What we're about

Meet other people who are interested in hiking and walking for exercise, and attending various other fun events such as bicycling, kayaking, river rafting, etc. We sometimes have BBQs, sometimes have fundraisers, sometimes have parties and even go on exotic vacations....but mostly it is about hiking and having fun in the outdoors. You will find adventure on the various trails in the surrounding greater Los Angeles area which could even include downtown L.A. walks, or restaurants in other areas, with a varied leader mix of levels to choose from either beginners, intermediate and advanced hikers.

The hike leaders in this group aren't professional hike leaders. You are responsible for yourself. By signing up for these events, you agree not to hold the Meetup organizers of LA Hiking Group responsible for whatever happens to you on these events. LA Hiking Group does not certify the expertise of the organizers,the event or assistant organizers (hike leaders) and.LA Hiking Group is NOT responsible for any possible losses or injuries.

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Upcoming events (4+)

Short, slow hike with babies at Temescal Gateway Park!

Temescal Gateway Park

This is a slow hike geared for parents with babies.

We will explore Temescal Canyon Park via the Temescal Canyon Ridge Trail while carrying our little ones.

Let's meet at the camp store. Follow the road north from the the parking lots!

Toluca lake 5 mileish urban walk adventure !!

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The Urbanish Adventurists which includes legendary walkers Joe and Lori ( legends in their own minds) collectively known as JOLO invite you to explore Toluca Lake. We will be doing a 5 mileish walk around Toluca Lake or surrounding areas.

We do our best to keep the walk in a 2 hour range, however could go longer by a mile or so and sometimes goes over time posted.

Comfortable shoes, water, flashlight and a good attitude are suggested items to bring but not required.

Hope to see you at our next urbanish walking adventure.

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TNT & Power Hike

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Lot 2

The TNT club hosts trail workouts and there are 3-group levels to choose from. Whether it be blazing ultra-speed, jogging, or power hiking, you will get a good workout. The pace is typically faster than most other groups at Griffith Park. The laughters are free & the sweat you will earn!

Please know that although the club is a friendly, social group, the group's purpose is to push the pace. If you enjoy walking, chatting in the back, and stopping to take pictures, then the TNT club is not a good fit for you.

The Groups: G1 - Ultra Runners, G2 - Advance Runners, G3 - Power Hikers

Please Note:
Power hikers are welcome on the Week #1 and #2 workouts. These weeks are for anyone that would like to try a TNT workout for the first time. There will be 3-groups to choose from so you will find a group that matches your current endurance level. The Monthly Plan is below.

Recommend: headlight, water bottle, windbreaker (cold nights), dress according to the weather temperature.

Where? When?
Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, Parking Lot #2
TNT Island exact location:[masked], [masked]
Start gathering at 6:15pm** - Kicking dust at 6:30pm
**First time attendees, please arrive by 6:20pm

MONTHLY PLAN:

Week 1 - DYNAMITE LIGHT is considered intro to TNT workouts. All beginner runners & power hikers are welcome to join. Average: 5.5 to 6 miles, gain 1000' to 1300', steady ascend to the peak, & speed work.

Week 2 - TRAIL BLAZERS' DELIGHT more advance than week one. We prefer that you join us on Week #1 but beginner runners & power hikers are welcome. Average: 6 to 7.5 miles, 1200' to 1500' gain, & speed work.

Week 3 - BLAZE TO GLORY - advance trail run/jog. Your participation in week #1 or #2 is required. Average: 6.5 to 8 miles, gain 1400' to 1900', 1 to 3 steep climbs, & speed work.

Week 4 - Zoom-Zoom-Kaboom! Push the pace and try to cover as many miles in two hours. Average: 8 to 12 miles, gain 1500' to 2400', gain & speed work. Tonight is not for first timers; attending Week #1, #2 or #3 is required.

Week 5 - The rare Week #5 - The Plan is TBD

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:
Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in a high intensity activity like this one. My function as an organizer is only to organize the runs/hikes and I assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guests. By signing up for a run/hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and made your guests aware of the risks, dangers, and hazards associated with any outdoor activity, and you 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 activities.

Griffith Park Hike @ Merry Go Round Lot

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Lot 2

This hike is 4.2 miles/1142 ft ascent is known to the regulars as the "backyard hike" and it is NOT a Beginner Hike. Most of the elevation gain is in a short period of time. The trail on the steep ascent is hard to find because of the fires, so a little bit of adventure is required for this hike. This hike is @ 100 minutes and NO ANIMALS ALLOWED

Legend for hikes: These hikes run year 'round every Tuesday. In the leader's (subjective) mind, the hikes are generally easiest the first Tuesday of the month and most challenging the last Tuesday of the month, with everything progressive in between. Beginners are encouraged to come to the first Tuesday of the month. Beginners will receive doses of encouragement the second Tuesday of the month to keep up if unable. The 3-4-5 Tuesday's of the month it is expected anyone that can't keep up with the leader will turn back

The fine print:
Wildlife (snakes, bobcats, mountain lions etc) seen in the park, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times.

Some of the rangers have begun to enforce that hikers only hike on designated trails, although there are no firm rules stated. We may go in areas the rangers consider ticketable. We haven't encountered any problems in the past.

Bring Along:

Hiking boots and at least 1 Liter Water. Layered clothing in case it's cold. Long pants in case it's hot, to prevent being bitten by insects. Mosquito and tic spray (available at Sports Chalet) are recommended.

No bright (white) flashlights. Red, Blue flashlights are ok.
If you get to the lot after we meet, Sierra Club hikes start at 7:00PM on the opposite end of the lot.
We do start ON TIME, no matter how much traffic is on the freeways, inside the park, including if our parking lots are being used by movie crews. Allow yourself enough time for any unexpected surprises.

From 134 Freeway:
(Note, if you are not familiar with Griffith Park Drive, this is a dark single lane route. You are better off taking I5 directions)

Exit Forest Lawn. (If coming from Westbound go straight, from Eastbound, Go Right). Make a left on Zoo Drive. Make a right hand turn on Griffith Park Drive. Road weaves through Griffith Park. Continue on road until you hit Crystal Springs Road. Make a right hand turn on Crystal Springs. There's no street sign at the next stop sign. Look for the sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow, follow the arrow. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot, this is Lot 1. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) which will take you to Parking Lot 2. This is the parking lot where we meet. We meet next to the driveway that takes you down to parking Lot 3.

From Interstate 5 (either direction)
Go West on Los Feliz. Make a right on Riverside drive into Griffith Park. Go two stop signs and make a left turn. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit lot. Park in the back of the lot (the part you entered in). Meet at the back of the lot, where the driveway to the lower part of the lot is. It's close to the "No Practice Driving Allowed" sign is.

Where to meet: If you know the park well, it is Merry Go Round Lot #2, just at the path to the lower lot. (http://angeles.sierraclub.org/griffith/griffith_park_map.html)

If you'd like a visual, here is a map. (http://angeles.sierraclub.org/griffith/griffith_park_map.html)

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for Visual Map of Driving Directions from Ranger Station

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