What We Do
Stressed out? Want to get fit? Enjoy an invigorating walk/hike in Morgan
Hill, California. The pace is moderate and includes hills! People of all
ages are welcome. Dogs on a leash are also welcome. We walk rain or shine, and
under street lights on winter evenings. On occasion, we organize special weekend
trips to interesting places in the San Francisco Bay region. If you're thinking
of training for a backcountry hike or would like to stay in shape between backpacking
trips, this is a fun and easy way to do it!
Who We Are
The Morgan Hill Walking Group is a loose-knit group of residents of Morgan
Hill, California, and the surrounding area, who like to walk for fitness and
fun. Some of us have been regularly walking the neighborhoods in our town since
Meeting Location and Walking Times
We park in the shopping center parking lot and meet by the
large red and white "Morgan Hill Center" sign on West Main Avenue, near the corner of Hale Avenue.
See map. Regular walkers often like
to sit in their cars nearby and read or listen to music while waiting, so you may not
see anybody standing around. Just stand next to the sign 5 minutes before the start
time, and if anyone else is there for the walk, they'll gather at the sign.
Monday through Friday
|6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
||9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
||Click on the thumbnail at left or get
the PDF to see our usual weekday evening walking route. We leave the parking lot
at 6:05 p.m. sharp and walk the route in a clockwise fashion, ending at the
starting point about 7 p.m. If you arrive late, you may be able to join the group
somewhere along the route.
Wear comfortable walking shoes or lightweight hiking boots, and layered outerwear
appropriate for the weather. An umbrella or rain gear are suggested for wet
weather. You may also want to carry a small water bottle and wear a hat and
sunglasses on warm, sunny days. A flashlight and reflective strips on clothing
are recommended for evening walks in the dark when we're on Pacific Standard
Time, although we usually make do with available street lights.
Walking shoes should fit snugly and provide adequate padding and protection for
your feet on pavement and uneven ground. Shoes that may feel comfortable in your
living room or walking across the parking lot to the supermarket may be
unsuitable for walking several miles outdoors, so choose accordingly.
The weekday evening walks are easier and are recommended for beginners. We
go up and down some moderate hills, covering about 2.7 miles in an hour.
Our Saturday morning walks are generally more strenuous: The usual
routine takes us from the Morgan Hill Center parking up the slope of
El Toro, an elevation gain of about 700 ft over a total distance of
about 3.7 miles in 90 minutes. If you are out of shape and haven't walked
for a while, consider joining the group on weekday evenings and walk
regularly for a couple of weeks before attempting the Saturday walk.
Then you'll say, "
That was easy," instead of becoming discouraged and quitting before
you really started! If you've been a couch potato for a long time,
figure on sticking with it for at least six weeks until you build up
Members may elect to skip walking on some holidays, or if the weather is very
nasty. If no one else shows up at the appointed place and time, try again on
the next walking day!
Spread the Word
Help spread the word about the group's activities with a
printable PDF flyer that
you can post in your workplace or give to friends.
|Sprig Lake, February 2002
||Spring Wildflower Walk, April 2002
|Pinnacles N.M., April 2002
||Alum Rock Park, May 2002
|Saturday morning, May 2002
||Bike Ride, May 2002
|Waddell Creek, June 2002
||Saturday morning, January 2004
|Pizza Party, January 2004
||Saturday morning, April 2007
|Founder's Day, April 2007