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Summer 2017 Alpine Trips with Stew Winchester

1. To go on a trip, FIRST register for the class on the Peralta College Passport System: http://web.peralta.edu/enrollment-2/

Enter class number 30148 - LH053 Alpines Lab - 1 unit

(If you search for classes on the summer schedule, enter “Merritt” and “Landscape Horticulture”. If you are not currently a Peralta student, you will need to apply, or re-apply if you have previously taken classes at one of the Peralta colleges, before you can register for the class).June 25 is the deadline to register for the class for summer 2017.

2. Then, AFTER registering for the class, choose which trip you want to go on and EMAIL hortecology@gmail.com to reserve a spot. You may sign up for one or two trips. If you sign up for two trips, please indicate which trip is your first choice. Call Stew Winchester if you haven't received an email confirmation within a week. June 25 is the deadline to email your trip signup request for summer 2017.

3. Attend the REQUIRED Orientation meeting on Thursday June 15 at Merritt in H108 from 7 to 9 pm.Those new to Stew’s weekend field trip classes MUST attend the orientation session, which includes information on preparationlogistics, books, equipment, and food. Stew will hand out the class syllabus, present slides of trip destinations, roll out the maps, and answer questions. Stew will ask for student input to determine whether Trip 2 will be backpacking or car camping with day hikes. Passes to Mountain Hardwear's Richmond (discount) store will be available for enrolled students who want to buy new backpacking gear. Students who have previously taken weekend field trips with Stew, please REVIEW the information: requirements, materials, logisitics.

Important Dates

  Last Date to add June 25
  Last Date to Drop with Refund June 25
  Last Date to Drop without W June 25
  Last Date to request P/NP June 29
  Last Date to Drop with W July 18

Note –YOU are responsible to drop the class if you cannot come on a trip!

If you don’t drop the class by the Last Date to Drop with Refund, you WILL be charged for the class (i.e. you will not be able to register for future classes at Peralta colleges until you pay for this class).


            Stew's cell phone is (510) 685-7024
            E-mail is stewwinchester@sbcglobal.net

Please use email for general inquiries. Trip sign-up requests should be emailed to Susan Agnew: hortecology@gmail.com.  Please include your cell phone number in your email. (You must call or email as soon as you know that you will miss a trip that you have signed up for.)

For more information and any schedule updates, please check back on this page.

Summer 2017 Alpines Trip Schedule

Orientation meeting Thursday June 15 at Merritt in H108 from 7 to 9 pm.







July 6-10
5 days 
Thur – Mon

Siskiyou Wilderness
Siskiyou NF and Klamath NF

Carcamping and dayhikes at Cook & Green Pass, Kangaroo Lake, Alex Hole and Condrey Mountain. Elevation range 4,770’ at Cook & Green Pass to 7,112’ at Mt. Condrey.  

Northwest Coast Range. Serpentine and Granite. Relictual forest and understory, seeps and bogs. Darlingtonias, Lilies, Azaleas, Orchids. Conifer Country!


July 13-17
5 days 
Thur– Mon

Marble Mountains Wilderness, 
Klamath NF

Pack in from Lovers Camp to base camp near Marble Gap, 4,200' to ~6,000', about 4.5 miles. Day hikes to Sky High Lakes, Marble Mtn., Black Marble Mtn., Little Marble Valley.

Klamath Ranges. Limestone, metasediments. Rock gardens and mountain meadows. Foxtail pines, Campanulas, Anemones, Eriogonums, Ipomopsis, Lewisias, and LILIES!


July 20-24
5 days 
Thur – Mon

Marble Mountains

Klamath NF


Backpack to Upper Wright Lake basecamp, 3 miles (6,500’ to 7,400’). Dayhikes from there to Boulder Peak (8,299’), Lower Wright Lake, and Muse Meadow

North Coast Range, Klamath rocks, serpentinite:

Lakes. Conifer forests, Meadows, and Rock Gardens. Eriogonums, Lilies, Gentians


July 26-31 
6 days
Wed – Mon

McGee Creek Inyo NF

First night carcamp at McGee Creek Campground. Backpack 7+ miles from McGee Pass TH (~7,800’) to Big McGee Lake (10,500’). Dayhikes to Tully Lake and Red Slate Mountain (13,160). Instructor permission required. Limited to 8 students who confirm recent backpacking experience at high elevation. 

High Sierra Nevada.
Granitic and metavolcanic rocks. Waterfalls, Lakes, Conifer forests, Meadows, and Rock Gardens.Cassiope, Phyllodoce, Eriogonums, Arnicas, Epilogiums, Polemoniums!

Please note:

  • Two details on Merritt’s posted class schedule are wrong. 1: Students do not enroll in all trips; each student signs up for one trip. 2: Trips are not cancelled due to weather conditions, but a posted destination may change depending on weather, road conditions, or phenology.
  • Costs: Trip fee $20 (includes shared equipment such as water filters and stove fuel). Additional expenses include carpooling (riders cover all fuel costs for drivers) and may include campground fees and wilderness permit fees where applicable.  Participants carpool for all trips; class meets by arrangement at the destination.
  • Students who have enrolled in the class and emailed their trip requests will be signed up for their first choice trip until the trip limit is reached. Each trip is limited to 12 students, except for Trip 4 which is limited to 8 students . Students who request to sign up for a trip that is full will be notified that they need to select an alternate trip.
  • Each participant should be in good shape and be able to hike/backpack/take care of personal needs/keep up with the group AND have enough energy remaining to learn about plants while exploring the outdoor environment.
  • Each participant provides their own food and personal camping equipment.
  • REI offers classes in basic backpacking skills. This is a botany class.

Please revisit this page for more information and schedule updates.

"As students in the life sciences we must all make an effort to absorb nature's bounty this year. Get yourselves and your cameras ready!"