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Wildwood Canyon Cardio Workout - HIKING/TRAIL RUNNING

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Wildwood Canyon Cruise

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

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". It's 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.

The Plan: We'll meet by the entrance to the park at about 6:30 PM, do some stretching, introductions, and start at 6:45 PM.

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

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.
- Cell phone
- Layered clothing including a light wind breaker jacket

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 on Harvard Road. Do not drive through the gate and into the park.

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.