What we're about
Westlake Hiking Club was formed to bring together people that enjoy nature and want to improve their healthy life style. This Club is also focused in bringing families out of the house and into nature.
Here in Ohio we are privileged to have so many beautiful parks to explore. Locally the Rocky River reservation is very scenic and supports many easy/moderate hikes.
There are three hikes per week, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The Tuesday and Thursday hikes leave from Rocky River Nature Center and are limited to 3-4 miles. The Sunday hikes vary in location and duration. Sunday hike details will be posted on the website.
Future hikes will include places such as Old Mans Cave/Hocking Hills State Park near Logan, OH. There is a rugged natural area popular with outdoor enthusiasts. The area has hiking trails, caves, camping facilities and cottages.
NOTE: Hiking is not the same as walking. It involves variable terrain, trails full of rocks and roots, and sometimes no trail at all. Most hikes involve climbing hills, as well as descending them - there are no truly flat trails in the wilderness. Many of our hikes also involve significant elevation change, wide temperature ranges, and/or exposure to inclement weather.
Dogs are welcome but remember to keep them on a leash.
WHAT YOU WILL FIND:
Club picnics, campouts and potlucks.
The opportunities to go to places in the wilderness you have never thought about going.
WHAT YOU WILL NOT FIND:
Hot swinging singles group - Meetup not Hookup.
Hikes based on age. Events will be arranged based on difficulty and duration. You should choose events based on your ability.
To join the Westlake Hiking Club is easy but there are a few restrictions:
You must attend at least one hike before you can become a member.
Club policy requires that your main profile photo must clearly show your face.
You must attend a hike at least once per month. If this is not possible then this club is not for you, and you will be removed from the club. Once you are approved for membership, you will have access to all of our past and upcoming events.
YOUR REQUEST TO JOIN WHC WILL BE DECLINED IF YOUR PHOTO DOES NOT CLEARLY SHOW YOUR FACE.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY STATEMENT:
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ALL THE MEMBERS TO KNOW THAT YOU HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
When you attend events organized by Westlake Hiking Club it is at your own risk. Organizers are unpaid volunteers with no special training and even though they do everything they can to try to set up a safe event, accidents can and do happen. Should an accident occur organizer will do everything possible to assist, however you are 100% responsible for your own safety and health. When you sign up for an event you are declaring you are healthy and in good enough physical shape to be able to participate in that event. If you have any doubts about your physical condition, please do not sign up for the event. Organizers have the right to deny participation of anyone that appears unprepared or unsure they can keep up with the level of activity.
We expect you to prepare for outdoor activities as anyone should be prepared, with appropriate gear, clothing, and enough water and food for the event as planned. Hint: Bring more water than you think you’ll need.
We're not responsible for the weather, and sometimes our groups hike in rain & snow - it's up to you to choose wisely on your own behalf how you prepare for and/or choose events. Extreme weather conditions such as thunderstorms with lighting or winter blizzards will normally result in the event being canceled. Check with the organizer for the latest updates.
If you have any questions about the level of skill required or about any event posted, please feel free to ask the organizer!
NO SHOW POLICY: As all our events are planned using the software at Meetup, we expect you to maintain your RSVP yourself and not to ask for others to change it for you. Unless you are having technical issues with the software you should be able to click and change your RSVP when you discover you cannot go. Please be polite to your fellow hikers and group members, and come back to change the RSVP if you can't come.