PROVIDING ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
PROVIDING ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
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The Bus Trip Program

Our schedule for 2022 trips is as follows:

 Trip Name  Dates
 Death Valley  March  23 - 27, 2022
 Grand Canyon National Park  April 27 - May 1, 2022
 Mammoth  July 13 - 17, 2022
 Yosemite National Park  August 17 - 21, 2022
 Sedona  September 28 -  October 2, 2022


Since 1982 the San Diego Chapter has been offering bus trips to a variety of National and State Parks within an eight hour drive of San Diego.

Part of the largest grassroots environmental organization in the country, Sierra Club provides environmentally friendly outdoor adventures.

What makes these bus trips special is that they are organized by a fantastic team of volunteer leaders who do not get paid for their efforts. They do it out of an appreciation for these special places, and a passion for sharing them with you. Bus Trips include transportation by motorcoach unless otherwise specified, camping permits, backcountry backpacking permits, route planning and the expertise of our Chapter Outings Leaders. We look forward to having you join us on a bus trip to explore, enjoy and protect the planet.

 

BUS TRIP OVERVIEW

Backpacking

Backpacking Trips

All of our backpacking trips are led by Sierra Club Chapter Outing Leaders. On each bus trip we offer a minimum of 4 backpack outing trips. We do our best to offer a variety of backpack trips from easy to difficult. We utilized a rating system to provide you with guidance on selecting a backpack that is in alignment with your fitness level and backpacking experience. The backpack trips are usually five days and four nights in duration. On some trips, you will backpack in to a remote location and set up camp and go on day hikes each day. On other trips you will backpack and travel from campsite to campsite each day. As we will be in the wilderness, restroom facilities, showers, tap water, restaurants and stores will not be available, therefore, you will need to bring all your food, cooking supplies, gear and water filtration/treatment products with you. If you have never backpacked before, we highly recommend taking the Wilderness Basics Course

Bus Camping & Day Hikes

Camping Bus Trips

Camping Bus Trips are also usually five day and four night trips. On these trips the bus will drop us off at a campsite usually in a National or State Park and we will set up a base camp. We offer a number of day hikes each day led by Sierra Club Chapter Outings Leaders that range from easy to hard or you may have the option of going on a self-guided hike. Depending on the location, the bus will take us to our trail head, we will use locally provided transportation or depart from our campground.

Pre-Trip Planning Meeting

Pre-Trip Planning Meeting

A few weeks before the bus trip, we will hold a pre-trip meeting where you will get to meet your leaders and the other participants on the trip. We will review general information about the trip, and you will have the opportunity to have your questions answered. In addition, the leaders will elaborate on the details of your outing, review plans, maps and required gear. You will have the opportunity to connect with other participants on the trip and discuss gear sharing. We will review the departure location information and what to expect on the bus.

Transportation

Transportation

Transportation is provided by San Diego's most trusted charter service. Our trips take us to some areas that can be quite challenging for a motorcoach to navigate. We developed a relationship with a team of dependable professional drivers to meet our unique needs.  Our bus of choice is a 47 seat passenger luxury MCI motorcoach with the following features:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Reclining Seats
  • Restroom-equipped
  • Privacy Shades
  • Large Overhead Compartments
  • Luggage Bays
What to Expect on the Bus

What to Expect on the Bus

The great part about not driving yourself is you don't have to worry about traffic and can relax and enjoy the view, eat, sleep, read a book, watch a movie on your tablet or smartphone, or talk to your neighbor. Seat selection on the bus is based on a priority system of when you signed up for the trip and your presence at the time of seating. On the ride up to our destination, we will do introductions and get to know one another. Depending on the length of our bus ride, we have a rest stop at the half-way junction to stretch our legs and grab a bite to eat. On our return trip home, every outing group is encouraged to share their trip's experience.

Post Trip Gathering

Post Trip Gathering

A few weeks after the trip, we all get back together for a post trip gathering. We set up a slide show for everyone to share their favorite pictures and videos and recount stories about their experience. Depending on the venue, participants are encouraged to bring a potluck meal to share and friends and family are welcome to join in on the post trip gathering.

Sedona Bus Trip 2022

SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 2, 2022


Come enjoy Sedona in the Fall! Join us as we explore this beautiful red rock country in Arizona. Sedona is home to unique rock formations, land bridges, and great trails. We'll enjoy three days of hiking, campfires, starry nights, and good company. This is a base camp trip, and we will stay four nights at the Cave Springs Campground. Four leaders, and their assistants, will lead hikes of varying difficulty. You will be able to choose which hike you would like to do each day. Hike details are described below. We look forward to having you join us!

Here is a unique camping trip in Sedona, Arizona! We will ride a chartered, air-conditioned bus to the Cave Creek Campground (a developed campground with water, fire pits, tables, vault toilets and showers). This tent-camping trip is for adults only who are in good health. Participants must provide their own meals and camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, etc.). Upon registration, you will receive an e-mail confirmation and information about the pre-trip zoom to meet your leaders and ask questions (highly recommended for first-timers). A hand-out will also be available with suggestions about what to pack, weather, safety tips, etc.

Visit our Trip Rating System to determine which Day Hike is right for you. 

Type: Bus Camping Trip – Cave Springs Campground
Trip Rating: Easy, Moderate, & Hard Day Hikes 
Leaders:  Karen Nelson, Kris Watkin, Lynn Nebus, Mike Fry, Margaret Elizondo, Michael Taylor,  Bonnie Ferri

All hikes may be altered due to leader discretion, group interest, weather, and other factors. Day hikes are limited to 15 participants (including leaders). For most hikes, transportation to and from the trail head is provided by our bus.  For accessibility reasons, some hikes will have transportation provided by car or on foot. We will organize our hikes for the optimal drop off/pick up for each group.

Each day, your leaders will offer some fascinating hiking adventures of varying difficulty levels. Since these will be on a space-available basis, sign-ups will be announced at the campground on the evening before the hike.

 

THURSDAY – Evening in OAK CANYON

Leader: Karen Nelson 
Assistant Leader: Bonnie Ferri

MESCAL/LONG CANYON LOOP WITH LONG CANYON EXTENSION (M8B) This hike has a combination of big scenic panoramas and close up views of red rock formations. The hike begins along the base of Mescal Mountain, crossing via Deadman’s Pass Trail, and connecting up with Long Canyon. We will continue up Long Canyon where we will see mountains, cliffs, spires, windows, and arches. The “end” point is a red sandstone cliff, where we hope to find a few small Indian ruins and some primitive rock pictographs. We return down Long Canyon to our trailhead.

Leader: Lynn Nebus
Assistant Leader: Michael Taylor
BOYNTON CANYON (M7B) 6.4 miles, 850' gain/loss
Many Sedona visitors come to check out the vortexes, centers of natural electromagnetic earth energy, so this hike is for anyone interested in a vortex experience. Our hike takes us past two tall vortex rock formations. We can stay awhile and soak up the energy! We'll travel through a narrow rocky trail,and If we can find the Subway Cave without too much difficulty, we will explore that as well. If not, we will head past some ruins high up on the cliffs, then head into the woods.  We are in Sedona at the right time to see some fall colors! This out and back trail ends in a box canyon at the base of Secret Mountain

Leader: Kris Watkin
Assistant Leader: Margaret Elizondo

AROUND THE ICONIC SEDONA MONUMENTS - (M9B)
A one-way hike starting near Cathedral rock. We climb the rock to the viewing outpost, and then descend partway. At this point we will head
cross-country to catch the trail on the south side of Cathedral rock to head towards Bell rock.  We will cross the highway to climb Bell rock (partway). Then we will descend to traverse around the Courthouse Butte Monument. We finish in Oak Creek where we will enjoy a restaurant or some shopping while waiting for our bus ride back to the campsite.

Leader: Mike Fry 
Assistant Leader: TBD

CATHEDRAL ROCK to OAK CREEK
Beginning at Cathedral rock, meandering past several red rock monuments and ending up at the best pizza place in Oak Creek.

 

FRIDAY -  Evening in Sedona

Leader: Karen Nelson 
Assistant Leader: Bonnie Ferri
WEST FORK OAK CREEK CANYON
(E6B) The West Fork is an easy but extremely popular hike. We will cross Oak Creek on a footbridge, and follow the West Fork Trail south to the mouth of the West Fork canyon, where the trail turns right (west) and enters this most impressive gorge. Soon we will leave the sounds of the busy highway behind and be able to hear the pleasant murmur of the creek and whisper of the wind in the trees. Buttresses of Coconino Sandstone tower on the left, while the canyon floor is filled with a tall ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest. The trail crosses the creek several times, ending about 3 miles up the canyon, where we turn around and return the way we came. Since this hike is near our camp, we will shuttle by car to and from our trailhead.

Leader: Lynn Nebus
Assistant Leader: Michael Taylor

BRINS MESA TRAILHEAD TO SOLDIER PASS TRAILHEAD (M6B
For this point-to-point trip, we will hike to the top of a beautiful mesa, then down past several Sedona landmarks with red rock views all around. We'll start out with a view of Cibola's mitten, then a fairly steep climb up to Brins Mesa with gorgeous views in every direction. We'll visit the Seven Sacred Pools which contain water most of the year, and then Devils Kitchen, a very large sink hole, before ending our hike at the Soldier Pass trailhead. Based on participant interest and fitness, we have the option to take a .3 mile spur trail (0.6 mi RT) to a cave with more amazing views nearby. Some parts of the trail are rocky and steep, yet well worth the effort!

 

Leader: Kris Watkin
Assistant Leader: Margaret Elizondo
DEVILS BRIDGE AND SOLDIERS PASS
- (H9B)
A one way hike that ends in Sedona, with some cross-country hiking.  We first head to Devil's bridge and get some photos of this formation (expect a line). Then we embark cross-country towards the Soldier Pass trail. We will take a detour to explore Soldier Pass Cave, and then visit some other busy locations, the Seven Sacred Pools, Devils Kitchen enroute to Sedona.  We will finish by finding a restaurant to celebrate another beautiful hike.

Leader: Mike Fry 
Assistant Leader: TBD

SOLDIERS PASS and VICINITY (H8B)
Scenic vistas can be enjoyed south into Sedona and north into the wilderness and the red cliffs of the Mogollon Rim. May include a visit to the Devils Kitchen sinkhole, the "Seven Sacred Pools", Devil’s Bridge and other sights, ending at Soldiers Pass Trailhead for the bus pickup to Sedona.

SATURDAY Evening in Cave Springs Campground

Leader: Karen Nelson 
Assistant Leader: Bonnie Ferri
DOE MOUNTAIN LOOP TRAIL/FAY CANYON TRAI
L (M6B) These are two short hikes that are so close together that we will combine them into one adventure. Doe Mountain is a flat red mesa that only rises a few hundred feet above the surrounding terrain, but its position as an isolated small mesa provides great views of the Dry Creek Basin. After we complete the Doe Mountain trail we will walk 0.8 mile to the Fay Canyon trail. On the Fay Canyon trail we will see interesting rock formations, red rock, beautiful canyon walls, and box canyons. The good canopy and cool canyon bottom make for an excellent hike. Some parts of the trail get rocky as it crosses old dry creek beds. One of the main highlights of the trail is the Fay Canyon Arch, a natural arch that stands halfway through the trail. From here, there are good views of the surrounding cliffs. Overall, this is a must do hike if you are in the area.

Leaders: Lynn Nebus, Michael Taylor, Mike Fry, TBD
We will have two groups going to Oak Creek – one earlier, the other later in the morning.
WEST FORK OAK CREEK CANYON – (M7A) 7.2 miles (out and back route) 750’ gain/loss
We will hike an out-and-back route along the first three and a half miles of Oak Creek, which is not surprisingly one of the most popular trails in the Coconino National Forest. You will look way, way up at towering red cliffs framed by green trees, and along the rippling creek you will see red autumn leaves floating in clear reflecting pools. There will be several stream crossings (on strategically placed stepping stones), so you will want to bring trekking poles. Join us in a photographer’s paradise! 

 Leader: Kris Watkin
Assistant Leader: Margaret Elizondo
NORTH WILSON MESA
- (M10C) This hike has two overlooks, the first into Sterling Canyon and the second over Sedona. After an ascent of approximately 2200 ft in 3 miles, we are atop the Wilson Mountain Mesa.  About 1 1/2 mi to the north is the overlook of Sterling Canyon, and 1/2 mi to the south is a view of the Sedona area with great views of the red monuments such as Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock. 

Space: Limited to 47 participants (including leaders and assistants)

Cost: $265
Registration Opens: August 3, 2022 at 6 am
Pre-trip Meeting: September 14, 2022 6:15 pm on Zoom
Departure: September 28, 2022 at 8:30 am
Return: October 2, 2022 at approximately 8:00 pm
For more information: Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the trip coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet