Lower Peaks Committee

Current Outings

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

March 1Sunday
O: Temescal Peak (2126'): 10 miles, 1,800'. What a fantastic time to do this hike! Everything is green and flowers are out. We will begin this outing in lush Santa Ynez Canyon and then climb to the ridge above Topanga State Park's Trippet Ranch. Take a break on Eagle Rock and again on Temescal Peak. This is a great hike! After the hike, you are invited to join other Lower Peaker's at LYFE restaurant for our annual General Meeting at 5 pm. For the hike, met at the trailhead. From PCH in Pacific Palisades, turn right on Sunset Blvd. After driving about .5 miles, turn left on Palisades Drive, continue for 2.4 miles, turn left on Vereda De La Montura. Proceed for .2 miles to the end, where there is a gated community. The signed trailhead in on the right side. Park on the street. Hard rain cancels. Call or email leaders if you have any questions.
Leaders: Marlen Mertz (mbmertz@aol.com, 310-990-7643), Ginny Heringer (ginnyh@ix.netcom.com, 626-793-4727)
March 1Sunday
Annual General Meeting-Lower Peaks: We welcome Lower Peaks hikers to the Lower Peaks Committee's General Meeting which we hold once a year. Socialize with your hiking friends. Discuss peaks you've hiked, problems, questions, suspensions and give your openion on new peaks for the list. Help us schedule new leads for the rest of this LP hiking season and even next year. Before the dinner meeting, join us on the hike of Temescal Peak (See listing). Meeting will in a private room at LYFE Restaurant in Culver City. Email Marlen Mertz for more information
March 8Sunday
O:Gilman Peak (1685'): Find detailed description on OARS. Sponsored by Sierra Sage. Hike of 8 miles, 1200' gain beginning from Carbon Canyon Regional Park.
Leaders: Russ Brown (russbrown3@cox.net, 949-481-5295), Todd Clark (tclark@ttmtech.com, 714-803-0195)
March 21Saturday
Old Sugarloaf (3326'): Outing sponsored by Sierra Sage. See OARS for full details. Nine miles with 2100' gain. If meeting at trailhead, contact leaders in advance.
Leaders: John Kaiser (jkai39@gmail.com, 714-968-4677), Rich Maxey (richmaxey@yahoo.com, 949-310-5134)
March 21Saturday
O: San Mateo Peak (3591'): San Mateo Peak sponsored by Sierra Sage. See OARS listing for more details. Six miles with 950'gain. Loop hike
March 27Friday
I: Woodson (2894’), Iron (2696’), Eagle (3226’): Join us for one or two days in the San Diego area, southeast of Escondido. On day one we will do Woodson, 3.6 miles round trip, 1200’ gain on a paved road. After that we will do Iron, 6 miles round trip, 1000’ gain, on trail. Iron is on the San Diego Peaks list. If you want, stay over in the area for Eagle the next day. This hike is 5 miles round trip, 700’ gain, 400’ loss on trail. If time and energy permits, we may take a side trail to the Three Sisters Waterfalls. This adds 4 miles and 1000’ gain to the hike. Other peaks in the area possible. Slow to moderate pace. Bring food, water and 10 essentials. Contact leaders for details: Dave Comerzan, Pat Arredondo.
Leaders: David Comerzan (comerzan@verizon.net, 909-482-0173), Patricia Arredondo (paarredo@verizon.net, 562-618-4391)
April 25Saturday
I: Agua Tibia (4779')-Get a Lower Peak on a Very Challenging Hike: Lower Peak along with with HPS Peak Eagle Crag (5077"). This is a diffcult 26 miles, 5500' gain outing. If you want a great workup, see full writeup in HPS listing.
May 6Wednesday
O: Stoddard Peak (4624'): This Lower Peak outing is sponsored by Orange County Group and OCSS. 7 miles and 1100' gain. See SC listing for details and meeting location/
Leaders: Sharon Kirk (sl.kirk@sbcglobal.net, 714-376-3197), Ron Schrantz (rschrantzsce@yahoo.com, 714-995-8240)


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