What we're about

We are a group of avid hikers who enjoy spending time hiking and backpacking. We will be doing some over night trips, weekend trips and a few long distance multi-day through trips. I encourage people of all levels to join. We will be planning trips for the newbie and those who have not been backpacking in a long time.

Feel free to suggest events! I'd like the group to take on a life of its own and grow as a community, and it can only do that if its members step up and make it their own.

Attendance will be monitored and tracked closely. Please don't RSVP "Yes" unless you actually plan on coming. There is nothing worse than waiting around for someone who isn't going to show up. I understand that things come up and plans change, but please try to remember to change your RSVP in a timely manner (or at least call/text/email the event host). After 3 "No Shows", we may be forced to remove you from the group. Changing your RSVP prior to the event will not count against you as a "No Show". To reiterate, "No Show" means that your RSVP was "Yes", but you did not attend the event. The group will wait at the trailhead for up to 10 minutes, but if you haven't arrived (or at least made contact) by then, the group will start hiking without you.

A "No Show" to a Multi-Day event, will be considered a particularly egregious offense. After a single Multi-Day "No Show", your Multi-Day hiking privileges will be suspended. Multi-day hikes require more detailed planning and logistics than a single day event, so a "No Show" could greatly mess up those plans.

FACE PHOTO REQUIRED. In order to join San Diego Backpackers, you must have a RECOGNIZABLE photo of your FACE on your profile. You are subject to removal from this group without that recognizable photo.

As with most Meetups, all activities are done at your own risk. These hikes are not professionally guided, and there is no guarantee that your fellow hikers will have the training to help you if you are injured. As a member of this group, you agree to release all Organizers, Hosts, and fellow Members of any and all liability. You agree to accept any and all risk associated with any event hosted by this group.
You should always pack as if you were hiking alone, so that you will be sure you have what you need. I will not condone unsafe behavior, and those putting themselves or others at risk may be asked to leave. There is also a ZERO TOLERANCE policy against harassment. Anyone who harasses another group member in any way will not be allowed to participate in future events. It is very important that everyone feels safe and comfortable at all times.

Upcoming events (5+)

Alabama Hills - Lone Pine (Car Camping)

Needs a location

Alabama Hills - Car Camping Images of the area https://spark.adobe.com/page/jmAsODk9RCpSQ/ Miles: No official mileage. (KID FRIENDLY) Elevation Gain/loss: 200'/800 Max Elevation: 4600′ Type of Trip: Car Camping (great opportunity to test out your backpacking gear) Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Location: About 2 miles west of Lone Pine, California. ITINERARY: We will meet up in Lone Pine @ 3 pm OR SO. Then we can all caravan and find a group campsite. Setup camp and decide what we want to do. We will be driving on dirt roads. . Cross Country Hiking/Bolder Scrambling . Arch Hunting What to bring: Firewood UPDATES: Please CHECK the comments for updates. 5 Things To Do In The Alabama Hills (http://wheelingit.us/2015/04/03/5-things-to-do-in-the-alabama-hills-lone-pine-ca/) Information: The Alabama Hills attract campers, hikers, mountain bikers, and rock climbers, as well as filmmakers, who have used the scenic rock formations as the setting for numerous movies and commercials. The Alabama Hills are very hot in the summer and snow is possible in the winter. However, at any time of the year, visitors can find inclement weather in the area. The best times to visit the Alabamas are fall, winter, and spring. No matter what time of year, visitors should remember to bring water. Most of the Alabamas are accessible only by dirt roads. Some of the softer roads require four-wheel-drive capability. The main county road, Movie Road (located off Whitney Portal Road, about 2.5 miles west of Lone Pine), is maintained for passenger vehicles. Vehicle and mountain bike use is restricted to existing routes. DISCLAIMER: Hike at your own risk. Be responsible for yourself and your safety. Make good decisions. With any trip, things can change, reservations can get lost, the unexpected can happen. A go-with-the-flow attitude is always a good thing, and most importantly, let's all have fun! This is an intermediate hike. Make sure you are in good enough physical shape for the distance, elevation changes, and terrain. The hike leaders in this group aren't professional hike leaders. By signing up for these events, you agree not to hold the Meetup organizers responsible for whatever happens to you on these events. The hiking group does not certify the expertise of the organizers, the event or assistant organizers (hike leaders) and...We are NOT responsible for any possible losses or injuries.

Wind Caves -Slots (Anza Borrego Desert)

Chevron Gas Station

Intermediate Backpacking Trip (only because it's a Dry Camp) Milage: 12+ miles Some Cross country hiking. Ascent: [masked] ft Highish clearance vehicles recommended. Pictures from last year trip. https://spark.adobe.com/page/cWrkNHeoxqv2y/ Not only does this hike take in the Wind Caves, but it also offers outstanding views of the heavily eroded Carrizo Badlands to the west. These badlands look like a choppy sea with large waves frozen in place. Naturally, there is classic desert vegetation growing profusely along the trail NO WATER ON THE TRAIL ( must carry all of our water) Total milage 12 + Elevation Gain: 2000 +/- Day 1 Meet: We will meet at the Chevron Station @ 9:am 1071 Imperial Hwy, Ocotillo, CA[masked], [masked] Caravan to the trailhead @9:15am Park at the trailhead and hike about 3 miles to the windcaves and setup a basecamp. *Depending size of the group. Then hike about 2 miles to slot canyons and do some exploring. *

Yosemite - Snow Camping (Badger Pass to Dewey Point)

Needs a location

$10.00

***Snowshoes Required*** Yosemite - Snow Camping (Badger Pass to Dewey Point) Winter transforms Yosemite’s familiar landscapes; exploring in winter is like finding a whole new park. But winter is less forgiving for the wilderness traveller, and some extra precautions are in order. NOT FOR BEGINNERS (We reserve the right to deny or remove any members if they are deemed inappropriate for this trip. ) You must have previous backpack with this group before. NO EXCEPTIONS. (Join one of our other trips to qualify.) RSVP: You will be put on a waiting list, we will contact you via meetup message. If you do not respond to our message, we will go to the next person on the waiting list. RSVP will open in FEB. Trail Stats Mileage: 12-14 Miles Round Trip Trip Elevation Gain: 800 -1000 Ft Level: Moderately Terrain Type: Snow & **COLD*** Itinerary (updating soon) Rules: NO PLUS (1) Limited to 10 people $50 deposit + ($10 Fee) DO NOT PAY VIA MEETUP PAYMENT SYSTEM. I will send you a link. Snowshoe touring in Yosemite can be a magnificent experience, or it can be a disaster if certain simple preparations are ignored. Park rangers have assembled a set of suggestions which, when observed, can help ensure a safe trip even if you encounter stormy weather or unforeseen problems. DISCLAIMER: Hike at your own risk. Be responsible for yourself and your safety. Make good decisions. With any trip, things can change, reservations can get lost, the unexpected can happen. A go-with-the-flow attitude is always a good thing, and most importantly, let's all have fun! This is an intermediate hike. Make sure you are in good enough physical shape for the distance, elevation changes, and terrain. The hike leaders in this group aren't professional hike leaders. By signing up for these events, you agree not to hold the Meetup organizers responsible for whatever happens to you on these events. The hiking group does not certify the expertise of the organizers, the event or assistant organizers (hike leaders) and...We are NOT responsible for any possible losses or injuries.

Yosemite: Valley to Glacier Point via Panorama Trail (17 miles R/T)

Yosemite Valley Visitor Center

Let's take a spring trip to Yosemite National Park to do one of two itineraries depending on the weather conditions and trail status the week of. You should be an experienced backpacker with a fun, adventurous, go-with-the-flow attitude. The week of the trip, I'll check the weather reports and choose the itinerary. If weather is good with low/no snow and the Four Mile or Panorama Trails are open we'll go to Glacier Point; the backup will be Itinerary 2 to Hetch Hetchy, which is at a lower elevation. Itinerary 1: Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point via the Panorama Trail Distance: 17 miles round-trip Elevation Gain: 3200 ft Difficulty: Strenuous Maps and trail info: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/four-mile-trail-panorama-trail-loop https://www.theoutbound.com/yosemite/backpacking/camp-at-glacier-point# MEETING POINT: Friday @ 4:00pm - Yosemite Valley Visitor Center If we do this trip itinerary: Friday would be a travel day, camping Friday night at the Backpackers camp in the Valley. Saturday morning, take the Mist Trail to the top of Nevada Falls, then over to the Panorama Trail. Waterfalls should be flowing great!! . If the Four Mile Trail is open we'll make it a loop. Optional Sunday night stay in the Valley Backpacker camp. Backup itinerary 2: Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls Distance: 13 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 2568 ft Difficulty: Moderate More trail info: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/rancheria-falls If we do this trip itinerary: Friday would be a travel day, camp Friday night at the Hetch Hetchy trailhead backpackers camp. Saturday camp at Rancheria Falls, with a return on Sunday. OPTIONAL: Sunday night camp in Yosemite Valley backpackers camp to allow for Sunday/Monday exploration in the Valley. COST: NO PLUS (1) Limited to 10 people $50 deposit + ($10 Fee) DO NOT PAY VIA MEETUP PAYMENT SYSTEM. I will send you a link. ------------------------------------------- DISCLAIMER: San Diego Backpackers is not a commercial or an organized travel group. We are amateur hikers with a love of the outdoors. WAIVER OF LIABILITY: Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous and can result in injury or death. This group, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from hikes, or for any injuries or accidents before, during, and after group hikes. If you sign up and come on this hike outing you are acknowledging that you freely and voluntarily assume all risks of injuries and damages and agree to participate in the hike/outing. • What to bring Everything you will need to self-contain backpack for up to four days, three nights.

Past events (213)

San Jacinto Backpacking-Snowshoeing

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

$5.00

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