What we're about

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 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.

• 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.

• Gentler 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.

• 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/)

• 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.

Upcoming events (1)

Sycamore Canyon Evening Hike

4153 Potrero Road

SYCAMORE CANYON HIKE IS NOW SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 3, 2020 AT 5:30 PM. I JUST FOUND OUT THAT I NEED TO BE ON SANTA CRUZ ISLAND IN JULY FOR RESEARCH WORK. I'M SORRY. PLEASE SIGN OFF HIKE IF YOU CANNOT MAKE THE NEW DATE. STAY SAFE, THOM PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY It looks like we have a larger than normal evening group with a wait list. If you are not positive you can make it please sign off so those on wait list can make it. Thanks, Thom COVID-19 SAFETY REQUIREMENTS ON THE EVENING HIKES (THIS IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP ALL OF US SAFE AND ALLOW GROUP HIKING TO START UP AGAIN): MOUTH AND NOSE COVERING REQUIRED SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED (6 FT OF SEPARATION) DON'T BUNCH UP ON TRAIL PLEASE DON'T SHAKE HANDS OR HUG NO SHARING SNACKS. NO SHARING DRINKS. FOR MORE INFO VISIT: https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/03/coronavirus-what-does-social-distancing-mean/607927/ Let's do an evening hike down Sycamore Canyon. PLEASE NOTE THE DIFFERENT PARKING/MEETUP LOCATION ABOVE. It's a pretty simple hike: we are going to hike down Sycamore Canyon Road staying as much as possible on the paved road, towards the ocean, and see how far we can get in 1.5 hrs. We will turn around, more or less, near the Sycamore Campground and return via the same route we came in on; so if you lag behind we will find you on the way back (as long as you don't wander off the route). It's about 3.5 miles to the campground so my advance math skills says hike should be 7.0 miles round trip. Elevation gain is only about[masked] feet. Cross posted with Geo-hikes: https://www.meetup.com/Geo-hikes/ DIRECTIONS: Take Highway 101 to Thousand Oaks. Exit at Wendy Drive. Go south (towards the ocean) on Wendy. At Lynn turn right, then left at Reino that turns into Potrero Road. Take Potrero to Pinehill and turn right and park (Do not park on Potereo as you need a permit). Walk back along Potrero to its intersection with Big Sycamore Canyon Road that is more or less across from 4153 Potrero Road. We will start hike there. There are no restrooms at the trailhead. Essentials : Bring a sweater and some water. Be willing to get a good workout! Bring your cellphone, a headlamp. 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. ** Anyone 18 yrs. or younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Past events (2,149)

Online Movie-of-the-Week - "End of Watch"

Online event

Photos (39,943)