What we're about

Welcome! I created this group in 2012 because I was hiking in a world dominated by morning people.  So on the hunch that there might be a few more people like myself, I decided to make a group that does not hike in the mornings.  After all, God created mornings for sleeping in, right?  This is the one characteristic that makes the PM Hikers different from any other hiking club.
Much to my joy I had a lot of hikers thank me profusely for the group, and several have even told me that the PM Hikers has changed their lives!  There is nothing more gratifying than hearing someone tell you that!
So what about beating the summer heat?  Instead of hiking in the morning, just hike in the evening!  If you think that's weird or scary, I think you will discover that the trails and the views are just as beautiful at night, and will open a new dimension of awe to complement that feeling when hiking in daylight.
That does not mean we only hike at night.  Rather, we do not begin our hikes between the hours of midnight and noon.  Thus, a 23:59:59 start time is as acceptable as one that begins at 12:00:01. 
I know it's awkward when you first hike with people you do not know at all, but if you hike with us you will discover that the members are FRIENDLY, nice people.  You could easily make some friendships for life.  I certainly have.
If you are new to hiking, read the hike descriptions and send a note to the leader if you are not sure about something. Hiking can be quite physically demanding, but many members are beginners, so don't be afraid.
Watch your step on the downhill,
Kurt Godden

Upcoming events (4+)

Thursday Afternoon Delight - Lake Sherwood Overlook

1869 Tamarack St

This will be a moderately paced, out and back hike to a hill looking over Lake Sherwood. Hopefully, we will see the beginnings of a beautiful sunset during our return. We will start at the Triunfo Community Park, hike up to the bench and then continue on the Brookview Trail, turning left at the junction with the White Horse Canyon Trail. After some rolling hills, we will veer right (up a barely obvious trail) off the main trail and will eventually follow the towers till the trail (more or less) ends at a hill overlooking Potrero Road and Lake Sherwood.

Distance: 5.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 1020 ft
Difficulty: Moderate
Dogs: Yes, but only if leashed, per state law
Restrooms: Yes. Please use the restrooms BEFORE you get to the trailhead, as they are by the first parking lot.
Water Fountain: Yes, at the first parking lot
Parking: Free parking lot
Trail: Single track and fire road
Sunset: 6:38 pM

Bring:
Headlamp or flashlight, appropriate footwear and a light jacket for the evening air. There are a few steep sections, so consider bringing poles.

Directions: From the 101, take the exit at Hampshire Road and head south. When you get to Triunfo Canyon Road, head AWAY from the 101 (basically SW) and after a short drive you will arrive at Triunfo Community Park on your right. Turn right onto Tamarack Street, which borders the park. Pass the first entrance to the park (on your left) and turn into the 2nd parking lot (also on your left), which is just before the entrance to a gated community.

DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY:
• You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions.
• If you choose to sign up for any event, you are releasing the organizers of PM Hikers from all liability in case of possible injuries.
• The organizers of PM Hikers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being.
• Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.
• Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.

Weekly Chumash Trail Hike at 6:00pm

Chumash Trail

Banner photo is from Teka back in September. Thanks Teka
WhereAmEye (Tall Mark) has been doing this hike up the Chumash Trail in Simi Valley every Thursday night since the Jurassic Period, and he'll be leading this event until the Ice Age, i.e. this hike always happens, even when it rains, snows, hails, or blows. The only exception is when it's on fire (or Mark sprains his knee).
It's mostly a steady climb to where the trail meets with the Rocky Peak Fire Road. When you get to the 'slippery' part just over a mile up, ask him who was responsible for Kurt breaking his ankle there in 2012, but don't believe whatever he tells you. (Just kidding, Mark, don't get touchy!)
Note: Kurt will not be attending except for when he visits from Michigan.

Distance: 5.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 1200'
Difficulty: Intermediate - hard for beginners
Dogs: Yes, but must be leashed
Restrooms: No
Water Fountain: No
Parking: Free on Flanagan
Trail: Out and back, single track, rugged
Sunset: Varies, but bring a headlamp or flashlight when needed!

Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall, COVID-19 infected hikers

Bring:
Flashlight/headlamp when it's dark
Sunscreen and hat when it's not (It gets hot as Hades in summer)
LOTS of H20 when it's hot (maybe 2L if you sweat a lot)

COVID-19 DISCLAIMER / RULES
Please follow the guidelines under the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). https://covid19.ca.gov/
COVID information for Ventura and LA counties:
• https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/
• http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

Your participation means you agree with the observance of mandated COVID-19 safety measures and you agree to follow these rules:

• Each participant will observe social distancing of 6 ft. among ourselves.
• It is required to carry a mask and wear it through the duration of the hike. Of course we remove our masks when we can but...
• Be considerate and wear your mask when near each other or near other hikers passing by.
• Cover your mouth with your elbow if you need to sneeze or cough.

DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY:
• You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions.
• If you choose to sign up for any event, you are releasing the organizers of PM Hikers from all liability in case of possible injuries.
• The organizers of PM Hikers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being.
• Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.
• Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

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Weekly Sunday Rocky Peak Trail Hike @ 4:00pm

Rocky Peak Trailhead

Banner photo by Christine E. on Nov 13th. Thank you Christine.

4.9 round trip miles of interesting rock formations and great valley views - that's the most basic description of the Rocky Peak Trail. Optional turn around points at 3/4, 1 3/4 mile points, all with nice views. The fire road is a good workout and conditioning hike as well. Even on the hottest of days there is normally a breeze on this hike making it pleasant enough.

Distance: 4.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 1200'
Type of hike: Out and back
Level: intermediate+ It is a good workout.
Dogs: Yes if leashed, per State law
Restrooms: No
Drinking Fountains: No
Parking details: You can park at the trailhead. If it’s full you can also park along the Santa Susana pass road located south (across) the 118. DO NOT leave valuables visible in your parked car. We have had several smash-and-grab thefts over the years among our hikers.
Trail: Fire road
Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall.

What to Bring:
1-2 liters of water and a snack
Flashlight or headlamp
Warm clothing if you get chilly, Willy

COVID-19 DISCLAIMER / RULES
Please follow the guidelines under the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). https://covid19.ca.gov/
COVID information for Ventura and LA counties:
• https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/
• http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

Your participation means you agree with the observance of mandated COVID-19 safety measures and you agree to follow these rules:

• Each participant will observe social distancing of 6 ft. among ourselves.
• It is required to carry a mask and wear it through the duration of the hike. Of course we remove our masks when we can but...
• Be considerate and wear your mask when near each other or near other hikers passing by.
• Cover your mouth with your elbow if you need to sneeze or cough.

DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY:
• You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions.
• If you choose to sign up for any event, you are releasing the organizers of PM Hikers from all liability in case of possible injuries.
• The organizers of PM Hikers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being.
• Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.
• Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

Handel's Messiah Sing Along

Calvary Community Church

Time for the Yearly Sing along!

It will be at my church Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, CA.
https://calvarywestlake.org

I would like to invite anyone who is interested to this community event!

All attenders will be given the Standard Messiah Sing along music to follow along with those of us on Stage.
The soloists are professionals, the orchestra is a local talented youth orchestra in the Conejo Valley.

The Choir directer is Professor Ryan Board (not sure the spelling) from Pepperdine University's music department and this is about the 6th year he has directed us for this event (minus 2020).

You can sing with a mask on if you are uncomfortable. The sanctuary is large and fits about 1000 people but probably only several hundred will attend. There should be plenty of space to spread out for you if you are Covid 19 wary.
Cost of Tickets Varies:
$15 per single ticket or
$50 for 4 adult tickets
$110 for 10 adult tickets
Children under age 12 $8
Purchase ticket online here:
https://calvary101.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/2112/responses/new
This is a self led event. I will be singing on the stage. Hope you can attend!

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