Our cultural and wildlife journey takes us by rail and van to three incredible national parks where we'll have a good chance of seeing wild tigers, superb birds, and possibly all of the big game animals on the Indian subcontinent. We will explore the beguiling treasures of this ancient land, including the medieval monuments of Khajuraho, the sublimely magnificent Taj Mahal, and the mysterious lost temples reclaimed by the forest and taken over by big cats. Accommodations are in hotels and nature lodges.
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Join us on an exploration of southern, central, and northern Vietnam, visiting many of the most beautiful, important, and interesting natural and cultural sites from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. We'll hike in a national park, snorkel, and kayak on Ha Long Bay (all physical activities are optional). We'll stay overnight in a mountain village and experience Vietnamese culture through music, dance and water-puppetry performances.
Help secure and save the last remaining undammed river in Arizona. We'll work with The Nature Conservancy on various projects to protect this critical river and flyway.
Embark on a dogsled journey through the pristine solitude of interior Alaska. After a bushflight to our remote starting point on the Yukon River and expert training from our trusted guide, you and your team of huskies will begin the journey through mountains and over frozen rivers. Overnights in rustic cabins provide comfort, traditional Alaskan meals, and possible northern lights viewing.
Belize is a kaleidoscope of brilliant birds, tropical rainforest, ancient ruins, living reefs, and friendly culture. Wildlife is everywhere, from the moment we hit the road to the many natural habitats we will visit. With birds as our lodestar, we will cruise lowland rivers, visit Mayan ruins, hike a canopied forest, take a boat ride to our beachfront island lodge, and learn about the rich biodiversity and cultural history of this enchanting place.
I: Round Mountain (5272'), Luna Mountain (5967'), Rattlesnake Mountain (6131'): Moderately strenuous loop tour, up to 10 miles round trip, 3000' gain in the Hesperia Backcountry east of Cajon Pass. We combine roads, trails, and desert fringe cross-country trekking for this adventure as we search for peaks to climb. Much dirt road driving; high clearance vehicles recommended. Bring lug soles, water, food, layers, hat and sunblock. Contact leader for status and details. Leader: BILL SIMPSON Co-Leaders: JIMMY QUAN, BRUCE CRAIG
O: Muir Peak (4,688) via Lone Tree Trail: 7 miles round trip, 2,900’ gain on a steep use trail above Rubio Canyon. Robinson describes the Lone Tree Trail as a “trail that used to be,” but volunteers have cleared and restored the trail as far as Fuji West. The hike will continue beyond Fuji West to Muir Peak by a steep ridge north of Fuji West. Return the same way (possible alteration to return by Castle Canyon if desired – adds 1.5 miles to the hike). This is not a hike for beginners – good conditioning is required. Some Class 2 rock scrambling is involved. If the forecast is for temperatures above 78 degrees the hike may be shortened to end at Fuji West, since there’s virtually no cover or shade beyond that point. Meet 8 AM at the Rubio Canyon trailhead: Take the Lake Ave. exit off the 210 and drive north. After the intersection with Altadena Drive take the first right turn on E Palm St. and go to the second stop sign. Continue straight on to Maiden Lane. Take the fourth right at Rubio Canyon Road and continue across the bridge. (If you’re confused, see the Thomas Guide map 536: B4). Park on the shoulder just past the bridge. There will be a second sign-in waiver for the Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy, which owns some of the property we’ll be hiking on. Co-sponsored with Pasadena Group. Leaders: Norm Stabeck, Ron Rosien.
O: The Long & the Short of It---Quail & Turtle Variant: Moderate 10 mi, 1900’ cum gain/loss. Starting at Quail Hill, we’ll follow the Shady Cyn Trail into Bommer Cyn and climb the nicely-switchbacked Turtle ridge Trail to the ridgetop. There we’ll enjoy good views before looping back into Shady Cyn and returning to our starting point. Meet 9:00 am in the parking area at the Quail Hill trailhead in Irvine. (from I-405 exit Sand Cyn & go S on Shady Cyn Dr to traffic circle, continue S—trailhead is ca 100 yds past traffic circle & fire station on R). Bring at least 2 qts water, lunch, lugsoles. Rain cancels. Ldrs: Ed & Helen Maurer, (949) 768-0417 email@example.com Short Hike: 5 mi, 700’ gain/loss. Ldr: Pete Height (949) 412-8954 firstname.lastname@example.org Asst: ???
(A shorter version of this hike is possible: 5 mi, 700’cum gain/loss. Starting at the same place & time, it would follow natural surface trails through the gently undulating terrain of Shady Cyn to Turtle Rock Community Park or into Bommer Cyn (facilities at both), where it would split off from the longer hike and return via the same route. Bring water, lunch or snack. Walking shoes ok for this one. Ldrs to be determined.
MAR 12 (WED) 9:00 AM SYCAMORE CANYON HIKE
This new (10 months old) trail in Claremont is rated strenuous at 2 1/2 miles R/T and about a 600' elevation gain. Good vistas overlooking Pomona Valley. The hike loops into Johnson's Pasture and terminates at Thompson Creek. Join me in adding this new trail to your resume. BRING: water, sturdy boots, layered clothing and hiking stick. We will meet at the NW corner of 16th Street and Mountain Ave in the Upland Stater Bros parking lot to carpool. Please call hike LEADER: JEFF WARHOL (909) 985-7686 or e-mail email@example.com to confirm by MAR 11, 5:00 PM. LOS SERRANOS GROUP
We will be hiking ~7 miles, taking the South Rim Trail. While there is some uphill, switchbacks ease the grade. Trails are green and wet, but muddy only in a few places, not bad at all. Poison oak is out.
Bring lunch and water, and how about your emergency information envelope too.
Parking at the entrance parking lot is now free. Ignore the parking machines and look for the brown signs designating the free area. Meet West entrance, end of Penitencia Creek Rd. Carpool 9am Old Page Mill Road. Leader Barry Swackhamer 408 227 5887 firstname.lastname@example.org
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