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The intent for this hike is to get back to the outdoors. This overnight trip is a 5.5 mile hike to Ray's Camp in the South Los Padres National Forest (Santa Barbara County). The trail is relatively flat and meanders along the Manzana Creek (creek crossings) with partial to no shade along the trail. The trailhead is located at the Nira Campground, which is a 2+ hour drive from San Luis Obispo. I've provided some web links for further information. Please note, this hike will require a fee to park overnight (carpooling recommended). Nira Campground sites available for reservations. If there is an interest to stay Friday night for an easy morning start, please let me know. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lpnf/recarea/?recid=11130 It's been a couple of years since I've been on this trail and I've always been struck by the beauty of this valley. For those of you who RSVP for this hike, please allow at least one weeks notice for cancellation. This will allow others on the wait list to prepare for the trip. Please note, at the time of this posting, Nira Campground is closed until September 30 and may be subject to closure if current closure order is extended. Cheers!
Monday evening hike up Cerro San Luis Obispo (Madonna). One of many ways to condition for backpacking trips. Afterwards we'll saunter over to downtown SLO to celebrate our accomplishment and discuss upcoming and past backpacking trips. Please remember to bring a headlamp/flashlight for the trip down.
Time for another go round at Joshua Tree • What we'll do Backpacking, Hiking and Bouldering Joshua Tree Drive time from San Luis Obispo to Joshua Tree = 6 hr. Friday: leave SLO between Noon to 5PM for the Boy Scout Trail-Head; Arrival time will be between 6pm to 11pm (+/-) Once at the trail-head, we will night hike approximately 1.5 miles from the trail-head, please note dispersed camping is allowed a distance of 1 mile from the trailhead. Saturday: A morning day hike through a Wonderland of Rock to Willow Hole, an oasis in the desert. Approximately 5 miles round-trip, followed by a short exploratory hike in the afternoon. Sunday: Morning break camp and hike back to trailhead. With the intent of doing another day hike in the park before returning to SLO. Special note: It is desert hiking and depending on the temperatures the park recommends having on hand a minimum of (1) gallon of water per person, per day. Historical Temperatures High/Low = 80's/50's Expected cost to include transportation and park entrance fee. Please message me with all questions. • What to bring Backpacking gear and meals for (2) days Day pack for day hikes. Gloves for bouldering and scrambling. • Important to know Water is unavailable within the park, we have to carry in all necessary water. Expect the hike to be in full sun. Use of sunscreen and headwear is necessary.