What we're about

If you're seeking an adventure, you've come to the right place.

BLAZE West is a group for gay men in California who share a common passion for the outdoors. From local day activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding and hiking to weekend-long trips camping, backpacking at national parks and skiing/riding down the snowiest peaks, we organize these events to bring together guys who are down for a great time in the wilderness. Novice or advanced, we have something for everyone.

And together with our well established counterpart group in New York City: https://www.meetup.com/blazenyc/ , you'll always have a group of great guys to share the trails with. East coast? West coast? It doesn't matter. There's an adventure waiting for you!

So what are you waiting for? Gear up and we'll take care of the rest. Let's get out there!

Upcoming events (4)

HIKE: Lake Hodges Overlook Trail in Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

LAKE HODGES OVERLOOK TRAIL We're finally getting back into the warmer weather! With a view of Lake Hodges at the top, this dog-friendly out-and-back trail is worth checking out... Let's get it! TRAIL STATS Difficulty: Moderate Total Distance: 6.4 miles (out and back) Walking Time: 3 hours Vertical Rise: 1,371 feet Trailhead: Recreational Reserve Trailhead (Google Maps: 3VP3+JV Escondido, California) RECOMMENDED GEAR Water (100 oz/3.0L recommended) Snack Packed lunch Hat Sweater Personal first aid For more info, see the link below... https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/lake-hodges-overlook-trail

FORUM & HIKE: Backpacking 101 at Peñasquitos Creek Falls

Peñasquitos Creek Park

BACKPACKING 101 AT PEÑASQUITOS CREEK FALLS Our backpacking trip to San Gorgonio is only a month away! Whether or not you plan on joining us for the trip (which you totally should BTW), come by and join in the forum as we go over the basics of backpacking in the wilderness. Several summer event announcements to follow! Afterwards, we'll get on a short 4-mile hike crossing through Peñasquitos Creek Waterfalls at the halfway point... a pretty rewarding spot to check out before we make our way back! TRAIL STATS Difficulty: Moderate Total Distance: 4 miles Walking Time: 1 hour Vertical Rise: 247 feet Trailhead: Peñasquitos Creek Park Trail Head (Google Maps: WRQX+V3 San Diego, California) RECOMMENDED GEAR Water (50 oz/1.5L recommended for before and after) Snack Hiking shoes Personal first aid Let's meet at Peñasquitos Creek Park at 10:00am. There's plenty of parking close to the trail head at the west side of the park. Make sure to bring plenty of water. See you guys then!

HIKE: Cedar Creek Falls at Cleveland National Forest

Cedar Creek Falls Trailhead

CEDAR CREEK FALLS Third time's a charm! Now that the rainy season is behind us, the trail has re-opened to Cedar Creek Falls. Considered as one of San Diego's most famous waterfalls, this 100-foot beauty is located within Cleveland National Forest and is worth every mile to get to. This is a permit hike ($6 permit required for every 5 hikers) and the number of permits we get will depend on the number of guys interested in partaking. For more info on permitting, see below. TRAIL STATS Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous Total Distance: 5 miles (out and back) Walking Time: 3 hours Vertical Rise: 1,033 feet Trailhead: Cedar Creek Falls Trailhead (Google Maps: X6WV+3F Ramona, California) RECOMMENDED GEAR Water (100 oz/3.0L recommended) Snack Packed lunch Hat Sweater Personal first aid PERMIT INFO Although many of our events have no limit on attendees, this particular event will be capped based on the number of permits we can get collectively. Coming from the recreation.gov permitting website, each permit will cost $6 and must have 5 names listed on it at the time of application. To start, we'll apply for two permits for the first 10 RSVPs. Shoot me a message with your full name so I can include you on my application. If there's greater interest, we'll plan to increase that number to 15. Once you provide me your name and I've assigned it to a permit, you're confirmed. I'll send more information as we get close. Let's do this! For more info, see... https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/cedar-creek-falls-trail

BACKPACKING TRIP: San Gorgonio & San Bernardino Peaks

Forsee Creek Trail 1E06

SAN GORGONIO & SAN BERNARDINO PEAKS This one's for the backpacker in you! As part of the original six peaks of the SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge, these two mountains are as challenging as they are scenic with panoramic views of the San Bernardino mountains! Our plan is to spend three days and two nights through an open loop that will cover both peaks in one weekend. Everything you need for the trip, you'll carry on your pack including water and food for the weekend. There will be an event on Sunday, 4/28 at Peñasquitos Creek Falls where we'll go over backpacking basics including our trail route plan, campground accommodations and essential gear and consumables for you to carry with you. Make sure to be there for that too! TRAIL STATS Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous Total Distance: 30.2 miles (shuttle) Duration: 3 days, 2 nights Vertical Rise: 5,770 feet Trailhead: Forsee Creek Trail 1E06 RECOMMENDED GEAR Water (100 oz/3.0L bladder recommended) Water bottles Hiking boots or shoes Backpack (multi-day pack) Hat Tent (1-2 person lightweight tent) Sleeping bag and sleeping pad Stove and fuel (e.g. Jetboil/MSR portable personal stoves) Personal utensils Plenty of food and snacks (e.g. freeze-dried meals, energy bars, trail mix) Weather-appropriate clothing (e.g. light sweater, hiking pants, socks) Personal first aid Small repair kit The Ten Essentials https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html

Past events (5)

FORUM & HIKE: Annie's Canyon Trail at San Elijo Lagoon

Mushroom Caves Trailhead

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