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 (5+)

(Strenuous) Griffith Park Hike... Beast mode...

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Lot 2

For those that want a hard hike on a Tuesday night... There may be running, on downhills, if everyone is up for it. If anyone on the hike does NOT want to run.. just voice your opinion and we'll just walk. Especially in the dark... There may be snakes... You might have to bust a few branches... this means we will be exploring new ridges, trails, routes. Don't expect only well-traveled trail. This will be about 2 hours and will go over the ridge line of the park (razorback) to the south side, then back across... No dogs. Generally no headlights are required or appreciated (unless you see a snake), but if we go off-trail in the dark, we will use lights. You should bring a light just in case. This hike is not for beginners. Expect to sweat and get your heart rate up to maximum for 10 minutes at a time, but it won't be extreme. There will be short water breaks every 15 minutes. Please be aware that Assistant Organizers, Event Hosts, and support hikers are volunteers organize hikes without compensation and assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guests. By signing up for a 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 from, and against any, and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities. Please see the Meetup terms of service agreement http://www.meetup.com/terms/

Griffith Park Hike to Mt. Hollywood @ Merry Go Round Lot

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Lot 2

This hike is to Mt. Hollywood, about 5 miles/1300 feet elevation gain. This hike is @ 2.5 hours 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 Tuesdays of the month it is expected anyone that can't keep up with the leader will turn back. No animals allowed on hike The fine print: Wildlife (snakes, bobcats, mountain lions etc) seen in the park, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. 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. 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 tick spray are recommended. No bright (white) flashlights (it ruins night vision). Red, Blue flashlights are o.k. If you get to the lot after we meet (we start on time!), Sierra Club hikes start at 7:00PM on the opposite end of the lot (next to the stone steps). This hike is to Mt. Hollywood, about 5 miles/1200 feet. 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: See above. If you know the park well, it is Merry Go Round Lot #2, just at the path to the lower lot. If you'd like a visual, here is a map. CLICK ( ) for Visual Map of Driving Directions from Ranger Station Put these coordinates in google maps for exact directions from your location: [masked] [masked]

TNT & Power Hike

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Lot 2

Improve your trail strength, join TNT and get your workout on! The routes vary on a weekly basis and each week is usually tougher than the previous. Whether you choose to run or power hike, there will be no shortage of sweat and laughter. With 3-Groups to choose from, you will find a group that matches your current level. As you improve your cardio strength, you can go from a powerful hiker to trail runner hero! Where? When? Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, Parking Lot #2 TNT Island exact location:[masked], [masked] Start gathering at 6:45pm** - Kicking dust at 7pm **First time attendees, please arrive by 6:50pm The Nitty-Gritty: 1 to 3 groups (G1, G2, & G3) - G1 advance runners always do a faster pace, more miles, & elevation gain than the weekly plan - G2 sticks to the Monthly Plan (details below) - G3 power hike pace and usually the most direct route to the peak MONTHLY PLAN: Week 1 - DYNAMITE LIGHT is considered intro to TNT trail runs. 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 a bit more advance then 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/power hike. Your participation in week #1 or #2 is suggested. 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. 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.

Ballona Wetlands East and City lights viewing, dinner at Alejos

Corner of Lincoln Blvd. and Bluff Creek Dr.

New New New HIKE STARTING LOCATION: We are once again moving the start-up spot We are now starting on the corner of Bluff Creek Dr. and Lincoln Blvd. at Playa Vista Sport Park 13196 Bluff Creek Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90094 Free Parking on Playa Vista Drive near where it ends at Bluff Creek ----------------------------- I will be leading Wednesday evening hikes ongoing, Rex (who started this series) will show up when he wants... Charles ----------------------------- THERE ARE TWO HIKE ROUTES, EAST OF AND WEST OF LINCOLN BLVD=, DEPENDING ON THE HIKE-LEADER'S WHIMS IT IS: A 4 mile, mostly level hike in the Ballona Wetlands and bluffs--A preserve for birds, lizards and bunnies in the heart of paved-over L.A. (OK, elevation gain is 150 feet) ----------------------------- UPDATES ABOUT THE BALLONA WETLANDS: http://ballona-news.blogspot.com -------------------------- BRING: water, flashlight, comfortable hiking shoes. DOGS: are allowed here as long as owner is on a leash 8:30 pm--DINNER AFTERWARD: Alejo's on Lincoln Blvd in Westchester at 84th street. ----------------------------------------- Rex's Calendar of all LA-area Meetup hikes: http://LAMeetuphikes.com Other Hiking Stuff I Post: http://twitter.com/rexfrankel My Mountain: http://mountrexmore.org

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