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Tent Camping


Tent camping is a great time to relax, explore, and enjoy friendships old and new in God’s creation.

Big Bear August 31 - September 3

An All-Church Favorite Tent Camping Trip, Labor Day Weekend three nights at Big Bear’s Pine Knot Campground.

A great trip for everyone!  Families, single parent families, singles, couples, and YOU!

You’ll enjoy a Saturday potluck, a worship & communion service, morning devotions, group campfires, fellowship, lots of fun adventures (see flyer), music, and of course plenty of hiking, walking, and relaxing with friends!

Register HERE   Be sure to sign up early to avoid the wait list.

Adults: $40 per person   Children age 3 & up: $15 per person

This trip will be on shared individual sites.

2019 Camping Trips

Pending Reservations

February 15 – 18, 2019 – Three night camping trip Presidents Day Weekend at Death Valley

May 24 – 27, 2019 – Three night camping trip Memorial Day Weekend at TBD

Aug 30 – Sept 2, 2019 – Three night camping trip Labor Day Weekend at TBD

Fall 2019 – Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Arizona




Sierras Backpacking Trip, July 15-19

If you’ve ever wanted to experience hiking in the grandeur of the High Sierras, and you can be prepared in mid-July for rugged trails at altitude, this trip is for you. It will give you a flavor for backpacking into the mountains, but it will be short enough that you aren’t committed to multiple long days on the trail. 

Our hike will begin on July 16 at the highest-elevation trailhead in the Sierras that can be reached by car, and will take us over Mono Pass twice, which is 12,000′ in elevation. The hike will be rigorous enough to challenge you, but since we aren’t likely to cover much more than 5 miles each day we should have plenty of time for day hikes, fishing, swimming in ice cold lakes, and maybe dodging a raindrop or two. And we’re sure to enjoy fellowship, in scenery like no other. 

The trip will be led by an experienced backpacker, and other experienced hikers will be along as well. Before departing, if you’re new to backpacking we’ll give you an opportunity to learn about how to prepare for outings like this, you’ll get recommendations on gear, and you’ll learn how to deal with issues that commonly arise on the trail.

Mandatory Orientation Meeting for all hikers joining the trip: Sunday, June 24, 1 p.m., Room C-105 (on SW corner the Chapel Building) to discuss trip logistics, transportation, etc.

Cost: $15/person. The trip is full as of April 2 but we are taking a wait list if we have any cancellations. Your card will not be charged until there is an opening and we confirm with you that you still want to go. Register  HERE

Questions? Contact Mike Berrier at LCMike@gmail.com.

Trip Itinerary

7/15:  Camp Sunday night at the Mosquito Flat Camp. 

7/16: enter the Mono Pass Trail at Mosquito Flat, the highest trail head you can drive to, at 10,000′. We’ll hike apx. 4.5 miles to Ruby Lake where we’ll camp for the night. 

7/17: hike over 12,000′ Mono Pass, and on to Fourth Recess Lake (5.3 mi.). 

7/18: retrace our steps back to Ruby Lake

7/19: retrace our steps back to Mosquito Flat

Hiking and Mule Pack Trip to Thousand Island Lake, September 5 - 8

Jim Peevey will be leading a small group on a 4-day trip to Thousand Island Lake in the Eastern Sierras outside of Mammoth, CA. The trip is limited to 10 campers.

On the morning of Wednesday September 5, the participants will hike from Agnew Meadows 7.8 miles to our campsite at Thousand Lake, referred to as one of the best views in the Ansel Adams Wilderness.

We will camp at the base of Banner Peak for three nights and will hike out on Saturday September 8.

The group will participate in optional day hikes on Thursday and Friday to discover the beauty of the surrounding trails of the PCT, John Muir, and Ansel Adams or rest and relax in the comfort of your personal folding chair brought in by your mule.

Don’t forget to bring your fishing gear!

Our trip is in conjunction with Red’s Meadow Pack Station who will provide our team with a “Packer” who will deliver all our heavy camping gear by way of four mules to our campsite and return to bring our gear back to our starting location at Agnew Meadows. Hike in with a light daypack and let the mules handle your load. Almost like car camping, except more inspiring.

The budget for the trip is $250 per person plus transportation cost (carpooling will be available), personal food, and optional Saturday lodging in Mammoth.  Register HERE

For more information contact:

Jim Peevey (760) 518-0443 or jpeevey@grantgc.com

Michele Herington (760) 803-4591 or mchele60.mh@gmail.com

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

Trip Planning Form



Pacific Crest Trail, November 3

We’re hiking one way from Pioneer Mail Picnic Area (PCT 52.64Mi) to Pedro Fages Monument (PCT 62.42Mi) with a short walk to parking for a total of 11.2 miles. Sign up for our e-news (link on this page) to get updates on the hike and the Orientation meeting.

Moderate hike: This is a great opportunity to experience the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) that goes from Mexico to Canada with Pastor Orville.  Shuttle vehicles provided back to your car.  Be sure to get some training miles in on your hiking boots and with your pack.

IMPORTANT Orientation Meeting:  Sunday, October 21, 1pm, C-105  – no need to register for the Orientation (or the hike) but plan to attend so we can meet and you’ll know the plan, equipment, parking, carpool, etc.

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

Restrooms and Water:  At Pioneer Mail (staring point) and at mile 59 (Sunrise Trailhead).

PCT Maps (see Section A pages 7 & 8):  HERE

PCT Website:  HERE

Directions from North County:  Follow CA-78 East to I-15 South, take Exit 27 San Pasqual /  E Via Rancho Parkway right.  Continue on to Bear Valley Pkwy, Turn right onto San Pasqual Rd and right on Old Milky Way then right at 78/San Pasqual Valley Rd.  Then left on Main street (which is still 78) At San Ysabel turn right onto Hwy 79 ( through Julian) for 5.8 miles then turn left on Sunrise Hwy (S1) to Pioneer Mail Historic Site, Mile Marker 29, Sunrise Hwy, Mt. Laguna, CA 91948. (Get parking location at the Orientation Mtg).

Directions from San Diego:  I-5 South, to I-805 South, to I-8 East for 29 miles.  Take exit 47 toward Sunrise Hwy.  Turn left on County Rte S1/ Old Hwy 80.  Go 15.7 miles to Pioneer Mail Historic Site, Mile Marker 29, Sunrise Hwy, Mt. Laguna, CA 91948. (Get parking location at the Orientation Mtg).

Hiking Ten Essentials

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 daypack, gained a few lbs, because I don’t have a 30 liter pack anymore only the 54 liter one.

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. 

Walks are at 8am or 9am – please check each month for the correct time.

San Dieguito Park Walk, July 21

NOTE: WALK IS AT 8:00AM  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 and go down the hill 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

RESTROOMS: Near parking area.

CHILDREN/STROLLERS: at your discretion.

WALK LEADER:  Peter Booth

Fletcher Cove Walk, Aug 18


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 and Harbor Days, September 15


Come and join us for a casual Saturday 8:00 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 20
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 17
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!). We will be doing a 2 mile walk (4 round-trip).

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 2019

Foxhall Drive, San Marcos, CA –  9:00am

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, February 2019

NOTE: WALK IS AT 9:00AM  – 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


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 2019

NOTE: WALK IS AT 8:00AM 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

Calaveras Hills Walk, May 2019

NOTE: WALK IS AT 8:00AM  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 2019

Saturday, June TBD , NOTE: WALK IS AT 8:00AM 

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is the home of our nation’s rarest pine tree – Pinus torreyana. Plan to be amazed at God’s handiwork and supreme artistry!  

OUR PLANNED WALK: We will start at 8:00 am from the beach parking area at the base of the hill; you can find free parking or pay to park in the parking lot. We will walk up to the Visitor Center (3/4 mile up a steep hill). Some may want to park in the lot and meet us at 8:45 am at the Visitor Center. We will combine the Razor Point Trail, Yucca Point and the Beach Trail, and then finish by walking on the surface road back to the Visitor Center. Afterward you can explore the exhibits of the natural and cultural history of the reserve at the Visitor Center museum before walking down hill to the parking lot. Approximate round trip distance is 5.5 miles. 

FROM CARLSBAD: I-5 South to Del Mar Heights Rd exit. Turn right. The road ends at the Coast Hwy. Turn left (south) about 1/2-mile and to the entrance to Torrey Pines State Reserve, 12600 North Torrey Pines Rd, San Diego, CA 92037   GPS: 32.92183

TERRAIN: If you park and meet us at the bottom of the hill plan for a steep walk at the Visitor Center. Mostly sandy and hard surfaces, and very rocky in several areas; wear closed-toe shoes with good traction.


  • For free parking, there are spaces available along Coast Highway right before you enter Torrey Pines State Reserve if you don’t mind the longer steep walk to the Visitor Center.
  • South Beach parking lot is $12-$20.
  • North Beach Parking hourly rates: 1 hr $6; 2 hrs $8, 3 hrs $10, 4 hrs $12; all day $15.

RESTROOMS: Located in the lower lot and at the top near where we will be meeting.

BRING: Lots of water, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, light clothing layers, sturdy shoes, lip balm, camera.:

CHILDREN: are welcome at your discretion.

PETS: are not allowed even in vehicles.


TORREY PINES RESERVE: www.torreypine.org

Trail Map

Trail Talks


Trail Talks is an opportunity to meet together to learn about various outdoor topics and skills.

Trail Talk Calendar (Oct - April)

Join us on 1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:30p – 7:30p in Room B-203 at North Coast Calvary, 1330 Poinsettia Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011. 


  • May 3: Wilderness and Remote First Aid, part 1 
  • May 17: Wilderness and Remote First Aid, part 2
  • June 7: Wilderness and Remote First Aid, part 3
  • Closed down until October 2018  (enjoy the outdoors until then!)

Happy Trails! Orville Stanton & Dan Scott

Trail Talk Files

Future Topics:

  • Navigation: Backcountry Navigation with a map & compass, GPS Navigation
  • Climbing/Mountaineering: Outdoor Rock Climbing Skills: Rope Management, Climbing Anchors,  Bouldering & Free Climbing
  • Wilderness First Aid:  Your First Aid Kit (07/20/17), Shock and Heart Attack, Chest Injuries, Head (Brain), Neck and Spinal Injuries, Wounds and Wound Infections, Bone and Joint Injuries, Burns, Abdominal Illnesses, Hypothermia, Heat-Related Illnesses, Lightning, Altitude Illnesses, Submersion Incidents, Allergies and Anaphylaxis, Avoiding Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke,
  • What to do in the Wilderness: With Lightening, Forest Fires, Earthquakes, Snakes and Snakebite, Physical and Spiritual Ten Essentials, Signal Whistle Codes. Setting up Camps in the Wilderness. Bio Breaks in the Wilderness, Trail Etiquette & Leave No Trace, Identifying Plants, Technical Equipment, Apps, Equipment List and Gear, River Crossings (07/06/17), Hiking in Snow and Ice (07/06/17)
  • Experiencing God in the Wilderness:  Devotionals, Meditation/Reflection
  • Technology in the Outdoors:  Solar Panels, Chargers, GPS
  • Wilderness and remote 1st aid

  • General CPR & 1st aid refresher

  • Orienteering with map and Compass

  • Layering – clothing systems for all conditions

  • Backcountry sleeping systems (tent, hammock, ground tarp, bivy sack, fly style tarp, etc.)

  • Weather protection systems (rain jacket, fleece, windproof DWR jackets, etc)

Topic Files:

Stoves used for Cooking Meals in the Back Country

Backcountry Navigation Dan Scott

Backcountry Navigation  Craig Dunn 170817

Rescue and Recovery  Dan Scott   SOAP          Wilderness First Aid Guide

Maneuvering in rocks and boulders – Dave Cram 171007  no files yet


Medical Forms

Print out the Medical Form for 2018, complete, and bring to the event.

Adult Form         Minor Form


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