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Take a quick look at our 2017 Event Calendar (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/events/) to see what events are on the horizon

• Join us whether you are new or experienced in Hiking. There are different levels, but we all share one common: using our legs to move up down hills. Most of the time on dirt trails, but there are different terrains: rockies or gravels or in water, river or mud; different settings: mountain, forest, wilderness or desert. Click RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to learn more about difficulty levels. Click HikingOC Policy (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/about/) to read more FYI.

• Contact us if you are interested to join the Organizer Team and organize Hikes local OC or out of town Hikes to those who share the same interest. Our wide open calendar will fill with events during the weekdays, but mostly the weekends. Our events or trips are generated by volunteer effort and time of volunteer organizers.

[All Our Organizers Volunteer their Time and Effort for Free Cost to Most Events]

• Once or twice per month, there will be events or trips that require payments. These are costs to cover your expenses and fund raising to "HikingOC Fund".

• "HikingOC Fund" will generate profit after the costs from events monthly. It will maintain the group website, support all HikingOC volunteered organizers who contribute to build this hiking group, an outdoor active community and to donate to the good causes or charities.

• If you like to do a great cause in honor our group name, please support helping those affected by disasters or the National Park Services (we hike on many lands of the National Parks.) We are sure your support is highly appreciated and rescues the unfortunates! There are many Non-Profit Organizations, please contact direct AMERICAN RED CROSS ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER (http://www.redcross.org/ca/orange-county) for more info

***Read more past hikes on A Journey with HikingOC (http://hikingoc.blogspot.com/) -- More Travel Trips in the US and Many Regions in the World***

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Upcoming events (5+)

2019-Mar: Turtle Rock at sunset/Super Worm Equinox full moon/Levels 1+ to 3

Special hike to view sunset and moon rise on the hills. LAST MINUTES AS FORECAST WAS CHANCES OF RAINS, BUT IT CHANGED TO CLEAR AT SUNSET! It is almost full moon tonight. Visible 97%. Sunset is at 7:03 PM and Moon rise is 6:57 PM. It is the last Super Moon of 2019 (Super Worm Equinox Moon). Spring has started! This hike is rated level 2 or 3 for pace and elevation. Please see the RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) for more info about difficulty levels. Meeting time: 6:30- 6:35 Distance: 2-4 miles Elevation:[masked] ft ESSENTIALS: Bring water, running/hiking shoes, a headlamp or flash light just in case for the last 30 minutes before ending the hike (after sunset) DIRECTIONS: Address: 1 Concordia, Irvine ABOUT THIS HIKE: This is a workout conditioning hike composed of a looped route with a mix of trails and sidewalk/bike paths, along with some not too long but fairly steep hills. The two popular hills: French Hill and Suicide Hill at Turtle Rock. This loop, which uses city streets, single-track trails and a little bit of climbing, is one of several possible routes that visit the two summits. This hike requires regular hikers or those who have exercise experience (stair stepper or treadmill on 5-7 degree incline). The trail is dog friendly. Route: The hike begins with a steep climb up French Hill, gaining 200 feet in about 0.3 miles. At the top, you get a nice view of the Santa Ana Mountains and you can also see the other destination, Turtle Rock, to the left. At the top, bear right, pass by a small summit marker, and begin heading downhill, toward a residential neighborhood. The trail swings around the back side of the houses and begins to curve south, making a moderate ascent to a ridge. Here, you get nice views of the Laguna Canyon area and the San Joaquin Hills. At 1.2 miles, you begin a sharp descent toward Ridgeline Drive. Head right and follow a trail that’s been beaten on the side of the road. Soon you cross Hillsborough, where you can follow a proper sidewalk up to the intersection with Turtle Rock Drive. Cross the street and continue following Ridgeline, looking for a paved walkway heading downhill (1.9 miles.) At the bottom of a hill, where the walkway makes a hairpin turn, continue straight on a dirt trail. Never getting too far from the residential area on the right, you climb to another ridge. Head right at a junction, where you’ll see Turtle Rock ahead of you, with its geological outcrops that resemble turtles. You descend into a pleasant wooded area, reaching a paved walkway at about 2.6 miles. Head left, and almost immediately take a hard right and begin climbing a staircase. At the top, head right and continue your ascent. A little bit of scrambling, though nothing too difficult, is required to reach the top of Turtle Rock (2.9 miles), a nice view of almost all of Orange County, and on clear days, beyond. Continuing north, you descend steeply from Turtle Rock. Turn left at the next junction and head through a meadow, toward the intersection of San Rufino and Via Novella (3.4 miles.) Follow Via Novella to Amalfi Drive, head right and turn right again on Turtle Rock Drive. Heading slightly uphill, follow Turtle Rock 0.4 miles back to the starting point. REMINDER: ***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings*** ***YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS. ***YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks, snake bites, coyotes, mountain lions or wildlife. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***

2019-April: The Hills of Turtle Rock near UCI-Weekly Thurs/Levels 2 to 3+

This hike is rated level 2 or 3 for pace and elevation. Please see the RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) for more info about difficulty levels. Meeting time: 6:15 - 6:20 PM Duration: ~1.5 hours Distance: 4 miles Elevation: 1100 ft ESSENTIALS: Bring water, running/hiking shoes. Sunset is 7ish PM, so we will be hiking in the sunlight mostly, but bring a headlamp or flash light just in case! DIRECTIONS: Address: 1 Concordia, Irvine From the 405 exit Jeffrey and head towards the beach, Jeffrey will become University, Left onto Ridgeline Drive, Turn right onto Turtle Rock Drive, Turn right on Concordia and park on the street. Map: 1 Concordia, Irvine 92612 ABOUT THIS HIKE: This is a workout conditioning hike composed of a looped route with a mix of trails and sidewalk/bike paths, along with some not too long but fairly steep hills. The two popular hills: French Hill and Suicide Hill at Turtle Rock. This loop, which uses city streets, single-track trails and a little bit of climbing, is one of several possible routes that visit the two summits. This hike requires regular hikers or those who have exercise experience (stair stepper or treadmill on 5-7 degree incline). The trail is dog friendly. Route: The hike begins with a steep climb up French Hill, gaining 200 feet in about 0.3 miles. At the top, you get a nice view of the Santa Ana Mountains and you can also see the other destination, Turtle Rock, to the left. At the top, bear right, pass by a small summit marker, and begin heading downhill, toward a residential neighborhood. The trail swings around the back side of the houses and begins to curve south, making a moderate ascent to a ridge. Here, you get nice views of the Laguna Canyon area and the San Joaquin Hills. At 1.2 miles, you begin a sharp descent toward Ridgeline Drive. Head right and follow a trail that’s been beaten on the side of the road. Soon you cross Hillsborough, where you can follow a proper sidewalk up to the intersection with Turtle Rock Drive. Cross the street and continue following Ridgeline, looking for a paved walkway heading downhill (1.9 miles.) At the bottom of a hill, where the walkway makes a hairpin turn, continue straight on a dirt trail. Never getting too far from the residential area on the right, you climb to another ridge. Head right at a junction, where you’ll see Turtle Rock ahead of you, with its geological outcrops that resemble turtles. You descend into a pleasant wooded area, reaching a paved walkway at about 2.6 miles. Head left, and almost immediately take a hard right and begin climbing a staircase. At the top, head right and continue your ascent. A little bit of scrambling, though nothing too difficult, is required to reach the top of Turtle Rock (2.9 miles), where you enjoy a nice view of almost all of Orange County, and on clear days, beyond. Continuing north, you descend steeply from Turtle Rock. Turn left at the next junction and head through a meadow, toward the intersection of San Rufino and Via Novella (3.4 miles.) Follow Via Novella to Amalfi Drive, head right and turn right again on Turtle Rock Drive. Heading slightly uphill, follow Turtle Rock 0.4 miles back to the starting point. REMINDER: ***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings*** ***YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS. ***YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks, snake bites, coyotes, mountain lions or wildlife. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***

Back Bay Sunset Walk - Vista Point to Newport Dunes - Level 1 to 2

Spring is here and the days are getting longer. Come join us for an after work sunset walk at Newport Back Bay. This is an out and back walk from the Vista Point to Newport Dunes and back. ## Key Info: ## Meet and Greet at the Vista Point at 4:50 PM. ## Hike Briefing at 4:55 PM. ## The hike departs promptly at 5:00 PM. ## Sunset is at 7:02 PM. ## If you arrive late or otherwise choose to do this walk on your own, just follow the directions detailed below. Length: 6+ miles, about 2 hours, basically flat. Difficulty: Depends on your speed and distance. For an easier walk/stroll, take a slower pace and only go mile or two (Level 1). Go the full 6+ miles at a quicker pace (or jog) to make this a Level 2. Pace: Moderate (~20 minutes/mile) Description: We will start at the Vista Point at the intersection of Eastbluff Drive and Back Bay Drive. We will head down Back Bay drive, a shared paved one-way road and bicycling/walking path. There are a few interesting side trails along the way. When we reach Newport Dunes, we will take a 5-minute facilities break, then head back the way we came. Sometimes we may see some wildlife: quail, hawks, roadrunners, bunny wabbits, and if we are very lucky, maybe a snake or a tarantula. Rating: Level 1 to 2 - Click here for hike RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) Parking: There is free parking all along Eastbluff Drive from Jamboree to the Vista Point meeting spot. GPS Address: 2940 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach. Facilities: There are no rest rooms at the Vista Point meeting spot. There are rest rooms at the Newport Dunes turnaround point. What to bring: Water, maybe a snack, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, a happy attitude and a big smile! REMINDER: ***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings*** > YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS. > YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY ***Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks and snake bites. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***

2019-Mar: Wildflowers Special: The Hills of Turtle Rock near UCI/Levels 2 to 3+

Special Sat hike seeing wildflowers and a good conditioning workout at the hills of Turtle Rock. This hike is rated level 2 or 3 for pace and elevation. Please see the RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) for more info about difficulty levels. Meeting time: 8:00 - 8:05 AM Duration: ~1.5 - 2 hours Distance: 4 miles Elevation: 1100 ft ESSENTIALS: Bring water, hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, snacks layered clothing to adjust to climate change, etc and 10 Hiking Essentials: https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/9535234 DIRECTIONS: Address: 1 Concordia, Irvine From the 405 exit Jeffrey and head towards the beach, Jeffrey will become University, Left onto Ridgeline Drive, Turn right onto Turtle Rock Drive, Turn right on Concordia and park on the street. Map: 1 Concordia, Irvine 92612 ABOUT THIS HIKE: This is a workout conditioning hike composed of a looped route with a mix of trails and sidewalk/bike paths, along with some not too long but fairly steep hills. The two popular hills: French Hill and Suicide Hill at Turtle Rock. This loop, which uses city streets, single-track trails and a little bit of climbing, is one of several possible routes that visit the two summits. This hike requires regular hikers or those who have exercise experience (stair stepper or treadmill on 5-7 degree incline). The trail is dog friendly. Route: The hike begins with a steep climb up French Hill, gaining 200 feet in about 0.3 miles. At the top, you get a nice view of the Santa Ana Mountains and you can also see the other destination, Turtle Rock, to the left. At the top, bear right, pass by a small summit marker, and begin heading downhill, toward a residential neighborhood. Here, you get nice views of the Laguna Canyon area and the San Joaquin Hills. At 1.2 miles, you begin a sharp descent toward Ridgeline Drive. Head right and follow a trail that’s been beaten on the side of the road. Soon you cross Hillsborough, where you can follow a proper sidewalk up to the intersection with Turtle Rock Drive. Cross the street and continue following Ridgeline, looking for a paved walkway heading downhill (1.9 miles.) At the bottom of a hill, where the walkway makes a hairpin turn, continue straight on a dirt trail. Never getting too far from the residential area on the right, you climb to another ridge. Head right at a junction, where you’ll see Turtle Rock ahead of you, with its geological outcrops that resemble turtles. You descend into a pleasant wooded area, reaching a paved walkway at about 2.6 miles. Head left, and almost immediately take a hard right and begin climbing a staircase. At the top, head right and continue your ascent. A little bit of scrambling, though nothing too difficult, is required to reach the top of Turtle Rock (2.9 miles), where you enjoy a nice view of almost all of Orange County, and on clear days, beyond. Continuing north, you descend steeply from Turtle Rock. Turn left at the next junction and head through a meadow, toward the intersection of San Rufino and Via Novella (3.4 miles.) Follow Via Novella to Amalfi Drive, head right and turn right again on Turtle Rock Drive. Heading slightly uphill, follow Turtle Rock 0.4 miles back to the starting point. REMINDER: ***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings*** ***YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS. ***YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks, snake bites, coyotes, mountain lions or wildlife. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***

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