Outdoor Adventure

Enjoying God in His Creation with friends as we Backpack, Camp, Hike and Walk - Join us!

Walking, Camping, Hiking, and Backpacking! Activities are available for every ability level and age. We invite you to connect with Christ and new friends here at North Coast Calvary Chapel by participating together with us in our favorite outdoor adventure activities!  The Outdoor Adventure Groups provide opportunities to enjoy God and his creation and build friendships with others.

Trail Talks

1st & 3rd Thursdays: Interactive Outdoor Skills Discussions

1st Thursday Trail Talk #1:

June 1, 6p-7p, Room B-203

Topic pending

3rd Thursday Trail Talk #2:

June 15, 6p-7p, Room B-203

Topic pending

1st Thursday Trail Talk #3:

July 6, 2017, 6p-7p, Room B-203

Details pending

3rd Thursday Trail Talk #4:

July 20, 6p-7p, Room B-203

Topic pending

Tent Camping

Fun, relaxing, amazing time in God's creation, full of adventure with friends!
Memorial Weekend 2017 at Idyllwild

May 26-29, 2017


OUR PLANNED CAMPING AND HIKING EXPERIENCE: Idyllwild County Park is 202 acres of beautifully wooded environment and includes showers, restrooms with running water, fire rings with half-grills and picnic tables. It’s on the edge of the town Idyllwild so modern amenities are close by. There are five miles of hiking trails that wind through the park, including an easy half-mile trail that connects the campground with the county-run Nature Center. This is a great place for family and group fun! We will have morning and evening devotions and a Saturday Evening worship service. Kids can ride bikes on the roads around the campground; nature center visits, Ranger led hikes and walks in local area. We will also have our own group hikes that will be announced at the morning devotionals. It’s a great time to build community, make new friends and enjoy God’s creation.

Trip flyer: HERE

Orientation Meeting:   Sunday, May 7,1pm, Room C-105 – come meet the other campers, discuss trip plans, equipment/gear, carpools, campsite layout, etc.

Register:  HERE $40.00 per adult, $15.00 for children 3 and up. Refund policy: Registration is 50% refundable if we are notified at least two weeks before the trip – last day to notify 5/12/16)

Website:  Idyllwild Park

Labor Day Weekend 2017 at Big Bear

September 1 – 4,  Big Bear / Pineknot Campground

Trip flyer:  Pending

Registration:  Here

Website: www.bigbear.com  You can order a Visitor guide with maps and things to do, also a coupon page for discounts on recreation (horseback riding, paddleboat,biking, scavenger hunt, etc.) dining, and more.

Zion Nat'l Park, October 20-24

We’re heading to Zion National Park – Watchman Campground – tentatively Friday, October 20 – Tuesday, October 24 – details pending reservations.   If you are interested in going, please email us to let us know.

Trip flyer: Pending

Trip Leader:  Dave Cram

Insiders Guide to Zion  HERE


San Jacinto - June 9-11

Our Planned Trip: A two night backpacking trip departing from the trailhead at 8:00 am on Friday 9 June 2017 and concluding about noon on Sunday 11 June 2017. The one‐way distance to the camp is 6 miles and starts out at 5,600 ft. and ascends to 8,378 ft.  Two nights will be spent at primitive campsites along the Pacific Crest Trail. Optional hiking to San Jacinto (10,800 ft.) peak and other destinations on Saturday.

Preparation: Dust off your boots and get some local hikes in prior to the trip‐‐ a great opportunity to checkout equipment and your abilities. Here’s a backpacking for beginners site you may find helpful: http://www.rei.com/learn/expert‐ advice/backpacking‐beginners.html

Gear: Standard backpacking gear required. REI provides a checklist that can be viewed at the URL: http://www.rei.com/learn/expert‐advice/backpacking‐checklist.html though appropriate gear will be discussed at the orientation meeting. For those who need gear (such as packs, pads, tents, etc.) some may be available for loaning and can be discussed at the orientation meeting. Things like stoves, water filters, etc., can be shared (i.e., not every person needs to have these items).

Orientation Meeting: Sunday, May 21, 1pm, Room C‐105.

San Jacinto State Park Website: HERE.

Reservations: HERE  $10/Person.Trip limited to 12 people on a first come first served basis.

Questions:  Email

Trip Leader: Craig Dunn  Email

Trip Flyer: HERE

Helpful Links:  Backpacking for Beginners HERE    Backpacking Gear  HERE

Sequioia Kings Canyon - July 26 - Aug 1

oa_sierras2016-no3Dear Backpacking Enthusiasts!

God’s creation: mountains, streams flowing high, lakes, and friends!   We have a precious few spots available for a challenging backpacking trip to Sequoia & King’s Canyon National Parks in late July – early August. We kept the group small to minimize impact on the environment, and to maximize our ability to find campgrounds where we can all be together.  

Check out the slide show of last year’s trip  HERE

This year’s adventure is planning for our most ambitious yet, and promises to be the most rewarding. The plan is to hike a total of 86 miles in 7 days through the Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks, ascending passes as high as 12,000′ and logging up to 16+ miles on some days. 

Our agenda calls for driving the 7 hours to Sequoia on Wednesday, July 26, dropping off a car or two at the High Sierra Trailhead at Crescent Meadow, and then proceeding to the Dorst Creek Campground, where we’ll spend the night. 

On Thursday morning, July 27, we’ll kick off our trip with a doozy of a hike, taking the Alta Trail down to the High Sierra Trail and up the Theodore Solomons Trail, putting 15 miles behind us. If we feel strong at mile 15, we’ll continue another 2 miles to Tamarack Lake. On Friday, July 28, we’ll set out for Elizabeth Pass (11,375′), logging 13-15 miles (depending on whether or not we extended Thursday’s hike to Tamarack Lake) to the Roaring River and the junction with the Colby Pass Trail. 

On Saturday, July 29, we’ll have a short 9-mile day hiking along the Roaring River as we head down the Colby Pass Trail over Colby Pass (12,000′) and on to Colby Lake for our highest-elevation camp, at about 11,700′. The next day, Sunday, July 30, we’ll continue down the Colby Pass trail to its junction with the High Sierra Trail, and then down to Whitney Creek where we’ll camp with Mt. Whitney to our east after putting 10.5 miles behind us.

On Monday, July 31, we’ll head south on the High Sierra Trail along the Kern River, and then up along Funston Creek to Moraine Lake (11.7 mi). Tuesday, August 1, our hike will take us 10 miles northwest on the High Sierra Trail to picturesque Precipice Lake. And then, on our last day, we’ll have a good stretch of the legs with our packs at their lightest, traveling 16.5 miles out to Crescent Meadow, where we’ll have a car or two stashed. 

To enjoy this outing, you’ll need to be in very good backpacking shape, ready to do sequential 15 mile days with a full pack at altitude. If this sounds like something you can be ready for, register below. Note that in addition to the training you do on your own, you’ll need to complete at least two training hikes with me leading up to the trip so I can make sure you’re ready to join the group. The training hikes will require you to carry your pack with weight approaching what you’ll have on trail.


Mandatory Orientation Meeting:  Sunday, June 25, 1:00 p.m. at North Coast Calvary Chapel in Room C-105. Trip specifics, equipment, ride sharing, car positioning to be discussed.

Schedule for supervised training hikes (2 required):

  • Saturday, May 27, 8 a.m. – El Capitan Mountain, 13775 Blue Sky Ranch Road, Lakeside, CA 11 mi.
  • Saturday, June 10, 8 a.m. – Daley Ranch, 3024 La Honda Dr, Escondido, CA 92027. 14 mi.
  • Saturday, June 17, 8 a.m.  – La Costa Habitat Conservation Area. Meet at 24 Hour Fitness north parking lot, La Costa Town Square, 3409 Via Montebello, Carlsbad, CA 92009. 14 mi.
  • Saturday, July 1, 8 a.m. – Elfin Forest Preserve. Meet in the parking lot at 8833 Harmony Grove Road, Escondido, 92029. 11 mi.
  • Saturday, July 15, 8 a.m. – Discovery Hills, 650 Foxhall Dr, San Marcos, CA 92078. 11 mi.

Registration:  HERE (starting 5/16/17) – Trip is limited to 7 backpackers.

Led by: Mike Berrier

Helpful Links:  Backpacking for Beginners HERE    Backpacking Gear  HERE

Backpacking Training and Resources


To train for one of our backpacking trips try some local hikes first with some 20 – 25 lbs in a pack and try going 2 – 3 miles and gradually working up to about 6 miles. 

If you live in Oceanside/Vista area, Discover Hills is a nice training area. 

If in San Marcos/Carlsbad, Elfin Forest is another fine training hike as well as Mt. Woodson or Iron Mountain.


Backpacking Checklist


California State Park Passes  (not sure if you need these for any OA trips)

California Campfire Permits

Snake Bites

Grand Canyon Hiker Site


Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Hike - November ?

Because of the heat we did not complete the hike on 4/22/17 (details below).  We are going to pick a new date (probably November to finish the hike from Kitchen Creek to Burnt Rancheria.  Details coming soon – sign up to get our e-news at the link on this page to get an update.


Strenuous hike:  10 miles or 21.5 miles

This is a great opportunity to experience the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) that goes from Mexico to Canada with Pastor Orville.  Meet at the free parking before the entrance to the campground at 6:30am.  We will begin hiking from Lake Morena at 7:00am.

Two Hike Options:

• 10 miles: Lake Morena Campground (2550 Lake Morena Drive, Campo, CA 92006) to Kitchen Creek Road at the PCT Junction  (5 hours)

• 11.5 more miles (21.5 total):  Continue to Burnt Rancheria Campground (6 more hours )

Shuttle vehicles provided back from either location to Lake Morena to your car.

Bring:  Day pack, hiking poles, snacks, hat, sunscreen, 2 liters water minimum + the 10 essentials (see backpacking resource section of this webpage).

PDF Flyer: OA_PCTDayHikeflyer2017

Restrooms:  At Lake Morena and at Burnt Rancheria Campground

Water:  Available at Lake Morena, at the car at the 10 mile mark, and at Burnt Rancheria Campground.  (bring 2 liters minimum with you)


PCT Website:  HERE

Directions to Lake Morena Campground: OA_MAPtoLakeMorena

Ten Essentials and other Resources

Essentials 1-5:  Protection from the sun, Illumination, Navigation, Hydration and Nutrition


Essential 6:  Insulation


Essential 7- 10:  Medication (first aid supplies), Incineration (Fire – Waterproof matches), Fabrication (Repair kit and tools), Protection (Emergency shelter).


Clothing layers with boots and socks:


Other important things beyond the ten essentials to consider: hiking poles, supplies for Bio brakes (trowel, toilet paper, wipes and bags to carry off used paper), and a bandanna.


Backpack with all the gear plus 2 liters of water. It weighs out at 15 lbs. I used my regular backpacking pack as my day pack, gained a few lbs, because I don’t have a 30 liter pack anymore only the 54 liter one.

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Gear and Essentials Info from REI
Day Packs
Hiking Boots
Trekking Poles
The 10 Essentials



Walking is good for our soul. God can slow us down and make us more open to hear and see Him. We look forward to being on-trail with you

Please come and join us on some of our favorite local North County walks.  

TIME:  9:00am from trailhead

NO RSVP is needed. Invite friends (or just come and meet new friends!) and family and join us!

RAIN: We will NOT walk if it is raining.

BRING: Hat, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, light clothing, sturdy shoes, snacks, and a camera to capture the beauty!

Calaveras Hills Walk, May 20, 9a

Starting from Oak Riparian Park – 4625 Lake Blvd., Oceanside, CA, our walk will be a maximum of 5 miles with one hill with an elevation gain of about 300′.   We’ll take the Oak Riparian Loop and Lake Loop Trails and go around Lake Calavera by the dam.  There are few viewpoints that we will be able to take in.

DIRECTIONS:  From NCCC go north on I-5, go east on Hwy 78, exit College Ave South, turn left on Lake Blvd. Go past Emerald Drive to Ridge Road.  Oak Riparian Park (and the parking lot) will be on the right at the corner of Ridge Road and Lake Blvd.

RESTROOMS: at the parking lot

ACCESSIBILITY:  Not accessible for wheelchairs or strollers

DOGS: Ok on leash

WALK LEADER:  Larraine M.

Torrey Pines Walk, June 17, 9a

Our Planned Walk:  details pending

Restrooms and Water:



Walk Leader:  Peter Booth


San Dieguito Park Walk, July 15, 9a

All levels of walkers are welcome. This is a nice walk with small hills, beautiful scenery and views.

DIRECTIONS: I-5 to Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Go east for 1½ miles, turn left on Highland Drive to El Camino Real, then go right to the park which is on your right.

PARKING:  lot doesn’t open until 9:30a so we’ll park on the street (the lot is $3)

RESTROOMS: Near parking area.

CHILDREN/STROLLERS: at your discretion.

WALK LEADER:  Peter Booth

Fletcher Cove Walk, August 19, 9a

Directions: From Interstate 5 in Solana Beach (north of Del Mar), go west on Lomas Santa Fe Drive to the Pacific Ocean. There is a small free parking lot at the beach park, a larger free parking lot the the left across from the post office, or free street parking.

Parking: Fills up early, so carpool or come a little bit earlier to find a good spot and meet us at 9am.

Dogs: Part of the walk may be on the beach and part on the street.  No dogs are allowed on the beach. 

Walk Leader:  Peter Booth

Oceanside Harbor Walk, September 16, 9a

Come and join us for a casual Saturday 9:00 a.m. walk to enjoy time with friends in God’s creation. This walk is open to everyone so invite friends and family!

Starting from the parking lot next to the Jolly Roger, we will follow the sidewalk along the harbor, passing shops and restaurants, continuing on to Pacific Street to the Strand which runs along the beach.  We will walk along the beach to the pier, then go up the ramp and walk to the end of the pier and back, then continue walking south to Wisconsin Street at which point we turn around and return along the same route The entire walk is a 10K walk/6 miles.  Walkers may turn around at the pier if a shorter walk is preferable.

Walk Description:  Very moderate along sidewalks with the only incline up the ramp to the pier and down.

Parking:  The address for Jolly Roger is 1900 Harbor Drive.  We will park in the public parking lot just before you get to the Jolly Roger.

Directions:  From Carlsbad, take I-5 north, merge onto Harbor Drive via exit 54C towards Oceanside. Turn left onto Harbor Drive and proceed around the harbor until you see the Jolly Roger Restaurant and turn into the parking lot just before you get to the restaurant.

Restrooms: In the Harbor shopping/restaurant area and along the beach in two locations.

Accessible: Wheelchairs, Children and Strollers

Food: Restaurants are plentiful in the Harbor shopping area.

Walk Leader:  Peter Booth

Encinitas Ranch Trail Walk, October 21, 9a
Quail Hollow Drive, Encinitas

Let’s enjoy a beautiful fall day together. This will be a casual walk on the old Ecke Ranch property. We’ll travel through Indian Canyon, the golf course to the ridge line (great views!). We plan to go about 5 miles and take about 2 or 3 hours.

DIRECTIONS From I-5 & Leucadia Blvd: Go East to Quail Gardens Drive then North (left) (as it curves west it becomes Quail Hollow Drive). Shortly before you get to Saxony there is a yellow gate just past a brown gazebo on the left side.  Park on the street.

From I-5 & La Costa Ave:  Go East then go South on Saxony and turn left on Quail Hollow Drive. There is a yellow gate just past a brown gazebo on the right hand side.  Park on the street.


ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABLED:  There is one part that would not be good for wheelchairs.

CHILDREN AND STROLLERS: One part where stroller would need to be carried over.

DOGS:  Allowed on leash but there are thorns on part of the trail.

WALK LEADERS:  Peter Booth

AFTERWARD:  It’s very close to San Diego Botanic Gardens (formerly Quail Gardens) if anyone wants to visit there after.

San Elijo Lagoon Walk, Nov 18, 9a
One of the few remaining coastal wetlands in San Diego County and is home to many plants and animals and is especially know for it’s rare and migratory birds (bring your binoculars!). The whole trail is  about seven and half miles round trip and 3 hours.  The distance we go is up to you!

From Encinitas Blvd: To get to the trail head through Encinitas: * From Carlsbad take I-5 South * Exit Encinitas Blvd go East (left) the road will turn into S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd after you cross Manchester Ave * Turn South East (right) on La Bojada * Turn South (right) on La Noria which will turn into El Camino Real for about two miles. * Parking area is on the right. * If you get to Highland or the San Dieguito Park you’ve gone too far.
From Lomas Santa Fe Dr: To get to the trail head through Solana Beach.  * From Carlsbad take I-5 South * Exit Lomas Santa Dr. go East (left) * Go North (left) on Highland Dr. * Go North (left) on El Camino Real about 1/4 a mile * Sign and parking on your left.


ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABLED:  Not appropriate for wheelchairs.

CHILDREN AND STROLLERS: Yes, some can be done pushing a stroller.

DOGS:  OK on 6′ leash.


WALK LEADER:  Peter Booth

Discovery Hills Walk, January 2018

Saturday, January 2018 date tbd

Foxhall Drive, San Marcos, CA

Located in San Marcos, this walk starts at Discovery Lake and heads toward Double Peak. The view is amazing from the top! All levels of walkers are welcome. 

Directions from NCCC: Take Palomar Airport Road/San Marcos Blvd. East toward Hwy 78. Two blocks before you reach Hwy 78 turn RIGHT on Bent Avenue. Pass Discovery Street and turn RIGHT on Foxhall Dr. Take Foxhall 3 short blocks to the park entrance. Foxhall bends sharply to left and runs right into the parking lot.

Walk Leader: Peter Booth

Batiquitos Lagoon Walk, Feb 2018, 9am

This is 2+ mile level walk with beautiful scenery and views. We will start at the Batiquitos Nature Center and walk along the lagoon trail almost to El Camino Real.

Directions from NCCC: Go west on Poinsettia Lane, turn Left on Batiquitos Drive 1⁄2 mile, turn right on Gabbiano Lane and park at end of cul de sac, just steps ahead is the Batiquitos Nature Center at 7380 Gabbiano Ln., Carlsbad.

Walk Leader: Peter Booth

Rancho Carrillo Walk, March TBD 2018

All levels of walkers are welcome.  This is a 2 to 4 mile walk with small hills, beautiful scenery and views.  It will take up to two hours. Meet at trailhead parking lot at 9:00 am. 

DIRECTIONS: From NCCC, take Aviara Pkwy North, turn right on Palomar Airport Road going east. Turn right on Melrose.  Turn right on Poinsettia Lane. Continue west to stop sign then left into Carrillo Elementary School parking lot drive then immediately on the right is paved parking lot and trailhead. 

RAIN: We will not walk if it’s raining (but it looks like it’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL day!)

RESTROOMS:  Not on the walk.

CHILDREN/STROLLERS: Children welcome at your discretion. One section is a little steep.


 BRING: Plenty of water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and sturdy shoes and a camera for the scenery and the pea fowl. 



Carlsbad Beach Walk, April TBD, 9a

We’ll be walking from Cannon Park to Carlsbad Village Drive and back (4 miles total).  The walk has a slight incline going north but is wheelchair and stroller friendly (sidewalk).

Four Walk Options:

  • 4 mile walk – Join us for a walk from Cannon Park and back.
  • 2 mile one-way walk – Partner with friends to park one car near Carlsbad Village Drive and ride together to Cannon park.  (Meet by 8:45am to park and meet us for the walk by 9am)
  • 2 mile break – Some may take a break near Carlsbad Village for coffee or breakfast before walking back to Cannon Park.
  • 4 mile walk +  Some may go back by car to the village for coffee or breakfast after the 4 mile walk.

RESTROOMS: There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Cannon Park, and near the 1 mile mark (at Tamarack) and in the restaurants at the 2 mile mark. 

DOGS: Ok on leash

WALK LEADER:  Peter Booth



Medical Forms

Please print out the attached Medical Form and fill out and bring to the event.  A new form is needed each calendar year (or more often if any information changes).

Adults:  2017_medicalformadult

Minors:  2017_medicalformminor


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