Car camping and day hiking extravaganza in one of our newest National Parks, featuring fascinating geology (~23 million years ago this was located near Lancaster!) Talus caves, towering cliffs, and volcanic formations attract bats, condors, and climbers. We'll hike among these wonders while also enjoying oak woodlands, chaparral, riparian areas, spring wildflowers, plus a variety of birds and other animals. Did I mention California Condors? If you need Environmental Awareness credits for your advanced leadership rating, this trip will qualify.
[Refugio State Beach, header image by Dan Valdez]
- May 1 - 4, 2015Sponsored by:Long Beach Group, Natural Science Section, Wilderness Adventures SectionSharon Moore
- May 17, 2015Sponsored by:Sierra Sage
This is a fundraising event to assist both the Sierra Sage group of the Sierra Club and the Audubon's Starr Ranch Sanctuary. The ranch, on over 4,000 acres set in the foothills east of Rancho Santa Margarita, is used primarily as an educational and research facility for the Audubon Society. Activities include hiking, bird watching, listening to a live Band, great conversation, special activities, and enjoying tasty food. Often, the Starr Ranch staff are able to have a live video feed from a hawk's or owl's nest as the mother feeds her young chicks. Deer often wander through the picnic area during the day. Hamburgers, Veggie Burgers, salads, beans, potato chips, desserts, fresh fruit and all the trimmings will be provided. A beverage bar (donations welcome) for your beverage of choice is available.
- May 22 - 25, 2015Sponsored by:Angeles Chapter, Wilderness Adventures Section
Spend Memorial Day weekend on Santa Rosa Island, the second largest island in Channel Islands National Park. Because of its isolation over thousands of years, you will experience coastal Southern California as it once was. Hike pristine rolling hills, deep canyons and lagoons and white sand beaches. Enjoy ranger led hikes to learn about indigenous plants, Chumash Indians and Island history. On boat crossing, chance of viewing marine mammals including humpback and blue whales and dolphins. On the way back, we will travel along the north side of Santa Cruz Island and view the large "Painted" Cave (sea conditions permitting). Backpack to campsites is 1.5 mi, from boat landing, along a level dirt road with one short hill. Choice of easy to moderate hikes. No serious conditioning required. Strong winds and rough seas are possible. 35 MPH winds are not uncommon in the campground. Tent (low profile) sharing encouraged so more people can enjoy the unique island experience. Campground amenities include drinking water, bathrooms, solar showers and windbreaks. Participants bring their own food and camping equipment.
- June 20 - 27, 2015Sponsored by:Angeles Chapter, Backpacking Committee
No backpacking. In 8 days experience the unique and outstanding natural beauty of Kauai. Enjoy moderate hikes (4 -7 mi/500-1,500 gain/loss) in Kokee State Park. Hike Alakai Swamp, Pahia Lookout, Awaiawipu Trail to views of the canyon and NaPali coast 4000’ below. Plus moderate 4 mi RT Na Pali Coast day hike to Hanakapiai Beach explore lava caves. Snorkel/swim at picturesque Ke’e Beach & Poipu Beach. Exclusive: Manuel's Ginger Chicken at Salt Pond Beach Park. Tour National Tropical Botanical Gardens. Stop at views of Waimea Canyon and Kalalau Valley. Rain forest cabins (pro kitchen) 3 nights.
- August 13 - 16, 2015Sponsored by:Palos Verdes-South Bay Group
Hike through grassy meadows under towering pines, soak your feet in pristine alpine lakes, and feast your eyes on vistas of snow-capped granite peaks. Join us for an adventurous four days of glorious hiking on some of the most spectacular trails in the high Sierras. The grand finale will be a visit to the ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest to hike among the oldest living things on the planet.Judy Shane
- September 26, 2015Sponsored by:Orange County Group, Orange County Sierra Sage Group
Join us from 3-6 pm for wine, cheese, hors-doeuvres, festive lunch and music in this sanctuary deep in Modjeska Canyon. Our guide will lead a nature walk through the winding pathways and gardens to look for the resident tortoise, Henry, and many other birds and animals. Live music will feature Patti Barnes, vocalist/keyboards, among others.Donna Specht