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August 2017

Women’s Backpacking Basics – REI Encinitas

August 30, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
REI Encinitas, 1590 Leucadia Blvd
Encintitas, CA US
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FREE but must register here: https://www.rei.com/events/womens-backpacking-basics/encinitas/173006 Then sign up here to see who you can meet up with from SD Backpackers!

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September 2017

Ansel Adams – Iceberg Lake – Devil Postpile (new date)

September 1, 2017 @ 9:00 am - September 4, 2017 @ 7:00 am

RSVP opens April 3, 2017 Monday 9:00am Miles: 16 +/-miles (optional day hikes)Days: 3 days, 2 nights (does not include travel time) Elevation Gain/loss: 3190'/12813Max Elevation: 10309′ Min Elevation: 7471′ Type of Trip: Backpacking Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous (Please view Youtube Video below)Location: Ansel Adams Wilderness Lakes:  Shadow Lake, Ediza Lake, Iceberg Lake, Cecile Lake, Minaret LakeWaterfalls: Minaret Falls, Rainbow Falls RSVP: You will be put on a waiting list, we will contact you via meetup message. If you do not respond to our message, we will go to the next person on the waiting list. (We reserve the right to…

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Big Pine Lakes via North Fork Trail

September 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - September 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Big Pine Creek Campground, Big Pine, CA 93513
Big Pine, CA US
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Big Pine Canyon in the Inyo National Forest, and within the John Muir Wilderness is heralded for having both the largest and southern most glaciers in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Palisade Glacier, the largest, sits above Big Pine Lakes. These impressive glacial lakes at around 10,000 feet elevation are the source of the North Fork of Big Pine Creek. The South Fork is bordered by the Palisade Crest with peaks over 14,000 feet and Middle Palisade Glacier, the southernmost glacier.…

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November 2017

Anza Borrego – Indian Head Peak & Car Camp (optional) – Intermediate

November 4, 2017 @ 7:00 am
Borrego Palm Canyon Campground, 200 Palm Canyon Dr
Borrego Springs, CA US
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Indian Head Peak is a classic Anza Borrego hike, stunning scenery and challenging. Temps are cooling off, time to get out to the desert! 1. Intermediate level, closer to advanced. Fitness is more important than experience, although must be comfortable with steep (class 2) off-trail desert terrain. Think lots of sharp loose rock and cacti, especially cholla! About 8.5 miles total, with 3,300ft of elevation gain, but hikes much harder than usual due to terrain. Expect it to take 7…

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Backpack Trip to Parson’s Landing (Catalina Island)

November 10, 2017 @ 8:00 am - November 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Catalina Express San Pedro Port, Berth 95
San Pedro, CA US
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Let's take a backpack trip to a remote beach camp on Catalina Island. This will be a 3-day trip to Parson's Landing Campground, a 7-mile hike (one-way) from Two Harbors.  The campground has primitive restrooms, picnic tables and fire rings, but no running water. Lockers of water and firewood must be purchased in advance (more details provided to attendees).More details of the campground can be found by going to the following link: http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/camping-boating/primitive-camping/parsons-landing. Trip Details: Day 1 - Friday: Morning…

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Joshua Tree Exploration-Base Camp: 4 Days/ 3 Nights

November 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - November 18, 2017 @ 9:00 am
Joshua Tree National Park- Site Specific, 9800 Black Rock Canyon Road
Yucca Valley, CA US
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How to RSVP?  • Read everything in this posting first and email me if you have any questions before RSVPing • Click to pay here. You will be added to the going list as soon as payment is received.  IMPORTANT: Make sure you make note of your meetup profile name when paying. Best if you hyperlink your profile page directly into the paypal information. Adults 21 and and older. Sorry no pets or refunds on this one. You will need a car to get around…

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April 2018

Yosemite: Valley to Glacier Point via Panorama Trail (17 miles R/T)

April 13, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - April 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, 9035 Village Dr
yosemite, CA US
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MEETING POINT: Friday @ 4:00pm - Yosemite Valley Visitor Center ----------------------- Let's take a spring trip to Yosemite National Park to do one of two itineraries depending on the weather conditions and trail status the week of. You should be an experienced backpacker with a fun, adventurous, go-with-the-flow attitude. The week of the trip, I'll check the weather reports and choose the itinerary. If weather is good with low/no snow and the Four Mile or Panorama Trails are open we'll…

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San Gorgonio backpacking via South Fork, 2 nights

April 27, 2018 @ 5:00 am - April 29, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
South Fork Trail, Angelus Oaks, CA 92305
Angelus Oaks, CA US
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26 miles, 5200 feet elevation gain, 2 nights. Day 1 (Friday):Meet at 9am to carpool, and head to the mountains.6 mile hike to base camp: dry lake at about 9,200’. There is water at a nearby spring, but there’s a chance it could be frozen over and we may need to melt snow. Day 2 (Saturday):Hike 6 miles to Souhern California’s highest peak at 11,500’ + 6 miles back (12 miles); return to camp at Dry Lake. Day3 (Sunday):Hike 6…

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May 2018

San Gorgonio Mt Backpacking via South Fork (May 5-6)

May 5, 2018 @ 8:00 am - May 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
South Fork Trail, Angelus Oaks, CA 92305
Angelus Oaks, CA US
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Mt. San Gorgonio is Southern California's highest peak south of the Sierra Nevadas at an elevation of 11,501.6 feet.   Rating: Elevation Gain: 6,247 ft. (Strenuous) - broken up over 2 daysDistance: 23.6 miles round trip Jump on the waitlist and I'll touch base with you before confirming. ***Note***   ***ADVANCED TRIP*** Only for very fit and experienced backpackers. This hike will be for fast paced backpackers ~ Altitude sickness may occur.  THIS TRIP IS VERY STRENUOUS AND AT THE HIGHEST ELEVATION IN SOUTHERN…

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Palomar Mt (Frye Creek)

May 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - May 20, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Mother’s Kitchen & Restaurants, 33120 Canfield Rd
Palomar Mountain, US
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Palomar Mt to Frye Creek/Doane Pond (great for beginners). I HAVE EXTRA GEAR, STOVE, TENT, SLEEPING BAG in anyone needs to borrow. Difficulty: intermediate 10 - 12+ Miles (DAY HIKE OPTIONAL) Max Elevation 800 - 1000 ft Gain  Palomar Mountain is the closest you can get to the Sierra Nevadas and still stay in San Diego. Palomar has very few open spaces for overnight trips but with some creative trail connections, we’re able to find a getaway spot close to town. We’ll follow the…

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Mt. San Jacinto – 1 Night Backpack (Intermediate)

May 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am - May 20, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Humber Park, 24559-24599 Fern Valley Rd Idyllwild-Pine Cove, CA 92549
Idyllwild, CA US
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**Trip is currently FULL**Please RSVP to the Waitlist and answer the question when prompted*I will manually add you from the waitlist* 1. Join us (8 total) on an overnight trip to Mt San Jacinto. Camping at Tamarack/Round Valley. Optional summit without the packs early Sunday morning. I will be starting from Humber Park in Idyllwild, and up the Devil's Slide trail. It is steep with the packs! Not for beginners. Total mileage is around 20, with about 5K elevation gain/loss.…

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Kearsarge Lakes – 3 Day Backpack (Intermediate)

May 26, 2018 @ 7:00 am - May 28, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

Location: Kearsarge Pass Trailhead, Onion Valley Road, Independence CA 93526 1. **Trip is currently FULL** 8 permit spots total. Three Day Eastern Sierra backpack over Kearsarge Pass. Camping at Kearsarge or Charlotte lake. Day hiking to Rae Lakes, and peaks in the area. More details to follow. *If interested, please jump on the waitlist and I will manually add attendees. If I have never hiked with you before, please answer the question when RSVPing.* 2. Please note that this is…

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Beginner Backpack to Fishermans Camp in the San Mateo Wilderness

May 26, 2018 @ 9:00 am - May 27, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Tenaja Trail Head Parking, Cleveland Forest Rd. and Forest Route 7501, Wildomar
Wildomar, CA US
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DEPARTURE TIME:  9:00 AM. As with all San Diego Backpacker Events, this hike will start at the designated time. Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow for parking and introductions. ABILITY LEVEL: Beginner level. These are merely descriptions of the hike, not a recommendation nor any assurance that it is suitable for your skill level.  DISTANCE/DURATION 3.5 miles 2 to 2 1/2 hours One Way. 1300 Ft. of Elevation Loss going in to Camp another 3.5 miles 2 1/2 hours to 3 hrs.   One Way…

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Big Pine Lakes via North Fork Trail

May 31, 2018 @ 10:00 am - June 3, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Big Pine Canyon in the Inyo National Forest, and within the John Muir Wilderness is heralded for having both the largest and southern most glaciers in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Palisade Glacier, the largest, sits above Big Pine Lakes. These impressive glacial lakes at around 10,000 feet elevation are the source of the North Fork of Big Pine Creek. The South Fork is bordered by the Palisade Crest with peaks over 14,000 feet and Middle Palisade Glacier, the southernmost glacier.…

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June 2018

San Gorgonio – 1 Night Backpack (Advanced)

June 9, 2018 @ 8:00 am - June 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Momyer Trailhead Parking Lot, 40847 Valley of the Falls Dr
Forest Falls, CA US
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**Trip is currently FULL**Please answer the questions to join the waitlist**I will manually add you from the waitlist * 1. Join us (8 total) on 2 day, 1 night backpack trip to the highest peak in Southern California. Saturday: Starting at the Momyer trailhead, we will carry our packs about 10 miles and 5K feet elevation gain to Dry Lake View camp. It is hard, you must be fit and motivated. Sunday: From Dry Lake View, we will tag the…

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Quartz Mountain to Chain Lakes: Yosemite Weekender Trip

June 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am - June 17, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Oakhurst, 40343 CA-41
Oakhurst, CA US
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Quartz Mountain to Chain Lakes: Yosemite Weekend Backpacker Trip Do you want to experience Yosemite in the summer without the crowds? Here is a beautiful, moderately strenuous 14 mile overnighter that will allow you to experience several glacial lakes at various stages of their life cycle. Chain Lakes is a series of three lakes located in the South Eastern region of Yosemite National Park near the boarder of the Sierra National Forest.   The hiking trail begins in the Sierra National…

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Bishop Pass to Dusy Basin (High Sierras)

June 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am - July 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

RSVP Opens February 12, 2018 Monday 10:00am Miles: 15 +/-milesDays: 3 days, 2 nightsElevation Gain/Loss: 2779'/1213Max Elevation: 11974′Min Elevation: 9429′Type of Trip: BackpackingDifficulty: Moderate/StrenuousLocation: Inyo/Kings Canyon RSVP: You will be put on a waiting list, we will contact you via meetup message. If you do not respond to our message, we will go to the next person on the waiting list. (We reserve the right to deny or remove any members if they are deemed inappropriate for this trip.) Rules:NO…

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July 2018

Agnew Meadow to Yosemite Valley via JMT

July 15, 2018 @ 7:00 am - July 20, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

ONLY 4 SPOTS Days: 5-6Rating: (Moderate/Strenuous)Milage: 60+Elevation Gain/loss: +12,365’/-13,789″Max Elev : 11,074′Min Elev: 4,200′Location:(entry) Mammoth(exit) Yosemite ValleyTrail Head:Agnew MeadowType: Point to Point RSVP: You will be put on a waiting list, we will contact you via meetup message. If you do not respond to our message, we will go to the next person on the waiting list. (We reserve the right to deny or remove any members if they are deemed inappropriate for this trip.) Rules:NO PLUS (1)Limited to 4…

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August 2018

Rae Lakes Loop, 36+ Miles with 7500 Elevation Gain, 4 Days 3 Nights

August 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - August 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Bubbs Creek Trail, Bubbs Creek Trail
Kanawyers, ca US
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• What we'll doAugust 4-7, 2018! 8 Spots Available signup and be put on the waitlist and you'll be contacted when selected. Mile for mile – and perhaps inch for inch – the Rae Lakes Loop in Kings Canyon National Park contains some of the most stunning and celebrated scenery in a mountain range world-famous for stunning and celebrated scenery. The route consists of three separate but connecting trails that travel through glacially-carved canyons, a high country basin containing a…

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September 2018

Mineral King – Timber Gap to Blackrock Pass to Sawtooth Pass

September 7, 2018 @ 9:00 am - September 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
MINERAL KING LOOP, Three Rivers, CA 93271
Three Rivers, CA US
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This is an advanced 4 day, 3 night trip, there will be at least 6 miles a day with LOTS of Elevation gain/loss every day (9,100 total). We NOW know the exact date of September 7-10, 2018. This route covers diverse terrain, from granite cirques, verdant meadows, and alpine lakes to high alpine scrambling passes and granite peaks and scree. From the Timber Gap Trail we will follow the trail to the left to Timber Gap, which we'll follow for…

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Yosemite Creek to El Capitan

Miles: 20 +/-miles Days: 3 days, 2 nights (does not include travel time) Elevation Gain/loss: 2899’/6119 Max Elevation: 7718′ Min Elevation: 3975 Type of Trip: Backpacking Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous Location:  Yosemite National Park Starting Point: Yosemite Creek Campground Ending: Yosemite Falls (Valley) Topo Map GPX: Download Google Maps:  >>Link<<  

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Taft Point to Yosemite Valley

Miles: 22 +/-miles Days: 3 days, 2 nights (1-day car camping) Elevation Gain/Loss: 6124/9838 Max Elevation: 8606 Min Elevation: 4042′ Type of Trip: Backpacking Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous Location:  Yosemite GPX: Download Google Maps:  >>Link<< Trails The Pohono Trail This east-west hike along Yosemite Valley’s south rim, going from Glacier Point to the Tunnel View (or, less frequently, vice …

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Bishop Pass to Dusy Basin

Miles: 12 +/-miles Days: 4 days, 3 nights (1 day car camping) Elevation Gain/Loss: 2779’/1213 Max Elevation: 11974′ Min Elevation: 9429′ Type of Trip: Backpacking Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous Location:  Inyo/Kings Canyo GPX: Download Google Maps:  >>Link<< About Bishop Pass & Dusy Basin The trail to Bishop Pass is one of the great hikes on the southeast side of …

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Sequoia-Kings Canyon – Redwood Canyon Loop

Days:  2 Days Rating: (Moderate) Milage: 10+ Elevation Gain/loss: +2475’ -2468 Max Elevation :6894′ Min Elevation: 5508′ Location: Sequoia-Kings Canyon Trail Head: Redwood Canyon Trailhead Type: Loop GPS: 36.707540, -118.921041 Google Map: GPX File This trail offer hikers the opportunity to visit one of the largest sequoia groves in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park in …

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Snow Camping Yosemite

Winter transforms Yosemite’s familiar landscapes; exploring in winter is like finding a whole new park. But winter is less forgiving for the wilderness traveler, and some extra precautions are in order. Weather: Winter in Yosemite is snowy and cold, though sunny and chilly days are not uncommon. Yosemite Valley & …

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San Jacinto Snow Camping

Days:  2 Days Rating: (Moderate) Milage: 12+ Elevation Gain/lost: +2501’ Max Elevation :10750′ Min Elevation: 8367′ Location: San Jacinto Wilderness Trail Head: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Type: Loop GPS: 33.837345, -116.614040 Google Map: GPX File Mount San Jacinto stands 10,834 feet above sea level and is the second highest mountain range in Southern California. …

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The Domelands – Wind Caves

Days:  2 Days Rating: (Easy/Moderate) Milage: 12+ Elevation Gain/lost: +1655’/-1670″  Max Elevation :1200′ Min Elevation: 540′ Location: Anza Borrego (Domeland – Wind Caves) Trail Head: 32.80498, -116.07434 Type: Loop GPS: (road) 32.77906, -116.09002 Google Map: GPX File Not only does this hike take in the Wind Caves, but it also offers outstanding views of …

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PCT Gear Review

Spencer, one of our fellow members has put together a video reviewing his current gear set up. He also has his own meetup group at https://www.meetup.com/Pacific-Crest-Trail-Section-Hikers-Backpackers/

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