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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com,
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 www.caldesert20.org
or contact Vicky Hoover, 415-977-5527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 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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Copyrighted© 1994 -2010 by Gary Felsman and the Santa Lucia Chapter
of the Sierra Club