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
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
Wed., Apr. 8th, 10 a.m. Los Osos Plant Walk.
On an easy one-mile walk through a unique ancient oak forest, identify
dozens of wildflowers and native plants. Meet in parking lot of Los Osos
Oaks Reserve, on Los Osos Valley Rd., across from Eto Rd. Leader: Vicki
Marchenko, 528-5567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fri.-Sun., Apr. 10th-12th. Carrizo Plains Car Camp and Hike.
Car camp (no charge) at Selby Camp. Saturday 9 a.m., carpool to Caliente
Ridge for out-and-back, all-day hike to Caliente Peak with views of wildflowers.
This is a strenuous hike of 16 miles, 1200 ft. gain, but option of going
part-way and returning. Bring your own food, water, and needed camping
gear. Do call leader if first time in this area: Carlos Diaz-Saavedra,
Fri-Mon., April 10th-13th. Mojave National Preserve Outing.
Meet Friday noon at Amboy Crater for hike up crater and lunch. Primitive
camping Friday night near Granite Pass. Saturday, hike at Kelso Dunes,
and Sunday visit Kelso Depot and lava tube, with camping at Midhills campground.
Monday, option of hiking to Cima Dome on the way out. All hikes are moderate.
Saturday night, we will have a potluck. No services in the preserve. Contact
leader: Carol Wiley 760-245-8734 or email@example.com
for more information. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee.
Sat., April 11th, 10 a.m. SLO Historical Walk: San Luis Cemetery.
Guided stroll past gravesites of famous pioneers like Angel, Murray, Sinsheimer,
and Civil-War vets, plus the "old potters 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.
Sun., April 12th, 10 a.m. Trekking-Pole Hike at Johnson Ranch.
"Polecats" dedicated to leading local Sierra Club day hikes
and modeling the benefits of using trekking poles. Hike through Johnson
Ranch, 2.2 miles, 150 ft. elevation change. Trailhead located after lower
Higuera goes under Hwy 101, becoming Ontario Rd. Need to confirm beforehand
with Leader: David Georgi, 458-5575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat., April 18th, Machesna Wilderness Hike, 8 a.m. All-day
outing, strenuous, 12-15 mile hike, 2400-3400 ft. gain from American Canyon
campground to pond and Machesna Mt. cutoff, then down Coyote hole and
descending Machesna. Bring lunch, plenty of water, snacks, and dress for
the weather. Meet at the Pacific Beverage Company in Santa Margarita.
Advance registration required, not for beginners. For details, call Leader:
Gary Felsman: 473-3694.
Sat.-Sun., Apr. 25th-26th Service in Carrizo Plains National Monument.
Saturday, remove fencing to facilitate movements of pronghorn antelope.
Sunday hike in Carrizo Range or other popular viewing area. Leader: Craig
Deutsche, 310-477-6670 or email@example.com.
CNRCC Desert Committee
ADVANCE NOTICE MAY 2015
Fri.-Sun., May 1st-3rd. Manzanar/Lone Pine Lake Trip.
Creekside camp in high desert near Lone Pine. Six-mile hike, moderate
hike from Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake on Saturday, followed by happy
hour, potluck, and campfire. Sunday caravan to Manzanar, WW II Japanese
internment camp and museum near Lone Pine. Group size limited. Send $8
per person, plus email, phone no., sase, and rideshare preferences to
Leader: Lygeia Gerard, P.O. Box 721039, Pinon Hills, CA 92372, 760-868-2179
or Goody2shz@yahoo.com Mojave Group/CNRCC
Sat., May 2nd, 7:30 a.m. Santa Lucia Trail to Pimkolam Junipero
Serra Peak. Very strenuous, 12-mile out-and-back hike, 3300 ft.
gain from Indian Station trailhead in Los Padres. Pass through oak and
pine forest, meadow to summit. Poison oak on trail. Bring plenty of water,
snacks, and lunch, and dress for the weather. Meet at rideshare point
at Las Tablas Rd in Templeton, west of Hwy 101, then 90" carpool
to trailhead. Bring ID, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance for
passage through Ft. Hunter Liggett. Extreme heat cancels. Need to confirm
beforehand with Leader: Chuck Tribbey, 441-7597
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