San Diego Trail Tramps is a men's hiking group located in the San Diego area with over 400 members, and dedicated to monthly hikes in San Diego County. There are currently no membership fees. We meet at 9 a.m. the third Sunday of each month in Hillcrest, and, after receiving last minute directions and updates, we carpool to the day's hike location. (Riders are asked to contribute to the driver to help cover the cost of gas and parking fees, if any.) Each guy is responsible for his own appropriate clothing for the weather, day pack or fanny pac with lunch, snacks, sports drinks/water, sunscreen, etc. An average of 10-20 guys usually show up for the hike.

If you're new to the hiking scene in San Diego County, here's some helpful info. on gear, clothing, etc. :

REI, A-16 Wilderness (in Mission Valley), Big 5 Sporting Goods, or Sports Chalet all have plenty of hiking, backpacking and camping gear for sale and some gear for rent. Purchasing a copy of Jerry Schad's book, "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" is highly recommended. It's about $15 at Bookstar, in the maps section, and many other bookstores (as well as the above 4 sporting goods stores) also carry it. It's loaded with great photos, maps and lots of info. (Most of our hikes are listed in it.) His book tells you what kind of terrain to expect and what foot gear to wear as well as other gear to bring. (Most of the hikes we go on can be done in sports shoes, but on some hikes, you'll need hiking boots where the trail is rocky.)

For more on hiking, backpacking, and mountain climbing, check out the websites listed below, loaded with info, photos, etc. :

1. MountainZone-Hiking

2. Backpacker Magazine

3. San Diego Magazine: Hiking & Trails in San Diego County

4. Hiking, Biking, Paddling, Snow

5. Peak Bagging/Mountain Climbing: Peakbagging refers to climbing mountains. When the summit is finally reached the peak is "in the bag" so to speak.

6. TopoZone: Topography Maps!

7. Sierra Club Lower Peaks Committee Purpose: to explore and enjoy the mountains around us and to encourage protection and preservation of Lower Elevation Ranges in Southern California. The group is limiting itself to hiking mountain peaks below 5000' in elevation, currently 83 named summits.

8. County Highpointers Association. Information on finding and hiking US county high points. "The 3,143 US county highpoints range from the 20,320 foot summit of Mount McKinley, as the highest point of Denali Borough in Alaska; to the 10 foot high swamp that surmounts Terrebonne Parish Louisiana. Between these extremes lie many peaks, hills, and knolls that are of interest to a growing group of county high point fanatics."

9. Adventure 16: San Diego outdoor gear and travel outfitters, offers inspiring slide shows and educational clinics at store locations. They now have five retail locations, as well as a wholesale division specializing in accessories for backpacking, camping, climbing and adventure travel. 

10. Climber (An online community devoted to encouraging climbing by sustaining the internet presence of mountaineering clubs and by fostering electronic communication among mountaineers.)

11. SummitPost Mountaineering, climbing, Hiking...Here you'll find climbing info on a growing selection of mountains. Excellent links page, loaded with connections to some great climbing and hiking websites.

12. Adventure International Mountain Guides offer a wide range of international travel opportunities from hut to hut treks into some of the world’s most spectacular and remote regions, wildlife safaris, jungle and rainforest exploration, to extreme climbing expeditions, private guiding and high altitude mountaineering!

13. Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association Fantastic list of Mt. Laguna hiking trails, maps and hike descriptions!

14. Environmental News Network What's goin on, on our planet?!

15. Gay Outdoors is an extensive website, covering such topics as Adventure Sports, Camping/Hiking, Naturist Sports, Recreation Sports, and yes, Water Sports.

16. Perfect Pace is a new gay club dedicated to the outdoor sports of hiking, backpacking, and camping. Based in San Diego, the club serves both men and women for the Southern California area, with most members residing in Los Angeles and San Diego. Perfect Pace primarily focuses on overnight backpack trips in South and Central California and the Southwest, but also hosts many day-hikes, extreme power hikes, and car camps.

17. Leave No Trace, Center for Outdoor Ethics is a wonderful website covering the principles of respect for using the great outdoors. Principles covered in detail include: Plan Ahead and Prepare, Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, Dispose of Waste Properly, Leave What You Find, Minimize Campfire Impacts, Respect Wildlife, and Be Considerate of Other Visitors.

18. California Desert dot Gov has revereted to, which promotes the advancement of 4x4 vehicle oriented outdoor recreation all over the state of California.

19. Outside Online is the website of Outside, America's leading active lifestyle magazine, "dedicated to covering the people, sports and activities, politics, art, literature, and hardware of the outdoors". Hiking gear and tips are covered in multiple articles.

20. GORP used to be a comprehensive resource for adventure travel, outdoor sports and gear, national parks, and more. It was a place for outdoor enthusiasts to plan hiking, camping, and national-parks-focused vacations in the US and worldwide. (NOTE: many of the links on the website are not working correctly.) Now, however, it's a just Facebook page.

21. Coastal Car Care is one of the best automotive repair shops in North County San Diego. If you need any work done on your 4WD for that campout and hiking trip, it's the place to go!

22. REI: Discover outdoor adventures near you!

23. The Hiker's Guide to Poisonous Plants is loaded with great info and links to more indepth articles with photos, etc.

24. Anyplace America is a new topographic map resource. It includes FREE US topo maps and places to visit in the US! The topo maps include Google Terrain Interactive Maps, US Topo Quad PDF's, and US Topo Interactive Maps. It covers points of interest by type (Water, Land and Man-Made), plus popular landmarks in the United States. A very comprehhensive and well designed website!

25. Wonderful Wellies (UK Walking/Hiking/Camping How To's and Archives). Though much of the website is focused on footware and boots, there are some really good articles that cover info on hiking & camping, gear buyers guides, reviews and how to's. Be sure to check out the articles on Camping and Hiking Etiquette, Top 5 trail snacks, as well as "Injury Prevention- the Best Walking and Hiking Stretches"!


Come join us on the trail. Hike on!

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