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2023 Calendar

Here is what we are planning for 2023
 
2023 HIKES – 1st Saturdays

Jan 7:  Hike from Sikes Adobe along Lake Hodges on to San Pasqual Valley Staging Area. A one way hike for 10.25 miles

Feb 4:  Hike Pamo Valley and Upper Santa Ysabel to Lake Sunderland. A one way hike for 11.5 miles

Mar 4:  Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve East to Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve. A one way hike for 7.4 miles

Apr 1: Santa Margarita River Trail
May 6: Daley Ranch
Jun 3: Elfin Forest
Jul 1: Double Peak
Aug 5: Moonlight Beach to Fletcher Cove and back
Oct 7: Torrey Pines
Nov 4: Potato Chip Rock at Mt. Woodson

2023 WALKS – 2nd Saturdays

Jan 14: Discovery Hills
Feb 11: Guajome Regional Park
Mar 11: Calaveras Hills
Apr: Easter Weekend no walk (join us 4/9 at Ponto Beach for the Sunrise Service)
May 13: North Torrey Pines Beach
Jun 10: Oceanside Harbor Sunset Walk
Jul 8: Torrey Pines State National Reserve
Aug 12: Del Mar Crest and Beach
Sep 9: Coast to Coast, Solana Beach
Oct 14: San Elijo
Nov 11: Torrey Pines Extension

2023 CAMPING

Feb 17 – 20:  Presidents Weekend: Agua Caliente (tent campsites reserved, no cabins available – maybe check nearby)
May 26-29:  Memorial Weekend: Idyllwild (tent campsites reserved).
Idyllwild: Not a tent camper: other options:
Jun 23 – 25:  Lake Mary, Mammoth (pending reservations) see backpacking option below
Sep 01-04:  Labor Day Weekend: Refugio State Beach (pending reservations)
 

2023 BACKPACKING

Mar 24 – 26: Channel Islands National Park, Smugglers Cove West to East – Craig Dunn, leader (beginner)
Jun 9 – 11: San Gorgonio, Nine Peaks (tentative) Craig Dunn, leader (moderate to extreme)
Jun 24 -27:  Mammoth Minerets see Camping option above, Mike Berrier leader (moderate)
 

2023 TRAININGS

Date TBD: Wilderness First Aid
Date TBD: Backpacking for Beginners

 

 
 

January 2023

Jan 7: HIKE Coast to Crest - Sikes Adobe to San Pasqual
OUR HIKE: Saturday, January 7, meet at 7:45am, we’ll begin hiking at 8:00am sharp. Hike goes  from Sikes Adobe along Lake Hodges on to San Pasqual Valley Staging Area. A one way hike for 10.25 miles. We will park a few cars at the end and give rides back to Sikes.

Address: 12655 Sunset Dr. Escondido, CA

Directions from Carlsbad:  Go East on Palomar Airport Road. Continue on as it becomes San Marcos Blvd.  Merge on to CA-78 E.  Exit 17A to merge onto I-15 S toward San Diego.  exit Via Rancho Pkwy, turn right onto Via Rancho Pkwy, turn right onto Sunset Dr. (1st traffic light from northbound I-15; 2nd traffic light from southbound I-15), turn left into the Sikes Adobe Staging Area (dirt parking lot past the driving range), or park along the street.

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 2022 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:   at Sikes Adobe

RAIN: We will still hike only if rain is light

LED BY:  Orville Stanton

 
Jan 14: WALK Discovery Hills
Discovery Hills Walk – details pending

Saturday, January 14, 8:00a (come 15 minutes early)

Our Walk: 3 to 4 mile loop

DIRECTIONS:  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:  Larraine Mariano and Bob Bergsted

February 2023

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. Hike goes from San Pasqual Valley Staging Area – details pending

Address: 

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 2022 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:

RAIN: We will still hike only if rain is light

LED BY:  Orville Stanton

 
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. 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,  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 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:  Bob Bergstedt and Larraine Mariano

Website with details and pictures:  HERE

Brochure with map:  HERE

 

FEB 17 - Feb 20: Agua Caliente Camping Trip

Presidents Day Weekend at Agua Caliente

Friday, February 17 – Monday, February 20

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.

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

Map to Agua Caliente and of Campground: 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

Activities: HERE

Park Rules (including dogs): HERE

Bring:  See the Car Camper Checklist on our website or at the Orientation Meeting.

Leaders:

March 2023 – under construction

March 4: HIKE Coast to Crest - Last segment!
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

Address: 

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

RESTROOMS:

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: 3000 Guajome Lake Road, Oceanside, CA 92057  MAP

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

Carlsbad websiteHERE

Carlsbad Map: HERE

Led by:  Bob Bergstedt and Larraine Mariano

April 2023 – under construction

March 4: HIKE Coast to Crest - Last segment!
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

Address: 

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

RESTROOMS:

RAIN: We will still hike only if rain is light

LED BY:  Orville Stanton

 
April 8: No Walk - Join us on April 9 at Ponto Beach Sunrise Service
May 26 - May 29: Idyllwild Camping Trip

pending

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
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Essentials 1-5:  Protection from the sun, Illumination, Navigation, Hydration and Nutrition

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Essential 6:  Insulation

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Essential 7- 10:  Medication (first aid supplies), Incineration (Fire – Waterproof matches), Fabrication (Repair kit and tools), Protection (Emergency shelter).

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Clothing layers with boots and socks

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Other important things beyond the ten essentials to consider: hiking poles, supplies for Bio brakes (trowel, toilet paper, wipes and bags to carry off used paper), and a bandanna.

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Backpack with all the gear plus 2 liters of water. It weighs out at 15 lbs. I used my regular backpacking pack as my daypack, gained a few lbs, because I don’t have a 30 liter pack anymore only the 54 liter one.

Gear and Essentials Info from REI

Backpacking Checklist

Backpacking for Beginners

Day Packs

Hiking Boots

Trekking Poles

Headlamps

The 10 Essentials

More Tips
Sleeping Tips

What to bring

Keeping cool

Camping mattress review

How to Minimize Your Footprint

Taking Your Kids Camping and Hiking

MORE:

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