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DPS trips mainly include Saturday and Sunday day hikes with a Saturday night potluck campfire meal and car or tent camping overnight stay on Saturday. Those wishing to attend must contact the Leaders as indicated in the Desert Sage or on this web site. Trip sheets will be e-mailed/mailed prior to the event upon acceptance to the trip. Permits or fees may be required depending on the peak being climbed. A listing of expired Section Outing announcements since 2010 is available for viewing.
Activity listings for selected Angeles Chapter Outings Sections and the Leadership Training Committee can be accessed by following the links displayed at the bottom of this Listing of Outings and Activities.
Sun Mar 12 O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Tom Sumner  in Sylmar for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m. and potluck at 6:00 p.m. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Tom at

Sat-Sun Mar 18-19, Desert Peaks I: Pahrump Pt (5740’), Stewart Pt (5265’): Saturday climb Pahrump Pt, 8 mi rt, 3400’ gain. Sunday climb Stewart Pt, 6.5 mi rt, 2600’ gain. Car camp and optional potluck Saturday night. Moderate pace. Send email or sase with resume, conditioning, carpool info to Ldr: Gary Schenk. Co-Ldr: Tina Bowman


Sat April 8 HPS, DPS, I: Indianhead (3960'+) - Let's climb a DPS peak since our HPS Spring Fling campsite is at the trailhead!  We will start early from the group campsite for a strenuous hike, 8 miles round trip, 3200' gain, at a moderate pace over rugged and rocky class 2 terrain up the lovely Borrego Palm Canyon and then up and along scenic ridgelines to the spectacular Indianhead summit.  Not for beginners.  Must be comfortable on steep, rocky, thorny, sometimes loose terrain.  Bring 3-4 liters of water, lunch, a hat, warm clothing, and the rest of your 10 essentials.  This HPS Outing is co-sponsored by DPS. Email leader with recent experience and conditioning for trip status and details. Leaders: Sandy Lara, Peter Lara (

Sun April 9 O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Larry and Barbee Tidball in Long Beach for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m. and potluck at 6:00 p.m. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Larry and Barbee  at

Sun April 9 HPS, I: Sombrero Peak (4229') – HOLIDAY HOOPLAH!! JOIN US FOR A WEEKEND OF FUN!! VISIT A REALLY COOL DPS PEAK!! Hike with us Sunday and/or Saturday (see separate Saturday posting for Whale Peak). On Sunday we will visit Sombrero Peak, which at 4229' does not qualify for the HPS list. However, it is on the Desert Peak Section's list and is a fun one! Travel will be cross-country through gorgeous -- but rocky, brushy and thorny -- desert terrain. This will be a slow-paced hike, designed to accommodate hikers who need -- or want -- more time to get to a DPS peak. Total distance should be around 3 miles, and total gain should be about 2100 feet. Bring food, water, hiking footwear, layers, hat and sunblock. Contact Leader for status and details. Leader: BILL SIMPSON (; Co-Leaders: VIRGINIA SIMPSON, DAVE ENDRES

may Sun May 21, 2017: Desert Peaks Section Annual Banquet: Join your fellow DPS members and friends for a wonderful evening at Castaways Restaurant in Burbank. This year’s speaker will be Scott Swaney presenting on "Death Valley Canyoneering Exploration". Social Hour and No Host Bar starts at 5:30 pm, followed at 7:00 pm by dinner and the program. The evening will be capped off by awards. Please mark your calendars and come join the fun!
Tickets are $45 (*$40 if DPS List Finisher) until May 1st, $50 each after May 1st. Choice of Prime Rib, Chicken or Vegan.
Click here to download ticket order form.
Please make a selection below to see the Outings Schedule for other Angeles Chapter Activity Sections
Leadership Training Course Schedule
Sierra Peaks Outings Schedule
Lower Peaks Outings Schedule
Hundred Peaks Outings Schedule
Mule Pack Section Outings Schedule
Ski Mountaineers Outings Schedule
Most Desert Peaks Section trips include Saturday and Sunday day hikes with a Saturday night car camp unless otherwise specified. Trips range in difficulty from trail hiking to cross-country travel over rugged terrain to exposed climbing requiring technical aid such as ropes.
In order to participate in a Sierra Club outing, you will need to sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read a copy of the waiver prior to attending the outing, please see In addition, you must contact the leader by sending a sase (self addressed, stamped, envelope) or email to the leader. Outings listed as restricted trips (MR and E rated) are limited to Sierra Club members who are qualified to participate in the outing as determined by the leader.
Our trips our published in the Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities and in our newsletter. The section is known for the Saturday evening parties. There are usually no participation quotas. If you have applied and you do not hear otherwise, you may assume you are accepted. SASE's and emails are normally returned with trip sheets 1-2 weeks prior to the trip. Please join us on a hike!
In the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make voluntary carpooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.
Restricted outings requiring the use of ice axes or ropes/climbing gear may be conducted with special trip plan approval, both at the Chapter and National levels. Also, all participants must be Sierra Club members and sign a liability release (waiver).
In order to assure the well-being of all; preserve natural beauty and living things; maintain good will toward the Sierra Club and its objectives the following Rules apply to all persons joining Sierra Club activities. Conduct must, at all times, be acceptable to the group itself, to the general public, and to officials with whom the group may come in contact.
1. The authority of the leaders is to be recognized. Never precede hike leader; never leave group without leader's permission; abide by leader's rulings as to adequacy of clothing, foot-wear, equipment, proficiency, experience, etc.
2. Obey all fire, sanitary, administrative, and safety regulations of both the Club and governmental agencies. Don't throw rocks. Bring out all unburned litter. Take only photographs; leave only footprints. On trails, don't cut switchbacks as the practice leads to erosions.
3. All cooking on overnight trips will be done on stoves. One campfire is permitted where firewood is not in short supply.
4. Firearms and use of radios (except for essential uses such as navigation or communication) are prohibited. Animals are prohibited unless a specific exception is included in the original trip write up.
5. Persons less than 18 yrs old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have written permission from same giving phone number and authorization for continuing treatment by an Medical Doctor in case of necessity.
6. Events are open to all members and guests unless the event description lists special restrictions. Make sure you understand these restrictions as they apply to your qualifications to participate be sure you are qualified to participate and that you will not handicap the group because the activity is too strenuous for you. The privilege to attend outings and other events may be limited or withdrawn from those who willfully and/or repeatedly do not comply with the Rules of Conduct.
The Chapter Safety Committee has established classifications for outings that involve different levels and areas of skill but do not relate to the strenuousness of the outing.
C For events under external control of a non-Sierra Club entity (e.g., ranger, concessionaire).
O Applies to uncomplicated outings such as hikes on trails or equivalent.
I Includes outings involving off-trail travel that require navigational skills.
M Applies to outings that include moderate snow climbs and/or class 3 rock climbing. M-R (rock) and M-S (snow) ratings are available.
E Applies to outings that involve more severe snow climbing.
T Applies to outings that involve specialized technical activities.

Detailed leadership contact information can be found in the current issue of the Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities.
Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Hundred Peaks Lower Peaks Sierra Peaks Ski Mountaineers
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