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Our vision is to create a network of outdoors enthusiasts to share our adventures, to learn from, to have fun with, and to create life long friends. We hike in the Santa Monica Mountains. This is a non profit organization and we will be donating back to the community by having beach cleanups. Our group is also committed to protecting the special places we hike. Our new conservation effort seeks to protect threatened areas in the local mountains through fun and easy actions we can take. Have fun Hiking and hope to see you soon!

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Hike: Vasquez Rocks Extended Loop via PCT

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park

Length: 3.7 mi

Elevation gain: 600 ft

Route type: Loop

Vasquez Rocks Extended Loop via PCT is a 3.7 mile heavily moderately easy hike through, well, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area.

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area is a beautiful and unique park with rocks pointing out at 45 degrees, creating an impressive, almost surreal landscape.

Check it out: https://bit.ly/3eJz5oE

Cool, huh? And although moderately easy, the hike will take us through many different areas where we can climb up the rocks (by walking, no rock climbing experience needed).

The hike normally takes just a couple hours, but with detours, exploring and playing around on the rocks, it should take us 3 hours or so.

Temps should be in the low 80's that day, so we can start at 10:00 AM and be fine.

See you all there!

Eduardo and Leigh.

"MONDAY NIGHT BRISK" Fern Dell to Mt. Hollywood IS BACK

Corner of Los Feliz and Fern Dell Drive

PLEASE HAVE A MASK AT THE TRAILHEAD!!!
PLEASE NOTE 10 MINUTE GRACE PERIOD.
Do not Park on Fern Dell Drive.

Time - Meet at 6:30 p.m. , leave at 6:40 p.m.
Distance - 6.5 miles
Elevation gain - approx 1500 ft.
Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ... No beginners. Please be prepared for abrisk hike with minimal stops. Please no recent injuries!

This is a BRISK hike intended to give us a decent workout as well as enjoyment of the scenery.
This hike will start at Fern Dell Drive just east of where Western Ave intersects Los Feliz Blvd. We will meet at "The Bear"

MAP (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Los+Feliz+Blvd+%26+Fern+Dell+Dr/@34.1081341,-118.3078357,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x80c2bf5b86d5167b:0x560cf9bbf25dd948?hl=en)

We will be hiking mostly on single track trails but also on some fire roads. We will hike up to the Observatory where we briefly stop then cross the parking lot and proceed up to Mt Hollywood on some more single track trails for beautiful views of the city. We'll stay there for about 10 minutes.
We will then move QUICKLY back down to the Greek Theater for one last ascent to the Observatory. Then we'll return to Fern Dell.

Suggested to bring
- Headlamp - bring all the bright white you like for this hike I'm perfectly fine with it if you need it!
- Good shoes, trail runners may be best for this one.
- Plenty of water.

The best parking is on the residential side streets south of Los Feliz Blvd.
N. Oxford Ave., N. Serrano Ave, or N. Hobart Blvd.
Do not Park on Fern Dell Drive.

THE WONDERS OF SOUTH AMERICA: THE AMAZON, IGUASSU FALLS AND RIO!

DUE TO THE STILL UNCERTAIN TRAVEL SITUATION DUE TO COVID-19, WE DECIDED TO POSTPONE THIS TRIP TO 2022.

For all the info and to sign up, go to www.1000treks.com

Let's go on an amazing South American adventure where we visit three South American countries, explore the largest rainforest in the world, see the largest waterfalls in the world, visit one of the world's most beautiful cities, and marvel at one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

FOR FULL DETAILS, GO TO: https://www.1000treks.com/trips/the-south-american-wonders--the-amazon--iguassu-falls-and-rio-

HIGHLIGHTS:

- Visit THREE South American Countries: Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay.

- Explore the mighty Amazon Jungle, the biggest rainforest in the world, including three days on a river jungle cruise and four days in an authentic jungle lodge deep in the jungle!

- Visit and spend the night with a tribe of Amazon Indians.

- Have the chance to see a variety of unique wildlife, including several different kinds of primates, sloth, Amazonian crocodiles, even jaguars and the biggest snakes in the world, anacondas!

- Go fishing for piranhas and then have piranhas for dinner (that's right!).

- Swim with the beautiful, unique Amazonian freshwater pink dolphins. That's right, we will not only see them but will SWIM WITH THEM IN THE WILD!

- Take a panoramic flight over the Amazon jungle (optional).

- Astound yourself as you gaze at the world's largest waterfalls and one of the Seven Wonders Nature, the majestic Iguassu Falls. We will see the falls from both the Brazilian side and the Argentinian side.

- Explore one of the world's most famous and beautiful cities: Rio de Janeiro.

- See the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the official Seven Wonders of the World.

FOR FULL DETAILS AND TO SIGN UP, GO TO: https://www.1000treks.com/trips/the-south-american-wonders--the-amazon--iguassu-falls-and-rio-

ITALY DREAM: TUSCANY, CINQUE TERRE, VENICE, MILAN, NAPLES, ROME AND MORE!

DUE TO THE STILL UNCERTAIN TRAVEL SITUATION DUE TO COVID-19, WE DECIDED TO POSTPONE THIS TRIP TO 2022.

For all the info and to sign up, go to www.1000treks.com

For all the details and to put your name on the "wanna go" list, go here: https://www.1000treks.com/trips/italy-wine-tasting-dream--tuscany--cinque-terre--venice-and-rome

Highlights:

- Visit several of Italy's beautiful and famous cities and areas, such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Pisa, Naples, Bologna, Verona, Capri, Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Lake Como and Milan. Yup we are going to see all of those in one trip!

- Explore Rome and see world famous attractions such as the Coliseum, Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica.

- Indulge your senses in stunning Tuscany, known for its gorgeous scenery, robust wines and delectable culinary delights.

- See the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa.

- View the historic art of Florence, including the famous Michelangelo's statue of David.

- Explore Milan and see the iconic Last Supper from Michelangelo (yes, THE Last Supper).

- Discover the breathtaking Cinque Terre.

- Tour Venice, the fascinating city built on water and go on a gondola ride (every travel lover must do that one day).

- Visit Pompeii and have the chance to hike Mt. Vesuvius (yup, of course we are going to do that!).

- See the beautiful Amalfi Coast.

- Visit Capri and see the famous Blue Grotto.

- And more! We can't list everything we'll be doing because there is not enough space on the internet. ;-)

People on the pre-announcement list will get an email before everyone else to get first dibs at registering. The first five deposits will get the early-bird discount.

To get on the pre-announcement list, RSVP on the "Wanna Go!" list here: https://www.1000treks.com/trips/italy-wine-tasting-dream--tuscany--cinque-terre--venice-and-rome

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