Feb 4: HIKE Coast to Crest - From San Pasqual
OUR HIKE: Saturday, February 4, meet at 7:45am, we’ll begin hiking at 8:00am sharp.
  • EASY 4.5 MILE HIKE: For those who want a short hike, the first 4.5 miles to the Pamo Parking/Staging area is an easy 4.5 mile hike. Hikers can leave from this point or continue.
  • ADDITIONAL 8.3 MILE HIKE: For those continuing to near Sutherland Dam, it will be an additional (12.8 – 4.5 miles =) 8.3 miles. Of the 8.3 miles, the first 3.4 miles will be easy, then the final 4.9 miles will be moderate to strenuous climbing about 1,000 feet (mostly walking on old abandoned roads). We will have two cars prepositioned at this location to return hikers back to the Pamo Parking/Staging.
  • Regardless of which hike is of interest, we’ll all meet at the Pamo Parking/Staging area by 7:45 am and then we’ll shuttle hikers to the Boden Canyon Trailhead. Here’s a Google Map link with directions to the Pamo Parking/Staging area from NCCC—after selecting the link, substitute your starting location with the NCCC location:


GENERAL OVERALL HIKING MAP:  Here’s a link to a Gaia hiking map (don’t need to have the app to view on desktop computer or phone):


  • The browser should center on the hike on the map.
  • Go to “Items” to view individual Parking Waypoints or the Boden Canyon trail or Pama Valley trails.

MAP OF PARKING AND HIKE OPTIONS OVERVIEW: OA_230204 Coast to Crest Ramona Staging Area pg 3

BRING: Lots of water, snacks, sturdy shoes/hiking boots, hiking poles are helpful, hat, sunscreen and a completed 2023 Medical Form  (at bottom of this web page) We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer.

DOGS:  Leashed dogs are welcome but please read these rules and precautions first: Details

RESTROOMS:  Are available at the Pamo Parking/Staging area.

RAIN: We will still hike only if rain is light

LED BY:  Orville Stanton and Craig Dunn

FEB 11: WALK Guajome Regional Park

Time:  Sign-in at 7:45a walk at 8am

Our Walk:  3.7 mile loop an easy 1.5 hour walk.

Details: Well-maintained trails that meander through diverse Southern California habitats such as woodlands, chaparral, wetlands, and mixed grasslands. 

Address: 3000 Guajome Lake Road, Oceanside, CA 92057

Directions from Carlsbad: Take I-5 N, CA-76E (Exit 54A), after about 7.4 miles turn Right on Guajome Lake Rd,  Go past the “Guajome County Park” sign, parking lot doesn’t open until 9:00 a.m., so in about 100 ft  there is street and residential parking on both sides of the street.  The trail starts at the night gate.

Bring: Water, snacks, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen and a completed 2023 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:  Bob Bergstedt and Larraine Mariano

Website with details and pictures:  HERE

Brochure with map:  HERE

Guajome Regional Park HERE

Note: Street Parking only on Guajome Lake Road. Very popular trail – parking could be tight. Suggest carpool or arrive early.

FEB 17 - Feb 20: Camp Agua Caliente -register now

Presidents Day Weekend at Agua Caliente

Friday, February 17 – Monday, February 20, Check in from:  2:00 pm  Check out by: 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.

Registration:  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.”

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.

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

Orientation Meeting:  February 5, 12:30 pm

Brochure: Map to Agua Caliente and of Campground, Park Rules (including dogs): HERE

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

Bring:  See the Car Camper Checklist on our website or at the Orientation Meeting. Also a completed 2023 Medical Form (at bottom of this web page) We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer.

Leaders:   Orville Stanton

March 4: HIKE Coast to Crest - Last segment! detail pending
OUR HIKE: Saturday, March 4, meet at 7:45am, we’ll begin hiking at 8:00am sharp. Hike goes from San Ysabel Open Space Preserve East to Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve.  A one-way hike for 7.4 miles – more details pending


Directions from Carlsbad:  

San Diego River Park:  Trail Maps   Rules

BRING: Lots of water, snacks, sturdy shoes/hiking boots, hiking poles are helpful, hat, sunscreen and a completed 2023 Medical Form (at bottom of this web page) We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer.

DOGS:  Leashed dogs are welcome but please read these rules and precautions first: Details


RAIN: We will still hike only if rain is light

LED BY:  Orville Stanton

MAR 11: WALK Calaveras Hills

Time:  Sign-in at 7:45a walk at 8am

Our Walk:  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.

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 2023 Medical Form (at bottom of this web page) We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer but come a few minutes early to fill it out.

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

Led by:  Bob Bergstedt and Larraine Mariano

Lake Calavera Via Oak Riparian Park (Oceanside)  HERE

April 1: HIKE Calavera Hills 10 mile


Saturday, April 1, 8:00 am

Starting from Oak Riparian Park – 4625 Lake Blvd., Oceanside, CA

This beautiful hike will be 10 miles. We will be going to both sides of the lake as well as to the top of Calavera (elevation 513′) and enjoying the beautiful viewpoints and the wetlands.

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. There is also parking to the left on Ridge Road.

RAIN: We will NOT walk if it is raining.

RESTROOMS: at the parking lot

ACCESSIBILITY:  Not accessible for wheelchairs or strollers

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)!

DOGS: Ok on leash

LED BY:  Orville Stanton, meet at the park.  


May 6: Hike Daley Ranch


Arrive at: 7:30a if you need to fill out a 2023 medical form

Arrive at: 7:45a for the hike

Distance: 5.62Miles, 3.25 hours


Arrive at: 11:15a if you need to fill out a 2023 medical form

Arrive at: 11:30a for the hike

Distance: 4.18 miles, 2.25 hours

If doing both hikes bring a lunch to eat before we head out on Hike Two.

ADDRESS:  3024 La Honda Drive, Escondido, CA 92027


Take I-5 North to the 78 East. Take 78 East where the freeway ends at Broadway and becomes E. Lincoln Ave. Keep going straight for a couple of miles. Turn left on E. El Norte Parkway. 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.

BRING:  Completed 2023 Medical Forms (below on this webpage)  We will have blank forms there if you don’t have a printer – come early to fill one out.

RESTROOMS: There are restrooms at the Ranch House.

RAIN: If raining dress accordingly and wear sturdy shoes with good tread to overcome the mud element.


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 are in the sun unless raining.

DOGS: Allowed on-leash 6′ max. (details: HERE)

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!  Orville Stanton, Hike Leader


May 13: WALK Santa Margarita River Trail

Walk:  5.2 miles, easy to moderate walk

The gate to the only parking area opens at 8:00 a.m.   There is no street parking anywhere close to the park/trail entrance.  Suggested parking: Carpool is highly recommended – either people meet up at the Fallbrook library (a few miles from the parking area ) or carpool from home.   With this change of arrival/parking time,  we will start the walk at 8:30 a.m. (sharp) so come at 8:15 if you need to fill out medical paperwork or use facilities.  Suggestion: wear hiking shoes or walking shoes with good traction.

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 2023 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 / Wheelchairs : Not recommended

Led by:  Larraine Mariano and Bob Bergstedt


Santa Margarita River Trail WebsiteHERE

Helpful WebsiteHERE

Website:  HERE

Trail Map:  HERE

May 26 - May 29: Camp Idyllwild - registration open

Friday, May 26, check-in starts at 2pm until Monday May 29, check-out by 1pm

OUR PLANNED CAMPING AND HIKING EXPERIENCE: Idyllwild County Park is 202 acres of beautifully wooded environment and includes showers, restrooms with running water, fire rings with half-grills and picnic tables. It’s on the edge of the town Idyllwild so modern amenities are close by. There are five miles of hiking trails that wind through the park, including an easy half-mile trail that connects the campground with the county-run Nature Center. This is a great place for family and group fun! We will have morning and evening devotions and a Saturday Evening worship service. Kids can ride bikes on the roads around the campground; nature center visits, Ranger led hikes and walks in local area. We will also have our own group hikes that will be announced at the morning devotionals. It’s a great time to build community, make new friends and enjoy God’s creation.

DIRECTIONS: There are variations on the drive, but this is the recommended route, a two-hour drive from NCCC to Idyllwild: Take I-5 North to Highway 76 East to I-15 north to 79 south (right) to Highway 371; turn left (through Anza Valley). Take Highway 74 East or left toward Idyllwild. Then take Highway 243 to the outskirts town of Idyllwild. Turn left on Riverside County Playground Road into County Park. (Approximately 100 miles)

ADDRESS: Idyllwild Park, 54000 Riv. Co. Playground Rd., Idyllwild, CA 92549 (951) 659-2656

ORIENTATION MEETING:  Sunday, May 7, 12:30pm, Room C-205B (upstairs in the Chapel Bldg west side).  Important meeting to come meet the other campers, talk about gear, plans, campsite assignments, and get any questions answered.

TENT CAMPING REGISTRATION: $50.00 per adult, $15.00 for children 3 and up (nonrefundable) and covers the shared campsites. Bring your own gear, food, etc.  REGISTER

CABINS: There are no cabins at the campground but here’s a link for local cabins for you to rent:  Cabin/Hotel Options also lots of airbnb.com and vrbo.com options.

AMENITIES: Drinking water, telephone, flush toilets, showers (require quarters), picnic tables, fire rings.


  • Camping Gear: Tent, ground tarp, sleeping pad or air mattress, cold weather sleeping bag, extra blankets for bedding, stove, fuel, cooking, eating & drinking gear (pots, pans, plates, utensils, etc.), ice chest with food, camp chair, shade covering if desired, dishwashing soap & towel, garbage bag, flashlight, batteries, and lantern.
  • Personal items: Good footwear – boots or strong shoes (keep toes covered), warm coat, long sleeve shirt, hat, rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen – 30 SPF or greater, lip protection, personal items and toiletries, camera, Bible, notebook, money, quarters for showers, ID, and musical instruments, if desired.
  • Hiking items: Day or hip pack, hydration system (water bottles, camel back), first aid kit, pocketknife, compass (if you have one, it’s fun to use), and a whistle.
  • Dish to share for Saturday Night Potluck: Bring a Main Dish, Salad/Appetizer, or Dessert, (each person should bring enough for 4 people). Please provide your own drinks, plates, and utensils.


  1. No pets allowed on our campsites (except service dogs)
  2. You may come up for the day (no need to register).
  3. No alcoholic beverages or marijuana at our campsites.
  4. No cohabitation or shared campsites for unmarried campers.
  5. If you must smoke, please be considerate of other campers and the environment.
  6. Dress code: let’s be an example to others in the campground; avoid any style of dress that is offensive or sends a message opposing the church’s community values.


  • Idyllwild WEBSITE
  • Idyllwild Visitor Center Information on hiking, mtn biking, fishing, rock climbing, shopping, nature center WEBSITE
  • And more with map WEBSITE

I hope you can join us,

Orville Stanton, Outdoor Adventure Pastor

Larraine Mariano, Idyllwild Trip Leader

Terri Franklin, Admin


June 3: Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Hike

OUR HIKE:  7 miles

ADDRESS:  8833 Harmony Grove Road, Escondido, CA 92029


OUR PLAN: The hike will be a moderate to strenuous. The shorter route is 3 miles round trip with a 700 foot elevation gain– allow 2 hours. The longer route to Lake Hodges lookout is about 6.5 – 7 miles round trip and will take 3-4 hours.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Trail is rocky, so wear good shoes. If the sky is clear, great views of Catalina Island can be had!   NO RSVP is needed. Invite friends (or just come and meet new friends!) and family and join us!

DIRECTIONS FROM I-5: Exit La Costa Blvd- east to Rancho Santa Fe Rd. and turn left. Go to San Elijo Road and turn right to Elfin Forest Rd. and turn right again. Elfin Forest Rd. turns into Harmony Grove Road. Park in the regular or free overflow parking lot of Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve.

DIRECTIONS FROM HWY 78: Exit Nordahl and go south. Nordahl turns into Citracado. Go to Country Club Lane and turn right to Harmony Grove Road and turn right again. Turn left into Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve and Park in the regular or free overflow parking lot of Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve.

NOTE: Overflow parking is allowed in designated areas on the shoulder of Harmony Grove Road. Meet at the bulletin board in the Visitor Center parking lot at 9 am. The bulletin board is next to the portable toilets.

RAIN:  If the day is rainy the park is closed and the walk is cancelled.

RESTROOMS AND WATER: available at the trailhead and along the trail.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE DISABLED:  Not wheelchair accessible, and not suitable for strollers.

BRING: Hat, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, light clothing, sturdy shoes, snacks, and a camera to capture the beauty!


June 10: Walk Oceanside Harbor at Sunset

Details under construction

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 4:45 pm for the 5:00pm 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 2023 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:  Larraine Mariano & Bob Bergstedt

June 23 - 27: Lake Mary/Mammoth Camping Trip - details pending

We’ve reserved sites – more details pending

Check-in from 2:00 pm; check-out by Noon


Take U.S. 395 to Mammoth Junction and Highway 203. Turn west on Highway 203 and drive through the town of Mammoth Lakes to the junction of Minaret Road/Highway 203 and Lake Mary Road. Continue straight through the intersection and drive 3.6 miles to Lake Mary Loop Drive. Turn right and drive 0.5 miles to the campground entrance.

Orientation Meeting: Sunday, June 4, 12:30pm, Room C-205B tentatively


Mammoth Lakes Basin contains several additional popular lakes to explore for fishing and boating. Visitors can also access the magnificent John Muir Wilderness nearby, which stretches 100 miles along the crest of the Sierra Nevadas, a land of lofty snow-capped mountains, deep canyons and vast expanses of glacially-carved terrain. Hiking and horseback riding trails are abundant.

  • No body contact allowed with the lake, including swimming
  • This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating; always keep a clean camp and do not feed any wild animals
July 8: Torrey Pines St. Park Nat'l Reserve Walk

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! Fantastic view and great weather.

OUR PLANNED WALK: On Saturday July 8, arrive at 7:45 am for the 8am start from the beach parking area at the base of the hill; you can find free parking or pay to park in the parking lot. Come early for a good parking spot, also free remote parking. 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 (come early for the best spots) if you don’t mind the longer steep walk to the Visitor Center.
  • For lot parking fees see info in right hand column: HERE

RESTROOMS: in the lower lot and at the top near where we will meet.

BRING: Lots of water, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, light clothing layers, sturdy shoes (not flip flops!), lip balm, camera.

MEDICAL FORM:  Bring a completed 2023 Medical Form (at bottom of this webpage) if you haven’t completed one this year or have changes.  If you don’t have a printer come 15 minutes early to fill one out.

CHILDREN: are welcome at your discretion.

PETS: are not allowed even in vehicles.



TORREY PINES RESERVE: www.torreypine.org

Trail Map

WALK LEADERS: Larraine Mariano and Bob Bergstedt

July 1: Double Peak Hike

July 1, 7am  – Discovery Hills to Double Peak, San Marcos (10 miles)

Easy, moderate and strenuous hikes are available-from 3/4 mile to 10 miles (approx. 4 hours). You will be challenged and learn essential hiking skills. We will hike around the lake and creek and gain elevation going to Double Peak. We will continue down the back of the ridge through San Elijo Hills and then back by the repeater tower and across the top of the ridge and back to Discovery Lake. The trail around the lake offers views of the area from the mountains to the south and the Discovery Hills development to the north.  Many water birds and wildlife reside here. From the top on a clear day you can enjoy a view of the coast and ocean.

From Carlsbad Take Palomar Airport Road/San Marcos Blvd. east toward Hwy 78. Two blocks before you would reach Hwy 78 turn RIGHT on Bent Ave.  Pass Discovery St. and turn RIGHT on Foxhall Dr. Take Foxhall 3 short blocks to the park entrance. Foxhall bends sharply to the left and runs right into the parking lot.

From Hwy 78, exit Twin Oaks Valley Road and turn south. Go to Craven Road and turn right (west).  Go to Foxhall and turn left.  Foxhall runs right into the parking lot.

Important: Prior to the hike download the 2023 ADULT and/or the MINOR release form at the bottom of this web page, fill it out, sign and bring with you to the hike. This will save time the morning of the hike. Come 15 minutes early if you need to fill out a form that morning.

Rain: We will hike rain or shine. If raining, dress accordingly (rain gear, sturdy shoes with good tread)

Restrooms: Near parking lot only.

Children & Strollers: at your discretion – only for the short hike.

Wheelchairs: Some trails are accessible – only for the short hike.

Bring: Plenty of water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, & sturdy shoes. If you are training for backpacking or a big hike, you can bring a filled pack & gear, hiking poles, (see backpacking checklist/ten essentials in the resource section of our webpage).

Orville Stanton, Hike Leader

MAR 24-26: BACKPACK Channel Islands

Channel Islands National Park, Smugglers Cove West to East – Craig Dunn, leader (beginner)

details coming soon

Orientation Meeting: tentatively Sunday, March 5, 12:30pm, Room C-205B

August 5: Beach Hike: Moonlight to Fletcher Cove and back


OUR HIKE:  Moonlight Beach, Encinitas to Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach and back.  This beach hike will be about 9 miles round trip and not difficult.  We recommend wearing hiking boots because of the rocks.


DIRECTIONS:  From I-5 exit Encinitas Blvd and go west, once you cross Hwy 101 it becomes B Street.  Turn left at 3rd Street and go up the hill and turn right at C Street and into the parking lot.  If lot is full look for street parking.  Meet us at the Lifeguard Tower at the bottom of the ramp.

RAIN:  We will still hike if light rain.

LEADER:  Mike Berrier

August 12: Walk Del Mar Crest and Beach

Our Walk:  7:45a   A 5-mile loop; sea level to 360′ with canyons, crest and sand this hike has a variety of landscapes.  This is a moderate trail.

The Route:  Start off at the north end of the Del Mar Scenic Parkway, where the Torrey Pines State Park Natural Reserve Extension sign is.  Follow the bottom of the ravine (Trail B). After 1/2 mile arrive at the end of Mar Scenic Drive.  Keep straight (north) for two blocks, turn left on busy Del Mar Heights Rd and go one short block to reach a traffic signal .7 mile into the hike. Cross DM Heights and pick up Crest Way heading north.  Crest Way/Rd follows the rim of Crest Canyon. Continue being careful of cars. Lots of beautiful architecture and landscape including Torrey Pines.  At 1.4 miles find stone benches with a view. Continue on and make a sharp left at 15th Street.  Descend to Camino Del Mar (PCH 101). Here there are places to stop for a break.  Continue down to Seagrove and Powerhouse Parks (2.5 miles from the start) where you cautiously cross the railroad tracks and reach the beach. Go south along the coastline for 1.6 miles of sand (keep away from the bluffs).  At a little over 4 miles from your start turn inland under the Camino Del Mar Bridge to reach a parking lot for Torrey Pines State Beach.  Walk out to the parking lot entrance on Carmel Valley Road, cross over to the other side and keep going up the sidewalk to DM Scenic Pkwy.  Walk to out cars at the end of the street.

Directions:  Exit I-5 at Carmel Valley Road (Exit 33) in Del Mar.  Drive 1.1 miles west to Del Mar Scenic Parkway on the right, directly across from the Torrey Pines State Beach entrance.  Proceed to the end of that street, where curbside parking is available.

Bring: Water, snacks, hiking poles, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen and a completed 2023 Medical Form  (at bottom of this web page) We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer.

Dogs:  No

Rain:  We will not walk if it’s raining

Restrooms:  None at the trailhead.  Along the route there are small shopping plazas within the first two miles, water and restrooms at Powerhouse Park and Torrey Pines State Beach.

Children / Strollers:  no

Wheelchairs: no

Led by:  Larraine Mariano & Bob Bergstedt

Sept 9: Walk Coast to Crest 1st Segment

Ocean to San Dieguito Lagoon Staging Area – details under construction

5.6 miles

Coast to Crest Full Map HERE

This Hike’s Map: HERE

San Diego River Park: Trail Maps  Rules

BRING: Lots of water, snacks, sturdy shoes/hiking boots, hiking poles are helpful, hat, sunscreen and a completed 2023 Medical Form  (at bottom of this web page) We will have blank forms on hand if you don’t have a printer.

DOGS:  Leashed dogs are welcomed. Details


RAIN: We will still hike only if rain is light

Parking Directions for Coast to Crest Trail at San Dieguito Lagoon San Dieguito Lagoon 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.

ADA portable toilet available.

Trailhead Parking Del Mar

From I-5, exit Via de la Valle. Go west on Via de la Valle. Turn left on Jimmy Durante Blvd. and pass the Del Mar Fairgrounds. After the bridge over the San Dieguito River, turn left at the roundabout onto San Dieguito Dr. Immediately turn left into the parking lot.

Trail Access: Use the sidewalk to cross the bridge back to the north side of the river. The San Dieguito Lagoon Boardwalk is the first trail on the right, and the Coast to Crest Trail is immediately following on the right.

Notes: Pre-pay at the machine 8am – 8pm.

Access to River Path Del Mar is directly from the parking area.

No facilities.

October 7: Torrey Pines Hike

TIME:  Meet us Saturday, October 7 at 7:45am

OUR HIKE:   We’ll start at Torrey Pines Glider Port (beautiful!) 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 Natural Reserve.  We’ll take in the views from South Fork Overlook, Broken Hill Trail, Flat Rock (at the beach),  Yucca Point, and Razor Point.  The hike will be 2.5 miles each way near the road and approximately 3 miles of trails for an approximately 8 mile hike and will take about 4 hours.


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 area with free parking at the end of the street at the Torrey Pines Glider Port.

RAIN: we will still hike only if it’s light rain


  • 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

Oct 14: Walk San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

Saturday, October 14 at 7:45am


San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is one of the few remaining coastal wetlands in San Diego County and is home to many plants and animals and is especially known for it’s rare and migratory birds (bring your binoculars!). The whole trail is about 7.5 miles round trip and 3 hours. *The distance we go is up to you!

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


La Orilla Trailhead, 16398 El Camino Real, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091  MAP

PARKING:  Limited parking – consider carpooling

From Encinitas Blvd:

To get to the trailhead 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 Drive:

To get to the trailhead 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.

RAIN: We will NOT walk if it is raining.


ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABLED:  Not appropriate for wheelchairs.

CHILDREN AND STROLLERS: Yes (some can be done pushing a stroller)

WHAT TO BRING: Water, snacks, sturdy shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and wear sunscreen and dress in layers. Cameras and binoculars are optional but great fun!  If you haven’t provided a 2023 Medical Form, or your information has changed, please bring one (found at the bottom of this webpage).  If you don’t have a printer come 15 minutes early and we’ll have forms there.

DOGS:  OK on 6′ leash.

LED BY:  Bob Bergstedt and Larraine Mariano

WEBSITE:  SanElijo.org


November 5: Potato Chip Rock Hike at Mt. Woodson

Details Pending

Saturday, November 5, 7:45am

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.

Per website: “The Mt. Woodson trailhead is located on the east side of Lake Poway. Beginning from the Lake Poway Staging area, the hike to the Mt. Woodson Summit is an extremely challenging 2,000 foot climb in elevation. This 8 mile round trip hike may take 3 to 4 hours on average and is only recommended for experienced hikers looking for a strenuous workout.”

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 

Rain:  We will still hike if it’s raining

What to bring:  See list at bottom of this webpage

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

Led by: Orville Stanton

Nov 11: Walk


Torrey Pines Extension Flyer

Outdoor Adventure Leaders

Orville Stanton

OA Pastor

Larraine Mariano

OA Walking, Camping

Craig Dunn

OA Backpacking, Camping, Hiking

Mike Berrier

OA Backpacking

Peter Booth

OA Walking

Robert Bergstedt

OA Walking

CORE Ministry: 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 sent out one to two weeks ahead of time.

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

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: