Outdoor Adventure

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

June 1: Nate Harrison Grade at Palomar Mountain Hike
Meet us Saturday, June 1 at 7:30am at Nate Harrison Grade Road and Hwy 76

This is a strenuous day hike that will test your hiking ability.  


Full Hike:  We will hike up 8 miles to the Palomar Mountain State Park and back down.  It will take about 7 hours with a 4000′ elevation gain/loss. 

Up Only: Partner with others to arrive earlier and park one car at the top (Palomar State Park, 19952 State Park Drive, Palomar Mountain, CA 92060 and $10/vehicle parking) then carpool down to the bottom and meet the other hikers at 7:30am and only walk the 8 miles up. 

Part Way: Meet the hikers at the bottom and hike part way and turn back early for a shorter hike (with a partner) 

Park Website:  HTTP://WWW.PARKS.CA.GOV/?PAGE_ID=637

Day Hike Bring: Day pack, hiking poles, snacks, hat, sunscreen, 2 liters water minimum or more plus the 10 essentials (see Hiking Essentials section of this webpage).

Training Hike Bring: Your full backpack if you are using this as a training hike for a future backpacking trip.

Restrooms and Water:  


15650-15728 CA-76, Pauma Valley  33.316157, – 116.990693

From Carlsbad take I-5 North to Exit #54A/Coast Hwy onto CA-76 East. Go 30 miles (you will go over I-15 and pass Pala Casino) and turn Left on Nate Harrison Grade Road.  Park right off 76 @ Nate Harrison Grade Road.

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.

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:  Peter Booth

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 Camping Trips

May 24 – 27:  Memorial Day Weekend at Idyllwild – Orientation Meeting May 19, 1pm, Room C205A

Idyllwild Registration:  ($40 each Adult / $15 each Child covers site cost) Here

June 28 – July 1:  Lake Moreno

Aug 30 – Sept 2: Labor Day Weekend at Big Bear – Pineknot


2020 Camping Trips
Feb 14 – 17, 2020 – Presidents Day Weekend at Death Valley

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

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

Oct 2020 – Sedona, Arizona


San Jacinto Backpacking Trip - June 7 - 9, 2019

This backpacking adventure will take us into the primitive San Jacinto Wilderness (Elev. 8,000 ft) followed by an optional day hike on Friday to the remnants of George Law’s cabin (started in 1915) and Caramba/Desert View. On Saturday, an optional day hike to the visit the remnants of Frank Wellman’s cabin (started in the 1890s). The trailhead is a 2 hour drive from Carlsbad.

OUR PLANNED HIKE: A two night backpacking trip departing from the trailhead at 7:30 am on Friday 7 June and completing about noon on Sunday 9 June. The one-way distance to the camp is 3.5 miles and starts out at 6,400 ft. and climbs to 8,000 ft. Both nights will be spent at the North Rim Zone Camp.

CAMPGROUND: Primitive camping with no amenities. Restroom at trailhead. No restrooms on trail.

TRIP LEADER/CO LEADER: Craig Dunn and Robert Blakeslee.

PREPARATION: Dust off your boots and get some local hikes in prior to the trip– a great opportunity to checkout equipment and your abilities. Here’s a Backpacking for Beginners site you may find helpful: HERE

MANDATORY ORIENTATION: Thursday May 23, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, NCCC C-205B (above the Chapel)

BACKPACKING GEAR: Standard backpacking gear required. REI provides a checklist that can be viewed HERE though appropriate gear will be discussed at the orientation meeting. For those who need gear (such as packs, pads, tents, etc.) some may be available for loaning and can be discussed at the orientation meeting. Things like stoves, water filters, etc., can be shared (i.e., not every person needs to have these items).

HELPFUL WEBSITE: San Jacinto Wilderness HERE

REGISTRATION $10 per person HERE

Sabrina Lake Backpacking Trip - July 7 - 10, 2019



TRIP LEADER: Mike Berrier

PREPARATION: Dust off your boots and get some local hikes in prior to the trip– a great opportunity to checkout equipment and your abilities. Here’s a Backpacking for Beginners site you may find helpful: Here


BACKPACKING GEAR: Standard backpacking gear required. REI provides a checklist that can be viewed Here though appropriate gear will be discussed at the orientation meeting. For those who need gear (such as packs, pads, tents, etc.) some may be available for loaning and can be discussed at the orientation meeting. Things like stoves, water filters, etc., can be shared (i.e., not every person needs to have these items).



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, Coyote Running Club.  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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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)