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
SCHEDULE OF HIKES AND ACTIVITIES
Sat., May 4th, 9 a.m. Plants and Birds at Santa Margarita Lake.
Co-led by leaders of the Audubon and the California Native Plant Society,
this 4-mile walk will furnish an opportunity to see a variety of late
spring wildflowers, migrant birds and their nesting behaviors. Bring snacks
and water for a picnic lunch afterwards (no tables, so bring blanket,
if desired). From Hwy 101, go east at the Santa Margarita/Hwy 58 exit,
driving through Santa Margarita, then right on 58, continuing in 2 miles
onto Pozo Rd for 14.8 miles, and turn left (after a small bridge) on River
Rd, going 2.3 miles. Parking lot for the River Rd. access will be on the
left. Allow about an hour for the drive from SLO. Info.: Bill Waycott,
459-2103 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat., May 11th, 7:15 a.m. Big Sur Botany Hike. Join us
on an outing focused on the floristic diversity of the southern Big Sur
mountains, co-led by expert guide Neil Havlik. This is a moderately strenuous
10-mile hike, 2200 ft. gain, going through several changes in plant communities.
The Cruickshank Trail first ascends to panoramic views of the southern
Big Sur coast, then into Villa Creek Canyon and Buckeye Camp (lunch stop).
It continues across Redwood Creek to Soda Springs trail junction. Bring
lunch, snacks, water, and dress in layers for changing weather. Ticks
and poison oak are possibilities. Meet at 7:15 a.m. Santa Rosa Park in
SLO or 8 a.m. at Washburn Day Use Area in San Simeon State Park. We will
then drive 40 miles to the Cruickshank TH, first leaving a shuttle car(s)
at the Soda Springs TH 4 miles south. To participate, you must contact
Bill Waycott in advance at 459-2103 or email@example.com
to be included.
Sat. May 11th, 10 a.m. City Walk: Storybook Houses of 1920s San
Luis Obispo. Co-led by local expert, Patty Andreen, who lives
in the neighborhood, this guided stroll will take you past a dozen daring,
delightful, Disneyesque cottages in SLO, explaining their unique architecture
and the twenties era that inspired their designs. Meet at corner of Chorro
St. and Murray Ave. Info.: Joe Morris, 549-0355
Sun., May 12th, 9 a.m. Wildflower Walk in Prefumo Canyon.
Join us for a special 2-mile saunter through the Irish Hills Open Space
preserve. Stroll past a good variety of late-spring wildflowers and learn
about chaparral ecology, while overlooking a panoramic vista of a half-dozen
morros. Wear sturdy walking shoes. Poison oak present in area. Meet at
corner of Los Osos Valley and Prefumo Canyon Rds. Leader: Joe Morris,
Sat., May 18th, 9 a.m. Prewitt Canyon Loop. Come on a
southern Big Sur hike with beautiful views. This is an all-day hike of
12 miles and 2,400 feet elevation gain, so not for beginners. It is possible
to do a partial hike and retrace your steps. Be aware of the presence
of poison oak in the area. At your own option, you could consider camping
at either Kirk Creek or Plaskett Creek campgrounds before and/or afterwards.
Meet at the Pacific Valley C.D.F. station, about a mile from Plaskett
Creek campground. Leader: Carlos Diaz-Saavedra, 546-0317
Sun., May 19th, 10 a.m. Sycamore Springs Trekking-Pole Hike.
2-mile hike to model the benefits of using trekking poles, 700 feet elevation
gain. Meet near the entrance of Sycamore Springs Resort, 1215 Avila Beach
Resort. Confirm beforehand with leader: David Georgi, 458-5575 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tues., May 21st, 7-9 p.m. Bimonthly Meeting: "Climate Change
Comes to the Central Coast." Noted meteorologist and writer
of the "Weatherwatch" column for the SLO Tribune, John Lindsey
visits us tonight with a stimulating talk on how global warming has already
altered some aspects of Central Coast weather, giving graphic displays
of some of his own collected data, and discussing what patterns we might
expect to see in the future. Conservation news will begin the meeting.
Location: Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St., SLO. Info: Joe Morris,
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.
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 Obispo.
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 Sierrans.
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
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
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.
Photographs and Material on this
Gary Felsman and the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club