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We are called by God to community and fellowship together (Acts 2:42). Creekside Outside is a hub designed to connect individuals who share a passion for the outdoors.  You'll find events that suit your level of adventure and risk and meet new friends who share your interests – outside. Activities range from mild to wild, are always informal and fun, and led by volunteers who love God's creation. For more information, see event descriptions as they become available or contact Quinton Miller at

We'll be in the Creekside Atrium the first Sunday of each month. Stop to ask questions and get more information.

Disclaimer: Some of these events are volunteer-led, and participation in these activities is not covered by Creekside's liability insurance.

Get outside with Creekside!

Here's what we've got coming up in 2024 (so far):

  • April 13: Day hike - Olmsted Loop Trail (Easy) - POSTPONED TO APRIL 20
  • April 26-28: Father/Daughter Camp
  • May 4: Bike Ride
  • May 18: JFK 50-Mile Challenge (50 miles in a day)
  • June 21-23: Beginner Backpacking Trip – Island Lake (Easy)
  • July 12-14: Backpacking Trip – Cherry Creek (Intermediate)
  • August 2-4: Family Backpacking Trip – Island Lake (Easy)
  • August 30-September 2: Backpacking Trip – Royal Gorge (Intermediate)
  • October 4-6: Father/Son Camp

Upcoming Events


Where:  Olmsted Loop Trailhead in Cool, California.  The trailhead is at 7200 St Florian Ct, Cool, CA 95614, just off Highway 49.

What:  Approximately a 5 mile loop hike, relatively flat with about 500 feet of total elevation gain.

Why:  Hike among valley oaks and rolling green fields during the peak of the spring bloom.  There's a small waterfall and numerous lakes.

Who:  This hike is perfect for families of all ages and can be cut shorter for those unable to complete 5 miles.

When:  April 20.  We’ll meet in the Creekside parking lot, on the north side, at 8:30 am and be ready to roll at 8:45.  It's an hour drive.  We aim to start hiking at 10:00 am.  Plan on the hike taking 4 hours with lunch then an hour drive back to Creekside.

Note:  With recent rains the trail could be muddy in spots so wear appropriate footwear.  Bring lunch to eat on the trail and water.  There's no water at the trailhead.

For more information contact Mark Doty at (916) 690-6688.

Disclaimer: This event is volunteer-led, and participation is not covered by Creekside's liability insurance.

Looking for a unique bonding experience with your daughter (or daughters)? Look no further than Creekside's annual Father-Daughter Campout! Whether it's setting up a tent together, playing group games, or gathering around the campfire to tell stories and roast marshmallows, it's the perfect opportunity to unplug, connect with nature, and strengthen your relationship.

$35 per person through April 8 | $45 per person April 9-22

Meals Provided:
Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner;
Sunday breakfast

Check-in times:
Friday check-in - 1pm-9pm | Saturday check-in - 7am-9pm

Quinton Miller, 916-502-3421

Bike Ride
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What:  American River Trail ride with Lake Natomas Loop - 30 miles. The path is relatively flat with about 200 feet of total elevation gain.  Distance can be shortened or lengthened if anyone is feeling tired or more adventurous. We’ll be primarily on pavement, but optional single track dirt options are available throughout the ride.

Where:  We’ll start at River Bend Park, 2300 Rod Beaudry Dr, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.

Why:  Enjoy the spring wildflowers and wildlife of the American River right here in Sacramento!

Who:  This ride is good for people with reliable bikes and a decent fitness level.  Recommended for ages 12+.   Helmets are required for minors.

When:  May 4.  Meet in the Creekside parking lot on the north side at 8:30 am and be ready to roll at 8:45.  It's a 30 minute drive. We plan to start riding at 9:30 am.  Plan on the ride taking 3 hours not counting the drive back to Creekside.

Bring: Water, and snacks if you want them.

For more information contact Jonathan Huber at (916) 690-3202.

Disclaimer: This event is volunteer-led, and participation is not covered by Creekside's liability insurance.

The goal of the JFK 50 Mile Challenge is to walk 50 miles in one day.  First held in the spring of 1963, the inspiration came from then President John F. Kennedy's push to bring the country back to physical fitness and was based on a requirement that President Teddy Roosevelt had set for his own military officers at the dawn of the 20th Century.

For more information about the JFK 50 Mile Challenge, see

You may not be able to finish it, but you can certainly start!  Feel free to do this on your own, with friends, or even tag team it with your Life Group.  The route is approximately 5 miles long, and we’ll walk it ten times.

Beginning in the Creekside parking lot, the route will open at 4:00 am, though you can start whenever you arrive.

Contact Quinton Miller at (916) 502-3421 for more information or to RSVP.

Disclaimer: This event is volunteer-led, and participation is not covered by Creekside's liability insurance.

JFK 50 Mile Challenge
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Backpacking for Beginners

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This event is for people who have never backpacked, have not backpacked in years, or who have lots of experience and want to share their knowledge.  If you have a child who's never slept under the stars this is the perfect occasion to introduce them.

The destination is Island Lake in the Tahoe National Forest.  The hike in is short and easy, and ends at a stunning lake with no cellphone coverage.

There will be a meeting to go over basics and coordinate participants.  While not required, first timers are strongly encouraged to attend!  We'll cover basic gear requirements and help you avoid common mistakes.

Please RSVP.  If you have any questions, contact Quinton Miller at (916) 502-3421.

Disclaimer: This event is volunteer-led, and participation is not covered by Creekside's liability insurance.