Signup/Transportation to trailhead/ Cost sharing
Please do not call outings leaders after 9PM evenings.
We encourage carpooling to the trailhead and may designate a local place to meet, but cannot be responsible for arranging rides, or for your safety while traveling. The outing always begins at the trailhead, not at the carpool.
It is customary to reimburse the driver for gas and any expenses such as tolls, parking and entrance fees. We make no recommendation, but a rule of thumb often used is $2.50 per passenger, per hour of driving time. So for a trip of 2 hours each way, that would be $10. per passenger. Gas prices being what they are, ask the driver.
Take a plastic grocery bag to place your muddy boots in after the hike.
Drivers are expected to have adequate insurance, and to see that their passengers are returned to the carpool location after the outing.
What to bring
Water (2 qts., or more on a hot day). Try to drink before you become thirsty.
Lunch and snacks
Clothes appropriate for the weather/location (raingear, hat, swimsuit...).
Boots are usually advisable, sometimes required. To prevent blisters, wear two pairs of socks (a thin polypro "liner" under a non-cotton boot sock). Cotton socks hold moisture and cause blisters.
Medications you might need, such as for bee stings if you're allergic.
Sunglasses and Sunscreen. Ultraviolet damage is much greater at Sierra altitudes.
Odds 'n ends. Band-Aids, pocket knife, signal whistle, bandana, flashlight, map, bug repellent, Moleskin, toilet paper (and a Ziploc bag to pack it out), Wet Ones towlettes, camera, binoculars, nature guidebooks, water purifier, matches, maps, swimsuit & towel.... what else might you need? Maybe a bigger pack!
On the trail