What we're about

WELCOME!
VegasHikers is the premier hiking group in the Desert Southwest! We take more hikes to more places and have the friendliest, most welcoming organizers of any group around. We feature hikes for all skill levels, road trips, camping, and social gatherings. We have events at a huge variety of times, places, and days. We even hike at night! With dozens of organizers and an average of more than an event a day, you're sure to find activities to suit your fancy.

KNOW YOUR LIMITS.
Our organizers are not tour guides, we're not rangers. Going out with us is the same as going out with a few friends. Expect the same risks, take the same precautions. As organizers, we will do our best to give accurate descriptions of the hikes we post. If you're a beginning hiker, a hike's elevation and distance may not mean much to you. Likewise, difficulty ratings are subjective, and a hike that is "easy" to one person may be "moderate" to another. Err on the side of caution. You're much better off going on a hike that's too easy for you than a hike that's too hard or too dangerous for you. As you go on more hikes with us, you'll become more familiar with our ratings and our descriptions, and you'll learn more about your own limits. Ultimately, it's up to you to keep yourself safe out there. You're an adult. Hike within your abilities.

DUES/FEES
There are no membership dues to be a part of this group. It does take money to pay for this site, fill up first aid kits, and keep organizers prepared, so we gladly take donations any time they're offered.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Our group can be defined by five terms, which help guide every decision we make. They are as follows:
1) All are welcome
2) We hike together
3) We come prepared
4) We're all adults
5) We appreciate the outdoors

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Upcoming events (5)

Seal head / Foundation Hill

Calico Basin - Kraft Mountain Trailhead

As usual, if you don't answer the question, or message me privately if I don't know you, you will not go. To sign up for the waitlist, you must read the entire hike description and answers the question asked when signing up. If you have a recent no show, then you'll have to wait until the day of the hike to see if there's room for you. **************!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*********************** If you haven't hiked with me before, message me privately and let me know your hiking experience. Please fill out your profile to make it easier on organizers to know what your experiences are and let other hikers know something about other members. ***************!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!***********!!********* Helmets are welcome. Be sure to use one that doesn't impede your sight. Always carry "in case of emergency" contacts with you. You've probably seen Foundation Hill many times. It's right in Calico Basin. You can see if from anywhere on the paved road. It's very close and the elevation isn't big, but it still has a great view. We will be going to Foundation through the Seal Head route to combine two great hikes. This is a scrambling, uphill climb the first third of the hike, with another uphill after the first half. We'll take a quick break at that peak and then downhill scramble all the way, winding up in Ash Canyon. Probably about a 3 out of 5 for difficulty. Sticky-soled shoes are a must, and hiking poles a NO. This climb is super steep and will get your heart pounding. It's pretty short, but it can be challenging for beginners. Don't underestimate the hill or overestimate your ability. Beginning scrambling is not the same as beginning hiking. But as long as you can handle a steep climb, then you can handle this. You must be able to keep up with the group. If you can't keep up on the first hill, you will have to turn back. No guests will be allowed without my prior approval. Canceling two hours or less before the hike will be considered a "no show." YOU MUST BE ON THE "GOING" LIST IN ORDER TO GO ON THIS HIKE. CRASHING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. We'll be starting out at the Kraft Mt. trail head. To get to the trail head take Charleston out to the Calico Basin turnoff and follow the paved road, past the Red Springs parking area, all the way to the end of the road. Frequently asked questions. (http://www.meetup.com/VegasHikers/pages/Frequently_Asked_Questions/) Distance: ~ 2.82 miles loop. Elevation gain: ~ 717.5 ft. High point: 4310 Low point: 3703 Difficulty: moderate/strenuous Pace: ~ 1 Miles Per Hour Children: no. Dogs: no. Poles: no Time: 2.5 hours max... Usually 2 hours, 5 minutes or so. Bring: At least two liters of water. Snacks. Please note the following: • Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. • By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. • All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests, even due to their own negligence or that of someone in the group. • By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

Cheyenne Peak, 3833', and ridge traverse

Trigono Hills Park

A scenic loop route involving great limestone slabs, a knife-edge ridge, lots of Class 2 and 3 scrambling. About 2 1/2 miles, net gain of 970', total gain of 1200'. Expect 2 1/2-3 hours. Helmets advisable. No guests, pets, children. Limit: 12. Everyone goes on the waitlist pending leader approval. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will be practicing social distancing and have masks available if needed. • Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. • By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. • All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. • By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

BikeHike BD #13 MoreExplore!

First Creek Trailhead

Social Distancing/HikeMask for duration explore more magic & beauty of desert blue diamond biketrails Slow & Steady Hiker gear 5 miles 600’ 4 hours PLEASE READ: Lyn Blackshaw & Diane Wilson are observing pandemic safety on all hikes. 6 feet apart from each other Not talking directly into another’s face. No passing of packs or sharing other gear. Our usual basic quietness to stay alert & present in nature & with each other. VERY SMALL NUMBER of participants, especially right now with Nevada pandemic numbers way up. Please be aware the your Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members can not be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group

Almost Full Moon Hike to Arizona Hot Springs

Please don't cancel at the last minute. It's not fair to those on the waitlist. If it's the day before and you think there is a 51% chance or better you can't make it, take yourself off the going list. Also, the time 5:45 PM is when we LEAVE Vons not the deadline for arriving. It takes a few minutes to set up carpools so get there at least 5-10 min before 5:45. Traffic in that area can be problematic so give yourself enough time. Total Distance: 5 Miles Location: Meet at Vons near the big sign. Elevation Gain/loss: 800 Ft. Difficulty: 2 of 5 Exposure: None Class: 2 Pace: Moderate to Fast depending on the group. Time: 4 to 5 Hours (1.25 hours to hike down, 1.5 hours to hike back, and up to two hours at springs. Drive time from the Fiesta is about 25-30 minutes. Bring: In addition to your ten essentials, at least two liters of water, some snacks for after the springs to replenish your energy as the pools will sap your energy, swimsuit (optional), towel, water shoes for walking in the springs (optional). Bring a headlamp. If you don’t have a headlamp, you don’t go. Make sure to test your batteries. Hiking poles are useful especially in the dark. Description: This is a night hike and it will be fairly dark hiking down and back so a headlight or flashlight is mandatory. If you don't have your own light source, you won't go. Although it's not quite a full moon, the brightness should be good enough to not need a lamp. The hike down won’t follow the White Rock Canyon route, which is how most people go. You will only get to see the Colorado river if you decide to take the rope down and back up the 20-foot wall at the bottom pool. We are going to be taking the short route which is over the saddle and down Ringbolt canyon. This is mostly trail with only a couple of scrambling spots but several places where you can milk some scrambling if you choose. We will take the same route back up and back over the saddle. It’s a strenuous portion of the hike but in the interest of a quick exit, it’s the best route out. About the springs: The springs are in a narrow slot canyon and usually has three or four pools. The upper one is the hottest at 112 or hotter. The bottom pool, above the ladder is usually just above body temperature however, depending on how the pools are configured, it may be hotter, up to 105 degrees. The pools get cooler as you go down stream. The depth of the pools usually run from about a foot deep to a few feet deep. There is a 20-foot ladder near the last pool and can be quite intimidating. We won’t be going up or down the ladder unless someone wants to go to the Colorado river, which is about a quarter mile from the springs. Disclaimer: Please be aware that your Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members can not be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

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