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“Take a Hike” With the Pasadena Hiking Pacers on Sunday

Published on Monday, March 5, 2012 | 11:20 am
Pasadena Hiking Pacers co-founders Dr. Kevin Cressey and his wife Debbie Yeh pose on a hike to Mount Baldy.

The next time someone tells you to “take a hike” join Dr. Kevin Cressey and members of the Pasadena Hiking Pacers. The Pacers are a free hiking organization with no fees, no forms to fill out, and no formalities.

Members of the Pacers meet every Sunday, rain or shine, and hike the surrounding areas of Los Angeles County. The hikes vary in length and, although the majority of the Pacers are from their 20s to their 40s, hikers age 7 to 70 are welcome.

“Our program is designed to get people off their couches, start hiking, and get on an exercise program,” says Dr. Kevin Cressey, a chiropractor who manages the Pacers. “We do a 15-week program that starts with an easy hike—about 2 to 3 miles.”

All levels of hikers are welcome to join, from seasoned hikers to get-inspired-to-be-outdoors hikers. According to Dr. Cressey, the club exists to help individuals achieve a level of fitness they never before thought possible, while enjoying the fellowship of others.

“Every week we add about a mile or a little more elevation,” Dr. Cressey says. “So, by the end of the 15-week program, we’re up to about 15 miles. I recommend starting at the beginning of the program and work from there.”

Hikes range from easy to extremely strenuous, according to Dr. Cressey. While moderate hikes are not longer than 7 to 10 miles and elevation is minimal, extremely strenuous hikes involve distances of more than 14 miles or more than 3000 ft. in elevation gain. They might also include very rugged climbs, deep stream crossings, or un-maintained trails.

Dr. Cressy notes the Club’s co-founder, his wife Debbie Yeh, still hikes on some the outings in spite of being 7 months pregnant.

The Club’s President is Matt Plewinski, the Vice President is Tony P. Delgado, the Marketing Director is Julia Vo and the Secretary/Event planner is Brian Barnes.

“I should also mention the ‘cookie man,’ Todd Kawakami, who brings cookies almost every hike to share,” notes Dr. Cressy.

For a complete list of hikes, visit the club’s website at For more information, you may also call Dr. Cressey at (626) 792-1221 or by email at

Dr. Cressey operates a full-service chiropractic clinic focused on the treatment and prevention of active lifestyle injuries. Dr. Cressey received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles. He also studied Physical Anthropology and received his Bachelors of Science from the University of California, Riverside. His office is located at 131 N. El Molino Ave., Suite 180; Pasadena.

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