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, 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!

We ask for voluntary contributions once a year ($3-$5) to help defray Meetup subscription costs.

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.

Upcoming events (2)

Los Padres Dog Hike/Walk

Los Padres Dr & Woodlet Way, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

All Two and Four legged friends most welcome. Hikers who like to sleep in will appreciate the 930 start time. Our hike will take us principally along Los Robles Trail, a mixed path of ridge lines and hilly switchbacks that overlooks Hidden Valley and the Santa Monica Mountains for much of its distance. Some fire road, some single track. Thanks Linda Lockhart for write up. The route begins at Los Padres trailhead and proceeds southerly and upward through this canyon for just under a mile, until we reach Los Robles Trail. We will follow the Los Robles Trail until it intersects with the White Horse Trail. We may take the White Horse Trail until we get to the Lake Sherwood overlook where we will take a brief break before returning to our cars, OR stay on the fire road until it descends towards thousand oaks Blvd to the east and turn around and go back as we came. Depends on group energy and whim. Speed usually 2.5+ mph. The initial section of our hike is wooded and shaded, but the route quickly gives way to open hillsides and ridge lines. Since we begin on the floor of Los Padres Canyon and reach exposed areas above Hidden Valley and the Conejo Valley, weather can range from calm and humid to misty with ocean winds to quite warm and dry conditions. This will be a 6 to 7 mile hike with at most 1500 feet of elevation gain. Directions: Exit the 101 freeway at Moorpark Road. Go south on Moorpark Road (toward the beach. Left if driving north on the 101, and right if driving south on the 101.) Make a left onto Los Padres and park at the trailhead on the right side of the street. There is free on-street parking at the trailhead. Please do not leave anything of value in your car, at this or any other trailhead. 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" permitted - if you want to bring a friend, have them sign up for the Meetup group and register! All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Mad Monday Hike -- Oak Creek Canyon to Angel Vista for Views (Fast Paced)

Now that we have had a week off due to the much needed rains, it is time to get off our comfortable couches and hike. Please bring headlamps/flashlights as we will be hiking in the dark. This is a moderately strenuous 7 mile OAB starting out at the Oak Creek Canyon Trailhead, and hiking through the Hope nature preserve along the Los Robles Trail. This section of trail is also known to be called Space Mountain by the local mountain bikers because of all the antennas on one of the peaks along our climb. Keep your eyes and ears alert for bikers as they don't always use the bells provided on the trail. Expect a moderate gain/ loss of[masked]ft +/-. with open space views of the Conejo Valley, Hidden Valley, and the Pacific Ocean/ Channel Islands. We will stop at the Angel Vista rest stop/ picnic area to enjoy the views, take in a snack before heading back to the parking area. Hope you can join me. Essentials: Please wear – brush-resistant pants/shorts , one or more wicking shirts appropriate to the temperature, comfortable hiking shoes or light boots, your favorite undergarments and accessories, and a light backpack. Please bring – at least two liters of water, snacks, an extra layer of clothing, a charged cell phone, identification, a headlamp, a small first-aid kit, bug repellant and sunscreen, a waterproof shell if rain is forecast, and any medications or anything else you might need on the trail. Parking: Free parking is available at parking lot at end of Greenmeadow Ave. Please do not leave anything of value in your car, at this or any other trailhead. 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 under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. ** Moderate/ heavy rain cancels hike ** Last minute issues- my cell is[masked]

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Last minute earthquake epicenter stroll

Trancas Canyon Road and Anacapa View Drive

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