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Delta-Sierra Group is inviting you to join the Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora Sierra Club!
Delta- Sierra Group is participating in Meetup with, Yokuts and Tuolumne Groups. To stay informed on outings, and events in our region just join the Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora Sierra Club.

The Sierra Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization with the Mother Lode Chapter serving 24 Northern California Counties. Enjoy a variety of events offered by three of the Mother Lode Chapter Groups: "Stockton" Delta-Sierra Group (DSG), "Modesto" Yokuts Group (YG), and "Sonora" Tuoloumne Group (TG) which make up the Central Gold Country. Hiking, gorge scrambling, kayaking, skiing, biking, camping, service trips and other events are lead by Sierra Club trained leaders.

Click on this link to Join Meetup or see the Outings Schedule

Several of our Outings Leaders recommend you bring along the Ten Essentials. If you are unsure of what they are, click on this link: TEN ESSENTIALS
Day Hikes in the Groveland Highway 120 Area every Thursday, Day Hike 1A/B 2A/B (Tuolumne Group)
Each Thursday meet at Mary Laveroni Park, Groveland at 8:00 am for an approximate 6 mile hike. Bring a jacket, water, sunscreen and a snack in a daypack. Wear hiking boots. In fair weather the hike is generally followed by a picnic lunch near the trailhead. Call Frank Oyung at (209) 962-7585 or send him an email to
October 11, Saturday - Day Hike (2B), Boulder Lake Carson-Iceberg Wilderness (Tuolumne Group)
Help to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act by enjoying a day in one of our local Wilderness Areas. This 8-mile roundtrip hike, with 1700 feet of elevation gain, will start in Iceberg Meadows on the Clark Fork of the Stanislaus River. We should be able to see some fall colors along the river. Bring 2 liters water, lunch, good hiking shoes, jacket and rain gear, and the other essentials. Hiking poles are recommended due to rocky trail conditions. Meet at Miwuk Ranger Station at 8:30 AM. Probable return 5 PM. Contact Elaine Gorman at 209-770-3192 or to sign up. Heavy rain cancels
October 18-19, Saturday & Sunday - Tomales Bay Flat Water Paddling & Camping (Sacramento Paddling Section)
We will camp at Olema Campground and paddle a portion of the bay on Saturday. We will be observing the bird and animal life in the bay. Meet at Hearts Desire SB at 9:00 A.M. There is a limit of 14 paddlers. Shelley Brown and Larry Deckard are the leaders. Participants must provide their own boats, paddles, and PFDs. For information contact Larry Deckard at 916.207.2191 or for information. MLRT
November 22-24, Saturday, Sunday & Monday - Big, Albion, & Noyo Rivers, River Paddle (Class 1) (Sacramento Paddling Section)
We will paddle the Big River on Saturday, the Albion River on Sunday, and the Noyo River on Monday. Participants must provide their own boats, paddles, and PFDs. Leaders are Larry Deckard and Shelley Brown. Call Larry Deckard at 916.207.2191 or e-mail at for information.
Additions to this Outings Schedule occur often and it is updated immediately!   Please check back frequently.
Although the Sierra Club believes in the desirability of car pooling, Sierra Club leaders must not organize car pools. By doing so a leader exposes the Club to a potential $50,000 liability should an accident occur on the way to the trailhead or on the way home. For this reason, all trips both begin and end at the trailhead, not the initial meeting place. Any carpool arrangements are private agreements between the driver and passengers. Drivers must carry adequate insurance coverage.

Riders are expected as a matter of courtesy to reimburse drivers to cover the transportation expense of the trip. In the past there was suggested schedule of from 4 to 6 cents per mile, per passenger, depending on the vehicle, the number of passengers and the road conditions. This was only a guideline and driver and passengers are free to agree on a different schedule of reimbursement.

Participants are encouraged to call the outing leader for time and place. At the trip, participants must sign a Sierra Club waiver under Sierra Club Policy. You can see a copy of the Sign-in Sheet and Liabilty Waiver by clicking here:

Hikes are classified 1A, 2C, and so on. The number you see represents the round trip distance. The letter represents the elevation gain or the sum of all gains in elevation expected on the hike. In most cases, there will be an equal amount of descent or loss. If a hike says it is "easy", it may be easy for most. However, on one of those really hot days when everything started out wrong (your alarm clock wasn't set correctly, or you ran out of coffee) it could be tough. It might also be tough for Seniors (like me). Just call the Outings Leader beforehand!

Grade 1: Up to 6 miles (Easy)
Grade 2: 6 to 10 miles (Moderate)
Grade 3: 10 to 15 miles (Tough)
Grade 4: 15 to 20 miles (Killer)
Grade 5: Over 20 miles (Death Wish)

Class A: Less than 1000 feet gain (Easy)
Class B: 1,000 to 2000 feet gain (Moderate)
Class C: 2,000 to 3000 feet gain (Tough)
Class D: Over 3000 feet gain (Killer)

The following recommendations may help you to enjoy an outing . Remember in most cases you will be at a higher elevation than your body is used to and you will be on uneven terrain.

For Day Hikes

Shoes - Bring comfortable shoes or boots with ankle support. It is also suggested they be water resistant. If you are also going to cross steams, you may want to bring along tennis shoes. Also bring spare shoes or sandals for the ride home. You don't want to get the driver's car dirty with your muddy boots!

Pants- Long trousers are usually best to avoid sunburn, scratches and poison oak. If the hike includes a stop at a lake a fast drying swim suit along with a towel is suggested.

Shirt- A fast drying shirt with long sleeves is best to prevent sunburn, scratches and poison oak.

Head- You need a cap or hat. This protects you against sun and glare and a possible thunder shower. By all means bring dark glasses, chapstick, sunblock and insect repellant. In your day pack bring at least a quart of water to drink, your lunch, a non-breakable cup, light waterproof jacket and a small flashlight. You cannot drink water from stream or lakes anymore!

For Overnight Hikes

All of the above should be included plus:

Back Pack and Gear- Your pack should have a frame to support your sleeping bag, overnight gear, a change of clothes, a warm jacket, cooking and eating utensils and food. Also include toilet paper and plastic bags to carry out your trash. Be sure to coordinate cooking utensils and food with your outings leader before the trip.

For Gorge Scrambles

You will need an air floation device, waterproof pack, and water moccasins or tennis shoes, towel and a change of clothes. Definitely bring sunblock and chapstick. Contact your outing leader concerning a helmet to protect your head. To learn more about this sport visit the gorge scrambling web page.