Outings Schedule

JUNE  -  JULY  -  AUGUST

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JUNE OUTINGS

June 1, Monday

Day Hike (1B).     Mt. Judah and Donner Peak (Senior Section)

Starting out along the Pacific Crest Trail south from Donner Pass, we’ll hike the Mt. Judah Loop.   We’ll make a stop at historic Roller Pass on the way, and a short side-trip to Donner Peak after the summit.   About 6 miles with a total 1,700' elevation gain.   Bring lunch, water and essentials.   No dogs.   Rain cancels.   Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 in Auburn at 8:30 a.m.   Leader: Chris Fox fox_chris@att.net or 916.918.9510.

June 2, Tuesday

Day Hike (2A).   Fordyce Creek from Fuller Lake (Seniors Section)

Water is released from Fuller Lake down to Lake Spaulding during the day to generate prime time electricity as part of a 7-lake hydroelectric system.   We will follow the funky water canal and pipe down to Spaulding Lake, walk around Spaulding Lake and then up Fordyce Creek to a beautiful cascade/waterfall.   After lunch we retrace our route.    The hike is about 8 miles with 600'+ elevation gain.   Bring lunch, water, and essentials.   Meet 9:00 a.m. at the Burger King in Auburn (take Foresthill exit, go right then left on Lincoln Way one block).   No dogs.   Rain cancels.   Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

June 6, Saturday

Day Hike (2A).   San Francisco to Sausalito (Sacramento Group)

Join us for this urban hike from downtown S.F. to the city of Sausalito.   We’ll walk along the Embarcadero and Fisherman’s Wharf, eating lunch on the Marina Green and venturing across the Golden Gate Bridge.   After reaching Sausalito, we’ll enjoy a nice ride across the bay back to the Ferry Building.   This hike is 9 miles with 200’ elevation.   Bring lunch, water, layered clothing and $$ for your driver, BART and the ferry.   Meet 8:00 a.m. at 11th & P Streets.   Leader: Tracy Miller tecumseh2@att.net or 916.635.4730.

Day Hike (2B).   Steep Ravine to Stinson Beach (Sacramento Group)

Headed for the Sierras?   Not this group.   Peaks there are still snow capped.   Time to test the temperatures on the Coast.   Hike commences at Pan Toll Ranger Station and is downhill on the Steep Ravine Trail, which parallels Webb Creek and is laden with age-old Coastal Redwoods.   We will then take the Dipsea Trail to Stinson Beach, and return to Pan Toll via the periphery of Muir Woods on an out-and-back hike.   The round trip hiking distance is approximately 6 miles with 1,500’ of elevation gain.   The hike is classified as 2B and moderately-strenuous.   Hiking shoes with good traction are essential for this hike.   Bring $$ for your carpool driver and share of Pan Toll parking fees; drinking water; lunch; and snacks to sustain a 6-mile round-trip hike.   The group size is limited to 20 members.   Contact the leader to make a reservation or sign up on Meetup.   Severe rain or forecast of wind will necessitate canceling or postponing the event. Leader: Kamal Ahuja kamalahuja@comcast.net; and leader trainee: Abbie Hoffman.

June 7, Sunday

Day Hike (1A).   East Sacramento (Sacramento Group)

The shade of large, old trees will keep us comfortable as we take a tour of 3 fine old neighborhoods — Fabulous 40s, McKinley Park, and Elmhurst.   Highlights include fine old houses, a rose garden, local history, and the East Lawn Memorial Park.   This easy 5-6 mile urban hike has less than 100’ elevation gain.   You’ll need sun protection; water; comfortable shoes for lots of concrete; snacks, $$ for optional lunch at the end of hike.   Burr’s is a popular neighborhood restaurant that offers Vic’s ice cream and inexpensive American fare.   Meet 9 a.m. in Burr’s parking lot at 49th Street & Folsom Blvd.   Please park on the street.   Reservation not required.   Heat wave cancels.   Leader: Madeliene 916.361.7176.

Day Hike (3B).   Alamere Falls, Point Reyes National Seashore (Sacramento Group)

We’ll hike from the Palomarin trailhead to Wildcat Camp and then back along the shore to Alamere Falls.   Along the way, we’ll pass several small lakes and see great views of the coast.   Hike is about 11 miles with 1,000’ of elevation gain.   Some rock scrambling up 30' slope -- required to get from beach to top of bluff and subsequent close proximity to poison oak.   Recommend wearing long sleeves and pants.   Limited to 20.   Please click here to RSVP on our Meetup webpage.  Leader: Rich Juricich and leader trainee: Peter Hewitt.

June 10, Wednesday

Day Hike (1A).   Beacon Meadow – Forest Service Ridge (Senior Section)Cancelled

Our approx 3.5-4 mile, high country loop starts by crossing the small but, pretty Beacon Meadow near Serene Lakes.   Then we’ll hike up to Forest Service Ridge (approx. 400’ elevation gain) that runs along the south side of Van Norden Lake and affords expansive views of the local area and surrounding peaks.   On the way back down, the trail gently wends its way through a shady forest.   Have lunch, water, and essentials.   No dogs.   Rain cancels.   Meet in Auburn at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 at 9:00 a.m.   Leader: Sheila Toner 530.886.0673.

Pointing OwlRiver Paddle (Class 1).   Lower American & Sacramento Rivers (Paddling Section)

We will explore the Lower American River, starting at Camp Pollock, then go upstream on the Sacramento River by canoe or kayak.   We will observe aquatic and terrestrial species, and have lunch on the riverbank.   Participants must provide their own boats, paddles, and PFD’s.   Call leader for details.   Please leave your phone number and email address.   Leader: Stan Jones 916.216.0923.

June 11, Thursday

Day Hike (2B).   Island Lake - Desolation Wilderness (Sacramento Group)

This is a moderately strenuous hike on a high alpine trail from Wrights Lake, past Lower Twin Lake and Boomerang Lake, up to Island Lake.   About 8 miles (round trip) and 1,400’ elevation gain.   Hikers must be in good to excellent condition.   Elevation 8,150’ at Island Lake.   Bring the essentials, including at least 2 quarts of water, snacks, lunch, swimming attire, as well as layered clothing due to changeable weather conditions, and $$ for carpool drivers.   Hike limited to 12.   Forecast for heavy rain cancels.   Contact leader for details and reservation before June 9th.   Leader: Michelle Kerr 530.304.1924 or kerrm58@sbcglobal.net.

June 12-14, Friday-Sunday

Car Camp (1B).   Little Grass Valley Reservoir (Yahi Group)

This will be our 5th annual trip to a diverse playground.   Activities include day hiking, kayaking, fishing, swimming, mountain biking on single track, etc.   We welcome people for one or two nights at developed campgrounds.   Friday and Saturday night campfires are always fun.   Please bring camping gear, food, your boats, bikes, fire wood, etc.; and $$ for campsites and carpooling.   About 75 miles from Chico, a 2-hour drive to 5,000’.   Please call leader to sign up and for carpool and other directions.   Leader: John 530.872.8258 and asstant leader: Jeanne 530.321.7279.

June 13, Saturday

Day Hike (2A).   Pacific Crest Trail to Donner Lake Overlook (Sacramento Group)

Moderate hike, approximately 600’ elevation gain and 7 miles.   This hike goes through mostly rocky (granite) terrain near Donner summit and provides great views of Donner Lake.   Rain cancels.   Optional dinner in Roseville afterward.   Meet 9:00 a.m. at the Roseville (Eureka Exit at I-80) Park & Ride.   Leader: John Meininger 916.967.1018.

Creek Paddle (Class 1).   Estero Americano (Sacramento Group)

This moderately-paced paddle is for kayaks or canoes and is for experienced paddlers.   This paddle passes through a variety of terrain from farms to wildlands.   Paddlers must provide their own boats, paddles and PFDs.   Limited to 8 boats and parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged.   The put-in can be difficult if the water is low.   We will put in near Highway 1 (near the town of Valley Ford) and paddle 5.6 miles to the Pacific Ocean, where we’ll have lunch before paddling back.   The put-in will be early so as to take advantage of the tides.   No minors and no dogs.   Contact the leader with questions or to receive the trip plan with meeting time and place.   Leader: Ted Lenzie 916.985.6144, but prefer email at Clubted@gmail.com. (Please, no calls after 7:00 p.m. on the night before).

June 14, Sunday

Pointing OwlOuting Leaders Training.   Mother Lode Chapter Office - Sacramento (Mother Lode Chapter)

Calling all leaders and potential leaders.  Tony Loftin will offer our quarterly training this Sunday at the Mother Lode Chapter's Office in downtown Sacramento.   OLT 101 will be presented in the morning and a First Aid class will be presented in the afternoon.  There is a cost for the First Aid class ($35, except for currently-certified outings leaders, $25).   Please contact Tony Loftin at HikingTony@earthlink.net for infomration and to RSVP for either or all of the classes.

June 16, Tuesday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2C).   Round Top Peak (Sacramento Group)

Tahoe Peaks series.   We’ll hike from Woods Lake to the top of Round Top peak (10,200’).   What this hike lacks in distance it makes up for in altitude gain and spectacular views.   Hike stats: 7 miles (round trip), elevation gain 2,100', starting elevation 8,200’.   This hike will be moderately paced over a rocky trail with significant altitude gain.   The last quarter mile involves some rock scrambling.   Hikers must be in good to excellent condition.   Bring the essentials, including water, snacks, lunch, layered clothing due to changeable weather conditions, and $$ for carpool drivers.   No minors.   No dogs.   Rain cancels.   Contact leader for details & reservation before June 15th.   Leader: Mike Ranta greatstuff959@hotmail.com or 916.966.0531 (before 9 p.m.).

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).   Round Lake from Big Meadow (Seniors Section)

From south of Lake Tahoe we climb past Big Meadow, over a low ridge, down and then up to beautiful Round Lake.   Along the way we marvel at wildflowers and geological spectacles.   We then retrace our route back to cars.   The hike is about 6.5+ miles with 1,200’ cumulative elevation gain.   Bring lunch, water, and essentials.   Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the McDonalds in Placerville (take Broadway exit from Hwy 50).   No dogs.   Rain cancels.   Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

June 17, Wednesday

Day Hike (1A).   Fuller Lake to Lang’s Crossing (Senior Section)

We’ll hike from Fuller Lake to Lang’s Crossing off Bowman Road.   This short, approx. 4-mile route, drops from Fuller Lake about 900’ until we arrive at the Yuba River, where we can cool off our feet and enjoy the river views.   Bring lunch, water, & essentials.   A shuttle to the trailhead will be required.   Rain cancels.   No dogs.   Meet in Auburn at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 at 9:00 a.m.   Leader: Sheila Toner 530.886.0673.

June 18-19, Thursday-Friday

Pointing OwlBackpack Trip (2B).   Penner Lake (Sacramento Group)

This is a 'light to moderate' backpack in to Penner Lake, near Carr Lake, off Hwy. 20 in the Grouse Ridge area.   Less than 5 miles each way, with an elevation gain of about 700'.   Individual commissary.   Prior backpacking experience is suggested.   There are several beautiful lakes in the area suitable for swimming.   We may see a family of river otters that resides in the area.   Forecast of heavy rain will cancel.   Limited to 12.   Call for details and reservation by June 15th.   Leader: Stan Jones 916.216.0923.

June 19-21, Friday-Sunday

Pointing OwlBackpack (2C).   Trinity Alps Backpack (Yahi Group)

A 5-6 mile trek in from the Swift Creek trailhead to popular Granite Lake Basin.   About a 2,200’ climb with great scenery and beautiful meadows.   Saturday we’ll day hike to Seven   Up Pass to enjoy the vistas of the Granite Creek and Deer Creek drainages (4 miles round trip) and then do an optional hike of the spectacular Four Lakes loop (9 more miles round trip and 2,500’).   Individual commissary.   Contact leader to sign up, get meetup times and to get more information.   Leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or ajmendoza777@comcast.net.

June 20, Saturday

Day Hike (2C). Mt. Lola Trail (Sacramento Group)

At high elevation, this scenic alpine trail enjoys cooler temperatures even on Sacramento's hottest summer days. We'll climb moderately and steadily upward through thick coniferous forests, past open meadows and wildflowers, along a sparkling mountain stream, to the summit. Panoramic views of the Sierra Divide can be seen from the top at 9,143' above sea level. Not especially difficult or dangerous for a high-country mountain trail, and the elevation gain is fairly-well smoothed-out over the length of the trail. Still, at 10 miles long, 2,500' elevation gain, this hike can be challenging. Drive to the trailhead includes approx. 4 miles of well-maintained dirt roads. Rain cancels. Dogs OK. Please click here to RSVP online at Sacramento Sierra Club Meetup webpage or contact the leader. Contact the leader if you want to meet at the historic Auburn Courthouse at 8:15 a.m. Leader: Martin Farber 707.253.9606 or kowsoi@juno.com.

Gorge Scramble (Level 3).   Giant Gap on the North Fork of the American Wild and Scenic River Canyon (Gorge Scrambling Section)

This spectacular section of the canyon is a strenuous, but rewarding undertaking.   The Green Valley Trail is 1,400’ down, 5 miles scrambling and floating the river, and a steep 1,600’ of elevation gain on the hike out.   Bring a daypack (waterproofed for flotation) and an air mattress.   You must be a good swimmer, this is the most difficult gorge scramble we do, you must be in excellent physical condition to participate.   Call for meeting time and location.   Leader: Paul Plathe 209.476.1498.

June 21, Sunday

Day Hike (3B).   Point Reyes – Coast Camp (Sacramento Group)

Enjoy a hike thru forest, lunch at the coast and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.   10 miles long with about 1,600’ elevation gain.   We’ll start at the Sky trailhead and hike to Coast Camp via Woodward Valley.   Return via Laguna Trail makes this a loop hike.   Participants must be in good shape.   Bring sturdy hiking boots, sunblock, hat, lunch and at least 2L of water.   Bring $$ for carpooling and possible dinner afterward.   No dogs allowed.   Rain cancels.   Contact leader for reservation and meeting info.   Limited to 15.   Leader: Brian Braid heyheymymy@comcast.net or 916.847.0060.

Day Hike (2B).   Castle Peak, Tahoe National Forest (Sacramento Group)

This hike starts with a gradual climb through a pleasant valley through wild flowers, meadows, and alpine forests.   The last mile is a steep and rocky climb up to Castle Peak.   At the top we are rewarded with outstanding views of the surrounding ridges, lakes, and valleys.  Hike is 7 miles with 1,800' of elevation gain.   Use of hiking poles is strongly recommended as well as hiking boots/shoes.   Hikers must be in good to excellent condition.   Plan to reimburse carpool drivers $12 for this outing.  No dogs. Rain cancels.   An optional group dinner after the hike.   Limited to 16 for this hike.   This hike is also posted on the Meetup site.   Contact leader-trainee for details.   Leader: Rich J.; leader trainee: Lisa send Meetup message or 530.350.0328.

June 23, Tuesday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1A).   Tells Creek B-17 Crash Site (Sacramento Group)

In November 1941 an Army Air Corps B-17 flying from Reno to McClellan AFB broke up in flight and crashed in the forest near Tells Creek, west of Lake Tahoe.   On this hike we’ll explore the debris field from the crash and learn the fate of the crew.   Hike stats: 5 miles (round trip), elevation gain 0', starting elevation 6,500’.   About a mile of this hike is off trail and involves some serious bushwhacking.   Bring the essentials, water, lunch, $$ for carpool, sturdy hiking shoes, and layered clothing due to changeable weather conditions.   No minors.   No dogs.   Rain cancels.   Contact leader for details & reservation before June 22nd.   Leader: Mike Ranta greatstuff959@hotmail.com or 916.966.0531 (before 9 p.m.).

June 25, Thursday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1A).   Weekly Thursday Hike - Wapama Falls - Hetch Hetchy (Tuolumne Group)

Every Thursday we will do a hike somewhere near the Groveland area.   This week we'll venture to Wapama Falls in the Hetch Hetchy Valley.  About 4.8 total miles and 300' elevation gain.   Hiking staff or poles are recommended as this trail is rocky and may involve wading.   Have your lunch and other essentials, including a minimum of 1 liter of water.   No dogs allowed.   Meet 8:00 a.m. at Mary Laveroni Park in Groveland.   Contact leader or leader trainee for additional information.   Leader: Elaine Gorman vevado@yahoo.com or 209.586.9640; and, leader trainee: Bob Asquith bobasquith@gmail.com.

June 26, Friday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).   Grouse, Hemlock & Smith Lakes (Sacramento Group)

We start at Wrights Lake.   This is a high alpine trail along several lakes, sometimes with good wildflowers.   The alpine lakes can be suitable for swimming.   Some off-trail hiking to get to Smith.   Hikers must be in good to excellent condition.   6+ miles round trip and a breathtaking 1,800' elevation gain.   Bring the 10 essentials, including 3 quarts water, sturdy boots, snacks, lunch, as well as layered clothing due to changeable weather conditions, and $ for carpool drivers and optional dinner in Pollock Pines.   Hike limited to 12.   Forecast of heavy rain will cancel.   Call for details and reservation by June 23rd.   Leader: Stan Jones 916.216.0923.

June 27, Saturday

Day Hike (2B).   Silver Fork/Caples Creek From Kyburz Hwy 50 (Sacramento Group)

A beautiful 8-mile hike that follows the Silver Fork of the American River and Caples Creek.   The elevation gain is about 900’.   Meet 9:00 a.m. at Folsom Park & Ride.   From Hwy. 50, take the Folsom Blvd exit north.   At the intersection of Folsom Blvd. & Iron Point Rd. turn right, then immediately turn right again into the Park & Ride (just below the Chilli’s Bar & Grill restaurant).   Rain cancels.   Leader: Jack Tolomei 916.944.4942 (don’t email me for information on hike).

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1A).   Kings Creek Falls & Sifford Lakes Loop (Yahi Group)

Spend the day in Lassen National Park on a 5-mile loop enjoying meadows, wildflowers and a spectacular waterfall and lakes.   After hiking to Kings Creek Falls we will cross Kings Creek on a bridge and head east to Bench Lake and the beautiful Sifford Lakes before returning to Kings Creek Meadow.   Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 8:30 a.m.   Leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or ajmendoza777@comcast.net.

June 30, Tuesday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).   Lyons Creek (Seniors Section)

Near Wrights Lake off Hwy. 50 we will stroll up Lyons Creek to Lyons Lake for a pleasant swim and then return.   En route we pass beautiful cascades and wildflowers (hopefully, at least in normal snow years).   The hike is about 10 miles with approximately 1,700’ elevation gain.   Bring lunch, water, and essentials.   No dogs.   Rain cancels.   Group size is limited to 10.   Contact the leader for meeting information and reservation.   Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.


 

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JULY OUTINGS

July 1, Wednesday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1A).   Old Lincoln Hwy. and Dutch Flat Donner Lake Wagon Route (DFDLWR) Loop (Senior Section)

We’ll hike from just above Donner Lake up to the China Wall area of the Donner Summit using portions of the DFDLWR from the 1860’s as well as an early and later section of the Lincoln Hwy. – the first transcontinental auto route.   We’ll pass one of the early Ads placed on rocks along the auto route.   This section of these two old routes from the mid 1800’s and early 1900’s across the Donner Pass was recently purchased and open to the public thanks to the Donner Land Trust. History – scenery – and a nice trail (recently repaired after the 2014 flood) with a gradual grade that make this a great outing.   Hike is about 5 miles with approx 750’ elevation gain/loss.   Rain cancels.   No dogs.   Meet in Auburn at Burger King on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 at 9:00 a.m.   Leader: Sheila Toner 530.886.0673.

July 2, Thursday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1 or 2A or B).   Weekly Thursday Hike - To Be Determined (Tuolumne Group)

Every Thursday we will do a hike somewhere near the Groveland area.    Have your lunch and other essentials, including a minimum of 1 liter of water.  No dogs allowed.  Meet 8:00 a.m. at Mary Laveroni Park in Groveland.  Contact leader or leader trainee for additional information.   Leader: Elaine Gorman vevado@yahoo.com or 209.586.9640; and, leader trainee: Bob Asquith bobasquith@gmail.com.

July 1-3, Wednesday–Friday

Pointing OwlBackpack Trip (3B).   Lyons Lake (Sacramento Group)

This is a 2-night backpack along a high alpine trail past several meadows with good late season wildflowers, 3 sets of creek pools, and 2 alpine lakes which can be suitable for swimming.   On our "off" day, we may do some climbing.   Depending on local conditions, we will hike to either Lyons Lake or Lake Sylvia.   Hikers must be in good to excellent condition.   10+ miles round-trip and a breathtaking 1,700' elevation gain as we near the lake.   Elevation 8,380' at Lyons Lake.   Prior backpacking experience required.   Individual Commissary.   Bring $$ for carpool drivers and optional dinner in Placerville.   Hike limited to 12.   $10 per person backcountry camping permit.   Call for details and reservation by June 29th. Leader: Stan Jones 916.216.0923, and leader trainee: Sheri Goldberg 650.504.1256.

July 4, Saturday

Lake Paddle (Class 1).   Silver Lake (Sacramento)

This moderately-paced paddle is for kayaks or canoes and is for experienced paddlers.   This paddle is along the shoreline with a possible island landing.   Paddlers must provide their own boats, paddles and PFDs.   Limited to 8 boats and parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged.   There is a fee to put-in. We will put-in near Highway 88, and the paddle is about 7 miles.   No minors and no dogs.   Contact the leader with questions or to receive the trip plan with meeting time and place.   Leader: Ted Lenzie 916.985.6144, but prefer email at Clubted@gmail.com. (Please no calls after 7:00 p.m. on the night before).

July 5, Sunday

Day Hike (3D).   Pyramid to Agassiz Peak Ridge Hike (Sacramento Group)

Pyramid Peak to Agassiz ridge hike is not for those who may have issues with heights.   This hike is about 15 miles (round trip), with an elevation gain of 4,000', starting at elevation 6,800’.   The hike will be fast-paced over steep rocky and sometimes loose terrain with significant elevation gain and loss.   About half of this hike is off-trail.   Hikers must be experienced and in very good condition.   Limited to 8 participants.   Bring the essentials, including sturdy boots, water, snacks, lunch, layered clothing due to changeable weather conditions, and $$ for carpool drivers.   No minors.   No dogs.   Rain/snow cancels.   Contact leader for details. Leader: Ted Lenzie 916.985.6144, but prefer email Clubted@gmail.com (please, no calls after 7:00 p.m.).

July 8, Wednesday

Day Hike (1A).   Castle Pass Ridge (Senior Section)

We’ll hike up to castle pass ridge via the Pacific Crest Trail and lunch with a 360-degree view of the Sierra. Hike is about 4.5 miles with a few small stream crossings and beautiful scenery along the way. Bring lunch, water, essentials and jacket for breeze or late showers. Rain cancels. No dogs. Meet in Auburn at Burger King on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 at 9:00 a.m. Leader: Sheila Toner 530.886.0673.

Pointing OwlLake Paddle (Class 1).   Lake Tahoe (Paddling Section)

We will launch at DL Bliss State Park; paddle south to Emerald Bay; and have lunch on the beach. We may see some of the Osprey that nest in the area. Participants must provide their own boats, paddles, and PFD’s. Call leader for details. Please leave your phone number and email address. Leader: Stan Jones 916.216.0923.

July 8-14, Wednesday–Monday

River Paddle (Class 2).   MacKenzie and Willamette Rivers - Oregon

We will launch just north of Eugene on the Mackenzie River and paddle to Independence, which is south of Salem. This is a riparian area rich in bird life and surprisingly unspoiled by human activity. We will car camp in Albany. Contact leaders for information. Leaders: Larry Deckard 916.207.2191 or ladeckard@yahoo.com and Shelley Brown.

July 9, Thursday

Day Hike (2B).   Showers Lake, Carson Pass (Seniors Section)

From above Caples Lake on Hwy 88 we steeply ascend a high ridge, imbibe spectacular views north and south, and then descend steeply to Showers Lake (just 2 miles so far).   After an early lunch and swim we meander around the ridge through diverse habitats with minor ups and downs, and lo!   There are the cars.   The hike is about 8 miles with about 1,550’ cumulative elevation gain.   Bring lunch, water, and essentials.   Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the McDonalds in Placerville (take Broadway exit from Hwy 50).   No dogs.   Rain cancels.   Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

July 10, Friday

Day Hike (2B).   Ellis Peak (Senior Section)

Starting out from Barker Pass, we’ll hike up to Ellis Peak, elevation 8,749'. From the peak, we’ll be able to see three Wilderness Areas (Mt Rose, Granite Chief, and Desolation) around Lake Tahoe.   About 7 miles with a total 1,600’ elevation gain.   Bring lunch, water and essentials.   No dogs.   Heavy rain cancels.   Meet at Burger King on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 in Auburn at 8:00 a.m.   Leader: Chris Fox fox_chris@att.net or 916.918.9510.

July 11, Saturday

Pointing OwlStair-Climb (2B).   San Francisco (Sacramento Group)

We will drive to BART and ride BART to San Francisco. Our 10 miles will be up and down stairs and hills most of the day (really) for about 1,200-1,600’ of elevation gain, all on pavement.   You will need CASH; yes, cash ($$) for your driver, bridge tolls, BART, lunch, multiple bakery visits, a bagel store (with bagels the way bagels are meant to be), candy store, and possible dinner on the drive home.   You will get some great views, fascinating architecture, lots of food, and even a bit of a history lesson.   Bring water, layered clothing for San Francisco weather, sun hat, container for leftovers, etc.   Rain (we should be so lucky) cancels.   Meet 8:00 a.m. @ 11th & P Streets.   No calls before 9:00 a.m. Leader: Barb 916.925.5862.

Day Hike (2B).   Mt. Diller/Ridge Lakes Hike (Yahi Group)

A somewhat strenuous climb from the Ridge Lakes trailhead in Lassen National Park to the top of 9,087’ Mt. Diller.   We will follow the trail 1½ miles and 1,200’ up to the Ridge Lakes.   From there we will scramble cross-country 2 miles and another 1,000’ up to the top for great views of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Brokeoff and all of the surrounding area.   Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 8:00 a.m. or at the Lassen National Park visitor center at 9:45 a.m.   Bring lunch, water, boots with good tread, long pants, jacket and carpool $$.   Leader: Barbara 530.258.3905 or kitchkin@hotmail.com; and asst. leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or ajmendoza@comcast.net.

July 12, Sunday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1A).   Arch Rock – Pt. Reyes Nat’l Seashore (Sacramento Group)

We will hike out to the ocean’s edge for lunch and to see the destruction caused by the recent landslide.   Total of 9 miles and 500’ elevation gain.   Be sure to bring the essentials and $$ for your driver, etc.   Meet 9:30 a.m. at 11th & P Streets.   Leader: Katherine malamute52@frontier.com.

July 14, Tuesday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2C).   Castle and Basin Peaks (Sacramento Group)

Tahoe Peaks series.   On this loop hike we’ll bag both Castle and Basin peaks (and, if conditions are right, Andesite Peak).   The ridge between the peaks features a variety of wildflowers.   Hike stats: 9 miles (round trip), elevation gain 2,100', starting elevation 7,200’.   This is a strenuous hike, so hikers must be in good condition.   Bring the essentials, including water, snacks, lunch, sturdy boots, layered clothing due to changeable weather conditions and $$ for carpool drivers.   No minors.   No dogs.   Rain cancels.   Contact leader for details & reservation before July 13th.   Leader: Mike Ranta greatstuff959@hotmail.com or 916.966.0531 (before 9 p.m.).

July 16, Thursday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).   Showers Lake - Carson Pass Area (Sacramento Group)

This hike is a 10 mile loop with 1,000’ elevation gain.   The views are spectacular and we could still see some beautiful wildflowers.   Hikers must be in good condition.   The hike starts at a high elevation, 8,500’.   Bring the essentials, including at least 2 quarts of water, snacks, lunch, as well as layered clothing due to changeable weather conditions, and $$ for carpool drivers.   Hike is limited to 15.   Forecast for heavy rain cancels.   Contact leader for details and reservation before July 14th.   Leader: Michelle Kerr 530.304.1924 or kerrm58@sbcglobal.net.

July 16-23, Thursday-Thursday

Backpack (4D).   Sierra High Route Backpack From Piute Pass To McGee Pass (Yahi Group)

Enjoy spectacular vistas along the spine of the High Sierra above the John Muir Trail on the most beautiful portion of the Sierra High Route. A predominately cross-country backpack through Humphrey Basin, Bear Lakes Basin, across the Mono Divide and exiting via Tully Hole and McGee Lakes. We will traverse 6 cross-country passes along the way. A strenuous trip for experienced backpackers in good condition. Individual commissary. We will drive down on Thursday and pack in on Friday the 17th. Call or email leader to sign up or to get more info. Leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or ajmendoza777@comcast.net.

July 18, Saturday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).   Tennessee Valley to Rodeo Beach/Point Bonita Lighthouse (Sacramento Group)

Come with us on this beautiful hike with great views of the Pacific Ocean. Hikers have the option of staying at Rodeo Beach while we go on to the lighthouse. It may be foggy, so dress appropriately. 9 miles & 1,500' elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, and $$ for your driver and optional dinner afterward. Meet 8:00 a.m. at 11th & P Streets. Leader: Tracy Miller tecumseh2@att.net or 916.635.4730.

Day Hike (3B).   Lake of the Woods in Desolation Wilderness (Sacramento Group)

On this moderate hike into Desolation Wilderness we will have a gradual ascent through open areas and forest with views of surrounding granite peaks.   We will have excellent views of Lower and Upper Echo Lakes, and Tamarack Lake on our way to Lake of the Woods.   Hike is approximately 12 miles with 1,000' of elevation gain.   Wilderness Rules limit group size to 12 people. http://www.meetup.com/Sacramento-Sierra-Club/events/223062264/.   Leader: Rich Juricich rich.sierraclub[at]pacbell.net.

Gorge Scramble (Level 2).   Silver Dollar Gorge of Duncan Canyon (Gorge Scrambling Section)

This side canyon of the Middle Fork of the American River offers a short, but picturesque scramble of a steep, narrow bedrock creek bed.   There is a mandatory swim of 50’ and 600’ of elevation loss on the hike in and 600’ of elevation gain on the hike out.   Bring a daypack waterproofed for flotation.   You must be a good swimmer and be in excellent physical condition to participate.   Call for meeting time and location.   Leader: Paul Plathe 209.476.1498.

July 20 - 24, Monday – Friday

Backpack (2B).   Upper Desolation Wilderness (Sacramento Group)

Desolation Wilderness backpack loop from Wrights Lake, we'll go past Maude Lake, up and over Rockbound Pass (8,530'), then down to Lake Doris, then up to Lakes Lois, Schmidel, Leland, McConnell, Horseshoe, & 4Qs. About 36 miles round trip, including side trips, and 1,600' in total elevation gains on day one. Prior backpacking experience is necessary. Individual commissary, and all your own equipment is necessary. Packers must be in great shape; some steep uphill and downhill sections, so a pair of hiking poles is recommended. Trip limited to 12. Backcountry permits will be about $15 to $20 per person, depending on the final number of participants. Forecast of heavy rain or snow may cancel. Contact leader for details and reservation by July 16th. Leader: Stan Jones 916.216.0923 (before 9:00 p.m.).

July 25, Saturday

Day Hike (2B).   Lower Lola Montez Lake (Sacramento Group)

The lake is small but pretty at about 7,000’, and swimmable, though it may be cold. We may have to share the trail with mountain bikes. Moderate hike, 8 miles and 1,000 ft elevation gain. Rain cancels. Meet 9:00 a.m. at Roseville Park & Ride. Optional dinner in Roseville afterward. Leader: John Meininger 916.967.1018.

Day Hike (3C).   Heather and Susie Lakes - Desolation Wilderness (Sacramento Group)

This is a classic high Sierra hike. 11 miles long with about 2,000’ elevation gain. Spectacular views of the Sierras and mountain lakes. We’ll start at the Fallen Leaf trailhead and hike into the Desolation Wilderness to Heather and Susie lakes. Participants must be in very good shape. Bring sturdy hiking boots, sunblock, hat, lunch and at least 2L of water. Bring $$ for carpooling and possible dinner afterward. Wilderness area requires that group be limited to 12. No dogs allowed. Rain cancels. Contact leader for reservation and meeting info. Leader: Brian Braid heyheymymy@comcast.net or 916.847.0060.

Day Hike (3C).   Mt. Rose (Sacramento Group)

Here's an opportunity to scale one of the tallest peaks in the Sierra-Nevada mountain range. An out-and-back day hike to Mt. Rose. At 10,776', this extinct volcano overlooks Lake Tahoe from the Nevada side, in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Attractions additionally include a waterfall, summer wildflower blooms along the trail, and stunning views of Lake Tahoe and beyond. The round trip hiking distance is more than 10 miles, with 2,100' of elevation gain. The hike is classified as 3C and Strenuous. Hiking shoes with good traction are absolutely essential for this hike. Hiking poles are also suggested. Be prepared to encounter pockets of snow on the ground. Bring $$ for your carpool driver; drinking water; lunch; and snacks to sustain a 10-mile, round-trip hike. The group size is limited to 20 members. Contact the leader to make a reservation; or, sign up on Meetup. Severe rain or wind forecast will necessitate canceling or postponing the event. Leader: Kamal Ahuja kamalahuja@comcast.net.

July 30-August 3, Thursday-Monday

Car Campout (1B).    Manzanita Lake (Yahi Group)

Come join us for 1-to-5 days of camping and hiking in the best part of Lassen Park. Daily hikes from easy/slow-paced to rapid treks up the steepest trails; you take your own pick each day. Each night we'll enjoy each other’s company around warming campfires, sing songs, play charades, and sip wine, again, your choice. Bring your tents, sleeping bags, gear and food for individual meals or pot lucks with those of your choosing. Call Jeanne or Barbara for information. Reservations required to be made with John. $10 reserves you a spot for 1-to-4 nights. Those not spending the night are free except the for park entrance fee. First come first served. Leaders: Jeanne 530.321.7279; Barbara 530.258.3905; and John 530.872.8258.


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AUGUST OUTINGS

August 1, Saturday

Day Hike (1A).   Angela Lake (Sacramento Group)

A 6-mile hike near Boreal Ridge with about 700’ elevation gain. Lovely trail starting at Pacific Crest trailhead. Rain Cancels. Meet at Roseville Park & Ride at 9:00 a.m. Optional dinner after hike at Joe Caribe’s restaurant (by Ikeda’s restaurant) just east of Auburn. Happy hour prices. Leader: Jack Tolomei 916.944.4942.

August 5, Wednesday

Day Hike (1A).   Flora Lake (Senior Section)

This short, easy hike starts out on a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Donner Summit area then goes up to Flora Lake. It has some great views and is a favorite summer hike. Plan on at least an hour for lunch at Flora Lake. Bring lunch, water, and essentials. Rain cancels. No dogs. Meet in Auburn at Burger King on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 at 9:00 a.m. Leader: Sheila Toner 530.886.0673.

August 6-7, Thursday-Friday

Backpack Trip (2B).   Dardanelles Lake (Sacramento Group)

This is a 'light-to-moderate' backpack toDardanelles Lake in the area west of Hwy 89 north of Carson Pass.   The hike is about 4 miles with approx. 1,300’ elevation gain each way.    Individual Commissary.   Dardanelles Lake is suitable for swimming, and there are great views of Lake Tahoe from a nearby ridge above the Truckee River gorge.   Call or email for additional details and reservations by July 15th.    Leader: Bruce Notareus 916.835.4663 or bnotareus@comcast.net.

August 8, Saturday

Day Hike (2B).   Emigrant Lake (Sacramento Group)

The lake is a beautiful alpine lake in the Sierras (near Kirkwood) with an elevation of 8,600’. This moderately strenuous hike provides great views of Caples Lake. 8 miles & 1,000’ elevation gain. Limited to 12. Optional dinner afterward. Call leader for meeting time and location. Leader: John Meininger 916.967.1018.

August 11, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B).   Lake Winnemucca & Round Top Lake - Carson Pass (Seniors Section)

From Carson Pass we follow the picturesque Yosemite to Tahoe Trail past Frog Lake, beneath Elephants Back, and on to spectacular, windy, wildflowery Winnemucca Lake at the base of Round Top Peak. We continue up to barren but beautiful Round Top Lake for lunch. We then retrace our route back to Carson Pass. The hike is about 7 miles with about 1,000’ elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, and essentials. No dogs. Rain cancels. Hike limited to 10. Contact leader for meeting information and reservation. Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

Day Hike (3B).   Echo Peak (Sacramento Group)

Tahoe Peaks series.   This hike follows the Pacific Crest Trail above the north shore of Echo Lakes and then ascends to Echo Peak for outstanding views of Lake Tahoe and the Crystal Range.   Hike stats: 10 miles (round trip), elevation gain 1,500', starting elevation 7,300'.   Hikers must be in good condition.   Bring the essentials including water, snacks, lunch, sturdy boots, layered clothing due to changeable weather conditions and $$ for carpool drivers.   Hike limited to 12.   No minors.   No dogs.   Rain or snow cancels.   Contact leader for details & reservation before Aug 10th.   Leader: Mike Ranta greatstuff959@hotmail.com or 916.966.0531 (before 9 p.m.).

August 12, Wednesday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1A).   A Walk Through History Hike on Donner Summit (Senior Section)

Hike will combine great scenery with talk on the impact of Donner Summit area on history of California and U.S.   See faint pictographs left by early Native Americans, walk along portions of first wagon route to California, trace remains of Dutch Flat – Donner Lake Wagon Road, walk on China Wall, as well as other portions of First Transcontinental Railroad.   We will not always be on a trail, so be prepared for uneven, rocky footing as well as initial ascent from Rainbow Bridge area up to Sugar Bowl Access Road.   Bring lunch, lots of water (there is no shade) and rain gear in case of showers.   Bring strong flashlight for tunnel.   Meet at Burger King on Lincoln way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 near Auburn at 9:00 a.m.   No dogs.   Leader: Sheila Toner 530.886.0673.

August 15, Saturday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2A).   Point Reyes – Estero Trail to Sunset Beach (Sacramento Group)

Join us for this easy hike out to Sunset Beach where we’ll have lunch on the edge of Drake’s Estero. In the past we’ve seen lots of birds, Harbor Seals and sea lions. Eight miles & 800' elev. gain. Bring lunch, water, and $$ for your driver and optional dinner afterward. No reservation necessary. Includes a quick stop at the Bovine Bakery. Meet 8:00 a.m. @ 11th & P Streets. Leader: Tracy Miller tecumseh2@att.net or 916.635.4730. 

August 16, Sunday

Day Hike (2B).    Mount Judah (Sacramento Group)

Via Donner Peak Memorial, we will venture to Mt. Judah, then to Roller Pass and return on the Pacific Crest Trail to our cars.   The trail starts out with switchbacks for the first 30 minutes or so, then it levels off with a gradual uphill climb to our points of interest.   Total distance is about 8 miles with 2,000’ of elevation gain, starting at an elevation of about 6,000’.   I rate this hike as an intermediate level, so hikers should be in good to excellent condition.   Bring the “10 essentials”; along with a lunch; snacks; sunscreen; plenty of water (2L minimum); layered clothing due to the changeable weather conditions; and, $$ for your carpool driver (suggest about $10 for this trip) and an optional dinner afterward.   Trekking poles and sturdy boots are recommended for this trip.   Also, a change of shoes/sandals for after the hike are nice.   There are Porta-Potties at the trailhead.   No wilderness permits and no fees :).   We will go at a slower pace so, those newer to hiking, can take their time.   We will stop for water breaks and photos along the way.   No dogs.   No minors.   Rain cancels.   There will be an optional dinner stop after the hike for those who may want to socialize.   Group size limited to 15.   Contact leader trainee for reservation and meeting info.   Leader: Stan Jones and leader trainee: David Fudala MoonShineDF@hotmail.com.

August 18, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B).   Red Lake Peak (Sacramento Group)

Tahoe Peaks series (Ogul).   Red Lake Peak is across the road (Hwy 88) from Round Top and offers the same fine views.   Hike stats: 6 miles (round trip), elevation gain 1,500', starting elevation 8,500'.   The hike will be moderately paced over a rocky trail with significant elevation gain.   About half of this hike is off-trail.   Hikers must be in good to very good condition.   Bring the essentials, including sturdy boots, water, snacks, lunch, layered clothing due to changeable weather conditions, and $$ for carpool drivers.   No minors.   No dogs.   Rain/snow cancels.   Contact leader for details & reservation before Aug 17th.   Leader: Mike Ranta greatstuff959@hotmail.com or 916.966.0531 (before 9 p.m.).

August 19, Wednesday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).   Rubicon Trail, Lake Tahoe (Sacramento Group)

Hike from Emerald Bay up to DL Bliss State Park along the beautiful Rubicon Trail. About 9-10 miles round trip and about 1,000' elevation gain, with a strenuous stretch in the p.m. Hikers must be in good condition. We'll have lunch on the sandy Lake Tahoe beach at DL Bliss. We may see an osprey and her nest along the way. Forecast of heavy rain cancels. Bring the essentials, including layers; sturdy boots; 3 liters water; lunch; swimming attire; a camera; and $$ for carpool driver, parking, and optional dinner in Pollock Pines. Meet 7:30 a.m. at Iron Point Park & Ride in Folsom. Leader: Stan Jones 916.216.0923.

August 22, Saturday

Gorge Scramble (Level 3).   Euchre Bar in the North Fork of the American Wild and Scenic River Canyon (Gorge Scrambling Section)

We will descend the Euchre Bar Trail and take it all the way to Humbug Bar and gorge scramble back to Euchre Bar. 1,600’ of elevation gain on the hike out. Beautiful pools in a bedrock riverbed. Bring daypack (waterproofed for flotation) and an air mattress. You must be a good swimmer and be in excellent physical condition to participate. Call for meeting time and location. Leader: Paul Plathe 209.476.1498.

Day Hike (2B).   Paradise Meadows; and Terrace, Cliff and Shadow Lakes (Yahi Group)

A beautiful shuttle hike through the central part of Lassen National Park from the Hat Lake Trailhead to Paradise Meadows then on to the Terrace, Shadow and Cliff Lakes before reaching Hwy. 89. About 7½ miles with side trips to Paradise Meadows and Cliff Lake. Includes a long climb of 1,200’ after Paradise Meadows. Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 8 a.m. or at the Lassen Park visitor center at 9:45 a.m. Bring lunch, water, boots and carpool $$. Leader: Barbara 530.258.3905 or kitchkin@hotmail.com; and asstant leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or ajmendoza777@comcast.net.

August 25, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B).   Maud Lake (Seniors Section)

From near Wrights Lake off Hwy 50 we follow the Rockbound Pass Trail up, down, and around to shallow but picturesque Maud Lake. The Rockbound Pass cirque rises spectacularly over our lunch and swim site there. We then retrace our route. The hike is approximately 8.5 miles with 1,100’ cumulative elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, and essentials. No dogs. Rain cancels. Hike limited to 10. Contact leader for meeting information and reservation. Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).   Smith Lake (Sacramento Group)

This is a moderately-strenuous hike in the Desolation Wilderness from Wrights Lake up to Smith Lake, with stops at Grouse and Hemlock Lakes.   Hike stats: 6.5 miles round trip (8.5 miles if we have to park in overflow), elevation gain 1,700', starting elevation 6,900'.   We’ll check out the outstanding scenery and the wildflowers.   We’ll also discuss the history and geology of the area.   The hike will be moderately paced over a rocky trail with significant elevation gain.   Hikers must be in good to excellent condition.   Bring the essentials, including water, snacks, lunch, layered clothing due to changeable weather conditions, and $$ for carpool drivers.   Hike limited to 12.   No minors.   No dogs.   Rain cancels.   Contact leader for details & reservation before Aug 24th.   Leader: Mike Ranta greatstuff959@hotmail.com or 916.966.0531 (before 9 p.m.).

August 26, Wednesday

Pointing OwlRiver Paddle (Class I).   Delta Meadows State Recreation Area, Walnut Grove (Paddling Section)

We will put in at a marina in Walnut Grove and paddle to the Delta Meadows SRA, which is now closed to vehicle traffic. This is a very natural and protected area in the Delta with lush vegetation and great bird viewing. We will have lunch on the riverbank. Forecast of rain or heavy winds cancels. Participants must provide their own boats, paddles, and PFD's. Call leader for details. Please leave your phone number and email address. Leader: Stan Jones 916.216.0923.

August 29, Saturday

Day Hike (1A).    Golden Gate Park To The Haight (Sacramento Group)

We will hike around Golden Gate Park until we get dizzy and end up in The Haight for lunch. Then, we’ll play it backwards. Be sure to bring the essentials and $$ for your driver, bridge tolls, etc. Total of about 7 miles and no elevation gain. Meet 9:30 a.m. at 11th & P Streets. Leader: Katherine malamute52@frontier.com.


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