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NOTICE: In order to participate in a Sierra Club outing, you must sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read a copy of the waiver before attending the outing, please see http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/

NOTICE: In the interest 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.

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


Be sure to check the OCSS website for a complete listing of 20s, 30s, & 40s events.


RIDESHARE MEETING POINTS
LA CANADA Angeles Crest Hwy, N of 210 Fwy. Park on Angeles Crest Hwy only.

MOUNT BALDY Pomona S&L at Indian Hill and Foothill Blvd in Claremont, 2 mi N of 10.

ORANGE CO (N) Park-N-Ride, E side of Tustin Ave just S of Lincoln Av, Orange off SR55

ORANGE CO (S) Ortega Business Center parking lot, 1/4 mi E of 5 Fwy on SE corner of Ortega Hwy and Rancho Viejo in San Juan Capistrano.

HUNTINGTON BEACH (NEW) Bella Terra Huntington Mall off 405 Fwy at Beach S, R at Edinger, R into Mall, near Staples.

SANTA ANA CYN Same as Orange County-North.

TUSTIN Stater Bros. Parking lot on Redhill Ave, S of Redhill exit of 5 Fwy.

OCT 26 SAT 6:00 AM 20S/30S/40S ADVANCED HIKE TO CUCAMONGA PEAK
Strenuous 3,900 ft, 12 mi R/T gain hike through Icehouse Saddle (7,580') to Cucamonga Peak (8,859') near Mount Baldy in the San Gabriels. Expansive Southern California views including all San Gabriel Peaks, Saddleback, and the basin. Bring min 4qts water, hiking boots or trail shoes, ten essentials, lunch, snacks, hat, sunscreen, jacket, and $ for optional dinner on return. Experienced hikers only. Limit 12. Meet at 6:00am at the North OC Carpool point. RSVP to leader: Charles G. Geller (eduright@aol.com). Co-leader: Michelle Merton (michelle@mertonfolio.com).
OCT 26 SAT 9:45 AM SAN JUAN CAPISTANO CITY & MISSION TOUR
Experience early California on a docent-led walking tour ($5 donation) through this historic town, including the vibrant Los Rios District. Walk includes, Spanish-era adobes & streamlined modern buildings in about a mile on level ground and lasts 90 minutes. Have lunch at one of many local restaurant, then take an afternoon tour of the "Jewel of the Missions" renowned for its beautiful courtyard gardens. Approx. 5 hrs. Meet 9:45 am at the Amtrak train station, 26701 Verdugo St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Bring comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, sun protection, money for city walking tour (all proceeds support SJC Friends of the Library), $9 Mission admission and lunch. Prepaid reservation required for mission tour - contact leader, Mary Morales to prepay or have cash or check payable Sierra Sage on day of outing. Rain cancels. Leaders: Mary L Morales 949-636-2981 10ter@cox.net.
NOV 6 WED 6:00 PM 20S/30S/40S ALISO CREEK URBAN STROLL
Get your Evening workout outdoors. Join us at El Toro Park in the City of Lake Forest for a moderately paced 6 mile roundtrip walk on the paved Aliso Creek Trail. Slight uphill grade. Meet at El Toro Park in front of the restrooms at Larkwood Lane & Arrowwood Street in Lake Forest. Bring water, snacks, and flashlight. Optional dinner afterwards. Rain cancels. Co-Leaders: Gary Holcombe (gogators12001@gmail.com), Irene Prokopenko (irene_prokopenko@yahoo.com).
NOV 8-9 FRI 8:00 PM 20S/30S/40S SAN CLEMENTE NIGHTTIME BEACH WALK AND PICNIC
Join us on this easy, flat, 8 mile R/T social nighttime walk along the beach in San Clemente to a secluded picnic spot on the San Onofre Beach. Bring 2qts water, headlamp, warm clothes, food, beverages, sweets, and stories. Campfire possible depending on number of participants. Meet at 8:00pm at the South OC Carpool point, or 8:30pm at the pay machine at the San Clemente beach public parking lot. Leader: Charles G. Geller (eduright@aol.com). Coleader: Garrett Robinson (blueoyster@gmail.com)
NOV 13 WED 9:00 AM CHINO HILLS RIMCREST LOOP
6.9 mi, 800' gain. From Rimcrest Dr in Yorba Linda to the South Ridge Trail, then Bovinian Delight Trail cutoff back to Four Corners, then down Telegraph Cyn Trail and the Easy Street Trail back to start. Meet 9:00 am at the end of Rimcrest Dr; park on side of street not posted. Bring water, snack, hiking boots. Rain cancels. Directions: E on 91 Fwy to Imperial Hwy exit, turn N on Imperial to first street, La Palma, turn R, then L onto Fairmont Bl, go several miles past Yorba Linda Bl to Rimcrest on L. Ldr: Margee Hills. Asst: John Kaiser.
NOV 13 WED 7:00 - 8:30 PM WILDERNESS SKILLS MONTHLY COURSE #2 STOVES/COOKING/MEAL PLANNING
Come join us for this fun and informative evening series of monthly classes at REI. Course subjects: navigation, first aid, day hiking, backpacking, cooking in the outdoors, gear selection, and more. January 8, February 12, March 12 and April 9. Whether you are a veteran hiker or camper, or new to the sport, there will always be something new to learn and new people to meet. Feel safer and more comfortable going into the outdoors with this information that can be used immediately. This topic will be stoves, cooking and meal planning and will deal with the different types of stoves available, different cooking methods, meal planning and more. Come ready to sample the meals we cook. Information will be available about upcoming hikes and events. Come and invest an hour or two of time, as it might be the best investment that you have ever made and its free!. Meet REI Community Room, Tustin Marketplace, 2962 El Camino Real, Tustin, 92782. Leader: Fran Penn: fpenn@rutan.com.
NOV 17 SUN 8:30 AM BOLSA CHICA ECOLOGICAL RESERVE NEWCOMER HIKE
Easy paced, reasonably flat, 5 mile hike, approx 3 hrs. Newcomers Welcome. Enjoy the natural beauty of Bolsa Chica, one of the last remaining wetland ecosystems in Southern California. Meet 8:30 am. From Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach turn south on Bolsa Chica Street to the end of the street and trailhead (Brightwater). Park on the street. Bring camera, water, sun protection, hat, light hiking boots. Rain does not cancel. Ldrs: Donna Specht, Houria Hall, Joel Kenyon.
NOV 20 WED 9:00 AM RILEY PARK LOOP
5 mi, 300' gain. This will be an easy hike around the varied landscape of this south county park. See oak groves in the ravines, and cactus on the slopes. Newcomers welcome. Meet 9:00 am at the Park: from I-5, go E on Oso Pkwy almost to the end where the road goes into Coto de Caza, turn R into Riley. Parking $3. Bring water, lunch, hiking boots. Ldr: Pete Height. Asst: Gail Roy.
NOV 20 WED 7:00 PM MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
Open to all members. Meeting starts at 7 PM. Guests must request to be on the agenda if they wish to make a presentation. Guest Agenda items must be submitted one week in advance to Chair Charles Geller eduright@aol.com. Contact Chair for location and directions to the meeting..
NOV 20 WED 6:00 PM 20S/30S/40S HICKS CANYON EVENING STROLL
Enjoy a moderate paced, 5 mile roundtrip mostly level urban walk on paved trail in Irvine. Bring water, snacks, warm clothes, and $$ for optional dinner afterward. Meet 6:00pm at the picnic tables at Hicks Canyon Community Park, 3864 View Park, Irvine, CA. The GPS instructions may take you to the Hicks Canyon Elementary school right across the street. If so, just cross Central Park Avenue over to the Hicks Canyon Community Park. Leaders: Gary Holcombe (gogators12001@gmail.com), Irene Prokopenko (irene_prokopenko@yahoo.com).
DEC 4 WED 9:00 AM MOULTON HILL
2 mi rt, 200' gain. It is an easy climb to the summit using local streets and trails. View some of Wood Canyon's trails and a grand panorama. Meet 9:00 am at the bottom of Canyon Vistas Dr in front of Canyon View Park. From Moulton Pkwy in Aliso Viejo, W and uphill on Pacific Park Dr, turn on Canyon Vistas Dr. Bring water, hiking boots, hat. Newcomers Welcome. Rain cancels. Ldr: Chet Stipe. Asst: Gail Roy.
DEC 6-7 FRI 8:00 PM 20S/30S/40S DARK SKY ASTRONOMY NIGHT HIKE
Let's venture above South Orange County to a panoramic viewpoint to view the dark night sky to see many stars, planets, shooting stars, and other heavenly bodies. 8 mi R/T moderate hike to the four corners clearing above Hwy 74. Enjoy the dark, calm, cool, crisp air of a night hike and the peaceful silence of night. Bring 2qts water, meal and snacks, headlamp w/spare batteries, blankets or sleeping bag, warm clothes, optional binoculars & star charts, warm beverages, and scary stories. Meet at 8:00pm at South OC Rideshare in San Juan Capistrano. Return 2:00am to Rideshare. Ldr: Charles G. Geller (eduright@aol.com). Co-ldr: Angela Boyd.
DEC 6-13 20S/30S/40S HAWAII, BIG ISLAND ADVENTURE
Meet us at Kona International Airport (KOA) for a full week of easy-moderate 4-5 mile day hikes to waterfalls, volcanos & secluded beaches. Includes 7 nights shared lodging in a 2 bed, 2 bath condo at The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort and shared meals while at the condo. Airfare, rental cars, & gas are not included. Limit: 6, Cost $400 non-SC, $350 SC Member. Ldr: Mountain Dave Kuhn (mtndave@cox.net). Co-ldr: Irene Prokopenko
DEC 13-20 20S/30S/40S HAWAII, MAUI ADVENTURE
Meet us at Kahului Airport (OGG) for a full week of easy-moderate 4-5 mile day hikes to waterfalls, volcanos & secluded beaches. Includes 7 nights shared lodging in a 1 bed, 1 bath condo at Kahana Falls Resort and shared meals while at the condo. Airfare, rental cars, & gas are not included. Limit: 4, Cost $450 non-SC, $400 SC Member. Ldr: Mountain Dave Kuhn (mtndave@cox.net). Co-ldr: Irene Prokopenko
DEC 15 SUN 9:00 AM RILEY WILDERNESS PARK LOOP - LITTLE HIKERS
Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park, 30952 Oso Parkway, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679. Moderately paced 3 mi rt, 200' gain. Hike with us through the valleys and ridges of this wilderness park in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mtns. Children 5 yrs and up with parent(s) are welcome. Meet 9 am at parking lot in the Park at East end of Oso Parkway. Bring water, munchies, sturdy shoes. $3 pkg fee. Rain/recent rain cancels. Leaders: Michael Sappingfield 949-768-3610 mikesapp@cox.net, Delores Denton 949-581-8396 deadenton@hotmail.com.
DEC 18 WED 5:30 PM 20S/30S/40S NEWPORT HARBOR CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE AND DINNER
Join us to watch the 104th Annual Parade of decorated Yachts, Sailboats, and watercraft of all kinds as they tour around the Harbor. We will watch from Balboa Island, one of the best vantage points. Meet for dinner beforehand at 5:30pm at BJs Pizzeria, or at 7pm in front of the Fun Zone Boat Company. Bring $ for parking, $ 2 for R/T ferry ride, and $ if joining us for dinner. Viewing is free. Location: BJs pizzeria: 106 Main Street Newport Beach, 92661. Fun Zone Boat Company: 600 East Edgewater Avenue, Balboa,92661. Hosts: Charles G. Geller (eduright@aol.com) and Gerlie Ortiz (gogerlie@yahoo.com).
DEC 21 SAT 8:00 AM TRABUCO CANYON LOOP
10 miles round trip, 2700' gain. Join us as we hike a picturesque part of the Cleveland National Forest, from Trabuco Canyon Trail to the Main Divide to West Horse Thief Trail. This is a moderate hike at a moderate pace. Meet at 8:00 AM at the dirt parking area south of the bridge where Plano Trabuco/Live Oak Canyon road crosses Trabuco Creek in Trabuco Canyon. We will carpool in to the trailhead. FSP required at the trailhead. Rain cancels. Bring 2 quarts water, lunch, 10 essentials, hiking boots, boots, hat, jacket. Leaders: Sylvie Côté, mlsylvie@hotmail.com, Todd Clark clarkta@hotmail.com.
JAN 15 WED 8:30 AM CERRO REBAL LOOP
31648 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675.6 mi, 800' gain/loss loop. Please join us for our 4th annual Cerro Rebal hike in the hills between San Juan and San Clemente. Our route begins at the trailhead on Via Cerro Rebal in San Juan and meanders through the hills above San Juan and San Clemente. We will have a fair amount of elevation gain which is steep in a few places. We also have great views in all directions, both mountains and sea in places. Meet 8:30 am at the South Orange County rideshare point. 31648 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Bring 2 qts water, lunch, hiking boots, Rain cancels. Ldr: Bob Hansen. Asst: Judy Mulry.
JAN 17-20 FRI-SUN MLK WEEKEND IN WAWONA
Rideshare Fri to stay in a cabin in the Wawona area near Yosemite’s south entrance. Join leaders for low intermediate xcntry ski and snowshoe each day at Badger Pass and other areas. On your own you can downhill or track ski, ice skate or simply explore Yosemite Valley. Cost includes 3 nights lodging in modern cabin with all amenities (2-4 per bedroom with shared bathrooms and kitchen), 3 continental breakfasts, 3 lunch fixings, Sa and Su group dinner. Send $285 (Wilderness Adventures - $40 cancel penalty, no refund of balance after 12/12 unless trip is full and suitable replacement found), 2 sase (or 1 sase and email), H&W phones, recent ski experience (if joining Xctry skiing) to Ldr: Keith Martin (keithwmartin@sbcglobal.net), Asst: Beth Powis Martin, Snow Shoe Leaders: Sharon Moore and Jim Hagar.
JAN 18-20 SAT-SUN MLK JR.DAY HOLCOMB VALLEY SNOW CAMPING TRIP
12 miles, 2000' gain/loss over the three days. Celebrate MLK Jr. Day on snowshoes. On this adventure we will meet in the parking lot of the Big Bear Discovery Center and will take public transportation to the departure point. From there we will backpack on plowed roads or off trail 4 miles to Holcomb Valley and set up camp. Possible Saturday exploration around camp, happy hour. Sunday we will explore Holcomb Valley on Snowshoes. Monday (MLK Day) break camp and return to meet up with pre-arranged ride back to parking lot. Bring two $5 bills for transportation. Must be comfortable hiking and camping in the snow, and at altitude (the entire trip will take place at or around 7,000' above sea level). Outing is to be considered strenuous based upon conditions, altitude, and distance. Interested participants should submit a hiking resume (showing recent hiking at altitude). Vehicles must display USFS Adventure Pass at the Discovery Center. Leaders: Todd Clark 714-803-0195 clarkta@hotmail.com, Sylvie Côté 949-547-2998 mlsylvie@hotmail.com, Frances Penn 714-434-2754 fpenn@rutan.com.
JAN 24-26 FRI-SUN MAMMOTH WINTER SPORTS BUS TRIP
Join OCSS for an awesome weekend adventure. This trip has it all: Learn to cross-country ski in the backcountry with experienced instructors; enjoy backcountry ski touring and snowshoe touring with leaders; XC ski on your own at Tamarack Nordic Ski Center; Downhill ski or snowboard on Mammoth Mtn. Stay at Quality Inn (2 per rm, 2 beds, priv. bath) close to shopping, night life, free shuttles. Leave O.C. 2 PM with pickup in San Fernando Valley. Return O.C. Sun. 10PM. Incl. bus, lodging, breakfasts, happy hour, Sun. dinner & bus refreshments. Send email address (or 2 SASE), phone#, $305 w/SC# / $320 non-member. To Reserv: Donna Specht. Leaders: Mark Fleming, Homer Tom, Michael Dodson, Sylvie Côté & Todd Clark.
JAN 29 WED 9:00 AM CRYSTAL COVE BEACH WALK
7 mi, 100' gain. Join us for a stroll along the beach & bluff top in this beautiful State Park in Newport Beach. Optional stop at Ruby's Date Shack. Meet 9:00 am at the SW corner of PCH & Cameo Shores. Park on Cameo Shores or Cameo Highlands. Bring water, walking shoes. Rain cancels. Ldr: Pete Height. Asst: Gail Roy.
FEB 8 SAT 7:00 AM SNOW VALLEY BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOUR
Moderate 4+ mile day ski in the San Bernardino Mountains. Beginners who have had at least a couple days prior ski experience welcome! We will break our own trail on a route that will depend on participants' skill level; if conditions warrant we may play a bit on slopes. Metal-edged, backcountry skis & backcountry boots highly recommended. Rental skis should be available at nearby Rim Nordic ski center although this gear may not be ideal for backcountry. Bring winter clothing, water, lunch. No snow or likely blizzard cancel trip. Send e-mail or phone leader w/ experience level/conditioning for trip details including early-morning meeting point in the 2 weeks before trip. Leader: Mark Mitchell, markamitchell@att.net, Co-Ldr: Keith Martin.
FEBRUARY 14-28, 2014 DESTINATION COSTA RICA
Fourteen day tour from the Pacific beaches to the wild Northern Caribbean with stops at Manuel Antonio, Monteverde/Santa Elena, Arenal, Caribbean Tortuguero and San Jose. Why watch a National Geographic special when you can live it? On layover days, hike and explore why this country is known for its enlightened approach to conservation. Visit volcanoes, rain forests, ecological reserves and boat rides into wildlife refuges. See spectacular wildlife, hike trails and suspension bridges in the cloud forest. Sierra Club Member cost $1650, Non member cost $1750 (Sierra Club) includes mid range locally owned accommodations (dbl. occup.), private 21-passenger air-conditioned coach, some meals, happy hours, boat transportation to Tortuguero, driver gratuities and some tours. Group airfare extra. For itinerary, application, cancellation policy contact Leaders Donna Specht (donnaspecht@juno.com) and Mike Sappingfield.
MAR 1 SAT 8:30 AM MT.SAN JACINTO BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOUR
Mt. San Jacinto Backcountry Ski Tour: Moderately strenuous 5+ mile, 800' gain from top of Palm Springs Tram. No need to worry about tire chains! Ski from ranger station to Round Valley. Possible additional skiing up nearby slopes or just playing may add a few miles + a few 100 feet elevation loss & gain. Part of route may be in pre-existing tracks, but recent snowfall, rutted trail, or aesthetics may require breaking new trail. Given steep sections and potential icy conditions, intermediate X-C skills required & metal-edged, backcountry skis & backcountry boots highly recommended. Bring winter clothing, water, lunch. No snow or likely blizzard cancel trip. Tram ticket $23.95 as of trip publishing date. Send e-mail or phone leader w/ experience level/conditioning for trip details in the 2 weeks before trip. Leader: Mark Mitchell,818-753-9328 markamitchell@att.net, Co-Ldr: Mark Fleming.
MAR 7-9 FRI-SUN WINTER COMBO BUS TRIP TO MAMMOTH LAKES
Ski Backcountry, Downhill, Snowboard, Snowshoe. Backcountry oriented fun-filled weekend. Ski downhill or snowboard on Mammoth Mtn, daily guided backcountry ski tours and snowshoe tours. Visit geological formations. Quality Inn lodging, two per-2 beds/private bath, microwave, fridge, indoor spa. Close to shopping, night life, casual and fine dining, free shuttles. Leave Orange County 2:00 pm. South Bay and Sylmar pick-up later. Return Orange County Sunday approx 10pm. Includes bus, lodging, continental breakfast, happy hour, bus refreshments, Sunday dinner. Send 1 sase OR e mail address, phones, $305 (made out to Orange County Sierra Singles) to Reserv: Beth Martin, 530 South Lake Ave. #708, Pasadena CA 91101 92866 (whmscl@sbcglobal.net). Leader: Keith Martin (keithwmartin@sbcglobal.net). Asst: Donna Specht, Staff: Mark Mitchell, Snowshoe: Kent Schwitkis, Sherry Ross.
APR 5-6 9:00 AM ONION VALLEY BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOURS
Daily backcountry tours for skiers with at least high-intermediate skills and strong physical condition – anticipate climbing 1,500 – 2,500 feet each day. Backcountry telemark or Randonee gear preferred and skins required. Tours will be either in the Onion Valley area or another Eastern Sierra roadhead area depending upon accessibility and safety considerations. Base planned to be +motel in Independence - approximate cost $75 per night for a room that sleeps two and includes home-cooked breakfast. Send experience, gear, conditioning status, phone, e-mail & address to Ldr: Mark Mitchell.818-753-9328 markamitchell@att.net, Co-Ldr: Mark Fleming.