What we're about

This group is for Catholics who love to hike, camp, kayak and take trips to explore the outdoors. Non-Catholics who are interested in learning about the faith are also welcome!

My hope for this meetup is to develop a group of Catholic friends who like to do outdoor stuff - a group who knows each other and possibly does other things together outside of Meetup, such as Mass, etc. When we have overnight trips, priority will be given to members who have attended events previously.

Some activities I have in mind are hikes around San Diego county, trips to national parks, kayaking in Catalina and the Channel Islands, snow skiing if there is interest.

If you like to plan hikes or trips yourself, I will make you an events organizer after meeting you on at least one of our meetups. You will then be able to post events for the group.

It should go without saying but....

This is a Catholic group, so all conduct and posted events must be in accord with Church teaching and Catholic morality. Some examples of what I mean:

• Responsible use of alcoholic beverages.

• Clean jokes - no offensive or lewd humor

• Respect the Church, the papacy and all holy things.

I welcome your suggestions for the group and look forward to meeting you!

Upcoming events (3)

Penasquitos Canyon hike and optional dinner

Penasquitos Canyon Trail Head

The hike: easy and flat but nonetheless a beautiful trail that runs along the creek and offers lots of greenery. After about 3 miles there is a small waterfall. Total about 6 miles. We meet at the trailhead at 4:00 pm and leave at 4:15. NOTE: There are multiple parking areas and trailheads. Be sure you come to the right one to meet the group! We will meet at the end of Canyonside Park Driveway near the Ranger Office. Please see the picture of the map. Click on this link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Penasquitos+Canyon+Trail+Head/@32.9399486,-117.1366462,17z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x80dbf853ac0ac059:0x3e8ac989379b3fe5!2sPenasquitos+Canyon+trail-head+(south-east)!8m2!3d32.9384584!4d-117.1297905!3m4!1s0x80dbf9801465fd15:0x7e973fdf95884e20!8m2!3d32.9402046!4d-117.1355981 Park there, then walk to the end of the Canyonside Park Driveway to the Ranger office and bathrooms. Afterward the hike, join us for dinner or a beer at Islands in Mira Mesa. The choice of restaurant is not set in stone if the group prefers something else. :-) What to bring/wear: If you like to hike in tennis shoes, they will be sufficient for this hike. You may want to wear long pants because there is poison oak on this trail. Contact me with questions.

4th of July Camping Trip near Mammoth Lakes



Join us for a 3-night camping and hiking trip in the Eastern Sierras this 4th of July weekend! PLEASE, PLEASE READ ALL THE DETAILS AND SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE SIGNING UP. Quick Trip Summary: Dates: July 4 - 7, 2019 Campground: Sherwin Creek. Vault toilets, water spigots, showers in surrounding area. Activities: Moderate hikes 3-8 miles each, campfire, possible stop at Mammoth Lakes for dinner. Cost: $33 for one person (small tent); $66 for two (large tent). DETAILS The Dates and Itinerary July 4 - travel day. Check-in time at the campground is after 2 pm. Travel time from San Diego is about 7 hours but remember to allow for LA traffic. Those who arrive early enough could do a short hike in the area before sunset. July 5 and 6 - hiking days. We will hike moderate trails in the area, returning to our campsite each evening. Exact hikes will be determined when we arrive or just before, and will depend on how much snow is left at higher elevations. Yes, you will most likely see some snow on the hikes! See below for hike options. Some lakes have kayak and SUP rentals, so a short paddle around an alpine lake is also an option if the group is interested. July 7 - check out by 12 pm and drive home. Hike Time: I know that some people are up at 6 am and on the trail at 8. This is not me!! We usually get up at leisure and get ready to go around 10. It still leaves plenty of time to hike for the day. Mass: No Mass as a group - please plan to attend on your way back (plenty of afternoon options in LA) or in Mammoth Lakes at 8 am on Sunday morning. The Campground: Sherwin Creek, located at 7,600 feet, about 2.5 miles from Mammoth Lakes. Campground access is via 1.5 miles on a two-lane gravel road. 4 wheel drive is not required to get there. Facilities: Vault toilets and water spigots. No flush toilets or showers, but plenty of showers available in the surrounding area for about $5. I will let you know where the closest showers are closer to the trip. Carpooling: We are allowed 6 cars total, so carpooling is recommended. Please post in the comments if you'd like to carpool with other members. Hike Options (see attached photos!) All the hikes in the area have some elevation gain, even the easy ones. We will be hiking easy(ish) to moderate trails. We may have a couple different groups doing different trails depending on everyone's desires and abilities. Little Lakes Valley - 7 miles, about 1000 feet elevation gain This is considered one of the best moderate hikes in the area. Twenty Lakes Basin - 6-8 miles, about 800 feet elevation gain. Located near the eastern entrance to Yosemite, this hike includes the option of a water taxi across the lake to cut down on mileage. Plus, it's fun! Sherwin Lakes Trail - 4.5 miles, 900 feet elevation gain. Located close to our campground and would make a good option for early arrivals on Thursday night. Crystal Lakes Trail - 3 miles, 800 feet elevation gain. Highly rated short hike. There are others, but I can't post them all here. Cost: $33 for one person in a SMALL (1-2 person) tent, no larger than 5'x7'. $66 for two people in a larger (4-6 person) tent, or for one person with a large tent. More than two people - contact me for availability. Price includes second vehicle fee (we are all sharing this $21 total fee) and firewood. ********NO REFUNDS UNLESS TRIP IS CANCELLED. PLEASE GET ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED BEFORE YOU PAY.******** Sign up directions - two ways: 1. Pay on this website to sign up. Meetup charges a fee to pay, so the cost is $36 or $72. 2. To save the fees, or if you want to bring more than 1 guest, you may pay me via PayPal. Contact me for directions. After you pay, I will add you to the trip. Additional details (what to bring, food, etc) will be emailed to the group closer to the trip. If you are new to camping, feel free to email me, and I'll be happy to provide some tips about what to bring and to expect.

Labor Day camping, kayaking and sea caves on Santa Cruz Island

Channel Islands Kayak Center


Santa Cruz Island is part of the Channel Islands National Park, an hour boat ride from Oxnard/Ventura near LA. It's the best spot in Southern California to kayak and explore its many sea caves! PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE TRIP DESCRIPTION AND SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS. QUICK SUMMARY Dates: Labor Day Weekend - Aug 31 - Sep 2, 2019 Location: Oxnard, about 3 hours from San Diego Camping: Scorpion Anchorage campground located on Santa Cruz island. Facilities: Pit toilets and water. No showers or flush toilets Activities: Sea kayaking, exploring sea caves, hiking on the island Cost: $189 (includes camping, boat ride, kayak rental) DETAILS We meet at the Channel Island Kayak Center in Oxnard at around 11 am on Saturday, Aug 31 to get our kayaks and catch the 12 pm boat to the island. The boat ride takes about an hour. When we get to the island, we hike half a mile to our campground where we drop off our camping gear and return back to the pier for some kayaking. We will spend the afternoon kayaking around and checking out the sea caves. Snorkeling is also an option. In the evening, we will return to our campground, set up camp, have dinner and socialize. Sunday we pack our lunches for a full day of kayaking and exploring more sea caves. I plan to paddle to Potato Harbor and back, which is about 6 miles total. We might split into two groups if some people want to go faster or slower. In the evening we may take a hike on the island. See below for hiking trails. Monday we pack up camp and have time for more kayaking, hiking, or just relaxing on the island. The boat leaves at 4 pm, and we should be back in Oxnard around 5 or 5:30. HIKING TRAILS Cavern Point - short (under 2 miles round trip) known for its sunset views. Potato Harbor - 5 miles with coastal views SKILL LEVEL This is a relaxing trip, but this should not be your first time in a kayak. NO PADDLING INSTRUCTION PROVIDED. The ocean is usually calm this time of year, but you should be able to kayak in the ocean in windy conditions. Wind often picks up in the afternoon. All sea caves are optional. GEAR Included in the trip is a single sit-on-top kayak, paddle and a helmet - important if you enter sea caves. If you prefer a tandem kayak (2-person), let me know. Depending on availability, I can adjust my current reservation. The price per person will be lower, but only slightly. SEA CAVES The coolest thing about this island is the many sea caves accessible by kayak. Some are small and too dangerous to enter without a guide, but some are large and can be explored by anyone. Please know your abilities before choosing to enter any sea cave! CARPOOLING If you'd like to carpool, please post in the comments to arrange with other members. MASS There is no Mass access on this remote island on Sunday, so your obligation to attend Mass that day is dispensed. COST The total cost is $189. The breakdown is as follows: Round trip boat ride - $79 Kayak rental - $91 (includes tax) Kayak transfer fee - $19 Camping fee - FREE (I will cover this cost) NO REDUNDS UNLESS TRIP IS CANCELLED. PLEASE BE SURE YOU CAN COME BEFORE SIGNING UP. TO SIGN UP 1. Sign up here. You may bring one guest. 2. Send me a message with your email address. 3. I will send you a PayPal payment request and instructions. 4. You must pay within 3 days to hold your spot. If I don't receive your payment, I will move you to not attending. Lots of additional details will be provided before the trip. Please reach out with any questions.

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Iron Mountain hike/optional dinner

Iron Mountain

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