What we're about

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

  • We continue to 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 if anyone gives a hike leader a hard time about any of our policies.

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.
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed, either on-leash, off-leash, or in "Doggy Backpacks."

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 8:30 AM on Tuesdays (earlier in the heat of the summer). Total distance is 7-10 miles (less in the heat of the summer), 3-3.5 mph, and with elevation gain between 1,500' and 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, Laurie, Peter, or Katie with your ideas.
  • Gentler-Friendly Hikes are scheduled on most Thursday mornings at 9 AM, earlier in the heat of the summer. These hikes are tailored for advanced beginners, or anyone wanting a little extra fun with friends. As the name implies, they're slower-paced (2-2.5 mph), 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.
  • Beginner Hikes are scheduled on one Thursday morning a month at 9 AM, earlier in the heat of the summer. These hikes are tailored for those new to the group, new to hiking, or those rehabbing injuries. They're slow-paced (2 mph), short distance (usually <5 miles), and little elevation gain (~500'). 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 are as fast or faster than our flagship hikes. Headlamps recommended!
  • 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):

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!
We also ask that hikers be prepared with:

  • Hiking shoes appropriate for the terrain
  • Loose-fitting clothing appropriate for the conditions (generally, 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 (3)

Los Robles Trail to Angel Vista ~ Intermediate Hike

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UPDATE: Please review the revised guidelines to participate in our hikes. We are 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.

Space Mountain is the name for Los Robles Trail West, starting at Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks and switchbacking up the hill to the west. No one seems to know why it's called Space Mountain, though maybe the Disney ride inspired it. Maybe former major league pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee had something to do with it. Maybe it's the final frontier. Come out and throw your equally ludicrous guess into the ring.

We'll hike up to Angel Vista for the views and a short break before turning around to hike back down to our starting point.

We will hike about 8.25 miles total with about 1350’ of gain.

Directions: From the 101 in Thousand Oaks, turn south on Moorpark Road. We will meet in the parking lot at the corner of Moorpark and Greenmeadow.

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.

There are no "Plus Ones" 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.

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.

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

Trail Work Day - Please Plan to Participate!

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Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency’s
Fall 2022 Trail Work Day

Our own Steve Clark laid out this trail a few years ago, and we've used it to access the plateau above Lindero Canyon. Let's help keep the trail in great shape for our future use, and for the use of the community.

Remember! Bring your own water bottle, wear sturdy shoes & appropriate attire!

Schedule:
7:30: Meet at Westlake Village Community Park
* Check-in at registration table
* Complete & sign a release form
8:00: Trail Work
* Orientation & safety instruction
* Crew leaders direct teams to work sites on the Wishbone Trail
Noon: Thank You Lunch
* Prize Drawings
* Food and Prizes provided by Conejo Open Space Foundation

Please Register in advance at cosf.org/register
More Info & Updates: at conejo-openspace.org or cosf.org

Sespe Working Vacation - Los Padres Forest Association

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Cross-Posted from the Los Padres Forest Association:

SESPE WORKING VACATION
November 12-20, 2022

The Los Padres Forest Association will be hosting LPFA's fall 2022 volunteer Working Vacation in November along the Sespe River Trail in the Ventura Backcountry. The base-camp for the 10-day Working Vacation will be at Willett Camp and volunteers will be working primarily on restoring the Sespe River Trail from Willett down towards Sespe Hot Springs.

As usual, all food will be provided compliments of the LPFA and we'll have a great group of packers to help bring in tools, food, beverages and more. While we'd love to have you for the entire 10 days, you are more than welcome to come in for part of the trip as your schedule allows. If you are interested in signing up or have any questions, please sign up here or email us directly. Willett is a special place, should be a lot of fun and very rewarding. Hope you can join us...

Please click the link below or contact Los Padres Forest Association to sign up or for more information

Sign up for Sespe!
Los Padres Forest Association
PO Box 1282 | Goleta, California 93116
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