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angeles chapter sierra club

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please send an email to

John Kaiser, MPS Chair
Leaders contact info can be found here.


Big Pine Lakes
July 23-28
McGee Creek
July30 - August 4

Cottonwood Lakes
Aug 2-6

Hoover Lakes
August 3-6
Dingleberry Lake
Aug 6-11
Clark Lakes
Aug 20-25
Hilton Lakes
Aug 27-31
   

Guidelines for all SIERRA Trips: On all trips, mules carry gear to the campsite, drop it off, and return at the end of the trip to carry it out. If the weight per person that can be carried by the mules is not shown for a trip, clarify it with the trip leader. In addition, you may carry as much as you like in your pack when you hike in. All trips provide wine for the “happy hours" and/or "pot lucks" and one or more roll-up tables for use of the group. For pot lucks, participants are asked to contribute so that each pot luck constitutes dinner for the group. Happy Hours are more informal and many participants find that they substitute for dinner but they are not planned as dinners. Refer to the "Food and Cookbook" page for a more detailed discussion. We will have campfires where permitted.
During the trip, each participant may choose his/her own activities within safety guidelines. The leaders usually plan daily hikes, which are optional. People who like to fish should check the regulations that apply to the area before choosing a trip.
All applications received through February 17, 2017 will be treated equally – how early you apply is not relevant. Acceptances will be announced starting on February 23, 2017. Applications that are received after February 17 will be considered after the initial acceptances are issued on February 23.

To apply, contact the indicated leader with a statement about your conditioning, experience, altitude tolerance and general health. Provide your mailing address, email address, and phone number. 

After you are accepted for a trip, the leader will provide the details you need about trip plans and what to bring. Note reservation & cancellation policy. Sign up and have fun!


rzsxyjO: Big Pines Lakes July 23 – 28 Sunday – Friday.
On Sunday morning we will hike at a leisurely pace from the Glacier Pack Train (7760’) 7 miles with 3000’ elevation gain to a camp site (10,800’) overlooking Fourth Lake. The hike is moderately strenuous but the rewards of reaching the destination are great. Once we set up base camp, we will have four layover days to explore this scenic area, which is a photographer’s treasure. Day-hike destinations include nine lakes: Black Lake, Summit Lake, and First thru Seventh Lakes, Sam Mack Meadow and, snow permitting, Palisade Glacier. We can also explore a couple of historical locations.
The turquoise, glacier-fed lakes are an especially attractive destination against the backdrop of 14,000' and near 14,000' peaks. Enjoy daily day-hikes, fish, search for the perfect photo, or relax in camp. We will have happy hours every evening with the wine provided and will enjoy two planned group dinners. On dtuykFriday we will hike out.
The mules will carry gear of up to 50 pounds per person and the trip cost is $250. To apply, email or phone with recent high altitude and distance conditioning and general health to Co-leader: Yvonne Tsai . Co-leaders: Sandy Burnside and John Kaiser.

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mgee2O: McGee Creek July 30 – August 4 Sunday – Friday

On Sunday morning, carrying only our daypacks, we will hike from the McGee Creek Trailhead (7,800’) to a lovely, campsite beside McGee Creek near the junction of the McGee Creek Trail and the Baldwin Canyon Trail (9,500’). While we hike separately, 50 pounds of gear for each of us will be carried to our campsite by hired pack mules. Our hike to basecamp will take us up the McGee Creek Valley through pretty meadows sprinkled with wildflowers and forests of quaking aspen and lodgepole pines, a distance of about 5 miles with 1,700 feet of elevation gain.
We will have four full days to hike, photo, fish or relax in camp. Possible day-hiking destinations include the Scheelore Mine, Big McGee Lake, Little McGee Lake, Steelhead Lake, Grass Lake, and McGee Pass. Evenings will be filledmgeetr with a happy hour followed by a different hearty soup each night. We will enjoy salad one night and quesadillas one night. Wine will be provided. Friday morning we will pack up and hike out.
The cost per person is $315. To apply, send an email with recent high altitude and distance conditioning to Co-Leader Cathie Miller . Co-Leader: Kathy Viola.

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cotO: Cottonwood Lakes August 2-6 Wednesday – Sunday

Join us as hired packers carry gear of 45 pounds per person while we hike separately with only our daypacks. Wednesday morning we will hike from Cottonwood Pack Station (10,040') at Horseshoe Meadows, 6.5 mi, 1,300' gain, to a basecamp in the upper South Fork Lakes area of Cottonwood Lakes with beautiful views of Cirque Peak (12,900'), Mt Langley (14,026') and surrounding areas. Thursday-Saturday you can hike, photo, fish, or relax incot camp. Can we find Hidden Lake? Enjoy happy hours every night with wine provided followed by a group potluck dinner. Sunday we will hike out.
The cost is $375. To apply, email/call with recent high altitude and distance conditioning to Leader: Fran Penn . Co-Leader: Karen Belville.

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dfgjhmO: Aug 3-6 Hiking the Hoover Lakes Trail
Thursday-Sunday

Spend 3 nights along the Hoover Lakes Trail , in the High Country just north of Yosemite.  The hike to our campsite is 4 mi, 1833’ gain to the Alpine Zone of 9823’ of elevation.  Visit the rugged, pristine Hoover Wilderness, an area of peaks, lakes and low lying vegetation typical of the Alpine zone, where plants struggle to flower and propagate during the short, snow-free time of summer.  Flowers may be in abundance, but people less so.
Meet our hired packers Thursday morning who will take our gear, up to 45 pounds per person as we hike with just daypacks. Passing peaks and paralleling Green Creek, we will hike 4 miles then set up camp at East Lake. Day hikes include hikes to Gilman Lake, Nutter Lake, and the Hoover Lakes Basin, all offering beautiful, photo-ready scenery and excellent fishing. For the adventurous, a trip to Summit Lake at 10,183’ is in store. Two full layover daystyjto hike, take photos, paint, fish, or relax. Enjoy group salad night, happy hours with wine provided, and fun evening activities. The packers transport our gear back to the trailhead on Sunday.
Cost is $300. To apply, email or call with recent high altitude and distance conditioning and general health to Co-Leader: Dave Cross. Co-Leaders Christine Gutierrez and Francine Oschin.
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sabO: Dingleberry Lake August 6-11
Sunday-Friday

After dropping our gear at Bishop Pack Outfitters, about 20 miles from the center of Bishop, on Sunday morning, we’ll hike 5 miles with 1,500’ of elevation gain from the Lake Sabrina trailhead (9,080’) to our base camp near Dingleberry Lake (10,507’), considered to be one of the most beautiful campsites. Along the way, we’ll enjoy alpine views in the spectacular John Muir Wilderness. Our spacious base camp offers a range of options for individual tent sites and a large common area where we’ll meet for breakfast and dinner and to hang out.
Hiking opportunities in the area abound, ranging from easy to strenuous. Mount Darwin (13,831’), Mt. Haeckel (13,418’), and Mt. Wallace (13,377’) “provide a spectacular backdrop to this area. Lake lovers will enjoy a wide variety of lakes in the area including Blue Lake, Emerald Lakes, Moonlight Lake, Hungry Packer Lake, and Midnight Lake as well as many more remote lakes that are accessed cross-country.
We will have four full layover days to enjoy the area. Non-hiking activities can include fishing, photography, or just kicking back. In the evenings we’ll have tasty potluck dinners organized by the leaders around food that the participants will bring and wine will be provided. Those who wish to do so may also enjoy preparing breakfasts (hot water provided) in the common area and sharing each other’s company while making plans for the day. In addition to providing all the necessary cooking gear and stoves, there will be a potty in a privacy tent, a shower tent (you provide your own solar shower), and filtered water for the whole group. You won’t need to bring any cooking equipment or filtration devices.
You’ll be able to camp in comfort and enjoy a variety of food since the mules will carry up to 55 pounds per person. The packers will return to take our gear back to the pack station on Friday morning while we hike out. Of course, you’re also welcome to carry in as much additional gear/food as you want on your own back.sab2
The cost is $435 including everything except food and your personal gear.
To apply, contact Co-leader Alan Schimpff with recent high-altitude and distance conditioning and general health. Co-leader: Les Wilson.
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clarO: Clark Lakes (9,800’) August 20-25 Sunday – Friday
Sunday morning, carrying only our daypacks, we will hike from the Frontier Pack Station at Silver Lake (7,200’) to a lovely, shaded campsite beside Clark Lake #2. While we hike separately, hired pack mules will carry 50 pounds of gear for each of us to be delivered to our campsite. Our hike to basecamp will take us past Agnew Lake and around the North side of Gem Lake, a distance of about 8 miles with 3,000 feet of elevation gain.
We will have four full days to hike, photo, fish or relax in camp. Possible day hiking destinations include Waugh, Thousand Island, Garnet, Emerald, and Ruby Lakes and several passes. The nearby John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails provide easy access to lots of great places. The warm water in Clark Lakes may be enjoyed for afternoon swimming parties. Evenings will be filled with a happy hour followed by a different hearty soup each night. We will have salad one night and quesadillas one night. Wine will be provided. Friday morning we will pack up. Our hike back to the Pack Station will take us via a slightly shorter butcla steeper route through Spooky Meadow.
The cost per person is $335. To apply, email with recent high altitude and distance conditioning to Co-Leader Cathie Miller . Co-Leader: Kathy Viola.


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hilO: Hilton Lakes August 27-31                    Sunday – Thursday. 
Sunday morning we will hike 5 miles at a leisurely pace from Rock Creek Pack Station (9600’) to a campsite near Hilton Lake #4 (10,300’) with a cumulative gain of 1000’. Once we set up base camp, we will have three layover days to explore this scenic area. There are ten lakes in the compact Hilton Lakes basin and we will have day hikes available to leisurely explore most of them. Lake #1 is the largest, is also known as Davis Lake, and has a view of a waterfall on the outlet stream from Stanford Lake. Lake #2 provides scenic views that were worthy of a former resort. The two uppermost lakes are over 11000’ in the rocky terrain near Mt Huntington. Fishing is available in the lakes and streams or you can relax at Hilton Lake #4 to enjoy the outstanding view of the lake with Mt Huntington as a backdrop.  On Thursday we will hike out. hil
The cost is $315 and the mules will carry gear of 50 pounds per person.  To apply, email or phone with recent high altitude and distance conditioning and general health to Reservationist: Lori DeLaney.  Co-leaders: John Kaiser and Yvonne Tsai.
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All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, click here.
The Sierra Club is registered as a Seller of Travel under CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.