What we're about

Our group is composed of experienced urban explorers and inexperienced ones, looking for new (and especially old) places around the city to explore, investigate and also document with photography.

Join us as we venture forth into the known and unknown. We're always on the lookout for a few new co-organizers. If you're interested in leading some exploring outings and have some interesting ideas that can add to the enjoyment of the group, please contact our organizer.

Thanks to everyone who has made and continues to make this group the fun and adventurous one it is!

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NOTE: If you would like to be a sponsor of this group or know a company that would be a good fit, please contact the Organizer to discuss.

Upcoming events (4+)

Saturday Morning Weekly Hike-La Mesa's Secret Stairs!

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Let’s get together for a weekly urban hike through the La Mesa Hills and take on the “Secret Stairs”!

***We leave promptly at 7am. And the Leaders of the hike usually arrive at 6:59am, so don't panic if you arrive early. :-)
***If you are NOT fully vaccinated you may wish to wear a mask as it is impossible to maintain social distancing if someone is going down the stairs while you're going up and visa-versa.

We'll leave at 7:00 AM PROMPTLY (yes...it's early, but a GREAT way to start out your weekend), at the corner of Normal St & Windsor Ave. The pin on google maps should now guide you to the exact starting location at Normal and Windsor), for this brisk hike through the hills of Old La Mesa. The route will take us a little more than 1.5 miles round trip through this neighborhood of old Craftsman and Mid-century Modern homes, up and down 3 DIFFERENT "secret" stairwells boasting 7 flights of stairs, nearly 500 steps, and a 369 ft elevation gain. (1000 stairs round trip + walking time).

This hike will be about 45-60 minutes depending upon how briskly you want to move, but really you can take whatever time you need. It will definitely get your heart and legs working.

I recommend a water bottle. Dress accordingly for the weather that weekend.[1]

Parking is whatever street parking is available. I recommend coming a little earlier than 7:00 to get better parking and to warm up before the hike. Please Note: this is a nice, quiet residential area, so we want to be considerate of that.

[1] If it's raining the hike is automatically cancelled.

Saturday Morning Weekly Hike-La Mesa's Secret Stairs!

Location visible to members

Let’s get together for a weekly urban hike through the La Mesa Hills and take on the “Secret Stairs”!

***We leave promptly at 7am. And the Leaders of the hike usually arrive at 6:59am, so don't panic if you arrive early. :-)
***If you are NOT fully vaccinated you may wish to wear a mask as it is impossible to maintain social distancing if someone is going down the stairs while you're going up and visa-versa.

We'll leave at 7:00 AM PROMPTLY (yes...it's early, but a GREAT way to start out your weekend), at the corner of Normal St & Windsor Ave. The pin on google maps should now guide you to the exact starting location at Normal and Windsor), for this brisk hike through the hills of Old La Mesa. The route will take us a little more than 1.5 miles round trip through this neighborhood of old Craftsman and Mid-century Modern homes, up and down 3 DIFFERENT "secret" stairwells boasting 7 flights of stairs, nearly 500 steps, and a 369 ft elevation gain. (1000 stairs round trip + walking time).

This hike will be about 45-60 minutes depending upon how briskly you want to move, but really you can take whatever time you need. It will definitely get your heart and legs working.

I recommend a water bottle. Dress accordingly for the weather that weekend.[1]

Parking is whatever street parking is available. I recommend coming a little earlier than 7:00 to get better parking and to warm up before the hike. Please Note: this is a nice, quiet residential area, so we want to be considerate of that.

[1] If it's raining the hike is automatically cancelled.

Saturday Morning Weekly Hike-La Mesa's Secret Stairs!

Location visible to members

Let’s get together for a weekly urban hike through the La Mesa Hills and take on the “Secret Stairs”!

***We leave promptly at 7am. And the Leaders of the hike usually arrive at 6:59am, so don't panic if you arrive early. :-)
***If you are NOT fully vaccinated you may wish to wear a mask as it is impossible to maintain social distancing if someone is going down the stairs while you're going up and visa-versa.

We'll leave at 7:00 AM PROMPTLY (yes...it's early, but a GREAT way to start out your weekend), at the corner of Normal St & Windsor Ave. The pin on google maps should now guide you to the exact starting location at Normal and Windsor), for this brisk hike through the hills of Old La Mesa. The route will take us a little more than 1.5 miles round trip through this neighborhood of old Craftsman and Mid-century Modern homes, up and down 3 DIFFERENT "secret" stairwells boasting 7 flights of stairs, nearly 500 steps, and a 369 ft elevation gain. (1000 stairs round trip + walking time).

This hike will be about 45-60 minutes depending upon how briskly you want to move, but really you can take whatever time you need. It will definitely get your heart and legs working.

I recommend a water bottle. Dress accordingly for the weather that weekend.[1]

Parking is whatever street parking is available. I recommend coming a little earlier than 7:00 to get better parking and to warm up before the hike. Please Note: this is a nice, quiet residential area, so we want to be considerate of that.

[1] If it's raining the hike is automatically cancelled.

Saturday Morning Weekly Hike-La Mesa's Secret Stairs!

Location visible to members

Let’s get together for a weekly urban hike through the La Mesa Hills and take on the “Secret Stairs”!

***We leave promptly at 7am. And the Leaders of the hike usually arrive at 6:59am, so don't panic if you arrive early. :-)
***If you are NOT fully vaccinated you may wish to wear a mask as it is impossible to maintain social distancing if someone is going down the stairs while you're going up and visa-versa.

We'll leave at 7:00 AM PROMPTLY (yes...it's early, but a GREAT way to start out your weekend), at the corner of Normal St & Windsor Ave. The pin on google maps should now guide you to the exact starting location at Normal and Windsor), for this brisk hike through the hills of Old La Mesa. The route will take us a little more than 1.5 miles round trip through this neighborhood of old Craftsman and Mid-century Modern homes, up and down 3 DIFFERENT "secret" stairwells boasting 7 flights of stairs, nearly 500 steps, and a 369 ft elevation gain. (1000 stairs round trip + walking time).

This hike will be about 45-60 minutes depending upon how briskly you want to move, but really you can take whatever time you need. It will definitely get your heart and legs working.

I recommend a water bottle. Dress accordingly for the weather that weekend.[1]

Parking is whatever street parking is available. I recommend coming a little earlier than 7:00 to get better parking and to warm up before the hike. Please Note: this is a nice, quiet residential area, so we want to be considerate of that.

[1] If it's raining the hike is automatically cancelled.

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