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.

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 2-4 mile walks, trail walks, and hikes at a moderate pace — with an occasional more strenuous 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, 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 -- and then, if you want, take the polls (under "More"), so your preferences can become part of our planning for future activities!

By the way, we don't charge dues to have you join and enjoy our many exciting activities. You are totaly welcome to participate in our meetup for free because your participation is already a great contribution! At the same time, we gladly accept donations. It's easy to donate by using the "We Pay" tool meetup provides. Thanks for your support and WELCOME!

Upcoming events (5+)

Let's Go Bowling!!!

Gable House Bowl

Remember when we were young and could bowl 5 strikes in a row...me neither! Oh well, it was always fun! Join us for a fun Bowling outing. Seniors $3.25 per game (plan on completing 2 games in 2 hours) Adults/Jr $4.49 per game Shoes $5.25 per person (usually waived for our group) The Kitchen at Jack's Place serves great food prepared by their own Chef Bret. Enjoy fine food with your drinks Wednesday to Sunday evenings. Enjoy discounts on your favorite beverages and food from The Kitchen during Happy Hour. 4-7pm Monday, 4-6pm Tuesday thru Friday. Questions or lost: Text me (Wayne) at[masked] Gable House phone number:[masked]

Let's Walk (8,000 Steps!) at Gorgeous Pelican Cove

Meet up and Social Time: 8:45 a.m. Walk Begins: 9:00 a.m. (Call if you are running late; change your RSVP to NO if you change your mind. Thanks.) This walk is suitable for ALL LEVELS of walkers, beginning to strong! Note: If this is your first time, and you have trouble finding Pelican Cove, call NOTE: If you want to add 2000 steps, Melody starts the walk from Point Vicente at 8:45 a.m. and then meets the rest at the Pelican Cove parking lot. Please meet Melody in front of the Pt. Vicente Museum (by the amphitheater style steps. (You can park in the lot behind the museum; then walk around to the front.) Walking Pelican Cove you will discover a beautiful ocean trail with wildflowers and jack rabbits . You will experience an absolutely breath-taking walk along the cliffs of Palos Verdes with glorious morning views of ocean, bluffs, pelicans, and even sometimes dolphins and whales. We incorporate socializing into the walk. There's a stop for coffee, drinks, snacks, etc. at the Sea Bean, a delightful spot on the Terranea Resort. This is truly a wonderful walk to start the day and have as part of your week! The Pelican Cove Parking Lot is 1200 feet to the west of the Terranea Way/Palos Verdes Drive South intersection. To access the lot traveling from San Pedro, first turn left into the Point Vicente Parking lot, turn around and exit the lot to the right. Go back along Palos Verdes Drive South to the next parking lot (Pelican Cove). From P.V. go past Point Vicente to the next lot. Once you find it the first time you'll be fine. Leave yourself some extra time to find the trail head which is located at the Pelican Cove Parking Lot on the Terranea side. Look for a statue of a Pelican at the trail head. (http://www.meetup.com/LBWalks/events/190260312/) This walk is DOG FRIENDLY! YAY! P.S. - We have been enjoying this walk every single walk for at least two years, and one of our greatest joys on the walk is seeing the marine life, and specifically the pelicans perched on the rocks at Pelican Cove and flying in formation along the gorgeous coastline. Let's remember that these pelicans, like so much marine life these days, need our help. Please think about adopting a pelican for $25. Here is the link: http://www.wwccoc.org/uploads/3/7/3/6/37360951/pelicanadoptionform.pdf

Hills, Hills & More Hills

Friendship Park

Meetup time is 9:15am and the hike begins at 9:30am. This hike is about 5 miles, 800 ft gain, and takes about 2-1/2 hr.

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 1 1/2-2 hr. hike. There are various trails on the preserve, so depending on the group, the walk can be moderate or strenuous-- or both. Hikers can go at their own pace. Expect a good work out as we follow trails down to the water and back up to the main trail. There are various trails, so we don't have to do the same ones each time. After our hike, we usually meet for brunch and socialize (optional). Our favorite eateries are Yellow Vase, Tomatillo or Poke Me in the Golden Cove shopping center at Hawthorne and Palos Verdes Blvd. South. You can also just have coffee, etc. on the patio in front of the golf club. Please join us for great morning exercise and good company!

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