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Build a New Trail in North Ranch Open Space!
Join us in continuing to build a new trail from the new Westlake Village Community Park and YMCA to the Saddle Pass Trail! This is one of the two main yearly events in Thousand Oaks for improving our trail system and it brings together a number of open space advocacy groups. Volunteers from the Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA), Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council, hikers from various Meetup groups and others will be working on this new trail along with the COSCA rangers. We use the Conejo Open Space trails regularly, so this is our chance to give back to the community while expanding our trail opportunities! At noon, following the morning of trail-building, workers will be treated to a thank-you barbecue lunch while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow trail enthusiasts! Wear protective clothing (long-legged pants, long-sleeved shirts, sunglasses), sturdy shoes, gloves, hat and sunscreen. Bring plenty of water and a snack. No experience is necessary. Tools and instructions on how to use them safely and effectively will be provided. Must be 18+ years of age. As always when in the open spaces, be aware of poison oak, ticks & rattlesnakes. Everyone works at their own comfort level. Follow instructions of park rangers and trail crew leaders at all times. Directions: From the 101 Freeway in Westlake Village, exit at Lindero Canyon Road and head north. After 0.8 miles, turn left onto Thousand Oaks Blvd. Pull into the YMCA on the right. Meet at the west end of the parking area. Map: http://bit.ly/2IyBqAU

YMCA Westlake Village

31107 Thousand Oaks Blvd. · Westlake Village, CA

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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 hike leaders, in a true communal spirit.

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, and you can expect some elevation gain (usually 1500' to 2000'). 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. 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 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.

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

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.

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