Trip Number: 12225A
Staff: Anita Giacone
- Enjoy breathtaking views of mountains and lakes
- See beautiful spring flowers in bloom
- Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail
- Comfortable accommodations
- All meals during your stay at the lodge
- Day hikes in the Stanislaus National Forest and surrounding areas
Indulge yourself with invigorating day hikes to sweeping vistas, knowing that
the amenities of a lodge await you at the end of the day. This lodge-based trip
is perfect for those who enjoy hiking, but no longer enjoy carrying a heavy
backpack, sleeping on the ground, going without showers, or eating camp food.
Photo: Steve Carriger
Most of our hikes will be within the Stanislaus National Forest, which is located
on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National
Park. We will enjoy high-altitude hiking amid towering pine trees, sparkling
lakes, volcanic outcroppings, and occasional waterfalls. At elevations of 7,000
feet or more, July is springtime in the High Sierra.
Generally, wildflowers are abundant at this time of year, with outstanding
variety and colors, depending on weather and precipitation. Bring flower guidebooks
in hopes that 2012 brings another spectacular wildflower season!
Applicants will be sent application forms, and must promptly fill these out
and send them to the trip leader. The leader will review the approval materials
and notify you of your acceptance in a timely manner. Please wait for approval
from the leader before making any transportation reservations.
Our evenings will be spent relaxing or socializing in the comfortable and spacious
Bear Valley Lodge. Our dinners
will be prepared by staff chefs. Our meetings and breakfasts will be held in
a large room at the lodge reserved exclusively for this Sierra Club trip. We
will eat our self-prepared sack lunches out on the trails.
Day 1: On Sunday, July 15, we'll meet at 5 p.m. at Bear Valley
Lodge for a social hour. Orientation will follow the 6 p.m. dinner. We'll discuss
trip expectations, conservation issues (Leave No Trace), trail etiquette, group
hiking protocols, meeting times, equipment, blister prevention and care, and
the general trip itinerary. An up-to-date itinerary will be established once
area weather forecasts and snowmelt conditions have been determined.
Photo: Steve Carriger
Day 2: Typically, we'll start with breakfast and pack our
sack lunches. We will then carpool to our trailhead. During the day, we may
hike the Pacific Crest Trail in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest at Ebbett's
Pass, or make our way up to Bull Run Lake in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness.
There's also Wheeler Lake in the Mokelumne Wilderness, Lake Alpine, and Inspiration
Point. Another hike that leads to a waterfall is the Hermit Run Trail. Late-afternoons
will bring us back to the lodge where we can relax with a swim in the pool at
the lodge, clean up, catch a nap, or get together for a social hour. Following
dinner, you may just relax, or choose to join the group to discuss conservation
issues, share the day's adventures, play parlor games, or watch a DVD.
Day 3: Today is an optional day, where you may mountain bike,
canoe, kayak, fish (a California fishing license is required), go winetasting,
or sightsee in the historic gold-rush towns. (The trip price does not include
the costs of these extra excursions.) A short hike will be offered that morning
Big Trees State Park to see the largest Calaveras
Sierra Redwoods, or possibly to Inspiration Point, which overlooks Lake
Alpine. Or you can swim in the lodge's heated outdoor pool -- available at no
additional cost to Sierra Club trip participants during regular pool hours.
Days 4-7: We'll continue with the schedule from day two, splitting
our days between hiking and spending time at the lodge. On our last day, Saturday,
July 21, we'll say our good-byes.
The itinerary is subject to change based on the current weather and local conditions.
Please note that there are no busses, vans, or shuttles to the lodge, as this
is a rural area. All transportation to the inn, trailheads, or other activities
is the responsibility of each trip member. For those wishing to carpool, a roster
of other trip members may be provided before the trip. If you plan to drive
to the lodge from Reno or the east, please first check road conditions over
Ebbetts Pass, as there may be late-season
snow or ice.
Accommodations and Food
The rooms are spacious and well appointed. To accommodate everyone, room sharing
will be required (two people per room). Rooms will have two twin beds or one
queen bed for couples. Private rooms or room upgrades may be available at additional
cost. Participants desiring such an arrangement should contact the innkeeper
directly after they have been accepted as a participant on this trip, and directly
pay the innkeeper for any additional costs.
All meals are included. Breakfast will be served continental style, with the
option of cooking eggs, toast, or pancakes on appliances provided. Participants
will pack their own sack lunches from lodge-provided food. Lunches will be eaten
on the trail. Dinner will be cooked by lodge chefs.
This trip is for the experienced hiker who can hike at high altitude for several
days in a row. Hikes will be at elevations of 7,000 feet or more and distances
of six to ten miles. We will move along at a brisk pace over gravel and rocky
terrain -- sometimes over boulders, crossing streams, and even over snowfields.
The leaders try to keep the group fairly close together; therefore it is important
for all participants to be in good physical condition. Well-behaved minors (at
least 15 years old) are welcome when accompanied by a parent and when capable
of keeping up with the hiking group. Parents will be fully responsible for their
children. Photographers are welcome, understanding that the focus of this trip
is hiking; photographers are expected to keep up with the group and not lag
behind. This is a group hiking experience.
Equipment and Clothing
At this time of year, the days are generally warm and pleasant (low 60s to
low 80s) and the nights are cool (mid 30s to high 40s). However, global warming
is having its effect; last year high temperatures got close to 100 degrees a
few times, and nights were in the 60s and 70s. Alternately, mountain weather
can be unpredictable; rain and snow may occur. This is part of the outdoor adventure!
Bring clothing for all conditions, and prepare to dress in layers. Be sure to
bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, lip protection, sunscreen, water bottle,
day pack, and well-broken-in hiking boots. The leader will send a detailed equipment
list to all registered participants.
USGS 7.5-minute quadrangles:
- Pacific Valley
- Spicer Meadow
- Ebbetts Pass
- Storer, Tracy and Robert Usinger, Natural History of the Sierra Nevada.
Your volunteer trip leaders are dedicated to the Sierra Club, conservation,
and enjoyment of the outdoors. Our wish is that you will become strong believers
in the need to protect our wild areas. We'll be practicing Leave No Trace wilderness
principles throughout the trip in order to minimize our impact on the environment.
The Ebbetts Pass area is very popular for retirees and for winter and summer
recreational users. As more and more people move to and recreate there, they
contribute to a growing environmental problem. Logging practices have also threatened
the ecosystem over many acres of the Sierra. While on the trip, please don't
hesitate to ask your leaders about any conservation concerns that you may have.
We look forward to having you share conservation challenges and successes from
Since any traveling leaves a carbon footprint, check out the information that
the Sierra Club offers about carbon offsets at: http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/national/offsets/#neutral
Sierra Club National Outings is an equal-opportunity provider and will operate under permits from Stanislaus National Forest and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
See the How to Apply for an Outing section for more details on registering for this trip and details
about our Reservation and Cancellation Policy.
The payment of a deposit does not confirm you as a member on the trip. Participants must be approved by the trip leader. After signing up for this trip, you will be sent a confirmation packet containing approval materials (Participant Approval Questionnaire, Medical Form, Liability Release Form). Each applicant (including those on the waitlist) must fill out these forms and promptly mail them to the trip leader. The leader will review the approval materials and notify you of your acceptance in a timely manner.
Anita Giacone began leading a local Sierra Club outing in California in 1990. After relocating to Philadelphia in 1998, she became a national leader and enjoys returning to the West Coast to continue her love of hiking and exploring the desert and mountain wilderness. She has assisted in lodge trips to Clair Tappaan, children's backpacking in the Adirondacks, car camping trips to Cape Cod and Utah as well as a car camp and spa retreat trip to Santa Fe. Her professional experience as an event planner, teacher, and cultural exchange program coordinator helped her develop the skills to plan rich and educational programs. Her creativity, curiosity, and passion for cultural and spiritual growth result in these components being largely incorporated in her trips. Anita competes in ballroom dance, teaches music, and lives with her dog, Cocoa, in Philadelphia.
Ian Schill is an avid hiker and outdoors enthusiast. He loves cycling and rides over 5000 miles each year. He has hiked in the Sierra every year for the last seven years. He has also enjoyed hiking in Ireland, England, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Switzerland and New Zealand. He leads local outings in the Cumberland chapter in Kentucky and internationally. He is a retired aircraft mechanic who volunteers with various civic organizations.
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