Lower Peaks Committee

Current Outings

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

April 26Saturday
O: Tour de Santa Anas: Santiago Peak (5687'), Modjeska Peak (5496'), Trabuco Peak (4604'), Los Pinos Peak (4510'), Bald Peak (3947'), Bedford Peak (3800'+), Pleasants Peak (4007'), Sierra Peak (3045'): This will be a monumental journey along the crest of Orange County's Santa Ana Mountains. Includes two Hundred Peaks and six Lower Peaks! We plan to drive the Main Divide Road and bag all peaks that time and energy allows. Total hiking for the day is 6 miles and 2,000 feet of elevation gain (assuming we can drive the roads up there). We will need high clearance/4WD vehicles to accomplish this. Contact leaders to establish enough vehicles, and meeting time and place. Leaders: Jim Fleming jimf333@att.net (805)405-1726; Laura Franciosi lauraf999@hotmail.com.
Leaders: Jim Fleming (jimf333@att.net, 805-405-1726), Laura Franciosi (lauraf999@hotmail.com, 714-879-1760)
May 11Sunday
0: Newcomb Peak (4166’): Join us for a day in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Monrovia. This is a fairly strenuous reverse gain hike. We will be starting at Mt. Wilson (5710’) descending down 1650 to Newcomb then return the same way, ascending 1650’. It will be on trail. After the hike, don’t forget to do something nice for your mother. Other routes possible. Slow to moderate pace. Bring food, water and 10 essentials. Contact leaders for details: Dave Comerzan, Jim Fleming.
Leaders: David Comerzan (comerzan@verizon.net, 909-482-0173), Jim Fleming (jimf333@att.net, 805-405-1726)
May 14Wednesday
O: Lower Peak--San Mateo (3591') Co-Sponsored with OC Regional Groups and Activity Sections.: 6 mi rt, 950’ gain. Join us for a loop hike to this rocky peak, the highest in the San Mateo wilderness, and enjoy outstanding views of the wilderness and, on a clear day, distant peaks. The return route will take us through upper Wildhorse Canyon and a portion of Rancho Capistrano and along the upper portions of Morrell Creek. Meet 8:30 am at South Orange County rideshare point or 9:15 am at the Morgan trailhead on S Main Divide Rd. Bring water, lugsoles, snack/lunch. There are 11 Lower Peaks in the Santa Ana Mountains and 83 Peaks on the Lower Peaks list. Come out with us and keep track of your peaks. It's fun!!! Contact the leader if you are planning to meet at the trailhead. Rain or critical fire level will cancel.
Leaders: John Kaiser (jkai39@gmail.com, 714-968-4677), Garry McCoppin (mccoppin@cox.net, 949-858-7292)
May 17Saturday
O: Sugarloaf (3227'), Old Sugarloaf (3326'): Join us for two sweet and lovely Lower Peaks in the Santa Ana Mountains. Total hike of 10 miles round trip with 3,300 feet of elevation gain makes for a moderately strenuous day. Bring 10 essentials, water, lug soles, lunch, and adventurous spirit. Contact leaders for meeting time and place. Leaders: Jim Fleming jimf333@att.net (805)405-1726; Laura Franciosi lauraf999@hotmail.com.
Leaders: Jim Fleming (jimf333@att.net, 805-405-1726), Laura Franciosi (lauraf999@hotmail.com, 714-879-1760)
May 23Friday
O: El Montanon (1,808')- Santa Cruz Island Memorial Day Weekend. Lower Peaks Commitee co-sponsors trip with Wilderness Adventures Section: Here's your opportunity to grab a Lower Peak and have lots of other adventures. Four days on Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park. Short, easy walk of less than half mile to camping area. Spend the weekend hiking, exploring, learning Island history, and enjoying spectacular ocean views. Choice of easier and more challenging hikes. Climb El Montanon (1,800' gain) on the SC Lower Peaks list and then hike to the Island’s old ranching site. Shuttle to Nature Conservancy side of Island for a four mile naturalist led hike from Prisoners Harbor to magnificent Pelican Bay or a strenuous 15.3 mile trans-Island hike back to camp. Optional kayak tour of sea caves with professional guide (extra cost). Boat leaves from Ventura Harbor Friday morning returning Monday evening. Chance of viewing marine mammals including humpback and blue whales and dolphins. Group size limited. Shared tents encouraged to allow more particpants. Base cost includes boat fare, camping fees, evening snacks, one breakfast. Optional shuttle to Prisoners Harbor will be an extra $8 (one-way) or $16 (round trip). Feel free to request trip sheet before you send $120 SC members, $127 non members. Shuttle to Prisoners Harbor (for those interested) can be a separate check in case you change your mind about this activity. This will give you more flexibility on how you spend your time on the Island. Make checks out to Wilderness Adventures Section and include the following six items: email address, home address, best phone, emergency contact (name and number), willingness to share a tent, and Sierra Club #, Mail to Marlen Mertz 11285 Charnock Rd #2 Los Angeles, CA 90066. No refund after April 23 without replacement. Waiting list in order of checks received. Leaders: Wayne Vollaire, Marlen Mertz, Dean Wallraff For those who prefer not to camp but want to go to the Channel Islands, see the Wilderness Adventures Section live-on-board boat trip with "gourmet" catered food. Trip is scheduled March 29, 30, 31 2014. You see the Islands when they are spring green and in full bloom.
Leaders: Marlen Mertz (mbmertz@aol.com, 310-990-7643), Wayne Vollaire (avollaire1@verizon.net, 909-595-5855), Dean Wallraff (dean@wallraff.us, 818-679-3141)


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