GLS Outings Schedule


Sierra Club Outings are open to the general public, and may be subject to limitations as to group size and meeting the physical demands of the activity. Difficulty of trips are indicated by Grade Ratings (See below for an explanation of Ratings Codes.) Contact the leader in advance of the activity with any questions and to sign up. Sierra Club/GLS encourages voluntary carpooling transportation; however, the outing begins and ends at the trailhead and the club cannot arrange or take any responsibility for the safety of transportation, or guarantee availability of a ride.
See the Guidelines For Enjoying GLS Outings for some tips on what to bring and what to expect.


Note: Contact information is available on the Meetup Group website, or you can email us well in advance of the event to receive information and sign up for an outing.        
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June 1, Saturday

Carquinez Bridge Walk (1A1)

 EARLIER START DUE TO HOT WEATHER. Come walk the pedestrian/bike portion of the Carquinez Bridge with me: It is a there and back with a small viewing 'park' at the turnaround -3 miles total. Yes, paved; yes, apt to be very windy. Interesting views. Afterwards, a short drive to a waters edge in Benicia - bring your lunch and we'll view the C. Bridge and also the Benicia/Martinez Bridge and the waterway inbetween.  Sign up on Meetup.


June 15, Saturday

Sacramento Pride Festival Booth

 GLS will have an informational booth again this year.  Please stop by and hang out for awhile!


June 22, Saturday

Cosumnes Preserve Hike (1A2)

Come experience a summer morning on the trails of nearby Cosumnes River Preserve. The preserve, in the Delta about 20 minutes south of Sacramento, is one of Sacramento's natural gems and our trail passes through its varied habitats of oak forests, savannahs, marshes and meandering waterways.  About 5 miles of level walking on dirt trails and boardwalks. We can also view their visitor center displays.  Then, optionally, meet up for lunch in the nearby historic Chinese-built town of Locke, at the very unique and renowned bar & grill, Al's Place (aka: Al The Wop's).  It's known for steak sandwiches with a surprise, and dollar bills attached to the ceiling.  It's a must-see and so is the Cosumnes Preserve!  Sign up on Meetup.


June 29, Saturday

Skyline Wilderness Park Hike

The idea for this hike is that the marine layer will keep the trail cool on the first (uphill) half of the hike.  As you know I like to plan the climbing for the cooler half of the day, for a more pleasant (downhill) return after it warms up!  Most of this hike is along a dirt road.  If we are lucky there will still be wildflowers blooming.   There are a couple of old homestead sites long this trail that have caused a lot of speculation.  At the turnaround point we will have lunch at some picnic tables that overlook a small lake.  The hike to the lake is not too strenuous so if the group decides to, we can climb up to an overlook of Napa Valley.   The hike to the lake has an elevation gain of approximately 250 feet.  The hike to the overlook is another 500 feet up.  The roundtrip trail is about 5 - 6 miles.  There are toilet facilities at the trail head.  Bring lunch, water, money for park entrance and carpool gas share.   Call to make a reservation and  learn the meeting location for carpooling.


July 13, Saturday

Lake Margaret Hike (1A2)

Distance (total):  5 miles

Elevation gain:   about 500 ft. (lots of ups and downs)

Difficulty:  Moderate

Come enjoy a popular favorite hike, to a lovely lake surrounded by granite cliffs at about 7700 ft elevation.  It’s an adventurous hike over a rough trail, including a couple of log crossings over streams. It’s only 5 mile (roundtrip) but it will feel longer.  If it’s hot, we can look forward to a cool swim at the lake before returning. You’ll want to bring at least two quarts of water, lunch, snacks and sun protection (don’t forget sunglasses, as granite reflects the sun and UV).  Bring a swimsuit & towel, I f you like.


Saturday, July 20, 2013  9:00 a. m.

Thunder Mountain Hike   (2B2)

Must contact the leader to RSVP by phone. 

 Distance (total):  7.5 miles

Elevation gain:   1700 ft.

Difficulty:  Strenuous

 This hike has spectacular views of the surrounding Sierras, as far away as distant Yosemite.  From Highway 88, near Silver Lake, we hike up through alpine forests and along rocky volcanic ridges, with some brief scrambling at the top, so this hike is for those in good to excellent condition with hiking boots and layers of clothing as needed for changeable weather.  It’s about 1700 ft elevation gain to the top of this 9410 ft. peak.  The trail is about 7.5 miles roundtrip, out and back.  There are no toilet facilities.  Bring lots of water, lunch, snacks.  Must call to make a reservation and find out carpool location.   


July 27, Saturday 

Hike to High Sierra Lake  (2B2)

Enjoy a scenic hike in the high Sierra, probably in the Wright’s Lake area, specific trail to be determined.  A moderate to moderately strenuous hike, up to 7 miles with 1200’ elevation gain.  We’ll hold the RSVP until this is settled, but group size will be limited to 12 due to wilderness restrictions.  Notice will be emailed in mid July with specific details.


August 3, Saturday 

Pt. Reyes Limantour Beach Hike

More details to follow.


Note: All outings begin at the trailhead. We may meet at a convenient place from which partipants can carpool to the trailhead, but these carpools are not arranged by the leaders. Participants are required to sign a waiver, which can be previewed, here (PDF, 35KB).  


Miles per day (1st number):

1) up to 6 miles

2) 6 - 10 miles

3) 10 - 15 miles

4) 15- 20 miles

5) over 20 miles

Elevation Gain (1st Letter):

A) under 1,000 feet

B) 1,000 - 2,000 feet

C) 2,000 - 3,000 feet

D) over 3,000 feet

Terrain Type (2nd Number):

1) Fire road or gentle trail

2) Rough trail (boots recommended)

3) Trail with some cross country

4) Cross country

5) Specialized equipment


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