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[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.




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.

Sun., Apr. 6th, 2 p.m. SLO City Walk: San Luis Cemetery. Guided stroll past gravesites of famous pioneers like Angel, Cass, Murray, Sinsheimer, and Civil-War vets, plus the old "potter's field' for indigents and, of course, the landmark pyramid. Learn the compelling stories of settlers in 19th-century 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., Apr. 12th, Previtt Loop Hike, 8 a.m. A challenging, very strenuous hike of 13 miles and 2800 ft. elevation gain, but worth it for the beautiful scenery: redwood groves, great ocean views, rolling grassland, and an exploration of the Previtt Creek drainage area. Expect to be out all day, and assume poison oak on the trail. Bring lunch, plenty of water, protective clothing, and dress for the weather. Meet at the Washburn Day Use Area of San Simeon State Beach, about 1 1/2 miles north of Cambria, off Hwy 1. If you are going, let Leader: Carlos Diaz-Saavedra, 546-0317, know ahead of time. Those wishing to carpool from SLO be at Santa Rosa Park, to leave at 7:15 a.m.--no guarantee others will be there to join you. Contact Carlos in case of rain.

Sat.-Sun., April 12th-13th, Hot Springs/Cold Nights in Black Rock Desert. Visit Trego Hot Spring in BR Desert, about 100 miles north of Reno---exact itinerary depending on playa conditions (drivable as of January, but can change). May stay at one spring with good all-weather access. Primitive camping, bring water and all food. No RVs or trailers allowed. Dogs on leash OK. Bad weather cancels. Further info.: David, 775-843-6443 Great Basin Group/CNRCC Desert Committee

Sun., April 13th, 10 a.m. Wildflower Walk and Identification. Easy, one-mile walk in the Elfin Forest in Los Osos to view and identify common Central-Coast wildflowers like manzanita, lupine, coffeeberry, heather, sage, and others. From South Bay Blvd., turn west on Santa Ysabel toward the ocean, then right on 11th St to end. Leader: Vicki Marchenko, or 528--5567

Sat., Apr. 19th, 9 a.m. Salmon and Spruce Creek Trails to Dutra Flat. A moderate 8.4-mile hike in beautiful southern Big Sur area, with 2200 ft. elevation gain. Beginning at the Salmon Creek trailhead, hike ascends through Salmon Creek and Spruce Creek canyons into open brush land, with views of Silver Peak, then dropping down into Dutra Flat camp. Meet at Washburn Day Use area of San Simeon State Beach, off Hwy 1, about 2 miles north of Cambria. Bring lunch, water, and dress for the weather. Prepare for possibility of ticks and poison oak. We will probably stop for eats after the hike. Rain cancels. Info: Leader, Chuck Tribbey, 441-7597

Sat-Sun., April 19th-20th Carrizo Service and Flowers Outing with a day of service in Carrizo Plain Nat. Monument and a day of sightseeing and/or hiking. Wildflowers can be spectacular if sufficient rain. Weather typically cool in evenings and comfortable in the day. Service is removing and modifying fences to give pronghorn antelope greater mobility; recreation determined by interests of group. Contact Leader: Craig Deutsche, or 310-477-6670 CNRCC Desert Committee

Sun., Apr. 20th, 10 a.m. Sycamore Springs Trekking-Pole Hike. "Polecats" dedicated to leading local hikes, modeling benefits of effective use of trekking poles. Hike is 2 miles, 600 ft. elevation change. Meet near the entrance of Sycamore Springs Resort, 1215 Avila Beach Drive. Confirm beforehand you are coming with Leader: David Georgi, 458-5575 or



Sun., May 4th, 9 a.m.  Santa Margarita Lake Nature Walk.  With skilled leaders from the Sierra Club, California Native Plant Society, and Morro Coast Audubon Society, come on an easy saunter of 3-4 miles to view and identify spring wildflowers and migrating birds near Santa Margarita Lake.    Bring water and snacks and dress in layers for changing weather.   Hat, sunscreen, and sturdy walking shoes recommended.  From Hwy 101, drive about 15 miles east on Hwy 58 and Pozo Rd, passing the Santa Margarita Lake turnoff, then crossing a small bridge.  Turn left after the bridge onto River Rd, continuing 2.3 miles to park entrance on left side of the road.  Allow 40-50 minutes drive time from SLO area.  To carpool. meet at Santa Rosa Park in SLO at 8:20 a.m. or in front of Pacific Beverage Co., 22255 Camino Real in Santa Margarita, at 8:30 a.m.  Information, contact Leader: Bill Waycott, 459-2103 or  Rain cancels. 
Sun., May 4th, 10 a.m.  Quarry/Canet/Live Oak Trails Hike  Join us on an easy 2 1/2-mile loop hike, 450 ft. gain, in Morro Bay State Park.  View dacite boulders below Cerro Cabrillo's Tiki Rock, grass and sage meadows, oak groves, and distant ocean sand dunes on well-marked dirt trails.  Duration about 2 hrs.  Meet at Quarry Trail parking area off South Bay Blvd., 1.3 mile from Hwy 1 or .7 mile from Turri Rd.  Leader: Vicki Marchenko, 528-5567 or 
Sat., May 10th, 8:30 a.m.  Rinconada/Little and Big Falls Loop Hike.  Strenuous, 14-mile, 2000 ft. gain, hike, mostly in the scenic Lopez Canyon area.  Several stream crossings, so bring sandals or appropriate footwear while crossing.  Some poison oak present.  Bring lunch and water and prepare to be out most of the day, though a shorter in-and-out hike is possible for those desiring it.  Meet in front of Pacific Beverage Co. in Santa Margarita.  Extreme heat will postpone until May 17th, the following Saturday.   Confirm beforehand that you are coming with Leader: Carlos Diaz-Saavedra, 546-0317
Sun., May 18th, 10 a.m.  Sycamore Springs Trekking Pole Hike.  "Polecats" is dedicated to leading hikes, modelling the benefis of using trekking poles effectively.  Today's hike is 2 miles, 600 feet elevation gain.  Meet at entrance to Sycamore Springs Resort, 1215 Avila Beach Drive.  Confirm beforehand with Leader: David Georgi, 458-5575 or
Sat., May 24th, 10 a.m..  Historic Walk: San Luis Obispo, 1914.  Travel  back in time and stroll past century-old homes in the Mill Street Historic District to learn of public life in the era of bungalow houses, the first automobiles, World War I, and the early years of Cal Poly.  Learn the stories of some of the rich and powerful who shaped the city of today.  Duration about 1 1/2 hrs.  Meet at corner of Monterey and Johnson Sts.  Leader: Joe Morris, 549-0355 
Thurs., May 29th, 7-9 p.m.  Bimonthly Meeting: "An Activist's Primer on Drought in California: What's Wrong, What to Do?"  A long-time expert about water conservation in the state, Conner Everts, is travelling from LA this evening to give us insight about the worsening drought situation, what may work to relieve it, and what won't.  Conner has been Director of the Southern California Watershed Alliance and senior mentor for Environmental Justice for Water.  Our chapter Director, Andrew Christie, will serve as discussant in a "Charlie Rose" interview format.  Come and learn the facts on probably California's most urgent environmental problem.  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



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