Girls Who Hike Los Angeles, is a organization I have been involved with since the beginning when the founder, Sharron McBride, created the group just wanting to find some local ladies to hike with. Since then it’s expanded into a large organization with thousands of members not only here in SoCal, but across the nation with it’s several state chapters.
Inspired by the one-day adventures John and I take, this month I introduced a new Field Trip Friday series for GWH, in which ladies pack into carpools at 5am and travel up to 6 hours to explore some of the most beautiful parts of California, before returning home after sunset. This opens new doors in the outdoor community for teaching, exploration, and fosters relationships–as most of the women didn’t know each other before the event.
This month for our first Field Trip, we packed into our cars, and made our way to Mammoth Lakes. Originally we planned on hiking Crystal Lake, but some fresh snowfall changed our hike to Convict Lake Trail, a 1.5 mile trail that loops the shoreline of this mountain fed body of water. Everyone was so helpful, sharing hiking poles, and giving encouragement (for some of the ladies it was their first time ever hiking in snow).
After, our chilly hike, we decided to warm up in the well known Wild Willys Hot Springs. Thankfully the location wasn’t crowded, something we worried about, especially since our group was large with 15 People. We soaked up the rest of the day, and as the sun set over the mountains we packed into our cars to head home. It was such a unique experience and I cannot wait for our next two trips to Valley of Fire and Yosemite!
One of our members, Amber, made a video, check it out!