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Trip Reservation Policy   Abbreviations   Trip Ratings   Rideshare Points

Listings for July 5, 2002 - October 31, 2002

July

Jul 11    Thu          Crescenta Valley

Crescenta Valley Annual Picnic

Join us for our annual July picnic in Dunsmore Park.  6:30 p.m. Dunsmore Park (on Dunsmore St. in La Crescenta, several blocks north of Foothill Blvd).  Bring potluck dish to share for 6-8 people.  For information contact Program Chair:  Mary Star

Jul 19    Fri         Crescenta Valley, K-9 Comm

O:  Moonlight Hike Above La Canada

Moderately paced 4 mi rt, 1200’ gain on Earl Cyn fire road on or near the full moon to enjoy beautiful city lights.  No tigers or beginners.  K9s welcome when accompanied by well-mannered owners.  Meet 7 p.m. Palm Crest School parking lot (5025 Palm Dr, La Canada).  Bring water, lugsoles, flashlight, goodie to share.  Rain cancels.  Ldrs:  Olivia Hernandez, Cathy Kissinger, Norm Stabeck

Jul 20    Sat         Crescenta Valley, K-9 Comm

O:  Crystal Lake to Little Jimmy Spring, Mt. Islip

Moderate 7 mi rt, 2200’ gain circle trip, ascending via old Windy Gap trail, descending by the new Islip Ridge Trail and Big Cienega Cutoff.  K9s welcome, but please leash during lunch.  Meet 8:30 a.m. Azusa rideshare pt.  Bring lunch, lugsoles, water.  Rain cancels.  Ldr:  Ron Barbour.  Asst:  Cathy Kissinger, Al Mader, Norm Stabeck, Olivia Hernandez

August

Aug 10   Sat         Crescenta Valley, K-9 Comm

O:  Throop Pk (9138'), Mt. Burnham (8997'), Mt. Baden Powell (9399')

Moderate 8 mi rt, 1800’ gain.  K9s welcome, but please leash during lunch.  Car shuttle.  Meet 8 a.m. La Canada rideshare pt.  Bring 2 qts water, lunch, lugsoles, hat.  Rain cancels.  Ldrs:  Norm Stabeck, Ron Barbour, Al Mader, Cathy Kissinger, Olivia Hernandez

Aug 23-25    Fri-Sun       Orange County Sierra Singles (OCSS)

Mexicofest South of the Border Mini Vacation

Enjoy August in festive Mexico with its beautiful beaches, great food, and of course, Margaritas!  We will be spending three days/two nights at the Mediterranean style Grand Baja Resort next to the quaint village of Puerto Nuevo, located between Rosarito and Ensenada.  Puerto Nuevo is known for its great lobster restaurants.  Sleep in an ocean front condo with kitchenette listening to the pounding surf.  Amenities include a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, tennis, satellite TV, volleyball.  Visit the hotel website at www.internetservices.com/grandbaja/.  There is plenty of dancing & shopping in nearby towns.  Trip includes two nights accommodations, tips, Fri Margarita happy hour & fiesta dinner, Sat buffet breakfast, Sat night drop n’ hour, followed by a fresh lobster dinner prepared especially for us.  You have 3-5 days to review our 1st SASE flyer.  If not satisfied, we will return your check.  Send check (OCSS) $145 with SC # ($160 non-member) (add $15 if postmarked after 8/11), with 2 SASE, H&W phones to Reserv/Co-Ldr: Lynn Heath, 15911 Quartz St., Westminster CA 92683-7247, (714) 893-2986.  Ldr:  Steve Feld

Aug 30-Sep 2    Fri-Mon      Crescenta Valley, 20’s & 30’s Singles

O:  Northwest Oregon Air/Bus Tour

Back by popular demand.  Don’t want to spend half your weekend just getting there and back?  Fly to Portland early Fri morning and board our luxurious bus for 4 full days experiencing one of the world’s most spectacular regions.  We will hike to waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge rainforest, visit a fish hatchery, spend a day exploring the incredible Oregon Coast and more.  Our agenda also includes a trip to Mt. Hood where we will hike on the PCT and visit Timberline Lodge, a national historical landmark constructed of giant timbers during the Great Depression.  We will see firsthand the kinds of places we try to protect through our conservation and education efforts.  Monday night return to L.A.  $529 (Sierra Club) before Jul 15 ($569 after) with SC # ($35 extra non-members).  $25 cancellation fee until Apr 15, $50 from Apr 16-Jul 1, no refund after Jul 1 unless suitable replacement is found.  Includes rt airfare, bus, 3 nights in AAA rated 3 diamond hotel, most entrance fees, daily breakfast, Mon dinner.  Send 2 SASE, H&W phones, email, check to Reserv:  Stephanie Gross, P.O. Box 423, Montrose, CA 91021-0423.  Ldr:  Cliff Caplan.  Asst:  Fred Dong

September

Sep 7     Sat

O:  Mt. San Antonio (Baldy) (10,064')

Strenuous 13 mi rt, 3500’ gain hike from Manker Flat.  Meet 8:00 a.m. Baldy rideshare pt.  Bring 3 qts water, lugsoles, hat, lunch.  Rain cancels.  Ldrs:  Norm Stabeck, Ron Barbour, Al Mader, Cathy Kissinger

Sep 12    Thu

Monthly Meeting

Michael Beck will speak on "Protecting Global Diversity:  Working Toward Sustainable Populations and Development."  This is the newer Sierra Club program with some very positive and empowering solutions which focus on sustainable populations, reducing excessive consumption, and equity and empowerment for all people.  He will also briefly discuss a popular new activity:  Simplicity Circles.  Outings, conservation, refreshments.  Please join us at 7:30 p.m. Sunland-Tujunga Library (7771 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga).  For more information contact Program Chair:  Mary Star

Sep 20    Fri         Crescenta Valley, K-9 Comm

O:  Moonlight Hike Above La Canada

Moderately paced 4 mi rt, 1200’ gain on Earl Cyn fire road on or near the full moon to enjoy beautiful city lights.  No tigers or beginners.  K9s welcome when accompanied by well-mannered owners.  Meet 7 p.m. Palm Crest School parking lot (5025 Palm Dr, La Canada).  Bring water, lugsoles, flashlight, goodie to share.  Rain cancels.  Ldrs:  Olivia Hernandez, Cathy Kissinger, Norm Stabeck

Sept 20-22    Fri-Sun       Crescenta Valley/20’s & 30’s/OCSS

0:  Annual Mega Catalina Island Mini-Vacation

Crescenta Valley 4 Star Committee rendezvous with other Sierra Club entities twenty-six miles across the sea.  Sleep at Camp Emerald Bay on a cot with mattress in platform tents.  Emerald Bay is situated on the northern portion of the island with beautiful beaches and views.  Snorkel, swim, hike, canoe, or just kick back & sunbathe.  Check our website at www.s-4.com/hike/catalina.  We’ve hired a caterer to prepare all our meals (no meal prep, clean-up, or KP) served in the camp dining room.  Friday is game night and Saturday, after a delicious Prime Rib dinner, there will be music & dancing and, of course, Marty’s Pub.  We board early Friday AM with duffel bag from either Marina del Rey or Dana Point, and return from Catalina Sunday afternoon. Trip fee includes rt Catalina boat, camp & landing fees for two nights, use of platform tent with cot and mattress (you don’t need to haul around a tent, ground cloth, foam pad, etc) or limited wood cabins with electrical outlets (sleep 8, $30 per person extra for 2 nights), hot showers, flush toilets, campfires, leader led hikes, plus catered meals from Fri lunch to Sun brunch.  You have 3-5 days to review our 1st SASE flyer.  If not satisfied, we will return your check.  See flyer for further details.  Send discounted $146 ck w/SC # ($159 non-member), add $20 if postmarked after 8/18, add $30 for optional cabins made to “Sierra Club,” 2 business-size SASE, D/N phones to:  Reserv/Asst-Ldr: Andrea Lim, 3640 Virginia St, La Crescenta CA 91214, (818) 248-5763.  Ldrs:  Steve Feld, John Lajeuness.  Assts:  Martin Tatz, Cliff Caplan, Ron Domash, John Corcoran, Lynn Heath, Gary Osborn and Lygeia de Jesus

October

Oct 10     Thu

Monthly Meeting

Elden Hughes will share information on "The California Desert:  Current Conservation Issues."  Elden is the Chair of the Sierra Club's California/Nevada Desert Committee.  Outings, conservation, refreshments.  7:30 p.m. Sunland-Tujunga Library (7771 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga).  For more information contact Program Chair:  Mary Star

Oct 18     Fri

O:  Moonlight Hike Above La Canada

Moderately paced 4 mi rt, 1200’ gain on Earl Cyn fire road on or near the full moon to enjoy beautiful city lights.  No tigers or beginners.  K9s welcome when accompanied by well-mannered owners.  Meet 7 p.m. Palm Crest School parking lot (5025 Palm Dr, La Canada).  Bring water, lugsoles, flashlight, goodie to share.  Rain cancels.  Ldrs:  Olivia Hernandez, Cathy Kissinger, Norm Stabeck

Oct 19     Sat
O:  Cucamonga Pk (8859')

Strenuous but moderately paced 12 mi rt, 3800' gain.  We will travel among the magnificent groves of cedar and pine to Ice House Saddle and on to Cucamonga Pk with views of the San Bernardino Valley.  K9s welcome, but please leash during lunch.  Meet 8:00 a.m. Baldy rideshare pt.  Bring water, lugsoles, hat, lunch.  Rain cancels.  Ldrs:  Ron Barbour, Cathy Kissinger, Al Mader, Norm Stabeck

Oct 19-20    Sat-Sun        Crescenta Valley/CNRCC/Mojave

O:  Mysteries of the Desert and Primitive Car Camp

Come with us to beautiful, remote Black Cyn to enjoy one of the finest displays of ancient Indian rock art on public land in the Mojave Desert.  Our easy Sat hike will take us to petroglyphs, Indian caves, 19th century inscriptions, and other desert mysteries.  Sat night potluck and campfire.  2wd ok.  Send 2 sases, rideshare info, H&W phones, e-mail to Reserv/Ldr:  Lygeia de Jesus.  Co-ldr:  Bill Spreng

Oct 20     Sun       Verdugo Hills/Crescenta Valley

O:  Hike with your Assembly Member

Easy 2 1/2 mi rt hike with Dario Frommer.  Come discuss your concerns and issues of the day with him on the way to great views of the Crescenta Valley, Glendale, threatened local woodlands, and more.  Meet 9:00 a.m. at the south end of Whiting Woods Road.  Co-ldrs:  Garen Yegparian, (818) 563-3918, yeghpairiank@earthlink.net; Delphine Trowbridge

ADVANCE NOTICES

Nov 2-3    Sat-Sun           Crescenta Valley/CNRCC/Mojave

O:  East Mojave Primitive Car Camp at Kelso Dunes

Join us on this weekend of a dark moon to see the stars and the Milky Way.  Day hike 1 mi, 700' gain to the top of the dunes to hear the booming caused by the grains of sand sliding together.  2wd ok.  Send 2 sases, rideshare info, H&W phones, e-mail to Reserv/Ld:  Bill Spreng, P.O. Box 129, Victorville, CA 92393-0129, (760) 951-4520 bspreng@gte.net.  Co-ldr:  Lygeia de Jesus

Dec 13-15   Fri-Sun      Backpacking/Crescenta Valley

O:  Tamarack Lodge Ski Trip '02

We're back at Mammoth for the ninth annual trip.  Wanna-be xc skiers (also xc and downhill skiers), this is for you!  23 mi of groomed trails with spectacular views of local peaks and Mammoth Lakes.  Free beginner lessons available.  Free trail passes, $32 value, with full ski rental or half-price without ski rental.  This is at Tamarack Lodge, which is in a beautiful wooded area by Twin Lakes.  Price includes lodging, Sat evening happy hour.  Apply early, single beds are limited and every year has filled up quickly.  Benefit Sierra Club Political Action Committee to elect environmentally sensitive legislators.  Total price ranges from $135 to $180 with SC#/$15 extra non-member, depending on accommodations.  Send 2 sases, $90 deposit (Sierra Club), H&W phones to Reserv/Co-ldr:  Stephanie Gross.  Ldrs:  Fred Dong, Patty Ryan

Dec 28-Jan 1   Sat-Wed      Crescenta Valley/20’s & 30’s/OCSS

0:  11th Annual Yosemite New Year's Eve Celebration

Encore of our previous New Year's Eve bus trips to Yosemite.  Enjoy the beauty of Yosemite Valley from our lodge rooms and cabins for 5 days and 4 nights at Yosemite Lodge.  XC ski to spectacular views of Yosemite Valley and vistas.  Free beginner xc ski lessons.  Downhill ski at Badger Pass.  Hike in Yosemite Valley.  Brunch with us at the Ahwahnee.  Join us for actor Lee Stetson's award winning shows personifying John Muir.  Price includes bus (unless ridesharing), New Year's and hospitality parties, Yosemite Lodge lodging, brunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel, admission to the show, gratuities.  Prices range from $395 to $560 per person with SC #/$24 extra non-member, depending upon rooms and use of bus or rideshare.  $15 discount if sign-up before Sep 20.  Send 2 sases, H&W phones, $150 deposit (Sierra Club) to Ldr:  Fred Dong.  Assts:  Stephanie Gross, Maya Hyams, Patty Ryan

The fine print:  In order to participate in Sierra Club outings, you will need to sign a liability waiver.  If you would like to read a copy of the waiver prior to the outing, please see www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/ or call (415) 977-5630.

In the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make carpooling arrangements.  The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them.  Carpooling, ridesharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants.  Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.

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