Outdoor Adventure

Enjoying God in His Creation with friends as we Backpack, Camp, Hike, Walk, and More.


January 5: Daley Ranch Hike


7:15 am at the trailhead

For those who are looking forward to hiking and backpacking this summer, the hikes we do in the winter and spring are good training. If you keep adding distance and endurance every month you will be in great shape for the summer.

Moderate Hike: The Moderate hikers and the rest of the group will continue on from the Ranch House to complete a 5.25-mile loop back to the parking lot.

Strenuous Hike: The Strenuous hikers will start with group at parking lot and hike with them until the Easy and moderate hikers go back to the parking lot. They will continue for a total of 11.6-mile loop back to the parking lot. There are inclines and will take anywhere from 4 hours to 5.5 hours total. Take enough water and snacks, there will only be one stop at the Ranch House where there are restrooms and water.

Take I-5 North to the 78 East. Take 78 East, where the freeway ends at Broadway and becomes Lincoln Street. Keep going straight for a couple of miles. Turn left on El Norte. (Note: if you look to the right it will say Citrus). Then, make an almost-immediate Right onto Honda Drive, the road that goes uphill about one mile to Dixon Lake and Daley Ranch. Take a left into Daley Ranch Parking Lot.

PARKING AREA/FEES/RESTROOMS: No fees at the parking lot. There is a restroom next door at Dixon Lake, also restrooms and water at the Ranch House.

RAIN: The walk is canceled if it rains, but the hikers will be hiking rain or shine. If raining, dress accordingly and wear sturdy shoes with good tread to overcome the mud element.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABLED: From the parking lot to the Ranch House the road is paved with dips and inclined. A wheelchair could make it and there is restroom there for the disabled.

CHILDREN / STROLLERS: Children welcome at your discretion. Only the walk is somewhat stroller-friendly.

TERRAIN: All trails are wide. First mile is paved. Remaining miles are soil surfaces, which may be muddy in areas if recent rain. There are many trees shading some of our trails, but most trails will be in the sun, unless it’s raining.

DOGS: Allowed on-leash (double check with Daley Ranch – website below)

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

FOOD / PICNICS: Bring water plus whatever you wish to eat on the walk/hike, and feel free to plan a picnic for after your walk/hike time, if you don’t mind packing it to stay cold in your car for a few hours. There are picnic tables in the Dixon Lake area (entry fee applies).

Looking forward to our time on the trail! Orville Stanton, Hike Leader

DALEY RANCH WEBSITE: https://www.escondido.org/daley-ranch.aspx

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February 2: Discovery Hike
7:15 am at the Trailhead
You’re invited on this moderate hiking experience (approx 10 miles) led by seasoned leaders. You will be challenged and learn essential hiking skills and you may be inspired to join us for bigger hikes or backpacking!
  • If you are training for backpacking or a big hike later this summer, you can bring your filled pack & gear (see backpacking checklist in the resource section on the Outdoor Adventure webpage), hiking poles, snacks, hat, etc  1 liter water minimum.
  • Day hikers: can bring hiking poles, snacks, hat, 1 liter water minimum.
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.

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March 2: Mt. Woodson Hike
7:15 am at the trailhead
We’ll hike out and find out if this rumor is true:  Potato Chip Rock broke off!
Our Hike Plans:
Lake Poway Recreation Area to Mt Woodson and back.  
This will be a strenuous hike, going 7.8 miles with an elevation gain of 2300 feet. 
Depart at 7:30 am (gates open at 6:00am)
Led by Orville Stanton
Directions from NCCC:
Take Aviara Pkwy North to Palomar Airport Road East, continue onto W San Marcos Blvd, Turn on to Hwy 78 East, Exit Hwy 15 South toward San Diego (go 7.8 miles), Exit at Rancho Bernardo Rd and turn Left (go 1.7 miles), continue onto Espola Rd (go 2.3 miles), turn left (east) onto Lake Poway Rd to Lake Poway Recreation Area, 14644 Lake Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064
Website for Lake Poway:  http://www.poway.org/401/Lake-Poway 
Weather:  Forecast.weather.gov  search Woodson Mountain, CA
April 6: Pacific Crest Trail Hike

We’re hiking one way from Warner Spring to Eagle Rock and back!

Meet at Cal Fire Warner Springs Fire Station 31049 CA-79, Warner Springs, CA 92086

Saturday April 6, Hike Begins at 8:30 am 

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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, TBD  – 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:  


PCT Website:  HERE

Directions from North County:  

Directions from San Diego:

May 4: Iron Mountain Hike

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Moderate hike: 

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:  



June 1: Nate's Grade at Palomar Mtn Hike

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Moderate hike: 

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:  



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 9am unless otherwise noted.

January 12: Discovery Hills Walk

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

February 9: Batiquitos Lagoon Walk

This is 2+ mile level 9AM 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

March 9: Rancho Carrillo Walk


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. 



April 13: Carlsbad Beach Walk


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

May 11: Calaveras Hills Walk


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.

June 8: Torrey Pines Walk

WALK IS AT 9:00AM  (check back in May – this may change)

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 9:00 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

July 13: San Dieguito Park Walk


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

August 10: Fletcher Cove Walk


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

September 14: Oceanside Harbor Walk and Harbor Days


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


October 12: Encinitas Ranch Trail Walk
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.

November 9: San Elijo Lagoon Walk
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

Tent Camping

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

2019 and 2020 Camping Trips


Feb 15 – 18: Presidents Day Weekend at Agua Caliente – Adults $40 Kids 3 and up $15 for the weekend. (Orientation Meeting Feb 10 at 1:30 in Room B-203) Trip Flyer Here – Register Here

May 24 – 27:  Memorial Day Weekend at Idyllwild – Register Here

Aug 30 – Sept 2: Labor Day Weekend at Lake Arrowhead (pending)

Oct 3 – 8: Zion (pending)


Feb 14 – 17, 2020 – Presidents Day Weekend at TBD

May 22 – 25, 2020: Memorial Day Weekend at TBD

Aug 2020 – Lake Mary at Mammoth

Sept 4 – 7, 2020:  Labor Day Weekend at TBD

Fall 2020 – Sedona, Arizona

William Heis Tent Camping Trip- April 4-7, 2019, Orientation Meeting March 24, 1pm C-105, Adults $40 Kids 3 and up $15 for the weekend. Click here to register:Here


Backpacking Trip - March 15 - 17, 2019

Craig Dunn will be leading – details pending

Backpacking Trip - June 7 - 9, 2019

Craig Dunn will be leading – details pending

Backpacking / Horse Pack Trip - Sept 3 - 7, 2019

Jim Peevey will be leading – details pending

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


NCCC’s Whole Life Sports has a Sunday 7 a.m. running group.  Go to northcoastcalvary.org/wls/ for details


Medical Forms

Print out the Medical Form for 2019 events, complete, and bring to the event.

Adult Form 2019

Minor Form 2019


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Trail Talk Files

Past Topics:

Stoves used for Cooking Meals in the Back Country

Backcountry Navigation Dan Scott

Backcountry Navigation  Craig Dunn

Rescue and Recovery  Dan Scott   SOAP          Wilderness First Aid Guide

Maneuvering in Rocks and Boulders – Dave Cram

Wilderness and Remote First Aid, May 3, 17, June 7, 2018  Dan Scott

Trail Talks Layering Basics. – Dan Scott

Marmot Winter Survival Guide

Future Topics – we are discontinuing Trail Talks for now and may revisit it later in 2019:

  • 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
  • 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)