WALK: Jan 22 @ Discovery Hills - New Date

Discovery Hills Walk – we’re walking on Jan 22 because of the rain on Jan 15.  (Unless it rains again).

Saturday, January 22, 8:00a (come 15 minutes early)

Our Walk: 3 to 4 mile loop

DIRECTIONS UPDATE 1/13/2022: we just found out that Bent Ave is closed so here are the new directions: Take Palomar Airport Road/San Marcos Blvd. East toward Hwy 78. Turn RIGHT on Discovery Street and turn LEFT to stay on Discovery Street. Turn RIGHT onto Applewilde Drive then LEFT onto Poppy Rd. Turn RIGHT on Foxhall Dr. Take Foxhall three short blocks to the park entrance. Foxhall bends sharply to LEFT and runs right into the parking lot. We’ll meet you there! 650 Foxhall Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078

Restrooms:  at the start of the walk

Dogs:  allowed on leash

Rain:  we will not walk if it’s raining

Bring: Water, snacks, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen and a completed 2022 Medical Form  (at bottom of this web page) We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer).

Led by:  Peter Booth and Larraine Mariano


HIKE: Feb 5 @ Double Peak - two hike options

Two Hike Options:

Arrive at  7:30a if you need to fill out a 2022 medical form
Arrive at 7:45a for the hike
Distance:  ~ 5 Miles, 2.5 to 3 hours
We will hiking on the San Elijo side through some residential area for a short time to 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.
Arrive at 11a if you need to fill out a 2022 medical form
Arrive at 11:15a for the hike
Distance ~ 5 Miles, 2.5 to 3 hours
Bring lunch if you are doing both hikes and we’ll eat before heading out on Hike Two.

We will go from the same 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 back up the Double Peak trail to the starting point.

Double Peak Park:  900 Double Peak Dr, San Marcos, CA 92078 (we will meet at the gate 1/2 mile before this point at the gate.

PARKING AND MEETING: Meeting at the parking area before the gate at the intersection of Double Peak Drive and Ridgeland Court on Double Peak Drive. Additional parking spots on Ridgeland Court and Cannondale Court. Please park within the signs posted on the street. From Double Peak Dr. park at gate or on street. This will be our starting and finishing point for both hikes.

RESTROOMS: There are restrooms .
RAIN: We won’t hike if it is raining.
TERRAIN: All trails are wide soil surfaces, which may be muddy in areas if recent rain. Most trails are in the sun unless raining.
DOGS: Allowed on-leash 6′ max.
BRING:  Daypack, hiking poles (optional), snacks, hat, sunscreen, water  + the 10 essentials (see backpacking resource section of our webpage). Bring lunch if you  are doing both hikes. Also bring a completed medical form for 2022 (found at the bottom of this webpage or come early to fill one out before the hike)
Looking forward to our time on the trail!
Craig Dunn, Hike Leader
WALK: Feb 12 @ Guajome Regional Park

Time:  Sign-in at 7:45a walk at 8am

Our Walk:  4 mile loop
Details: Well-maintained trails that meander through diverse Southern California habitats such as woodlands, chaparral, wetlands, and mixed grasslands. A short self-guided nature trail is centrally located in the park as well. For the tech inclined visitor the park has a QR-Fit Trail System.
Address: 3000 Guajome Lake Road, Oceanside, CA 92057  MAP
Directions from Carlsbad: Take I-5 N, CA-76E (Exit 54A), after about 7.4 miles
turn Right on Guajome Lake Rd,  Park is on the Right.

Parking on the street just outside the gate entrance on Guajome Lake Road.  Meet up at the entry parking lot.

Bring: Water, snacks, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen and a completed 2022 Medical Form  (at bottom of this web page) We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer.
Dogs: Pets are permitted if they are properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash not longer than six feet, and attended at all times.
Strollers / Wheelchairs:  Not a smooth trail for strollers or wheelchairs
Restroom: at the Park
Rain:  we will not walk if it’s raining.
Led by:  Peter Booth and Larraine Mariano
Website with details and pictures:  HERE
Brochure with map:  HERE
CAMPING: Feb 18 - 21 @ Agua Caliente on Presidents Weekend - Register today!

Presidents Day Weekend at Agua Caliente

Friday, February 18 – Monday, February 21 – Check in:  2pm  Check out: Noon

This trip is church family desert camping favorite for everyone!

Saturday potluck, worship & communion service, group campfires, fellowship, and music!  Lots of fun adventures, plenty of hiking, walking, and relaxing with friends.

Register HERE:  $40 / adult & $15/ child age 3 and up  

 “A county-run park with a large indoor warm pool and an outdoor pool fed by a natural hot spring in the low desert. The large indoor warm pool is a great place for a communal soak when the weather is cool. The pool is equipped with Jacuzzi-like jets and hovers around 95 degrees F. The park is equipped with showers, restrooms, and dressing rooms. This indoor pool is reserved for adults only, though kids are free to use the outdoor pool (with proper supervision), which is a little cooler (90 degrees F.). Both pools are well cared for and kept clean. The park is owned by the County of San Diego, but is within the larger Anza–Borrego Desert State Park, one of the most beautiful desert parks, with thousands of acres of fascinating country.”  Trails.com

Orientation Meeting:  Sunday, February 6, 12:45p, Room C-105 (on s/w corner of Chapel Building)  Register then plan to attend to meet fellow campers, discuss directions, gear, sites, activities, and answer your questions.

Address:  39555 Great South Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036

FROM NCCC: take Aviara Pkwy to Palomar Airport Rd, turn right (east) continue on as it becomes San Marcos Blvd then go about 3 miles and take Hwy 78 East.  Go 4 miles then take I-15 South.  Go 4.7 miles to Exit #27/ Via Rancho Pkwy.  Turn right on W. Via Rancho Pkwy, continue on Bear Valley Pkwy S (changes names).  Go 3.4 miles and turn right on San Pasqual Valley Rd (CA-78). Go for 12.6 miles then turn left on Main St. in Ramona.  Go for 22 miles then turn right on CA-78, CA-79 toward Julian. Continue on Banner Rd (CA-78) for 11.3 miles then bear right on Great Southern Overland Route of 1849 (County Road S2).  Go 21.3 miles and your destination is on the right.

Map to Agua Caliente and of Campground: HERE

Non-campers:  If you want to come but not camp you can find rental options here: HERE

Activities:  HERE


Additional Hiking Options with Switchbacks

Switchbacks is a co-ed hiking group under the CORE ministry not Outdoor Adventure.

Their hikes are usually San Diego County hikes with a few forays into the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains on occasion. Notifications are will be sent out one to two weeks ahead of time.

They also have a women’s backpacking retreat coming up in August 2022, in the backcountry of Tahoe

If you are interested and not already on the Switchbacks email list, email us at ncccswitchbacks@gmail.com  |  northcoastcalvary.org/core


HIKE: Mar 5 @ Rancho La Costa Preserve - two hikes!

Saturday, March 5, 2022 Rancho La Costa 

OUR PLANNED HIKE(S):  We will park and enter the Preserve at 1601 San Elijo Rd. S, San Marcos, CA. We will be hiking hills and canyons in the Preserve. Each hike is moderate to strenuous.

FIRST HIKE: 7:45am – 5 miles, 3 hours, + – 700′ elevation. Start at 1601 San Elijo Rd S.  Hiking up Denk Mountain and down the Water Tank Trail and on. Great views, greenery and a great spot for pictures at Copper Creek.

SECOND HIKE: 10:45am – 4 miles, 2 to 2.5 hours. Starting at the same spot (1601 San Elijo Rd S.) hiking south into Copper Creek Trail. Part is uphill for a good work out ending with a downhill after the water tank.

DIRECTIONS:  From NCCC go left (South) on Aviara Pkwy (becomes Alga Rd) follow up over the hill then turn right at the light onto Melrose Drive. Turn right at the next light on S Rancho Santa Fe Rd., then turn left at the light onto San Elijo Road. In 1.1 miles turn right into parking area before the gate at 1601 San Elijo Rd S. San Marcos. You can’t see the address until you turn in and see the gate, but your GPS should lead you there. (approx. 7.3 miles from NCCC)

MEDICAL FORMS:  We need a 2022 medical form (bottom of this webpage) if you haven’t already provided us one this year.

PARKING: As you turn in before gate


WATER: No drinkable water – bring your own.





NO RSVP is needed…meet us there.

WHAT TO BRING: Water, snacks, sturdy shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and wear sunscreen and dress in layers. It is always good to bring a light daypack, for putting your essentials in. Bring your camera and share your best images with us!

Led by Orville Stanton

WALK: Mar 12 @ Lake Calavera Preserve

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.

TIME: Sign-in at 7:45 am for the 8:00 am walk.
ADDRESS: Oak Riparian Park, 4625 Lake Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92056

DIRECTIONS: from Carlsbad 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.

BRING: Hat, water (bring as there is only water at the parking area), sunscreen, sunglasses, light clothing, sturdy shoes, snacks, and a camera to capture the beauty (and your walking friends), and a completed 2022 Medical Form  (at bottom of this web page) We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer.

Rain: We will not walk if it’s raining
Dogs: ok on a leash under 6′
Children / Strollers: no
Wheelchair accessible: no
Lake Calavera Trail GuideHERE
Carlsbad websiteHERE
Carlsbad Map: HERE

Led by:  Peter Booth and Larraine Mariano


BACKPACK: Mar 18 - 19 @ Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

More details coming soon

  • March 18-19 2022; Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument – Palm Canyon Trail:
    • This will be a one night, two day trip for all, and will be a great backpacking trip for beginners.
    • Orientation Meeting: Sun March 6, 12:45p, Room C-105
Led by:  Craig Dunn


HIKE: Apr 2 @ Mount Woodson

Saturday, April 2, 7:45am: Mount Woodson

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.  Starting at 7:45 am the hike will take 3 to 4 hours.  

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

Parking:  There is a non-resident parking fee of $10 at Lake Poway weekends and holidays only. Poway residents are free with valid proof of residency and may obtain a resident sticker at the Lake Poway entry station or office. Active military personnel, with ID, are free. Free parking is available at an overflow lot at the bottom of Lake Poway Road.

Website for Lake Poway:  https://www.poway.org/502/Trails-Hiking 


Weather:  Forecast.weather.gov  search Woodson Mountain, CA

Led by: Orville Stanton 

Orville Stanton, Outdoor Adventure Pastor

WALK: Apr 9 @ Santa Margarita River Trail

Details pending


Per the Wildland Conservancy: In 2018, The Wildlands Conservancy acquired five miles of the oak- and sycamore-shaded Santa Margarita River, one of the last free-flowing wild rivers in Southern California and the southernmost range of steelhead trout. This 1,384-acre water-blessed property is part of the vulnerable South Coast Ecoregion that is recognized as one of the Earth’s 25 global hotspots of threatened biodiversity. Voted the number one trail of the best 50 trails in San Diego County. Visitors are often surprised to see so many broad water impoundments along the river that are the industrious work of the California golden beaver.

Our Walk: The preserve opens at 8:00am. We’ll meet and sign-in and begin our  5.2 mile walk.
Address: 4251 River Edge Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028  MAP
Directions from Carlsbad:
  • Take I-5 North
  • Take Exit 54A to merge on to CA-76 E
  • Turn right on W Mission Road
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto N Pico Ave
  • Continue onto De Luz Rd
  • Slight right onto Sandia Creek Rd
  • Slight right on Rivers Edge Rd
  • Destination on the right

Bring: Water, snacks, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen and a completed 2022 Medical Form  (at bottom of this web page) We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer.

Dogs: yes on leash

Rain: we will not walk if it’s raining

Restrooms:  Yes

Children / Strollers:  checking on this

Wheelchair Accessible:  checking on this

Led by:  Peter Booth and Larraine Mariano

Website:  HERE
Trail MapHERE

May – June

HIKE: May 7 @ El Cajon Mountain (El Capitan)

Details coming soon

Led by:  Orville Stanton
WALK: May 14 @ Gonzales Canyon

Details coming soon

Our Walk:  8am, moderate 2.9 mile loop with 436′ ascent

From I-5, take the Del Mar Heights Road exit and head east on Del Mar Heights Road. After approximately 1.3 miles, turn right onto Lansdale Drive, then after .1 mile turn left onto Torrey Highlands Park Road where you will find parking near the dog park. map

Bring: Water, snacks, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen and a completed 2022 Medical Form  (at bottom of this web page) We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer.
Rain:  We will not walk if it’s raining.
Dogs:  Allowed on leash
Restrooms: By the parking lot
Children / Strollers:
Led by:  Peter Booth and Larraine Mariano
CAMPING: May 27 - 30 @ Idyllwild Memorial Weekend

Tent camping details and registration coming soon (we’ve reserved 20 campsites!)


There are no cabins at the campground but here’s a link for local cabins for rent:

Cabin/Hotel Options also lots of airbnb.com and vrbo.com options if people are interested.

Orientation Meeting: May 15 – details pending

Trip Leader:
HIKE: Jun 4 @ Santa Fe Valley Trail

Details coming soon

Bring: Water, snacks, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen and a completed 2022 Medical Form  (at bottom of this web page) We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer.
Led by:  Orville Stanton
BACKPACK: Jun 10 - 12 @ San Gorgonio 9-Peaks

More details coming soon

  • June 10-12; San Gorgonio 9-Peaks Backpacking:
    • This will be a two night, 3 day, trip for experienced backpackers only.
    • Includes a mandatory pre hike checkout requirement or approval of the hike leader.  I’d encourage those considering to do the Mt. Woodson and El Cajon Mt. hikes with one of them being a requirement.
    • Orientation: Sun June 5
Led by:  Craig Dunn
CAMPING: Jun 24 - 26 @ Lake Morena

Lake Morena

Friday, June 24. 2pm check-in to Sunday, June 26, 12pm check-out

“Lake Morena is a magnet for anglers, yet the 3250 acres of this East San Diego County park offer something for every outdoor enthusiast, from hikers to picnickers to just plain campers.”

Some nearby adventures:

  • Fishing (depending on season: rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish)
  • Boating (rentals, personal watercraft, fishing float tubes, canoes, and kayaks). NO swimming or direct water-body contact permitted.
  • Pacific Southwest Railway Museum: www.psrm.org/
  • Lions, Tigers, and Bears: www.lionstigersandbears.org/
  • Sky Falconry skyfalconry.com/
  • Off-roading (OHV) at Corral Canyon
  • Maybe a Barn Dance!

ADDRESS: 2330 Lake Morena Drive, Campo, CA 91905

FROM CARLSBAD: I-5 South to I-805 South, Exit CA-52 East (exit 23), go almost 14 miles to CA-67 South (Exit 18B), after 2.23 miles merge onto I-8 East, then 33 miles to Buckman Springs Rd exit (Exit 51), the right onto Buckman Springs Rd, then 5.33 miles, urn slight right onto Oak Drive then 2 miles, turn slight right onto Lake Morena Drive (just past Cedar Drive).

BRING: See the car camping checklist near the bottom of this web page and also bring your all your own drinking water due to a boil water order (see the Lake Morena website below).

PETS:  check with trip leader HERE

SHOWERS: Coin operated showers


Cabins: If you prefer reserve your own cabin (in left column choose Lake Morena, June 24, 2 nights, and below the Choose button, Kind of Site: Cabin then click Choose): HERE

ORIENTATION MEETING: Sunday, June 12, 12:45pm, C-105 (s/w corner of the Chapel building)





CAMP LEADERS:  Larraine Mariano and Melissa Coleman

IMPORTANT ABOUT WATER (as of 1/10/2022):

Lake Morena County Park: Due to issues with a potable water storage tank which occurred July 14, 2021, the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, the San Diego County Health Department, and the Lake Morena County Park Water System are advising visitors/campers to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes.  Drinking fountains are closed. Water spigots, sinks and toilets remain open, but there is no drinking water on site. Please plan ahead by bringing your own drinking water. This is a safety precaution to prevent stomach or intestinal illness. If you have questions about other uses of tap water, such as bathing and dish washing, please call your water system or read this guidance:


July – August

WALK: Jun 11 @ Oceanside Harbor Walk

Our Walk:  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.  Very moderate along sidewalks with the only incline up the ramp to the pier and down.

Sign-in at 7:45am for the 8:00 am walk. A  6 mile loop.
Address: 1900 N. Harbor Drive, Oceanside
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 public parking lot just before you get to the restaurant.
Bring: Water, snacks, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen and a completed 2022 Medical Form  (at bottom of this web page) We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer.
Rain: We will not walk if it’s raining
Dogs: yes on leash
Children / Strollers: yes
Wheelchair accessible: yes
Restrooms: In the Harbor shopping/restaurant area and along the beach in two locations.

Led by:  Peter Booth and Larraine Mariano

HIKE: Jul 2 @ Torrey Pines from the Glider Port

Tentative Details

OUR HIKE:   We’ll start at Torrey Pines Glider Port and go out to the road walking past the golf course. The road then turns going into Torrey Pines. On the other end of the golf course the trail begins at Torrey Pines and then we will go west and connect into the Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve. We could go down to the beach that is past Blacks’ Beach if we choose to.
2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
From Interstate 5 take Genesee west. Turn left on Torrey Pines Rd. then right on Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, just before the Salk Institute. There is an unimproved parking with free parking at the end of the street at the Torrey Pines Glider Port.


  • No food or drink, except water, is allowed in the Reserve above the beach.  Food, of course, is fine on the beach (no alcohol).
  • Drones are not allowed anywhere in the Reserve or Beach. Learn More.
  • Dogs are not permitted anywhere.
  • “Pack it in-pack it out” starting from the beach parking lot. There are no trash cans in the upper Reserve. There are no trash cans along the beach. Trash and recycling bins or dumpsters are available in the beach parking lots.
  • No smoking
LEADER:  Orville Stanton
WALK: Jul 9 @ Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve

Details coming soon

Our Walk:
Sign-in at 7:45 am for the 8:00 am walk. A  6 mile loop.
Directions: From Carlsbad,
Bring: Water, snacks, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen and a completed 2022 Medical Form  (at bottom of this web page) We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer.
Rain: We will not walk if it’s raining
Dogs: No
Children / Strollers:
Wheelchair accessible:

Led by:  Peter Booth and Larraine Mariano

BACKPACK: Jul 28 - 31 @ TBD

Details coming soon

Plan to go on the May 7, El Cajon Mountain (El Cap) hike as one of the training times to prep for this  backpacking trip.

Orientation Meeting: Sunday, July 10
Led by:  Mike Berrier

Mike Berrier, Backpack Lead

HIKE: Aug 6 @ Beach Hike Moonlight / Fletcher Cove

More details pending

OUR HIKE:   Moonlight Beach, Encinitas to Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach and back.
LEADER:  Orville Stanton
WALK: Aug 13 @ Del Mar Crest and Beach

Details coming soon

Our Walk:  7:45a
Rain:  We will not walk if it’s raining
Children / Strollers:
Led by:  Peter Booth and Larraine Mariano

September – November

CAMPING: Sep 2 - 5 @ Lake Cachuma - pending reservations

Tent camping details coming soon

Orientation Meeting: August 21 details pending
WALK: Sep 10 @ Coast to Crest Trail at the San Dieguito Lagoon

Details coming soon

Our Walk:  5.6 miles
Directions: San Dieguito Lagoon Parking/Staging Area  From I-5, exit Via de la Valle. Go east on Via de la Valle. Turn right onto San Andres Dr. Turn left at the wooden sign into the staging area driveway just past the California Bank & Trust building.
Trail Access: At the southeast corner of the staging area next to the portable toilet.
Notes: Alternative parking is on the street along San Andres Dr. with trail access at the interpretive kiosk at the southeast end of the street.
Rain: We will not walk if it’s raining
Dogs:  Leashed dogs are welcomed. Details
Children / Strollers:
Wheelchair Accessible?:
Restrooms: ADA / portable toilets
SDRP San Dieguito Map: HERE
SDRP Coast to Crest Full Map:  HERE
Led by:  Peter Booth and Larraine Mariano

Oct – Dec

HIKE: Oct 1 @ Cedar Creek Falls

More details pending

LEADER:  Orville Stanton
WALK: Oct 8 @ San Elijo

Details coming soon

Our Walk:
Children / Strollers:
Led by:  Peter Booth and Larraine Mariano
CAMPING: Oct 8 - 10 @ Zion Ponderosa

Tent camping details coming soon 

– we’ve reserved a group site at Zion Ponderosa

Orientation Meeting:  September 25 details pending

Cabin options:   Cabins

HIKE: Nov 5 @ Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve

Saturday, November 5, 8:45a

OUR PLANNED HIKE is a moderate to a moderate+ hike with a 700 ft. elevation change. It is about 5.4 miles. There is also an option of a 3.2 mile hike. Afterwards, let’s browse around town and stop to enjoy some tasty Julian Apple Pie. We will meet at the Volcan Mountain trailhead sign at 8:45a

ADDRESS:  1209 Farmer Road, Julian, CA  92036  MAP

DIRECTIONS: From Carlsbad, take Hwy 78 east to I-15 south to Via Rancho Parkway. Go east or left to San Pasqual Valley Rd. Follow this into Ramona, and then take a left on Main Street, which becomes Julian Rd. Go through Santa Ysabel and just after Springview Rd., you will turn left on Wynola Rd. Take a left on Farmer Rd. (before this left there is a Farmer Rd. that goes right – don’t take that one) then go a few yards and park on the side of the road on the right near the gravel path. Plan about 1hr and 45 min for the drive from Carlsbad.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Trail is rocky, so wear sturdy shoes with good tread. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

RAIN: We will not hike if it is raining.

RESTROOMS: No restrooms or water are available at the trailhead or on the trail.

BRING: Water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, light/layer clothing, sturdy shoes, camera.

ENJOY JULIAN: Bring a little spending $ to enjoy Julian with us after the hike.

NO RSVP is needed… just mark your calendar, invite friends and family and meet us there!

LEADER:  Orville Stanton




WALK: Nov 12 @ Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail Preserve

Still working on the details:

Our Walk:  8am  (check this – it opens at 9am)  Enjoy the beauty of the Preserve: Many different geologic formations and soil types make up the steep slopes, riparian stream corridors, flat mesa tops and grassy hillsides of the Preserve. The varying terrains and soil types, in conjunction with continually flowing water, form more than 14 habitat types and support a diverse collection of flora and fauna.The scenery of the canyon includes:

  • a waterfall cascading through volcanic rock
  • a streamside forest of giant California live oaks
  • groves of majestic sycamore trees
  • a year-round stream populated by Pacific tree frogs, crayfish and largemouth bass;
  • a freshwater marsh hosting a variety of aquatic birds including great blue herons, egrets, mallard ducks and more;
  • mule deer, bobcat, coyote and raccoon are just a few of the mammals that can be observed throughout the Preserve.
Address:  12020 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92129  MAP

Directions: From Carlsbad take I-5 South,

Take exit 33 for Carmel Valley Rd toward State Route 56 E
Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Carmel Valley Rd
Use the 2nd from the left lane to take the State Hwy 56 E ramp,
Keep left onto CA-56 E
Take Exit 7 for Black Mountain Rd. and turn right.
Bring: Bring water, sun protection, and wear good footwear.
Dogs: yes with max 8′ leash
Children / Strollers:
Wheelchair Accessible?:
Rain: Trails are closed if it’s raining or has rained within 48 hours
Cautions: Open space areas are home to rattlesnakes, poison oaks, mountain lions, rugged terrain, and other hazards. Please be aware and have a safe visit to the Preserve.
Led by:  Peter Booth and Larraine Mariano

Helpful Tips

Backpacking 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

Backpacking Checklist

Backpacking for Beginners

Day Packs

Hiking Boots

Trekking Poles


The 10 Essentials

More Tips

Sleeping Tips

What to bring

Keeping cool

Camping mattress review

How to Minimize Your Footprint

Taking Your Kids Camping and Hiking


  • 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: