Alumni Trips 2024

 

 

Trip sign-ups for the 2024 Season will begin on December 28, 2023

New alumni trips will be posted both here and on the Sierra Club Activities and Events calendar periodically throughout the snowcamping season, and are also announced via the Snowcamping Alumni News email list (Alumni can subscribe to this moderated email list via the “Contact Us” page).

 

upcoming Trip OverviewS- 2024 Trips scheduled for Information only!

Trip Status Date Leaders Cost*
Ludlow Hut Trip Completed January 27-28, 2024 Mike Bandrowski and Molly Rose $75
Lassen National Park: Lake Helen Being Rescheduled February 17-19, 2024 Jamsheed Wania and Molly Rose $40
Yosemite: Exploring Crane Flat- Lookouts and Sequoias Completed

February 23-25, 2024

Mike Bandrowski and Peter Iannone $35
Martis Peak- Winter Photography Lovers Paradise  Open April 6-8, 2024 Cynthia Knowles and Peter Iannone $35
         
Test Trip TEST TRIP

March, 2024

Leaders $35
         
More trips will be posted soon!        

* prices do not include park entrance fees


Alumni Trip Details:

To check availability and sign up, please click on the “Apply For …” link below for the specific trip(s) that you are interested in.  Trip listings in the Sierra Club Activities and Events calendar include leader contact information.

 

• Ludlow Hut Trip

Start the 2024 snowcamping season with a fun filled weekend of snowshoeing to an overnight at the Ludlow Hut in the Lake Tahoe area. We will start at Sugar Pine Point State Park on Saturday morning and snowshoe with relatively light packs up General Creek, approximately 5.5 miles to the Ludlow Hut.   As we will not be digging snow shelters, we expect to keep a moderate pace on the hike, with 1,100 feet of elevation gain along the General Creek trail. The cozy hut, which was built in 1955, has two wood burning stoves and a sleeping loft to stay the night in style. With the entire hut to ourselves, we will have space for 15 people and will enjoy a before dinner happy hour and cooking in smaller groups.  Conditions permitting, we may do a short hike behind the hut for a Lake Tahoe view before we depart on Sunday. Please join us to celebrate the start of the winter season! Must be Alumni of the SF Bay Chapter’s Snowcamping Training Series.  Trip limited to 15 participants.

Difficulty: Moderate
Leaders: Molly Rose and Mike Bandrowski
Trip Dates:
January 27-28, 2024
Participant Limit:
15
Distance: About 5.5 miles one way and 1,100 ft elevation gain to the hut.
Cost: $75, plus parking permit for each car.
Notes: Applications accepted after December 28, 2024, using the link below. Trip fee must be paid via Paypal after being accepted. 

APPLY For Ludlow Hut Trip!

• Lassen National Park: Lake helen

Enjoy three days over President’s Day weekend exploring the area around Lake Helen in Lassen National Park. We’ll meet Saturday morning at the Southern entrance to the park, snowshoe to Lake Helen and set up camp. We’ll spend the Sunday exploring the area. On Monday morning we will break camp and head back to the cars.

Difficulty: Moderate
Leaders: Jamsheed Wania and Molly Rose
Trip Dates:
February 17-19, 2024
Participant Limit:
8
Distance: 4.5 miles, 1500 ft elevation gain with backpack to campsite and back. Hiking without packs between 3-4 miles.
Cost: $40 (includes backcountry permit fee), plus National Park entrance fee of $10 per vehicle or use National Parks Pass.
Notes: Applications accepted after December 28, 2024. Signup on Campfire. Trip fee must be paid via Paypal after being accepted. 

APPLY For Lassen National Park: Lake Helen

 

 

• Yosemite: Exploring Crane Flat – Lookouts and Sequoias

Three days in February: Enjoy a long weekend exploring the area around Crane Flat in Yosemite National Park. We will stay Thursday night somewhere nearby. Friday morning we will drive to Crane Flat and then snowshoe to a nearby area to set up camp. We will then spend the rest of the day Friday, as well as Saturday, exploring the area to spots such as Tuolumne Sequoia Grove, Crane Flat Lookout, Clark Range Viewpoint, or Gin Flat. On Sunday morning we will break camp and head back to the cars.

   
   
Difficulty: Moderate
Leaders: Mike Bandrowski and Peter Iannone
Trip Dates:
February 23-25, 2024
Participant Limit:
10
Distance: 1-3 miles with backpack to campsite and back. Hiking without packs between 4-8 miles.
Cost: $35, plus National Park entrance fee if driving.
Notes: Applications accepted after December 28, 2023. Signup on Campfire. Trip fee must be paid via Paypal after being accepted. 

APPLY For Yosemite: Exploring Crane Flat Trip!

 

 

• Martis Peak- Photography Lovers Paradise

Join us for a two night photography adventure in the Martis Peak area, north of Lake Tahoe. We’ll take the time to experiment and practice shooting snow landscapes and the peaks overlooking Tahoe. All cameras welcome, including phone cameras. Our route begins at the Brockway Summit Tahoe Rim Trail Trailhead at 7200 feet along the Tahoe Rim Trail and within 1.5 miles Lake Tahoe is in view. You also have the option to relax at camp and explore Tahoe vistas. Short, late afternoon hikes on Saturday and Sunday will emphasize shooting during the golden hours. If we’re treated to a starry sky, we’ll shoot at twilight and into the night. Night photography will not disappoint.

   
   
Difficulty: Moderate
Leaders: Cynthia Knowles and Peter Iannone
Trip Dates:
April 6-8, 2024
Participant Limit:
12
Distance: We’ll camp about 2.5 miles long the trail to Martis Peak and make time for sunset shots. On Sunday a steady 2.5 to 3 mile (approx) climb will take us to the lookout tower and Martis Peak to enjoy breathtaking panoramic vistas. Once we’ve enjoyed the surrounding peak vistas and the fire lookout tower, we retrace out steps back to the campsite
Cost: $35
Notes: Applications accepted after March 28, 2024. Signup on Campfire. Trip fee must be paid via Paypal after being accepted. 

APPLY For Martis Peak Trip!

 

 

 
Test Trip to clone for New Trips

 

Three days in February: Enjoy a long weekend exploring the area around Crane Flat in Yosemite National Park. We will stay Thursday night somewhere nearby. Friday morning we will drive to Crane Flat and then snowshoe to a nearby area to set up camp. We will then spend the rest of the day Friday, as well as Saturday, exploring the area to spots such as Tuolumne Sequoia Grove, Crane Flat Lookout, Clark Range Viewpoint, or Gin Flat. On Sunday morning we will break camp and head back to the cars.

   
   
Difficulty: Moderate
Leaders: Mike Bandrowski and Roger Williams
Trip Dates:
February 23-25, 2024
Participant Limit:
10
Distance: 1-3 miles with backpack to campsite and back. Hiking without packs between 4-8 miles.
Cost: $35, plus National Park entrance fee if driving.
Notes: Applications accepted after December 28, 2023. Signup on Campfire. Trip fee must be paid via Paypal after being accepted. 

APPLY For Yosemite: Exploring Crane Flat Trip!