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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.

September 12-14  Fri-Sun Desert Peaks Section I:  Arc Dome (11,773’), Mount Jefferson (11,941’):  Join us for a fall climb of these two high altitude Nevada Peaks.  Friday we will climb Arc Dome (4600’ gain, 12 miles).  That night we will camp at Columbine Campground at the trailhead and Saturday drive to the Jefferson trailhead, possibly doing some sightseeing at the Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park and Ghost town along the way, and enjoying a leisurely potluck that night.  Sunday we will get an early start for climbing Jefferson (2400’ gain, 4 miles) from the 4wd parking spot.  There are only about 2 miles of 4wd road, and we can carpool if necessary.  Co-leaders:  Dave Perkins, Jim Fleming.  Email if interested to Ann Perkins (

September 27-28  Sat-Sun DPS, Hundred Peaks I: Charleston Peak (11,915'), Mummy Mountain (11,528'): Join us on this very strenuous, moderately paced, early autumn trip up into the Spring Mountains of Nevada to climb two of the State’s most alluring peaks.  Saturday we’ll take the South Loop trail out of Kyle Canyon for a moderately paced, but very strenuous hike on trail to Charleston Peak and return for a day’s total of 18 miles and 4,300' of gain.  Saturday night we’ll relax around the campfire and enjoy a traditional DPS potluck at a nearby campground.  Sunday we’ll start out on the North Lake trail out of Kyle Canyon and then travel cross country at a moderate pace over very rugged class 2 terrain to the summit of Mummy Mountain and then return the way we came in for a day’s total of 10 miles and 3,700' of gain.  We've reserved a local campground for both Friday and Saturday nights; campground fees will be split among those of us who will be using it.  This is a DPS Outing co-sponsored by HPS.  Email Mat Kelliher with contact info, recent conditioning, and experience for trip status and details.  Leaders: MAT KELLIHER, BILL SIMPSON

November 1-2nd, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, Chili Cook-off: The Chili Cook-off will be held on November 1-2, so save the date! The venue will be in/around Death Valley. More information will be forthcoming in a future issue of the Sage and on the website. Hosts: Julie Rush ( and Jan Brahms (

November 1st Saturday Desert Peaks Section I: Corkscrew Peak (5,804'): Join us for a list finish celebration for Paul Garry on this fine Death Valley peak. Cross country day hike to the peak from Daylight Pass Road (7.0 mi. round trip, 3,300') and then celebrate at the DPS Chili cook-off to be held nearby. Send email (preferred) or SASE with conditioning/experience to Ldr:Paul Garry ( Asst: Tina Bowman, Kathy Rich, Daryn Dodge, Edd Ruskowitz, Jim Fleming.

November 8 – 9  Sat – Sun  DPS,  Hundred Peaks I: New York Butte (10,668’), Pleasant Point (9,690’), Cerro Gordo Peak (9,188’): Join us for a pleasant autumn 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.  Email Mat Kelliher 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
Desert Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
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