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May 2018

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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January 2019

Alabama Hills – Lone Pine (Car Camping)

January 25 @ 3:00 pm - January 27 @ 5:00 pm

Alabama Hills - Car Camping Images of the areahttps://spark.adobe.com/page/jmAsODk9RCpSQ/ Miles: No official mileage. (KID FRIENDLY)Elevation Gain/loss: 200'/800Max Elevation: 4600′Type of Trip: Car Camping (great opportunity to test out your backpacking gear)Difficulty: Easy/ModerateLocation: About 2 miles west of Lone Pine, California. ITINERARY: We will meet up in Lone Pine @ 3 pm OR SO. Then we can all caravan and find a group campsite. Setup camp and decide what we want to do. We will be driving on dirt roads. .…

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February 2019

Wind Caves -Slots (Anza Borrego Desert)

February 9 @ 9:00 am - February 10 @ 2:00 pm
Chevron Gas Station, 1071 N Imperial Hwy Ocotillo, CA 92259
Ocotillo, CA US
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Intermediate Backpacking Trip (only because it's a Dry Camp)Milage: 12+ milesSome Cross country hiking.Ascent: +700-1000 ftHighish clearance vehicles recommended. Pictures from last year trip.https://spark.adobe.com/page/cWrkNHeoxqv2y/ Not only does this hike take in the Wind Caves, but it also offers outstanding views of the heavily eroded Carrizo Badlands to the west. These badlands look like a choppy sea with large waves frozen in place. Naturally, there is classic desert vegetation growing profusely along the trail NO WATER ON THE TRAIL ( must…

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El Cajon Mountain day hike ~ 12 miles

February 16 @ 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
El Capitan Preserve, 13775 Blue Sky Ranch Road
Lakeside, CA US
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Arguably the toughest hike in San Diego, this long and arduous hike is literally "uphill both ways." This is a great training hike for backpacking. Mileage: 6 miles out, 6 back (~12 miles total) Starting Elevation: 1,549Peak Elevation: 3,714Vertical Elevation gain: 2,165TOTAL Elevation gain: 4,100 feetDifficulty: Extremely Strenuous Weather forecast for the day: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-116.82066754454002&lat=32.91407453508634#.WId16_krJPY Trail route map: El Cajon mountain is within the El Capitan Preserve (http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/parks/openspace/El_Capitan.html), managed by the County of San Diego. The south face of El Cajon…

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Yosemite – Snow Camping (Badger Pass to Dewey Point)

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - February 25 @ 4:00 pm

***Snowshoes Required*** Yosemite - Snow Camping (Badger Pass to Dewey Point) Winter transforms Yosemite’s familiar landscapes; exploring in winter is like finding a whole new park. But winter is less forgiving for the wilderness traveller, and some extra precautions are in order. NOT FOR BEGINNERS (We reserve the right to deny or remove any members if they are deemed inappropriate for this trip. ) You must have previous backpack with this group before. NO EXCEPTIONS. (Join one of our other…

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March 2019

Tentative: San Gorgonio Mountain

March 2 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Tentatively planning to either day hike San Gorgonio if the weather is not conducive for camping. I may also POSTPONE this trip to another weekend depending on the weather. I recommend people do this hike only if they are prepared for potentially snowy, icy, freezing conditions with the appropriate gear. Many people have slipped and fallen to their death on this mountain without the right gear. I am most interested in doing the Fish Creek Trail, since it has been…

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Santa Rosa Island

March 30 @ 7:00 am - April 1 @ 5:00 pm
Ventura Harbor, 1583 Spinnaker Dr
San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA 93001 US
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------------------------------------------Part of the Channel Islands National Park, Santa Rosa Island (www.nps.gov/chis/planyourvisit/santa-rosa-island.htm) is a little known treasure off the California coast. As the second largest island in Channel Islands National Park, Santa Rosa offers spectacular hiking opportunities. The hike to Water Canyon campground is only about 1.5 miles from the landing. We will base camp there for two nights and venture out on day hikes from camp. This is not a trip for beginners due to the remote location and unpredictable…

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April 2019

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

April 19 @ 7:00 am - April 21 @ 6:00 pm
Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, 9035 Village Dr
yosemite, CA US
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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 go to Glacier Point; the backup will be Itinerary 2 to…

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May 2019

Mt. San Jacinto – 1 Night Backpack (Intermediate)

May 18 @ 9:00 am - May 19 @ 4:00 pm
Humber Park, 24559-24599 Fern Valley Rd Idyllwild-Pine Cove, CA 92549
Idyllwild, CA US
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*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. 2. Please note…

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Duck Pass to Duck Lake, Mammoth

May 25 @ 7:00 am - May 28 @ 7:00 pm
Coldwater Campground, Cold Water Creek Campground Rd
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 US
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Climbing over Duck Pass to join the JMT/PCT, the Duck Pass trail climbs the forested hillside behind Coldwater Campground and goes past Arrowhead, Skelton, and Barney lakes before going over Duck Pass. Total Mileage: 10 - 18 milesStarting elevation: 9,128’Highest elevation: 10,814' at the 4-mile markTotal elevation gain: 3,312'Difficulty: easy to moderate 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…

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June 2019

Agnew meadows/1000 island lake/Minaret lake/Agnew meadows

June 6 @ 8:00 am - June 9 @ 5:00 pm
Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, 2510 Main St.
Mammoth Lakes, CA US
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This is considered early season for this area. The chances of snow and or ice is still pretty high. The need for snowshoes and/crampons will be determined depending on conditions over the winter. The plan is to leave Escondido transit center at 5am Thursday June 6. Arrive at the permit office, collect permit and head to TH. We will leave High Trail TH at 1pm. We will hike to 1000 island lake where we will camp. We will then have…

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San Gorgonio – 1 Night Backpack (Advanced)

June 22 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Momyer Trailhead Parking Lot, 40847 Valley of the Falls Dr
Forest Falls, CA US
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**Currently Full**Please answer the question to join the waitlist**I will manually add you from the waitlist if a spot opens* 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…

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Bishop Pass to Dusy Basin

Miles: 15 +/-miles Days: 3 days, 2 nights Elevation Gain/Loss: 2779’/1213 Max Elevation: 11974′ Min Elevation: 9429′ Type of Trip: Backpacking Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous Location: Inyo/Kings Canyon About Bishop Pass & Dusy Basin The trail to Bishop Pass is one of the great hikes on the southeast side of the Sierras. …

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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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