What we're about

Welcome to The South Bay Walking & Hiking Group. This group is primarily for people 49+ who are really motivated to stay active and have a good time doing so. However, anyone who enjoys what we do can also join. This means if you are below 49+(30's-40's), and you want to improve your fitness level, or if you are NOT a "tiger," or if you enjoy our other activities listed below, then please join us. Friends and relatives are always welcome at our activities and events.

To protect our members and the community, particularly children under 12 who are ineligible for vaccinations and at the mercy of the adults in their worlds, effective immediately, we are requiring that all members who attend our events be completely vaccinated against Covid. This means that you are two weeks post the final shot in whatever vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J) you have received.

Please DO NOT ATTEND our events if you are not two weeks post final vaccination shot. Also, bring a confirmation of your vaccination status to each event; you may be asked to show it.

If you got your Covid vaccine in California, you can get a Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record at

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We're sorry if this goes against your personal values, but while those who choose not to get vaccinated are exercising their free choice, this Meetup group is exercising its free choice as a private group, in consideration of the increasing threat of the Delta variant and the scary prospect of an even more devastating variant that could arise as Covid continues to spread among the unvaccinated.

Our goal is to build and/or maintain a high level of fitness within our capacities and make good friends at the same time. (Walking is fun, but nothing beats walking with friends.)

Our activities take place around the South Bay, especially the Palos Verdes Peninsula and San Pedro.

The South Bay Walking & Hiking Groupfocuses on 4-6 mile walks, trail walks, and hikes at a moderate pace — with an occasional more strenuous or longer walk thrown in for a challenge and increased fitness. We walk on sidewalks, boardwalks, and trails, wherever the journey takes us.

Our other goal is to enjoy nature and the outdoors-- the ocean, marine animals, and habitats of our area -- so we seek routes that benefit both body and soul! We also do sunset walks to admire beautiful views available in our gorgeous area at different times of the day. Often we stop at a great café or restaurant after the hikes.

The South Bay Walking & Hiking Groupbranches out to other activities that are all about fitness, fun, and friendship-- like kayaking, bike riding, whale watching, dining, movies, and more. When there is interest, there will also be historical walks, inter-generational walks (i.e. walks with children), and dog walks.

In brief, we support each other to get and stay fit while enjoying good times together! Please join us!

By the way, we don't charge dues to have you join and enjoy our many exciting activities. You are totally welcome to participate in our meetup for free because your participation is already a great contribution! At the same time, we gladly accept donations. You can Donate by giving cash or check to the Event Host.

Thanks for your support and WELCOME!

In return for your participation:

We expect our Members to change their RSVP to “Not Going” from “Going” as soon as they know, especially for events that have a Waiting List.

“No Shows” are inconsiderate, especially when there is a Waiting List, and Members who have three “No Shows” will automatically be removed from future events for which there is a Waiting List, if they are on the “Going” list.

All of our Event Hosts are volunteers. They are hosting because they enjoy the activity and want others to share this enjoyment. We encourage you to try new activities with us.

Do not send unsolicited messages to members. If a member complains about receiving such messages, you will be removed from the group.

When you RSVP for our events, you assume all of the risks of participating in any/all activities associated with the South Bay Walking and Hiking Group.

You certify that you are physically fit, have sufficiently prepared or trained for participation in this activity, and have not been advised to not participate by a qualified medical professional. You certify that there are no health-related reasons or problems which preclude your participation in this activity.

You acknowledge that this activity may involve a test of a person's physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for death, serious injury, and property loss. The risks include, but are not limited to, those caused by terrain, facilities, temperature, weather, condition of participants, equipment, vehicular traffic, lack of hydration, and actions of other people including, but not limited to, participants, volunteers, monitors, and/or producers of the activity.

Upcoming events (4+)

Hills, Hills & More Hills

Malaga Cove Plaza

Meetup time is 8:15am and the hike begins at 8:30am.

The hike will be about 5 miles, between 500 to 800 ft gain, 2-1/2 hrs total. Please bring a mask, and we will be socially distancing -- six feet away from each other. We will wear masks in the parking lot, but may remove them once we get on the trail. However, you may want to keep the mask handy in case we pass others on the narrow trails.

You need to find parking that is not restricted to 2 hrs. There is unrestricted parking on Via del Puente. Enter from PV Drive west in front of the fire station. Also on PV Drive west in front of the shopping center.
Also on some streets behind the shopping center.

If you get there early enough, there are a few 4 hr parking spaces in the parking lot.

If you're on the waiting list, please do not come. If you're NOT on the "going" list, please do not come.

Anyone on the "Going" list who is a “No Show” will be taken off the “Going" list for events they have signed up for the following week. After 3 "No Shows", you may be removed from the Meetup group

Please be sure to change your RSVP to "Not Going" by 7:00 pm the night before, if you cannot attend. People who repeatedly cancel the day of the hike, or very late the night before, may also be removed from events they have signed up for the following week.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding of these rules to allow a safe Meetup which the maximum number of people may attend.

Disclaimer: When you RSVP for our events, you assume all of the risks of participating in any/all activities associated with the South Bay Walking and Hiking Group.

You certify that you are physically fit, have sufficiently prepared or trained for participation in this activity, and have not been advised to not participate by a qualified medical professional. You certify that there are no health-related reasons or problems which preclude your participation in this activity.

You acknowledge that this activity may involve a test of a person's physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for death, serious injury, and property loss. The risks include, but are not limited to, those caused by terrain, facilities, temperature, weather, condition of participants, equipment, vehicular traffic, lack of hydration, and actions of other people including, but not limited to, participants, volunteers, monitors, and/or producers of the activity.

Thursday hike from Highridge Park in Rolling Hills Estates

Highridge Park

Meetup time: 8:15am
Start hiking promptly at 8:30am.

Depending on the route we take, this hike will be between is 5 miles/1,000 feet gain and 5.3 miles/700 feet gain.

This is a moderately paced social hike -- NO tigers!

We start off from Highridge Park and continue on trails in Three Sisters Reserve or Filorum Reserve, depending on the route. There will be one route that goes from McBride trail to Zote's Cutacross and up Rattlenake then back to Highridge Park, and a second route that takes McBride trail to Crooked Patch trail and back to Highridge Park.

Bring water, and wear lug soles. Hiking poles are also recommended.

You must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend our hikes.
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Disclaimer: When you RSVP for our events, you assume all of the risks of participating in any/all activities associated with the South Bay Walking and Hiking Group.

You certify that you are physically fit, have sufficiently prepared or trained for participation in this activity, and have not been advised to not participate by a qualified medical professional. You certify that there are no health-related reasons or problems which preclude your participation in this activity.

You acknowledge that this activity may involve a test of a person's physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for death, serious injury, and property loss. The risks include, but are not limited to, those caused by terrain, facilities, temperature, weather, condition of participants, equipment, vehicular traffic, lack of hydration, and actions of other people including, but not limited to, participants, volunteers, monitors, and/or producers of the activity.

Thursday Pelican Cove Hike & Social Time

Pelican Cove Park

Join our beautiful Thursday hike at Pelican Cove! The walk is approximately three miles, and you are welcome to walk at your own pace.

Meetup time: 9:15am.
Walk begins right at 9:30am.

This easier hike is mostly flat and takes about 1-1/2 hour to complete.

Directions: The Pelican Cove Parking Lot is 1200 feet to the west of the intersection of Terranea Way/Palos Verdes Drive South.

[To access the lot, from San Pedro, drive past the intersection of Terranea Way/Palos Verdes Drive South to Point Vicente, turn left into the Point Vicente Parking Lot and then turn around to exit the lot right (traveling south), back onto Palos Verdes Drive. The Pelican Cove Parking Lot (a right turn) is the next lot you come to as you travel back toward San Pedro. From P.V. (driving south) turn right into the parking lot just past Point Vicente.]

Leave yourself some extra time to find us the first time you join us, just in case you have trouble finding the spot! The Trail Head is at the far, lower end of the lost. Look for us at the Pelican Statue.

We go for coffee after the walk at the Sea Beans Coffee Shop near the Lobby of the Terranea Resort is not near the parking lot, so bring some money with you. Of course, socializing is optional, but we have a friendly group and fun conversations (plus coffee & edibles to purchase from Sea Beans).

View of the Pelican Cove Parking Lot, traveling south toward San Pedro

Detailed Route: From the South End of Pelican Cove Park by the statue of the pelican, we take the Terranea Trail south towards Nelson's and Long Point. Then we take the short section of Beach Trail right to the water's edge and to the rocky "cave." Here we usually socialize and take pictures for a while; so, if you are ever late, this is the place to catch up with us. Next we take the Beach Trail back to the Terranea Trail and continue south along the bluff to the Vanderlip Park Trail, which we follow until it ends at the fence at Coastal Drive. From there we head back on the Vanderlip Trail to the Terranea Trail, but this time we swing into Terranea Resort and usually socialize at the Sea Beans Coffee Shop on the 4th floor (the Lobby Floor). When done, we pick up the Terranea Trail and head back to the Pelican Cove Parking Lot and our cars. If you measure the distance on the map, it is about 2 miles for the entire walk.

Disclaimer: When you RSVP for our events, you assume all of the risks of participating in any/all activities associated with the South Bay Walking and Hiking Group.

You certify that you are physically fit, have sufficiently prepared or trained for participation in this activity, and have not been advised to not participate by a qualified medical professional. You certify that there are no health-related reasons or problems which preclude your participation in this activity.

You acknowledge that this activity may involve a test of a person's physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for death, serious injury, and property loss. The risks include, but are not limited to, those caused by terrain, facilities, temperature, weather, condition of participants, equipment, vehicular traffic, lack of hydration, and actions of other people including, but not limited to, participants, volunteers, monitors, and/or producers of the activity.

We look forward to seeing you!

Kayak or SUP in Huntington Harbor (OEX Sunset Beach)

Huntington Harbor /OEX

We kayak at OEX in Huntington Beach once a month on a Friday, so be on the look out for the exact dates. Your choice whether you want to kayak or stand up paddle. (This kayaking events alternates every other week with another one we have at Kayaks on the Water in Long Beach (near Ocean & 54th.)

For those of us wanting to improve our skills and stamina -- and maybe embark on a full weekend of kayaking and hiking -- twice a month makes sense.

Rent kayak or paddleboard: 9:45am

Kayak and SUP launch: 10:00 a.m. (promptly!)

You must arrive early enough to park, rent your kayak, and be ready to launch at 10:00 a.m. The group WILL NOT WAIT past 10:00am!

You can paddle in a single or tandem kayak with a buddy.

We'll plan for 2 hours of kayaking around Huntington Harbor. Even though life jackets may be used, you must know how to swim to participate in this activity.

You can go to the website and read all the information there before signing up for this activity. http://www.oexsunsetbeach.com/index.html

Price is $20 cash for two hours payable when your kayak is returned.

This is a really enjoyable activity that burns up lots of calories.

This activity is cancelled in case of rain or bad weather.

Note: Make sure to use sunscreen and quick dry clothing if possible. Bring a towel and if you want to be totally dry afterward, a change of clothing.

Join us for lunch afterward at Fish Camp (http://www.samsfishcamp.com/), 16600 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92649, quick-serve seafood of all sorts, plus beer & wine, amid folksy dockside decor with a sunny patio.

Disclaimer: When you RSVP for our events, you assume all of the risks of participating in any/all activities associated with the South Bay Walking and Hiking Group.

You certify that you are physically fit, have sufficiently prepared or trained for participation in this activity, and have not been advised to not participate by a qualified medical professional. You certify that there are no health-related reasons or problems which preclude your participation in this activity.

You acknowledge that this activity may involve a test of a person's physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for death, serious injury, and property loss. The risks include, but are not limited to, those caused by terrain, facilities, temperature, weather, condition of participants, equipment, vehicular traffic, lack of hydration, and actions of other people including, but not limited to, participants, volunteers, monitors, and/or producers of the activity.

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