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Moderately paced day hikes in San Diego County, California. A monthly happening for more than twenty years, usually on the last Saturday of each month. Also weekday hikes nearly every week, and some cross-posted hikes from other social media groups.

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FREE Fitness Brisk Bay Walk 5.4 miles- Get out early & active!

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Come exercise your body as well as unwind your mind on this early 5.4 mile social fast walk along beautiful Mission Bay. Most everyone has great fun on these fast walks and makes friendships there over time. We had requests for more of these brisk group walks so now they are every Wednesday evening at 5:30 PT with the recent time change. We start from the MBay Visitor's Center off Highway 5 just at the Southwest end of Clairemont Dr crossing over I5. Meet at South side of building by blue Bell on pole. Come away from that TV and your easy chair, come out stretch those legs in the fresh evening air? Usually some friendly fast walkers from other local groups accompany us there... Most people will go the total 5.4 mile brisk walk to South Shores and back. We may see a nice sunset along the way, very enjoyable sharing that stimulating exercise /visual experience with our lively social camaraderie and maybe some light improv as well. Have any jokes to share? Dress appropriate for the weather/temperature (any rain cancels) and wear very comfortable walking shoes. Bring a smile, bottle of water, snacks, maybe a joke ( I need some new material ). Meet on the south side of the Visitor's Center building BY 5:30pm. We start walking South soon after so you may have to run to catch up if you are late.

Hollenbeck Canyon Hike

Hollenbeck Canyon

This is a pretty loop about 6 miles round trip and 800ft elevation gain. The area includes coastal sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, riparian forests, freshwater marshes and grasslands. A seasonal creek runs along the canyon floor during wetter periods (ie now), and wildflowers are blooming. Leashed dogs are allowed. Horseback riding is also popular in Hollenbeck Canyon, so watch where you step. We last hiked here in Feb. 2018. Spotty showers are forecast, so raingear would be a good choice. Note this new requirement: A CDFW Lands Pass must be carried by each visitor who is 16 years of age or older, however, visitors who are carrying a valid California hunting or fishing license in their name are exempt from this requirement. Lands passes may be purchased on-line (https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales. Continue as Guest, choose 2019-Lands Pass, add 1-day $4.58, enter date 03/21/2019, enter location Hollenbeck Canyon, click on OK, submit, checkout, enter credit card info, check box -email confirmation-, complete transaction, download receipt/licenses and print) , or by phone at (800)[masked], or in-person at locations wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. SUGGESTED ROUTE FROM SAN DIEGO: Take 805 South, Highway 94 East about five miles past Jamul, and past Jamul casino. Turn left on Honey Springs Road and left into a large unpaved parking area. The nominal starting time is 9:00am and at 9:15 we will hit the trail as usual. We should return by 12:30pm. Wear good hiking shoes and suitable clothing, take water, a snack and sun protection. Take a camera if you wish. Call or email if you have questions. Porta-potty at trailhead. CONTACT: Nick Burke[masked] e-mail: [masked]. Cell phone service is unreliable in this area, but OK at the trailhead.

FREE Fitness Brisk Bay Walk 5.4 miles- Get out early & active!

Location visible to members

Come exercise your body as well as unwind your mind on this early 5.4 mile social fast walk along beautiful Mission Bay. Most everyone has great fun on these fast walks and makes friendships there over time. We had requests for more of these brisk group walks so now they are every Wednesday evening at 5:30 PT with the recent time change. We start from the MBay Visitor's Center off Highway 5 just at the Southwest end of Clairemont Dr crossing over I5. Meet at South side of building by blue Bell on pole. Come away from that TV and your easy chair, come out stretch those legs in the fresh evening air? Usually some friendly fast walkers from other local groups accompany us there... Most people will go the total 5.4 mile brisk walk to South Shores and back. We may see a nice sunset along the way, very enjoyable sharing that stimulating exercise /visual experience with our lively social camaraderie and maybe some light improv as well. Have any jokes to share? Dress appropriate for the weather/temperature (any rain cancels) and wear very comfortable walking shoes. Bring a smile, bottle of water, snacks, maybe a joke ( I need some new material ). Meet on the south side of the Visitor's Center building BY 5:30pm. We start walking South soon after so you may have to run to catch up if you are late.

Borrego Desert Wildflowers Hike

Old Springs County Park, Borrego Springs, CA

Join a Park Ranger on an easy guided hike through two miles of creosote chaparral and sand dunes blooming with spring wildflowers. Learn about Borrego's seasonal plant and animal residents. Please bring water, hiking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Please consider carpooling with people from your area -- we can all do our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the county meet its Climate Action Plan goals. http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/pds/advance/climateactionplan.html

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