Outdoor Adventure

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

Walking, Camping, Hiking, Cycling, 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.

1st & 3rd Thursday Trail Talks

Interactive Outdoor Skills Discussions

The 1st and 3rd Thursday Trail Talks meet from 6p – 7p by the Tent – bring a camp chair, camp hat, and (optional) camp snacks

Trail Talk: July 6, Topic: River Crossings & Hiking in Snow and Ice

Trail Talk: July 20, Topic: pending

Trail Talk: August 3, Topic: pending

Future Topics:

Backcountry Navigation with a map & compass, GPS Navigation

Outdoor Rock climbing skills: Rope Management, Climbing Anchors,  Bouldering & Free Climbing

Wilderness Survival: 3-Season Skills

Rescues and Recovery

Camp Cooking

Wilderness First Aid:  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, River Crossings (7/6/17), Hiking in Snow and Ice (7/6/17), Physical and Spiritual Ten Essentials, Signal Whistle Codes. Setting up Camps in the Wilderness. Bio Breaks in the Wilderness, Leave No Trace, Trail Etiquette, Identifying Plants, Technical Equipment, Apps, Equipment List and Gear

Tent Camping

Fun, relaxing, amazing time in God's creation, full of adventure with friends!
Labor Day Weekend 2017 at Big Bear

September 1 – 4,  Big Bear / Pineknot Campground

An All-Church Favorite Tent Camping Trip!   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 trip flyer), music, and of course plenty of hiking, walking, and relaxing with friends!

Adults $40 each, Children age 3 and up $15 each for the weekend

Friday, September 1, check-in 2pm, Monday, September 4, check out by noon.

Trip flyer:  Here

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 –  Friday, October 20 – Tuesday, October 24.  We’ve reserved group tent campsites and are opening registration first to those who have already signed up on our interest list.  (Watch for a registration email soon!)

Trip flyer: Pending

Trip Leader:  Dave Cram

Insiders Guide to Zion  HERE

Cycling

Come share in our love of cycling and enjoy great rides and friends.
Cycling Calendar

Ride on Saturday, June 10:  Anticipate a flat coastal right of about 2 to 2 1/2 hours at a no drop pace. Will ride to Oceanside Harbor and up San Luis Rey bike path and based on group may split up with return via Vista for intermediate riders and coast for beginners. Note: 0755 meet time and 0800 roll time.  (be sure to sign up for our e-news with the link below to know in advance about rides by email)

Ride on Saturday, July 1:  pending

Tom Nelson, NC3C Leader    

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Cycling Resources

Backpacking

Sequoia 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.


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  – Trip is limited to 7 backpackers.

Led by: Mike Berrier

Helpful Links:  Backpacking for Beginners HERE    Backpacking Gear  HERE

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

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

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!

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.

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, 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.

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.

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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

Hiking

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 Maps:  HERE

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

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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 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
Headlamps
The 10 Essentials

 

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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

 

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