January 19 (Sat) 8:30 AM 

Hike down the Tenaja Canyon

Trail to Fisherman's Camp.

Join us on a 8.0 mile hike (4 miles out and

4 miles back). The hike is Moderate with

about 900 ft of elevation gain over several

hills and Creek crossings. The trail make

crossings over several seasonal creeks.

Be prepared for areas with Poison Oak and Chaparral.

We will meet at the first trailhead (Tanaja Trail). "Rain Cancels" You will need to bring plenty of water, wear comfortable hiking shoes (sandals my be useful for creek crossings), dress in layers and don't forget the sunscreen. A Wilderness Pass is required for all parked cars, available at sporting goods stores. Directions: From I-15 take the Clinton Kieth exit. Go west on Clinton Keith. Past the Santa Rosa Plateau Eco. Reserve turn right onto Tenaja Road at the 3 way stop sign. Stay on Tenaja Rd. past the stop sign and follow down the long downhill and curve to the left. Shortly after the curve turn right on Cleveland Forest Road. You will see the trail head parking lot on the left about a mile in. Reservations & info: Leader Gary Marsalone at hikesie@gmail.com  Santa Margarita Group.


January 24, 2019 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Outreach Committee Meeting 
​Vail Headquarters

Temecula CA 

We will be discussing  the upcoming Earth Day Festival scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019, along with other issues.


Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019  1 pm to 3 pm

(not sponsored by the Sierra Club)

Temecula History Museum tour

​Also on Sunday, April 28, 2019, from 3-5:30 pm

Meet at the Temecula History Museum at 1 pm for a tour followed by a walk to the original Ranch buildings nearby (Vail Headquarters). We will return to the Museum for a

Re-enactment performance.

We will meet at the Temecula History Museum (red barn)

next to Kohl's on Temecula Valley Parkway.

Good for all ages.


San Diego Audubon Bird Identification Workshop

(not a Sierra Club event)

Saturday, Feb 2nd, 9am- 12pm, in class

Saturday, April 9th, 8-11am, field trip

​Saturday, February 2nd at Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center, and Saturday. February 9th in the field with Dr. Matthew Binns.

Join us for this highly popular workshop geared towards the beginning bird watcher!
Are you new to bird watching, or maybe intimidated by the overwhelming number of bird species there are to learn? Have you ever wondered what kinds of birds visit your garden? Or are you just looking for a new activity that will get you out into San Diego’s beautiful natural surroundings?
Then join us at  Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center for a  bird identification workshop for beginners running two consecutive Saturdays! This workshop will be led by Dr. Matthew Binns, who has had an interest in birds since his childhood in England. Dr. Binns is also a highly experienced bird photographer, whose work appears in Sketches.
The first day will be an in-class lesson on how to get started in birding. Participants will learn about common characteristics and adaptations of backyard birds, discover useful computer and app resources, learn how to choose the best birding tools, and become familiar with the most important locations and habitats to view birds around San Diego.
The second day of the workshop is an interactive field trip, out birding with Dr. Binns. Participants will identify local bird species with a focus on how to identify relevant field marks of many common species.  The walk will be at an easy pace, on relatively flat trails. We might even spot a rare species while observing local birds!
Student & Limited Income: $60 
San Diego Audubon Member: $105
General Public: $125 

Questions? Email Jill Cooper at  cooper@sandiegoaudubon.org. This workshop is part of the Nature Discovery Workshop Series.

Inspire. Engage. Protect.
Sponsored by the San Diego Audubon Society.


Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 - Ex-Com meeting
3 pm at Richie's Diner 
40651 Murrieta Hot Springs Road
Temecula CA (between I-15 and I-215)

THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019
6:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 p

TOPIC:  Salton Sea

Temecula Library
30600 Pauba Road
Temecula CA 92592

Doors open at 6 pm; 
meeting starts at 6:30 pm

Snacks provided.

Students are encouraged to attend.  Many of our local educators are giving school credit for notes and attendance. 


March 17 - Presentation -

Restoration of Meadowview

​Led by Teri

Held at Meadowview Club House

2 pm - 5 pm

Details to follow


The Chaparral Hike Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve (SMER) 

45985 Via Tornado, Temecula, CA  92590
Saturday, March 9, 2019 
Saturday, May 11, 2019

All hikes begin promptly at 8:00 am


This is not a sponsored event by

the Sierra Club Santa Margarita Group.
This hike leaves from the north side of the reserve and traverses through chaparral for a total round trip of 3 miles. The route is on a single track trail with uneven footing and mild gains in elevation.   After the hike, you will have the option of driving or hiking ½ mile to the north field station facility where there are picnic tables, a restroom and most importantly a beautiful view of the Temecula Gorge.  
Docent-led hikes are a fun way to visit this special place which is not open to the public.  In addition to protecting local flora and fauna, the Reserve provides environmental research opportunities for students and researchers worldwide.   
We do need to know who is coming so please RSVP by email to Beth Cobb at smerdocenthikes@gmail.com. 

1. Take the I-15 freeway to Temecula. 2. Exit at Rancho California Road and go west (a LEFT turn coming from San Diego). 3. Go 2.3 miles into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. 4. Turn LEFT onto Via Santa Rosa (the first LEFT you can make after ascending into the foothills). 5. Go 1.5 miles and turn RIGHT onto Via Tornado. 6. Go 0.8 mile to the entrance gate. 7. The trailhead is just inside the gate.  A docent will assist with parking.  


April 28 - Shadow Mountain Vineyard Wine Tasting

tickets-  3 pm - 5:30 pm

Details to follow


Volkswalk with Kathy Bundy - local walks and hikes

These walks are not sponsored by the Sierra Club.
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.  

DON'T Forget Your PASSPORT BOOKS for a sanction stamp for $3
If you are New to Volkssports you may purchase a New Walker Packet for $5 and get your 1st three walks Free.


Text me Kathy at 951-218-3755  bunznkatz7@gmail.com


Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve Fall/Winter hikes:

smerdocenthikes@gmail.com - 760-728-2303

Saturday, January 12 2019           Highlands Hike

Saturday, January 19 2019           PJ’s Bird Walk

Sunday,   January 20, 2019           New Short Hike


Monthly general meetings (2018/2019)

(details to follow): 

Jan. 10:  Temecula Water History

Feb. 14:  Salton Sea; Save it?

March 14:  Wildlife crossings and connections in SW Riverside

April 11:  Forest Health, what’s best?

May 9:  Native Bees, there’s hundreds!

June 13:  Forests, not trees, Kelp!  Local Marine Reserves





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. ​​