What we're about

Please read our revised (August 2021) rules before you register for a hike or event:

Regrettably, we've changed our policies light of the spread of the recent Delta variant of Covid in and around Los Angeles County, where we often hike.

We will once again require evidence of vaccinations for everyone on a hike or at an event.
In addition, we welcome anyone who wants to to wear a mask, and discourage any critical comments.
We will continue to respond firmly (i.e. the hiatus of the past few weeks) if anyone gives a hike leader a hard time about any of our policies.

It's also summer (aren't you glad you don't live in the Midwest right now?), so our usual summer practices will resume. Please review before you register for a hike:

The number of hikers will not exceed 24, including the leader. This will allow us to hike on COSCA trails, State Park, and National trails without having to obtain a permit in advance. This also means that if you are on the waitlist, or you show up and have not registered (including “Plus-Ones”), you will be turned away.
Now that summer has arrived, we’ll start hikes at or before 8:30, and cancel hikes when the temperatures are forecast to be at or above 90, and when the temperature-humidity index is forecast to be at or above 85, at any time during the hike.
We encourage people to stick more closely together (i.e. no people who sprint ahead, start early, fall far behind, or who plan to go out part-way and turn back outside of the group). To accomplish this, we will encourage you to register for hikes at your skill level, and not to take spots from people otherwise capable of doing the whole hike but are unable to sign up due to our attendance limits. We will also stop marking turns with flour, etc. to encourage everyone to stay together.
You'll see hikes clearly described as “Gentler” (Thursday) or “Flagship / Intermediate” (Tuesday), and with accurate distance and elevation. Please consider this information carefully, along with the forecast temperature and humidity, when you decide whether to register. If you haven't hiked for a while, please consider doing a couple of Gentler hikes first to get back in the groove.
You may see some parallel hikes (a Gentler on a Tuesday, or an Intermediate on a Thursday). These will be at a different location and route than our regular hikes. You may also see hikes posted on other days, and at other times and places, mileage and elevation.

Welcome to the Weekday Trailblazers!

Our goal is to combine nature's magnificence, a good workout, and the support and laughter of friends. An observer of one of our early hikes noted that our group is like a mobile party, and we feel that captures our spirit beautifully. All that's missing is you, so get out here with us!

The Blazers are led equally by a dedicated cadre of experienced volunteer hike leaders, in a true communal spirit, with no charge for hikes or events (with rare exceptions).

The majority of our hikes fall within the area from Malibu to Simi Valley (south to north), and Will Rogers State Park to Port Hueneme (east to west), although we'll venture beyond those loose boundaries when we feel like it (we are Trailblazers, after all). We offer hikes of varying levels, as well as occasional non-hiking events.

• Our Intermediate / Flagship Hikes generally start at 9 AM on Tuesdays (earlier in the heat of the summer). Total distance is 7-10 miles (less in the heat of the summer), and you can expect some elevation gain (usually 1,500' to 2,000', less in the heat of the summer). We would rate them as intermediate for difficulty and pace. We have a strong roster of leaders for these hikes, but ANYONE is welcome to lead. Contact Steve J or Peter with your ideas.

• Gentler-Friendly Hikes are scheduled on Thursday mornings at 9 AM, earlier in the heat of the summer. These hikes are tailored for very strong beginners, those rehabbing injuries, or anyone wanting a little extra fun with friends. As the name implies, they're slower-paced, shorter distance (usually 5-6 miles), and lesser elevation gain (less than 1,500') than our flagship hikes. Contact Steve J with ideas for Gentler hikes.

We also occasionally run:

• Hump Day Hikes are, in a fortuitous bit of synchronicity given the title, on Wednesdays. These hikes start in the late afternoon/early evening (two hours or so before sunset), and have a similar pace to our flagship hikes.

• Mad Monday Hikes are similar to Hump Day Hikes, but ...on Mondays. Like our Wednesday hikes, they'll start in the late afternoon/early evening.

• Geologist Thom Davis' Rock & Stroll Hikes combine his expansive knowledge of the Earth's bones and our usual workout in natural beauty. Many events will be outside our normal stomping grounds, and some will involve overnight stays. Times and ability levels vary, so be sure to read the write-ups carefully, and contact Thom with any questions.

We cancel hikes for red flag warnings, when the temperature is 90 or higher, or when the Heat Index (also sometimes called Temperature Humidity Index) is 85 or higher at any time during a hike.

The Blazers welcome and encourage whatever level of participation you'd like. You can be out in front leading, in the pack enjoying the ride, or sweeping in the back. We value your contributions, so join our mobile party and let's have fun!

Our hikes are free, and our leaders are volunteers. However, we ask for voluntary contributions once a year ($3-$5) to help defray Meetup subscription costs. You can also help by buying Weekday Trailblazers gear (each purchase kicks in $3-$5 to the kitty):

• Logo Tees (https://www.bonfire.com/weekday-trailblazers-logo-wear/) and Heat Safety T-Shirts (https://www.bonfire.com/weekday-trailblazers/)!

• Logo Sweats (https://www.bonfire.com/weekday-trailblazers-logo-sweats/)

• Logo Coffee Mugs (https://www.bonfire.com/weekday-trailblazers-coffee-mug/)

We also ask that you be aware of the signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke, know what to do about them (for your own safety and for the safety of others around you). Just google "Mayo Clinic Heat Stroke Exhaustion", or buy one of our Heat Safety T-Shirts (https://www.bonfire.com/weekday-trailblazers/)!

We also ask that hikers be prepared with:

• Hiking shoes appropriate for the terrain

• Loose-fitting clothing appropriate for the conditions (genereally, this means no denim or jeans)

• A broad-brimmed hat

• Water

• Electrolytes (Gatorade, Nuun tablets, etc)

• Sunscreen

While not responsible for your safety, our hike leaders may adjust, shorten, re-route, or terminate a hike based on conditions, at their sole discretion.

Please read the release of liability below in its entirety. By signing up for our group, you are agreeing to it for all events you participate in.

DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY

The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.

Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers and hosts are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.

If you choose to sign up for this or any Weekday Trailblazers Meetup event, you are releasing the Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group, its organizers, and hosts from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Sorry, we don't allow "Plus-Ones" on our hikes. Please join the group, then sign up for a hike.

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Gentler Friendly ~ Moonridge, Lynnmere, Las Flores, Indian Creek Loop

Wildwood Regional Park

Beginning at the southeast corner of Wildwood’s main parking lot, wooden steps lead down to Moonridge Trail. Heading southwest, there are beautiful views of Wildwood Canyon below. Make a left at the end of the trail passing through the Indian teepee and continues down into the canyon and toward the Lynnmere connector trail at a stream crossing over a wooden pallet. The trail leads upward through the chaparral to a Lynnmere Trail fork. Make a left going southeast into open space where you will encounter great views looking across Wildwood Canyon along with the trail leading to Lynn Road. Then, head west on Las Flores Trail and back into Wildwood Canyon. Return by way of Indian Creek Trail to the parking lot.
It is about a 5½ mile loop with an elevation gain/loss of[masked]’.

Directions:

From the 101 in Thousand Oaks, turn north on Lynn Road and continue 2.6 miles to Avenida De Los Arboles, then turn left. Continue for about a mile to the end and turn into the Wildwood parking lot on the left.

From the 118, travel west to the 23, exit at Avenida De Los Arboles and turn right. Drive further than you remember having to drive to this trailhead (10 or 15 minutes). Turn left into the parking lot when the road ends.

PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:

I trust you’ve all read the revised guidelines to join in our hikes. Here is a link to the guidelines and some highlights:

https://www.meetup.com/The-Weekday-Trailblazers/about/

Restrictions apply for your safety and ours:
* Please be prepared to show evidence of vaccination, if you haven't already done so. No proof - No hike.
* Don't show up unless you're shown on the "Attending" list.
* Unregistered or waitlisted will be turned away.
* No "Plus Ones" on this hike.

DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY

The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.

Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.

If you choose to sign up for this or any Weekday Trailblazers Meetup event, you are releasing the Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Top of the Santa Monicas- Sandstone Peak!

Sandstone Peak Trailhead

SEPTEMBER 2021 UPDATE: Please review the newly revised guidelines to participate in our hikes. We are again requiring proof of vaccination to join a hike. Here are some highlights and a link to the guidelines:

https://www.meetup.com/The-Weekday-Trailblazers/about/

Restrictions apply for your safety and ours:
* Please be prepared to show evidence of vaccination, if you haven't already done so. Note: we will not record any of your information.
* Don't show up unless you're shown on the "Attending" list
* Unregistered or waitlisted will be turned away
* No "Plus Ones" on this hike

We'll be looping around the Backbone and Mishe Mokwa Trails for 6.5 miles, moving up approximately 1500' as we go.

Early on, we'll pass Echo Cliffs, where rock climbers ascend shear cliffs, a house sized boulder delicately balanced on a small rock beneath, a giant split rock, stunning giant sandstone formations, and breathtaking views.

Since rock scrambling will be required to get to the top of Sandstone Peak, we will probably skip that section.

Directions:

Directions to the Sandstone Peak Trailhead:
From Westlake Village, exit on Westlake Blvd (CA-23 South) from the 101 Freeway, and follow it south for several miles (approximately 7 miles) to stop sign for Mulholland West (Note: Westlake Blvd. will merge with Mulholland West before you reach the stop sign). At the stop sign, turn right onto Mulholland (West) for about 0.4 miles. Turn right onto Little Sycamore Canyon, which becomes Yerba Buena Road after 1.4 miles, for 4 1/2 miles to Sandstone Peak trailhead. The Sandstone Peak lot is on the right side of the road. Look for large Sandstone Peak sign. The parking lot is above Yerba Buena Road and there is a bathroom at the end of the parking lot. If you pass the Circle X Ranch, you went too far.

Note: This is a very slow driving route (narrow, with sharp turns) and will take 20-30 minutes from the 101 to the parking lot. Give yourself plenty of time. Cell reception is marginal (at best) up there, so we won't be waiting on any "I'm late" calls.

Do NOT leave anything of value in your car, at this or any other trailhead.

DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY

The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.

Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.

If you choose to sign up for this or any Weekday Trailblazers Meetup event, you are releasing the Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group, its organizers, and sponsors from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. You agree that you can navigate back to your transportation by yourself, and agree to do so if you fall behind and lose track of the main body of hikers.

There are no "Plus One's" on this hike. If you want to bring someone along, have them sign up, and make sure they're aware of, and agree to, this disclaimer.

All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Sunset Hills Trail with a View of Bard Reservoir – Gentler Friendly

Sunset Hills Trailhead

SEPTEMBER 2021 UPDATE: Please review the newly revised guidelines to participate in our hikes. We are again requiring proof of vaccination to join a hike. Here are some highlights and a link to the guidelines:

https://www.meetup.com/The-Weekday-Trailblazers/about/

Restrictions apply for your safety and ours:
* Proof of vaccination required
* Don't show up unless you're on the "Attending" list
* No "Plus Ones" on this hike
* Plan on completing the entire hike at a brisk pace or please find an alternative hike that better suits your hiking level.

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Our hike will be a reverse lollipop, with the loop at the beginning, over a 1.5 mile section of trail, then an out and back portion of about 2+ miles each way.

After the initial climb, we'll continue to the Bard Reservoir Overlook, then on the old trail, around one side of the reservoir to hike around one of the neighborhoods in Sunset hills. On a previous hike, we learned that a Blazer used to swim in the reservoir in his youth. Luckily for those of us who drink this water, that was a long time ago.

The entire hike will be about 6.0 miles, with an elevation gain of about 1200 feet. While the distance is not extreme, the elevation gain will tax newer hikers. There is one fairly steep hill in the middle, but you can take it at your own pace.

Directions:

From the 101 Freeway in Thousand Oaks, turn north on the 23 towards Simi Valley. After 4.1 miles, take the Sunset Hills exit and turn right. Turn left onto Erbes Rd, the first cross street, then drive 0.7 miles and turn into the parking area on the right. If you pass under the 23 freeway, you've gone too far.

From the Valley, take the 118 to the 23 south and exit at Olsen Rd. Turn right on Olsen, then left onto Erbes Rd. The parking lot is on the left, just beyond the 23 underpass.

DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY

IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:

The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. If you become fatigued and unable to continue the hike, it is expected you will advise the hike host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and help to promote the group’s safety and fitness goals.

Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions.

If you choose to sign up for this or any Weekday Trailblazers Meetup event, you are releasing the Weekday Trailblazers Meetup Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

No "Plus Ones" on this hike; please have your friends join The Weekday Trailblazers, and register for the event.

All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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