Volkswalking Opportunity:

We have a member of our group that offers regular walks.  This is a non-competitive walking or hiking for fun, fitness and fellowship. Most walks are 3-6 miles.  

Go to meetup.com site:  Volkswalking in So. California Open to Everyone.  


Pam Nelson will meet and lead people to the site (9:45 am) - meeting in front of the Emerald Creek Winery, 38642 Highway 79, Warner Springs, California 92086.  This is about 3 miles past the Highway 79 and 371 Intersection.  My cell is:  951-294-0900

, if you want to call for another time. Just mention my name, Pam Nelson.  You can call me for questions (951-767-2324 - home).  Hope to see you there.    



Sept. 30 (Sat.) 9AM  HIKE - Devil's Slide to Tahquitz Peak

Join me on a hike of about 9.5 miles from Humber Park in Idyllwild to Tahquitz Peak.  The hike is moderately difficult with 2400' of elevation gain/loss.  We will meet at the devils slide trailhead in Humber Park.  We begin by hiking up Devil's Slide 2.5 miles to Saddle Junction. Then we  head south on the PCT 1.4 miles to the South Ridge Trail junction. and a .4 mile hike to the peak. The fire lookout tower at the peak offers spectacular views in all directions and a great place to have lunch.  On the return trip we will take an alternative series of trails that will bring us close to areas closed do to the Mountain Fire three years ago.  We will be able to check out both the fire damage and the new growth.  Hikers should dress in layers, wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring a lunch and snacks, at least 2 liters of water, a hat and don't forget the sunscreen.  I will pick up a trail pass for everyone that registers.  Hikers will need to pick up a wilderness pass for their vehicle which are available at sporting goods stores.  To register or for more information please contact Bob Audibert at bob.takeahike1@gmail.com or (951)302-1059.  Rain Cancels.  Santa Margarita Group


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Walk at 5pm, dinner at 6 pm at Rodrigo's

39562 Winchester Road, Temecula CA 92591


(just bring voucher)

Optional Walk on the adjacent Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail at

5:00 pm (meet in parking lot at 4:45 pm).  Vouchers will be distributed then and sent by email with a reminder.  Just buy your dinner, and we make a percentage - easy fundraiser.  You can go any time between 3 and 9 pm and use your voucher to give our Group credit.  


Thursday, October 5, 2017 - booth at Eco Fair, Murrieta, CA

We will have a booth at the Eco Fair held at the Thompson Middle School, to be held after school (it will be a short school day).


October 10, 2017 (Tuesday) 9 am  

SMV/SC Ex-Com Board Meeting

Bureau of Reclamation
27708 Jefferson Ave, Suite 202
Temecula CA 92590
phone: 951-695-5310

October  12, Thursday evening - General Meeting 

Temecula Library 6:30 pm
6:00 pm to 6:30 pm social period
30600 Pauba Road
Temecula CA 92590

6:00 - 6:30    Social time with light refreshments
6:30 - 7:00    Santa Margarita and Sierra Club Business
7:00 - 8:30    Featured speaker and Q and A
Note: After reaching Temecula's modern library on Pauba Road, our meeting room is usually the first door to the right (before entering the library proper). Restrooms and drinking fountains are in the nook to the right two doors down. Newcomers welcome!

Wildlife Connectivity in Southern California

  (details to follow)


Friday, Oct. 13th cleanup (RCA and Flood Control parcels,

                 east side of underpass): 8:30am

   -Temecula City:  positioning roll-off(s), HOA notified
   -Food and water:  volunteers will bring:  who?  SC bring water and some food?
   -RCA has offered labor, supplies, and equipment
   -Flood control:  labor and/or supplies?
   -TNC:  labor and supplies?
   - SC:  water, lunch items, some labor
   -SMER:  same
   -Cougar Connection: lunch items

(more details to follow)


Friday, October 13th:Afternoon  - help with set up for Native Plant Sale tomorrow; email Gordon at euphilotes@aol.com or call 951-763-0093 if you would like to help.

​Saturday, October 14th: Extraordinary Native Plant Sale

- located in South East Anza at Dr. Gordon Pratt's house at 45795 Terwilliger, Anza, CA.  These  are specialized plants to attract local butterflies - over 100 species.  

It's an adventure in every way.  He and his wife Cissy live adjacent to the Beauty Mountain Wilderness on Old Terwilleger Road, about 1.5 miles dirt road (alright for any car).  I can meet and car caravan at 9:00 am at the Cahuilla Casino in Anza.  Contact Pam for directions, otherwise.  


Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9 am to 11 am

Ceremony for the Opening of Skyview Park

at: 31991 Roripaugh Valley Road, Temecula CA 92596

This is a ceremony put on by the Temecula Park and Recreation Department, of which the Sierra Club will have a table there to hand out literature about our organization.  If interested in participating, contact Pamela Nelson at pamela05n@yahoo.com.


Regional Transportation Workshop

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Place: Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library
30600 Pauba Road, Temecula, Ca. 92592

To: All Concerned Parties and Community Leaders
From: Michael Momeni, Ph.D., Chair, Transportation Task Force

Subject: Regional Transportation Workshop

On behalf of the Santa Margarita Group of the Sierra Club, I cordially invite you to attend a workshop on regional transportation for Riverside County. The particulars of the workshop are as follows:

The purpose of this specially organized workshop is to bring together parties to discuss the development of a commuter electric train connecting Riverside and San Diego through the Temecula Valley corridor.

The preliminary program includes the following topics and speakers:

1. Geotechnical Considerations - John Rogers, P.E., F.ASCE Los Angeles Section President;

2. Regional Geopolitical Considerations - James J. Cunningham, Metropolitan Transit Systems (MTS) Board; San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Board (alternate); SANDAG Borders Committee (alternate);

3. Next Generation Rail Study and County wide Long Range Transportation Plan - Robert Yates, Multi-Modal Service, Director of Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC);

4. Methods for Funding and Implementation - Stephen G. Fox, Project Manager; The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG);

5. High-Speed Rail Development from Ontario to San Diego- Michelle Boehm, Southern California Regional Director California High-Speed Rail Authority.

We believe that the workshop will be invaluable in jump-starting a realistic plan for the development of a commuter rail system in our region. Your participation will contribute to the realization of this goal. Participation in the workshop is free of charge.

However, because of the limited seating capacity, we request you email Michael Momeni at mkhmomeni@gmail.com to let him know you plan on attending.  

              Please do this prior to October 15, 2017.

Blog: What's Up at Santa Margarita Group


Saturday, November 4th - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Family Wildlife Day, Santa Rosa Plateau

The Sierra Club will have a booth at this event.  Please join us, or better yet, offer to volunteer at our activities table.



For donations to our local Sierra Club chapter, send a check payable to "Sierra Club Santa Margarita Group" to:

George McMackin (treasurer)

40335 Garrison Dr Temecula, CA 92591


Feel free to contact Pam Nelson ( pamela05n@yahoo.com) 
/(951 767-2324 ) with any questions or for additional information on any of these events and activities. ​​