What we're about

This hiking group is for people who like to undertake challenging hikes and climbs in and around the Coachella Valley, as well as all of Southern California and the Sierras. We hike Mt. San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Baldy and Mt. Shasta, just to name a few. Our hikes range from approximately 10-20 miles and may gain at least 2000 feet to over 10,000 feet of elevation. Our hikes are moderate to very strenuous. Some of our hikes include Skyline, Cactus to Clouds, Vivian Creek, South Fork and routes on Baldy. We also do a good bit of mountaineering and go to the summits of San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Mt. Baldy and Mt. Shasta in the snow or ice using crampons, ice axes and full on winter gear. In addition, there are many desert hikes that we do in the winter, such as Jo Pond and the Guadalupe to Sugarloaf, as well as Painted Canyon in Mecca and many trails in Joshua Tree National Park. Our hikes typically last at least 6-15 hours and require preparation and care. Join this group if you love the outdoors, adventure, challenging hikes or climbs, intense workouts in nature, unpredictable weather and wonderful camaraderie with other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. We also welcome hike organizers, so if you are interested in leading your favorite hikes, we would love to have you join our leadership team.

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***SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON ADVENTURE***

KINGS CANYON VISITOR CENTER

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION PRIOR TO SIGNING UP. This is a 4-day and 3-night car-camping, day-hiking adventure to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park. GROUP CAMPSITE ***TENTS ONLY*** Day-hiking and returning to camp each evening. SUNSET CAMPGROUND (6500') in Grant Grove. This is a beautiful campground within walking distance to the Kings Canyon Visitor Center that has lots of amenities. Including a market, gift shop, restaurant, and hoping the showers are reopened for 2019. This campground is always FULL and was closed during the 2017 season due to tree hazards from the Rough Fire in 2015. This is an amazing area of California full of Sequoia and Redwood trees that take your breath away! Temperatures this time of year normally run around 70-80F during the day and cool off at night to 50-60F. The group camp has a FIRE PIT and three PICNIC TABLES. Dead and downed wood may be used for campfires. The campground has flush toilets nearby. *Campfires will depend on current Fire Restrictions*. Online maps do not direct you to the campground correctly! You must follow the signs in the park or from Kings Canyon Visitor Center. (SATURDAY) MEET @ NOON at campsite in SUNSET CAMPGROUND in the Grant Grove area to setup camp. BEAR LOCKERS are available at the campsites. CAMPSITE INFO WILL BE GIVEN TO ATTENDEES ONLY. 2PM Sunset Trail to Grant Grove Trail & General Grant Tree leisurely hike from camp (3-4 miles r/t) 5PM Grant Grove Restaurant for dinner or in camp, your choice! (SUNDAY) ALTA PEAK HIKE (11,200') 14MI R/T 3900' ELEV GAIN (7-9 Hrs). DEPART CAMP @ 6AM (one hour drive to the TH). Return to camp for dinner and relaxation. (MONDAY) REDWOOD MOUNTAIN (6430') LOOP 10MI R/T 650' ELEV GAIN (5-6 Hrs). DEPART CAMP @ 8AM (20 min drive to the TH). Return to camp for dinner and relaxation. (TUESDAY) Breakdown camp and head for home! ***MAX 24 CAMPERS*** THE EVENT COST IS $10 PER PERSON. Payable via PayPal to [masked]. PAYABLE WITHIN 24HRS ONCE YOU ARE ACCEPTED ON THE "GOING" list. NO EXCEPTIONS. NO REFUNDS. I reserve the right to accept individuals whose ability I am familiar with and confident in for the safety of the group. ***NO PLUS 1'S or GUESTS and NO DOGS*** If you would like to join please answer the questions upon RSVP. You must have a completed profile with your photo and hiking history. If you don't see the questions, send me a private message. Chronic non-attenders, double-bookers and no-shows, don't sign-up. THE TEN ESSENTIALS ARE ALWAYS REQUIRED! You must provide all of your own camping supplies and hiking gear! *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up for this event, you acknowledge and agree hiking can be dangerous and life threatening. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. Including participation in carpools. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to carpool, camp, hike, tour with me and fellow attendees. SEVERE WEATHER and/or UNSAFE CONDITIONS MAY CANCEL THIS EVENT. "And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul." John Muir

***9 PEAK CHALLENGE LOOP***

South Fork Trail 1E04

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION PRIOR TO SIGNING UP! *BACKPACKING WITH CAR SHUTTLE REQUIRED* STRENUOUS & ADVANCED EVENT! This is a two-night backpack that requires a CAR SHUTTLE! Please only RSVP "YES" if you are conditioned for the challenge! *30 MILES & 7000' GAIN/LOSS WHICH INCLUDES OFF-TRAIL SUMMITS. ALL MILEAGE AND GAIN/LOSS IS APPROXIMATE* It will be important to keep your pack weight down to complete this loop comfortably. This is a good year with water flowing at all springs and Dry Lake full! AUG 31 @ 6am MEET @ SOUTH FORK TRAIL PARKING LOT (ADVENTURE PASS REQUIRED). WE WILL LEAVE AS MANY VEHICLES HERE AS POSSIBLE. PICK-UPS or HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLES WOULD BE PREFERRED TO USE AS SHUTTLE VEHICLES to 1W07 (it's currently in very rough shape). NO ADVENTURE PASS IS REQUIRED AT SAN BERNARDINO TRAILHEAD. SAN BERNARDINO TRAIL to ANDERSON FLAT CAMPGROUND @ 10,500' (12 MI & 5000' GAIN) WATER IS AVAILABLE @ LIMBER PINE SPRING (6.5 MI) and TRAIL FORK SPRING (12 MI (1/2 MI FROM CAMP)). San Bernardino Peak (10,649'), San Bernardino East Peak (10,691'), Anderson Peak (10,840'). SEPT 1 @ 7am ANDERSON FLAT to DRY LAKE @ 9000' (13 MI & 1700' GAIN & 2500' LOSS.) Shields Peak (10,680'), Alto Diablo (10,563'), Charlton Peak (10,806'), Little Charlton Peak (10,696'), Jepson Peak (11,205'), San Gorgonio Mountain (11,503'). DESCEND via Sky High Trail to Dry Lake for the night. SEPT 2 @ 9am DEPART CAMP to SOUTH FORK TH (5.5 MI & 2200' LOSS). Shuttle drivers will be returned to their vehicles parked at San Bernardino TH. ALL BACKPACKING and hiking gear, food, hydration, BEAR CANISTER, WATER FILTER, and the TEN ESSENTIALS are required! THIS IS A JOURNEY NOT A RACE. My average pace is approx 2mph ascending and 3mph descending. I enjoy stopping for photo ops and FUN! *Experienced Backpackers Only* If you would like to join me, answer the questions upon RSVP. You must have a completed profile with a photo of yourself and hiking history. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPPLYING ALL OF YOUR OWN GEAR AND FOOD. ***BEAR CANISTERS & WATER FILTERS ARE MANDATORY*** NO PLUS 1'S, NO GUESTS, NO DOGS ***10 BACKPACKERS*** *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up "Yes" for this hike, you acknowledge and agree that hiking and backpacking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL GUIDE OR HIKER. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. I reserve the right to accept or deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. BAD WEATHER OR UNSAFE CONDITIONS WILL CANCEL EVENT. "Going to the mountains is going home" John Muir

High Sierra Trail (HST) - ADVANCED/MULTI DAY Backpacking

ADVANCED 5 day/4 night BACKPACKING The High Sierra Trail covers 72.2 miles of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Commonly referred to "Sierra Nevada Traverse" The trail starts at Crescent Meadows TH in Sequoia NP and ends at Mount Whitney in Inyo NP. This is planned as a 5 day/4 night trip Entry: 9/13/19 Exit: 9/17/19 High miles and fast paced. MUST know your limits!! Interested in joining me and a friend, please send me a private message to answer the following: 1. What are your last 3 backpacking trips with distance, elevation, and approx. pace? 2. There are many logistics to this trip, which I have organized. There is a good amount of cost share for this trip. You must be willing to contribute equally to the cost of fuel, rental car, shuttle, etc. (approx cost $100 each) Confirm you understand and accept this. 3. Confirm you have all your own equipment for this trip I reserve the right to add people based on experience and ability. This is a wait list only event. I will manually add those accepted to join. **potentially two (2) permits available Specific details will be shared once added. I will send those added a Venmo link (after successful response to all questions above) for payment of Approx cost above. - Rental Car - Shuttle to Lodgepole - Camping fee for 9/12 - Shared Fuel Refund of unused funds will be refunded within 5 days post trip. https://socalhiker.net/overview-of-the-high-sierra-trail/ https://www.backpacker.com/trips/the-20-best-backcountry-lakes-precipice-lake **If you are asking what the HST is, please do not sign up.

***SANTA ROSA ISLAND***

Island Packers Cruises

Please read the entire description of the event prior to signing up! THREE DAYS and TWO NIGHTS on the beautiful Channel Island of SANTA ROSA. Santa Rosa Island became part of Channel Islands National Park in 1980. It is the second largest island in the park. It was primarily used for sheep ranching when privately owned. It also has a population of close to one thousand Torrey pines, which remain an endangered species. LET'S EXPLORE THIS BEAUTIFUL DESTINATION! Even better... limited people allowed on the island! The temperatures in September range a low of 45F to 85F. The island environment is extremely fragile! It is necessary for everyone to read all of the information with regards to what you are allowed to transport on the ferry and to the island. I expect our group to be aware of and follow the regulations. https://www.nps.gov/chis/learn/management/lawsandpolicies.htm We will travel with Island Packers Cruises to the island Saturday morning @ 8am. Check-in time is 7am and we will meet as a group @ 630am in the parking area. Return from the island will be Monday @ 3pm. You are responsible for securing your own passage. The round trip fare is $114. I have put their link below. Seats do become limited. You require the “camping” fare for Sept 21st departure @ 8am and return Sept 23rd @ 3pm. Please be sure to read all the rules and regulations with regards to the boat trip. If your gear, water etc... is not properly prepared per instruction, you will be unable to board. THE BOAT CROSSING IS A ROUGH 3 HR RIDE! Please be prepared for CHOPPY, WINDY conditions! Please do NOT sign up if this will be a problem for you! This is NO Catalina Express trip! https://islandpackers.com/santa-rosa-island-2/ Saturday, once on the island, we will be camping (tents only) at the campground in Water Canyon, that is located 1.5 miles from the pier. You will be carrying your gear to this spot. Therefore treat this as a backpacking event. You are required to have all of your own food and gear for your entire stay! There are NO food services on the island! There is potable water, toilets, small shelters, picnic tables and fox boxes at the campground. The fox boxes are very small! Therefore BEAR CANISTERS are MANDATORY! The foxes and rodents are plentiful here! ALL FOOD AND SCENTED ITEMS MUST BE CONTAINED and kept in the boxes! NO CAMPFIRES. NO SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS AND NO REUSED CARDBOARD. YOU ALSO PACK OUT ALL OF YOUR OWN TRASH! Once setup in camp we will hike to Black Mountain (7 mi r/t). Then return to camp for the evening. SUNDAY WILL BE A LONG ADVENTURE DAY! Be prepared with all of your food, water, hiking gear and beach amenities! We will depart camp at 7am to Lobo Canyon and some beach therapy! Then continue on to Soldedad Peak. The day will be approximately 24 miles and expect to return in the dark. MONDAY we will depart camp at 7am for the Torrey Pines Loop (6 mi r/t). Return to the campground to pack-up and head for the pier @ 1pm. We must be at the pier no later than 2pm for boarding. If you would like to join me, please answer the questions when signing up to the waitlist. I reserve the right to accept or deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. You must have a completed profile, including a photograph of YOURSELF, and hiking history. Chronic non-attenders, no-shows or double bookers will not be given priority. ***15 Backpackers Only*** The campsite fee is $10 per person. Due at the time you are added to the “Going” list. Via PayPal or Zelle to [masked] At that time you are advised to schedule your boat passage as well, so you are guaranteed transportation. *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up "Yes" for this hike, you acknowledge and agree that this event can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL GUIDES OR HIKERS. THIS IS SIMPLY AN INVITATION TO HIKE WITH US AND FELLOW HIKERS. Extreme conditions may cancel this event.

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