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Please read the Guidelines for Participants before applying for any of these trips.

Official Trips are sponsored by the Sierra Club.

A separate list of unofficial trips that may be of interest is maintained here.

In addition to the trips listed below, an advanced trip schedule was developed at the 10/16/10 trip planning meeting. These trips aren't guaranteed to go: in most cases, permits have not yet been secured.

Koip Peak Ski Mountaineering

Koip Peak from the east

Climb Koip Peak from the east and ski down it. Requires excellent physical condition, advanced skiing skills, avalanche training, snow camping, Randonee or Telemark skis, climbing skis, ski crampons, avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe.  This is a phenomenal ski descent under good conditions – 5000 feet vertical.  Of course, that means a big fast climb is needed to get up as well as down the peak in a day.  The recently published guide to skiing the eastern Sierra has great photos.  Richins guide has a good description.

Advanced skiing and climbing skills
Louise Wholey
James Wholey


Diablo Range BLM Service Trip 2A

Trail Improvement - Coalinga-Mineral Springs National Recreation Trail

In the Diablo Range, south of Pinnacles National Monument, the Bureau of Land Management takes care of some scenic and rugged public lands. We'll take up a project we started with them in 2005, and help improve the Coalinga-Mineral Springs National Recreation Trail, which offers a 2.4 mile hike to the top of picturesque Kreyenhagen Peak. Car camping overnight;
central commissary by Vicky Hoover. Cost: Central commissary cost (two meals only) is $6. Bring: Bring camping gear, work clothes, warm clothes for morning and evening, raingear, two lunches, daypack, water bottle, etc.

Meet: Signed-up participants will receive meeting information. Sign up with
leader. Leader: Vicky Hoover, chair of Sierra Club CA/NV Wilderness
Committee (415) 977-5527, or vicky.hoover@sierraclub.org.

Car Camp - Work Trip


Koip Peak Ski Mountaineering

Koip Peak from the east

Climb Koip Peak from the east and ski down it. Camp at Parker Lake below the peak Friday and Saturday nights. Requires excellent physical condition, advanced skiing skills, avalanche training, snow camping, Randonee or Telemark skis, climbing skis, ski crampons, boot crampons, ice axe, helmet, avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe. This is a phenomenal ski descent under good conditions – 5000 feet vertical. Of course, that means a big fast climb is needed to get up as well as down the peak in a day. The recently published guide to skiing the eastern Sierra has great photos. Richins guide has a good description. Restricted trip - Sierra Club membership and medical form required.

Louise Wholey
James Wholey


Red Slate Mtn Ski Mountaineering

Red Slate Mtn

Climb Red Slate Mtn via the beautiful colorful Convict Canyon and the west ridge. Ski 6 miles with 3000 feet of climbing to reach camp near Lake Wit-so-nah-pah for Friday and Saturday nights. Summit climb is about 2500 feet in about 2 miles. Requires excellent physical condition, advanced skiing skills, avalanche training, snow camping, Randonee or Telemark skis, climbing skis, ski crampons, boot crampons, ice axe, helmet, avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe. Restricted trip - Sierra Club membership and medical form required. May change date to Apr 17-19 weekend.

Class 2, advanced skiing skills, strenuous trip
East Side - Convict Canyon
Louise Wholey
James Wholey


Mineral King Ski Mountaineering

Sawtooth (12343),Vandever (11947), Florence (12432)

Space exists for 2 people to climb peaks in Mineral King using skis. Access to the area depends on weather and road conditions. Requirements are as for Red Slate Mtn trip.

Class 2, advanced skiing skills, strenuous trip
Western Sierra, Mineral King
Louise Wholey
James Wholey


Olancha

Olancha (12,123)

Trailhead is Sage Flat 5770, just off Hwy 395 near the town of Olancha. One night backpack over Olancha Pass 9130, to climb Olancha, 12,123. Camp near Bear Trap Meadow; be prepared for snow. Send email with conditioning and recent experience.

Class 2, moderate trip
Eastern Sierra
Tim Hult


Coyote & Angora

Coyote Peaks (10 892) and Angora Mtn (10,198)

Trailhead: Lloyd Meadows to Jerky Meadow (23 miles N. of Johnsondale). Day 1: 13 miles 3300 feet Day 2: 9 miles 4500 feet Day 3: Hike out 13 miles to TH. This will be a fast and light trip. Early Spring in the Southern Sierra. Be prepared to filter water as there are places where it may be dry. Our campsites will be dictated by proximity to water. This trip will go if the USFS roads to the trailhead are open. Limit 6 people. Co-leader needed. Contact Lisa

Class 3, moderate but long trip
Lisa Barboza
Aaron Schuman


University Peak , Kearsarge Peak

University Peak (13,589 ft), Kearsarge Peak (12,598 ft)

Saturday we will day hike University, Sunday we will day hike Kearsarge. Car camping at onion valley campground Saturday night.

Class 2
Eastside - Onion Valley
Kelly A Maas
Linda Sun


Lost Coast Backpack

Lost Coast Backpack

Join us for a backpacking trip the the Lost Coast of CA on 15 - 17 May 2009. This is THE time of the year to visit this spectacular part of the N. CA coast. This trail made Backpacker Magazine's "Best Trails" selection in a recent issue. We will depart the Bay Area mid afternoon on Thursday 14 May and carpool to the area of the Southern Southern terminus of the Northern part of the trail by Thursday night (Hwy 101 to Garberville then to Shelter Cove - National forest service camping the first night). Friday morning we will car pool to the Mattole trailhead and proceed to hike 31miles down the coast with 2 overnights on the beach. Much of the "trail" is on sand, so the hiking will not be challenging, but footing will not be firm. Bear Cans are required as are water filters and warm, weather proof clothing (Goretex, Fleece, hat, gloves). Sturdy tents that may be staked in sand, headlamps, and stoves with good wind shields are encouraged. Up to six participants.

Northern California Coast
Tim Hult


Mt. Lassen Day Trip

Mt. Lassen (10,462)

We will meet at the old ski lodge on Sat. morning at 8 AM. We will follow the unplowed road or use a time saving short cut, if safe, and attempt the peak and plan to return to our cars by 5PM. Participants can travel on skis or snowshoes. We will not bring axes and crampons and if we reach a point where because of icy snow we can't go on safely we will turn around. This is a fairly hard day and participants need to be in good condition.



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