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.

Tentative: San Gorgonio Mountain

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Tentatively planning to either day hike San Gorgonio if the weather is not conducive for camping, or, if the government is still shut down. I cannot apply for overnight permits at this time due to the shutdown. I may also POSTPONE this trip to another weekend depending on all these things! I will change this meetup as things change, but I wanted to post this and gauge interest to see how many people to put on the permit if needed. I recommend people do this hike only if they are prepared for potentially snowy, icy, freezing conditions with the appropriate gear. Many people have slipped and fallen to their death on this mountain without the right gear. I am most interested in doing the Fish Creek Trail, since it has been newly reconstructed and opened, however, I am also interested in doing the South Fork Trail. Here is the weather forecast to check when it gets closer: https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/San-Gorgonio/forecasts/3505 Here is a list of the trails and the mileage to the top of San G: http://sgwa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SGWA_Wilderness_Mileage.pdf Keep checking here for updates!

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. *

El Cajon Mountain day hike ~ 12 miles

El Capitan Preserve

Arguably the toughest hike in San Diego, this long and arduous hike is literally "uphill both ways." This is a great training hike for backpacking. Mileage: 6 miles out, 6 back (~12 miles total) Starting Elevation: 1,549 Peak Elevation: 3,714 Vertical Elevation gain: 2,165 TOTAL Elevation gain: 4,100 feet Difficulty: Extremely Strenuous Weather forecast for the day: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-116.82066754454002&lat=32.91407453508634#.WId16_krJPY Trail route map: El Cajon mountain is within the El Capitan Preserve (http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/parks/openspace/El_Capitan.html), managed by the County of San Diego. The south face of El Cajon Mountain drops in a nearly sheer cliff, exposing a solid granite wall resembling Yosemite’s El Capitan. For that reason, the mountain is commonly referred to as El Capitan Mountain, or simply El Cap. Dogs are allowed on this trail; but it is not dog-friendly. If you bring your dog, have a backup plan to carry it in case it's too much for them. Recommended items: The hiker's 10 essentials, of course, but especially: First aid kit, electrolytes, snacks, hat, sunscreen, wind breaker, trekking poles, extra socks (and any other blister-remediation supplies you might have), and a kick-ass-go-getter attitude! Directions:Take Highway 67 north. Turn right at Willow Road. Turn left at Wildcat Canyon Road. Turn right at Blue Sky Ranch Road. Before 7am, the gates are not open, so we'll have to park on the street, and meet in the parking lot. Restrooms: available a little ways up past the trailhead. They are actually pretty nice. Other blogs: http://www.modernhiker.com/2015/01/06/hike-el-cajon-mountain/ http://alltrails.com/trail/us/california/el-cajon-mountain-trail http://www.ihikesandiego.com/el-cajon-mountain-hike/

Past events (213)

San Jacinto Backpacking-Snowshoeing

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway


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