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  Current Trips:
fall colors, 2014
memorial day, 2014
independence day, 2014
labor day, 2014
  Past Trips:
memorial day, 2013
independence day, 2013
labor day, 2013
memorial day, 2012
independence day, 2012
labor day, 2012
memorial day, 2011
independence day, 2011
labor day, 2011
memorial day, 2010
independence day, 2010
labor day, 2010
memorial day, 2009
independence day, 2009
labor day, 2009
memorial day, 2008
independence day, 2008
labor day, 2008
memorial day, 2007
independence day, 2007
labor day, 2007
memorial day, 2006
independence day, 2006
labor day, 2006
memorial day, 2005
independence day, 2005
labor day, 2005
labor day, 2004
july 4th, 2004
memorial day, 2004
labor day, 2003
july 4th, 2003
memorial day, 2003
labor day, 2002
july 4th, 2002
memorial day, 2002
labor day, 2001
july 4th, 2001
memorial day, 2001
  wednesday in the mtns:
june 20, 2001
Page last updated 2013-01-02


Fall Colors - Three Day Bus Trip - Short and Long Hikes around Mammoth Lakes

12 noon Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5, 2014

We will take a chartered bus to Mammoth and stay in condos to enjoy the Fall Foliage. The beauty of the aspen trees in the Eastern Sierra is unmatched, weather permitting. Participants who will enjoy this trip are physically active and able to negotiate forest service trails. The aspen trees will be turning color at 8,000 to 9,000 feet. The hiking trails may have a few rough spots. There are 42 seats on this trip which will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Condo requests are also filled on a first come, first served basis. For more information and required online signup, please visit our website at or contact Sharon Young or call (619) 675-9592. Sign up at Price: $200.00 Sign Up begins August 1, 2014

Please read our Resevation and Refund policy.

Fall Colors


Wilderness 50 Celebration

Wilderness 50 logo

The Sierra Club is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Protection Act in 1964. Many Americans believe a wilderness designation locks people out from public land. In reality, wilderness opens up public land for multiple recreational uses. While motorized equipment and mechanical transport such as bicycles and hang gliders are prohibited in wilderness, most types of recreation uses are allowed. Join us on our 2014 bus trips as we enjoy hiking, camping and backpacking while gaining a fresh new perspective on what wilderness means in these sensitive and protected areas.


Bee on Flower

Anza-Borrego Wildflower Bus Trip 2014

Saturday, March 22 - 7am-7pm, Anza Borrego State Park

One Day Anza Borrego State Park Wildflower Bus Tour and Short Hikes. Sign up at starting January 15, 2014 - $50

One of the blessings of living in San Diego is the opportunity to visit nearby Anza Borrego Desert State Park during the spring wildflower season. To take advantage of this opportunity, we would like you to join us on Saturday, March 22nd, for a one day bus trip to the desert.


Zion National Park

Memorial Day Backpack Bus Trip 2014

May 22 - 26, Thursday - Monday, Zion National Park, Utah

Sign up at starting January 15, 2014 - $225

84% of Zion National Park is designated as a wilderness area thus ensuring protection of flora and fauna for future generations to enjoy. We will be offering a mixture of bus camp and backpacks in this spectacular area. Our leaders are putting together an interesting variety of outings as the park offers an abundance of hiking and backpacking opportunities, nature trails, and other amenities such as restaurants. A possible day trip to Bryce Canyon for some trips may be a possibility too.


Half Dome

Independence Day Backpack Bus Trip 2014

July 2 - July 6, Wednesday - Sunday, Yosemite National Park, CA

Sign up at starting March 1, 2014 - $225

While a mass of car-confined tourists overwhelm 5% of Yosemite National Park, join us as we enjoy the 95% that has wilderness protection. We are in the process of planning several backpacks for Yosemite National Park that will take us from the north rim along Tioga Road down into Yosemite Valley. Along the way we will have views of high mountain lakes, roaring falls, and spectacular iconic landmarks such as Clouds Rest and Half Dome.


Labor Day Backpack Bus Trip 2014

August 28 - September 1, Thursday - Monday, Mount Whitney High Country

Sign up at starting May 1, 2014 - $225


Join us to celebrate Labor Day and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Protection Act! Enjoy four days in the Mt. Whitney high country, with a variety of trips leaving from Eastern Sierra trail heads at Horseshoe Meadow (9,940') and Meysan Lake. These trips are for experienced, conditioned and self sufficient backpackers. Please see our website at for further trip details, signup instructions and frequently asked questions.

Note that sickness, injury, or work schedules are not grounds for a refund.

A full refund is possible only if:

  1. You are unable to make the trip but the Sierra Club is able to fill your seat.
  2. The Sierra Club cancels the bus outing.
  3. The trip leader determines that you shouldn't be on the trip.
A partial refund is possible if:
  1. We keep $25.00 if you cancel no less than 60 days prior to the outing.
  2. We keep $100.00 if you can cancel less than 60 days but more than 30 days prior to the outing.
  3. We keep the entire amount if you cancel less than 30 days prior to the outing.

CST2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

Bus Trips are chapter fundraisers organized to multiple special destinations each year. Each year we organize trips to faraway destinations (usually the Sierra Nevada) for long weekends at Memorial Day (May), July 4th (Independence Day, June-July), and Labor Day (September). Usually we schedule one bus for each trip, but beginning again in 2000 we have been scheduling a second bus for July 4th trips to Yosemite.

Though participants travel to and from trailheads together on a bus, we split into groups of about 12 (including leader and assistant) for backpacks to separate locations. Some groups establish a basecamp and enjoy dayhikes from one location; other groups move camp each day; other groups employ a combination.

Each trip is announced in the Hi Sierran months in advance. Popular trips fill within days; be sure to reserve promptly!

For more information on a trip, select it on the left menu. For winter bus trips, visit the Cross-Country Ski Section page.

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