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Sierra Club Outings and Events

[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.




October 2014


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

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

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

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,, 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 or contact Vicky Hoover, 415-977-5527 or

November 2014

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 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



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