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

‪#‎LATH‬ ‪#‎LATrailHikers‬ ‪#‎Year6‬ ‪#‎LosAngeles‬ ‪#‎HikingGroup‬ ‪#‎WeHikeLA‬‪#‎YourHikingFamily‬ ‪#‎LATHForever‬ ‪#‎ThankYou‬

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.

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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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Join us for a July hiking movie screening!

unnamedThis coming Tuesday, July 21, the LA Trail Hikers will have 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.  You must RSVP as noted beforehand, or you won’t be able to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

STATUS: EVENT IS NOW PAST. No More Availibility.
This venture will be offered on a  first come first serve basis until all seats are taken.

 

LOS ANGELES SCREENING:
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Real D Screening Room
Address: 100 N Crescent Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
RSVP: Must RSVP and receive confirmation to attend

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.

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LATH 2015 Volunteer Event at Yosemite (August 24 to 26)

yosemiteLA TRAIL HIKERS VOLUNTEERING EVENT
In August 2015, the LA Trail Hikers will be return to Yosemite National Park for volunteering partnership with NatureBridge, a non-profit organization, to help raise funds for NatureBridge programs, and help kids participate in environmental science programs, within Yosemite, through school scholarships.

We are looking for 9 LA Trail Hikers who will represent our group and participate in this volunteering event at Yosemite on:  Monday, August 24, 2015 – Wednesday, August 26, 2015

VOLUNTEER STATUS: All 9 Spots Taken (as of 07-10-2015, 5:23 pm)
At this point, you may feel free to join the waiting list.

SIGN UP DATES
1) New LATH+NatureBridge Volunteers (Sat July 4 – Tue July 28)
We are looking to provide this experience to new participants first. If you have never participated as volunteer for this event, you will have the first opportunity to sign up starting Sat July 4 at 8am until Tue, July 28 at 11pm.

2) Previous LATH+NatureBridge Volunteers (Mon July 13 –  Tue July 28)
If you have participated on a NatureBridge volunteering event before, we’re sure you know how amazing and rewarding this experience can be. Especially for a Yosemite first-time visitor.  So we ask that you give others an opportunity to sign up first. If the 9 spots are not filled by July 28, 2015, we’ll then open it to returning volunteers from Mon July 13 until Tue July 28 at 11pm.

We ask that you only RSVP if:
– You are 100% availabe for all 3 days (meaning, having any time off is already approved).
– You are be able to stand/walk for about 6-8 hours during the volunteer event (with small rest breaks of course).
– Must be 18+ years of age.

IF YOU RESERVE A SPOT
Once you let us know you are able to attend by RSVP’ing your spot using EventBright, you will be provided a specific NatureBridge online form to fill out to complete your registration. You cannot RSVP for anyone but yourself. There is no guest option, all attendees will be be volunteers on the day of the activity.

RSVP FOR EVENT
If you meet all criteria, RSVP Here:  LATH August Yosemite Volunteer RSVP


VOLUNTEER EVENT INTENERARY
Mon, August 24:

  • Arrival/Lodging Assigned
  • Orientation & Team Building
  • Dinner provided by NatureBridge
  • Volunteer Training

Tue, August 25 (Volunteering Day):

  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Depart for & Arrive at Gates (Carpools)
  • Volunteering Day Donation Collections
  • Box Lunch Provided by NatureBridge
  • Depart Gates & Arrive at Accommodations
  • Dinner provided by NatureBridge
  • Celebration & Awards

Wed, August 26:

  • Complimentary breakfast at Crane Flat
  • LATH Volunteer Group Yosemite Park Day Exploration/Hike
  • Drive Home

VOLUNTEER DAY ACTIVITY (Aug 25)
As a volunteer, you will be collecting donations park visitors while standing in front of the park gates. All donations collected will go to NatureBridge to support their outdoor programs for students.

ACCOMMODATIONS
Accomodations will be provided on Monday & Tuesday night. NatureBridge will provide lodging and meals at its rustic Crane Flat campus. Volunteers should bring camping items, including sleeping bags. A complete packing list will be provided.

TRAVEL
Participants will be contacted to setup carpooling options prior to event. Participants will drive their own vechicles to the event and back.

July & August 2015 LATH Hikes List

Keep hydrated during your summer hikes!
Revisit this page: http://latrailhikers.com/upcoming
List Last Updated: 08/25/2015 – 6:38 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)

JULY

AUGUST

HIKE LIST KEY

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

IT’S SUMMERTIME LA TRAIL HIKERS!

201507hikesIt’s been a great 5th year for the LA Trail Hikers! And, on August 17, 2015, we’ll commence our 6th year as a hiking group in Los Angeles! It’s been quite a half-year so far and we’re only getting started! The LATH Hike Leads have got some great hikes scheduled and we’re ready to continue some great hikes in and around L.A. And, as you know, Southern California summers can be quite blistering.  So, let’s make sure you are all taking plenty of water on your hikes to keep adequately hydrated. It’s good to have all your summer gear (such as a hat, sunscreen, light colored clothing, and electrolyte supplements) to make your hikes enjoyable. We have a few evening hikes, including our Red, Hike, and Blue hike on July 4th to go see the surrounding area fireworks from Griffith Park. And, we’ll be celebrating with our annual (All Day) LATH Beach Party on Aug 15. We hope to see you there for a great time with our hikers!

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
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Google+https://plus.google.com/+LATrailHikers
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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.

Join us for a June hiking movie screening!

unnamedThis coming Tuesday, June 23, the LA Trail Hikers will have 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.  You must RSVP as noted before or you won’t be able to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

STATUS: EVENT HAS PASSED.
This venture will be offered on a  first come first serve basis until all seats are taken.

HOW TO RSVP:
To reserve your spot, you must email Caitlin Klein to RSVP: cklein@id-pr.com
Provide the following in your email:
SUBJECT: LA Trail Hikers – A Walk In the Woods
Your Name
Your Contact Number/Email

Please note that the invitation is non-transferable.
*This is not a confirmation to attend – You must RSVP prior to the screening*

LOS ANGELES SCREENING:
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM
Venue: Wilshire Screening Room
Address: 8670 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
RSVP: Must RSVP and receive confirmation to attend

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 Meet & Greet (06-29-2015)

201506_meetgreetNew to hiking? Have you been looking to hike with a great group of people, but wanted to meet a few of them first? Are you looking to discover more of natural L.A.? Are you already a LATH hiker who wants to see some familiar faces off the trails? Do you have fun hiking stories to share? Do you have questions about hiking or the LA Trail Hikers? Do you simply want to come out and hang out with some great people for coffee? Do you have questions about hiking gear? Have questions about the upcoming Road Trip hikes (Las Vegas & Utah)?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you’ll definitely want to attend our upcoming LATH Meet & Greet on Monday, June 29, 2015 at Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea starting at 6:30pm.

ABOUT THE EVENT: Every so often, we like to meet with our hikers outside of the hiking scene to share hiking tips, give you information about LATH, hear your fun hiking stories and have a great time seeing everybody in their casual everyday clothes (non-hiking attire). We’ll be answering general questions about the group, type of hikes we do, recommend and talk about hiking equipment, and anything else you wanted to know about regarding hiking with us. It’ll be just the right place to tell us about your experience with us. And, it’s always fun to see your friendly faces! If you’re new to the group, or are considering joining us for a hike, this is a great opportunity for you to meet with current hikers and our volunteers (LATH Hike Leads & LATH Digital Team Members) to get information on what it’s really like to be out on the hikes we do and how we keep you up to date online. Any other ideas, comments, or suggestions will be welcome. We’ll tell you how you can Rediscover Los Angeles!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  Anyone interested in hiking and joining our group.  Those who have just started with us and all current LATH hikers are encouraged to attend. This event is quite social and everyone tends to have a great time sharing stories and advice. It will really get new or upcoming hikers well prepared for a LATH hike. And, it will keep regular hikers informed with up-to-date information. Have a friend who might enjoy hiking? Bring them along!

20150606_hollywoodsignTALKING POINTS:
We’ll be going over the following, but not limited to:

  1. Welcome to LA Trail Hikers!
  2. Introductions of present LATH volunteers and their contributions
  3. LATH hikes list process & social media presence
  4. What we’ve done so far during the 2015 LATH Hiking Season (Jan – Jun)
  5. Recap of the Las Vegas Road Trip Hike – Mt. Charleston
  6. General Hiking Tips
    1. Sungear for summer hiking
    2. Hiking socks & shoes
    3. Hydration (packs) and using reusable water bottles.
    4. Preparing for Level 5 hikes and up.
  7. Participate: What to expect at the 2015 LATH Beach Party
  8. Looking Forward: Utah Road Trip Hike
  9. Open Session: Hiking and Group Q&A
  10. Open Session: Sharing Hiking Stories!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Not required to attend, but if you’d like let us know you’re going, feel free to RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/994559220562954/

holygroundsMEETING VENUE: We’ll get together at Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea, in El Sereno (East Los Angeles), at 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  We’ll give you a good 1/2 hour to get your drinks and we’ll get started at about 7pm. They’ve been generous enough to save us a section of their outdoor patio for our event and in return it would be great if you support their small business by purchasing a drink or food item. All members/fans of LA Trail Hikers, first-time hikers, and those simply interested in hiking are welcome to join in on this event. We hope to see you there!

Date:Monday, June 29, 2015
Time:6:30pm – 8:30pm (Order coffee/tea/other drinks)
Location:Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea
Street:5371 Alhambra Ave. Los Angeles, California 90032
FB Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/holygroundselsereno

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LATH 2015 Utah Road Trip Hike Date Announced!

The LA Trail Hikers are happy to announce that their 2015 Utah Road Trip Hike will be held on: Saturday, October 03, 2015!2015utahwithdate

At this point we suggest using this date to plan your travel accommodations near Zion National Park’s south entrance. Hotel rooms and campgrounds book fast, so make sure you get your accommodations with good time. The event will be held on Saturday, but you should plan for arrival and departure. Full details for the trip will be announced at a later date.