Renew, Recover, Rejuvenate, those words come to mind when visiting Sage Hill Campground. Having been a very popular camping location for GO in past years, it has recently gone through some very difficult times. A major wild fire and a prolonged drought had left the area parched and, for lack of a better word, dying. But not anymore! Nature has a way of quickly breathing life back into places if there’s enough rain, and boy has there been a lot of rain! The Santa Ynez River has roared back to life. Towering oak trees are once again thick and leafy canopies of green as well as the surrounding hills. With a healthy smattering of wild flowers and wildlife it’s your opportunity to come back with your friends of Great Outdoors and witness the healing powers of nature!
There are many scenic hiking trails, swimming holes along the river, and down the road are some of the best wineries on the planet! Hiking, Swimming and wine tasting are on the agenda.
Not to mention many great places to eat and drink, Danish pastries anyone? There’s also the Chumash Casino located in the nearby town of Santa Ynez if anyone wants to try their luck there as well.
Our itinerary is as follows:
Thursday, May 11: Optional Arrival Day (after 2 pm.) We are at Cactus group camp.
Friday, May 12: Breakfast on your own, day hike in local area. Meet and greet tea at 4 PM, snacks and soft drinks provided by GO. BYOB. Dinner on your own (possible dinner at Cold Spring Tavern).
Saturday, May 13: Cooked breakfast provided by GO (by the magic culinary talents of Steve and Wes). Options for the day are day hikes, local wine tasting, swimming in the river. Traditional GO potluck at dinner (make your favorite dish to serve 6 people.
Sunday, May 14: Continental breakfast by Steve and Wes. Checkout by 12 noon.
*Final determination of the days itineraries and schedules will be worked out at the camp site.
What to Bring: Bring your 10 essentials (listed on GO website at: https://greatoutdoorslosangeles.wildapricot.org/page-18105, camping, cooking gear, 1-2 bundles of wood per person. Be sure to bring your camp chair, tent, good hiking shoes and/or boots and sunscreen.
Directions: From the South, take Highway 101N. Exit 101B for State St toward CA-154/Cachuma Lake. Follow CA-154/San Marcos Pass Rd. Turn right onto Paradise Rd. After 4.5mi, turn left into Sage Hill Campground. Cactus group site is down the hill and across the river to the right.
Costs: Members; $50 per person Non-members: $75 per person, includes one year membership in GO, chapter of your choice. Full refund up to April 28. Half refund up to May 5. No refund after May 5.
RV’s welcome (no hook-ups). Carpooling is encouraged, overflow parking is available.
Contact Trip Leader Brian Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-407-9001
Full trip notes can be found at: http://greatoutdoors.org/sbvc/TripNotes/GOSageHillJamboree.pdf