Outings Schedule

MARCH  -  APRIL  -  MAY

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SAVE THE DATE!!! Memorial Day Weekend Campout at MacKerricher State Beach

Friday - Sunday * May 22 - 25

At Cleone Group Campsite. Arrive Friday afternoon, 5/22/15 and leave Monday afternoon, 5/25/15. We'll sleep under the stars and moon on the beautifully-spectacular Mendocino coast, 3 miles north of Ft. Bragg on Highway 1. We'll hike during the day to many of the habitats: beach; bluff; headlands; dunes; forest; wetlands; and, tide pools. There are 90 species of birds here! We'll share dinner potlucks with seasoned and newbie naturalists alike with a campfire, songs & laughter. There are restrooms & showers, parking and fire pits. This is a fundraiser, so we'll charge $25.00 per person, per night payable in advance in cash or check payable to Sierra Club to a hiking leader. Reservations limited to 50 people maximum in our group site. Contact leader to RSVP. Leader: Patricia Johnson 916.642.6067 or patricia459@yahoo.com.


March 1, Sunday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).  South Side of Bidwell Park (Yahi Group)

Let's enjoy the early spring greenery, wildflowers and beautiful views along the south side of upper Bidwell Park.  A 6-7 mile hike paralleling Big Chico Creek with several short 200-300' up and down climbs.  Bring boots, water and lunch.  Car shuttle required.  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Five Mile parking lot off of Centennial in Chico.  Rain cancels.  Leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or ajmendoza@prodigy.net.

March 4, Wednesday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1A).  Quarry Trail to Murder's Bar (Senior Section)

Join us for a pleasant hike along the Middle Fork of the American River near Auburn.  The hike is about 4.5 miles with a short climb up into the abandoned quarry (amphitheater) on the way back.  We'll hike at a slow pace along this fairly level, wide trail while enjoying the views and learning the history of the trail and area.  Bring lunch, water, essentials, and $$ or pass for state parking fee.  Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln way in Auburn at Foresthill Exit off I-80 at 9:30 a.m. or Quarry parking lot at 9:45 a.m.  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  Leader: Sheila Toner 530.886.0673.

March 7, Saturday

Pointing OwlDay Hike & Beach Walk (2A).  Mt. Tamalpais State Park (Sacramento Group)

Mt. Tamalpais from Mountain Home Inn to Stinson Beach.  This will be a hike one way and a West Marin Stagecoach shuttle, about 7 miles, almost entirely flat or downslope, with an optional beach walk at the end, a little over 2 miles, flat, or just relax and enjoy.  The pace will be just a bit on the slow side of moderate and there will be lunch at a favorite hilltop with a great view. Click on this link to see past photos from this hike.  Bring exact bus fare ($2.00).  Hike limited to 20.  Rain cancels.  No dogs (park & transit rules).  Click here to RSVP online at Sacramento Sierra Club Meetup website or contact the leader to RSVP.  Leader: Martin Farber 707.253.9606 or kowsoi@juno.com.

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B). Steven's Trail (Sacramento Group)

Hike 8 miles round-trip. We have beautiful views of the North Fork of the American River.  You will need boots or shoes with a good tread for this trip, and 2 qts. of water.  A toll was originally charged to gold miners for the use of this trail.  1,200' climb out of canyon.  Lunch by the river.  Meet 9:30 a.m. at Roseville Park & Ride, at Atlantic/Eureka exit off I-80; or, 10:00 a.m. at Auburn Courthouse.  Optional dinner after hike.  Rain cancels.  Leader: Jack Tolomei 916.944.4942.

Pointing OwlRiver Paddle (Class 1-1½).  Yuba River (Paddling Section)

Paddle down the main stem of the Yuba River through the “Land of Cobblestones – Yuba Goldfields,” by canoe or kayak.  Sturdy footwear is necessary for the portage around Daguerra Point Dam.  Participants must provide their own boats, paddles, and PFD’s.  Call leader for details.  Please leave your phone number and email address.  Leaders: Rod Hall 916.631.7643 and Holly Wenger 916.482.5592.

Snowshoe Hike (1A).  Lassen National Park (Yahi Group)

We'll snowshoe up to Windy Point for a spectacular view of Mt. Lassen.  Bring lunch, water, appropriate clothing, sunglasses and $$ for drivers.  If you don't own snowshoes, please rent in advance.  Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 8:00 a.m.  For more info call leader.  Leader: Larry 530.342.7998.

March 8, Sunday

Day Hike (2A).  Paradise Lake (Yahi Group)

Meet at Chico Park & Ride to carpool at 8:30 a.m. or at the trailhead at Paradise Lake around 9:45 a.m.  Up to 9 miles of relatively flat dirt trails, easy on the joints.  Come see Paradise Lake in its spring glory!  Bring lunch, water.  Dress in layers.  Bring carpool money and $3.00 parking fee to share.  Rain cancels.  Leaders: Jeanne 530.321.7279 and John 530.872.8258.

Day Hike (2B).  Stebbins Reserve, West Yolo County (Yolano Group)

This 5-mile loop takes you to a ridge overlooking Lake Berryessa.  The elevation gain of over 1,000 feet and the rockiness of the ridge makes this a challenging hike.  We will meet at the parking lot in Winters just south of Steady Eddy's Café and East Main St. and Railroad Ave.  Turn left on Railroad to get to the parking lot on Main.  Meet near the gazebo at 9:00 a.m.  Bring lunch, water and shoes or boots with a good tread.  We will carpool the 10 miles to the trailhead from the parking lot.  Please let the leader know you are coming.  Leader: Jean Crossley 530.400.0741 or jcrossley1@peoplepc.com.

March 10, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B).  Las Trampas Regional Park - Danville (Senior Section)

From south of Danville we'll hike up into the Las Trampas range to obtain spectacular vistas of San Ramon Valley and Mt. Diablo.  The hike passes through a variety of habitats from riparian to open oak-grassland.  This hike is about 7 miles with 1,800' cumulative elevation gain.  Some of the ascents and descents are quite steep.  Bring lunch, water, and essentials.  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Davis Park & Ride behind Ikedas Fruit Stand off I-80 at Mace Blvd. in Davis.  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

March 11, Wednesday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1A).  Rattlesnake Bar to Horseshoe Bar Loop (Senior Section)

A pleasant walk following the Pioneer Express trail along Folsom Lake.  Parts of the historic North Fork canal can be seen as the trail wanders in and out of the Oak and Pine forests.  Trail is about half in the shade and half in the sun.  Approximately 5 miles with some easy ups and downs.  Lunch on the beach at Horseshoe Bar followed by a leisurely hike back to the cars.  Bring money for State Park Parking ($12 at this location), lunch, plenty of water, and hiking essentials.  Rain cancels and sorry, no dogs.  Meet at the Burger King on Lincoln Way in Auburn.  Forest Hill exit off I-80 at 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. at Rattlesnake Bar, lower parking lot near restrooms.  Leader: Sue Barela 916.626.9997 or suebarla2148@aol.com.

March 14, Saturday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2A).  Tomales Point (Sacramento Group)

Join us for this hike out to the northernmost tip of Point Reyes with views of Tomales Bay, Dillon Beach, and the Pacific Ocean.  We hope to see Tule Elk and Grey Whales.  This hike is almost 10 miles with 1,000' elevation gain.  Bring warm clothing, lunch, water and $$ for your driver.  Heavy rain cancels.  Optional dinner afterward.  Meet 8:00 a.m. at 11th & P Streets.  Leader: Tracy Miller tecumseh2@att.net or 916.635.4730.

March 14-15, Saturday-Sunday

Pointing OwlBackpack (2B).  Antelope Creek (Yahi Group)

A moderate-to-easy 2-3 mile backpack down 800' to camp beside boisterous Antelope Creek, east of Red Bluff.  Along the way we will enjoy the wildflowers, spring greenery, the scenic canyon, an old homestead and beautiful meadows.  Leader has extra backpacks, tents, pads, sleeping bags, and stoves to share.  Call leader to sign up.  Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 9:00 a.m.  Leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or ajmendoza777@comcast.net.

March 15, Sunday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).  Applegate To Lake Clementine (Sacramento Group)

Approximately 7 miles and 1,100' elevation gain.  This hike has great views of Lake Clementine and we will pass an abandoned kiln built for refining limestone.  More than a light rain cancels.  Drive will be about 30 minutes each way.  Optional dinner afterward in Roseville.  Meet at Roseville Park & Ride at 11:00 a.m.  Leader: John Meininger 916.967.1018.

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1A).  Sacramento River (Sacramento Group)

This easy hike along the river starts at the Promenade outside the Crocker Art Museum, takes us to West Sacramento and Discovery Park (lunch stop), and goes through Old Sacramento. After dropping off our packs at the cars, we’ll go over to the museum to see La Vie Moderne — works by Toulouse-Lautrec and other avant-garde artists (optional).  It’s a “Pay as You Wish” Sunday.  3½ - 4 miles with almost no elevation change.  Bring lunch, $$, & other essentials.  Rain cancels.  Meet 9:00 a.m. at the Big Lots store at 8700 La Riviera Drive near Watt Avenue — corner opposite the entrance.  If you want to meet at 11 & P Streets, please call the leader.  Leader: Madeliene 916.361.7176.

March 17, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B).  Cache Creek Ridge (Senior Section)

Explore the ridges and valleys of the Cache Creek area of the proposed Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area.  This hike will take us along picturesque ridges above Cache Creek, then down to the former Payne Ranch and historic Road Kill Café.  Often the wildflowers are stunning.  The hike is approximately 7 miles with 1,100' cumulative elevation gain.  Bring lunch, water, and essentials.  Meet at 9:15 a.m. at the Guinda post office on Hwy 16 in Capay Valley west of Woodland.  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

March 18, Wednesday

Opera & Popcorn.   Natomas Area of Sacramento (Sacramento Group)

If you have never seen or even heard an Opera, this is absolutely the way to be introduced to it.  The NY Metropolitan Opera simulcasts live into movie theaters and then shows a re-run later in the week.  Great views and we even get to see the audience milling.  We get the same intermissions that they get at the Met, but we get behind the scenes interviews and tours during ours.  We also get to take our sticky candy bars, soda, and popcorn into the theater with us.  We will see Rossini's La Donna del Lago at Regal Natomas.  This is a rerun of the show, which will start at 6:30 p.m.   Total run time with intermission is about three hours thirty minutes. Let’s meet in front of the theater at 5:15 p.m. Seniors pay $23 and others pay $25. We will then go a few doors down to I Love Teriyaki for dinner. For general info on the Met Opera’s simulcast program, go to metopera.org.  The shopping center where the theatre and dinner are is on the west side of Truxel, just north of the I-80 exit (Map-Quest setting is 3561 Truxel Road, Sacramento).  Meet at 5:15 p.m. in front of the theatre.  Bring a container for your dinner leftovers so that you do not have to use a disposable container and get scolded by Barb.  No calls before 9:00 a.m.   Leader: Barb 916.925.5862.

March 21, Saturday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2A).  Auburn State Rec. Area (Sacramento Group)

We will hike about 6-8 miles round trip along the Quarry Road Trail, which goes along the Middle Fork of the American River.  The trailhead is near Auburn.  Beautiful views of the canyon and the river with just a few hundred feet of climbing.  Learn about the rich history of the area going back to the Gold Rush.  Bring essentials and $$ for driver & parking.  Meet 9:30 a.m. at Roseville Park & Ride at the Eureka/Taylor Rd. Exit from I-80.  Rain cancels.  If questions, contact leader.  Leader: Greg Hoyt greg.j.hoyt@sbcglobal.net or, as a last resort, 916.802.7874.

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1A). South Rim Loop (Yahi Group)

We will hike down from Ten Mile House to the Annie Bidwell trail then hike back up the Bloody Rim trail and then back on the Guardians trail. There is a possibility of spring flowers, bring a flower field guide if you like. Also bring lunch, water, boots, sunscreen and camera. Rain will cancel the hike. Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 10:30 a.m. Leader: Julian 530.893.1994.

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).  Morgan Territory Regional Preserve (Tuolumne Group)

Welcome to Spring Day Hike!  We will hike 8-9 miles, 2,000 feet elevation gain, in the eastern portion of this park, north of Livermore, following Coyote, Stone Corral, and Valley View trails.  Wildflowers, raptors, cows, and valley vistas await us.  Bring lunch, water, hiking poles, jacket, hats, binos, carpool $$ and the 10 essentials. Contact leader to sign up.  Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Modesto Park & Ride (Sisk Road adjacent to the Mall); or, 9:15 a.m. at trailhead on Morgan Territory Road. Probably return 4:00 p.m.  Rain cancels.  Go to link to download maps/info. http://www.ebparks.org/parks/morgan.  Leader: Elaine Gorman 209.770.3192 or vevado@yahoo.com.

March 22, Sunday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).  Mt. Diablo (Sacramento Group)

Join us for a beautiful spring jaunt, 8.1 miles with an elevation gain of 1,600 feet, on the North Side of Mt. Diablo.  We’ll start at the Mitchell Canyon Trail Head and take the mountain via the “Little Giant Loop.”  April on the mountain features grassland, chaparral and the first wild flowers of the year.  We also hope to see some hawks, hummingbirds, and butterflies and maybe some deer.  The first two miles are a slow, but steady climb.  The third mile gets steep, an aerobic 1,000 feet up many switchbacks.  We’ll top out at Deer Flat and stop to enjoy the endless views and lunch.  Then we’ll continue on Meridian Ridge Fire Rd. with more great views toward Merchio Gap.  That’s when we’ll decide to climb a couple of hundred feet more on the Eagle Peak Trail or take the Back Creek and Coulter Pines Trails as we head back to the trailhead.  In either case it’s a steep descent.  Bring good energy, good shoes, lots of water, lunch, sun screen and $$ for your driver and parking. Heavy rain cancels.  Optional dinner afterward.  Meet at 11th & P Streets parking lot @ 8:00 a.m.  Leader: Jay Jaybolk@sbcglobal.net or 530.220.2632.

March 28, Saturday

Day Hike (2C).  Fiske Peak on Blue Ridge (Sacramento Group)

A strenuous, 8 total miles & 2,100' elev. gain.  This is in the proposed Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument.  There are some beautiful panoramas offered at the top where we will have lunch.  This hike is closer to home than a lot of our hikes.  Blue Ridge is off of Hwy. 16, just beyond the little town of Rumsey and the Cache Creek Indian Casino.  Outhouses are located in nearby campground.  Poison oak is present along portions of the trail, but avoidable with care.  Bring essentials, and $$ for your driver, park entrance fee and optional dinner afterward.  Heavy rain cancels.  Meet 9:00 a.m. at 11th & P Streets.  Leader: Kathy 916.451.3358.

Pointing OwlLake Paddle (Class 1).   Clear Lake, Lake County (Paddling Section)

We will put in on the south end and paddle the Anderson Marsh area of the lake, stopping for a snack or picnic lunch.   There is abundant wildlife in the area, including the potential for seeing wood ducks, peregrine falcons, pond turtles and golden eagles.   Paddlers must provide their own boats, paddles, and PFDs, food.   Limited to 7 participants.   Contact the leader with questions or to receive the trip information sheet.   Leader: Ann 510.508.6433 or annprentiss@gmail.com.

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1A).   Sacramento River Parkway (Sacramento Group)

This is a moderate-to-easy, round-trip 5-6 mile walk along the Sacramento River Parkway from Garcia Bend Park to the Bill Conlin Youth Sports Complex near the water tower.   March 28th is “Opening Day for Trails” established by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to celebrate multi-use trails.   In addition to enjoying the beautiful natural scenery, come learn about local efforts being made by the Sacramento River Parkway Coalition to obtain completion of the Sacramento River Parkway.   Bring snacks, 2 liters of water, and the other usual essentials.   Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Garcia Bend Park (next to the restrooms) on Pocket Road in the Greenhaven/Pocket Area.   Please call and inform the leader if you plan to attend.  Leader: Stan Jones 916.216.0923.

Day Hike (2B).   Muir Woods National Monument (Sacramento Group)

Come, let’s trek through the Muir Woods National Monument to herald the arrival of Spring.   This inspiring hike will take us through tranquil forests where one species of California Redwoods thrive in a fog drenched environment; the Coastal Redwoods (the other species of California redwoods being the Giant Sequoia found on the western slopes of the Sierra and Yosemite, for example).   The mature coastal redwoods here have been preserved for over a hundred years and a number of them are over 2,000 years old.   Hike is classified as moderately strenuous with a total round trip distance of less than 8 miles and over 1,500 feet of elevation gain.   The group size is limited to 15 members.   Contact the leader to make a reservation; or, sign up on Meetup.   Severe rain or wind forecast will necessitate cancelling or postponing the event.   Each hiker will be required to pay a park entrance fee of $5.00 (or have a national park pass).   Meet in the parking lot at 11th & P Streets in Sacramento at 8:00 a.m.   Leader: Kamal Ahuja kamalahuja@comcast.net and leader trainee: Abbie Hoffman.

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B). Table Mountain in Oroville (Yahi Group)

Enjoy the spring wildflowers and waterfalls of spectacular Table Mountain, north of Oroville.  We will hike for a total distance of 7-8 miles and visit Beatson Hollow and Coal Canyons and Phantom and Coal Canyon Falls.  Bring lunch, water, camera, hat, sunscreen, boots and $$ for drivers.  Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 8:00 a.m. or at Table Mountain parking lot at 8:45 a.m.  Rain cancels.  Leader: Julian 530.893.1994; and, Asst. Leader: Alan 530.891.8789.

March 29, Sunday

Pointing OwlRiver Paddle (Class 1).   Feather River (Paddling Section)

Travel through "The Great Valley Mixed Riparian Forest" in your canoe or kayak, along the Feather and Bear Rivers.   Participants must provide their own boats, paddles, and PFD’s.   Call leader for details.   Please leave your phone number and email address.   Leaders: Rod Hall 916.631.7643 and Holly Wenger 916.482.559.

Mountain Bike Ride (5B).  Paskenta (Yahi Group)

We'll drive to Paskenta and ride north on Lowrey Road crossing numerous small watersheds. The road is about ½ country gravel road and ½ paved asphalt.  Great springtime scenery with views of Lassen, Shasta and the Trinity Alps.  Bring your well-maintained mountain bike, helmet, extra tube, lunch, water and $$ for drivers. Meet at the Chico Park & Ride at 8:00 a.m.  Leader: Larry 530.342.7998.

March 31, Tuesday

Day Hike (1A).   Frog Pond - Cache Creek Region (Senior Section)

This is a pleasant hike in the Cache Creek region that features widely varying ecosystems, ranging from riparian to chaparral to oak-grasslands.   We'll enjoy lunch beside an old ranch pond that often resounds with the croaks of large frogs.   The hike is a 5+ mile loop with about 600' elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, and essentials. Meet at 9:15 a.m. at the Guinda post office on Hwy 16.   No dogs.   Rain cancels. Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

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SAVE THE DATE!!! Memorial Day Weekend Campout at MacKerricher State Beach

Friday - Sunday * May 22 - 25

At Cleone Group Campsite. Arrive Friday afternoon, 5/22/15 and leave Monday afternoon, 5/25/15. We'll sleep under the stars and moon on the beautifully-spectacular Mendocino coast, 3 miles north of Ft. Bragg on Highway 1. We'll hike during the day to many of the habitats: beach; bluff; headlands; dunes; forest; wetlands; and, tide pools. There are 90 species of birds here! We'll share dinner potlucks with seasoned and newbie naturalists alike with a campfire, songs & laughter. There are restrooms & showers, parking and fire pits. This is a fund-raiser, so we'll charge $25.00 per person, per night payable in advance in cash or check payable to Sierra Club to a hiking leader. Reservations limited to 50 people maximum in our group site. Contact leader to RSVP. Leader: Patricia Johnson 916.642.6067 or patricia459@yahoo.com.


April 1, Wednesday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1A).   Bear River Loop Trail (Seniors Section)

This is a leisurely 4-mile hike winding up in the hills from the Bear River Day Use Area in Colfax.   The trail can be a little muddy after recent rain, and has a few steep sections, but is mostly level.   Parts of our route follow the Bear River Canal as well as the Bear River.   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 9:30 a.m.  Leader: Chris Fox fox_chris@att.net or 916.918.9510.

April 4, Saturday

Day Hike (2B).  Auburn Canyon Confluence (Sacramento Group)

Hike 9 miles with a 1,200’ elevation gain while viewing the North Fork of the American River.   We start at “No-Hands” Bridge and will see beautiful views as we hike down to the river.   The foundation for the "killed Auburn Dam" is visible from the trail.   We will enjoy a lunch along the river for an hour.   A pad to sit on at lunch is a nice addition.   Meet 9:30 a.m. at the Roseville Park & Ride (Atlantic/Eureka Road off I-80).   Call for a 2nd meeting place at Auburn Courthouse.   Rain cancels.   Leader: Jack Tolomei 916.944.4942.

Day Hike (2A).   Yahi Trail – Chico (Sacramento Group)

This trail in Upper Bidwell Park offers 9 miles of great views along the Big Chico Creek with 800’ elevation gain.   Wildflowers should be in abundance.   Optional dinner after the hike at the Sierra Nevada Brewery.   Heavy rain cancels.   Meet 8:00 a.m. at 11th & P Streets.   Leader: Tracy Miller tecumseh2@att.net or 916.635.4730.

April 5, Sunday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).   Dye Creek Nature Preserve (Yahi Group)

Enjoy a moderately-strenuous, 6-7 mile private day hike into the spectacular Dye Creek Preserve Canyon east of Los Molinos managed by the Nature Conservancy.   Dye Creek is a large acreage foothill terrain featuring a variety of wildlife, precipitous cliffs, a Native American village site, a large cave and Dye Creek itself.   We will hike to a great view of the surrounding area and to visit a historic site.  Bring boots, lunch and water.   Cost: $2.00 per person, plus carpool $$.   Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 8:00 a.m.   Limited to 20 participants.   Bring, lunch, plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen and carpool $$.   Wear layers.   Light rain does not cancel.   Sign up with leader.   Leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or ajmendoza777@comcast.net.

April 7, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B).   Feather Falls (Seniors Section)

Enjoy picturesque Feather Falls and luscious wildflowers en route.   This is a long drive but well worth the time.   We’ll do a 9-mile loop with about 1,100’ elevation gain.   Bring lunch, water, hat, and essentials.   Meet at the Marysville McDonalds, corner of Hwy 70 and 4th Street, at 9:00 a.m.   No dogs.   Rain cancels.   Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

April 8, Wednesday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1A).   Cronan Ranch (Seniors Section)

We’ll hike a pretty loop from Hwy 49 to the South Fork American River and back.   Nice varied views of the South Fork.   Plan on a long lunch break by the river.   Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 near Auburn at 9:30 a.m. or at Cronan parking area off Pedro Hill Rd. at 10:00 a.m.   Bring lunch, water and essentials.   No dogs.   Rain cancels.   Leader: Sheila Toner 530.886.0673.

Pointing OwlBike Ride (4A). Sacramento River Parkway (Sacramento Group)

Relaxed afternoon ride along the river up from Garcia Bend Park, in the Pocket Area to Old Sacramento or Discovery Park, mostly on the levee bike trail.  No hills.  The round trip is about 20 miles.  Bring tire kit, snack, helmet, water, fully prepared bike, etc.  Learn about the restricted river accessibility issues on the Sacramento River levee.  Forecast of rain cancels.  Meet at Garcia Bend Park, on Pocket Road, near the restrooms, at 10:00 a.m.  Leader: Stan Jones 916.216.0923.

April 11, Saturday

Day Hike (1A).   Lynch Canyon Open Space (Seniors Section)

Walk the hills and valleys in the area where Solano and Napa Counties meet.   This is rangeland, where cattle graze and mature trees dot the landscape.   Expect some cattle on or close to the trail, and some rough, possibly mucky footing.   This is a loop trail, about 5.5 miles total, with some steep uphill sections.   Our pace will be moderate.   Bring lunch, water, poles if you use them, $$ for parking fee.   Dress in layers, boots or heavy shoes advised, have a change of footwear to put on after the hike.   $5.00 per car parking fee.   Meet at the South Davis Nugget Market parking lot, Mace Blvd. at Chiles Road in Davis at 9:00 a.m.   Rain cancels.   Dogs not allowed in this park.   Leader: Sue Barnette 530.753.5855 or sbarnett@dcn.davis.ca.us.

Day Hike (2B).   Spaulding Lake Trail to the Fordyce Creek Waterfall (Sacramento Group)

This is a moderate 8-mile hike with 1,500’ elevation gain.  The trail to the waterfall, if it is still flowing, goes past a PG&E flume that provides a cascade of water down the rocks when too much water is flowing.   If so, we can trod cross country up to the boardwalk to get around the overflow.   If the water is not flowing over the waterfall, we can wade in the stream (suits optional).   Lunch and relax at the Fordyce Falls area.   No restrooms available.   Bring the essentials, including protection from the sun, and $$ for your driver and optional dinner afterward.  Meet 9:00 a.m. at 11th & P Streets.  Leader: Kathy 916.451.3358.

Day Hike (2B).  Cathedral Lake on Mt Tallac, Lake Tahoe (Sacramento Group)

This is a 5.6 mile, out-and-back route to a peaceful tarn cupped among jumbled rock and thick-trunked evergreens at the base of a talus field.  1,100 foot elevation gain with option for another 0.5 mile and 300’ elevation gain to see the bowl above.   Shade-filled trail with good views being frequent, especially of Fallen Leaf Lake in the first mile.  Maps: USGS Emerald Bay, CA and a map on signboard at trailhead.  Leashed dogs permitted.   Limited to 12 humans.   Email or call leader trainee for reservation and meeting info.   Leader: Rich Juricich and Leader trainee: Peter Hewitt phewitt21@mac.com or 916.202.0331.

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).  Deer Creek (Yahi Group)

Experience the full spring beauty of the Deer Creek trail in a 5 - 6 mile round-trip hike.   Deer Creek in spring offers several small waterfalls as we pass through the newly green buds of Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and incense cedar.   Bring lunch, water, carpool $$ and a camera. Rain cancels.   Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 9:00 a.m.   Leader: Julian 530.893.1994.

April 12, Sunday

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

On this easy-to-moderate, urban hike through Land Park, Curtis Park, & Oak Park we’ll see unique, very interesting, and/or beautiful places — including the McGeorge Law School with its redwood grove, “dragon” house, and Gunther’s Ice Cream (longest list of flavors?).  We’ll take a look at the homes recently built in Curtis Park Village for those who are interested and willing to do an extra mile.   5½ - 7 miles with hardly any elevation change.   Bring LUNCH, comfortable shoes for concrete & asphalt, and other essentials.   Rain cancels.   Meet 9:00 a.m. outside the Target store at Riverside Blvd & Broadway—north/left of the entrance.   Leader: Madeliene 916.361.7176.

Pointing OwlLake Paddle (Class 1).   Lake Berryessa, Napa County (Paddling Section)

We will put in at the south end of the lake and explore the various coves and feeder streams, stopping for a picnic lunch as we go.   The east side of the lake contains a 2,000 acre wildlife management area that is home to mountain lions, rattlesnakes, skunks, osprey and golden eagles.   Paddlers must provide their own boats, paddles and PFDs.   Limited to 7 participants.  Contact the leader with questions or to receive the trip information sheet.   Leader: Ann 510.508.6433 or annprentiss@gmail.com.

April 18, Saturday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).   Annadel State Park (Sacramento Group)

After a drive through scenic Sonoma Valley, we'll go end-to-end through this shady park near Santa Rosa, featuring lush meadows and marshes, wildlife and wildflowers.   8.5 miles and 1,100 feet elevation gain on gently-graded trails.   Click here to see past photos from this hike.   Rain cancels.   No dogs (Park rule).   Click here to RSVP online at Sacramento Sierra Club Meetup website or contact the leader to RSVP.   Leader: Martin Farber 707.253.9606 or kowsoi@juno.com.

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).   Feather Falls (Yahi Group)

Come enjoy the 6th highest waterfall in the U.S. and the beautifully flowered and shaded, 8 - 9 mile round trip trail to it.   We’ll take the lower trail to the overlook, then go above the falls for lunch by the creek and return via the upper trail.   Please wear boots or sturdy hiking shoes and bring lunch, water and carpool $$.   Rain cancels.   Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 8:00 a.m. or at the NW corner of the Oroville Wal-Mart parking lot at 8:35 a.m.   Leader: Julian 530.893.1994.

April 19, Sunday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).   Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. (Sacramento Group)

The bay area hills may still be green and lush, and the drive there will be relatively short.   Moderate to strenuous hike, 8 miles and 1,400‘ elev. gain.   Area is of historical interest.   More than a light rain cancels.   Optional dinner afterward.   Meet 8:30 a.m. at 11th & P Streets. Leader: John Meininger 916.967.1018.

April 20, Monday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1A).   Monroe Ridge - Coloma State Park (Seniors Section)

A Hike from the headquarters area of Coloma State Park up Monroe Ridge and back down to the parking lot.   As we climb up the ridge we will pass by the Marshall Monument, and great views of the South Fork of the American River and the surrounding oak forest.   Hopefully spring wildflowers will be in full bloom.   Hike is approximately 5 miles with an elevation gain/loss of 700 ft. on easy switchbacks.   Lunch at the top before descending back to the historical area for a visit on your own.   Bring money for State Park parking fee, lunch, plenty of water and hiking essentials.   Rain cancels and sorry no dogs.   Meet at Burger King on Lincoln way in Auburn, off the Forest Hill exit on I-80 at 9:30 a.m.; or, in front of the park's Museum at 10:00 a.m.   Leader: Sue Barela 916.626.9997 or suebarela2148@aol.com.

April 22, Wednesday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (1A).   Independence Trail (Seniors Section)

The Independence Trail, just north of Nevada City, is a good trail for views and wildflowers.   This will be an easy 4-5 mile walk with a moderate uphill section on the way back.   Be prepared for lots of stops for flower and potential newt viewing.   The first part of our hike will follow the path of the Excelsior Canal which was built during the Gold Rush, and is very level.   After passing Rush Creek waterfall, we will take a dirt road down to the river at Jones Bar, and have lunch there before working our way back up to the trailhead.  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 9:30 a.m.   Leader: Chris Fox fox_chris@att.net or 916.918.9510.

April 24, Friday

Day Hike (2B).   Murderer’s Bar - Auburn SRA (Seniors Section)

This loop begins with a pleasant stroll along the Middle Fork of the American River, then climbs up past the quarry to join the Olmstead Loop trail and Pointed Rocks, only to drop rapidly back down Training Hill and Western States Trail to the cars.   The hike is approximately 7 miles with 1,100’ cumulative elevation gain.   Bring lunch, water, good boots, and essentials.   Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Burger King on Lincoln Way in Auburn at the Foresthill exit off I-80.   No dogs.   Rain cancels.   Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

April 25, Saturday

Day Hike (1A).   Iron Canyon Overlook Loop (Yahi Group)

An easy 4-5 mile hike from the Iron Canyon trailhead east of Red Bluff to the beautiful Iron Canyon overlook of the Sacramento River.   If we have time we may scramble down to the Sacramento River.   Nice views along the way of the surrounding mountains and late spring wildflowers.   Bring boots, sunscreen, hat, water and lunch.   Rain cancels.   Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Chico Park & Ride or at 9:45 a.m. at the Iron Canyon trailhead (5 miles east of Red Bluff on Hwy 36 at the marked trailhead on the left or north side).   Rain cancels.   Leader: Barbara 530.258.3905 or kitchkin@hotmail.com; and, Asst. Leader: Alan 530.891.8789.

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2A).   S. Fork Yuba River State Park & Historic Bridgeport Near Grass Valley (Sacramento Group)

With option to explore Black Swan Ranch trails.   I plan to hike the scenic Buttermilk Bend and Point Defiance Trails, along the S. Fork of the Yuba River.   Learn about the early gold mining history of this area.   This is a 7-mile hike with 800 ft. total elev. gain.   We plan to hike 3 miles RT on the nearly level Buttermilk Bend Trail.   Then, we will do the Point Defiance Trail to Englebright Lake up a ½-mile hill to eat lunch at the Lake Engelbright picnic area.   We will then hike back down to the covered bridge.   At leader discretion, we may also drive down to the new trails at Black Swan Ranch to explore bird and riparian habitat.   Learn about why the swallows and falcons favor the area. Dogs OK on 6ft. leash only.   Rain cancels.   Bring $$ for driver and parking ($5.00 per car).   Meet 9:00 a.m. at the Eureka/Taylor Rd. Exit Park & Ride in Roseville.   Leader: Greg Hoyt greg.j.hoyt@sbcglobal.net or, as a last resort, 916.802.7874.

April 26, Sunday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2A).   Weimar (Sacramento Group)

This is a little treasure surprisingly close to home.   The trails wind through the Institute which is a retreat that allows the public to use its beautiful network of wilderness trails.   There is also a bit of interesting history associated with the Institute that served as a TB clinic in the early 1900’s.   It is right off I-80, about 9 miles east of Auburn.   About 7 total miles & 800' elev. gain.   Heavy rain cancels.   Meet 10:30 a.m. at the Roseville Park & Ride (take I-80, exit Eureka/Taylor Rd. in Roseville cross intersection, turn left at Shell station, then right).   Leader: Katherine malamute52@frontier.com.

April 30, Thursday

Pointing OwlDay Hike & Museum Tour (1A).   Gorman Art Museum - UC Davis (Seniors Section)

Buy lunch at the Davis Co-Op or bring a bag lunch there, late morning.   From there, we will walk through downtown Davis and the Arboretum to the Gorman Museum in Hart Hall to see the wonderful Inuit art exhibit.   If time permits, we may stop at another gallery. Rain does not cancel, so dress accordingly.   Wear comfortable walking shoes.   Most of the path for the 3.5-mile walk is paved.   Limited to 15 people.   No dogs.   Contact leaders after April 12th to reserve a place.   Leaders: Lin & Peter Lindert linlindert@mac.com or 530.758.6418.

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SAVE THE DATE!!! Memorial Day Weekend Campout at MacKerricher State Beach

Friday - Sunday * May 22 - 25

At Cleone Group Campsite. Arrive Friday afternoon, 5/22/15 and leave Monday afternoon, 5/25/15. We'll sleep under the stars and moon on the beautifully-spectacular Mendocino coast, 3 miles north of Ft. Bragg on Highway 1. We'll hike during the day to many of the habitats: beach; bluff; headlands; dunes; forest; wetlands; and, tide pools. There are 90 species of birds here! We'll share dinner potlucks with seasoned and newbie naturalists alike with a campfire, songs & laughter. There are restrooms & showers, parking and fire pits. This is a fund-raiser, so we'll charge $25.00 per person, per night payable in advance in cash or check payable to Sierra Club to a hiking leader. Reservations limited to 50 people maximum in our group site. Contact leader to RSVP. Leader: Patricia Johnson 916.642.6067 or patricia459@yahoo.com.


May 2, Saturday

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

This hike is only an hour’s drive away, so you can sleep in.  Mostly level ground and it’s low enough to be free of snow.  We will hike completely around the lake. Moderate hike, 8-10 miles and 500 feet elevation gain.  Leader will provide a brief history of the lake.  Rain cancels.  Optional dinner afterward.  More than a light rain cancels.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Folsom Park & Ride.  Leader: John Meininger 916.967.1018.

May 5, Tuesday

Day Hike (2A).    Mt. Tamalpais Ridge Trail (Seniors Section)

This lovely hike contours around Mt. Tam through lush forest and open grassland, then ascends Cataract Creek to vistas overlooking the Bay and distant SF.   The loop is about 7 miles with about 800’ elevation gain.  Bring lunch, water, and other essentials.  Meet at 8:15 a.m. at the Davis Park & Ride behind Ikedas Fruit Stand off I-80 at Mace Blvd. in Davis.  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

May 8 – 10,  Friday - Sunday

Photo Trip.  Big Sur California Coast  - Limekiln & Pacific Valley (Photography Section)

Join us for a pleasant weekend along California's Central Coast.   Explore, observe & photograph southern Big Sur locations with hikes up to 6 miles daily along fern-lined redwood canyons and breathtaking coastal bluff trails.   Participants must be able to carry own gear and essentials.   Arrange camp or motel and meals on own.   To be placed on our participant list and for additional information, please contact the leader.    To reserve your spot, please send your $20 check (payable to SCCC/refundable at trailhead) with your hiking experience, email, phone and ride-share preference to leader.   Note:  Only 2 camp spaces remain open.  If share ocean view or redwood campsite at Limekiln State Park, then there will be an additional $39/each for the weekend.   Otherwise, shared individual campsite at Limekiln State Park is not included.   Contact leader for additional information.   Leaders: Judy Molle 916.214.6177 or judithmolle202@gmail.com and Stephen Beck.

May 9, Saturday

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).   Jack London State Historic Park (Sacramento Group)

After a drive through scenic Sonoma Valley, we'll go end-to-end through this delightful park near Santa Rosa, featuring historic sites, shady trails, peaceful lakes, and panoramic views.   8 miles & 1,500 feet elevation gain on well-maintained trails.  The pace will be just a bit on the slow side of moderate, and there will be lunch at a favorite hilltop with a great view.  Click here to see past photos from this hike.  Rain cancels.  No dogs (Park rule).  Click here to RSVP online at Sacramento Sierra Club Meetup website or contact the leader to RSVP.   Leader: Martin Farber 707.253.9606 or kowsoi@juno.com.

May 16, Saturday

Day Hike (2A).   Kortum Trail (Sacramento Group)

Enjoy beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean as we hike along the coast to Goat Rock and beyond.  This hike is 9 miles and 500’ elev. gain.  Bring lunch, water and $$ for your driver.  Optional dinner in Bodega Bay.  Meet 8:00 a.m. at 11th & P Streets.   Leader: Tracy Miller tecumseh2@att.net or 916.635.4730.

Pointing OwlDay Hike (2B).   Pacific Crest Trail from Humbug Summit (Yahi Group)

Hike the Pacific Crest Trail above Butte Meadows.  Elevation gain of 1,000 feet and a total round trip distance of 9-10 miles.  We start at 6,700’ and head north to reach the official highest point in Butte County and enjoy the spectacular Eagle Rocks and several other volcanic pinnacles along the way.  Bring lunch, lots of water, hat, sunscreen, boots and carpool $$.   Call leader for more information and to verify hike, depending on snow conditions.  Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 8:00 a.m. Leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or ajmendoza777@comcast.net.

May 17, Sunday

Day Hike (2A).    Hidden Falls (Sacramento Group)

Join us at this regional park, administered by the Placer Legacy Open Space and other local organizations.   About 7 miles, with ups and downs totaling about 700' elev. gain.   Hike is mostly shaded, well marked, multi-use trails, among Blue Oak, California Buckeye and Manzanita, waterfalls and creeks.  Lunch viewing the falls.  Restrooms (which may have become porta-potties due to lack of water) and possible water fountain available at trailhead.  Heavy rain cancels.  Meet 10:30 a.m. at the Roseville Park & Ride (I-80 exit at the Eureka/Taylor Rd. in Roseville, then cross intersection, turn left at Shell station, then right).   Leader: Katherine malamute52@frontier.com.

Pointing OwlCreek Paddle (Class 1).   Estero Americano, Jenner (Paddling Section)

We will put in near Highway 1, near Valley Ford, and paddle the 5.6 miles to the Pacific Ocean where we’ll have a picnic lunch before paddling back.   This paddle passes through a variety of environments and holds the potential for seeing a wide variety of wildlife, especially birds.   Paddlers must provide their own boats, paddles and PFDs.   Limited to 7 participants.   Contact the leader with questions or to receive the trip information sheet.   Leader: Ann 510.508.6433 or annprentiss@gmail.com.

May 19, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B).   Caples Creek/Silver Fork Loop - Crystal Basin (Seniors Section)

In the Crystal Basin area south of Kyburz, we will ascend Caples Creek to Government Meadow, ford the river, climb over a modest ridge, and descend Silver Fork back to cars.   Be prepared for knee-high sandy river ford.   The hike is approximately 8 miles with 1,200’ cumulative elevation gain.   Bring lunch, water, and essentials. Meet at 9 a.m. at the McDonalds on Broadway in Placerville (Broadway exit off Hwy 50 past signals).   No dogs.   Rain cancels.   Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

May 21, Thursday

Pointing OwlDay Hike & Museum Visit (1A).   Walnut Creek (Seniors Section)

Bring a bag lunch and join us for a visit to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, a unique natural history and environmental education center that rehabilitates wild animals for release.   Entrance fee: $8.50 for adults ($7.50 for seniors).   We will eat first in a park next to the museum then see the exhibits and watch an animal examination through a one way glass at 2:00 p.m. If we have time, we will take a short walk on the Mt. Diablo to Briones trail that goes past the museum.   Limited to 16.   No dogs.   Rain does not cancel, so dress accordingly.   Contact leader after May 1st to reserve a place. Leaders: Lin & Peter Lindert linlindert@mac.com or 530.758.6418.

May 22-25, Friday-Monday

Pointing OwlMemorial Day Weekend Campout.   MacKerricher State Park (Sacramento Group)

At Cleone Group Campsite. Arrive Friday afternoon (May 22nd) and leave Monday afternoon (May 25th). We’ll sleep under the stars and moon on the beautifully-spectacular Mendocino coast, 3 miles north of Ft. Bragg on Highway 1. We’ll hike during the day to many of the habitats: beach; bluff; headlands; dunes; forest; wetlands; and, tide pools. There are 90 species of birds here! We’ll share dinner potlucks with seasoned and newbie naturalists alike with a campfire, songs & laughter. There are restrooms & showers, parking and fire pits. This is a fund-raiser, so we’ll charge $25.00 per person, per night payable in advance in cash or check payable to Sierra Club to a hiking leader. Reservations limited to 50 people maximum in our group site. Contact leader to RSVP. Leader: Patricia Johnson 916.642.6067 or patricia459@yahoo.com.

May 24, Sunday

Day Hike (1A).   Colby Meadows (Yahi Group)

We’ll hike the upper meadows trail and a little beyond for a 4½ mile hike.   Bring lunch, water, appropriate clothing and $$ for drivers.  Wear boots or a solid hiking shoe.    Springtime greenies in the mountains.   Meet at the Chico Park & Ride at 9:00 a.m.   Leader: Larry 530.342.7998.

 

 

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