• The Complete Hiker's Guide to the Backbone Trail Presentation
    UPDATE TO THE UPDATE I spoke to the event manager and she said anyone who RSVPed via email or phone will be on a list. If you signed up via Facebook only you will not be on the list, but if you show up a spot may open up due to no-shows. ****** UPDATE: We are fully booked for all four programs with a huge wait list of visitors wanting to get in. Again, this program is fully booked for all time slots. Reservations had to be made at [masked] or by calling[masked]. If you did not make reservations in this manner (saying you're going on Facebook is NOT a reservation - sorry), your information will be kept on file. Should a spot open up for you before Sept 8th, you will be notified. ******* Discover the newly completed Backbone Trail, a true hidden gem right here in our own backyard. Find the best day hikes, learn ways to through-hike the trail, and enjoy tips, advice, and stories from the authors of The Complete Hiker's Guide to the Backbone Trail. Times of each presentation: 9:30 am (full) 11:30 am (full) 2 pm (few spots left) 4 p.m. (just added) Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/events/2226761544280068/ Length of each program: 70 min After the free program, authors Doug and Caroline Chamberlin will sign copies of their book, available in the Visitor Center store. This will be a reservations-only program due to limited seating, Parking is free at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center. To make reservations or for more Information: [masked] or[masked] [Note: This is not an HWD Event. It is posted as a public service. But ok to RSVP here so you can see/join your hiking buddies at venue.]

    King Gilette Ranch/Santa Monica Mountains

    26876 Mulholland Highway · Calabasas, 91302, CA

  • Flash Hike: Liberty Canyon Natural Preserve
    To make up for the confusion regarding the Backbone trail presentation I am posting and leading this hike for those that did not make it onto the list (and anyone else who wants to join us). Its at the same time and appx the same place. The Liberty Canyon Natural Preserve is a 730-acre preserve located in the northeast portion of Mailbu Creek State Park. Liberty Canyon is a valley oak (Quercus lobata) woodland/savanna. This scenic 4.75-mile lollipop loop with 500 feet of elevation gain incorporates four different trails to create a surprisingly enjoyable hike. It is suitable for fit beginners The Liberty Canyon Natural Preserve is an area rich in history, believed to have been continuously inhabited by prehistoric peoples and more recently by the Chumash from 6000 BC to the early 1800s. Talopop was the name of the native Chumash village located here. We will circle the tribe's ancestral land on the loop bearing its name -- the Talopop Loop In 1834, the land along Las Virgenes Creek became part of the Las Virgenes Rancho belonging to Domingo Carrillo and Nemisio Dominguez. Dominguez's daughter Maria married Pedro Sepulveda in 1859, and the couple built an adobe near the banks of the creek. Sepulveda was a harness and saddle maker by trade. He also cut firewood and made charcoal that he traded for household items in Los Angeles. Maria and Pedro Sepulveda raised 12 children in the two-room adobe that still stands on the Grasslands trail. Wear hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers. Bring a quart of water and snacks DIRECTIONS: Trailhead is on Mulholland Hwy 0.15 miles west of Las Virgenes Rd. Park on Mulholland.

    Grasslands Trailhead - MCSP

    27000 Mulholland Hwy · Calabasas, CA

  • VIP Hike: Wet & Wild(wood) Picnic
    I have a new secret trail in Wildwood reserved for VIPs only. 🤔Not a VIP? You can become one here: http://vip.hikingwithdean.com Directions to trail head can be found here: http://vip.hikingwithdean.com/vip-hikes/wet-wild/ This hike will require a few a stream crossings so wear shoes you don't mind getting wet, and shorts (or long pants you don't mind getting wet). We'll have a picnic lunch at Skunk Hollow, a tree-lined area adjacent to a flowing creek with a picnic bench. A nice little area. It will be almost all downhill to Skunk Hollow -- 🍴Bring some food and drink to share.🥂 I'll bring table cover, flatware, plates, cups, napkins. And some wine (won't be able to carry enough for everyone) We'll return to the cars via my new secret trail and more stream crossings. Hike will be about 6-8 miles with 1,000 ft gain (with possible extensions) 👉THIS HIKE IS FOR MEMBERS OF THE HWD VIP CLUB. TO JOIN GO TO http://vip.hikingwithdean.com. Don't forget to RSVP here as usual

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  • Evening Hike to Murphy Ranch
    Join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/hikingwithdean/ For those that have never heard about it, the ranch is allegedly a 1930s hideout where NAZI/Third Reich sympathizers could sequester themselves until German rule had been established in the USA The property was developed by Winona and Norman Stephens and a German national by the name of Herr Schmidt. The design implemented was an installation of several buildings, fuel tanks, and multiple massive cisterns. The entire complex, according the plans of Herr Schmidt, was to be self-sustaining even if it suffered years of isolation from the outside society The FBI raided the ranch in 1941 and that was the end of that until the 50's when an artist's colony was established. My research indicates that this is an urban legend. There may be no Herr Schmidt, it was not a Nazi compound, and there was no raid. It is true that Winona and Norman Stephens built a self-sustaining ranch here. Presumably they were convinced by a Herr Schmidt, who may have been a Nazi sympathizer, to build it due to a belief that German National Socialism would reach US soil. But there is absolutely no evidence that it was a Nazi hideout, compound or anything like that. Here we are on one of our hikes in front of the power room that housed the generators. The generators were eventually donated to Loyola Marymount University in the early 1970s. Hike will be about 4-5 miles with moderate elevation gain. Check out the pictures from our other hikes there: https://www.meetup.com/localhikers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=25082772 (http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/photos/25082772/) http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=15100752 https://youtu.be/q11641lwyBY Directions to Trailhead Interactive Map: http://goo.gl/maps/r7nN8 From Sunset Boulevard, 3 miles west of the 405, turn north at the light onto Capri Drive. After 1/3 mile continue through the traffic circle, remaining on Capri Drive for another 1/3 mile until it comes to and end at Casale Road. Sullivan Ridge Fire road begins to the left but do not turn left on Casale Rd. Find street parking to the right or on an adjacent roads. After you park, walk to the end of Casale Rd. This is where we will meet and check in. You will be parking in a residential neighborhood with parking restrictions -- pay attention to signs.

    Sullivan Ridge at Casale Rd

    Capri Drive and Casale Road · Los Angeles, CA

  • 🌕 Sturgeon Moon Hike: Serrania Ridge to the Water Tank
    The Full Moon in August is called Sturgeon Moon because of the great number of this huge freshwater fish that could once be found in lakes and rivers in North America. Madonna even had a hit song based upon this fish: 🎵Like a Sturgeon 🎵Caught for the very first time... Our hike begins on Serrania Ridge, a pocket of parkland on the suburban edge of Woodland Hills. The ridge's name—and its geography—seem to be in limbo. Serrania Ridge is also called Woodland Ridge. Is it a part of the Santa Monica Mountains? Or is it a part of Chalk Hill to the northeast? We can contemplate these questions as we roller-coaster up and down--mostly up--partaking views of the Santa Monica mountains rising before us, Calabasas hills to the right of us, Chalk Hill the the left of us and the west San Fernando Valley behind us. After about 1 mile we cross dirt Mulholland and continue on a steep trail to the top of the ridge where we'll turn onto a service road and head up to the water tank, watch the full moon rise and party. 🍷🥨 Special appearance by Madonna https://youtu.be/NaxeK_Kyfto Bring snack and drinks to share Hike is a ~4-mile lollipop with about 1,000 ft total ascent. Trails will be well lit. No white lights allowed. Bring a green or red headlamp/light if you have one. If you don't you can piggy back off mine and the others' Facilities are available at the trail head (but may be locked?). Sunset: 7:29 PM Moonrise: 7:21 PM Directions From the 101 Freeway, take the De Soto exit and head south for 0.7 miles. On the way, De Soto becomes Serrania Avenue. Bear left onto Wells Drive and the park will be almost immediately on your right.

    Serrania Park

    20726 Wells Drive · Woodland Hills, ca

  • Big Sycamore Canyon - Wood Vista Canyon - Sand Dune Loop - Lunch at TCM
    This hike will climax with a rare and stunning ocean vista, including almost a straight down view of white, foamy surf and turquoise-tinted shallows. Our hike will begin in Big Sycamore Canyon, the finest example of a sycamore savanna in the State Park System. Some of the gangley sycamores soar to heights of over 80 feet. The Spring Fire of 2013 and rains of 2014/2015 has drastically changed the landscape. After a pleasant 3 miles we'll turn up the Wood Vista Trail (a segment of the Backbone Trail), our only major ascent during the hike. We'll climb steadily for the next two miles, making long, looping switchbacks. As we climb higher, we'll get a nice view not only of Big Sycamore Canyon but of Boney Mountain. When we reach the Overlook Fire Road take a break and enjoy views of La Jolla Valley. We'll head south on the Overlook Fire Road, which follows the ridge that divides Big Sycamore Canyon and La Jolla Canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for Anacapa Island, visible between two hills. After a couple of miles on the Overlook Trail we'll hit the Scenic trail and traverse the ridge above the Great Sand Dune to the prominence shown at top. Hike is about 9.5 miles with 1100 ft gain POST HIKE LUNCH IS AT Vintage Grocers in TRANCAS COUNTRY MARKET (http://trancascountrymarket.com/shop-and-dine) 30745 Pacific Coast Highway (at Trancas Canyon Rd) Directions to trailhead Take PCH to Sycamore Canyon Rd. Sycamore Canyon Rd is 19 miles north/west of Malibu Canyon Rd. Its 5.9 miles south/east of Las Posas (you will pass by La Jolla Canyon). Turn into Sycamore Canyon toward campground and go to Kiosk. Pay, park and hang out. Parking was $12 or $14 last time I was there. Credit cards OK (but bring exact change just in case). We'll be meeting in the main lot near kiosk There is additional pay parking on the beach side of PCH. See also http://www.meetup.com/localhikers/photos/26205514/438824911/ ==================================================== The Organizers and members of Hiking With Dean are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per our ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER and Section 6.2 of the Meetup.com Terms of Service.

    Sycamore Canyon Campground

    Sycamore Canyon Road · Malibu, CA

  • 2018 Wild and Scenic Film Festival
    Films - Live Bands - Food Trucks - Beer & Wine - Games - Family Friendly Gates open at 5:00 PM The films start at 8:00 PM Fun lasts all night! Purchase Tickets Here: https://2018venturalandtrustfilmfestival.brownpapertickets.com/ Now in it's 9th year, Ventura Land Trust's Wild and Scenic Film Festival is Ventura County's premiere film event. This year, the festival is bigger, bolder and better than ever. The best part - it's happening outside under the stars! This year the festival will be at the beautiful campus of the Ventura County Credit Union on Vista Del Mar Drive in Ventura. The new venue boasts beautiful ocean views and a huge grassy lawn where festivalgoers can sit back and relax on blankets and low-back chairs while enjoying a lineup of award-winning short films that educate, entertain and inspire Festivalgoers can sit back and relax on blankets and low-backed chairs while enjoying an array of award-winning short films that educate, entertain and inspire. On top of that, there will be two live bands, food trucks serving up tasty grub, beer, wine and cocktail purveyors, family-friendly games and activities, participation by a variety of other environmentally-minded community partners plus the legendary Ventura Land Trust raffle. Hosted by Ventura Land Trust (VLT), the Wild and Scenic Film Festival connects VLT's Ventura County work to protect, preserve and restore wilderness areas and wildlife habitat to the greater global environmental movement. Proceeds from the event fund VLT's ongoing open space preservation projects. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is "wildly popular" and sells out every year. Get your tickets today! https://2018venturalandtrustfilmfestival.brownpapertickets.com/ More Info: https://www.venturalandtrust.org/ CONTACT Adrienne Stephens · [masked] ·[masked] Note: This is not an HWD event. It is posted as a public service, but please do RSVP here if you are planning to go and maybe meet up with some hiking buddies.

    Ventura County Credit Union HQ

    2575 Vista Del Mar Dr · Ventura, ca

  • Hiking With MarkE 🕺 Las Virgenes Trail to Cheseboro Ridge
    Approximtely 6 mile loop. PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS IN THE WRITEUP BELOW TO GET TO THE TRAILHEAD. This Loop is almost 6 miles long. This hike is rated moderate for its elevation gain and distance. I recommend this hike for people who are already in shape and want a mid-week conditioning hike. Follow the directions to the trailhead as indicated below. Drink plenty of water prior to and during the hike. From the Las Virgenes Trail connect with the beautiful Cheseboro Canyon Ridge to Cheseboro Canyon and Loop back. (about 6 miles) Note that we are starting at the Las Virgenes Trailhead on Las Virgenes Road. We will start at the northern end of Las Virgenes Rd and hike to the Cheseboro Ridge Trail. We'll then proceed up to the Cheseboro Ridge Trail and complete a loop. Map:http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/upload/Cheeseboro07.pdf Directions: To get to trailhead take 101 and exit Las Virgenes Rd. Turn north (away from beach) to end of road. If you are coming up from PCH, drive up Malibu Canyon to the end (Malibu Cyn changes its name to Las Virgenes Rd). The trailhead is marked clearly. Park on the street. If you can't park near the trailhead, just look for space down the street. We'll wait until you walk to the trailhead. Parking is free. ______________________________________________________________________ I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends. DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY: Outdoor sports and other events we plan are inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Thousand Oaks Hikers Group and it's organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any The TOaks Hikers Group events, you are releasing the TOaks Hikers Group and it's organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgement and experience. Responsibility: I am not responsible for you. You are responsible for you. You should be self-sufficient and be able to find your way to safety in the event you find yourself on your own. I will not lead you back to the trailhead if you decide to turn back. Disclaimer: The organizer, assistant organizers, and event hosts take no responsibility and will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during this hiking event. Hiking can be inherently dangerous and accidents will happen. By participating in this hike posted on this meetup web page you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being.

    Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space

    6060 Las Virgenes Rd Upper Las Virgenes · Calabasas, CA

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  • From the Sea to the Real Mesa Peak
    Join our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/hikingwithdean/ Many hiking groups promise to take you to Mesa Peak but they never do. That's because they have confused their peaks and take you to the wrong one. So come along with us to the real Mesa Peak! Our hike will begin at the beach in Corral Canyon, the last undeveloped coastal canyon in Los Angeles County that flows freely to the ocean. We will then leave Corral Canyon for my "secret trail" through pristine wilderness to the Puerco Canyon watershed divide that provides spectacular ocean and mountain views. We'll take a snack break on Mesa Peak (1,844 ft). There is even a place for us to sit down! Hike is strenuous and about 8 miles with over 1800 ft elevation gain in the first 4 miles. Its out and back with two interweaving loops. Post hike lunch will be at Malibu Seafood (http://www.malibuseafood.com/) - right at the trailhead. They allow you to bring your own beverage, alcohol included *************************************************************** There is street parking on PCH. Pay parking available at trail head next to restaurant - $5.00. Credit card ok ***************************************************************

    Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market and Patio Café

    25653 Pacific Coast Hwy · Malibu, CA

  • Corbin Canyon - Winnetka Ridge Loop
    This evening we'll be exploring some of the nooks and crannies of the the San Fernando Valley. Our hike begins heading south into Corbin Canyon's 328 little-used acres along grasses and spooky oaks. After about half a mile on west side of canyon we'll climb up to Winnetka Ridge delivering broad views of the San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica Mountains and Corbin Canyon below. We'll continue south to dirt Mulholland, and depending on time, explore some side trails. We return via Winnetka Ridge, descend back into Corbin Canyon and create a loop with the east side of canyon I estimate the hike to be about 4-5 miles with 800' elevation gain. Bring green (best) or red headlamp if you have one, but probably not needed. No white lights allowed on our hikes (but always have one for emergencies) We meet at the south end of Corbin Ave. Its not a straight shot up Corbin from Ventura Blvd -- see map

    Corbin Canyon Trail Head

    4000 Corbin Ave · Tarzana, ca