LA Trail Hikers Group Hiking Hiatus

To our awesome LATH hikers,

In an effort to help reduce concerns and prevent exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to our group, the LA Trail Hikers (aka LATH) will be taking a break from our in-person scheduled group hikes beginning with the week of March 16, 2020.

Although outdoor activities and nature areas continue to be open to the public, we have considered that it would be best not to bring groups of people together during times when social distancing may be the better path to help prevent exposing anyone to the virus, even when outdoor activities, such as hiking, may be considered safe by some. This is the reason our group will be taking a hiatus from hiking the trails. In addition, we will be holding off on our spring Las Vegas road trip hike for similar reasons.

If you’ve hiked with us before, you’ve heard our group’s saying of “health before hike.” We stand by this, especially in times of quick changing health related situations. We always make it our priority to do what is best to ensure the safety and welfare of our hikers.

We don’t have a current date for our return, but we’ll make sure to let you know when we are back on schedule. We thank you for understanding and hope to get the group back on the trails soon enough.

LA Trail Hikers Beach Party 2019


LIFE GUARD TOWER #: Between tower 22 & 23. Closer to 22 (5 pits away)
When you enter the beach through the main entrance, to to the right side parking lots, ask where tower 22 & 23 are. (pics below)
Thanks to Joe Mendoza and companion for helping get this pit!

LA Trail Hikers, we will be celebrating our 10th Year Anniversary! What a milestone!

Way back in 2009, we figured the group might fold by year 2 or 3. Were we in for a journey.

This year we’ll be celebrating our anniversary at our annual LATH Beach Party on Saturday, August 17, 2019!  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!

LIFE GUARD TOWER #: Between tower 22 & 23. Closer to 22 (5 pits away)

When you enter, stay in the right lane.
About 5 pits away from life guard tower 22

SOCIAL EVENT: LA Trail Hikers – Beach Party 2019

EVENT DATE: Saturday, August 17, 2019

EVENT TIME: 8:00am – 9:30pm (All Day Event)

LIFE GUARD TOWER #: Between tower 22 & 23. Closer to 22 (5 pits away)

MEETING POINT:
Bolsa Chica State Beach
TBA early morning on day of event
17851 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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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.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: The sun is out and the LA Trail Hiker are ready for their 2019 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

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POTLUCK INFO: This is a potluck-style event so bring a dish and drinks to share 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

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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:

  • Sunscreen – You’ll be glad we reminded you.
  • Water – Keep in mind you’ll probably get thirsty throught your stay and will need to keep hydrated.
  • 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.
  • Beach/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 Bags – 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.
  • Propane Only BBQs – Only propane BBQ’s are allowed at Bolsa Chica State Beach.
  • No enclosed tents. (However, EZ-UP/Canopies (half tents) and open tarps are okay). 
  • Other Recommendations? – Post them on our FB Event page.
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BEACH PARKING & FEE: $15.00 per vehicle (9 persons or less per vehicle), $14.00 for seniors. $30.00 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.

BOLSA CHICA STATE BEACH (PARKING FEE) INFO:

DOG FRIENDLY?: Not allowed. No Dogs allowed 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.

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.

December 2019 LATH Hikes List

The crisp air of winter hiking composes poems in hearts.
Revisit this page: https://latrailhikers.com/upcoming

THIS PAGE UPDATES CONSTANTLY.
Last Updated: 12/20/2019 10:34 AM

NOTE: Hikes listed are linked to their details page only after they’ve been updated with the correct information. 

DECEMBER

  • Fri – Dec 20 – LATH Winter Break Begins – Happy Holidays!
PREVIOUSLY IN 2019

DECEMBER

  • Sun – Dec 1- No LATH Hike
  • Wed – Dec 4 – No LATH Hike (Rained Out)
  • Sat – Dec 7 – No LATH Hike (Rained Out)
  • Sun – Dec 8 – No LATH Hike (Rained Out)
  • Wed – Dec 11 – No LATH Hike

NOVEMBER

OCTOBER

SEPTEMBER

AUGUST

JULY

JUNE

MAY

APRIL

MARCH

FEBRUARY

JANUARY

  • Wed – Jan 9 – Griffith Park – Merry Go Round – Level 4 – 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Sat – Jan-12 – El Prieto Canyon – Level 4 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Canceled Due To Rain)
  • Sun – Jan-13 – Tunnels to Nowhere – Level 3 – 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Mon – Jan-14 – Arroyo Pescadero – Level 2 – 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM (Canceled Due To Rain)
  • Wed – Jan-16 – Griffith Park – Vermont – Level 3 – 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM (Canceled Due To Rain)
  • Sat – Jan-19 – Potato Mountain – Level 5 – 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Postponed)
  • Sun – Jan-20 – Griffith Park – Wisdom Tree– Level 6 – 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Mon – Jan-21 – Bonnie Cove Trails – Level 4 – 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Postponed)
  • Wed – Jan-23 – Griffith Park – Merry Go Round – Level 5 – 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Sat – Jan-26 – Echo Mountain – Level 5 – 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Sun – Jan-27 – Rose Bowl Trail – Level 2 – 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
  • Mon – Jan-28 – Schabarum Park – Level 5 – 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Wed – Jan-30 – Griffith Park – Vermont – Level 4 – 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

HIKE LIST KEY

  • Canceled Hike, Event, or Information
  • Added OR Replacement/Substitute Hike (Info/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:
https://latrailhikers.com/about/hike-levels/

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 #GoLATH or #LATrailHikers to 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
Tumblrhttp://latrailhikers.tumblr.com

LATH Volunteers
We’re actively looking for more great people to be part of LATH Hike Lead team. So, if you’re interested in having us consider, make sure you submit your interest form to let us know that you want to be part of our awesome group of hike leads. Or, if you’re interested in helping us out on the social front, we’ll also be looking for new members to join the LATH Digital Team. If you follow us on one of our social media accounts, send us a message letting us know you want to join our LATH Digital Team. We need some great LATH volunteers to keep us going strong!

HIKE CANCELLATION NOTE: Should any hike need to be canceled (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 suit 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.

2019 LATH Road Trip Hike Announcement

Grand Canyon, here we come! It’s time for the LA Trail Hikers to start getting accommodations and travel plans ready for the upcoming trip on October 12, 2019!

Looking to carpool / roomshare?
Make plans with hikers via our FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2383964864989445/

*** GET YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS ***
We suggest booking now so you get the best rates and availability. You will want to get your accommodations in the area you will be after this hiking event.

HOTEL OPTION:
Inside the Park Area
– Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar Hotel, Maswik Lodge, Kachina Lodge, Yavapai Lodge, and more (http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com)
http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/lodging.htm
* Closest to meeting point, but a bit expensive.

Outside the Park Area
– Grand Canyon Village, AZ
* 15 minutes to meeting point
* Best Western Premier, Red Feather, Grand Canyon Hotel, Canyon Plaza Resort, and more.
* Slightly north of the Grand Canyon National Park Airport
* Closest to Park, but likely more expensive

– Williams, AZ (MAP)
* Econo Lodge, Motel 6, Grand Canyon Hotel, Rodeway Inn, The Lodge, El Rancho Motel, and more.
* Best variety of hotel/motels
* Easier in price
* About 1 hour drive to Park Entrance. Not a bad option since you’ll primarily be sleeping here.
* This is our best suggestion if you want something reasonable.

CAMPING OPTION:
– Mather Campground (Inside the Park Area)
For those of you wanting to camp close to other hikers, we are suggesting getting your campsite at Mather Campground, AZ
– Campsites must be reserved on recreation.gov (https://www.recreation.gov/cam…/campgrounds/232490/campsites)
– The primary camp loop will be: Pine Loop (Campsites: 266A -317)
– Should that area fill up, we suggest an overflow area to be: Oak Loop (Campsites: 201-233)
– The noted campsites allow a max of 6 people and a max of 2 vehicles.
– NOTE: Make sure you check the specific details for your campsite, by clicking on the icon in the map, as it might be slightly different. There is more information on each.
– Have open spots at your campsite? Or, are looking to share a campsite with someone who already has one? You can use the following sheet to connect with each other:
– LATH Campground Sharing: http://bit.ly/1klV7cI

– All attending hikers will be responsible for their own accommodations and travel.

November & December 2018 LATH Hikes List

As the weather cools, it’s easier to hike uphill. Fall in love with Autumn hiking.
Revisit this page: https://latrailhikers.com/upcoming

THIS PAGE UPDATES CONSTANTLY. Last Updated: 12/10/2018 6:21 PM

NOTE: Hikes listed are linked to their details page only after they’ve been updated with the correct information. 

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

  • Sat – Dec 1 – Henninger Flats – Level 6 – 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Sun – Dec 2 – Johnson’s Pasture Trail – Level 5 – 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Sun – Dec 2 – Sunset Peak – Level 5 – 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Canceled)
  • Wed – Dec 5 – Griffith Park – Vermont – Level 3 – 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM (Canceled due to rain)
  • Sat – Dec 8 – Mishe Mokwa Trail – Level 6 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Canceled as area was affected by Woolsey fire)
  • Sat – Dec 8 – Ernest Debs Park– Level 3 – 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Sun – Dec 9 – Ben Overturff Trail – Level 6 – 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Wed – Dec 12 – Griffith Park – Merry Go Round – Level 5 – 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Sat – Dec 15 – Lower Arroyo Seco – Level 2 – 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Sun – Dec 16 – North Etiwanda Preserve (Last Hike of 2018) – Level 6 – 7:45 AM – 12:15 PM
  • Mon – Dec 17 – LATH WINTER BREAK (Dec 17, 2018 – Jan 8, 2019)

COMING IN 2019

  • Wed – Jan 9 – Griffith Park – TBD (First LATH Hike of 2019)
  • Sat – May 4 – 2019 LATH Las Vegas Road Trip Hike
  • Fall 2019 – 2019 LATH Grand Canyon Road Trip Hike

HIKE LIST KEY

  • Canceled Hike, Event, or Information
  • Added OR Replacement/Substitute Hike (Info/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:
https://latrailhikers.com/about/hike-levels/

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 #GoLATH or #LATrailHikers to 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

LATH Volunteers
We’re actively looking for more great people to be part of LATH Hike Lead team. So, if you’re interested in having us consider, make sure you submit your interest form to let us know that you want to be part of our awesome group of hike leads. Or, if you’re interested in helping us out on the social front, we’ll also be looking for new members to join the LATH Digital Team. If you follow us on one of our social media accounts, send us a message letting us know you want to join our LATH Digital Team. We need some great LATH volunteers to keep us going strong!

HIKE CANCELLATION NOTE: Should any hike need to be canceled (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 suit 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.