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 (4+)

Domelands Wind Caves -Slots (Anza Borrego Desert)

Chevron Gas Station

NO WATER ON THE TRAIL ( must carry all of our water)
May be canceled/postpone due to weather conditions*

Intermediate Backpacking Trip (only because it's a Dry Camp)
Milage: 12+ miles
Some Cross country hiking.
Ascent: [masked] ft
Highish clearance vehicles recommended....but regular cars can make it.
Fee: $5 Donation.

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 +/-

Sat
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. *

Check comments for latest updates.

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.

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San Jacinto Backpacking-Snowshoeing

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

$5.00

DATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!
COLD WEATHER BACKPACKING!!
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Tram tickets can be bought on the same day
(Prerequisite for YOSEMITE SNOW CAMPING)

Weather: The weather can be unpredictable. Night time temperatures can range from mid 20’s to mid 30’s.

NO PLUS 1

Distance – 10 miles round trip
Peak Elevation: 10,834
Elevation Gain/Loss:[masked]
Terrain Type – Snow
Difficulty – Intermediate

At this time of year, it's almost guaranteed that snow and ice will be on the ground. Please come with the appropriate gear.

Snowshoes required

Cost:
• $5 per person for this trip.
Additional Costs for this trip:
• $23.95 for the tram ticket. Tram tickets can be bought on the same day

Mount San Jacinto stands 10,834 feet above sea level and is the second highest mountain range in Southern California. No more than a two hour drive from either Los Angeles or San Diego, the mountain's magnificent granite peaks, subalpine forests, and fern-bordered mountain meadows offer a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy a scenic, high-country wilderness area.

Itinerary (subject to change)
Sat:

  1. TBD am Meet at Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, then take the tram to Upper Tram Terminal.
  2. We will hike about 2.5 miles to Round Valley and setup basecamp.
  3. We can decide if we want to go to the San Jacinto Peak/Cornel Peak.

Sun:

  1. 8-9am Break down camp and head back to Tram Terminal.

Gear and Equipment: Please be sure you are properly prepared for this trip including all necessary and properly working gear, good quality and broken in hiking shoes, backpack with proper support, tent, sleeping bag and pad, food, water, filtration, and all other necessary items for a weekend backpacking trip. Here is a great list of items needed:

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MAP INFO

SAN JACINTO MAP

ALLTRAILS.COM MAP
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/san-jacinto-peak-from-the-tramway?ref=sidebar-static-map

GOOGLE MAP
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1WHoDLRgUk0giVLmd1HIcQPFg6ss&ll=33.8082528695829%2C-116.65561009008712&z=15

DOWNLOAD GPX from our website
https://www.sandiegobackpackers.com/2017/01/22/san-jacinto-snow-camping/

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 a moderate to 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.

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Yosemite - Snow Camping (Glacier Point Area TBD)

Needs a location

$10.00

Snowshoes Required

Yosemite - Snow Camping (Glacier Point Area TBD )
(Depending on snow levels)

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 snow backpack with this group before. NO EXCEPTIONS. (Join our San Jacinto trip 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: 20+ Miles Round Trip
Trip Elevation Gain: 1500+ 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.

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Santa Cruz Island camping

Location visible to members

Santa Cruz Island camping suitable for beginners. Need to hike your gear in 1 mile. $84per person. You are responsible for your own boat ticket. You will also contribute $5 to cover the campground fees
DO NOT PURCHASE BOAT TICKETS UNTIL THE SPRING

There are multiple boats that leave from Ventura Harbor on 4/22 (8am, 9am, and 12pm) your choice.

4/23 boats leave the island at 12pm, 3:30, and 4pm) your choice

The island offers multiple day hikes, a beach for hanging out or snorkeling, and a kayak rental shop.

We will camp in a group site and enjoy the foxes and wildflowers. Only gas stoves allowed

More details to come in the spring

https://www.nps.gov/chis/planyourvisit/santa-cruz-things-to-do.htm

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.

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Calcite Mines/Slot Canyons Car Camp/BonFire

Christmas Circle

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