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
SIERRA CLUB OUTINGS AUGUST 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
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 email@example.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
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 email@example.com
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
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 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.
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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of the Sierra Club