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angeles chapter sierra club

To receive email announcementsabout trips and updates
please send an email to

John Kaiser, MPS Chair
Leaders contact info can be found here.


Big Pine Lakes
July 30 – August 4

Crown Lake
August 5-10

Pika Lake
Aug 9-12

Garnet Lake
August 12-17
Humphreys Basin
Aug 20-25

Guidelines for all SIERRA Trips: On all trips, mules carry gear to the campsite, drop it off, and return at the end of the trip to carry it out. If the weight per person that can be carried by the mules is not shown for a trip, clarify it with the trip leader. In addition, you may carry as much as you like in your pack when you hike in. All trips provide wine for the “happy hours" and/or "pot lucks" and one or more roll-up tables for use of the group. For pot lucks, participants are asked to contribute so that each pot luck constitutes dinner for the group. Happy Hours are more informal and many participants find that they substitute for dinner but they are not planned as dinners. Refer to the "Food and Cookbook" page for a more detailed discussion. We will have campfires where permitted.
During the trip, each participant may choose his/her own activities within safety guidelines. The leaders usually plan daily hikes, which are optional. People who like to fish should check the regulations that apply to the area before choosing a trip.

To apply, contact the indicated leader with a statement about your conditioning, experience, altitude tolerance and general health. Provide your mailing address, email address, and phone number. 

After you are accepted for a trip, the leader will provide the details you need about trip plans and what to bring. Note reservation & cancellation policy. Sign up and have fun!


sr4y6jO: Big Pine Lakes (10,750’) July 30 – August 4
Monday – Saturday

Join us for an epic adventure into an alpine lake basin full of shimmering, aquamarine lakes fed directly by one of the largest glaciers in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Monday morning hired packers will carry 50 lbs. of gear per person while we hike separately with only our daypacks. We will hike approximately 8 miles with 3000 feet gain from the Big Pine Creek trailhead (7800’) to our campsite near Fourth Lake (10,750’). This campsite located above Fourth Lake has an awesome view of the Palisade Glacier and the surrounding peaks. Possible day hike destinations include Palisade Glacier and Sam Mack Meadow, Summit Lake/Black Lake Loop, Sixth & Seventh Lake, Fifth Lake and exploration of the area. We will have four full days to hike, photo, fish or relax in camp.dtuk Evenings will be filled with a happy hour followed by a different hearty soup each night. In addition to the soup, we will enjoy salad two nights, quesadillas two nights and pot-luck the last night. Wine will be provided. After dinner we will sip our tea while dangling our feet over the edge of a cliff and watching the alpenglow on the peaks surrounding the Palisades Glacier. Saturday morning we will pack up and hike out.
The cost per person is $240. To apply, email with recent high altitude and distance conditioning to Co-Leader Cathie Miller. Co-Leader: Kathy Viola. Assistant Leader: Jim Fleming.
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kjdtyjO: Crown Lake August 5-10
Sunday-Friday

The trailhead is Twin Lakes (7130') near Bridgeport. We will hike in on Sunday morning along Robinson Creek, approximately 8 miles with a 2500' gain, with daypack only, to our campsite at Crown Lake (9500') in the Hoover Wilderness. Packer led mules carry your gear, up to 50 lbs per person, to our base camp. Enjoy four full layover days to hike, fish, photo, swim, and enjoy nature. We are hdtyjoping to have beautiful wildflowers again. This particular trip has only been led one other time by our section, and that was 11 years ago. Possible exploring may include Rock Island Pass, Mule Pass, Peeler Lake, Snow Lake, and Kerrick Meadow. Evenings we will be treated to a salad night and a quesadilla night, as well as tasty happy hour potlucks. Wine is provided by the section.
The cost is $465. To apply, email with recent high altitude and distance condition and general health to Co-leader: Lori De Laney. Co-leaders: Yvonne Tsai, Sandy Burnside.

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kyfdO: Pika Lake August 9 -12, 2018
Thursday - Sunday

Enjoy an extended weekend in the John Muir Wilderness hiking and camping at Pika Lake. The first day we leave the Mammoth Lakes area to climb over Duck Pass, then drop down, passing Duck Lake, to set up camp at the adjacent Pika Lake. There are many bkjtdeautiful lakes in the area, which we will hike to in the following days. The hike to our basecamp is 5 miles with 1700’ gain, to camp at 10,800’. Cost includes a pre-trip group campsite Wednesday night. On Thursday morning we will meet the packers who will transport our gear, up to 45 pounds per person, to our base camp. We will hike with just a daypack.
The cost is $225. To apply, email or phone with recent high altitude, distance conditioning, and general health to Co-Leader: Christine Gutierrez. Co-Leaders Dave Cross and Francine Oschin.
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sryjO: Garnet Lake August 12-17
Sunday-Friday


Traditionally, we start with a group dinner in town on Saturday evening. Our trip begins on Sunday morning, when we drop our gear at Agnew Meadows Pack Station (8,340’) about 5 miles from the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. We’ll hike 7 miles with 2,000’ of gain to our base camp at Garnet Lake (9,700’) below Banner Peak. Our base camp offers a range of options for individual tent sites and a large common area where we’ll meet for breakfast and dinner and to hang out.
Hiking opportunities in the area abound, ranging from easy to strenuous. There are majestic views of Banner Peak (12,936’), Mt. Ritter (13,143’), and Mt. Davis (12,303’). Lake lovers will enjoy a wide variety of lakes in the area including Thousand Island Lake (9,833’), Davis Lakes (9,954’ - 10,267’), Ruby Lake (9,937’), Emerald Lake (9,873’), Clark Lakes (9,814’), Badger Lakes (9,556’ – 9,573’), Summit Lake (9,867’), Shadow Lake (8,737’), and Ediza Lake (9,265’).
We will have four full layover days to enjoy the area. Activities can include fishing, photography, or just kicking back. In the evenings we’ll have tasty potluck dinners organized around food that the participants will bring and wine will be provided. Those who wish to do so may also enjoy preparing breakfasts (hot water provided) in the common area and sharing each other’s company while making plans for the day.
In addition to providing all the necessary cooking gear and stoves, we provide gravity water filtration for thdsrtye whole group; therefore, no need to bring any cooking equipment or filtration devices. We will also set up a privy and a shower tent (you provide your own solar shower). You’ll be able to camp in comfort and enjoy a variety of food since the mules will carry up to 55 pounds per person. Of course, you’re also welcome to carry in as much additional gear/food as you want on your own back.
On Friday morning, the packers will return to take our gear back to the pack station while we hike out.
Cost is $385. To apply, contact Co-leader Alan Schimpff with recent high-altitude and distance conditioning and general health. Other co-leaders are Les Wilson and Laura Joseph.

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srethjO: Humphreys Basin August 20 – 25
Monday to Saturday


Humphreys Basin is truly an area for lake lovers. Monday morning hired packers will carry 50 lbs of gear per person while we hike separately with only our daypacks. We will hike from the North Lake trailhead (9,345’) 9 mi, 2,078’ gain, over Piute Pass (11,423’) to our basecamp along the outlet stream from Lower Golden Trout Lake in Humphreys Basin. The nearby creek will provide a convenient water source and soothing sounds as it starts a cascade down into Piute Canyon adjacent to our camp. We will have four full days to hike, photo, fish or relax in camp. This area has 20 plus alpine lakes to explore and many majestic peaks and wildflowers for our viewing pleasure. Possible day hiking destinations include Packsdtyjaddle, Upper and Lower Desolation, Mesa, Square, Tomahawk, Muriel, Goethe and Wahoo Lakes. Evenings will be filled with a happy hour followed by a different hearty soup each night. In addition to the soup, we will enjoy salad two nights, quesadillas two nights and pot-luck the last night.Wine will be provided. Saturday morning we will pack up and hike out. The cost per person is $395. To apply, email with recent high altitude and distance conditioning to Co-Leader Cathie Miller. Co-Leader: Kathy Viola. Assistant Leader: Jim Fleming.
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