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[Outings]Chapter 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 Morris.





Sun., Aug. 3rd, 9 a.m. West Cuesta Ridge Hike. Moderately strenuous, 8-mile, 2000 ft. gain hike to top of West Cuesta Ridge from the end of Stenner Creek Rd, following the Shooters trail along ridge to the Sargent Cypress Botanical Area, then down the Morning Glory trail to starting point. Bring water, snacks, and dress in layers for changing weather. Hat, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes are recommended. Meet at the end of Stenner Creek Road, about 2 miles from Hwy 1. Leader: Bill Waycott, 459-2103 or

Sat., Aug. 9th, 8:30 a.m. Southern Big Sur Traverse. 9-mile, 2200-ft gain hike in Silver Peak Wilderness, crossing from Cruikshank trailhead to Buckeye camp and on to Soda Springs trailhead, with great coastline views. Buckeye camp set in large, shady meadow is our lunch stop. Trip involves a car shuttle. Ticks and poison oak are both possible on the trail. Bring lunch, snack, water, and dress for changing weather. Meet at Washburn Day use area in San Simeon State Park, about 1.7 mile north of Windsor and Main in Cambria. Trailhead is about a 40-minute drive north from Cambria. Probable stop for eats afterwards. Leader: Chuck Tribbey, 441-7597

Sun., Aug. 10th, 10 a.m. Chumash Crespi Trail Hike. 2-mile, 500 ft. gain hike through beautiful oak grove in Morro Bay State Park. Plant list provided. Directions: from South Bay Blvd., between Morro Bay and Los Osos, turn onto Turri Rd to trailhead parking lot, 1/2 mile more on the left. Leader: Vicki Marchenko, 528-5567 or

Sun., Aug. 17th, 2 p.m., City Walk: Mission-Era Emigrants and Gold-Rush Renegades.  Easy, guided stroll past the Mission courtyard, two adobes, the old stagecoach stop, and other landmarks to hear stories of the early days of San Luis Obispo, the Chumash natives, and Gold-Rush fever.  Meet under the clock at the corner of Monterey and Osos. Leader: Joe Morris, 549-0355


September 2014


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

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

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

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, 546-0317.

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

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 Felsman, 473-3694.

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.






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



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.

PGE's "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.

The City of San Luis Obispo hosts ranger-led walks around the City of San Luis Obispo.

Central Coast 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.

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 Counties.

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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Explore, Enjoy and Protect - Santa Lucia Chapter hike in Machesna Wilderness
Machesna Wilderness hike
April 2002
Photo by Gary Felsman