OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

ENJOYING GOD IN HIS CREATION WITH FRIENDS

February 6: Double Peak / Discovery Lake Hike

From Double Peak Dr., San Marcos park at gate or on street. This will be our starting and finishing point for both hikes.

7:45 am: On the first hike we will hike on the San Elijo side through a residential area for a short time until we reach some small trails that will take us to San Elijo Park (Water and restroom are here) where we pick up the Sunset Trail to the Repeater Tower on the Cerro De Las Posas Ridgeline which we will take back to our starting point. This will take about 2 hours for 5 miles.

10:45 am:  On the second hike we will go from starting point at the gate at Double Peak Dr. Hike up the road to the Double Peak Park (Water and restroom are here), hike down to the Ridgeline Trail to trail going down to the San Marcos side to Discovery Lake (Water and restroom here) where we will circle the lake, then go down the Creek Trail then circle back to the Double Peak Trail back up to the starting point. This will take about 3 hours for 5 miles.

Bring a 2021 Medical Form (link below), and essentials from the list below.

COVID-19 Compliance
  • If possible take your temperature before coming
  • Wear a mask
  • Keep 6′ social distance
  • We will email by January 8 and post on our website if any new restrictions are added by the City of San Marcos.
February 13: Manchester Reserve Walk
Saturday, February 13, arrive at 8:45a, walk at 9:00am

A two mile easy to moderate loop Manchester Preserve is an 123-acre open space that supports coastal sage, southern maritime chaparral, and willow woodlands. It’s a beautiful area to enjoy for an hour or two.

Directions:  From Interstate 5, exit at Manchester Avenue, heading east for about one mile. You must turn right to continue on Manchester when it intersects with El Camino Real, which continues straight. Manchester Preserve’s parking area and trailhead is just before Trabert Ranch Road.
 
Children: at your discretion but no strollers
 
Dogs: Leashed

Handicap Accessible: Not recommended

Bring: Water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and sturdy shoes. 

Rain: Cancelled if raining

Restrooms: No

Walk Leaders:  Peter Booth and Larraine Mariano
 
Bring:  A completed 2021 Medical Form  adult or minor  (We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer)
 
 
COVID-19 Compliance
  • If possible take your temperature before coming
  • Wear a mask
  • Keep 6′ social distance
  • We will email by Thursday and post on our website if any new restrictions are added by the City.
 
March 13: Rancho Carrillo Walk
Saturday, March 13, 8:45 am
 
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 parking lot at 8:45 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.
 
RESTROOMS: Not on the walk.
 
CHILDREN/STROLLERS: Children welcome at your discretion. One section is a little steep.
 
HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Should be okay
 
RANCHO CARRILLO WEBSITE: HERE
 
Led by: Peter Booth and Larraine Mariano
 
BRING: Water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and sturdy shoes and a camera for the scenery and the pea fowl. Also a completed 2021 Medical Form adult or minor  (We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer)
 
 
COVID-19 Compliance
  • If possible take your temperature before coming
  • Wear a mask
  • Keep 6′ social distance
  • We will email by Thursday and post on our website if any new restrictions are added by the City.
 
April 17: Carlsbad Beach Walk
Saturday, April 17, 8:45 am
 
Details pending
 
DIRECTIONS: 
 
RAIN: We will not walk if it’s raining.
 
RESTROOMS: 
 
CHILDREN/STROLLERS: Children welcome.
 
HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
 
LED BY: Peter Booth and Larraine Mariano
 
BRING: Water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and sturdy shoes and a camera for the scenery. Also bring a completed 2021 Medical Form adult or minor  (We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer)
 
 
COVID-19 Compliance
  • If possible take your temperature before coming
  • Wear a mask
  • Keep 6′ social distance
  • We will email by Thursday and post on our website if any new restrictions are added by the City.
2021 Future Hike Calendar

Dates and locations are subject to change – sign up for OA e-updates (below) or check back here.

•  Mar 6: Rancho La Costa Habitat  

•  Apr 10: Mount Woodson 

•  May 1: Daley Ranch (different trail than January)

•  Jun 5: San Jacinto Peak 

•  Jul 10: Big Laguna Trail 

•  Aug 7: Bridge to Nowhere 

•  Sep: Cedar Creek Falls (date?)

•  Oct 2: 10-mile beach hike

•  Nov 6: Lake Hodges – 10 mile San Pascal Valley Loop

•  Dec 4: Villa de Valle to Ramona

2021 FUTURE Walk Calendar

Walking is good for our soul. God can slow us down and make us more open to hear and see Him. 

Dates and locations are subject to change – sign up for OA e-updates (below) or check back here.

(mostly 2nd Saturdays)

•  May 8:   Calaveras Hills

•  Jun 12:   Golf Park & Veterans’ Park  website

•  Jul 10:   San Dieguito Park

•  Aug 14:   Annie’s Canyon

•  Sep 11 :  Oceanside Harbor

•  Oct 9: Encinitas Ranch Trail

•  Nov 13:  San Elijo 

2021 Camp Calendar

Camping is a great time to relax, explore, and enjoy friendships old and new in God’s creation. We look forward to getting outdoors with you again. 

Dates and locations are subject to change – sign up for OA e-updates (below) or check back here.

TENT CAMPING: 

•  May 28-31: Memorial Day Weekend at Idyllwild Park – registration pending

Dates:  Sedona

•  Sep 3-6: Labor Day Weekend – TBD

ADVENTURE IDEAS

SAN ELIJO LAGOON

BATIQUITOS LAGOON

ELFIN FOREST RESERVE

(image courtesy of the Elfin Forest Gallery – be sure to check it out on their website)

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL

ANNIE’S CANYON, Solana Beach

RANCHO CARRILLO

CALAVERA

Oceanside Harbor

HELPFUL TIPS

Backpacking Essentials

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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 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

Backpacking Checklist

Backpacking for Beginners

Day Packs

Hiking Boots

Trekking Poles

Headlamps

The 10 Essentials

Sleeping Tips

What to bring

Keeping cool

Camping mattress review

How to Minimize Your Footprint

Taking Your Kids Camping and Hiking

MORE:

  • Use moving blankets (purchase at Harbor Freight $5) use as table cloth, area rug for tent and pad under air mattress.
  • Durable/comfortable cot – the brand is Kingdom Cot from REI or Amazon.
  • Cooking – use oil spray instead of liquid cooking oil
  • If there are no showers at a campsite. Use Body Wipes instead (it is more refreshing than shower) and dry shampoo spray available in Walmart at the elder section.  (For Big Bear camping – Serrano Campsite across the lake has showers – bring quarters.)
  • Towels – use quick dry towels, which are available in many stores.
  • Keeping your cooler cold: This will help to reduce the number of times you need to replace ice in your cooler,  Here’s a tip to keep the ice and food cold for 4-5 days.
    • Cool the cooler 24 hours prior to use.
    • Insulate the cooler – pictures below: