Jun 02 - Jun 05
Thu - Sun

Sierra Camp 2022

Join us for the twelth annual Stanford Medical Alumni Association week-end at Stanford's Sierra Camp at Fallen Leaf Lake! Camp is always a very special weekend full of relaxation, great food, and outstanding activities! Everything from hiking, star gazing, swimming, boating, photography, art, nature walks, to wonderful talks and discussions with fellow alumni and friends.  

2022 Activities (subject to change)

*Activities marked with an asterisk require advanced sign-up due to limited space. 

Preliminary preferences have been pre-assigned based upon online registration requests. Remaining slots will be filled on Thursday evening during sign-ups in the main lodge living room after dinner.


(Note: final presentation titles are subject to change) 


Friday, Dining Room, 6:45 pm  - Open to all

Presentation 1: Professor Gordon Chang - The Stanfords, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad 

Friday, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm  - Open to all

The Transcontinental Railroad was a landmark accomplishment that linked the East Coast to the West. However, the laborers who made this impressive undertaking possible are often forgotten and still not fully understood. Professor Gordon Chang is the co-director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project, which endeavors to uncover the stories of thousands of Chinese migrants who worked to complete the railroad between 1865 and 1869.

The story of the railroad is also a part of Stanford’s story. Leland Stanford employed many Chinese migrants on campus. This effort requires extensive research and cooperation between multiple entities. While a massive amount of information has already been gathered, the project continues to move toward the long term goals of publishing books and creating a major digital archive about the Chinese railroad workers. Professor Chang will share some of the fascinating work from this project. 

Featured Speaker: TBD

Presentation 2: To Be Determined - Coming Soon! 

Friday, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm- Open to all

Featured Speaker: TBD


*Guided Hike – EASY

Friday, 9:15 am – 11:45 am

Hike to Glen Alpine Falls (2 miles) with hike leaders, weather permitting. Easy difficulty. Ages 10 and up. Limit 25.

*Field Photography Session

Saturday, 5:00 am – 8:00 am

Klaus Porzig, ’69, MD ’73 leads an unstructured, early morning hike and dawn photography session to Glen Alpine Falls. Limit 25.

*Guided Hike – MODERATE

Saturday, 9:15 am – 11:45 am

Hike to Angora Ridge (4 miles) with hike leaders, weather permitting. Moderate difficulty. Age 12 and up. Limit 25.

Wilderness Preserve

Individuals who wish to hike in the Wilderness preserve must get passes from the reception desk.

OTHER ACTIVITIES (in alphabetical order)

*Acrylic Painting

Friday, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Jane Lombard, MD ’83 and Nancy Hillis, Resident ’93 have agreed to an encore session of their annual acrylic workshop. Learn to paint with acrylics and explore your creative side. No previous art experience necessary but you must be 13 years of age or older. Limit 25.

Ball Sports

Daylight Hours

You can play basketball, volleyball, tennis (you need to bring your own balls and racket), or ping pong on the camp’s courts. Courts are open throughout daylight hours and equipment can be requested from any camp staffer.


Daylight Hours

The boat dock is open throughout the day. Campers can paddleboat, canoe, kayak, or sail on Fallen Leaf Lake. Camp staff is at the dock to provide basic instruction as needed.

*Outrigger Paddling

Available Friday & Saturday, Time TBD

* Camp crafts  

Saturday, 10:30am -12:00 pm

Participants will participate in a variety of hand crafts, Details to be announced on-site. 8 and up.             Limit 30.

Disco Bingo

Saturday, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Indescribable, but always the favorite activity of the weekend. Disco costumes are encouraged, or borrow some props from our staff. All are welcome.

Family Games

Saturday, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Family fun on Baby Beach with relay races, egg toss, and more.  Activities led by camp staff. All ages.

*Wine Tasting - Wines of the World 

Friday, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Alums Ted Leng, MD ‘05 and Rich Cano, MD ‘05 will take you on a world tour of wines from areas not as well-known as California , France and Italy.  Topics may include what is unique about wines from Down Under in Australia and New Zealand, why the grapes in Croatia are grown on the ground, or why some vineyards in China require oxygen tanks when you visit.  You will learn about differences in soil , geography and climate impacting taste and grape varieties by sampling 5-6 wines, and comparing flavor profiles. Must be over 21 to participate.


Friday, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, AND

Saturday, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

We will show two family-themed movies chosen from recent releases. Features to be announced on-site. All Ages (children 6 and under to have adult supervision). No limit

*Massage Sessions

Friday & Saturday, All Day

Relax with a total body experience. Our yoga instructor is also licensed masseur and will offer private one-hour massage sessions. Cost of massage and gratuity is the responsibility of the participant. No pre-registration, on site sign-ups only. $100/hour plus tip.

*Pontoon Boat Cruise

Friday, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm, OR

Saturday, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm, OR   

Saturday, 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Cruise Fallen Leaf Lake on our Stanford Pontoon and enjoy the shoreline scenery. Learn about the origins of Stanford Sierra Camp and local history including the Angora Ridge forest fire and how the area’s lakes were formed. Limit 22.

*Stargazing Cruises – From A to Z: Astronomy to the Zodiac

Thursday, 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Friday, 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Saturday, 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This is a pontoon ride to the center of the lake where the night sky and constellations will be in full view. Listen while our camp guide identifies the many stars and planets enhanced by the pristine darkness and altitude of Fallen Leaf Lake’s location. Our guide will provide a fascinating look at the planets and stars, the stories behind the signs of the zodiac, and the many myths associated with the constellations. Weather permitting (no clouds). Dress warmly, blankets and hot chocolate provided. Limit 22.


Friday, 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Saturday, 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Sunday, 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Find your inner peace among the pines. Our local yoga expert will conduct a morning class for all levels.