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.
[Refugio State Beach, header image by Dan Valdez]
- June 20 - 27, 2015Sponsored by:Angeles Chapter, Backpacking Committee
- July 2 - 5, 2015Sponsored by:Backpacking Committee
July 4th weekend fun-filled backpack to May Lake, Mt. Hoffmann (class 2 approach) and points nearby in the Yosemite high country. Enjoy the sights and splendor of Yosemite while hiking, climbing and swimming in alpine lakes. Expect a mileage of around 15 miles and an elevation gain of about 2500 ft. Optional side trips will involve additional distance and gain. Hiking pace will be WTC moderate. John Muir speaks of the views from Mt. Hoffmann in “My First Summer in the Sierra”“…what glorious landscapes are about me, new plants, new animals, new crystals, and multitudes of new mountains far higher than Hoffmann, towering in glorious array along the axis of the range, serene,majestic, snow-laden, sun-drenched, vast domes and ridges shining below them,forests, lakes, and meadows in the hollows…” With luck,we should also have a wildflower bonanza -- Penstemons, Groundsel, Columbine,Monkey flowers and more. Depart the LA area on the 2nd of July aboard our luxury bus (complementary snacks and beverages provided) and return on the 5th. This trip is especially suited for WTC students (will count as an experience trip) as well as fit graduates of the Sierra Club’s Beginning Backpacking Class.
- 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