Wild Women Hiking venture into the wild places, have fun, get fit, and blaze a trail for aspiring wild ones. Women of LA join us! Explore the mountains, canyons and deserts surrounding Los Angeles as you've never seen them before. Wild Women Hiking Adventures are more than just "going for a hike". Hiking with Wild Women is like being a backcountry tourist in your own local wilderness. GO WILD!
My name is Angeline Duran Piotrowski. I am your Adventure Guide.
I am an avid hiker, camper, backpacker, and explorer. I am a certified Wilderness First Responder and Personal Fitness Instructor.
I'm a homemaker, wife and mother to two adventurous young boys. My favorite trails are the historic routes that have a story to tell about those who passed there long ago, and there are many in the Los Angeles wilderness that sheltered native villages, Spanish ranches, gold miners, oil tycoons, and movie stars.
I look forward to guiding you through our local wilderness and sharing some cultural history and natural beauty that can only be found on foot.
My personal blog is at www.dustyhouseadventures.com
When I tell people about my solo day hikes and backpacking trips, the first thing most women say to me is, "Aren't you afraid out there by yourself?" I've heard this question so many times that I've come to realize that the fear of hiking alone is holding many women back from experiencing the amazing treasures in wilderness. That is no longer a problem. This club provides hiking buddies and all of them are women (so no worries about unfamiliar men in the backcountry either). It also provides a members-only website that keeps our meeting spots, and member roster accessible only to members in good standing.
Personally, I have found strangers on the trail to be friendly, helpful and generous fellow hikers, but I have had some misadventures. I've almost stepped on a coiled rattlesnake, been stalked by a deranged coyote, felt uncertain in the company of a stranger, and severely twisted my ankle on a mountain 3 1/2 miles away from help. So I can understand why some people, especially women, may feel vulnerable alone on the trail. What this group offers is safety in numbers and the chance to spend time with other friendly, supportive, inclusive, fun-loving women who enjoy hiking.
This group does not promote or support any particular sexual orientation.
There are all ability levels and we do our best to plan adventures that appeal to everyone.
Men are welcome to accompany members as guests, but only women may become members and have access to the club roster and chat groups. This club is for the ladies.
Women age eighteen (18) and over are invited to become members.
$10 / month
Guided adventures through hiking companies cost $25-$1000 per experience and fitness classes cost $10+ per session. Club members have unlimited access to the full schedule of Wild Women Hiking Adventures on-demand for only $10/month. Go WILD!
Wild Women Hiking Adventures are curated and lead by our Adventure Guide, Angeline Duran Piotrowski. Our hikes are selected because they are the most historically interesting and naturally beautiful trails in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Wild Women Hiking leads vigorous day hikes into the Santa Monica Mountains, along the Malibu Coast, throughout Los Angeles Basin and Foothills including Griffith Park, and parts of Ventura County. Incidentally, as a fitness program, hiking burns around 400 calories per hour and unlike the gym, has no walls. Wild Women Hiking is proud to be in its fourth year specializing in women-only wilderness experiences.
AVERAGE HIKESDistance: 3 to 10 miles
Hiking Time: 1.5 to 5 hours
Hiking Speed: 2 to 3 mph
Time: Weekday mornings (no evenings or weekends)
Days: Usual hiking days are Tuesdays & Fridays, Monday 1x/month. (Days may occasionally vary.)
"Backpacker Train Track" hikes: Read this link for details...
You can choose from several hikes per month, at least one per week. Hikes are added to the calendar approx. one week in advance to plan for weather.
WHAT IS PROVIDED
Guided Hikes: Wild Women Adventures will provide you with scheduled conditioning hikes with an Adventure Guide and a map of the route (if possible, which it usually is). Although your guide will share points of general interest about the trail, you will not be stopping frequently to examine plants and listen for birds. The hike will keep moving at a vigorous pace. It will be your workout for the day and you will love every gorgeous, sweaty minute of it.
Leaderless Hikes: Members can meet to hike together without a leader on these casual adventures organized by other members. These are usually posted and planned through the members-only chat forum "The Chatterbox" or through direct email to other members.
Hike participants are all members of Wild Women Hiking and their registered guests. The number of people in attendance varies from just you and the Adventure Guide to a whole rowdy bunch. The bottom line is that you will always have a buddy to hike with, so you can feel free to venture into the wilderness with safety in numbers.
Rain and forecasted temperatures of 90+ cancel hikes.
Our hikes are for people only.
Members may access our Hiker Handbook which has more information about local regulations regarding dogs on trails.
CANCELLATION / NO SHOW
Members are automatically invited to all our Adventures. They may also register guests to accompany them for a nominal $5 fee. Once registration is complete, there are no cancellations or refunds issued for no-shows. Registration for all hikes closes 24 hours prior to the event. Hikes begin promptly as scheduled, those arriving late will be considered "no-shows", so make sure to arrive early.