Temecula Wine Tasting & Dripping Springs Dayhike

Xerox Mountaineering & Backpacking Club

in the Agua Tibia Wilderness

Friday evening, February 23 through Sunday February 25

Brief: Wine tasting: 10 Wineries in the Temecula area

Dayhike: Moderate to difficult, 14 mile roundtrip (if we do the whole thing), 2900 feet elevation gain.

Required Agreement: Because of the recent changes in the California state law concerning the alcohol level; and the liability assumed by the leaders, Xerox, and the club if anything should happen, the following agreement needs to be met. I do not want to insult anyone but I couldnít live with myself if anyone from this trip was involved in a fatal accident. Designated drivers will be driving on Saturday. You will be asked to give them your car keys before we leave the campsite. After the wine tasting we can go to Temecula for an early dinner and then drive back to the campsite, or we can have a cookout at the campsite. After dinner the car keys will be returned to the owners if the driver appears to be capable of driving safely. I do not want to offend anyone with this requirement but unfortunately this type of request is necessary.

What: This should be a fun weekend. Friday night will be reserved for arriving to the campsite, getting things organized and socializing for a while.

Saturday we will drive to the local wineries. We will visit French Valley, Hart, Callaway, Piconi, Mount Palomar, Britton Cellars, Maurice Carrie, Cilurzo, Filsinger, and Baily. Some wineries require a fee for tasting the wine. The most expensive is Culbertsons Champagne, which is not on the list of stops, but they wanted $5.00. The most expensive winery was $2.00. After the wine tasting we can take a walk through Old Temecula and have an early dinner or we can head back to the campsite. Old Temecula has 2 fairly nice places to eat a Mexican restaurant and a full menu restaurant, both are reasonably priced.

Sunday there will be a dayhike for those who are interested. This will be open to anyone who is interested, you need to be at the trailhead parking lot by 8:15. The dayhike will start at 8:30 at Dripping Springs campground. We will be hiking through the Agua Tibia Wilderness. This is where the forest fire was in July/August of last year. If you have never seen what a forest fire can do then you will find this an extremely interesting hike. The final destination is the intersection with the Magee-Palomar trail. There are several locations along the trail that will allow us views of the northern San Diego area as well as Mt. Baldy, San Jacinto, and San Gorgonio.

Where: Temecula is located in Riverside County off Interstate 15 near Vail Lake.

When: Friday February 23. I recommend that you drive to the Campground Friday night. There will be a campsite fee, the amount is dependent upon how many participants. It shouldnít be any more than $7.50.

Who: The wine tasting is open to all members and guests who are of legal drinking age and who agree to surrender their car keys. The dayhike is open to all members and nonmembers who have kept themselves in fairly good condition over the winter months. Although the pace will be slow and we probably wonít go the entire 7 miles there will still be a significant elevation gain.

Warning: There are snakes and spiders in the area.

Bring:Wine Tasting: Money!!! for those wines you want to get.

Dayhike:The ten essentials, there is no water on the trail so you must bring at least 1 quart of water, raingear (itís that time of year), sweater (it is quite breezy), and lunch. Dogs are permitted.

Weather: The weather can be unpredictable. The daytime temperatures can range from mid 60ís to mid 80ís. The evening temperature drops quickly as the sun sets. The temperature can go as low as 28 to 30 degrees.

Car Pooling: Call Beth @ 8*843-775 // (619) 695-7775.

Topo Map: Vail Lake 7.5-minute USGS quads, the new map does not show the trail. There is a map/brochure at the Forest Station with the trails marked.

Directions:From LA follow the 91 Freeway east to the 15 Freeway south. Follow the 15 to Temecula. From San Diego follow the 15 Freeway north to Temecula. From either direction exit at the Temecula - Indio exit, route 79. Follow 79 east for approximately 25 miles to Oak Grove. From 15 you will pass through Dripping Springs, Radec, and Aguanga. As you approach Oak Grove there will be a campground on your left. (Oak Grove Campground) When you enter the campground follow the signs towards Oak Loop (veer to the left). Look for the XMBC signs. I will reserve 3 sites, that will allow 8 vehicles for the entire group. Allow yourself 2.5-3.5 hours driving time from the El Segundo area and allow 1- 1.5 hours from Scripps Ranch.

Questions? & Reservations Call: Beth Epperson - work: (619)695-7775 or e-Mail: <BEppe:sd>

If you are planning to carcamp please notify me by Feb. 15