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DPS trips mainly include Saturday and Sunday day hikes with a Saturday night potluck campfire meal and car or tent camping overnight stay on Saturday. Those wishing to attend must contact the Leader or Assistant Leader as indicated in the Desert Sage or on this web site. Trip sheets will be e-mailed/mailed prior to the event upon acceptance to the trip. Permits or fees may be required depending on the peak being climbed. A listing of recent expired Section Outing announcements is available for viewing.
Activity listings for selected Angeles Chapter Outings Sections and the Leadership Training Committee can be accessed by following the links displayed at the bottom of this Listing of Outings and Activities.

March 8th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Tom Sumner in Sylmar for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 pm and potluck at 6:00 pm. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Tom Sumner at

Mar 21, 2015 Saturday O: 21st DPS Chili Cook-off: Join us for a day of fun in Anza Borrego State Park, Culp Valley campground for this DPS classic. Whether you like your chili traditional, Texas-style (no beans), or vegetarian, bring your favorite recipe or just hearty taste buds to this DPS classic. Cooks prepare chili from scratch at the site, then all enjoy happy hour followed by chili tasting and judging. Prizes will be awarded by category, with special recognition for the  Spiciest Chili, Best Presentation, Most Original Recipe, and the coveted Best Overall Chili. Cook for free or taste for $10. With the recent rains, we are sure to enjoy some spring wildflowers. Short hikes on trails, birding and exploring opportunities abound in this our largest State Park! Send ESASE with choice of Cook or Taster and chili type to receive directions, contest specs, carpoool info and hiking/exploring activities to Hosts: Jan Brahms ( and Julie Rush (

March 21-22, Sat-Sun, Desert Peaks Section, WTC I: Eagle Mountain #1 (5320'): Join us for this 11 mile, 3100' gain weekend outing over rough rocky terrain for a backpack in the remote wilderness of southern Joshua Tree National Park. We will start out from Cottonwood Springs and travel cross-country to our dry campsite at the base of the Eagle Mountains; 3.5 mi, 800' gain to camp for happy hour. Early Sunday, with day packs, travel on a cross-country 2.5 mi, 1700' gain to summit the highest peak in the Eagle Mountains. After taking in the fantastic views from the top we'll descend by way of a different route back to camp to pack up and return across the desert to our cars. WTC or similar experience required, group size limited. This is a WTC outing co-sponsored by DPS. Send e-mail with contact info and recent conditioning to Ldr: Dave Scobie at & Co-Ldr: Mat Kelliher at


April 12th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Larry and Barbee Tidball in Long Beach for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 pm and potluck at 6:00 pm. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Larry and Barbee Tidball at

April 11-12th, Sat-Sun Desert Peaks Section, WTC MR: Clark Mountain (7,907'), New York Mtns HP (7,532') - Join us for a fun spring weekend in the Mojave National Preserve near Primm, NV to climb a couple of classic DPS 3rd Class Peaks. Both peaks are strenuous and involve travel across rocky, thorny, steep, and loose desert terrain. Experience and comfort on exposed Class 3 terrain is required. Saturday's trip to Clark Mtn will be about 2.3 RT miles with 1,900' of gain. After returning from the peak Saturday we'll drive over to the trailhead for the New York Mtns HP to enjoy a hearty and festive DPS Happy Hour & Potluck around a roaring fire and camp out for the night. Sunday we'll head up to the high point of the New York Mtns and while we're up there we'll pick up the nearby New York Mtn for a day's total of about 5.0 RT miles with 2,200' gain. This is a Restricted Mountaineering outing; participants must be current Sierra Club members, and must submit a Sierra Club "Medical Form". Helmet, harness, belay device, and experience with their use is required. Limited group size with priority given to WTC Leaders working towards their M rating. High clearance 4WD vehicles recommended. This is a WTC Outing co-sponsored by DPS. Email Sierra Club number, contact and carpool info, climbing resume, recent experience and conditioning to for trip status and details. Leaders: MAT KELLIHER, BRAD JENSEN

Apr 18-19  Sat-Sun  DPS, WTC, Hundred Peaks I: Pahrump Point (5,740'), Stewart Point (5,265') - Come join us for a fun spring-time weekend of rocky class 2 peakbagging near Death Valley NP high above the Chicago Valley north-northeast of Shoshone, CA.  Feel free to join us for one or both days.  This is a DPS Outing co-sponsored by WTC and HPS.  Email Mat Kelliher at with contact and carpool info, recent conditioning, and experience for trip status and details.  Leaders: MAT KELLIHER, BILL SIMPSON

April 18-19th, Sat-Sun Desert Peaks Section, WTC I:  Sentinel Peak  (9,634’):  Join us for a trip into the Panamint Mountains of western Death Valley to visit the ghost town of Panamint City and climb Sentinel Peak.  On Saturday we’ll backpack along a stream up Surprise Canyon to Panamint City (6 miles, 4,000’). We’ll make camp and explore Panamint City before enjoying a happy hour potluck. Sunday we’ll get an early start and hike XC to climb Sentinel Peak (9 miles, 3,400’) before breaking camp and packing back down to the trailhead (6 miles). Good conditioning and experience on 2nd class XC talus required.  Send e-mail with resume containing recent experience, contact, and rideshare info to Ldr: Crystal Davis (, Co-Ldr:  Neal Robbins


May 17 Sunday Desert Peaks Section O: Desert Peaks Section Annual Banquet: Mark your calendar now for the DPS annual banquet, which will be held at the Luminarias Restaurant in Monterey Park. Steve Smith will present "Preservation of the Desert Cabins ". Social Hour and No Host Bar starts at 5:30 pm, followed at 7:00 pm by dinner and the program. The evening will be capped off by awards. Please mark your calendars and come join the fun! Tickets are $45 until April 30th, $50 each after April 30th.Click here to download ticket order form.

May  30 –31  Sat – Sun  DPS,  Hundred Peaks, WTC I: New York Butte (10,668’), Pleasant Point (9,690’), Cerro Gordo Peak (9,188’) Join us for a late spring weekend in the southern Inyo Mountains as we scale a couple of classic DPS peaks as well as a bonus trip up to the summit of one of the Great Basin Peaks Section peaks.  Saturday we’ll start out from Long John Canyon near Lone Pine, CA to ascend the long and steep southwestern ridge of New York Butte to its summit and return for a very strenuous day’s total of 8.3 RT miles with 6,200’ of gain.  Saturday night we’ll camp at our cars in Long John Canyon and enjoy a traditional and festive DPS Potluck Happy Hour.  Sunday we’ll drive over to the eastern side of Owens Lake and head up into the Inyo Mtns.  From our trailhead in the Cerro Gordo Ghost Town, we’ll first head north up the southern ridge crest to Pleasant Point and return for a total of 6.0 RT miles and 1,850’ of gain.  Then we’ll head south to hike up an old mining road to the summit of Cerro Gordo Peak and return for a total of 2.8 RT miles with 1,150’ of gain. This is a DPS Outing co-sponsored by HPS and WTC.  Email Mat Kelliher at with contact info, recent conditioning, and experience for trip status and details.  Leaders: MAT KELLIHER, BILL SIMPSON

Please make a selection below to see the Outings Schedule for other Angeles Chapter Activity Sections
Leadership Training Course Schedule
Sierra Peaks Outings Schedule
Lower Peaks Outings Schedule
Hundred Peaks Outings Schedule
Mule Pack Section Outings Schedule
Ski Mountaineers Outings Schedule
Most Desert Peaks Section trips include Saturday and Sunday day hikes with a Saturday night car camp unless otherwise specified. Trips range in difficulty from trail hiking to cross-country travel over rugged terrain to exposed climbing requiring technical aid such as ropes.
In order to participate in a Sierra Club outing, you will need to sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read a copy of the waiver prior to attending the outing, please see In addition, you must contact the leader by sending a sase (self addressed, stamped, envelope) or email to the leader. Outings listed as restricted trips (MR and E rated) are limited to Sierra Club members who are qualified to participate in the outing as determined by the leader.
Our trips our published in the Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities and in our newsletter. The section is known for the Saturday evening parties. There are usually no participation quotas. If you have applied and you do not hear otherwise, you may assume you are accepted. SASE's and emails are normally returned with trip sheets 1-2 weeks prior to the trip. Please join us on a hike!
In the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make voluntary carpooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.
Restricted outings requiring the use of ice axes or ropes/climbing gear may be conducted with special trip plan approval, both at the Chapter and National levels. Also, all participants must be Sierra Club members and sign a liability release (waiver).
In order to assure the well-being of all; preserve natural beauty and living things; maintain good will toward the Sierra Club and its objectives the following Rules apply to all persons joining Sierra Club activities. Conduct must, at all times, be acceptable to the group itself, to the general public, and to officials with whom the group may come in contact.
1. The authority of the leaders is to be recognized. Never precede hike leader; never leave group without leader's permission; abide by leader's rulings as to adequacy of clothing, foot-wear, equipment, proficiency, experience, etc.
2. Obey all fire, sanitary, administrative, and safety regulations of both the Club and governmental agencies. Don't throw rocks. Bring out all unburned litter. Take only photographs; leave only footprints. On trails, don't cut switchbacks as the practice leads to erosions.
3. All cooking on overnight trips will be done on stoves. One campfire is permitted where firewood is not in short supply.
4. Firearms and use of radios (except for essential uses such as navigation or communication) are prohibited. Animals are prohibited unless a specific exception is included in the original trip write up.
5. Persons less than 18 yrs old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have written permission from same giving phone number and authorization for continuing treatment by an Medical Doctor in case of necessity.
6. Events are open to all members and guests unless the event description lists special restrictions. Make sure you understand these restrictions as they apply to your qualifications to participate be sure you are qualified to participate and that you will not handicap the group because the activity is too strenuous for you. The privilege to attend outings and other events may be limited or withdrawn from those who willfully and/or repeatedly do not comply with the Rules of Conduct.
The Chapter Safety Committee has established classifications for outings that involve different levels and areas of skill but do not relate to the strenuousness of the outing.
C For events under external control of a non-Sierra Club entity (e.g., ranger, concessionaire).
O Applies to uncomplicated outings such as hikes on trails or equivalent.
I Includes outings involving off-trail travel that require navigational skills.
M Applies to outings that include moderate snow climbs and/or class 3 rock climbing. M-R (rock) and M-S (snow) ratings are available.
E Applies to outings that involve more severe snow climbing.
T Applies to outings that involve specialized technical activities.

Detailed leadership contact information can be found in the current issue of the Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities.
Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Hundred Peaks Lower Peaks Sierra Peaks Ski Mountaineers
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