Where We're going...

For many, GLS and holiday camping trips are nearly synonymous.
Each year, GLS leads at least three camping trips to amazing sites all over California. These trips feature a variety of daily hikes and other activities, socializing and meeting new friends, camaraderie around the campfire, and a potluck dinner one evening. We hope you will join us on one of these wonderful long weekends. We have reserved a group site at Van Damme State Park for Memorial Day this year and will be sending out more details on how to register in the coming months.

Last year all of our camping trips filled quickly, so please make sure your membership is up to date so you will receive the email when registration opens. If you have friends who are interested in getting 'Out' in nature with us this year, please encourage them to join as well. Those who lead camping trips or hikes during camping trips attend free of charge and are paid abundantly in gratitude. Please contact us if you're interested in becoming a leader.

Van Damme State Park is located three miles south of the town of Mendocino on Highway 1. The park features the lush Fern Canyon scenic trail system; the Pygmy Forest where mature, cone-bearing cypress and pine trees stand six inches to eight feet tall; and the bog, or Cabbage Patch, where skunk cabbage grows in abundance. The park's ten miles of trail go along the fern-carpeted canyon of Little River. The beach is popular with abalone divers.Visitors can get a unique perspective of the coast line by taking the kayak tours, available through a concession agreement, at the Van Damme beach parking lot.

Where We've Been...

In 2016, 20 GLS hike leaders offered 85 outings all over the SF Bay Area. In addition to leading a variety of hikes ranging from challenging death marches and exciting peakbagging to leisurely city walks, we also hosted four camping trips and some bike rides. Since conservation is one of the core values of the Sierra Club, we are pleased to have participated in a number of environmental activities. In March we led the SF Bay Chapter Sierra Club in the statewide rally “March against Fracking”. Over Earth Day we had the rare opportunity to camp at the Rob Hill campground in the Presidio where we did restoration work with other Presidio volunteers.Throughout the year, Russ Hartman continued to lead the monthly Corona Heights stewardship activity in addition to other service projects. For the more indolent, we also screened movies, watched birds, and rocked out at the Holiday Party.

The leaders who took people “out in nature” to “enjoy, explore, and protect” in 2016 were Amy Patick, Angie Romagnoli, Ann Lehr, Beth Bittle, Glenda Sharp, Hennie Sholars, Julie VanTilburg, Kathie Kinzie, Kelly Sandlin, Marian Stainbrook, Nancy Kates, Paget Valentzas, Pam loPinto,  Russ Hartman, Russ Handzus, Susan Way and Sylvie Hessini, Xochitl Lopez. 

Who We Are:

The San Francisco Bay Area Gay & Lesbian Sierrans is an outings and conservation club for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered people, queer identified people and our friends.

We are an official activities section of the Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. Founded in 1986, we were the Sierra Club's first gay and lesbian activities section. We're still one of the largest of a growing number of GLS chapters around the country.

We sponsor a variety of activities offering something for almost anyone who enjoys the outdoors. GLS outings run the gamut from easy urban strolls to vigorous peak hikes; relaxed car camping to demanding wilderness backpacks and naturalist-led walks; to hands-on restoration and trail maintenance. Everyone is welcome on our outings, whether or not they have joined GLS.

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