December

JanuaryAnd Beyond
Carpool points, Leaders' Contacts, Abbreviations, etc.

In order to participate in a Sierra Club outing, you will need to sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read a copy of the waiver prior to attending the outing, please see http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/ .
In the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make voluntary carpooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.

                                                                                                                                                December

 

NOV 30 – DEC 01          SAT-SUN          20s & 30s
T: 21st ANNUAL AVALON PRE-CHRISTMAS CRUISE:

Enjoy challenging hands-on sailing, hiking, shopping and warm grog in an Avalon restaurant. . Food is $15 additional paid at the boat + one restaurant dinner. Limited space. Possibly challenging seas. Send resume of sailing experience (even if none), one 9 1/2" SASE, D&N phone, e-mail, $90 ($95 if non-member). Send to Preservationist/leader: Gary Vidor,
1313 Foothill Blvd., #10 , La Canada 91011. Other skippers: Dan Clouse, Peter Laube, & Gerorge Najemnik.  
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

 

DEC 01             SUN     20s & 30s
O: SAN JUAN HILL AT CHINO HILLS STATE PARK:

Who says you have to get up early to go hiking? For those of you who like to rise at the crack of noon, this 6-mile, 1,000 ft. elevation gain follows a ridge in Chino Hills SP near Yorba Linda with panoramic views from the top. Meet by the Santa Fe Express Café sign at the Fullerton Amtrak Station, 120 E. Santa Fe Ave. at 1 pm. Optional post-hike dinner. Take 91 Freeway to Harbor Blvd. Go North on Harbor 1 mile, under railroad tracks to Santa Fe Ave. Bring walking shoes, water and light jacket. RAIN CANCELS. Leader: Kirk Schneider (ks@catransit.com) or (562) 697-7103. Co-leader: Grant Langan  
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

 

DEC 07             SAT      20s & 30s
O: NE
WCOMERS HIKE:
Want to meet active people in their 20s & 30s and discover the great outdoors? Join us for this introduction to our fun section. The hike is approx 5 mi, 800' gain in Malibu Creek State Park to the M*A*S*H Television Set. Helicopter pad (Bring your 7 Iron), Radar’s Jeep (or what’s left of it) etc. Meet 9:30 AM at West LA rideshare pt. Or 10:15 AM in the Malibu Creek State Park Lower Parking Lot. Bring lunch, 1 qt water, sturdy shoes, daypack, sunscreen, and light jacket. Rain cancels. Leaders: Paul Shaffer and Ron Domash  
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

 

Dec. 7                              Sat.
C:  East Coast Swing Dancing in Pasadena
Meet at 5:45 at Souplantation, 201 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, for dinner.  After dinner we will drive to a Lutheran Church at 997 E. Walnut, Pasadena for the Swing dance lesson.  The swing dance lesson will begin at 7:30  and it will be taught by the Pasadena Ballroom Association.  The lesson will be held in a auditorium in the back of the church, and it will last until 8:00.  After the lesson, there will be a 1940's USO DJ'd party where there will be '40's trivia and contests.  The DJ'd party will last until 11:30.  The price of the lesson and dance is $10.00.  If you have any questions, please contact the host, Annette Puga, at apuga@msn.com or (562)944-7147.  Host:  Annette Puga, Cohost:  Greg Franz. carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.


DEC 08             SUN     20s & 30s
O: KAYAKING AT UPPER NEWPORT BAY ECOLOGICAL RESERVE:

Enjoy a serene morning paddle. Upper Newport Bay is one of only a few remaining estuaries in Southern California and is the home of nearly 200 species of birds, including several endangered species, as well as numerous species of mammals, fish, other critters and native plants. Meet at Newport Dunes at 9 AM Bring a small pot-luck breakfast item. Kayak tours leave from the Newport Dunes Resort located on Back Bay Drive at PCH. Parking is $8.00 per vehicle and kayak rental is $20.00. Fees will be collected at the bay, however, reservations are required. To reserve, please call leader Mary Jo Flynn at (714) 774-7579 or email at maryjoflynn@earthlink.net. You may get wet. Wear a bathing suit and warm layers, bring a towel, warm change of clothes, 1qt water and optional binoculars or waterproof camera. Rain cancels. For directions visit the 20s&30s site, or http://www.newportbay.org/MapStrt.htm. Co-leaders: Mary Jo Flynn and Fred Kleindenst.  
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

 

DEC 08             SUN     20s & 30s
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING:

Come support your Management Committee. Be part of the decision-making process and give them your great ideas! To place an item on the agenda contact the Chair (Eric Marcus) one week before the meeting. Meeting starts at 6 PM. Location: Ron Domash’s home: Directions Exit 405 North at Devonshire, go west 1+ miles passing Woodly Ave, Left on Gothic, proceed 2 streets, Right onto LeMarsh, 1st Left is Debra, 10044 Debra Ave.  
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

 

DEC 8                 SUN                                      20s 30s/Wilderness Adventures
O:   Heaton Flat to East Fork Narrows:
10+ mi rt, 1000 ft. gain.  Moderately paced along the East Fork of the San Gabriel River.  This beautiful canyon goes through the Sheep Mountain Wilderness area to the the Bridge to Nowhere.  We may go past the bridge.  Some boulder hopping and 30+ stream crossings.  No beginners or tigers.  Meet 8am Azusa rideshare pt.  Bring 2 qts. water, vegetarian potluck item for lunch, hiking boots that can get wet.  Rain cancels.  Will do alternate hike if forest is closed (check with leader) Leader:  Anne Kirkpatrick  Asst:  Maya Hyams
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

DEC 10             TUE      20s & 30s
O:
PLAYA DEL REY CONDITIONING WALK:
The holidays are just around the corner. It is time to get ready for eating sweets n’ things. Some of the homes my have Christmas lights up. Come on by enjoy a 4 to 5 mile walk on the beach and hills around Playa Del Rey. Enjoy the night lights of the city and neighborhood. Approx. 5mi, 200 ft gain. Go W on Culver Blvd, to Nicolson, turn L and turns into Pershing and continue to Waterview (1/2 mi), turn R to top-of-the-hill, (corner of Rindge and Waterview). Where the NW corner fence of LAX meets the homes overlooking the ocean. The fun starts at 7 PM. Leader: Russ Black Lots of Co-Leaders: James, Madeline Eble.  
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

 

DEC 13-15        FRI-SUN           WILDERNESS ADVENTURES/20s & 30s
C: SKI MAMMOTH:

Enjoy 2 full days of skiing at our most popular ski resort in CA. Rideshare and stay in comfortable condo with Jacuzzi and Sauna. Downhill, XC, snow board, or snow shoe. $160 with SC#/$190 non-members ($50 cancellation penalty). Includes all meals and 2 nights lodging. Group size is limited. No refund after Dec. 1 unless a suitable replacement can be found. Send 2 SASE, H&W phone numbers, rideshare information with a check for the full amount (Wilderness Adventures) to Leader/Reservationist: Maya Hyams.  
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

 

DEC 14             SAT      20s & 30s
O: SLE
EPY HOLLOW XMAS LIGHTS WALKING TOUR:
Can't quite get in the spirit of the season when it's 80 degrees and sunny all the time? Then come on this easy 4 mi, minimal gain stroll through an amazing holiday wonderland. This South Bay neighborhood is widely known for its dazzling display of lights, which is sure to put you in the holiday mood. It's a popular treat, so leave your sleigh at home - you can see more on foot anyway. Meet at 6 PM at the "trailhead" -- the Sav-on parking lot, 4235 Pacific Coast Hwy (just W of Anza Ave) in Torrance. Afterward, we'll retire to some cozy local eatery for socializing, dinner/dessert and a glass of holiday cheer. Bring warm clothes, comfortable shoes, water (or hot chocolate), $ for afterwards. Newcomers especially welcome! Rain cancels. Leaders: James Eble, Jeff Breakstone, Madeline Katz Eble  
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

 

DEC 15             SUN     20s & 30s
O: COLD SPRINGS EAST FORK:

Col
d Springs represents the shortest distance you can travel to get the furthest away from Santa Barbara. Above the trailhead you will see bedrock pools, overlooks of the coastline, and a route to the mountain crest. The trail we will follow is 7 mi RT, 2400 ft gain. Meet 9:00am at Thousand Oaks at the North East corner of the K-Mart parking lot just south of the 101 Freeway on Hampshire Road. Hampshire Road is the first exit after you pass the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall, on your right, as you travel north (west actually) on 101. Bring water (at least 2qts), lunch, and hiking-style boots. leader: Eric Marcus, co-leader: Paul Shaffer, Email sloviking@hotmail.com for info/questions.  
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

 

DEC 19             THUR    20s & 30s
O:
CANDY CANE LANE XMAS LIGHTS WALKING TOUR:
This Woodland Hills neighborhood between the 101 Freeway and Pierce College (Moo-U.) is well known for their extravagant and lovely holiday displays and animations. It is a perennial event for this section consisting of a leisurely stroll amongst the lights, decorations and the carolers. Please join us for an optional dinner beforehand; 6 PM at Baja Fresh, 19960 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, from 101 Freeway, go South on Winnetka Blvd to Ventura Blvd. Turn Left on Ventura Blvd. Baja Fresh is on your right just past Penfield Ave. Or meet at 7 PM at the, Taft High School parking lot, SW corner of Ventura Blvd & Winnetka Ave. Following our walk, we can always find a local coffee shop for socializing, a snack and/or perhaps a glass of holiday cheer. Bring warm clothes, comfortable shoes, water (hot cider or chocolate are OK as well), $ for dinner/afterwards. Newcomers welcome! Rain cancels. Leaders Paul Shaffer and Ron Domash  
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

DEC 20                                    FRIDAY        20s & 30S
C: COFFEE SOCIAL
Meet other people in our section at this large coffee shop. It's called Coffee Table, located at 2930 Rowena Ave in Atwater Village. Meet us in the back patio at 7:30 PM. We'll stay until ? (probably late) Tele. # (323) 644-8111 
Host Ed MacKeen

carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

 

DEC 21             SAT      20s & 30s
O: P
ARKER MESA VIA LOS LIONES:
Sure, you might have already enjoyed this hike last month with Steven and Russ, but why not double your pleasure? Fabled as the *romance* trail of the Santa Monica mountains, a moderate 7 miles with 1200' gain, one among us even met his betrothed scrambling along this path. Now we can't guarantee you'll meet the love of your life, but we offer new friends and spectacular views of Los Angeles and the ocean along the way. Meet 9:30AM at the WLA rideshare point with 2 qts water, lunch, lug boots and sun protection. Provisional leader: Marc Suchard, Co-leader: Gary Crow.  
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

 

DEC 21                       SAT     20s & 30s
C: HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS:
Join us for viewing the Naples Boat Parade. This particular Boat Parade is one of the oldest and elegant of this tradition in California. Owners decorate their boats in all manner of lights and animations making for a truly splendid and gorgeous evening. Often no expense is spared, as individuals, and collectively entire Yacht Clubs, vie for Blue Ribbon honors. We will meet at 4 PM at the corner of 54th and Ocean. We will depart for a light social dinner and a viewing of the parade, which begins at 6 PM. Bring warm clothes, comfortable shoes, water (hot cider or hot chocolate work too), and $ for dinner. Children welcome. Traffic can be very heavy given the popularity of this event, so as a result, timing is everything. Participants should park in one of the lots along Ocean and bring lots of quarters for parking. Heavy rain and/or flooding in the Long Beach area cancels this event. If in doubt, please check with: the Long Beach/Alamitos Bay Harbor Patrol, your favorite weather prognosticator, or the Parade sponsors at (562) 570-5333 Hosts: Jenny Dodge and Paul Shaffer

 

 

DEC 22             SUN     20s & 30s /NATURAL SCIENCE
O: EATON CANYON TO HENNINGER FLATS:

Scen
ic views of the San Gabriel Valley await on this well-maintained fire road up to Henninger Flats Ranger Station (6 mi, 1800'). The Ranger Station has a active tree nursery, as well as an fascinating historical center, which captures the rich hundred year history in the rugged surroundings. We may get lucky and spot a mule deer or woodpecker in the campground. Lite lunch and snacks at the top of Henninger Flats. Bring two quarts of water and wear sturdy hiking boots. Moderate-level conditioning required. Meet at 9 AM at Eaton Canyon Nature Center parking lot (in front of the Center entrance - 1750 N. Altadena Drive). Directions: Take 210 freeway East until Altadena off ramp. Turn left and go about 3 miles. Eaton Canyon Nature Center entrance is 200 yards past the intersection of Altadena Drive and New York Ave in the city of Altadena. Rain cancels. Leaders: Gary Crow and DAVID GOLDSTEIN.  
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

 

Rescheduled to:

DEC 25             WED      20s & 30s
O: PARKER MESA VIA LOS LIONES:   NEW DATE AND TIME!
Sure, you might have already enjoyed this hike last month with Steven and
Russ, but why not double your pleasure? Fabled as the *romance* trail of the
Santa Monica mountains, a moderate 7 miles with 1200' gain, one among us
even met his betrothed scrambling along this path. Now we can't guarantee
you'll meet the love of your life, but we offer new friends and spectacular
views of Los Angeles and the ocean along the way. Meet 9:00AM at the WLA
rideshare point with 2 qts water, lunch, lug boots and sun protection.
Provisional leader: Marc Suchard (310-207-6322), Co-leader: Gary Crow.
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.