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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.

Highland Peak

Highland Peak (10,935’)

This is a relatively slow-paced dayhike, suitable for beginners. We will car-camp near Ebbetts Pass, then hike up Noble Canyon to grab the peak. Sunday is open at this point, with options to perhaps try something else, do some exploring, or have a leisurely drive home. This is an area of the Sierra that we don’t often explore, so the hike should be enjoyable.

Class 2
Ebbetts Pass
Charles Schafer


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


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


Three Spanish Sisters – Memorial Day weekend

Three Sisters (10,612) and Spanish Mountain (10,051)

Car camp at Wishon or Courtright Reservoir. Arrive Friday night, return Sunday night. Expect soft spring snow (wet) on the route.

Saturday: Spanish Mt. is 15 miles RT, mostly trail. 3100 feet gain.

Sunday: Three Sisters is 9 miles RT, cross country. 2000 feet gain.

Class 1, day hikes, beginners in good shape are welcome
Louise Wholey
James Wholey


Silver Peak

Silver Peak (11,878)

Devil’s Graveyard sounds like a place name out of The Blair Witch Project, but that’s what the Sierra National Forest calls our campsite. We’ll hike from Lake Thomas A. Edison (2330 m), taking easy trail to Devil’s Bathtub (2794 m) and continuing cross-country to our camp at the diabolical headwaters (3250 m). Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning, we’ll visit the class 2 summit of Silver Peak (3620 m). Sunday hike out and drive home.

Class 2, beginner-intermediate trip
Lake Thomas A. Edison
Aaron Schuman
Louise Wholey


Red, White and Blue Special

Red and White Mtn (12,816)

Backpack about 7 miles up the McGee Creek Trail starting at about 7800 ft to Big McGee Lake at 10,400. Climb Red and White Mtn southeast face. For faster stronger hikers, an option exists to also climb Red Slate Mtn (13,163) from McGee Pass. These peaks are very colorful, great for celebrating our national birthday.

Class 2, moderate trip, may be some snow climbing
McGee Creek, Eastern Sierra
Louise Wholey
James Wholey


Mineral King Peaks

Eisen, Lippencott,and Eagle Scout

Details to follow.

Lisa Barboza


Amelia Earhart Peak and either Dana or Toulumne Peak (group choice)

Amelia Earhart (11982), Dana or Toulumne

Spend two days in the awesome Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite. We’ll be doing two day hikes: on Saturday we’ll meet early at our trailhead to climb the class 2 Amelia Earhart, one of the lesser known Yosemite peaks. This is a 16 mile round trip. On Sunday we’ll summit Mount Dana, class 1, or Toulumne Peak, class 1. This will be a shorter day, so participants should be able to head back by late afternoon.

Class 2, moderate trip
Yosemite National Park
Joe Baker
Judy Molland


Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne

Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne

A 30 mile backpack on trails in Yosemite. Start at White Wolf and end at
Tuolumne Meadows. After descending 3500 feet (net) to the Tuolumne River,
we follow it upstream for 4200 feet (net) past gushing waterfalls and the
Glen Aulin high sierra camp. Though it's on trail and not at high altitude,
don't underestimate the difficulty or beauty of this route. A car shuttle
between the two trailheads is required.

This trip is currently scheduled as a 3-day trip, but I'll accept inquiries
from people who would only be able to do it as a 2-day (very strenuous)
trip. There is a chance that it may be changed to 2-days.

1+
Yosemite
Kelly A Maas
Landa Robillard


Kern Peak

Kern Peak (11,510)

Climb this remote peak in the southern Sierra near Kennedy Meadows. Satday we will backpack from the Black Rock Trail Head at 8,960' for 8.6 miles with 1500' of gain (with ups and downs) to camp at Redrock Meadows at 8,626'. Then we will climb class 2 Kern Peak in 11 miles and 2,884' of gain, including 6 miles of cross-country. Sunday we will backpack out in 8.6 miles and 1800' of gain (with ups and downs). Note the trail head is 334 feet higher than our camp site. Moderate exertion.Climb this remote peak in the southern Sierra near Kennedy Meadows. Satday we will backpack from the Black Rock Trail Head at 8,960' for 8.6 miles with 1500' of gain (with ups and downs) to camp at Redrock Meadows at 8,626'. Then we will climb class 2 Kern Peak in 11 miles and 2,884' of gain, including 6 miles of cross-country. Sunday we will backpack out in 8.6 miles and 1800' of gain (with ups and downs). Note the trail head is 334 feet higher than our camp site. Moderate exertion.

Class 2, moderate trip
Southern Sierra, Kennedy Meadows
Louise Wholey