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  • Hike to give Hercules some water

    @ the Stairs, Parking Lot # 2

    By popular request, I am repeating this event. We had a good event on Monday, Aug.3. Hercules got 20 gallons. The little tree Hercules, located at Joe Klass Water Stop in Griffith Park is in need of water. I try to go up there every week now that it is warm. I usually do this alone, but now and then make it a group event. This is a comparatively easy hike, but at the Intermediate level. We will be going on single track trails about half the time and uphill half the time as well. Of course, it is a Slow Poke hike because Lee Zebold is a slow poke hike leader. We will hike to Joe Klass Water Stop and I will bring a 3 gallon jug. You can bring an empty jug if you wish. There is a horse watering trough right near, and we dip into it as our water source. We will give him about 18 gallons of water. Bring snacks if you wish. There are picnic tables up there. We will meet at the steps of Parking Lot 2 --see map Total time: 2 plus hours Total Distance: 4 miles RT Elevation gain: 500 feet Bring a Mask

  • Let's look at some meteors... LATE NIGHT

    Chilao Flat

    The peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower will be in the early morning of Aug 11, 12, 13. There are supposed to be 40 to 50 meteors per hour during the peak. If you observe just before midnight, you might see an earth-grazer, one of the colorful long-streaking meteors that occur before the bulk of the meteors for that night. The Angeles Crest should be dark enough to see the meteors quite well, and this campground is far enough off the highway that the cars zooming past shouldn't be a problem. We'll have to see how far back we can drive/walk and find a tree-free view. Bring your own snacks/drinks, blanket or chair. I expect it will be warm enough that a light jacket or sweater should be fine. Moonrise: 12:16 AM It will be ~1/2 moon at that time. This is not an organized camping trip. We will meet at a location just off the highway, but we won't be going into the campground itself. Watch the discussion for this event for details on how to meetup or how to find the group if you arrive late. There is likely no cell service up there, so you will need to know where to go ahead of time.

  • Easy Hike Series: Loop Around the Santa Fe Dam Lake

    Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area

    This 3.5 mile loop trail around the lake is a great little easy hike – good for reasonably fit beginner and intermediate hikers and advanced hikers who’d just like to take it easy and “mellow out.” It’s dead flat with absolutely no elevation gain and will take about an hour and a half to complete at our nice easy pace. The first mile is on pavement, beach sand (!) and grass with the remaining 2.5 miles on dirt, gravel and paved road. Besides being easy to navigate, the terrain is also very scenic with plenty of mixed foliage, i.e., lush growths of leafy shrubs and trees interspersed with an abundance of desert cacti and even an odd palm tree here and there. And, since this is a nature conservancy area, there is quite a bit of wildlife present, as well, mainly in the form of wetlands birds, e.g., herons, egrets, coots, mallard ducks and geese. And all of this is surrounded by magnificent vistas of the San Gabriel mountains making this one of the most scenic hikes in the L.A. metro area. The Santa Fe Dam recreational area reservoir/lake (SFDRA) is located in Irwindale, between Duarte and Azusa, at the intersection of I-605 and I-210. Here it is in Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Santa+Fe+Dam+Recreation+Area/@34.117848,-117.9665925,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c2d8195a6dc963:0xf52684245b9a88c5!8m2!3d34.111239!4d-117.950113. And here is the SFDRA’s Website: https://parks.lacounty.gov/santa-fe-dam-recreational-area/. There is a parking fee of $10 ($5 for seniors, i.e., peeps over 65). The ticket kiosk at the entrance of the SFDRA closes at 6:00 PM, so, you will not have to pay the fee if you get there just at 6:00 PM. If you arrive before 6:00 PM (recommended), you can park for free along the Arrow Highway before you turn on to Santa Fe Dam Road to get to the entrance of the SFDRA. Whatever you decide to do, please be aware that the hike will begin promptly at 6:15 PM, i.e., the group leaves the meeting point at that time. We’ll meet up at the entrance of the parking lot located at the eastern-most end of the lake. Directions: after you pass the “toll booth” at the entrance to the rec area, you will come to a stop sign. There, do not turn left or right, but, go straight ahead for 100 meters/yards. Then, turn left and you will be at the entrance of the parking lot. There will be a "grace period" of 10 minutes for late arrivals. In observance of mandated pandemic safety measures, this event will be limited to 31 participants (30 group members plus the event host/hike leader - no guests) wearing face coverings and observing safe social distancing. The face coverings may be removed when everyone is out on the trail and moving, but must be replaced whenever the group stops. Please be considerate of the people on the Waitlist and keep your RSVP updated. If you "no show" without deleting your RSVP ahead of time, you will be barred from participating in future hikes. WAIVER OF LIABILITY: Hiking and all other outdoor events and activities are rewarding and pleasant, but, involve certain dangers of which you should be aware. These include, but are not limited to, tripping and falling injuries, infection by COVID-19 or other contagious diseases, drowning, poison oak exposure, insect stings and snake bites. By signing up for any event or activity in this Meetup group, you assume the risks of the event or activity and agree to release the event hosts, organizers and leaders from any claims for any injuries, illness or other losses that you may sustain while participating in any of the events and activities. Please know your limits and sign up for an event or activity only if you are able to keep up with the pace and level of it. Stay with the group at all times and do not leave it without notifying the event host/leader.

  • (Intermediate) Star-Gazing from Telescope Peak

    Mahogany Flat Campground

    The tail end of the Perseid Meteor Shower will extend into the evening of Aug 15 and the morning of Aug 16. I think this would be a great time to do something I've wanted to do for a long time, which is to backpack to the top of Telescope Peak in Death Valley, and spend the night up there (no tent). The hike to Telescope is not difficult, it is 7 miles with an elevation gain of 3,000'. This hike will be straightforward (non-technical) high-elevation hike with only one twist - there is no water source. You'll need to bring enough water for the evening as well as the morning. That will vary from person to person, but will likely be 4 to 5 Liters. The plan would be to hike up in the afternoon, have a nice dinner, then do some star gazing and spend the night under the sky. The next morning we'll head down after breakfast. On Sunday, after we get down, we'll stop at the Charcoal Kilns (short break) before heading back to LA. What you'll need; your own backpacking equipment. Bears are not an issue, bear canisters are not required. Plan on using the counterbalance technique to protect your food. A rat-sack is a good product to have as well. I will be asking you to show me your water (min 4 L) before we start hiking. I don't want anyone asking anyone else to 'share' their water; it is your responsibility to bring your own water. Death Valley has very dry air, even at 11,000', you should expect to need considerably more water than normal. [update 7/21/2020] The last few miles of the road are gravel. It is not rutted, or particularly slippery. Any normal SUV can easily make it to the Mahogany Flat CG and Trailhead. The road beyond the Charcoal Kilns has a sign that says that 4WD is recommended, but it is fine with a 2WD. Even a non-SUV would likely make it, but you would have to drive slowly, especially on the section beyond the Kilns (the last ~1.6 mile). Due to this road condition, I encourage either carpooling from the LA area (windows down? Masks on? up to you...) or, perhaps better, to drive to the Kilns, park there and meet someone with an SUV to then go the last section. There is NO CELL COVERAGE, so you might want to drive in tandem from LA so you arrive at the same time... lots of options. Disclaimer: 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 inherent 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/. I am not an expert nor a guide. I accept no compensation for this event beyond permit fees, fuel, and organizational effort.

  • Water Hike: rock scramble & Swim At TOPANGA CREEK water holes & THE RAIN ROOM

    DETAILS: We start at the outdoor furniture store called Jalan Jalan Imports, home of Owl Falls, a 40-foot tall roadside waterfall. We walk a quarter mile towards the ocean on the west side of Topanga Canyon Blvd to just south of the "slippery when wet" road sign. We will then hop-over the guard rail and enter the mysterious Time Tunnel and drop down to the creek. google it: https://tinyurl.com/TopangaTimeTunnel Bring swimwear, a hat, lots of water, shoes you can get wet, an umbrella: don't get cooked by the sun!. We will see SEVERAL NATURAL SPRING-FED SWIMMING HOLES, SEVERAL SMALL WATERFALLS, AND THE RAIN ROOM (A GROTTO/MULTIPLE WATERFALLS IN A ROOM UNDER A ROCK), ... ALL IN NEARBY TOPANGA CANYON WITH NO LONG DRIVE ON REALLY TWISTY ROADS AND......MINTY LEMON-BALM PLANTS EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!! https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=lemon+balm __------_------_ EXPECTED WEATHER: 94 DEGREES http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/USCA1151:1:US DISTANCE: 1.5 MILES BUT AT A SLOW PACE DIFFICULTY: moderate ELEVATION GAIN AND LOSS: A HUNDRED FEET AT THE MOST THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR POISON OAK CONTACT, BUT TWO OF US TRIMMED IT ALL BACK TWO WEEKS AGO. THE TOPANGA CREEK HIKE FOLLOWS THE WEST SIDE OF CREEK FOR MOST OF THE ROUTE AND FEATURES LOTS OF CLIMBING OVER 3 TO 4 FOOT TALL BOULDERS. There are also a few rusty car bodies to avoid. YOU WILL USE YOUR HANDS AS WELL AS YOUR FEET. THAT'S WHY I CALL MY HIKES "MONKEYING AROUND". CLIMBING OF BIGGER BOULDERS IS OPTIONAL..... ---------------------------------- NOTE: IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT THIS INVITE ON A SMART PHONE, THE MEETUP APP DOES NOT SHOW MY PICTURES. TO SEE THEM: http://rexhikes.blogspot.com/2015/08/lower-topanga-creek-rocks-swimming.html BRING SHOES WITH GOOD GRIP THAT YOU CAN GET WET---- and......NO DOGS: 'cause this is a State Park ----------------------------------------- DRIVING DIRECTIONS: I DO NOT RECOMMEND TAKING PCH, BUT IF YOU DO: From PCH drive 3.5 miles north on Topanga Canyon Blvd. and park when you see the outdoor furniture store but not directly in front. Or.....TAKE THE 101 FREEWAY TO TOPANGA CANYON BLVD, GO SOUTH 9 MILES...park along Topanga Canyon Blvd south of Fernwood Market, meet outside Jalan Jalan Imports, an outdoors furniture store on the west side of the road Jalan Jalan Imports is located at 525 South Topanga Canyon Blvd., which is 3.5 miles north of Pacific Coast Highway. FREE PARKING IS ALONG EITHER SIDE OF TOPANGA CANYON BLVD. BETWEEN FERNWOOD MARKET AND JALAN JALAN IMPORTS--STAY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE WHITE LINE SO YOU DON'T GET TICKETED OR LOSE YOUR MIRROR PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO NO-PARKING SIGNS!!! ----------------------------- PHOTOS: WHERE YOU ENTER THE TIME TUNNEL: AN AWESOME VIDEO BY WILLIE: https://youtu.be/EJDFBApKbNc BELOW: THE TIME TUNNEL BELOW: THE GROTTO BELOW: POISON OAK ------------------------------------------------------------- THE USUAL STUFF: BRING ALL THE USUAL STUFF, I'M NOT YOUR MOM.... Bring clothing (sorry, nude hikes are a different Meetup group), lots of water, a hat, comfy shoes, snacks, all your troubles..., guitar, camera, etc LEGAL STUFF: by going on this hike, you agree to assume all risks of this hike, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. See the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: http://www.meetup.com/terms/ ( http://www.meetup.com/terms/ ) --------------------------------- stalk me: http://twitter.com/rexfrankel See my google calendar of meetup hikes: http://LAMeetuphikes.com I saved a mountain and Trump didn't: http://mountrexmore.org

  • Explore Griffith Park

    2700 N Vermont Ave

    IMPORTANT -If you have not been on my hikes before, please read this entire write up. This is a strenuous hike. For advanced moderate and advanced hikers. Please note the TIME -- and please don't be late, as we aim to leave on time, 5:30 p.m. Masks are required, and we will practice social distancing. The hikes are about 2 hours long and about 4 miles, and those miles include steep ascents and descents, sometimes on single track trails. Some trails are uneven and slippery, so you must wear good hiking shoes with lug soles. We move at a fairly rapid pace. but pause occasionally to enjoy the scenery, smell the flowers, and take pictures of the amazing views. Don't forget to bring water and again, you can't hike without a mask. Please remember you must be able to keep pace with the leader. If you are not able to keep up, you will be directed back to the parking lot, or shown an easier path to take. A note re TIME -- My hike start times change occasionally, depending on the weather and the time of year. Please check the start time when you sign up, but an e-mail will be sent out whenever the time is changed. Also, a start time of 5:30 means the hike STARTS at that time. I might wait a minute or two, but if you come at say, 5:33, we might be gone, so arriving by 5:15 might be a good idea. 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/

  • Free Online Guided Meditation: Learn, practice, relax and grow

    Meditate, Meet and get Motivated. These classes are designed to provide experience of an in-person session. Instructions to join the live online meditation class: Laptop/computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87061429822?pwd=V0lYUWFIWWltcm1KbGhwRzNyanhSUT09 Phone: Zoom cloud meetings app Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] We recommend joining by laptop for better experience. You can join up to 30 minutes before start of event if you have some queries or would like some one to one help before meditation session starts. Also join us on Facebook for more resources. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WeMeditateGroup This is online event and you join with 'one-click' at convenience of your home. You will find experience very real life like and in fact more attentive and personal. In this session we go over basics & guided meditation. Those coming for repeat sessions attend a parallel 'side virtual' room to go deeper. Also one to one discussion available at end of session for those looking for more help. This is a recurring session, but we also take up different themes related to meditation. No prior experience is needed. These classes are meant to come together and meditate and learn little by little, so please plan to join them every week for growth in your meditative state and practice. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WeMeditateGroup This has recorded videos, self learning units, mentorship, downloads and some light hearted socialization.

  • Free Online Guided Meditation: Learn, practice, relax and grow

    Meditate, Meet and get Motivated. These classes are designed to provide experience of an in-person session. Instructions to join the live online meditation class: Laptop/computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81053939134?pwd=aDhRRTg1VDR3Q2pHT25oRTFEZWRqZz09 Phone: Zoom cloud meetings app Meeting Id:[masked] Password:[masked] We recommend joining by laptop for better experience. You can join up to 30 minutes before start of event if you have some queries or would like some one to one help before meditation session starts. Also join us on Facebook for more resources. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WeMeditateGroup This is online event and you join with 'one-click' at convenience of your home. You will find experience very real life like and in fact more attentive and personal. In this session we go over basics & guided meditation. Those coming for repeat sessions attend a parallel 'side virtual' room to go deeper. Also one to one discussion available at end of session for those looking for more help. This is a recurring session, but we also take up different themes related to meditation. No prior experience is needed. These classes are meant to come together and meditate and learn little by little, so please plan to join them every week for growth in your meditative state and practice. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WeMeditateGroup This has recorded videos, self learning units, mentorship, downloads and some light hearted socialization.

  • (Strenuous) Griffith Park Hike...

    Griffith Park Merry Go Round Lot 2

    For those that want a hard hike on a Monday night... We will leave promptly at the start time. The start time is not 'when we meet', it is 'when we depart'. 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). You should bring a light just in case. Most of the time we will hit one of the major peaks (Mt. Hollywood, Chapel, or Cahuenga). This hike is >not< for beginners. Expect to sweat.. There will be water breaks. 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/

  • TNT & Power Hike

    Griffith Park Merry Go Round Lot 2

    The TNT running club hosts trail workouts and the pace is always faster than most other groups at Griffith Park; whether it be running, jogging, or power hiking. Although the club is a friendly, social group, the group's purpose is to push the pace. If you enjoy 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. The Week #3 & #4 workouts are ONLY for advance level members. There are 2-groups to choose from, G1 super-fast-pace and G2 fast-pace. 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 6:15pm 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.