nor the Organizers make any representation or warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of this activity. You are responsible for yourself and your own safety and assume all risks associated with the applicable activity. By signing up for this event, you acknowledge and agree to the foregoing and to the release set forth in Section 6 of the Meetup Terms of Service (and you specifically agree that such release applies to MBAHG and the Organizer(s) of this event) and you expressly release MBAHG and the Organizers from ANY responsibility, liability or claim in law or in equity in connection with this event.

Silver Peak Series #21: Memorial Day Weekend Loop (~ 9 miles / ~3,000’)

This is a Limited Space Event (with target attendance of 8), Please RSVP To Waitlist

JOIN ME FOR A MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND HIKE IN THE SILVER PEAK WILDERNESS!

My last 2 Memorial Day weekend hikes were a while ago but were quite memorable: there was the unique and never repeated "Valley to Sky to Sea" hike in '15, and the last recorded Pico Blanco hike in '16 (the Soberanes fire hit 2 months later and devastated the area and has rendered it virtually impossible to get back to Pico Blanco)

Advisories:

  • Much of this hike is off-trail on unmapped routes
  • We will be on steep up- and downhill tracks a lot of the time
  • There WILL be encroaching poison oak in a few short sections of our route
  • we do get to cross a very rickety bridge

If none of that is an issue for you, read on...

We're doing a counterclockwise lollipop route in the Williams Ranch area of the southern Silver Peak Wilderness, beginning and ending at the Ragged Point Inn.

The "stick" part of the lollipop is the section from the Ragged Point Inn up the Baldwin Ranch Road about 3/4 mile, then up through a fern (and poison oak) enshrouded forest to an open grassy ridge, then along an old abandoned roadway (more poison oak here), then up a sidehill to a higher grassy ridge.

The loop portion of the hike begins up here. We'll first drop down into an adjacent canyon and cross a meadow and essentially contour along the hillside through grassy and forested sections in a southeasterly direction above Highway 1 and the ocean at about 1,400' (we'll cross the aforementioned rickety bridge in this section). Eventually we'll get to a track that will take us up to the main ridgeline at about 2,200'. We'll then turn left and follow that ridge (with incredible ocean and back-valley views) to a point above where our loop started (we will be stopping for a lunch break somewhere along here). Once at that point, we'll head downhill and follow a steep open grassy ridge back down to our loop start point. Then we repeat the "stick" part of the lollipop back to the Ragged Point Inn for a beer or some other appropriate refreshment.

SPECIFICS
MEETING TIME: 9:00am
MEETING PLACE: Ragged Point Inn
WHAT TO BRING:
• Sturdy hiking shoes or boots with good tread
• Layered clothing for protection against wind (which is expected to be >10mph)
• Long-sleeved shirt and long pants (for poison oak and brush protection)
• I always wear gaiters (for PO protection and to keep thistles/brush/rocks/ticks out of my boots)
• Sun protection (hat/sunscreen)
• Water (2 liters minimum recommended) (there is zero potable water on this route)
• Lunch (and other food/snacks for extra fuel)
• Trekking poles are always advised
RAIN will reschedule (it is not expected).
ADVISORY:
"Don't Be A No Show" - It's not hard for you to remove your name. Take it off if you cannot make it!
"No Guests Or Plus Ones Please" - For liability reasons I only allow MBAHG members who have signed up for the event to join my hikes.
"Be On Time" - It's not OK to be late and expect the others to wait for you.
"Know Your Own Capabilities" -Please do not attend a hike that is beyond the limits of your health & conditioning. This is not fair to others who expect to enjoy the hike at the level it was described.
RSVP: This is a waitlisted event with limited space so RSVP to the waitlist. I must know you (whether personally or through another MBAHG member or through information you provide to me) to be a strong hiker able to maintain a moderate pace over distance and on steep terrain. Priority will be given to folks with whom I've hiked before and/or who are vouched for by others whom I know.
RESPONSIBILITY: “The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group” of Meetup.com (“MBAHG”) and its event/assistant organizers (the "Organizers") are not responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. MBAHG doesn't certify the expertise of the Organizers. The Organizers in this Meetup.com group are volunteers. Neither MBAHG nor the Organizers make any representation or warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of this activity. You are responsible for yourself and your own safety and assume all risks associated with the applicable activity. By signing up for this event, you acknowledge and agree to the foregoing and to the release set forth in Section 6 of the Meetup Terms of Service (and you specifically agree that such release applies to MBAHG and the Organizer(s) of this event) and you expressly release MBAHG and the Organizers from ANY responsibility, liability or claim in law or in equity in connection with this event."

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Emigrant Wilderness Backpack

Needs a location

Who's ready for some Sierra backpacking?

This is a 4 day/3 night loop trip in the Emigrant Wilderness. The rough plan is to leave Gianelli Cabin and campsite (right off Hwy 108 near Pinecrest) and hike the loop that takes us past Emigrant Lake and possibly Huckleberry Lake, returning via Deer Lake. Depending on route the loop should be 40-45 miles with a maximum elevation of 9500'. I expect, depending on weather over the next few weeks, that we should be snow clear and trails easily passable. If conditions are significantly different than expected I may adjust the trailhead and itinerary.

Trailhead: Gianelli Cabin/Campsite, Stanislaus National Forest
Difficulty: Moderate. Trail may not be in stellar condition given early season and we'll be walking a minimum of 10 miles/day. This trip isn't recommended for first time backpackers.
Protect Your Food: While bear canisters are not required in Stanislaus Forest I do recommend you carry one. Alternatively you can go with a Ursack or a food hang but should your food be confiscated by the local bear it could mean shortening our trip which would be less than optimal. Bear canisters are a couple more pounds but worth the peace of mind.
Water: Won't be an issue. Bring your filter

Approximate Itinerary:
Day 1: Relief Valley/Relief Creek: approx 10 miles
Day 2: East side of Emigrant Lake: approx 10 miles
Day 3: Deer Lake: 7-14 miles depending on direction we choose (directly or via Huckleberry Lake)
Day 4: Return to Gianelli trailhead - approx 12 miles

Attendance
To attend, please RSVP to the Waitlist. I will email with questions if needed. Total people will be 6.

Regarding participating in this event, you are responsible for your own safety and attendance is at your own risk. Remember to bring necessary personal items including sunscreen, repellent, sun glasses, and medications. 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.

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Backpacking Marble Mountains

Needs a location

Marble Mountain Wilderness is wild and remote with high meadows and lakes with amazing scenery, located in far northwestern California in the Klamath Mountains; west of Fort Jones in Siskiyou County.

Trailhead: Lovers Camp Trailhead (no garbage service here)

Four Days/Three nights on trail

Out and back, six miles to our base camp for three nights.

Elevation: begin at 4.300 ft; base camp around 5,800 ft.

Moderately strenuous

Itinerary

Tuesday 21st- Travel day. For those interested, there is a car camp option at Indian Scotty Campground. There is garbage service and water available. Drive time to our trailhead is around 30 minutes from here.
Indian Scotty info:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/klamath/recarea/?recid=13113

Wed 22nd- Meet at Lovers Camp trailhead around 9am and proceed to our first destination, hiking around 6 miles with a cumulative elevation gain of around 2,300 feet.

Thur/Fri 23 and 24- Layover days, many options for day hikes, including Marble Rim.

Sat 25th - return home.

Travel Directions

Our trailhead will be located on the northeast side of the wilderness, west of Fort Jones which is about a 7 hour drive from the Monterey/Santa Cruz area. Fort Jones will be the last community for last minute groceries/etc before approaching the trail head. Both Lovers Trailhead and Indian Scotty will come up on your Google Maps.

Other Details

Use bear canister or hang food.

Water sources numerous.

For those interested, fishing should be good.

RSVPs
Please RSVP to Waitlist, I will email with questions as needed. Limit will be 10 attendees.

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“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.

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