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Some Enchanted Evening Hike

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About a week and a half ago, we went on a sunset hike, and it was just as lovely as the phrase "sunset hike" promises, at least if hiking appeals to you. The hike was run by the Sierra Club 20s and 30s Singles Section, which one can join without joining the Sierra club proper. We had never been on a nighttime hike before, unless you count long treks from campfire to bunk at Girl Scout camp. It was not quite a moonlight hike, because clouds veiled the moon, but the wide path at the top of Temescal Ridge was easy to navigate with a flashlight.

As the path wove through the peaks, we glimpsed the glittering skylines of Santa Monica, Century City, and downtown LA. It felt like driving through a residential neighborhood at night in the weeks before Christmas, when lot ofter lot lies dark, and now and then there's a house sparkling with lights.

The entire group of 34 hikers stopped at the Cathedral Rocks formation at the top to share treats, mostly sweet candies and cookies. The people were really nice - friendly without being overly pushy. The six-mile distance felt like good exercise without being exhausting. The whole thing was a pleasant experience that we recommend.