What we're about

While this group is primarily focused on hiking, we also enjoy other forms of outdoor fun such as canoeing, biking, kayaking, camping and backpacking.... and a variety of special events including concerts, beach parties, museum, garden, art and holiday walks.

Our success is based in part on our ability to increase the fun factor of outdoor events, often including a social activity such as picnics that include food and beverage. Our organizers also design conditioning hikes that are intended to enhance aerobic fitness and endurance. Our group has peaked virtually all the major mountains in Southern California, including Mt. Whitney. We strive to offer the most fun and scenic outdoor activities available to residents of Orange County.... events that are both in and out of area.

Our group is diverse, including young/middle/senior ages, singles and couples, and a mix of people with differing racial/ethnic/cultural/religious/political backgrounds. The unity of the Sunset Hikes Meetup centers on our shared love of fun, outdoor activities.

We do NOT ask for donations to support our administrative costs or charitable pursuits, however we do ask that you actively and enthusiastically participate in our events. So come on out! Make new friends, get some exercise, and enjoy the great outdoors. We are all about having fun!

Check out the "Our Calendar" tab for a schedule of upcoming activities. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon....

We welcome you to the Sunrise to Sunset Hiking family!

Disclaimer:

Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any and all group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

Upcoming events (5+)

Canoe 5 days 4 nights down the Green River in Utah (One spot left)

(One spot left) We will meet in Moab. Canoe 54 miles down the Green River in Utah 5 Day Trip This Utah canoe trip is an unforgettable odyssey! Canoe 54 miles (5 Days ) down the Green River to the confluence of the Colorado River. This trip is on flat water (no rapids) through Canyonlands National Park. Experience the same trip the Powell Expedition did in 1870. Hike the canyons, see Anasazi Indian ruins, camp on sandy beaches, swim, fish or just cool off in the river. Leave OC; Thursday, Sept 12 Coming Home back to OC; Sun Sept 22 River Dates: 9/15 Launch from Mineral Bottom to 9/20 pick up at Spanish Bottom by jet boat Total approximate Trip Cost $450.00 NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT of $100. Needed for the Outfitter when you sign up. Itinerary Those leaving from Orange County may choose to carpool/caravan to Red Reef Utah, outside of St George (400 miles from Orange County) to camp and enjoy a short trail along the way. Alternatively, there are rooms, gambling and buffets in to Mesquite Nevada (approx. 6 hr drive) or rooms (no gambling) in St George. Everyone needs to arrive in Moab Utah on Sunday, Sept 13 (approx. 7 hr drive from Mesquite). Group dinner Sunday evening to meet and discuss trip. Stay at local motel or my house. Meet at the outfitter Mon. 8am. to load and set off! Paddle 5 days down to the confluence of the Colorado and Green River. Paddle about 4 to 5 hrs a day taking breaks through out (swimming, fishing, and hiking). Camp on sandy beaches. Pick up by jet boat at Spanish bottom on the Colorado River. Arrive back at the outfitter at 4 pm. Celebration group dinner. Meals will be provided. Breakfast – simple! Examples: oatmeal, granola, bagels Lunches – Sandwiches, crackers, fruit Dinner – evening meals will be hot (social cooking!!) Drinks – water, juice, “Kool-aid mix”, coffee, tea NOTE: YOU WILL NEED 1-GALLON OF WATER PER DAY PER PERSON. PLAN ON BRINGING SUITABLE CONTAINERS TO FILL IN MOAB. 1 OR 2-GALLON PLASTIC JUGS WORK BEST IN THE BOATS. NO GLASS. Snacks – you will need to bring our own snacks (nothing in “group” coolers!) for your personal consumption during the day. We recommend trail mix, dry fruit, candy, crackers, beef stick, jerky, etc. CLOTHING General - Weather is always an unknown factor – we recommend “2-season” clothing, i.e., quick-drying shorts, t-shirts and long pants/sweatshirt. Water sandals or shoes, Hiking shoes or boots Swimsuit or water shorts, Hat (sun protection) Gloves (for paddling), Rain Gear (it will rain) PERSONAL ITEMS Sunglasses, DEET (Bug Repellant), Sun Screen Lotion, chapstick, Hand Lotion, Towel, Toiletries & personal med’s (we recommend biodegradable soap & shampoo – it’s river bathing!!) GEAR Tent, Rain fly and Ground cloth, Sleeping Bag, Pillow, Flashlight Eating Utensils, Plate, Bowl, Drinking Mug, Personal Water Bottle (in-canoe use), Dry Bag (for clothes, etc) QUESTIONS? Contact: Marc Grossman[masked] DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; paddle or hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis

Morning Workout Hike in Crystal Cove State Park

Coastal Peak Park

If possible, please get there 10 minutes earlier. We will do stretching and warm up and also allow a bit more time for parking. ABOUT THE HIKE: From the Ridge Park entrance to Crystal Cove State Park, we will take the West Ridge Trail down to NoName Ridge Trail and back. This wide dirt fire road will be at times steep and rocky with beautiful canyon and ocean views. This will be a timed hike of roughly 50-60 minutes out and 50-60 minutes back with a five minute rest stop to regroup at the midway point with access to a drinking fountain and restrooms. Total hike time will be less than two hours. This is intended to be an intermediate level conditioning hike without a sweep. Total round trip distance will be 6 miles, with approximately 1,500 feet elevation gain and loss. There is a possibility that we may use Moro Canyon or Moro Ridge to return depending on conditions; this will add 2-3 miles and approximately an hour to the hike. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 405 Freeway, take Culver Drive offramp toward the beach. Culver turns into Bonita Canyon Drive. Turn left on Newport Coast Drive at the 73 toll road. Turn left on Ridge Park Road proceeding up the hill to East Coastal Peak Road with Coastal Ridge Park on your right. From the 73 toll road, take the Newport Coast Drive exit heading toward the beach. Turn left on Ridge Park Road proceeding up the hill to East Coastal Peak Road with the Park on your right. From PCH, take Newport Coast Drive inland. Turn right on Ridge Park Road proceeding up the hill to the park as described above. We meet at the restrooms in parking area for the Coastal Ridge Park. The meetup location is at the restrooms in the parking area shown below: ADDITIONAL NOTES: Dogs are not allowed on the trails in this wilderness area. DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

BEGINNER Walk on the Oso Creek Trail in Mission Viejo

Norman P Murray Senior Center

If you enjoy walking but prefer to do it with other people please join us on a monthly walk on the Oso Creek Trail. It is always more fun to exercise with other people and we are better together! This group is open to anyone so please bring friends or family members. Children and well behaved dogs are also welcome to join us. The trail is mostly paved with some areas of dirt/bark chips. This hike is about 3 miles and usually takes 60 to 75 minutes. We finish with some light stretching. We will meet in the morning on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Norman P Murray center (off La Paz and Veterans way behind Newhart Middle School) at 8:50 am for a 9:00 start. There is plenty of parking (also restrooms in the center) and easy access to great walking trails. We will meet by the front entrance to the Murray center (by the main entrance with the concrete spheres) and walk from there. DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any and all group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

Hike with Mike - Dana Point Strand & Salt Creek Beach

Dana Point Strand Beach. NW corner of parking lot by elevator

** START 9:00am EVERY SATURDAY MORNING - EVERYBODY WELCOME! ABOUT THE HIKE: We meet in the Dana Point Strand Beach Parking lot (free parking) at Selva Road on the ocean side of PCH. Go right after you enter the parking lot and proceed to the end (rest room & funicular). We start our walk by heading south along the bluff top walk to the switchback trail and down to the elevated Strand Beach boardwalk. We go the length of the boardwalk to the sand, go around the corner to Salt Creek Beach, head up the trail and then along the ocean view bluff top path through the park. We continue past the Monarch Bay golf course, through the tunnel under PCH and enter scenic Sea Terrace Park. Our walk then takes us past the rose garden, back under PCH, down the hill to Salt Creek Beach, around the corner, back to the sand and then up the stairs to the Strand Beach parking lot. This advanced beginner hike will be 3.7 miles with approximately 200 feet of elevation gain/loss and a mix of trails, walkways and sandy beaches. These are some of the most beautiful beaches in Orange County, adjacent to some of the most expensive real estate in the world, including the Ritz Carlton Hotel. We finish the hike at our bluff side parking area, with magnificent 180 degree views of the Dana Point Headlands and Pacific Ocean. Please note that DOGS are NOT ALLOWED on the beach or the Strand Beach trail. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From the 5 Freeway, take Crown Valley Parkway exit heading west toward the coast... turn left on Pacific Coast Highway... turn right on Selva Road... turn right into the parking lot for Strand Vista Park... Turn right to the north end of the parking lot, next to restrooms and the beach access trail. Parking is free. DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

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