January & February 2016 LATH Hikes List

Join us on a hike! You can do it!
Revisit this page: http://latrailhikers.com/upcoming
Last Updated: 02/01/2016 – 7:55 PM

HIKES LIST NOTE: Hikes are linked only after they’ve been updated with the correct information. This page constantly updates.
** = New LATH Hike or Special Event (Information may be pending, if so, will be linked at a later date)

January

February

  • Wed – Feb 3 – Level 4 – 7:00 PM – Griffith Park – Vermont
  • Sat – Feb 6 – Level 3 – 8:00 AM – Monrovia Canyon Falls
  • Sun – Feb 7 – Level 5 – 8:00 AM – Griffith Park – Royces Canyon**  (Replaced by postponed Inspiration Point hike)
  • Sun – Feb 7 – Level 7 – 7:00 AM – Inspiration Point
  • Wed – Feb 10 – Level 5 – 7:00 PM – Griffith Park – Merry Go Round
  • Sat – Feb 13 – Level 6 – 8:00 AM – Henninger Flats
  • Sun – Feb 14 – Level 5 – 8:00 AM – Switzer Falls
  • Mon – Feb 15 – Level 5 – 8:00 AM – Brown Mountain Dam
  • Wed – Feb 17 – Level 5 – 7:00 PM – Griffith Park – Vermont
  • Sat – Feb 20 – Level 5 – 8:00 AM – Temescal Canyon – Skull Rock
  • Sun – Feb 21 – Level 4 – 5:00 PM – Griffith Park – Vermont
  • Wed – Feb 24 – Level 4 – 7:00 PM – Griffith Park – Merry Go Round
  • Sat – Feb 27 – Level 4 – 8:00 AM – Whittier – Turnbull Canyon
  • Sun – Feb 28 – Level 5 – 9:00 AM – Mishe Mokwa

HIKE LIST KEY

  • Canceled Hike, Event, or Information
  • Added OR Replacement Hike or Detail

WHAT IS A HIKING LEVEL?:
Please make sure to gauge yourself based on the hike’s difficulty level by looking at our Hike Level descriptions. Find out more about hiking levels here:
http://latrailhikers.com/about/hike-levels/

201601hikesFOLLOW #LATH ONLINE

The LATH Digital Team keeps you updated on upcoming LATH hikes/events, provide outdoor news/updates, share fun pictures, and help answer your hiking or LATH questions. So make sure you connect with us online!  If you take pictures on our hikes, don’t forget to tag your LATH hike posts, photos, and updates with #LATH #LATrailHikers #WeHikeLA and/or #GoLATH to show others what it’s like to be out with our group!
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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/latrailhikers
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HIKE CANCELLATION NOTE: Should any hike need to be cancelled (due to heavy rain or other reasons), we’ll try to post on our website’s hike’s detail page and on our Facebook page, about 1 .5 hours prior to the meeting point, so you are aware. Otherwise, the hike is considered a go.

ADDITIONAL HIKE NOTES:
– Weekend hikes are primarily in the morning unless otherwise indicated.
– All hikes are subject to change, cancellation or other modifications. We may even add in additional hikes that may not appear on the original listing.
– We try to schedule 2 months worth of hikes so we always have a fresh new set every so often.
– All hikes listed are pre-scouted by our Hike Leads prior to taking the group.
– We require that you bring water to any of our hikes.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE WITH THE GROUP ON THESE HIKES?
1. Read the details page for the hike you’re interested in.
2. Make sure that the Hike Level accommodates your hiking experience (1 easiest, 10 most strenuous).
3. If, and only if it suits you, then show up the day of the hike with all necessary gear, nutrition, and water (we mention everything you need on each details page per hike).
4. (Optional): RSVP via Facebook so we know you’re going. It also let’s us know what about how many hikers will be attending.

MY FRIEND SAID I CAN DO THIS HIKE, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT, RIGHT?
We take your safety quite seriously, and would not like for you to attend a hike you’re not ready for.  You know your body and hiking experience better than your friends. Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced hiker, please read our hike details page as the hike may not suite your experience level. We have a better experience if every hike has hikers of the intended level.

DISCLAIMER: LA Trail Hikers and its Leads/Organizers/Volunteers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm,bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking “Attending,” or attending the hike, you confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold any hike lead/organizer, participant, LA Trail Hikers, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate with the group if you are not adequately prepared with enough water and the right gear/equipment/nutrition essential to complete the hike. You are fully responsible for yourself.

2015 LATH Year-End Thanks

thankyou2015Dear LA Trail Hikers,

Every year, I like to close the season with a year-end thanks to all who make this group the amazing force it is. Everyone, from our LATH Hike Leads to our LATH Digital Team to you! It takes the efforts of all our designated volunteers and hikers to give vitality to group. I often mention to our hikers, while on the trail, that everyone in our group is an important contributor to the success of the LA Trail Hikers. Any, new or beginner, hiker is no less important than someone who has been with our group for years. You, the group, welcome these new hikers into our little group and provide them a warm welcome and wonderful atmosphere that ignites their passion for hiking. You are all essentially changing the lives of others simply by giving them the right type of encouragement and advice to have a successful hike. So yes, everyone makes a difference here. Isn’t that so cool?

20150805_nighthikeOf course, there a few amazing individuals that do play a bigger role in our group. Our LATH Hike Leads and LATH Digital Team are the volunteers that take time out of their personal schedule to lead you on guided hikes, or make sure you get the latest updates regarding upcoming hikes via our social accounts. These volunteers deserve a great deal of credit making sure LATH runs as smoothly as possible and for all their passion to make this an awesome activity for everyone. Special thanks to our LATH Volunteers:

 LATH Hike Leads LATH Digital Team
 Irma Padilla Peter Flanigan
 Sylvia Quinteros Catherine Salgado
 Diana Herrera Linh Le
 Tony Ramos Maria Crawford
 Janiece Cordova Caesar Estrada
 Carol Martinez Cindy Pena
 Luis Salazar Harvey Fiji
 Jason Bazalar Justine Orantes
 Jason Bazalar

We even have words from a few of them just for you:

20150425_mtcharleston“Thanks to all the hikers who have been out hiking with me throughout the year. It makes the year fly by.”
Sylvia Quinteros (LATH Hike Lead)

“This year was a tough one for me personally however with the support of my LATH family on and off the trails I was able to get thru it. I truly enjoy leading hikes and introducing hikers to some of my favorite trails. I also enjoy meeting and talking to new hikers and seeing regular hikers on our hikes, makes it that much more fun. I think the highlight for me this year was our road trip to Zion National Park in Utah. It was great seeing so many of our hikers enjoying this beautiful park. I hope to see you on the trails in 2016. I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year!”
Diana Herrera (LATH Hike Lead)

20150606_hollywoodsign“Thank you LA Trail Hikers for bringing such joy and so many laughs to the trails throughout the year!! Looking forward to exploring many more trails and having lots of laughs in 2016 with you all!! Cheers to another great hiking year!!”
Janiece Cordova (LATH Hike Lead)

And, although we really like our volunteers, life does happen. This year, a few of our LATH Digital Team members departed to pursue, or focus on, other great personal responsibilities.

  • Laura Sardisco
  • Alisa Barraza
  • Patty Guerra
  • Chris Lockett
  • Lia Wong

Thank you departing volunteers for being great supporters of the group!

20151003_zionnationalparkAs the year comes to a close, I can’t help but think of the adventures the group has had.  This year marked the completion of our 5th season and the start of our 6th year as a Los Angeles hiking group. This year alone, we had over just over 165 hikes! We started and ended the season on a Wednesday night hike. We celebrated National Trails Day with a hike to the Hollywood Sign. For our road trip hikes, we traveled to Mt. Charleston, NV (near Las Vegas) in April and Zion National Park, UT in October. In August, a few of us were able to participate as volunteers for NatureBridge in Yosemite National Park! We enjoyed our annual beach party in August. A few of our hikers conquered the SoCal Six Pack of Peaks by attending our hikes. Many friendships have been created, and our little hiking family has grown bigger with everyone’s ongoing support.

20150517_bronsoncavesWe’re currently on our LATH Winter Break, but we’ll soon be back on the trails. During this time, I hope your holidays are full of great stories, funny laughs, and beautiful smiles with your loved ones. On behalf of all the LATH Volunteers, thank you for being part of our hiking family. There is a full year ahead of adventure waiting for us to explore. And, we’ll be there in 2016, together, as the LA Trail Hikers!

My best to you,

Jason Bazalar
Founder | Organizer | Hike Lead | Digital Team
LA Trail Hikers

November & December 2015 LATH Hikes List

Finishing an adventure on a great note!
Revisit this page: http://latrailhikers.com/upcoming
Last Updated: 12/18/2015 – 12:28 AM

LIST NOTE: Hikes are linked only after they’ve been updated with the correct information. This page constantly updates.
** = New LATH Hike or Special Event (Information may be pending, if so, will be linked at a later date)

November

December

January

HIKE LIST KEY

  • Canceled Hike, Event, or Information
  • Added OR Replacement Hike or Detail

LATH Winter Break

The last hike of the 2015 LATH Hiking Season will be on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. We then start our LATH Winter Break from Dec. 17, 2015 to Jan. 5, 2016.

2016 LATH Hiking Season

We will have a special New Year’s Kick Off Hike on the morning of January 1, 2016. However, the 2016 LATH Hiking Season officially begins on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

201511hikesThis page will be constantly updated, so remember that you can always come back to this page by bookmarking http://latrailhikers.com/upcoming as a shortcut. But, enough of that, let’s start getting those calendars full of hikes with the LA Trail Hikers!

FOLLOW #LATH ONLINE

The LATH Digital Team keeps you updated on upcoming LATH hikes/events, provide outdoor news/updates, share fun pictures, and help answer your hiking or LATH questions. So make sure you connect with us online!  If you take pictures on our hikes, don’t forget to tag your LATH hike posts, photos, and updates with #LATH or #latrailhikers show others what it’s like to be out with our group!
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/latrailhikers
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/latrailhikers
Instagramhttp://instagram.com/latrailhikers
Google+https://plus.google.com/+LATrailHikers
Tumblrhttp://latrailhikers.tumblr.com

WHAT IS A HIKING LEVEL?:
Please make sure to gauge yourself based on the hike’s difficulty level by looking at our Hike Level descriptions. Find out more about hiking levels here:
http://latrailhikers.com/about/hike-levels/

HIKE CANCELLATION NOTE: Should any hike need to be cancelled (due to heavy rain or other reasons), we’ll try to post on our website’s hike’s detail page and on our Facebook page, about 1 .5 hours prior to the meeting point, so you are aware. Otherwise, the hike is considered a go.

ADDITIONAL HIKE NOTES:
– Weekend hikes are primarily in the morning unless otherwise indicated.
– All hikes are subject to change, cancellation or other modifications. We may even add in additional hikes that may not appear on the original listing.
– We try to schedule 2 months worth of hikes so we always have a fresh new set every so often.
– All hikes listed are pre-scouted by our Hike Leads prior to taking the group.
– We require that you bring water to any of our hikes.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE WITH THE GROUP ON THESE HIKES?
1. Read the details page for the hike you’re interested in.
2. Make sure that the Hike Level accommodates your hiking experience (1 easiest, 10 most strenuous).
3. If, and only if it suits you, then show up the day of the hike with all necessary gear, nutrition, and water (we mention everything you need on each details page per hike).
4. (Optional): RSVP via Facebook so we know you’re going. It also let’s us know what about how many hikers will be attending.

MY FRIEND SAID I CAN DO THIS HIKE, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT, RIGHT?
We take your safety quite seriously, and would not like for you to attend a hike you’re not ready for.  You know your body and hiking experience better than your friends. Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced hiker, please read our hike details page as the hike may not suite your experience level. We have a better experience if every hike has hikers of the intended level.

DISCLAIMER: LA Trail Hikers and its Leads/Organizers/Volunteers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm,bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking “Attending,” or attending the hike, you confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold any hike lead/organizer, participant, LA Trail Hikers, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate with the group if you are not adequately prepared with enough water and the right gear/equipment/nutrition essential to complete the hike. You are fully responsible for yourself.

2015 Utah Road Trip Hike – Details Page

2015utahwithdateHi LA Trail Hikers! The time you’ve all been waiting for has arrived! It’s time for a Utah Road Trip! As some of you may already know, we will not be leading group hikes there as we are not allowed to venture in big groups (as noted by the National Park Service), so instead, we’ll be providing you as much information for you to take on hikes on your own at your desired pace & schedule. We want to make sure you well informed about what to expect on your upcoming trip on Saturday, October 03, 2015.

Zion National Park

If this is your first visit, we hope this will be a very memorable experience! So here are a few things you’ll want to note prior to heading out.  We suggest arriving early to the park to find good parking and get a good start to your day. Remember, Zion National Park uses Mountain Daylight Time (MDT), so they will be one hour ahead. Join us at the end of the day at 5pm for a group picture (info below)

Preparing your car for the Road Trip

— Read the hike’s detail page for this event.
— Make sure your car’s tires are set with the suggested tire pressure.
— Check breaks. Check oil, A/C, and Air filters.
— Keep water handy to drink while you’re on the road.
— Keep a few snacks handy as well.
— You may encounter areas where radio signal is weak, so you may want to pack up some tunes (CD’s, MP3 players, etc.) to keep you going.
— Carpooling to is highly recommended.

Getting to the Park

Travel to time to Zion National Park (Zion Canyon Visitor Center area) may vary depending on your departure point. However, in general travel time from the general Los Angeles area to the park will take anywhere from 6 to 7 hours. Keep in mind that if you need to take longer or additional rest stops, this may increase the total travel time.
Travel Times:
– From L.A. to Zion Canyon Visitor Center, NV (or South or Watchman Campground): 6 to 7 hours
– From L.A. to Las Vegas, NV: 3.5 to 4 hours  (then to Zion National park: 2.5 to 3 hours)
– From L.A. to Mesquite, NV: 5 to 5.5 hours  (then to Zion National park: 1.5 to 2 hours)
– From L.A. to St. George, NV: 5.5 to 6 hours  (then to Zion National park: 1 to 1.5 hours)
– From L.A. to Hurricane, NV: 6 to 6.5 hours  (then to Zion National park: 35mins to 40mins)
– From L.A. to Springdale, NV: 6 to 6.5 hours  (then to Zion National park: 6 to 10 mins)
– From L.A. (thru Zion National Park) to Mount Carmel, NV: 6.5 to 7.5 hours  (then back to Zion National park: 45mins to 1 hour)

Roads to Take:
the9hwyFrom the Los Angeles area you will mostly be traveling on the 15 fwy North. You will pass Las Vegas, Mesquite, St. George, and Washington. Just before leaving Washington, UT there will be signs noting that if you want to continue to Zion you will need to get on the 9 hwy (Utah State Route 9). Along the 9, you’ll pass the city of Hurricane and La Verkin. Make sure you pay attention because there is one fork after Hurricane and one after La Verkin. However, you will need to stay on the 9 the rest of the way. You’ll pass Virgin, Rockville, and Springdale. Continue on the 9 until you get to the park entrance. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center will be on the right hand side after entering the park.

Caravan From Hurricane to Zion

If you are staying outside/west of the park and would like to follow a caravan into the park on Saturday morning, a group of hikers will be meeting at 7:00am (MDT) and will depart for the park at 7:10am:
7-Eleven Parking Lot
1180 W State St
Hurricane, UT 84737

Entrance Fee

$30 per Private Vehicle. This pass will be valid for 7 days. Cash or Credit Card accepted at Park Entrances. When entering the park, make sure you also get your park map from the Park RangerInteragency Annual Passes are also valid for entrance.
More info here: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm

So, where should I go once inside?

If you’re not sure where to start, we suggest you go to the Zion Canyon Visitor Center.  This is the place where you will park and leave your car once you enter the park.

LATH Hike Leads will be outside the Zion Canyon Visitor Center area from 8:00 AM to 8:45am (MDT) to help guide you in the right direction and provide you information about hikes and the park. Come by if you have any questions about hikes & the park, learn about where to get started, where shuttles depart, say hi, or just to let us know you’ll be in the park that day. Some people may want to use this location as a place for form small groups that hike at the same pace or to do specific easy or intense hikes. From there you’ll be off on your own adventure. Note: Parking at the visitor center is usually full by 10am, so please get there early.

It is not required to stop by the Visitor Center area if you already know what your plans will be for the day. Meaning, you can simply start your hike if you want to get started earlier. But it will be good to let the hike leads know that you’ll be there for the day.

In this details page. we’ll taking from information from the Zion 2015 Fall Map and Guide.

What’s the weather going to be like?

We’re expecting a high of 78F during the day and a low of 48F at night on Saturday.

Prepare for your day trip

Before you get to the park, you want to make sure you pack for your full day of adventure. There aren’t restaurants inside the park (with exception of the two at the Zion Lodge). So, make sure you pack a good lunch and some snacks. Make sure to pack plenty of water (2-3 liters at minimum) and an  electrolyte supplement.  Pack all your hiking essentials, such as hiking poles, sunscreen, a hat, hiking pant/shorts, hiking shoes/boots with grip, water/river sandals (for those going into the Virgin River, or visiting The Narrows), extra pair of socks, a flashlight, a small first-aid/band-aid kit, and a (hydration) pack to everything into. You may also want to put any valuables in a small zip-lock bag to prevent them from getting wet if you’re going into any water areas. You may also want to read up on the hikes (below) to see if there is anything else you may want to take to ensure an enjoyable hike.

— Pack all your day’s hiking water and snacks.
— Pack all your hiking gear and essentials.
— Hat, (Hydration) backpack, sunscreen, light hiking clothes, extra water, comfortable shoes for hiking, and after hike snacks.
— Leave unnecessary items back at your accommodations so you have plenty of space in your vehicle.
— Parking at certain stops in the park may be limited in spaces, so please consider carpooling (consolidating car rides) on the day of the hike. Ideally prior to going to the meeting point.
— We’ll try to consolidate even more at the meeting point prior to the caravan to the park.
— We’ll take about 1 hour to get to the park after we leave the meeting point.
— We suggest you getting a good night’s rest on Friday night.
— We need you to be 100% on the morning/day of the hike.
— Alcohol in (or potentially in) your system is not good for our group atmosphere. Being hungover and dehydrated is not a suitable state to be in for this event. So if you do find yourself in this situation, we please urge you to reconsider attending the hike/event so you don’t make yourself an issue for the group.
— You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy Las Vegas, or the rest of the park, after the intended event.

If you decide to go into the river, you may want to bring an extra change of clothes and a towel along with river/water sandals.

Travel in small groups

When heading out, make sure you keep your groups to a size of a max of 12 people. This is a Park requirement for wilderness areas. (Group size limit for Mystery, Spry, Behunin, and Echo Canyons is six people). Although you may want to group up with other visitors, make sure you respect this number and keep your groups of 12 consistent while in the park.

— Please be considerate to other visitors and hikers.
— Don’t leave any trash.
— No alcohol allowed in the park.
— Have a fun time hiking.

You will be riding Park Shuttles

shuttlestops
Click to view larger version.

To get around the park, you’ll be riding the free park shuttles that take you to different starting points. Once you know where you’ll be hiking, you’ll need take a shuttle to take you to the closest drop off point. Keep in mind that shuttles DO NOT run all night. So you should make arrangements to get to get back before the last shuttle leaves the northern most shuttle stop (Temple of Sinawava) which leaves at 7:30pm. If you do not catch this last bus, you’ll need to walk all the way back to the visitor’s center. So make sure you try to catch a shuttle prior to this to go back. Keep in mind that it does get dark in the park, so you may want to exit the park valley before it gets too dark. These are also the stops were you note when going to your specific hike.
– Shuttle Stops (image on right) taken from the Zion Map & Guide.
– Full shuttle Fall time schedule can be seen here.

shuttleschedule

Hikes in the Park

Zion hosts a variety of hikes with different distance and difficulty levels. You’ll want to read up on the different hikes so you know the intensity, distance, hike recommendations, and associated shuttle stop for it.  Here are the hikes you may be interested. These are taken from the Zion Map & Guide.

Easier Hikes:hikeheader

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Moderate Hikes:
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Strenuous Hikes:
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“Stay on established trails and watch your footing, especially at overlooks and near drop-offs. Avoid cliff edges. Watch children closely. People uncertain about heights should stop if they become uncomfortable. Never throw or roll rocks because there may be hikers below.” – National Park Service

Join us for a group picture!

At the end of the day, we will be getting together at the Canyon Junction shuttle station at 5pm (MDT) for a group picture with a great background. If you available, please come by so we can catch the last bit of sunlight for a gorgeous background picture.

Some areas require a Permit

Permits are required for all overnight trips, including climbing bivouacs, all through-hikes of The Narrows and its tributaries, all canyons requiring the use of descending gear or ropes, and all trips into The Subway and Left Fork.

All permits (including those with reservations and those awarded though the lottery) must be obtained in person the day before or the day of the trip at the Zion Canyon or Kolob Canyon Visitor Centers.

More information on Permits can be found here:
http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/wildernesspermitinfo.htm

Information about specific Wilderness trails can be found here:
http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/traildescriptions.htm

Park Bridge work closures

There will be some work done prior and after the intended Zion visit. So if you intend on coming a few days before (prior to Friday) or staying a few days after (after Sunday), please make sure you may encounter some closures as noted here:
http://www.nps.gov/zion/learn/news/wrclosure.htm

Campground Information

If you’ll be staying at South or Watchman campgrounds, the following page may provide some infomation:
http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/campgrounds-in-zion.htm

Keep in mind that there are no showers available within Zion National Park. Pay showers are available in Springdale and east of the park. The availability of these services varies throughout the year.

Utah Road Trip Information and Q&A Sessions

[UPDATE 9/27/15] Utah Road Trip details page now available:
http://latrailhikers.com/2015/09/27/2015-utah-road-trip-hike-details-page/

*** UPCOMING Utah Road Trip Information and Q&A Sessions ***
Here is a list of the upcoming gatherings where we look to provide you and get feedback for the upcoming Utah Road Trip. We’re hoping these gatherings will provide good feedback to bring everything together. They should only be about 1/2 to 1 hour. All the Sessions will be asking questions and providing similar information, so you only need to attend one if you can. If you can’t make these, don’t worry, we’ll be posting the information we gather online for you. But if you can attend please do so we get some good ideas and answer questions to make this a great trip for everyone! Here’s what we have so far:

* Mon 9/21: 7:00pm – Starbucks (Whittier) 14940 Whittier Blvd., Whittier, CA 90603

* Mon 9/21: 7:30pm  8:00pm – Starbucks (DTLA/LA Live) 800 W Olympic Blvd. #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015

* Mon 9/21: 8:00pm – Villa Catrina (Arcadia) 251 N Santa Anita Ave, Arcadia, CA 91006

* Tue 9/22: 8:00pm – Starbucks at California Plaza (DTLA) 350 S Grand Ave B-5, Los Angeles, CA 90071

* Wed 9/23 – 6:30pm – Before Weds Hike at Meeting Point (Griffith Park) Vermont Side – https://www.facebook.com/events/1659444274297393/

* Thur 9/24 – 7:30pm – Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea (El Sereno/East LA) 5371 Alhambra Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90032

Friday – Gather all information from hike leads and start producing the event details to post during the weekend.

September & October 2015 LATH Hikes List

Keep an eye out for Autumn colors!
Revisit this page: http://latrailhikers.com/upcoming
List Last Updated: 11/09/2015 – 2:38 PM

LIST NOTE: Hikes are linked only after they’ve been updated with the correct information. This page constantly updates.
** = New LATH Hike or Special Event (Information may be pending, if so, will be linked at a later date)

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

HIKE LIST KEY

  • Canceled Hike, Event, or Information
  • Added OR Replacement Hike or Detail

IT’S AUTUMN TIME LA TRAIL HIKERS!

201509hikesLA Trail Hikers, we’ve started #Year6 with a blast! We had some great hikes in July & August. Now it’s time to look forward to new adventures, including our LATH Utah Road Trip Hike on Oct 3rd! This September & October set includes a few more good upper level hikes for those of you looking for great challenge, or simply looking to get started on the Six-Pack of SoCal Peaks. But not to worry, we have some easier and plenty of moderate hikes for those getting started with LATH. Also, during this set, we’ll bid Summer farewell and say hello to the first day of Autumn on September 23rd. With the ongoing drought, we’ve seen many yellow dried plants and trees, but we’ll soon see some gorgeous oranges and deep reds in the mix along the trails. Some of the best ways to experience the seasons in Southern California is simply by hiking and seeing how they change during the year. As always, we look forward to seeing you on a hike with us! #GoLATH

This page will be constantly updated, so remember that you can always come back to this page by bookmarking http://latrailhikers.com/upcoming as a shortcut. But, enough of that, let’s start getting those calendars full of hikes with the LA Trail Hikers!

FOLLOW #LATH ONLINE

The LATH Digital Team keeps you updated on upcoming LATH hikes/events, provide outdoor news/updates, share fun pictures, and help answer your hiking or LATH questions. So make sure you connect with us online!  If you take pictures on our hikes, don’t forget to tag your LATH hike posts, photos, and updates with #LATH or #latrailhikers show others what it’s like to be out with our group!
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/latrailhikers
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/latrailhikers
Instagramhttp://instagram.com/latrailhikers
Google+https://plus.google.com/+LATrailHikers
Tumblrhttp://latrailhikers.tumblr.com

WHAT IS A HIKING LEVEL?:
Please make sure to gauge yourself based on the hike’s difficulty level by looking at our Hike Level descriptions. Find out more about hiking levels here:
http://latrailhikers.com/about/hike-levels/

HIKE CANCELLATION NOTE: Should any hike need to be cancelled (due to heavy rain or other reasons), we’ll try to post on our website’s hike’s detail page and on our Facebook page, about 1 .5 hours prior to the meeting point, so you are aware. Otherwise, the hike is considered a go.

ADDITIONAL HIKE NOTES:
– Weekend hikes are primarily in the morning unless otherwise indicated.
– All hikes are subject to change, cancellation or other modifications. We may even add in additional hikes that may not appear on the original listing.
– We try to schedule 2 months worth of hikes so we always have a fresh new set every so often.
– All hikes listed are pre-scouted by our Hike Leads prior to taking the group.
– We require that you bring water to any of our hikes.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE WITH THE GROUP ON THESE HIKES?
1. Read the details page for the hike you’re interested in.
2. Make sure that the Hike Level accommodates your hiking experience (1 easiest, 10 most strenuous).
3. If, and only if it suits you, then show up the day of the hike with all necessary gear, nutrition, and water (we mention everything you need on each details page per hike).
4. (Optional): RSVP via Facebook so we know you’re going. It also let’s us know what about how many hikers will be attending.

MY FRIEND SAID I CAN DO THIS HIKE, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT, RIGHT?
We take your safety quite seriously, and would not like for you to attend a hike you’re not ready for.  You know your body and hiking experience better than your friends. Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced hiker, please read our hike details page as the hike may not suite your experience level. We have a better experience if every hike has hikers of the intended level.

DISCLAIMER: LA Trail Hikers and its Leads/Organizers/Volunteers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm,bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking “Attending,” or attending the hike, you confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold any hike lead/organizer, participant, LA Trail Hikers, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate with the group if you are not adequately prepared with enough water and the right gear/equipment/nutrition essential to complete the hike. You are fully responsible for yourself.

Happy 6th Anniversary LA Trail Hikers!

anniversary_6thOver the past 5 years we have been able to show many people what nature can be in and around the city of Los Angeles. Essentially, their own backyards. We hike for health. We hike to socialize. We hike for fun. We hike simply because we have a passion for it. Today, August 17, 2015, the LA Trail Hikers start year six, and it’s all thanks to each one of you. A very special thanks to each one of our LATH Hike Leads and LATH Digital Team members for their ongoing commitment in helping making this group what it is today. We look forward to many more hikes with each one of you. Thank you everyone! Remember, each one of our hikers is an LA Trail Hiker. But, together, we are the LA Trail Hikers. ‪#‎GoLATH‬

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FOLLOW #LATH ONLINE

The LATH Digital Team keeps you updated on upcoming LATH hikes/events, provide outdoor news/updates, share fun pictures, and help answer your hiking or LATH questions. So make sure you connect with us online!  If you take pictures on our hikes, don’t forget to tag your LATH hike posts, photos, and updates with #LATH or #latrailhikers show others what it’s like to be out with our group!
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Join us for an August hiking movie screening!

unnamedThis coming Tuesday, August 18, KCET Cinema Series is offering 10 LA Trail Hikers (or 5 + one guest) an opportunity attend an advanced screening of the 2015 movie, A WALK IN THE WOODS, starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman, and Kristen Schaal.  KCET Cinema Series is a quarterly presentation of nine weeks of great films, thought provoking stories on the big screen, and engaging dialog with top movie talent. You must RSVP as noted before or you won’t be able to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kcet-cinema-series-screening-of-a-walk-in-the-woods-tickets-18154980034
This venture will be offered on a  first come first serve basis until all 10 seats are taken.

SANTA MONICA SCREENING:
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Aero Theatre
Address: 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
RSVP: Must RSVP and receive confirmation to attend (RSVP by Mon, Aug 17, 5pm)

ABOUT THE FILM:
Opening:                September 2, 2015
Directed by:         Ken Kwapis
Produced by:       Robert Redford, Bill Holderman, and Chip Diggins
Written by:           Rick Kerb and Bill Holderman
Starring:                 Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman, and Kristen Schaal
Running Time:    104 minutes

A WALK IN THE WOODS is a road trip comedy about an aging travel writer who decides to hike the 2000-mile Appalachian Trail, accompanied by a long estranged high school buddy he’s been avoiding for years.  Along the way, the duo face off with each other, nature and an eccentric assortment of characters only to discover that some roads are better left untraveled.

FILM TRAILER:

 

LA Trail Hikers Beach Party 2015

2015_beachpartyLIFE GUARD TOWER #17 (the pit is just to the right of life guard tower)
Stay to your left as you enter the beach lot entrance. Remember to bring cash for beach entry.

Hey LA Trail Hikers, it’s time to enjoy a day in the sun at our annual LATH Beach Party on Saturday, August 15, 2015!  We’ll be taking a day off trails to celebrate the accomplishments of our LATH hikers with an all day beach party! This event starts early in the morning for some good swimming/sunbathing, and continues through the night for a great evening with a bonfire. Some hikers spend all day with us, and others come for part of the day or night. And best of all, it’s a potluck style event, so bring any good food and non-alcoholic beverages to share with everyone!

SOCIAL EVENT: LA Trail Hikers – Beach Party 2015lifeguard_tower22

EVENT DATE: Saturday, August 15, 2015

EVENT TIME: 8:00am – 10pm (All Day Event)

LIFE GUARD TOWER #17 (the pit just to the right of life guard tower)
Stay to your left as you enter the beach lot entrance.

MEETING POINT:
Bolsa Chica State Beach
Life Guard Tower # 17 (pit is just to the right of it)
17851 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

The entrance to the beach is on Pacific Coast Highway, about one and a half miles south of Warner Avenue.
Bolsa Chica State Beach is slightly south of Seal Beach and north of Huntington Beach.beach4

EVENT DESCRIPTION: The sun is out and the LA Trail Hiker are ready for their 2015 Beach Party! Join us to enjoy the wonderful combination of great food, friends and families at Bolsa Chica State Beach! This event is open to all our LATH Hikers.

EVENT RSVP:  Let us know you’re be attending! RSVP via FB at:
https://www.facebook.com/latrailhikers/events

POTLUCK INFO: This is a potluck-style event so bring a dish and drinks to s2013-08-10 20.01.21hare with others.  Bringing something to the beach party?  If you have any portable cooking tools/Propane BBQ Grills (no charcoal grills), please feel free to bring them. Keep in mind that people like to volunteer to cook around the clock. NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED. Let us know what goodies you’ll be bringing by putting your name and the items in the following form:

POTLUCK SIGNUP FORM
Bringing food, non-alcoholic beverages, utensils, or something else ?  Let us know: http://bit.ly/q9bGTB

BEACH GEAR: So what should you take with you? It’s very important that you bring a chair and don’t forget your beach towels and a sweater for later that night. You’ll want to have plenty of sunscreen and other beach-related items. However, we recommend you taking any of the following to make your day/evening at the beach a great experience:beachparty_night1

  • Sunscreen – You’ll be glad we reminded you.
  • Water – Keep in mind you’ll probably get thirsty and may want to have some around.
  • Beach Chairs – You’ll use these plenty for enjoying a relaxing beach day/night
  • Beach Blankets – When you want soak some sun, take an after-swim nap, or take a break from sitting/standing.
  • Towels/Swimwear – Think ahead and prepare for some fun in the water.
  • Coolers/Insulated Lunch Boxes – If you plan on bringing some food/refreshments that need to stay cold, you might consider bringing one.
  • 2013-08-10 16.17.06Beach/River/Water Sandals – You may want to get into the water but with foot protection, so these may come in handy.
  • Sports Equipment – Bicycle, Football, Hula Hoops, Volleyball & net, and any other type of fun sports equipment you might want to share.
  • Beach Umbrellas – Keeps you under the shade.
  • Plastic Bag – Keep your wet clothes separate.
  • Throws/Blankets – Later in the evening you may want to cozy up with a blanket as it will get cold at night.
  • Sweaters/Long Pants – Again, it does get colder later in the evening. Keep yourself warm.
  • Firewood – Have any extra wood laying around? Bring some for our fire pit.
  • BBQ/Cooking Utensils – Do you have portable cookware? We’ll need some where to cook those burgers.
  • No enclosed tents. However, EZ-UP/Canopies and open tarps are okay. 
  • Other Recommendations? – Post them on our FB Event page.

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BEACH PARKING LOT FEE: $15.00 per vehicle (9 persons or less per vehicle).  $20.00 for over-sized vehicles. It is best to arrive prior to 10 am to get good parking. It gets very crowded this time of year, so if you don’t want to spend hours waiting in line and trying to find parking, it is advised that you come early or later in the evening, not midday.  If you come after, you may get locked out out of a full parking lot. And they will only allow people in once a number of people have left. So please get there earlier in the day.

DOG FRIENDLY?: Not really. No Dogs on sand, they can be on a leash on paved multi-use trail (bike path) only. We recommend leaving your pets at home, or with a designated caretaker while you’re at this event.

BOLSA CHICA STATE BEACH INFO:

DISCLAIMER: LA Trail Hikers and its Leads/Organizers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm,bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By attending the event, you confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as bicycling, swimming, and all other beach activity may have an associated danger, and will not hold any hike lead/organizer, participant, LA Trail Hikers, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. We are not responsible for any loss or personal injury.

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