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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, 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)

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Coaster News

Updated on May 25, 2014

Coasters Meeting

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Encinitas Community Center

Topic TBD

2014 Meeting Schedule The meetings will be on the third Tuesday of February, April, 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.

Local Hikes

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Dayhike (M7C) Palomar Mountain State Park
Moderate 7 miles 1,001 to 2,000 feet elevation change
Leader: Niall Fritz - Assistant: Needed
Enjoy a day hiking the valleys and forest of Palomar Mountain. Bring lunch, 2 quarts of water and hiking shoes/boots; dress in layers. Meet at the Doane Pond parking lot by 9:30AM. State Park entrance fee is $8/vehicle, but there is free road side parking available by the park entrance sign for those who want to meet and shuttle themselves the 2 miles to the Doane Pond parking lot. Hike will finish between 2:30 and 3pm. Carpools leave Mission Valley at 7:30 AM because of the longer drive.
Contact: Niall Fritz
858-344-1948 or

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - Dayhike (E5A) Coasters Saturday Encinitas North Beach
Easy 5 miles less than 500 feet elevation change
Leader: Mac Downing - Assistant: Needed
Beautiful 9 am beach walk, great scenes, Encinitas area. Bring water and comfortable hiking shoes or boots. Optional restaurant at end. Limited to 20. For reservations email (prefer) or call Mac. Rain or drizzle cancels.
Contact: Mac Downing
619-532-9320 or M2CDOW4@YAHOO.COM

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

San Dieguito River Park

The Escondido Creek Conservancy

The Natural History Museum calendar page

The combined environmental calendar page

REI Encinitas Events

Adventure 16 Events

Environmental Links

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

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
Edible San Diego
Farmers Markets

For More Information

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

The Coasters ExCom members for 2014 are:
David Grubb - Chair
Debbie Hecht
Peg Kessler
Linda Lyerly - Treasurer
Cathryn Rathsam
Marc Sands
Barbara Walker
Coaster Documents

Environmental Events

Solana Beach Fiesta del Sol

Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1
The Fiesta del Sol is presented by the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Belly Up and the City of Solana Beach. The Fiesta del Sol takes place adjacent to Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach, California within the area bordered by South Sierra Avenue and Acacia Avenue. The Fiesta del Sol opens each morning at 9am with the arts & crafts fair and closes each evening at 9pm after the conclusion of the last musical performance.

Attendees are encouraged to come to Fiesta Del Sol by train, bicycle (designated bicycle parking area is conveniently located at the Solana Beach train station, which is located across the street from the Fiesta Del Sol entrance), walking, Bus (Bus Stop is adjacent to Fiesta del Sol Entrance) or by carpool. A variety of designated parking areas with Shuttle Buses will be readily available to take you to the Fiesta.

Encinitas Environment Day - Sunday June 8

10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Cottonwood Creek Park
EEDay 2014" An Enjoyable & Educational Community Event Family activities, food, eco art, entertainment. Network with your community and learn the latest strategies for healthy life styles, conservation and sustainability.

This year we will be focusing on the theme of WATER and what it means to our community. This will include a focus on water conservation, quality and availability. Also discover the financial benefits of going Green and connect with local educational, governmental and civic resources. Celebrating eight years of community progress. Go Green Encinitas, North County and beyond.

The Coasters will have a booth at Encinitas Environment Day. We will be featuring the Wilderness50 Campaign and the Go Solar Campaign. Sierra Club members are welcome to stop by the booth or stay a while. We could use some help for setup and takedown. Email to volunteer.

Annual Gala Celebration & Awards

Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 6:00pm -- 9:00pm

Wilderness 50 Celebrating 50 Years of American Wilderness
Come join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Wilderness Act and the achievements of leaders in our community and businesses and volunteers who have contributed their time and effort to safeguarding our wild places. This will also be an opportunity for you to meet and speak with our new Steering Committee members.

FEAT Awards
William Metz, Forest Supervisor, Cleveland National Forest
Anne Fege, Retired Forest Supervisor, Cleveland National Forest
Duncan McFetridge, wilderness and anti-sprawl activist

Volunteer Awards
Conservation Activist Award: Mary Clarke
Outings Leader Award: Michael Taylor
Political Activist Award: Mike Bullock
Volunteer of the Year Award: Ernest "EL" Lotecka
Club Service Award: Staff, Nature Knowledge Workshop
Distinguished Achievement Award: John Tomlinson
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ellen Shively
Silver Cup Award: Cheryl Knapp

Tickets can be purchased at or at 858-569-6005 for $50 per person.

El Salto Falls
El Salto Falls, Buena Vista Creek