If getting in shape is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, the City of Poway has a free way to get started with its Fun and Fitness six-week hiking series beginning Jan. 7.
“You are guaranteed to have fun while enjoying a healthier lifestyle,” Annie Ransom, Interpretive Services Coordinator for Poway Community Services, said. “If you have never been out on a trail, come out and see what we have to offer.”
Now in its tenth year, the original goal of the series was to get seniors moving by introducing them to hiking and nature in a safe, supervised environment. It quickly became much more than that, according to Ransom:
“Many friendships have been forged over the years, hiking has very much become a part of their lives and several come back every year.”
Now the hikes are geared toward all ages and fitness levels. Hikers meet at the trail head of the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve at 9 a.m. and are given the opportunity to pick one of two docent-led hikes. On the first week, one group starts with a 2.2-mile hike on the Green Valley Truck Trail to the turnoff for Lake Ramona, while the other group (which is geared toward people with no hiking experience) begins with a 1-mile hike along the Creekside trail.
Each week the hikes become progressively longer, culminating with a choice between a 6.5-mile hike around Lake Poway (from the Blue Sky trailhead) or a 5.5-mile hike to Lake Ramona on the Green Valley Truck Trail. Hikers can choose whichever route they prefer on a week-by-week basis.