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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.





Fri., July 4th, 9 a.m. Valencia Peak and Beyond. 5-7 mile hike in Montana de Oro State Park, 1500 ft. gain, through hills to summit of Valencia Pk., then down along Oats Peak trail to its peak, weather permitting. Bring water, non-slip shoes, and dress for the changing weather. Meet at Valencia Peak trailhead in the park. Leader: Gary Felsman, 473-3694

Mon., July 7th, 10 a.m. Hazard Peak Trail in Montana de Oro. 5-mile, 1000 ft. gain, steady climb to summit. First mile is sandy, remainder---dirt. Plant list provided. Duration about 3 hrs. Meet at Hazard Canyon parking area, 1.6 miles from park entrance. Leader: Vicki Marchenko, 528-5567 or

Sat., July 12th, 8:30 a.m. Cruikshank Trail to Old Salmon Creek Station. 9-mile, 2500 ft. gain hike in southern Big Sur with beautiful coastal views. Route begins at Cruikshank trailhead, heading east and south on Buckeye trail. There will be a car shuttle between the trailheads. Poison oak definitely present along trails. Meet at Washburn Day Use Area in San Simeon State Park, about 1 mile north of Cambria. Extreme heat will postpone the outing. Leader: Carlos Diaz-Saavedra, 546-0317.

Sun., July 13th, 10 a.m. Walk in Los Osos State Oak Reserve. Come on an easy, 1.3-mile walk, 100 ft. gain through a unique ancient oak forest with sandy to firm dirt trails. Plant list provided. Children over 7 with family members welcome. Directions: on Los Osos Valley Rd. from SLO, soon after entering Los Osos, meet in Oak Reserve parking lost across from Eto Rd. Leader: Vicki Marchenko, 528-5567 or

Sun., July 27th, 2 p.m. Musical Walk of Historic San Luis Obispo Join us on a guided tuneful stroll past ten special landmarks in the historic core of SLO. Hear the stories behind an ancient adobe, the stagecoach stop, home of SLO's first physician, residence of the first local millionaire, SLO's last existing gaslight, a forgotten WPA project, and more, accompanied by recordings of period songs from Mission days to World War II. Duration about 1 1/2 hrs. Meet at NW corner of Nipomo and Dana Sts. Leader: Joe Morris, 549-0355

Wed., July 30th, 7-9 p.m. Bimonthly Meeting: "What's Next for the Pismo Preserve Project?" Certainly one of the most momentous efforts to add permanent open space in our county for years, the Pismo Preserve Project would add 900 acres of ranch land above the city of Pismo Beach, with rolling hills, 10 new miles of trails, and ocean views. Its habitat would support protection of steelhead, California red-legged frog, and other vulnerable species. Come tonight and hear its story and the latest developments from biologist and Land Conservancy Board member Brooke Langle, with accompanying visual slides of the area. Location: Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St., SLO. Info.: Joe Morris, 549-0355


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

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, 441-7597

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

Sun., Aug. 17th, 2 p.m. City Walk: Mission-Era San Luis Obispo Easy, guided stroll past the Mission, several adobes, the old stagecoach stop, home of SLO's first physician, and other landmarks to hear stories of the early days of SLO, the Chumash natives, and the Gold Rush pioneers. Meet under the clock at the corner of Monterey and Osos 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



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