Sierra Club Outings and Events
Outings are open to all members and the general public. Outings range
in difficulty from easy to very strenuous. If you are not sure, please
contact the leader to see if the hike is appropriate for you.
Transportation - The Sierra Club encourages the use of carpools
to all events. However, the Sierra Club Outings Leader cannot assign riders
or arrange carpools. Each individual is responsible for his/her own transportation
to and from the trailhead or other event area.
Suggestions - If you have suggestions for hikes or outdoor activities,
questions about the Chapter's outing policies or would like to be an outings
leader, call or email Joe Morris (805-549-0355),
or the Chapter Office at 805-543-8717. Outings Leaders please get your
hikes in by the 10th of each month for the next month's Santa Lucian.
To add another group's activities to this list, contact Joe
Sun., Sept. 7th, 9 a.m. Irish Hills Hike
Join us on a slightly strenuous 6-mile hike, 1500 ft. gain, treading a
new trail in the Irish Hills, leading to an abandoned manganese mine.
Trail was built mostly by members of Central Coast Concerned Mountain
Bike Organization. Bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes,
and dress in layers for changing weather. Meet at southern end of Madonna
Rd., next to DeVaul Park, at trail entrance to Irish Hills. Leader: Bill
Waycott 459-2103 or email@example.com
Sat., Sept. 13th, 9:30 a.m. Guadalupe/Paradise Beach Hike
Moderate 6-mile hike along pristine Guadalupe Beach to Mussel Rock and
beyond, duration about 5-6 hrs. Bring water, lunch, windbreaker, hat,
and dress in layers for varying weather. Lunch also afterwards for those
interested. From Hwy 101 in Santa Maria, take Main St./Hwy 166 to end
at Guadalupe Beach. Meet near interpretive signs and picnic tables. Rain
cancels. Leader: Andrea Ortiz, 934-2792 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun., Sept. 14th, 10 a.m. San Simeon State Beach Hike.
Three-mile, 300 ft. gain hike through meadows, pine forest, grassy mesa,
and coastal scrub. Enjoy a variety of footbridges, boardwalk, and dirt
trail, viewing mountains, valleys, and ocean. Duration about 3 hrs. Meet
at Washburn Day Use Area, about 2 miles north of Cambria, left off Hwy.
1. Leader: Vicki Marchenko, 528-5567 or email@example.com
Sat., Sept. 20th, 8:30 a.m. Vicente Flat to Nacimiento Summit
Hike Vs. previous there-and-back hikes on the Vicente Flat trail,
this time we walk the trail in its entirety and then down road to the
intersection. Thus there will be a car shuttle. This is a scenic, but
strenuous 11-mile, 3100 ft. experience, not for beginners. There is poison
oak on or adjoining the trail. Bring lunch and sufficient water. Leader
will have a water purifier to replenish at Vicente Camp. Meet at Washburn
Day Use Area off Hwy 1, about 1.7 miles north of Main & Windsor in
Cambria. Extreme heat will postpone this outing. Leader: Carlos Diaz-Saavedra,
Sun., Sept. 21st, 10 a.m. Sycamore Springs Trekking Pole Hike.
Polecats is dedicated to leading local Sierra Club hikes to model the
benefits of using trekking poles effectively. This is a 2-mile, 600 ft.
elevation change, hike. Meet near the entrance to Sycamore Springs Resort,
1215 Avila Beach Dr. Need to confirm beforehand with Leader: David Georgi,
458-5575 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat., Sept. 27th, 8:30 a.m. Salmon and Spruce Creek Trails to
Dutra Flat Camp. Moderate 8.4 mile, 2200 ft. gain, hike in southern
Big Sur. Beginning at the Salmon Creek trailhead, we will ascend through
Spruce Creek Canyon, viewing Silver Peak. winding around grassy hills,
and then dropping down into Dutra Camp. Possibility of ticks and poison
oak on the trail. Bring lunch, water, and dress for the weather. Meet
at Washburn Day Use Area in San Simeon State Park, off Hwy 1, about 2
miles north of Cambria. Probable stop for eats afterwards. If it is too
hot, we will choose another destination, but rain cancels. Leader: Gary
Sun., Sept. 28th, 2 p.m. City Walk: Jazz-Age San Luis Obispo to
World War II Where is the hotel where Hearst entertained his
guests, the speakeasies of the twenties, and the original French Hospital?
Find out and much more on a guided downtown stroll past historic stores,
theaters, and hotels. Learn about SLO city life from the years of the
Model T to Prohibition and Pearl Harbor. Meet at corner of Marsh and Toro
Sts. Leader: Joe Morris, 549-0355.
Sat., Oct. 4th, 10 a.m. Beach and Dune Walk.
Co-led by Calif. Native Plant Society and Audubon leaders,. this 3-mile
walk will view and identify prominent shorebirds and coastal dune plants
in Montana de Oro State Park. Bring water, snacks or lunch, binoculars,
sturdy shoes, sunscreen, hat, and jacket. Meet in parking lot at end of
Sand Spit Rd., a right turn from main road, .8 mile from park entrance.
For more information, contact Leader: Bill Waycott, 459-2103 or email@example.com
Sat., Oct. 18th, 9 a.m. Pt. Sal Road Hike. Your choice
of a 5- or 10-mile hike. The 5-miler, moderately strenuous, ascends a
hill to long views of coast, cliffs, and pristine beach, lasting about
2 hours. The 10-mile hike, strenuous, continues on, with some tricky hill
scrambling, then down to beach for playing/relaxing time, lasting about
5-6 hrs. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, and sweater in case of cool
weather. Meet at main gate to Pt. Sal, end of Brown Rd. 3.9 miles from
Rt. 1. Leader: Andrea Ortiz, 934-272
Sun., Oct. 19th, 11 a.m. San Simeon Point Walk 2 1/2-mile
walk, 100 ft. gain, to lovely views of San Simeon Cove, Monterey Pine
and cypress forest, plus sightings of herons, pelicans, and cormorants
on rocky north side. Lunch on cliff overlooking Piedras Pt. Binoculars
and sturdy footwear recommended. Meet 3 miles north of San Simeon, turning
left into Hearst Memorial Beach and parking near pier. Leader: Vicki Marchenko,
528-5567 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun., Oct. 19th, 2 p.m. SLO City Walk: the Railroad Historic District
Easy guided stroll past 15 sites in the old commercial district, depot
area, and century-old boardinghouses. Hear the stories about the heyday
of the Southern Pacific during the steam age, 1890s to 1950s, when the
SP dominated public life in SLO, transforming it from a cow town to a
boomtown. Duration about 90 minutes. Meet at Gus's Grocery, corner of
Osos and Leff Sts. Leader: Joe Morris, 549-0355
Sat., Oct. 25th, 8:30 a.m. Stoney Creek Trail Hike A
moderately strenuous, 10-mile, 2,000 ft. gain hike through Garcia Wilderness,
accessing North trailhead via a locked gate. Some poison oak on trail.
Bring lunch, sturdy shoes, water, and dress for the weather. Meet in front
of Pacific Beverage Co. in Santa Margarita. Extreme heat postpones hike
until a November weekend. Leader: Carlos Diaz-Saaveda, 546-0317
Sun., Oct. 26th, 10 a.m. Sycamore Springs Trekking Pole Hike.
Polecats is dedicated to leading local Sierra Club day hikes to model
the techniques and benefits of using trekking poles. A two-mile, 600 ft.
elevation change, hike. Meet near entrance to Sycamore Springs Resort,
1215 Avila Beach Drive. Need to confirm beforehand with Leader: David
Georgi, 458-5575 or email@example.com
Thu-Sat., Oct. 30th-Nov. 1st Death Valley Wilderness Restoration
Trip. Help restore wilderness values in this remote and beautiful
National Park by cleaning up debris from a marijuana grow site on Friday.
We will gather early Thursday afternoon to work on another TBA project
in the Valley before heading to campsite. Trip requires four-wheel drive
vehicle to get to work site. Camping is primitive: need to bring everything,
including ample water. Group size limited. Leader: Kate Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org,
661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee
Fri-Sun., Oct. 31st-Nov. 9th Desert Wilderness Celebrations.
Choice of attending one or both weekends or any days in between for a
series of gatherings sponsored by the Sierra Club California/Nevada Wilderness
Committee to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and
20th anniversary of the Calif. Desert Protection Act. Things start evening
of Oct. 31st, joining NPS "Mojave Fest" on November 1st, heading
next day to Mecca Hills Wilderness and continuing as a moving campout,
ending Nov. 8th and 9th in Saddleback Butte State Park, led by CNRCC Desert
Committee. For details as they develop, see www.caldesert20.org
or contact Vicky Hoover, 415-977-5527 or email@example.com.
Sat., Nov. 1st, 10 a.m. SLO City Walk: San Luis Cemetery
Guided stroll past gravesites of famous pioneers like Angel, Murray, Sinsheimer
and Civil-War vets, plus the old "potter's field" for indigents
and the landmark pyramid. Learn the compelling stories of the 19th-century
founders of San Luis Obispo. Duration about 1 1/2 hrs. Meet in south parking
lot adjacent to the pyramid, 2890 S. Higuera St. Leader: Joe Morris, 549-0355
Sat.-Sun., Nov. 15-16th Explore and Serve in Carrizo Plains Saturday
work to remove sections of fence to enable pronghorn antelope movement.
Sunday activity is group choice---either hike in Caliente Range or tour
of popular viewing areas in the plains. This is an opportunity to combine
car camping, day hiking, exploring, and service in a relatively unknown
wilderness. Leader: Craig Deutsche, 310-477-6670 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CNRCC Desert Committee
Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Trail Crew Opportunities
Trail Crew Volunteers are needed for work in the Ventana and
Silverpeak Wilderness Areas. If interested or to get more information
contact Dave Knapp, Trail Crew Leader at email@example.com.
Hiking With Other Organizations
In addition to outings sponsored by the Santa Lucia Chapter,
you may want to contact other organizations who offer outings which complement
those listed here.
The Central Coast Natural
History Association (772-2694) offers docent-led walks in Montana
de Oro and Morro Bay State Parks.
"Pecho Coast Trail" and "Point Buchon Trail Information"
offer hikes to the Port San Luis Lighthouse and other areas around Diablo
Canyon. Check the PGE website for more details
The Morro Coast
Audubon Society offers many bird watching outings.
The Ventana Chapter
of the Sierra Club regularly leads outings in the Los Padres National
Forest, Big Sur, Arroyo Seco and Big Basin Area.
The Los Padres Chapter
of the Sierra Club leads outings in Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara
County and Ventura County.
The Ventana Wilderness
Alliance hosts service trips and outings in the Ventana and Silver
Peak Wilderness Areas.
of San Luis Obispo hosts ranger-led walks around the City of San Luis
Concerned Mountain Bikers build trails around the County. For more
information, log onto their website.
The Land Conservancy
of San Luis Obispo offers guided walks on Conservancy properties.
Car Camping - The Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club has
coordinated events with the SOLO
Desert Outings: Trips
to the deserts of California and Nevada.
Sierra Nevada Trips - Contact the Tehipite
Chapter of the Sierra Club. They lead many outings including backpacking,
cross-country skiing, hikes, and more.
Sierra Club Lodges and Huts - The Sierra Club has several lodges
throughout California, open at different times during the year. This is
a great chance to make new friends within the Club. Rates are lower than
conventional lodging. For more information check the Sierra
Club Lodges Homepage.
Exploring On Your Own - If you would like to strike out on your
own, be sure to check out the
Sierra Club Trail Guides for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Monterey
E-mail List. The Santa Lucia Chapter maintains an email list
to announce upcoming outings. If you would like to add your name, send
an e-mail to Gary Felsman.
Adding Groups: To add another group's activities/trips to this
list, contact Joe Morris.
Seller of travel registration
information: CST 2087766-40.
Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the
State of California.
Keeping Our Trails in Good Condition
The Sierra Club is working to create a list of Trail
Watch Volunteers to maintain and report on trail conditions throughout
our area. For more information contact Gary Felsman at 805-473-3694.
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