March 7: Daley Ranch Hike - 5, 8, or 15 Miles

Mar 7 – Daley Ranch Hike, Escondido (15 miles) Training #3 for the PCT hike 7:30 am at the trailhead

This hike will help prepare you for the PCT Hike in April and for summer backpacking as well.

The hike will start at the parking lot and there are a couple options of hike distance.

The strenuous hike will go 15 miles. There are inclines and it will take anywhere from 6 hours to 7 hours to complete. There will only be one stop at the Ranch House where there are restrooms and water.

For more moderate hikers you can turn off at the Ranch House and head back to the parking lot (5.9miles total). There is also an option to go (8 miles total) turning off instead at on the Jack Creek Meadow loop trail.

Take I-5 North to the 78 East. Take 78 East, where the freeway ends at Broadway and becomes Lincoln Street. Keep going straight for a couple of miles. Turn left on El Norte. (Note: if you look to the right it will say Citrus). Then, make an almost-immediate right onto La Honda Drive, the road that goes uphill about one mile to Dixon Lake and Daley Ranch. Take a left into Daley Ranch Parking Lot.

3024 La Honda Drive
Escondido, CA 92027

PARKING AREA/FEES/RESTROOMS: No parking fees. There are restrooms and water at the Ranch House (at ~5 miles).

RAIN: We will be hiking rain or shine. If raining, dress accordingly and wear sturdy shoes with good tread to overcome the mud element.


CHILDREN / STROLLERS: not this trip

TERRAIN: All trails are wide soil surfaces, which may be muddy in areas if recent rain. There are many trees shading some of our trails, but most trails will be in the sun, unless it’s raining.

DOGS: Allowed on-leash (double check with Daley Ranch – website below)

BRING:  Daypack, hiking poles, snacks, hat, sunscreen, 2 liters water minimum + the 10 essentials (see backpacking resource section of this webpage).

Looking forward to our time on the trail!

Orville Stanton, Hike Leader

DALEY RANCH WEBSITE: https://www.escondido.org/daley-ranch.aspx


  • Apr 4 – Pacific Crest Trail (20 miles) 6:30a – optional – reserve your own campsite at Lake Morena on April 3 
  • May 9 –Mt Woodson
  • Jun 6 – Julian (and pie)


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. 

Mar 14: Rancho Carrillo Walk

Rancho Carrillo WALK IS AT 8:30 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 trailhead parking lot at 8:30 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 (but it looks like it’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL day!)

RESTROOMS:  Not on the walk.

CHILDREN/STROLLERS: Children welcome at your discretion. One section is a little steep.


 BRING: Plenty of water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and sturdy shoes and a camera for the scenery and the pea fowl. 


 WALK LEADERSPeter Booth and Larraine Mariano



  • Apr 11 – Carlsbad Beach, 8:30a
  • May 9 – Calaveras Hills, 8:30a
  • Jun 13 – Torrey Pines, 8:30a
  • Jul 11 – San Dieguito Park, 8:30a
  • Aug 8 – Annie’s Canyon, 8:30a
  • Sep 12 – Oceanside Harbor, 8:30a
  • Oct 10 – Encinitas Ranch Trail, 8:30a
  • Nov 14 – San Elijo, 8:30a


Tent camping is a great time to relax, explore, and enjoy friendships old and new in God’s creation.

Feb 14 - 17 Death Valley Presidents Weekend Tent Camping

“Death Valley is one of the lowest areas of land on Earth; Furnace Creek is at an elevation of 196 ft. below sea level. The region is generally sunny, dry and clear throughout the year. Winter is the park’s peak season; temperatures are mild with occasional winter storms, and visitors should bring warm clothing and light or medium jackets. Sun-protective clothing and a broad brimmed hat are recommended. Rainfall averages less than two inches per year.

Natural Features:

Death Valley has sunk below sea level through geologic processes over time. It lies within the Mojave Desert and is the hottest, driest and lowest location in North America. Yet despite its extreme conditions, the park boasts a diversity of ecosystems, including colorful badlands, snow-covered peaks, desolate sand dunes, rugged canyons and flat, dry basins called playas.

Furnace Creek is on the edge of a playa at the bottom of the valley floor. It is fairly open with sparse vegetation, though some sites do have trees that provide shade. The facility offers a wide view of the mountains to the east and west, which glow with hues of orange, red and yellow during sunrise and sunset.


Explorers of all ages can enjoy educational programs and exhibits at the visitor center adjacent to the campground. Birders may have luck spotting local and migratory birds around the campground and along Airport Road, especially in the cooler months. Visitors can access a paved bike path within the facility. Trails to a natural bridge, the Golden Canyon badlands and the salt flats of Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, are a short drive away. Some of these attractions are reachable via a dirt road.”

Entrance Fee $30/vehicle: Covers entrance and standard amenity fees for a driver & all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to 4 adults at sites that charge per person). Kids 15 & under are free. Or buy the America the Beautiful Annual Pass for the National Parks.  The annual pass can have two “owners” and it is one year from date of purchase (not calendar year). Free Military pass at recreation.gov  (verify pass prices and info online)

Things to Do

There is so much to see and do; it all depends on your personal interests. Everyone can travel and enjoy the trip at their own pace.

Dante’s View (bring a jacket and lunch), 20 Mule Team Canyon & Zabriskie Pt , Check out Museum and Visitor Center at campground

Titus Canyon is a 26 mile one way dirt road. The road travels up and over a mountain pass and goes down into a narrow wash. At the end the road is quite narrow and the shear rock walls rise hundreds of feet above you. The road is well graded and easily passable by most SUV’s and trucks.

Keane Wonder Mine, Rhyolite Ghost town, Travel thru Titus Canyon, Lunch at Leadfield Mine, Ubehebe Crater, Sand Dunes

Charcoal Kilns (bring a jacket and lunch, there will probably be snow), Salt Creek and see the Pup Fish, Aguereberry Point

Lunch at the Charcoal Kilns, Mosaic Canyon short hike, Artists Palette, Devil’s Golf Course, Badwater

Website to Plan Ahead


Getting There

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):

36.46306, -116.86778

36°27’47″N, 116°52’4″W

Death Valley is in eastern California on the Nevada border, 130 miles WNW of Las Vegas, NV and 106 miles east of Lone Pine, CA. Furnace Creek Campground is a half-mile north of Furnace Creek Visitor Center on State Hwy 190. (From Carlsbad it’s about 340 miles) (760)786-2441


From NCCC take I-5 North to Hwy 78 East to I-15 North. Continue north on I-15 (Do not take I-215) go thru Barstow and on to Baker. (212 miles on the I-15) In Baker take Hwy 127 toward Shoshone / Death Valley Junction. Continue thru Shoshone toward Death Valley Junction.

Take Hwy 190 from Death Valley Junction to Furnace Creek Campground, 328 Greenland Blvd, Death Valley, CA. Campground entrance is on the left about a half mile past the gas station. Stop at the ranger kiosk at the entrance for directions to  group site 1

The drive should take approximately 5 hrs.


$40 per adult  $15 per child age 3 and up (nonrefundable)

Death Valley Register HERE

Future Trips

  • May 22-25, 2020 – Memorial Day Weekend at Idyllwild  (Orientation May 17) 
  • Jun 26-28, 2020 –  Lake Morena  (Orientation June 14)

  • Sep 4 -7, 2020 – Labor Day Weekend at Big Bear (pending) Pineknot Campground

    • An All-Church Favorite! A great trip for everyone!  Families, single parent families, singles, couples, and YOU!You’ll enjoy a Saturday potluck, a worship & communion service, morning devotions, group campfires, fellowship, lots of fun adventures, and of course plenty of hiking, walking, and relaxing with friends! Adults: $    each , Children age 3 & up: $     each  Registration coming   Flyer pending  Adventure IdeasThere are lots of fun activities at Big Bear.  Go online and order a Visitor Guide at:  http://www.bigbear.com/visitor-guide/

      Alpine Slide & Waterslide, biking, mountain biking, bowling, fishing, golf, miniature golf, tennis, go-carts, horseback riding, stables, petting zoo, animal park, tours, Flying Bear zip-lines, workshops, hobbies, Paddlewheel Tour Boat, Shopping, Walks / Hikes / Trails, Board Games or Books (bring!), Off-Road, Sky Chair, Picnic, Beach, Boating: Canoe, Kayak, Paddle Boats, Pontoon, Sail, Speed, Water-ski, Parasail (let us know if you are bringing watercraft), Discovery Center: tours, exhibits, learning activities, shopping, Big Bear Historical Museum, Solar Observatory

  • Oct 8-12, 2020  – Sedona, Arizona (pending)
  • Feb 2021: Presidents Day Weekend 

  • May 2021: Memorial Day Weekend 

  • June 2021: Lake Morena 

  • Sept 2021: Labor Day Weekend 

  • Oct 2021: Grand Canyon (pending)


Mar 13-15 – Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains Nat'l Monument

This year’s spring backpacking trip will take us through a desert section of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Fifteen miles long, the Palm Canyon trail begins by hiking in lightly forested Pinyon Pine and chaparral mix, then traverses through Sonoran Desert ecosystems, and ends in the largest palm oasis in North America. The trail to the campsite is 8 miles but drops 1,600 feet with only a 300-foot climb thus is ideal for beginners or those needing a practice hike for summer adventures. The trailhead is a 1.5 hour drive from Carlsbad.

OUR PLANNED HIKE: A one night backpacking trip departing from the trailhead at 7:30 am on Friday 13- March-2020 and concluding early afternoon Saturday 14-March. This is a one-way hike only—we will start at the top of Palm Canyon and descend 15.1 miles to the Indian Trading Post where we will have a car to shuttle back to the starting point. The starting elevation is 4,400 feet and the final elevation is 850 feet. Our campsite is at mile 8 (at 2,650 feet)— we will camp near Agua Bonita Spring (lots of water!).

We will pass several California Fan Palm groves and a hand full of springs.

The camping will be primitive— there are no amenities. Optional day hiking on Friday will explore the Agua Bonita spring watershed and on Saturday as we travel towards the trading post will explore the Stone Pools HERE.

CAMPING: Primitive camping with no amenities. No restrooms on trail.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Trail is rocky, so wear sturdy hiking footwear. We share the trail with horses and mountain bikes. RAIN: If heavy rain or stormy weather is anticipated the trip will be cancelled; light rain we will proceed.
ANIMALS: No animals permitted.

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 at the URL: 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 will be discussed at the orientation meeting, e.g., sharing of things like stoves, water filters, etc., will also be discussed.

ORIENTATION MEETING: NCCC Sunday, 8 March, 1 pm, Room C-205B.

HELPFUL WEBSITE: Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument: HERE.

TRIP LEADER: Craig Dunn. Trip limited to 12 people on a first come first serve basis.

RESERVATIONS/COST: Make reservations online HERE, Cost is $10 / person nonrefundable.

TRIP DETAILS: Contact Craig Dunn, trip leader, at forest.skies@gmail.com.

TRIP OA_2020BkpkSantaRosa (same details as above to print out)


  • Jun 13-15 – San Bernardino Mountains – Craig (Orientation Mtg: June 7)
  • Jul 29-August 1 – Lake Sabrina  – Mike  (Orientation Mtg: July 19)


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