Camping Ministry


Backpacking Trips

Each September Valley Presbyterian Church sponsors a backpacking trip in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains for men and their sons. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the fellowship of other believers in the midst of God's beautiful creation. For more information concerning the backpacking trip, please email Norm Herr.

2014: (42) Mono Pass; (43) Badger Lake; (44) Santa Cruz Island
2013: (39) Chain of Lakes, Yosemite NP; (40) Little Lakes Valley; (41) Santa Cruz Island
2012: (36) Meysan Lake; (37) Baboon Lake; (38) Santa Cruz Island
2011: (34) Sheep Camp Lakes; (35) Big Pine Creek
2010: (32) Mineral King; (33) Jenny Lake
2009: (30) Tyee Lakes ; (31) Duck & Purple Lakes
2008: (28) Kaiser Peak Wilderness; (29) Sabrina Lakes Basin
2007: (26) Summit Lake; (27) Piute Lake; Piute Pass
2006: (24) Little Lakes Valley; (25) Kearsarge Lakes
2005: (22) Lake Ediza; (23) Mount Langely
2004: (20) Ranger Lakes; (21) Donkey Lake
2003: (17) Big Pine Lakes; (18) Kearsarge Lakes; (19) Eagle Lake, Mineral King
2002: (14) Bishop Creek - Mount Agassiz; (15) Hilton Creek Lakes; (16) Cottonwood Lakes
2001: (11) Mike Augur Memorial - Hilton Creek Lakes; 1(2)Dingleberry Lake; (13)Mosquito Lakes, Mineral King
2000: (9) Dingleberry Lake; (10) Eagle Lake, Mineral King
1999: (7) Cirque Peak Trip; (8) Eagle Lake, Mineral King
1998: (5) Seville Lake, Twin Peaks; (6) Weaver Lake, Hume Lake
1997: (4) Mineral King; Pinto Lake, Sequoia National Park
1996: (3) Kearsarge Lakes; Sequoia National Park
1995: (2) Palisades Glacier; Big Pine Creek region of John Muir Wilderness
1994: (1) Muir Lake; Cottonwood Lakes region of John Muir Wilderness

Forest Home

The Children's Ministries and Youth Ministries Departments at Valley Presbyterian Church sponsor retreats at Forest Home Christian Conference Center in the San Bernardino Mountains. Call the church office for dates and details

4th-6th Grade Winter Camps
Forest Home Junior Winter Camp
Junior High/Middle School Camps
Forest Home JHS Winter Camp

Youth Camping Song Sheet
MS Word | Adobe PDF

Forest Home Christian Conference Center
40000 Valley of the Falls Drive
Forest Falls, CA 92339
(909) 389-2300


Campus by the Sea Family Camp

For many years, families from Valley Presbyterian Church have been participating in family camps at Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship's Campus by the Sea on beautiful Catalina Island. These six day vacations provide ample time for family fun, worship and fellowship. The family camps are very popular, and spaces fill up very fast, so it is necessary to make a reservation as soon as applications become available in late January or early February. Please write the Morgans or the Herrs for more information.

Campus by the Sea
PO Box 466
Avalon, CA 90704
310 510-0015


Hiking, Backpacking and Camping Links

National & State Parks

National Forests in the State of California

Wilderness Areas: Hiking and Mountain Climbing

Campground Reservation

Wilderness Permits

Hikes in the Los Angeles Area



Other Valuable Links

Mountain Biking