What we're about

Welcome to The South Bay Walking & Hiking Group. This group is primarily for people 55+ 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 55, and you want to improve your fitness level, and you are NOT a "tiger," and 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

https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/­

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 Group ***focuses 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 Group ***branches 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!

If you enjoy our events, we appreciate donations.
You can donate using:
Venmo -- send to Anita-Canfield-1
Zelle -- send to (213) 300-3472

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+)

Thursday Hikes at Ocean Trails

Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles

Meet up & Social Time: 8:15 a.m.

Walk Time: 8:30 a.m.

These trails combine beautiful photographic views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, with the opportunity for a vigorous hike. The hike is about 5 miles and 850 ft gain.

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

There are various trails on the preserve, so depending on the group, the walk can be moderate or strenuous-- or both.

Please join us for great morning exercise and good company!

Please be aware that you must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 to go on our hikes.

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!

1st Friday Bike Ride -- Torrance Beach to Playa del Rey and back

We'll ride along the Marvin Braude Bike Trail to the Pacific Ave. bridge, the bridge that goes over Ballona Creek into Marina del Rey. If the group is adventurous, we could even continue into Marina del Rey.

It's 24 miles roundtrip to the bridge and back, basically flat, with a few inclines around Dockweiler Beach. We'll ride past the Redondo Beach Pier, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach Pier, LAX, and Dockweiler Beach.

You MUST wear a helmet to ride with us.

We'll leave at 9:30am, so plan to arrive about 9:15am. There are no bike rentals available on this section of the beach, but you can rent bikes in Hermosa Beach at Hermosa Cyclery. If you're going to rent a bike, send me a message and we'll meet you by the surfer statue on the Pier in Hermosa Beach.

Bring water and a snack. Depending on how the group feels, we can stop for lunch along the way, perhaps at Playa Provisions in Playa del Rey. (http://www.playaprovisions.com/) or Greenbelt at the Hermosa Pier (http://www.greenbelthermosa.com/menu)

Last minute questions? Text or call me at (213)[masked]

Approximate times to meet us along the way:
Redondo Beach Pier (in front of Jade Snow) - 9:45am
Hermosa Beach Pier - 10:00am
Manhattan Beach Pier - 10:15am

Riders should be prepared for possible sand on the bike way, depending on previous days' weather.

Find us in the parking lot just south of Miramar Park:

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.

Let's Go on a Sunset Walk at Terranea

Sea Beans

This is a beautiful, breezy walk beginning at Sea Beans at the Terranea Resort. We'll walk along the beautiful bluffs past the Point Vicente Interpretive Center, possibly see whales and falcons, through Vicente Bluffs Reserve on the Seascape Trail, past stately Oceanfront Estates on the Golden Cove Trail, and then return to Sea Beans.

Beautiful sunsets are a distinct probability depending on the time of year! It is a special serene and tranquil time of day, as we walk on the bluffs by the ocean.

The route is about 4.5 miles round-trip and mostly flat. We'll start walking at 4:00pm.

Depending upon the time of year, it might start to get dark before the walk is over, so bringing a flashlight is a good idea. It can be breezy as it gets later, so dress in layers.

Parking is available in the public parking lot at Terranea and along the side of Terranea Way. These are free, but often already filled at this hour.

If you can't find parking in the free areas of Terranea, you have several options:

  1. Use valet parking which is $20 ($10 with validation); or

  2. Park in the Pelican Cove parking lot, and walk down the Terranea Trail and then through the resort to Sea Beans, about a fifteen minute walk. The Pelican Cove parking lot is located at 31300 Palos Verdes Drive South.

  3. Park on Seacove Dr and walk to Sea Beans from there on the trail. To get to Seacove Dr, turn onto Seawolf Dr. which is one block east of Terranea Way. You can see the streets and trail on Google maps.

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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