Outdoor Adventure

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Hiking

Pacific Crest Trail, November 11, 2017

We picked Saturday, November 11, 6:30am to finish our one way, mostly uphill (2000′ elevation gain) hike from Kitchen Creek to Burnt Rancheria.  Sign up for e-news updates at the link on this page. Strenuous hike:  11.5 miles This is a great opportunity to experience the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) that goes from Mexico to Canada. Shuttle vehicles provided back to your car. We should be done by 2pm.  Led by Orville Stanton.

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

Restrooms & Water:  At Burnt Rancheria Campground  (end of hike)

PCT Maps:  HERE

PCT This Section Only Map (3 pages):  HERE

PCT Website:  HERE

Driving Directions:   I-5 South, to I-805 South, to CA-52 East, to CA-67 South, Exit toward I-8 toward “I-8 East / El Centro / El Cajon”   Continue onto Magnolia Ave, to the I-8 East ramp toward El Centro.  Follow I-8 East to exit #54 for Kitchen Creek Rd toward Cameron Station.  Turn left on Kitchen Creek Road and go about 2.5 miles where the road crosses the Pacific Crest Trail.  (To use your GPS you can select Kitchen Creek Rd & Pacific Crest Trail, Pine Valley, CA 91962 as the destination)

Printable Driving Directions Map: OA Carlsbad to Kitchen Creek Rd and PCT

PCT Hike Nov 11, 2017 Flyer:  HERE

Pacific Crest Trail, April 7, 2018

We’re hiking one way from Burnt Rancheria Campground (PCT 42.10Mi) to Pioneer Mail Picnic Area (PCT 52.64Mi). Sign up to get our e-news at the link on this page to get updates. Strenuous hike: 10.5 miles  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.

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

Restrooms:  At Burnt Rancheria Campground  and Pioneer Mail.

Water:  At Burnt Rancheria Campground ______________  (bring 2 liters minimum with you)

PCT Maps:  HERE

PCT This Section Only Map (3 pages):  HERE

PCT Website:  HERE

Printable Driving Directions Map:  HERE

Mule Hike, Sep 2018

We’re having our first mule hike near Mammoth:  Agnew Meadows to 1000 Island Lake and back.  Led by Jim Peevey and Michele Herington.

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

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Essential 6:  Insulation

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

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Clothing layers with boots and socks

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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.

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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
Headlamps
The 10 Essentials

Walking

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

Encinitas Ranch Trail Walk, October 21, 8:00 am
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.

RESTROOMS:  No

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, 8:00am
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.

RESTROOMS:  No

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABLED:  Not appropriate for wheelchairs.

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

DOGS:  OK on 6′ leash.

SanElijo.org

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

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 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.

 HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE:  Should be okay

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

 RANCHO CARRILLO WEBSITE: HERE

 WALK LEADER:  

Carlsbad Beach Walk, April 2018

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 2018

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 2018

Saturday, June TBD, 8:00am or 8:45am

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.

PARKING:

  • 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.

WHEELCHAIRS or STROLLERS: no

TORREY PINES RESERVE: www.torreypine.org

Trail Map

San Dieguito Park Walk, July 2018

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:  Larraine M.

Fletcher Cove Walk, Aug 2018, 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 and Harbor Days, September TBD, 2018

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

Backpacking

Catalina Island, March 2-4, 2018

March 2:  Leave on 9am Catalina Express from San Pedro to Two Harbors, hike to Parsons’ Landing Campground (6.6 miles)

March 3:  Hike from Parsons’ Landing  to Starlight Beach and back to Parsons’ Landing Campground (9.2 miles round trip)

March 4:  Hike back to Two Harbors (6.6 miles) and take Catalina Express back to San Pedro and drive home (approx 100 mi)

More details coming – please sign up for the E-Updates on this webpage.

Led by:  Craig Dunn & Mike Berrier

Catalina MAP

Cautions and Policies HERE

Local Mountain Trip, June 2018

More details coming – please sign up for the E-Updates on this webpage.

Led by:

Eastern Sierras, July 15-18, 2018

Trip out of Tom’s Place – more details coming – please sign up for the E-Updates on this webpage.

Led by:  Mike Berrier

Backpacking Training and Resources

BACKPACKING TRAINING

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.

WHAT TO BRING

Backpacking Checklist

CALIFORNIA ANNUAL & SPECIAL DESTINATION PASSES

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

Tent Camping

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

Zion Nat'l Park, October 20-24, 2017 - registration is closed

We’re heading to Zion National Park – Watchman Campground –  Friday, October 20 – Tuesday, October 24.  We’ve reserved group tent campsites.

Register is closed

Trip flyer: HERE

Trip Leader:  Dave Cram

Insiders Guide to Zion  HERE

Camping 2018

February 16-19, 2018 – Three night camping trip Presidents’ Day Weekend at Joshua Tree

May 25-28, 2018 – Three night camping trip Memorial Day Weekend

July 20-22, 2018 – Two night camping trip with details pending (possible Green Valley Falls, Willam Heise Park, San Mateo)

August 31 – September 3, 2018 – Three night camping trip Labor Day Weekend

October 2018 Trip – TBD

Trail Talk Files (Trail Talks is on break - no more meetings in 2017)

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

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

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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

Adults: 2018_MedicalFormAdult

Minors:2018_MedicalFormMinor