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Coasters - North County Coastal Group
The Coasters are the geographic division of the San Diego Chapter for the north coastal area, Del Mar to Oceanside. We organize a variety of Sierra Club activities in coastal North County, including outings, social events, and conservation efforts.

We organize local hikes, usually on the first Saturday of each month. Format is a 9 am morning hike, optional lunch, done by noon. We walk in the north coast area, from Penasquitos to Oceanside. When tides are favorable, we are on the beach. Hikes are listed here, below, and in the Happenings singles group newsletter.

The Coasters meet on the third Tuesday of February, April, June, September, and November. Our meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center. The center is at the intersection of Encinitas Blvd. and Balour Drive. From I-5, take Encinitas Blvd East to Balour Drive (at the top of the hill) and turn right, then turn left on Oakcrest Park Drive. The entrance is off Oakcrest Park drive, just South of Encinitas Blvd on Balour. (Map)

To get on the email list for local events and news, click here, click on Join, and follow the instructions on the screen. The news email is sent out about once every two weeks, depending on what news and events there are to report.
Fall Colors at Mammoth Lakes
Fall Colors at Mammoth Lakes

Coaster News

Updated on September 15

Coasters Meeting

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Encinitas Community Center

A review of current conservation issues and Sierra Club news.

2013 Meeting Schedule The meetings will be on the third Tuesday of February, April, June, September and November. Our meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center.

Location: The center is at the intersection of Encinitas Blvd. and Balour Drive. From I-5, take Encinitas Blvd East to Balour Drive (at the top of the hill) and turn right, then turn left on Oakcrest Park Drive. The entrance is off Oakcrest Park drive, just South of Encinitas Blvd on Balour. Each of these meetings will feature a speaker. In May and October we will hold our popular Saturday picnics in conjunction with the Coaster hikes, and in December we will have a holiday party.

North County Group Fall General Meeting Tuesday, September 24

At the Ed Brown Center in Rancho Bernardo 7:00-9:00pm.

Join us as we sail on an expedition cruise to Antarctica with our very own Ken Quigley. Ken’s amazing photography and slides emphasize the wildlife; penguins, whales and seals, and the breathtaking scenery of its narrow waterways, glaciers, icebergs, and rugged mountains.

We will also have a special presentation by David O’Connor, Conservation Manager of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy ( David will tell us about their new Citizen Scientist project and how you can get involved.

The Ed Brown Center is located at 18402 W Bernardo Dr., San Diego, CA 92127. Contact Suzi Sandore (hikersuzi at hotmail dot com) or call 760-484-3440 for more information.

Local Hikes - Other Organizations

Guided Nature Walks at San Elijo Lagoon

San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center,
2710 Manchester Avenue
See for more information.

More Outings

We have set up an online listing of Chapter Outings. You can find it here. (
You can sign up to receive an outings listing monthly by email.
To sign up, click here.

And more

See other events at:

Sierra Club San Diego Events

San Diego Audubon events

Buena Vista Audubon Events

San Diego Coastkeeper

Surfrider Foundation - San Diego
Events -
Beach Cleanups -

The California Native Plant Society

The Escondido Creek Conservancy

The Natural History Museum calendar page

The combined environmental calendar page

REI Encinitas Events

Adventure 16 Events

Environmental Links
Lots of local environmental news, and some great pictures.

The California Coastal Commission

Carlsbad Watershed Network

The Desert Protective Council

The Escondido Creek Conservancy

The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

Friends of the Foothills
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

Save San Onofre

Marine Protected Areas

Wilderness For All

San Diego Tracking Team

The Wild Side News

Endangered Species Coalition


Sierra Club Blogs


The Green Life:

Taking the Initiative:

Food Links

Food Not Lawns
Local Food
La Vida Locavore
Farmers Markets

For More Information

About the Coasters, contact:
  • David Grubb, at 760 753-0273.

The Coasters ExCom members for 2012 are:
David Grubb - Chair
Peg Kessler
Linda Lyerly - Treasurer
Paul Richter - Vice Chair
Barbara Walker
Gene Walker
Coaster Documents

Environmental Events

Fall Foliage Viewing Weekend 2013

12 noon Friday October 4 through Sunday October 6, 2013
Fall Colors Three Day Bus Trip - Fall Colors and Short Hikes at Mammoth Lakes

Fall in the Mammoth Lakes area is spectacular. The Eastern Sierra region is home to some of the finest fall color viewing anywhere. Golden aspen mingle with pine forest and contrast with stark granite walls. Cottonwood and willow line stream banks and border alpine meadows. Above it all towers the Sierra Nevada mountain range jutting into the azure sky.

During our series of short stops and walks, there will be plenty to enjoy, as well as much to learn, as our Sierra Club leaders share their knowledge of the plants, animals and geological formations that we see.

Price is $200 and includes bus transportation and two nights lodging in condos in Mammoth. Condos have two bedrooms, each with a king or queen bed, a loft with four single beds, kitchen and two or three baths. The price being charged for the bus trip assumes participants will share the condos.

Participants will need to bring or buy two breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners, snacks and water. The condos are conveniently located in Mammoth Lakes near restaurants and grocery stores.

The bus departure time on Friday (Oct 4th) will be 12noon from a pre-designated park n ride location and tentative return time to San Diego on Sunday(Oct 6th) will be around 8-9pm (estimate)

There are 42 spots available on this trip and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Along with our new sign-up procedure, we are now accepting online payments via credit card. Payment in full is due upon sign up. Please see the standard refund policy as it has changed. Register online at:

For more about Mammoth Lakes' Fall Colors go to

Mini-tour of the Buena Vista Creek Valley and Grounds of the Marron Adobe

Sept 21 Sat 10- 11 AM
Here is your chance to come and see the Buena Vista Creek Valley and see why this area is too priceless to bulldoze for 656 more homes. There will be a short walk into the valley, tours of the grounds around the historic Marron Adobe and exhibits that tell about the early history of this area. We will meet at the cul-de-sac along Haymar Rd. From # 78 heading east take the College exit. Take first right onto Haymar/Plaza- this is frontage road along # 78 that goes past Mossy-Nissan. Head 7/10th of a mile west along Haymar- parking in cul-de-sac and along both sides of the street. Call 760-724-3887 for more information. Advance reservations are not required. Tour takes place rain or shine. Please help spread the word about this and pass on to anyone you know who has not yet had a chance to visit this priceless area.

National Public Lands Day at Lake Calavera

Sept 28 Sat 8:30 – 11:30 AM

What a great way to celebrate our wonderful public lands- by visiting one of the largest preserved natural areas in all of coastal north county. Come to work or just come to enjoy one of our great local preserves. Events will include planting 300 native plants to help restore a one acre site, miscellaneous trail work, hikes – and the unveiling of the long awaited interpretive signs. Join us at the new wildlife sign where we will be supervising a Boy Scout project to add wildlife tracks to the base of the sign and teaching how to identify local wildlife tracks and sign as you hike the preserve. Meet at the dam by Tamarack. Parking available at Calavera Hills School at 4100 Tamarack in Carlsbad. Advance registration is not required. Wear gloves, long pants, hat, sun screen and closed toed shoes if you plan to work.
El Salto Falls
El Salto Falls, Buena Vista Creek

Coasters T-Shirts are here!

We have the Coasters T-shirts, and they look great!

They will be available for purchase at our meetings and events for $15 each. Or, you can donate $25 or more to the Coasters Fund Appeal, and get one T-shirt "free".