Lower Peaks Committee

Current Outings

This is a list of Lower Peaks Committee sponsored outings that have been published in the OARS database.

October 31Friday
O: Mt Diablo (2,429')-Lower Peak not on our list--Santa Cruz Island (Conservancy Side): Outing co-sponsored with Wilderness Adventures Section. Hike a hard to get Lower Peak (not on the LPC list) and enjoy a unique opportunity to visit the 75% of Santa Cruz Island that is owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy and not open to the general public. Mt Diablo (Devil's Peak) is the highest mountain on an ocean island in the contiguous 48 states. This is a Channel Islands Restoration service trip--Friday to Monday. Volunteers will help with habitat restoration and trail maintenance in some of the most spectacular parts of the Island. The trip will be four days in length and will provide wonderful scenery, unique educational opportunities and important service work. We will stay at the University of California Field Station in the Central Valley of Santa Cruz Island, with inside bunk room accommodations, large cooking facilities, restrooms and showers. Transportation to the island is provided by Island Packers and often includes spectacular views of marine mammals and the ocean life. There will also be hikes to beautiful Island locations including Diablo Peak, the highest point on the Island. Cost is $290 which includes R/T Island Packers boat transportation, bunk room with showers and kitchen facilities, vehicle usage throughout the stay and a Channel Island Restoration staff person. Participants bring their own food. There are only nine spots which will fill up so don't hesitate to sign up. Cancellation reimbursement only with replacement. Please email BOTH leaders to express interest in this outing. We will write back with address to send check.
Leaders: Wayne Vollaire (avollaire1@verizon.net, 909-595-5855), Marlen Mertz (mbmertz@aol.com, 310-990-7643)
December 20Saturday
O: Frankish Peak (4,200'): Northwestern approach to an orphan peak with long up and down road walk due to eastern approach trail closure. Unique views from above Rancho Cucamonga. Moderate pace, strenuous due to length, 13.5 miles, 2830' total gain, 1,230' on return. Most of hike is on road. Half of road is clear and half is not maintained and is overgown. Excessive heat or rain will postpone. Early start time is to avoid heat. Space is limited to 10 experienced hikers. Minimum # of hikers is 6. Adventure pass is required. Contact Jane for meeting time and location.
Leaders: Jane Gibbons (patnjane@yahoo.com, 207-647-3987), David Comerzan (comerzan@verizon.net, 909-482-0173)


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.

For events under external control of a non-Sierra Club entity (e.g., ranger, concessionaire).
Applies to uncomplicated outings such as hikes on trails or equivalent.
Includes outings involving off-trail travel that require navigational skills.
Applies to outings that include moderate snow climbs and/or class 3 rock climbing.
Applies to outings that involve more severe snow climbing.
Applies to outings that involve specialized technical activities.

Activities Requirements


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.

Mountaineering Instructions

Outings requiring the use of ice axes or ropes/climbing gear may be conducted under restrictive circumstances. Such trips require special leader screening and trip plan approval, both at the Chapter and National levels. The Lower Peaks Committee does NOT currently sponsor trips of this type.


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 http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms. You may also contact the Outings Department at (415)977-5528 for a printed version.

CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

Archived Outings