What we're about

Meet other people interested in backpacking, hiking, camping and skiing. Our signature hike is the Wednesday night hike up to Echo Mountain for a fun HAPPY HOUR potluck. Everyone is welcome, so come and help us make this the greatest group on meetup.

Upcoming events (4+)

Hike to Hollywood sing

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The weather is warming up and the rain left green fields. Join me this Saturday to hike to the famous Hollywood sing. It's about 6 miles round trip out and back. It is very easy fire road hike all the way.
what to bring: light lunch, 2 liters of water, hat, hiking shoes and sunscreen.
Look for Luna at Griffith Park Bear on Los Feliz and Vermont.
Please park on the street close to the gate.

The Organizer, Assistant Organizers and event hosts in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the event. Each person who signs up for an event is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers and event hosts of this Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activity.

Angeles National Forest Trail Stewardship Summit 2023

Angeles National Forest Headquarters

Due to limited seating, please message Jimbo if you are commited to attending. He will provide instructions on how to reserve a seat for this event.

## 2023 Trail Stewardship Summit

USDA-USFS and the Mount Wilson Bicycling Association invite you to the 2023 Trail Stewardship Summit! This free, two-day event is open by invitation to all trail crews and dedicated trail volunteers operating in the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
Over the two days, we will have professional-level trail maintenance training from IMBA Trail Solutions, including both classroom and on-site practical sessions. The classes will cater to experienced ANF/SGMNM trail volunteers, though motivated novices will learn plenty as well! This event is also an excellent opportunity for our diverse local volunteer groups to share learnings and build rapport amongst our community of trail stewards.

## Education Topics

  • Evaluating and constructing sustainable trail drainage
  • Recognizing, evaluating, and replacing failed trail structures
  • Tread support techniques and materials
  • Be Nice, Say Hi / Trail interactions
  • Communication at the trailhead and beyond

## Event Schedule

Lunch and morning coffee will be provided on both days. Please note the different locations for each day.

### Saturday, February 11th

  • Classroom session at Angeles National Forest Headquarters, Arcadia, CA
  • 8:30 am: Coffee and doughnuts served at Training Center
  • 9:00 am: Classroom instruction begins at Training Center
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch provided by MWBA
  • 1:00 pm: Classroom instruction resumes at Training Center
  • 5:00 pm: Training concludes

### Sunday, February 12th

  • 8:30 am: Coffee and doughnuts served at Bandido Group Campground
  • 9:00 am: On-trail instruction begins on Silver Moccasin Trail
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch provided by MWBA
  • 3:00 pm: Training concludes

## About the Instructors

  • Chris Orr has been in the trail and conservation community for close to forty years and currently works for IMBA’s Trail Solutions as a Trail Specialist - assessing, designing, constructing, and educating in the arena of resilient/sustainable trails and community connectivity. Extensive experience and adventures in trail crew management, mechanized construction, adaptive trails, and sustainable construction methodologies has enabled Chris to assist communities and lands over multiple continents. Additionally, Chris has led trail stewardship nonprofits for many years and recently served as an Assistant Director of one of the University of California’s ecological reserves. Chris tends to seek out technical trails, but enjoys them all. In his free time, Chris enjoys bike packing, snowboarding, building prosthesis, swing dancing, fly fishing, and working at a local natural history museum.

  • Garrett Villanueva is a trail professional and has been employed by the US Forest Service since 1998. His passion and full time job include managing trails and fostering land stewardship. While he likes nothing more than digging in the dirt, his job has evolved from trail construction and trail design to trail operations, policy development and partnerships development. Currently, Garrett leads the trail program for the US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region which encompasses the beautiful state of California. He works with statewide partners, participates in policy development, and tackles complex trail issues throughout California’s National Forests. Representing the US Forest Service, Garrett has travelled internationally to share knowledge about partnerships, community engagement, trail management, and trail planning in Brazil and Israel. In his free time he enjoys nordic and alpine skiing, cycling, hiking, paddle boarding and surfing with his family. As his jobby, he has a small business building wooden surfboards, paddleboards, kayaks and canoes.

Basic Backpacking Class

Charles S. Farnsworth Park

Ok. so this class will be for the beginners of backpacking. or if you just want to stop by and check it out. I will bring my Stuff to show you how I/we do it and give you some Ideas. We will set up a tent or two. show you some food to bring . and What things you might want to bring with you. Fire starters. Water filters. ect... So. Bring what you have and we will go from there. Other Backpackers are welcome to bring your stuff and put it on Display for the Newbies. Might even have some guest Speakers. we will meet by the wild Horse area just off lake to the west. { you will need to know that when you pack. which way east west north are} where there are bath rooms . hopeful open.

Then also it will help to have a fire permit. so here you are...

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.The Organizer, Assistant Organizers and event hosts in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the event. Each person who signs up for an event is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers and event hosts of this Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group actives.

CHRISTIAN BOURLETTE'S CELEBRATION OF LIFE

Deukmejian Wilderness Park

Reposted from SoCal Hikers and Trail Builders:

## I want to thank Shawn of Saturday Morning Hikers for making this possible. This is her writeup with permission to use. I will post a hike before the Celebration of Life.

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, Feb. 11 HOW MUCH FUN WAS IT TO HIKE WITH CHRISTIAN BOURLETTE? Everyone has a vivid memory of his smile, energy, and camera clicking along the trails. Thank you again to each of you who donated last fall to have a memorial tile for Christian installed on a mosaic outside the Stone Barn Nature Center at Deukmejian Park in Glendale. Your contributions also helped purchase some trail maintenance tools and supplies for SoCal Hikers & Trail Builders, a Meetup group Christian was active with. We chose this location since Christian loved hiking in the San Gabriels, this was close to his home in Burbank, he had helped with some trail maintenance projects in the park, and the property and stone barn was originally owned by Georges Le Mesnager, an immigrant French winemaker. The tile is now installed and looks beautiful.
Please join us for a potluck gathering to share some stories about our pal and meet some of his other friends and family.
• Saturday, February 11, 12:00 PM
• Deukmejian Wilderness Park, 3429 Markridge Rd., Glendale, CA
• Free parking is available (no NFS pass required) in a lot next to the Barn (turn R as you drive up into the park) and across Dunsmore Canyon Trail (turn L as you drive up). If both lots are filled there is some parking on the sides of Dunsmore Canyon, but keep the road clear. Carpooling recommended.
• Restrooms available on site.
• The beautiful Stone Barn Nature Center is open that day from 9 am – 6 pm. Please bring some food or drink to share, your own eating and drinking utensils and an optional camp or folding chair since seating is limited. We’ll meet at the covered Upper Picnic Area #1 adjacent to the Stone Barn and vineyards. Some hiking groups will be posting hikes in the park on their respective sites for before or after our gathering.
If you can’t join us, but would like to share a memory, story or photo of Christian, feel free to email them to Shawn or Ledy by Thurs., Feb. 9 (contact Shawn if you need our emails). We'll post some photos of the tile and the event here afterward. Thank you again for your generosity!
This was shared with your donors.
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Liability Waivers and Disclaimers:
We only organize events and do not claim that any of the organizers, assistant organizers, event organizers, event hosts, and/or volunteers are trained professional guides. We are volunteers; thus we're only inviting you to join us as friends hiking with friends.
Outdoor sports can be inherently dangerous, and from time to time, accidents may happen. By joining in any posted events, you agree that you're aware of the risks, hazards, and dangers associated with any activity and that you're taking full responsibility of your own safety and well-being.
All participants must take full responsibility for their own actions and adhere to the rules and regulations of any governmental agencies that exist written or otherwise; that you are releasing So Cal Happy Hour Hiking & Backpacking from any and all claims and liability in case of possible injuries as stated in paragraph 6.2 of the Meetup Terms of Service Agreement (http://www.meetup.com/terms/) located at the bottom at the Meetup website.
If you do not agree with the above or unsure of your ability to complete the event safely, please do not sign up.

Past events (1,846)

ECHO MOUNTAIN - 762

Cobb Estate