March/ April Outings

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Join our Meetup Group to see all our Sierra Club Outings and reserve your space! Membership is free and members are automatically notified as soon as hikes are posted. You will also be able to receive up-to-the-minute information about weather and route changes from hike leaders. Go to Meetup and search for San Luis Obispo Sierra Club Meetup Group or follow this link: San Luis Obispo Sierra Club Meetup Group (San Luis Obispo, CA) | Meetup

All our hikes and activities are open to all Club members and the general public. Please bring drinking water to all outings and optionally a lunch. Sturdy footwear is recommended. All phone numbers listed are within area code 805 unless otherwise noted. Pets are generally not allowed. A parent or responsible adult must accompany children under the age of 18. If you have any suggestions for hikes or outdoor activities, questions about the Chapter’s outing policies, or would like to be an outings leader, call Outings Chair Lisa Ludovici at 310-864-4679, l.ludovici@outlook.com or Chuck Tribbey at 805-441-7597, cltquest@gmail.com. For information on a specific outing, please call the listed outing leader. Environmentally friendly outdoor adventures farther afield are available to people of all ages and abilities, whether you’re seeking lodge-based explorations or supported treks, backpack journeys or vacations nearly anywhere in the world. Go to sierraclub.org/outings, or call 415-977-5522, or contact national.outings@sierraclub.org.

Saturday, March 9th, 9 am, Cerro Alto via Boy Scout Loop. Approx. 8 miles, 2000 ft
elevation gain, strenuous hike but moderately paced. Rain or shine! This is a nice trail
to do in the rain so get out your waterproof gear. Meet at the gate just after the turn in
from Highway 41. We will go up the Boy Scout trail, through eucalyptus groves to the
top of Cerro Alto then descend on the campground trail along the creek and loop back
to our cars on the road. We’ll see gorgeous 360 views of the coast (if there’s no fog) and
pass through a variety of ecosystems with varied plants and wildflowers. Bring lunch,
snacks and at least 2.5 liters of water. Dress for the weather. Severe weather or trail
closure will cancel. Sign up on San Luis Obispo Sierra Club Meetup for updates on
conditions and hike status. Text Lisa with questions 310-864-4679. Eats at Taco Temple
afterward for those interested.

Sunday, March 17, 9 am, Rinconada loop and beyond. 10 miles, 1,000 ft. Elevation
gain, moderately strenuous, (Rescheduled from January) The Rinconada loop is five
miles long but I plan to explore further along Hi Mountain Road to and down the Big
Falls trail (depending on overgrowth)for a total of about 10 miles. Meet to carpool in
front of the Pacific Beverage Co. in Santa Margarita at 8:30am or meet at the
Rinconada trail-head at 9:00am. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes and hat. Bring at
least 2 liters of water and snacks. Bring adequate water and food, a hat, sturdy shoes
and dress in layers. Rain, threat of rain or extreme heat cancels. Contact Andrea 805
934 2792 for more info. Sign up on San Luis Obispo Sierra Club Meetup for updates
trail conditions and hike status. Eats after in Santa Margarita.

Directions: Carpool/caravan: 8:30 am, We will park in front of the Pacific Beverage Co at
22255 El Camino Real. Take 101 to Highway 58 towards Santa Margarita. Drive about
1.5 miles. Park on the left. Trailhead:9:00 am.
Directions to Trail head: The Rinconada trailhead is located on Pozo Road, 2.5 miles
southeast of the Santa Margarita Lake Road intersection, with signage just ahead of a
righthand turn.

Sat, April 6, 9 am Adobe Trail and beyond. Moderately strenuous. Adobe Trail loop out
and back is about 6.5 mile with almost 2,000 ft elevation gain. I plan to continue on Twin
Rocks Road for at least another 2 miles one way to make the hike about a 10-miles. We
will enjoy wildflowers and vast views of mountains and the Cuyama Valley. Wear sturdy
shoes, hat, dress in layers, bring at least 2 liters of water. It is tick season so wear light
colored clothes, tuck in pant legs and shirt.  Rain, chance of rain, or extreme heat will
cancel this hike. Contact Andrea at 805.934.2792 for more info. Sign up on San Luis
Obispo Sierra Club Meetup for updates on trail conditions and hike status.

Carpool/caravan directions (recommended): Meet at 8:30 am to carpool/caravan as the
trailhead is hard to find. Carpoolers meet at the west side of the 166/101 intersection.

Go through Hutton Road and  park on Cuyama Lane (Rancho Nipomo Barbecue is
Trailhead Directions: Go South or North to the 101/166 intersection which is just north of
Santa Maria. Head east on 166 for about 25 miles. The trailhead is on the left, comes
up fast, and is hard to see. Drive up into the dirt parking lot.

Friday, April 12th, 10 am. Point Buchon Trail. 8.0-miles out-and-back trail along the
coast. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 3-4
hours to complete. The Point Buchon Trailhead is located in the Coon Creek Parking
Lot at the south end of Montana de Oro State Park. From Highway 101 take Los Osos
Valley Road, which will turn into Pecho Valley Road and terminates at the parking lot.
Bring lunch or snacks and water. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for wind. Sorry, no
dogs allowed. Call Bonnie for more info (805) 801-6148. Sign up on San Luis Obispo
Sierra Club Meetup for updates on trail conditions and hike status.

Sunday,  April 21,  9:00 am. Loop hike in the Irish Hills. Join the leader on this
moderately strenuous hike in the Irish Hills in San Luis Obispo. It is 8 miles in length
with about 1500 ft. in elevation gain. We will be on several different trails and will get
some good views from the Ocean View Trail. Sections of the trail are rocky. Ticks and
Poison oak are risks, Bring water, lunch, appropriate footwear, and dress for the
weather. Meet at the end of Madonna Rd at the circle near the trailhead for the Irish
Hills. No dogs on this hike please. Rain cancels. Waivers to be signed at the trailhead.
Participant limit 15. Reserve your spot on San Luis Obispo Sierra Club Meetup. Trail
conditions and hike status updates will be sent to participants. For more info: call or text
Chuck @ 805-441-7597.