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HIKING/TRAIL RUNNING: Wildwood Canyon Cardio Workout

Join us for a great evening workout in Wildwood Canyon in the Verdugo Mountains near Burbank. The views of the city lights are amazing and it sure beats that boring treadmill/stairmaster in the gym. Chances are you'll get a much better workout too.

Training Concept:
This will essentially be a form of interval training, which is actually quite effective for increasing your cardio capacity/fitness level. Since we are all at different fitness levels some of us will likely keep a faster pace than others. We'll all try to push ourselves a bit to get our heart rate up and then catch our breath and re-group at the tops and junctions.

Difficulty: "Advanced "
You need to be well conditioned for this workout. Although the distance is short this is a high intensity workout and several sections are quite steep. This is not a slow paced "social hike". We'll keep a fast pace power-walking uphill and jogging/trail running on the flats and downhill to get our heart rate up to improve our conditioning. If you don't like running this may not be a good workout for you.

We typically do the same trails every week, so expected stats are, the bench at the Wildwood peak in 45 mins or better, the highest antenna peak in 70 mins or better and the completion of the whole hike/trail run in 2 hrs or better, it is 7.7 miles with 2215 feet elevation gain, perfecto for a weekday hike workout.

Extra Weight Option:
For those of you who are very fast and may feel the group is not moving fast enough, consider bringing a weight vest or backpack with weight - sand, books etc. Avoid hard objects with sharp edges like rocks though as it may hurt your back. I would only suggest this if you have attended one of these and know that you can move a lot faster than the group. The extra weight will slow you down significantly.

The Plan:
We'll meet by the entrance to the park at about 6:30 PM, do some stretching and introductions etc. and get started heading up the trail at 645 PM sharp.

At the peak we'll catch our breath for a few minutes and enjoy the city view before heading back down.

The hiking route:

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Distance & Elevation Gain:

About 7.7 miles and about 2200 ft or so cumulative elevation gain/loss.

Time Required:
About 2 - 2½ hours or so.

What To Bring:
- Headlamp (best) or flashlight and spare batteries (important)
- Trail running shoes or flexible hiking booths with plenty of traction (important)
- Hydration system (best) or bottle with water or Gatorade etc.
- Your cell phone
- Layered clothing including a light wind breaker jacket
- Consider camera

Click here for Google directions to the meeting spot.

There should be plenty of parking in the large parking lot left of the park entrance. Do not drive into the park through the gate.

No Shows:
It is inconsiderate to the organizer and anyone on the waiting list to RSVP and not show up, therefore I am registering no-shows. For this event you need to change your RSVP to "No" minimum 30 minutes before the start of the event. If you have multiple no-shows on your record you may not be admitted to the event when there are people on the waiting list.

Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in a high intensity activity like this one. If you are in doubt please get a check-up with a physician. As an event organizer I assume absolutely no responsibility for you. I am simply a "training buddy", nothing more. If you choose to participate, you assume all responsibility for yourself and agree not to hold me or our Meetup group liable in any way.


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  • Monica M

    I drink coconut water before or after every hike, it is a natural electrolyte . I went hiking around the golf course on Tuesday and both of my hips are sore!

    April 11, 2013

  • Mark (.

    Where we were,

    stats, 8 miles, 2861 feet elevation gain, thank you all.

    1 · April 11, 2013

    • Carina

      Thanks Mark. It was definitely an adventure :-)

      April 11, 2013

    • Mark (.

      Carina, you did well, this trail is not an easy one, don't forget potassium trick next time.

      1 · April 11, 2013

  • Carina

    Are there Rattlers in the area? I, would like to bring my dog (he's a beast at trails), however, if there are rattlers, I'd rather not bring him at night.

    April 8, 2013

    • Ken S.

      This may not be the best hike for your dog as the trail up is very steep. Cheers!

      April 10, 2013

    • Carina

      Thank you both. Ken after last nights run, I definitely decided to leave my little guy at home tonight. He's better off on social hikes or runs that are not as intense :)

      April 10, 2013

  • Monica M

    Are you going to La Tuna this time?

    April 6, 2013

    • Mark (.

      Nope, one hill climb after the trail running.

      April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not ready for this yet but give me about 4 weeks...

    April 4, 2013

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