Upcoming events

    • 09 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Ano Nuevo
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    Come out to see the Elephant Seals and their pups on a guided walk led by a volunteer docent naturalist to see the northern elephant seals in their natural habitat inside the Año Nuevo Coast Natural Preserve.  The trail to see the elephant seals includes a 3-4 mile hike and is considered moderate with varied terrain including sand dunes.

    I always have a great time when I come out to see the Elephant Seals!

    There is a $10 charge for parking at the site. Plan to arrive early to check out the wonderful visitor center.

    What Should I Bring?

    • Elephant seal walks are conducted rain or shine.
    • Visitors should bring hooded rain gear,a warm jacketlayered clothing, and sturdy walking shoes. Bring water for drinking on the trail. 
    • Cameras and photography are permitted. 
    • Binoculars are helpfull for seeing seals further out on the beaches and on the island.

    What Not To Bring

    • For safety reasons, use of umbrellas are not permitted on the walks. 
    • No food is allowed on the tour, but you may picnic in designated areas before or after the guided walk.
    • Pets are not allowed in the park and cannot be left inside parked vehicles in the parking lot
    There are no refunds for cancellations.

    • 14 Feb 2020
    • 16 Feb 2020
    • Clair Tappan Lodge

    Registration is now open!

    Join the Rainbow Sierrans Winter Getaway at Clair Tappaan Lodge over the President's Day Holiday Weekend.  Nestled in the woods on historic Donner Pass at 7,000 feet, Clair Tappan Lodge offers a rustic mountain retreat for our snow bound adventurers.  Follow in the footsteps of Sierra Club volunteers, who built the lodge in the 1930's, and enjoy snowshoeing, skiing and sledding Saturday and Sunday, while we enjoy warm, cozy bunks in our own dorm room at night- you might even find time to enjoy a dip in the hot tub.  Breakfast, lunch (packed up for our outings) and dinner are all included in the price.  Official trip nights are Friday and Saturday, Feb 14 and 15.  You can also reserve Sunday night, Feb 16, as well if you want.  We will plan on group snow activities on Saturday and Sunday. Price per person (including Sierra Club discount, all meals and taxes) is $91.52 PER PERSON/PER NIGHT ($183.04 for 2 nights, $274.56 for 3 nights) Registration information and trip details will be sent to the Rainbow Sierrans member list-serve, so make sure your membership is up to date!

    • 28 Feb 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • 01 Mar 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • Alice Eastwood Group Campground

    The Rainbow Sierrans is excited to be offering a camping trip close to home.  Come join us!  While many of us spend a lot of time hiking on Mt. Tam, not many have camped there.  In February, a group of Rainbow Sierrans campers will get to hang out in the redwoods together at Alice Eastwood Group Camp. The campsite is located on the Panoramic Highway near the Mountain Home Inn.  Our site has tables, grills, flush toilets, water faucets with sinks and some sweet spots for tents.


    Rainbow Sierrans camping trips feature a variety of hikes as well as a potluck dinner one night and camaraderie around propane fire pits, with options for Follies (skits and home-grown entertainment), game night, sing-alongs and/or a dance party depending on the participants' interests.


    Registration is limited to 20 participants, first come, first served. You must be a Rainbow Sierrans member to register: non-members must join the club in order to register. The cost of the trip is $30/person. 

    • 06 Mar 2020
    • 08 Mar 2020
    • Yosemite Bug Hotel

    Registration is now open for Yosemite Snow Get-Away                    March 68, 2020 (Friday-Sunday)

    Get ready for a break from your everyday routine, by joining the Rainbow Sierrans for a Yosemite Snow Getaway at the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort in Midpines (off Hwy.140), about 35 miles from Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Bug offers a variety of accommodations: dorm beds, heated tents, and private or semi-private rooms. There is on-site dining at their June Bug Café, and an on-site kitchen facility for cooking and a large refrigeration storage unit for food. For those who need a little extra attention, spend some time at the Bug’s on-site Spa for a massage or a dip in their Hot Tub. When you’re not nesting at the Bug, enjoy the Yosemite wintry outdoors with activities such as downhill or cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating at the Village or a walk around Yosemite’s noted landmarks.

    Trip leaders, Marian and Jenna, will be leading a snowshoe outing at Badger Pass on Saturday (various lengths offered.)

    Registration and other trip details will be sent to the Rainbow Sierrans list-serve, so make sure your membership is up to date.

    • 27 Mar 2020
    • 29 Mar 2020
    • Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach, CA 94965
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    Calling all families!  Would you and your children like to join us for the second LGBTQ Family Campout from March 27 to 29 (Friday to Sunday) at Slide Ranch in Marin County? 

    Activities include:
    Goat milking
    Tide pooling
    Hiking (see * below for details)
    Feeding chickens & collecting eggs
    Cheese making
    Bread making

    We encourage you to invite other Rainbow Sierrans/Sierra Club families that might be interested.

    *We will hike and explore coastal scrub habitat including native plants (lupine, coyote brush and coastal sage, e.g.) and animals (rabbits, bobcats, coyotes, lizards, quails, pelicans, turkey vultures, hawks, e.g.). On the rocky shore, we will observe a unique, ever-changing ecosystem of tides and fascinating tide pool organisms, algae, and marine species including seals and whales.

    The cost will be $40 per person for the weekend ( Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) and includes all programming listed above on Saturday. There will be access to a rustic kitchen, dishware and a composting toilet. Participants will be responsible for bringing their own tents, sleeping bags, and food. We will arrange for a potluck on Saturday. We will also have a campfire circle Saturday evening that includes music making and singing.

    We encourage you to invite other Rainbow Sierrans/Sierra Club families that might be interested.  

    Signup Restrictions: This outing is designed for families with children.

    We look forward to playing with you in March at Slide Ranch. A big thank you to the families who contributed and participated in the very fun First Annual Rainbow Sierran Family campout at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. 

    Rainbow Sierrans Family Section

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