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
Sat., Mar. 1st, 9 a.m. Lopez Lake Nature Exploratory.
Four-mile hike, 200 ft. gain, to identify local plants and birds, co-led
by Audubon and Calif. Native Plant Society experts. We will be looking
especially for waterfowl with possibility of seeing early spring wildflowers,
if blessed with decent rain. Bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, sturdy
shoes, and dress in layers for changing weather. No day use fees charged.
Meet at Mabel French Boy Scout Camp. From Arroyo Grande, follow signs
toward Lopez Lake. After crossing dam but before Lopez Lake County Park,
turn right on Hi Mountain Rd, proceeding .8 mile to junction of Upper
Lopez Canyon Rd. Bear left on Canyon Rd and continue 3.6 miles to entrance
of Boy Scout Camp, on left side of road. Park in the parking lot; restrooms
available there. Leader: Bill Waycott, 459-2103 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rain or threat of rain cancels.
Thu.-Sun, Mar. 6th-9th Joshua Tree National Park Spring Weekend
Visit park when temperatures are cooler and wildflowers may be blooming.
We may explore palm oases, boulder areas, desert canyons, or climb peaks.
Camp in Indian Cove campground with picnic tables, fire grates, and pit
toilets. Bring your own supplies and drinking water or fill up at the
Indian Cove Ranger Station. Hikes may be off trail. Some vehicle travel
on dirt roads may be required. Cost $30 per person, which includes 3 nights
camping. $20 deposit to hold reservation. Group size limited to 16. Leader:
Rich Juricich at 916-492-2181 or email@example.com
Delta Sierra Club Group/CNRCC Desert Committee.
Sat., Mar. 8th, 8:30 a.m. Hike in La Panza Range
East of Pozo. An 8-12 mile hike, with 1500-2000 ft. gain, exploring
hills east of Pozo. Exact destination determined by weather and condition
of dirt roads to trailhead. Bring lunch, water, snacks, and dress for
the weather. Meet at Pacific Beverage Co., Santa Margarita. Leader: Gary
Sat., Mar. 8th, 10 a.m. Dune and Beach Hike at Montana de Oro.
Two-mile loop hike, 300 ft. gain, moderate pace and nice sandy trails.
Meet at Hazard Canyon parking day use area, about 1.6 miles from park
entrance. Leader: Vicki Marchenko, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sat., Mar. 8, 2014, 9 am, Lopez Lake Bird and Plant Exploratory
Hike. Join Sierra Club, Audubon, and the California Native
Plants Soc. on a bird and plant walk. Expect to hike about 4 miles
with a 200 foot elevation gain. We will be looking for waterfowl,
which should be plentiful and visible along the trail. If we are
blessed with some decent rainfall, we may also see early spring flowers.
Meet at the Mabel French Boy Scout Camp. Directions: From
Arroyo Grande, follow the signs towards Lopez Lake. After crossing
the dam, but before entering Lopez Lake County Park, turn right on Hi
Mountain Road and proceed 0.8 miles to the junction of Upper Lopez Canyon
Road. Bear left on Canyon Road and proceed 3.6 miles to the entrance
of the Boy Scout Camp, on the left (west) side of the road. Park
in the parking lot, where restrooms are available. No day use fees
are charged as this area is outside of the fee area. Bring water
and snacks, and dress in layers for changing weather. A hat, sunscreen,
and sturdy shoes are recommended. For more information, call Bill at (805)
459-2103 or email email@example.com
. Rain or the threat of
Sat., Mar. 15th, 7:30 a.m. McPherson Peak Hike. Moderately strenuous
hike, 11 miles and 2800 ft. gain, to 5,749 ft. peak, one of the higher
ones in the Sierra Madre range. Views of San Rafael Wilderness, Cuyama
Valley, and Caliente Range on a clear day. Need to start early since trailhead
is 85 miles from SLO. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Santa Rosa Park with possible
stop at Halcyon exit commuter parking lot in Arroyo Grande and dirt pullout
at east side of highway, beginning of Rt. 166 east. Adventure Pass required
at Aliso Campground trailhead. This is an all-day excursion; poison oak
possible on the road. Call Leader: Carlos Diaz-Saavedra, 546-0317, for
other information or to arrange to meet at one of the stops enroute.
Sat.-Sun., Mar. 15th-16th, Early Spring/Carrizo Plain. Day of
service plus day of sightseeing, car camping at this national monument.
Weather can be very variable. Work modifying fences to give pronghorn
antelope more mobility. Sightseeing determined by group desires. For further
information, contact Leader: Craig Deutsche, firstname.lastname@example.org
or 310-477-6670. CNRCC Desert Committee
Sat.-Sun., Mar. 15th-17th, Turtle Mts. Wilderness Restoration.
Annual wilderness trip with BLM and CA/NV Wilderness Committee, celebrating
50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and more. Tall tales, nostalgia,
and celebratory goodies. Contact Vicky Hoover, 415-977-5527 or email@example.com
CNRCC Wilderness Committee
Sun., Mar. 16th, 10 a.m. Sycamore Springs Trekking Pole Hike.
"Polecats" dedicated to leading local Sierra Club day hikes
and modeling the benefits of trekking-pole use. This outing is 2 miles,
600 ft. elevation change. Meet near the entrance to Sycamore Springs Resort,
1215 Avila Beach Drive. Confirm beforehand with Leader: David Georgi,
458-5575 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat., Mar. 22nd, 9 a.m. Adobe Trail Hike. Eight-mile, mildly
strenuous hike through range grass and up oak-covered hill, north of the
Sierra Madre range, continuing to hilltop for views of Mt. Abel and Mt.
Pinos. Bring sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, water, and dress in layers.
To meet at carpool pt., take Hwy. 101, then west on Hwy, 166, going under
the underpass and turning left on Hutton Rd. Park along roadside at intersection
of Hutton Rd. and Cuyama Lane. Option to meet at trailhead at 9:30 a.m.:
from Hwy. 101, drive east on Hwy 166 for 22 miles---trailhead on left
side of the road. Pass through unlocked gate for parking. Trail is directly
behind green gate. If you reach Rock Front Ranch, you have gone too far.
Leader: Andrea Ortiz, 264-4527 or email@example.com
Sat., Mar. 22nd, 10 a.m. City Walk of San Luis Obispo:
Jazz Age 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 Santa Rosa
and Marsh Sts. Leader: Joe Morris, 549-0355
Fri., Mar. 28th, 7-9 p.m. Bimonthly Meeting: "Green Burial:
The Ultimate Recycling." Traveling from the Bay Area to speak to
us tonight is a truly dynamic and experienced speaker, Rob Caughlan, co-founder
of Friends of the River, first president of the Surfrider Foundation,
and environmental filmmaker (www.robcaughlan.com) Rob will discuss the
options and rationale for the growing trend of environmentally sustainable
burial. The meeting will begin with the short, award-winning documentary,
"Green Dying," and ample time will be left for your questions.
Meets at Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St., SLO. Info.: Joe Morris,
Fri-Sun., Mar. 28th-30th, Mojave National Preserve Car camp.
Meet 11 a.m. Friday at Sunrise Campground for 4-mile hike to Teutonia
Pk. in afternoon and evening potluck. Six-mile Saturday hike around Barber
Pk. from Hole-in-the-Wall. Sunday hike to Kelso Dunes. Optional camping
Sunday at Granite Pass. Primitive camping, so bring plenty of water. Leader:
Carol Wiley, firstname.lastname@example.org
or 760-245-8734. CNRCC Desert Committee
Sat., Mar. 29th, 8:15 a.m. Cruikshank Trail to Lion Den. Spring
hike in southern Big Sur, strenuous 12 miles and 3000 ft. elevation gain.
Beginning at Hwy. 1, hike passes through Villa Creek Canyon and Lower
and Upper Cruikshank Camps, near old homestead. On then to Silver Camp
and Lion's Den with great views of the southeast wilderness. Ticks and
poison oak possible on trail. Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, and
dress in layers for the weather. Meet at Washburn day use area of San
Simeon State Park, about 2 miles north of Cambria for carpool. Those interested
in carpooling from SLO to Washburn, meet at Santa Rosa Park at 7:30 a.m.
Rain cancels. Leader: Chuck Tribbey, 441-7597
APRIL ADVANCE NOTICE
Sat., Apr. 5th, 8 a.m. Machesna Wilderness Hike. Strenuous
12-15 mile hike, 3000 ft. gain, to explore hills east of Pozo. Destinations
may include American Canyon, Coyote Hole, and views of the Carrizo Plain.
Bring lunch, water, snacks, and dress for the weather. Hope for rain to
turn grasses and hills green. Meet at the Pacific Beverage Co., Santa
Margarita. Advance registration required---this is not a beginner's
hike. Plan to be out all day. Leader: Gary Felsman, 473-3694.
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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Copyrighted© 1994 -2010 by Gary Felsman and the Santa Lucia Chapter
of the Sierra Club