South Coast Geological Society

Field Trips

2019 – 46th Annual Field Trip:
Santa Barbara, California
August 9 – 11, 2019

South Coast Geological Society is heading to Santa Barbara to explore coastal areas, natural hazards, natural oil and gas seeps and the Santa Ynez Mountains. The field trip will be lead by Allison Bieda, SCGS 2019 President, Art Wahl, Larry Gurrola Ph.D., P.G., C.E.G., Engineering Geologist, and Edward Keller, Professor in the Department of Earth Science and the Department of Environmental Studies at UC, Santa Barbara. Art Wahl will discuss Franciscan Melange. Larry Gurrola and Ed Keller will discuss regional geology, debris flows, paleo channels, and uplift. Ed will also discuss boulder rind research. The trip will be held from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation. Maximum capacity is 100 attendees, so register today!

Dates: Friday, August 9th to Sunday August 11th, 2019

Campsite: Sage Hill Group Campground (2 camps reserved with 50 person capacity each). Campground includes flush toilets, drinking water and paved roads. RVs ok, no hook-ups. We added one additional night of camping for those who would like to stay an extra day (Sunday night August 11, 1 group site, 50 person limit).


Address: 3505 Paradise Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Directions: (From Santa Barbara) Off Hwy 101, 10 miles N.W. on Hwy 154, 5 miles East on Paradise Road, turn left at Los Prietos Ranger Station, follow the road across the river.


Friday – Arrive to campsite for check-in

Saturday – FULL day of activities!

Sunday – Morning Excursions, Lunch, Field Trip Concludes!


The Fees for the 2019 South Coast Geological Society Field Trip are as follows:
Regular Member: $160
Student Member: $90
Non-Member: $190

The cost includes camp site fees, food from dinner on Friday night to lunch on Sunday and everything in between (6 meals total), field trip t-shirt, beverages (beer, wine, water, soda, juice), a printed Road Log book, and published 2019 Field Trip Guidebook.

Student Sponsorship: Student field trip costs are offset by the generosity of our members and corporate sponsors. This year student sponsorship is $70 to offset the cost of one student field trip. South Coast Geological Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which makes all donations to us tax deductible!

Please complete and submit the registration form below (Google Form).

2018 – 45th Annual Field Trip:

Southern Cascades of California: featuring Mount Shasta, Medicine Lake Volcano, Lava Beds National Monument, and more!


South Coast Geological Society toured the Southern Cascades for our 45th Annual Field Trip on September 28th to October 1st, 2018! The field trip was led by Dr. Brandon Browne, Humboldt State University and Ben Lewis, President, South Coast Geological Society. The camping location is Harris Spring Campground (41.457, -121.785) on USFS land outside of McCloud, CA.

As part of registration we would like you to report your transportation choice in a google document so that you can coordinate with others.

Friday: Arrive to Harris Springs Campground (Travel Day)
Saturday: Medicine Lake Volcano and Lava Beds National Monument (glass mountain, lava tubes, recent volcanic deposits)
Sunday: Mount Shasta tour-around (various volcanic deposits, landslide deposits)
Monday: Depart to home (Travel Day)

#SouthCoastGoingAllTheWay #SouthCoastGoesFar

“A trip of a lifetime! South Coasts’ furthest trip!” – Ben Lewis, President, 2018

“Worth the Drive! Unforgettable!” – Allison Bieda, Vice President, 2018

“A trip you DO NOT want to miss!” – Chris Baker, Past President, 2016

“Road trip! I’ll bring all my CD’s” – Georgie Aronson, Treasurer, 2018

“Shot-Gun times 2!” – Taylor Bogdanovich, Publications Manager, 2018


Tom Devine, Ben Lewis, and Dr. Brandon Browne viewing a map of Medicine Lake Volcanic deposits during the scouting trip.


Mount Shasta lookout.


Lava tube at Lava Bed National Monument.


Past Field Trips!

2017 – SCGS Annual Field Trip 2017 was held at Mecca Hills from November 3rd to 5th, 2017. This field trip was led by Greg Shagam, SCGS 2017 President, and Dr. Art Syvester, UCSB Professor and author of Roadside Geology of Southern California. The field trip included a visit to the Ormat North Brawley Geothermal Power Plant in Brawley, a hiking tour of Box Canyon and Painted Canyon, and the South Eastern end of the Salton Sea.

2016 – SCGS Annual Field Trip 2016 was held at Tejon Ranch, Frazier Park, and the Carrizo Plains. SCGS followed along the Garlock and San Andreas Faults observing the tectonics, faulting, and slides of the area. The Carrizo featured an up close and personal experience with geomorphic features, fault scarps, aeolian dunes, and lake beds. Presenters include Mr. Eldon Gath presented work that has been completed on Tejon Ranch, Mr. Brian Swanson, and Brian Olson from CGS presented new and upcoming mapping that is being completed on Frazier Mountain, and how it correlates with some of Dibblee’s maps, Mr. Gregg Wilkerson provided an evening presentation on the mining and mineral wealth of the area, and Mr. Brian Papurello presented the Carrizo Plains.