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., Feb. 1st, 9 a.m. Lopez Lake Bird and Plant Walk.
Four-mile hike, 200 ft. gain, co-led by Audubon and Calif. Native Plant
Society leaders, to view waterfowl and early spring wildflowers. Option
to continue hike to top of Duna Vista lookout. Bring water, snacks, hat,
sunscreen, sturdy shoes, and dress in layers for changing weather. From
Arroyo Grande, follow signs toward Lopez Lake. After crossing the dam,
but before entering Lopez Lake County Park, turn right on Hi Mountain
Rd, continuing for .8 mile and turning left on Upper Lopez Canyon Rd.
Then proceed 3.6 miles to the old entrance of the Boy Scout Camp (now
closed) and park on road side. Restrooms available; no fee area. Leader:
Bill Waycott, 459-2103 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rain or threat of rain cancels.
Sun., Feb. 8th, 11 a.m. Canoe/Kayak on Morro Bay Group
canoe or kayak trip across Morro Bay from Los Osos. We will adventure
across the Bay to land at Morro Bay State Park for a one-mile walk along
the dunes, with time to relax or beach comb, then head back same way.
Duration about 4 hrs. BYOB (boat), snacks, water, and life jacket. To
meet, park off Pasadena Dr. between Baywood Way and Santa Ysabel Ave.
Confirm a few days in advance with Leader: Vicki Marchenko, 528-5567 or
Fri.-Sat, Feb. 13th-14th. S. Nevada Valentine's Day Service Trip
Give our public lands a valentine by working with the BLM Las Vegas office
and Friends of Nevada Wilderness on the 14th to enhance wilderness in
one of the southern Nevada BLM wildernesses. Sociable campout Friday night.
For more details and sign up, contact Vicky Hoover, 415-977-5527 or email@example.com.
CA/NV Wilderness Committee.
Sat., Feb. 14th, 8:30 a.m. Salmon Creek to Ragged Point Hike.
This diverse trek will take us through shaded canyons, open meadows, a
ridge with coastal views, and chapparal-covered slopes. It is a strenuous
10-mile, 3000 ft. elevation gain, hike. Bring lunch, water, and sturdy
hiking shoes. Poison oak will be present along the trail. A car shuttle
will be used. Meet at the Washburn Day Use Area near San Simeon State
Park off Hwy 1, north of Cambria. Contact Leader: Carlos Diaz-Saavedra,
546-0317, for further info or for re-scheduling if there is a chance of
Sun., Feb. 15th, 10 a.m. Johnson Ranch Trekking-Pole Hike.
"Polecats" is dedicated to leading
local Sierra Club day hikes that model the benefits of using trekking
poles effectively. This walk is 2 miles long plus 600 ft. elevation
gain. Meet near the entrance of the Johnson Ranch trailheads at
the corner of Higuera and Ontario Sts. Need to confirm you
are coming beforehand with leader: David Georgi, 458-5575 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun., Feb. 22nd, 9 a.m. Coon Creek 2 Years
After the Burn. Take
a walk in Montana de Oro State Park (4 miles, 500 ft. elevation
gain) for a rare opportunity to see chaparral and riparian
plant communities rejuvenate after both a period of low rainfall
and the blackened void created by the 2012 fire. Many species
expected to be in bloon. Meet at the Coon Creek parking area
at south end of the paved road at Montana de Oro SP. Duration
about 3 hrs. Bring water, snacks, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, hat,
and jacket. Rain or threat of rain cancels. Leader: Bill
Waycott, 459-2103 or email@example.com
Sun., Feb. 22nd, 2 p.m. Historic Walk of San Luis Obispo: The
Post-War Rebirth Years Imagine SLO before its tree-lined streets,
the Mission Plaza, and Farmers Market. How did this unremarkable little
town after World War II become the dynamic and attractive place it is
today? Find out and more on a guided stroll past stores, civic buildings,
and San Luis Creek to follow the changes in city life from the late forties
to its transformation in the seventies. Duration about 1 1/2 hrs. Meet
at the corner of Santa Rosa and Pacific Sts. Leader: Joe Morris, 549-0355
Sat., Feb. 28th, 8 a.m. High Mountain Rd. to Condor Lookout Hike
Moderately strenuous, out-and-back 10-mile hike past wildflower meadows,
chaparral, creek, and mountain peaks with beautiful vistas to the condo
lookout station atop High Mt. Peak. Option to go part way and turn back
early. Bring water, sun protection, snacks, dress in layers, wear sturdy
shoes and binoculars are useful to spot a condor! Directions: From Arroyo
Grande, follow signs toward Lopez Lake. After crossing the dam but before
entering Lopez Lake County Park, turn right on High Mountain Rd for 12.6
miles, (bearing right on Upper Lopez Rd. to stay on High Mt.). You will
reach a second gate, parking area, and trailhead. High Mt. Rd. is easy
on all cars until this spot---no need for a four-wheel drive. A second
option is to meet at the Ridge Trail staging area, just past the upper
Lopez Canyon/High Mt. Rd junction at 7:30 to carpool in. For more info,
contact Leader: Andrea Lopez at 934-2792 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rain or serious threat of rain cancels.
Mon, Mar. 2nd, 10 a.m. Valley and Islay Creek Hike.
Identify a dozen wildflower species on a scenic two-mile loop hike, 250
ft. elevation gain, in Montana de Oro State Park. Meet at Spooner Ranch
House, 2.5 miles past park entrance. Leader: Vicki Marchenko, 528-5567
Sat., Mar. 7th, 8:30 a.m. E. Cuesta Ridge to Lopez Canyon Trail.
Walk on Mt. Lowe Rd. (E. Cuesta Ridge) 4.6 miles from gate near highway,
then down Lopez Canyon Trail as far as we feel comfortable, returning
the same way. Some trailside poison oak present. Expect to be out all
day unless you wish to turn back early. Meet at Santa Rosa Park in SLO
to carpool to the top of the grade. If you are from North County, you
can meet us at the gate at about 8:45. Bring lunch and water. Leader:
Carlos Diaz-Saavedra, 546-0317
Sun., Mar. 8th, 10 a.m. Trekking-Pole Hike at Johnson Ranch Hike
to model the techniques and benefits of using trekking poles, 2.2 miles,
150 ft. gain. Meet at trailhead, located just after lower Higuera goes
under Hwy 101 and becomes Ontario Rd. Need to confirm beforehand with
Leader: David Georgi, 458-5575 or email@example.com
Sun., Mar. 22nd, 2 p.m. Historic Walk: Victorian-Age San Luis Obispo.
Guided stroll past 21 stately, century-old homes and churches in the Old
Town Historic District, SLO's former "Nob Hill." See residences
of past mayors, newspaper editor, and founder of Cal Poly. Eavesdrop on
the lives of the newly rich who dominated SLO in its horse-and-buggy days.
Duration about 1 1/2 hrs. Meet in front of Jack House, 536 Marsh St. Leader:
Joe Morris, 549-0355
Tues., Mar. 24th, 7-9 p.m. Bimonthly Meeting: "Ten
Best SLO County Hikes You've Probably Missed" Tonight, meet one of
our veteran chapter outings leaders, David Georgi, who in his retirement
years has now hiked several hundred trails in our county. He will recount
the best of the ones that have been unfairly neglected by those stuck
in weekend ruts traipsing another time up Bishop Peak or doing the Laguna
Lake loop. This evening's slides and descriptions will open your eyes
to some surprising natural wonders nearby, from shore to summit---just
in time for the best part of hiking season. Join us! Location: Steynberg
Gallery, 1531 Monterey St., SLO. Info: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
Coast Audubon Society offers many bird watching outings.
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.
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
Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers build trails around the County. For
more information, log onto their website.
Conservancy of San Luis Obispo offers guided walks on Conservancy
Car Camping - The Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra
Club has coordinated events with the SOLO
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
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