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June 10: WALK Oceanside Harbor at Sunset (new time!)
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, cross Pacific Street to stop at the famous Top Gun house (now an Aviation-themed retro pie shop called “The High Pie.” Stop for about 14 minutes. Walkers may turn around at this point. The rest of the group will continue walking South on Pacific Street, turn right on Wisconsin to the Strand going North to return to the Harbor. We may possibly walk on beach sand, there are some areas to rinse your feet by the restrooms located on the Strand. 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. There are places to sit and to eat along the Strand.
Sign-in at 4:45 pm for the 5:00 pm walk. A 6 mile loop. It will be cooler at that time and we’ll enjoy more of the sunset! (We moved it earlier to have more daylight)
Address: Oceanside Harbor Parking Lot Number 3: Near this building: 1850 Harbor Drive N., Oceanside, CA 92054
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 to the Oc Harbor Parking Lot Number 3.
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: Available public restrooms (1) at the Harbor and (3) at the Strand (clean and many stalls).
Led by: Larraine Mariano
July 1: 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: 6.25 Miles, 2.45 hours
Arrive at: 11:15a if you need to fill out a 2023 medical form
Arrive at: 11:30a for the hike
Distance: 6.00 miles, 2.5 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
DIRECTIONS FROM CARLSBAD
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.
DISABLED PERSONS / 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 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
DALEY RANCH WEBSITE: HERE
July 8: WALK Torrey Pines St. Park Nat'l Reserve
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.
HIKING SAFETY TIPS: HERE
WHEELCHAIRS or STROLLERS: no
TORREY PINES RESERVE: www.torreypine.org
WALK LEADERS: Larraine Mariano and Bob Bergstedt
August 26 - 29: Backpacking Trip - details pending
Go along on the OA hikes and maybe some on your own with your backpack to prepare for this trip. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the first notice list.
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.
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
Led by: Larraine Mariano & Bob Bergstedt
Sept 1 - 4: Camp Labor Day Weekend - Big Bear - details pending
Big Bear Pineknot
Friday, Sept 1, check-in starts at ___ until Monday Sept 4, check-out by ___
OUR PLANNED CAMPING EXPERIENCE:
ORIENTATION MEETING: Sunday, August 20, 12:30pm, Room C-105. Important meeting to come meet the other campers, talk about gear, plans, campsite assignments, and get any questions answered.
TENT CAMPING REGISTRATION: $____ per adult, $____ for children 3 and up (nonrefundable) and covers the shared campsites. Bring your own gear, food, etc. REGISTRATION PENDING
CABINS: There are no cabins at the campground but for local cabins for you to rent: airbnb.com and vrbo.com options.
THINGS TO BRING CAR CAMPING:
- 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.
- No pets allowed on our campsites (except service dogs)
- You may come up for the day (no need to register).
- No alcoholic beverages or marijuana at our campsites.
- No cohabitation or shared campsites for unmarried campers.
- If you must smoke, please be considerate of other campers and the environment.
- 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.
EXPLORE IN ADVANCE:
Orville Stanton, Outdoor Adventure Pastor
________, _________ Trip Leader
Terri Franklin, Admin
Sept 9: Walk Coast to Crest 1st Segment
Ocean to San Dieguito Lagoon Staging Area – details under construction
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.
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
OUR PLANNED WALK:
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
November 5: Hike Potato Chip Rock at Mt. Woodson
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 2024
Feb 16-19, 2024: CAMP Agua Caliente Trip
We’ve reserved 11 campsites at Agua Caliente Campground.for Presidents Weekend 2024
Here is the link if you want to find cabins or reserve RV sites: HERE
More details and registration coming later.
May 24 - 27, 2024 - Memorial Day Trip - Save the Dates
August 30 - Sept 2, 2024 - Labor Day Trip - Save the Dates
Outdoor Adventure Leaders
OA Walking, Camping
OA Backpacking, Camping, Hiking
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 email@example.com | northcoastcalvary.org/core
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
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: