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Hit the Trail with Los Angeles Waves

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Join Pepperdine alumni, family, and friends at one of four hikes throughout the Los Angeles area. Take a stroll around Elysian Park, enjoy the greenery surrounding Eaton Falls in Pasadena by way of a gentle slope, challenge yourself with a trek in Temescal Canyon, or undertake a rewarding climb to the Hollywood Sign on one of LA's most iconic hikes.

These hikes offer an opportunity to connect with fellow Waves while experiencing the wilderness and adventure that Los Angeles offers. Pick your hike below! 

Temescal Canyon Trail, Pacific Palisades


Hit the trail with Los Angeles Waves at Temescal Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains. Take in incredible views of the ocean and Los Angeles cityscape among local Pepperdine family and friends. The Temescal Canyon trail is a moderate hike with a steady incline for much of the trail. Join us for a great workout overlooking Los Angeles' most stunning landscapes.


Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: Approx. 3 miles

Elevation change: Approx. 900 feet 

Time: Approx. 90 minutes


Hike Leaders

Sarah Knauer ('14), born and raised in LA, currently lives in Brentwood. Sarah is a sales partner at a boutique real estate firm in the Pacific Palisades, Amalfi Estates, specializing in high-end properties throughout LA. "In an attempt to break up my usual routine of Soulcycle and pilates, I love getting outdoors when I can by running on the beach, climbing the Santa Monica stairs, or taking a gorgeous hike."

Laura Hershey ('00, MBA '07) combined her BS in Nutritional Science with her MBA for a career in nutrition marketing and communications. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, tennis, paddle boarding, and running at the beach. "I'm looking forward to leading the hike on my favorite trail!"


Elysian Park West Loop, Elysian Park


Hit the trail with Los Angeles on the Elysian Park West Loop hike. Elysian Park is one of Los Angeles' earliest and biggest state parks. Trek through beautiful, dog friendly terrain and experience marvelous views of downtown Los Angeles. Once the hike concludes, hang out at one of the area's many cafes and restaurants. Enjoy this historic hike with Pepperdine alumni, family, and friends.


Difficulty: Beginner

Distance: Approx. 2.5 miles

Elevation change: Approx. 200 feet 

Time: Approx. 60 minutes


Hike Leaders

April Owens (MBA '15) has been working as a data analyst consultant at various companies, including WB and Sony Entertainment, and is working on a business venture creating a website that sells undergarments for plus-sized women. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking throughout the Los Angeles area. "I hope to see you at our LA Waves hiking event!"

Kelly Carpentier ('14) majored in business administration and was active on campus in a business fraternity and sorority. Kelly is currently a Senior Consultant at Deloitte and just celebrated her three year anniversary. She lives in downtown LA and enjoys hiking, traveling, and exploring the city's many food options.


Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park


Hit the trail with Los Angeles Waves to the Hollywood sign. Blaze through the western frontier of Griffith Park and take in stunning views of this iconic landscape. The rewarding vistas make this demanding hike well worth the effort, so join alumni and friends for this classic climb to an LA landmark.


Difficulty: Advanced

Distance: Approx. 6.5 miles

Elevation change: Approx. 1000 feet 

Time: Approx. 3-4 hours


Hike Leaders

Leonard Scheiner (MBA '16) works in business development, digital marketing, and strategy consulting while being passionate about solving problems and team building. In his spare time, Leonard enjoys power yoga, being a foodie and trying new restaurants, and spending time with his pomimo named Klaus.

Lily Karbassioon (MBA '16) works as a National Account Manager at Cydcor, which is an outsource sales and marketing firm. In her spare time, she loves going to the gym, practicing yoga, traveling, and trying new restaurants. "Fun fact: I have climbed Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States!"


Eaton Canyon Falls, Pasadena


Hit the trail with Los Angeles Waves at Eaton Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains, featuring streams, greenery, flowers, and a dazzling waterfall. The waterfall is reachable for hikers of almost any level by way of a gentle ascent. Make sure to bring your camera for this scenic trek with alumni, family, and friends.


Difficulty: Easy

Distance: Approx. 4 miles

Elevation change: Approx. 600 feet 

Time: Approx. 90 minutes


Hike Leaders

Milah Behlmaier ('16) spent the five months following graduation living and serving in a small village in Haiti. Milah has now moved back to LA to start grad school at USC. "I love playing with my dog Coco, baking, and eating ice cream!"

Joe Grable ('10) works in the entertainment industry as a technology-oriented business consultant with OnPrem Solution Partners, LLC. in Los Angeles. When he's not consulting, Joe serves as a Captain in the US Army Reserves. "Outside of work, I like to travel as much as possible!"


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