Outdoor Adventure

 

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

Tent Camping

 

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

Camp Presidents Day Weekend, Feb 16-19 at Joshua Tree

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

OUR PLANNED CAMPING AND HIKING EXPERIENCE: We will spend the weekend tent camping at Black Rock Campground, a quiet family campground, near the North West corner of Joshua Tree National Park. The trip provides opportunities to encounter God in the outdoors and to enter into community. There will be multiple hiking options led by people in the group and there are ranger programs conducted at the Visitor Center. This is a great place for kids to bring their bikes and friends to have fun. The trip may include opportunities for rock climbing, 4-wheeling, and other fun activities. There is shopping in Yucca Valley only five miles away. Remember temperatures can change 40 degrees within 24 hours so pack accordingly (see the car camping checklist below)

This is a great time to connect with the Lord and with each other. We will have morning and evening devotions and a Saturday night church service and a potluck in the campground. Look forward to making new friends and enjoying God’s creation.

COST:  $30/adult, $10/ child age 3 and up. (Registration is 50% refundable if we are notified by February 1st. No refunds after that date.)

REGISTER:  HERE

ACCOMMODATIONS: The elevation is 4000’ and there are 100 total campsites in the campground. There is a Ranger Station and Visitor Center. The campground has running water, flush toilets, picnic tables and fire grates (NO showers at the campground. There are $4 showers in town at Coyote Corner.)

JOSHUA TREE FLYER:  3 page .pdf  OA_2018JoshuaTreeFlyer

MEDICAL FORMS:  Be sure to complete the 2018 medical form at the bottom of this page for each camper.

Camp Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28 Idyllwild

May 25 – 28 – Three night camping trip Memorial Day Weekend at Idyllwild Camp

Orientation Meeting:  Sunday, May 6, 1pm in Room C-105 – plan to attend to meet the other campers, get trip details and direction, discuss gear, and answer your questions.

OUR PLANNED CAMPING EXPERIENCE:  coming soon

This is a great time to connect with the Lord and with each other. We will have morning and evening devotions and a Saturday night church service and a potluck in the campground. Look forward to making new friends and enjoying God’s creation.

COST:  $xx/adult, $xx/ child age 3 and up. (Registration is 50% refundable if we are notified by April 26. No refunds after that date.

REGISTER:   coming soon

ACCOMMODATIONS: 

FLYER:  Coming soon

MEDICAL FORMS:  Be sure to complete the 2018 medical form at the bottom of this page for each camper.

Additional Camping Trips

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

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

October TBD –  Pending

Hiking

 

Pacific Crest Trail, April 7

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. Moderate 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 (bring 2 liters minimum with you)

Detailed Flyer: HERE

PCT Maps:  HERE

PCT This Section Only Map (3 pages):  HERE

PCT Website:  HERE

Directions:  I-5 South, to I-805 South, to I-8 East toward El Centro.  Take Exit 47 toward Sunrise Hwy.  Turn left onto County Rte S1/Old Hwy 80 for 9.4 miles then right onto Burnt Rancheria Circle at Mt. Laguna, CA 91948  (77 miles from NCCC approx. 1.5 hour drive).

Pacific Crest Trail, November 3

We’re hiking one way from Pioneer Mail Picnic Area (PCT 52.64Mi) to Pedro Fages (PCT 62.42Mi) Sign up to get our e-news at the link on this page to get updates on the hike and the Orientation meeting.

Moderate hike: 11 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 and Water:  At Pioneer Mail and at mile 59 (Sunrise Trailhead)

PCT Maps:  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.

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.

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

Backpacking

 

Catalina Island, March 2-4

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)

Trip is FULL – Email us to get the link to join the interest wait list.

Led by:  Craig Dunn & Orville Stanton

Catalina MAP

Cautions and Policies HERE

Orientation Meeting:  Sunday, February 11, 1pm, Room C-105

 

Local Mountain Trip, June

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

Led by:

Sierras Backpacking Trip, July 15-19 for Beginners

Sierras Backpacking Trip for Beginners

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.

Beginners Meeting June 10, 1 p.m.Room C-105 (on SW corner the Chapel Building) for all interested parties, to discuss preparations, gear, and common issues on the trail.

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

Cost: $15/person.  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

Mule Hike and Camping Trip, September

We’re having our first mule hike and camping near Mammoth:  Agnew Meadows to 1000 Island Lake and back.

Led by Jim Peevey and Michele Herington.

Details pending

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

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. 

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

Batiquitos Lagoon Walk, February 10

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 17

NOTE: WALK IS AT 9:00AM 

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 21

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 19

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 16

Saturday, June 16, 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.

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 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 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:  Larraine M.

Fletcher Cove Walk, Aug 18

NOTE: WALK IS AT 8:00AM 

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

NOTE: WALK IS AT 8:00AM 

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
NOTE: WALK IS AT 9:00AM 
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 17
NOTE: WALK IS AT 9:00AM 
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 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

Trail Talks

 

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

Trail Talk Files (We're on a break - hope to start up again March 2018

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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