Outings

March

Fri.-Sun. Mar. 27-29 - Old Woman Mountains Service Trip. 
Join Mojave Group and the CA/NV Wilderness Committee for our annual desert wilderness service project with the Needles office of BLM. This year’s is in the Old Woman Mountains--we’ll work on restoring a 5 mile stretch of Sunflower Spring Road or development of an interpretative trail of the area. BLM is partnering with Native American Lands Conservancy here, and we’ll enjoy a joint campfire and stories with their tribal elders Saturday night. Central commissary, contact Vicky Hoover 415-977-5527 or vicky.hoover@sierraclub.org. CA/NV Wilderness Committee.

Sun. Mar. 29 - North Group. Redwood National Park Flint Ridge Section Coastal Trail Hike. 
Starting near site of former Douglas Memorial Bridge, we skirt an old log pond and ascend through magnificent redwood forest to ridge, then gradually drop to meet spur to backcountry campground, our lunch spot, with views through redwoods of coast below. Return by same route. Wear layers, hiking footwear; bring water and lunch. No dogs. M-9-B Carpools: Meet 8:30 am Ray’s, Valley West, 10 am trailhead parking area off Alder Camp Rd. near junction with Klamath Beach Rd. Leader Melinda 668-4275 mgroomster@gmail.com. Rain cancels.

 

April

Fri. evening-Sun. Apr. 3-5 - Lunar Eclipse in the Black Rock Desert.
Enjoy the lunar eclipse in the spectacular Black Rock Desert about 100 miles N. of Reno. We’ll camp at an undeveloped hot spring and watch the lunar eclipse, totality is early Saturday morning (about 5am). Potluck Saturday night. Sunday we’ll probably visit a nearby art gallery or ???? Leader very familiar with the area. Primitive camping, bring all water and supplies, shovel for personal needs. Ham Radio Operators, bring your radios. 4WD not needed. Small RV’s/trailers may be OK. Bad weather cancels. RSVP 3/20 - 3/31 for meeting time and place. Leader: David Book. 775-843-6443, KD7YIM. Great Basin Group/CNRCC Desert Committee.

Fri.-Mon. Apr. 10-13 - Mojave National Preserve Outing.
Meet on Friday April 10 at Amboy Crater at noon and hike up the crater for lunch. Primitive camping Friday night near Granite Pass. Saturday head to Kelso Dunes for a hike up the dunes. Sunday visit the Kelso Depot and then the lava tube with camping at Midhills Campground. Monday we can hike to Cima Dome on the way out. All hikes are moderate (easy to some). Saturday night we will have a potluck (optional). There are no services in the preserve. Contact leader Carol Wiley at desertlily1@verizon.net or 760-245-8734. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee.

Sun. Apr. 12 - North Group. South Fork Trinity River (off Highway 299) Hike. 
Much to see and hear on this perennial favorite National Forest trail. Redbud, Baby Blue Eyes, Black-headed Grosbeak. Breathtaking vistas of the river’s gorge below, and trekking poles will be a plus. A profusion of wildflowers, especially since the 2008 Hell’s Half mosaic burn. No dogs. Dress for the day’s weather. Hikers must have water, lunch, sun/cold protection, good footwear, and some agility to cross a couple of small tributaries. Class M-6.5-B. Carpools: Meet 8:30 am at Ray’s shopping center in Valley West. Leader Ned, nedforsyth48@gmail.com, 825-3652. Heavy rain cancels.

Sun. Apr. 12 - Lake Group. Boggs Lake Hike.
Hike is around Boggs Lake, a vernal pool in a volcanic caldera. If it has rained, there should be lovely flowers. Class E-1-2-A Meet: 9:00 am at the parking area located on Harington Flat Road 1 mile east from Bottle Rock Road. Follow Bottle Road 4.5 miles from its intersection with Hwy 29 to Harrington Flat Road. By reservation only. Leader Pete McGee 942-1373 or Montesol@hughes.net. Rain cancels.

Sat. Apr. 18 - Napa Group. Annadel State Park Day Hike.
We will hike in Annadel State Park on trails featuring lush meadows and marshes, wildlife and wildflowers. Bring lunch and liquids. Class: M-9-B. (8-1/2 mi. 1100 ft gain) Carpools: Meet 9 am parking lot behind In-n-Out Burger 820 W Imola Ave Napa. By reservation only. Sonoma Group call for trailhead parking and arrival time at Annadel. Leader: Martin Farber 707-253-9606 kowsoi@juno.com. Rain cancels.

Sat. Apr.18 - Lake Group. Judge Davis Trail Hike.
Starting at Judge Davis trail head on Hwy 20 and ascending 300 ft to the eastern ridge of Cache Creek canyon we will have expansive views of the canyon. Descending 2000 ft. into the canyon, we cross Cache Creek. Hiking north through Wilson Valley we climb over the 400 ft ridge to Baton Flat and cross Cache Creek again. Climbing 600 ft to Perkins Ridge, we then descend to Redbud trailhead and shuttle cars. Bring lunch, snacks, two liters water, and river shoes or sandals for creek crossing. Experienced hikers only - 8 hour hike with 1300 ft total elevation gain. Class: H-13-B (Hard, 13 miles, elevation gain/loss 1,000-2,000ft). Carpools: Meet 8:15 am Lower Lake Coffee Co on Main St. By reservation only. Leader Tom McFarling (707)994-5490 tom.mcfarlng@gmail.com. Rain or Temp over 85 degrees cancels.

Thu.-Sat. Apr. 23-25 - Death Valley Wilderness Restoration.
Help clean up a couple of non-historic military plane wrecks near Hunter Mountain. 4 WD required, possibility of car-pooling. Meet Thursday afternoon at the junction of Hwy 190 and the South Saline Valley Road. Work Thursday afternoon and all day Friday. Getting to the work sites requires a very short hike on Thursday, and a 2-mile moderately strenuous hike on Friday. On Saturday, we most likely will be free to do a hike in the area. Camping is primitive, bring food, water and a trowel or shovel for personal use. Leader: Kate Allen, kj.allen96@gmail.com, 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee.

Sat. Apr 25 - North Group. Smith River NRA-Jedediah Smith State Park Hike.
We will hike Lake Little Bald Hills Trail. From the trailhead off South Fork Road, a succession of botanic communities and stunning views reward our 1,800’ climb. The afternoon’s steady descent finally enters old growth redwood forest as the trail nears Howland Hill Rd., where our shuttled cars await. Bring food, water, hiking boots. Class M-10-B. Meet 9:30 am Hiouchi Ranger Station (HWY 199, just past and across from Jed. Smith Campground entrance). By reservation only. Leader Melinda 707-668-4275.

Sat. Apr. 25 - Mendocino Group. Seal Rookery and Sand Dunes. 
Come for a day to observe, count, and enjoy the newborn seal pups at Mackerricher State Park. We will walk along the old Haul Road to the Ten Mile Dunes. Bring lunch, water and binoculars. Dress in layers. Class E-4-A. Meet 10:30 at Lake Cleone parking lot in Mackerricher State Park. By reservation only. Leader Lorrie Lagasse lorrielas@yahoo.com.

Sat. Apr. 25 - Mendo Group. Valley View Trail Cow Mt. Hike.
See spectacular views of Ukiah Valley as we ascend Valley View Trail through chaparral, lunching at the top, and then descending into a fern filled canyon to a waterfall. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, lunch. Native Plant Society members will join us. Class:M-7-B. Carpools: Meet 9:00 am CVR Pharmacy in the Orchard Shopping Center off Perkins St in Ukiah. By reservation only. Leader Yvonne Kramer 463-0342, kramer@saber.net. Heavy rain cancels.

Sat.-Sun. Apr. 25-26 - Service in the Carrizo Plains National Monument.
This trip is scheduled late in the wildflower season, and we pray that rains have produced a wonderful and long-lasting display. Our service on Saturday will remove or modify sections of fence to facilitate the mobility of pronghorn antelope. Sunday will be, at the choice of the group, either a hike in the Caliente Range or a tour of popular viewing areas in the plains. This is an opportunity to combine carcamping, day-hiking, exploring, and service in a relatively unknown wilderness. Contact leader for details: Craig Deutsche, craig.deutsche@gmail.com, 310-477-6670. CNRCC Desert Committee.

 

May

Fri.-Sun. May 1-3 - Manzanar/Lone Pine Lake Trip.
Join us at our beautiful creekside camp in the High Desert near Lone Pine. Saturday, a moderate 6 miles roundtrip hike with 1600’ gain, from Whitney Portal to beautiful Lone Pine Lake, followed by Happy Hour, a potluck feast and campfire. Sunday, we’ll caravan to Manzanar, the WWII Japanese internment camp north of Lone Pine, to visit the museum with its moving tribute to the internees held there during the war. Group size strictly limited. Send $8 per person (Lygeia Gerard), letter-sized SASE, phone number, email, and rideshare preferences to Leader: Lygeia Gerard, PO Box 721039, Pinon Hills, CA 92372, 760-868-2179, Goody2shz@yahoo.com. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee.

Sun. May 3 - Lake Group. Oat Hill Mine Hike.
An easy hike along the east end of the Oat Hill Mine Road to visit the mercury mine sites. Bring lunch and water. Carpools: Meet 9 am. Perry’s Deli at the west end of Middletown. By reservation only. Class E-4-A Leader Steve Devoto sdevoto@mchsi.com. Rain cancels.

Sat. May 9 - Napa Group. Jack London State Park Day Hike.
This hike will feature historic sites, shady trails, spring wildflowers, peaceful lakes, and panoramic views. Bring lunch and liquids. Class: M-8-B. (8 mi. 1500 ft gain) Co-led with Mother Lode Chapter. Carpools: Meet 9 am parking lot behind In-n-Out Burger 820 W Imola Ave Napa. Sonoma Group call for trailhead parking and arrival time at Jack London. There is a parking fee. By reservation only. Leader Martin Farber 707-253-9606, kowsoi@juno.com. Rain cancels.

Sun. May 10 - North Group. Trinity Alps Wilderness Canyon Creek Day Hike.
Out and back past lively creek, granite cliffs, and spring blooms to meadows above Lower Falls (if early season allows). Bring plentiful food, water, sun protection, hiking boots. Class M-9-B. Carpools Meet: 7:30 am Blue Lake, First & G St.; 10am Canyon Creek Trailhead Parking (13.5 mi N Junction City on County Rd.401) leader Melinda 707-668-4275.

Sun. May 10 - Lake Group. Glen Eden Trail Hike to Goat Rock Hike.
It is time to view wildflowers in the North Cow Mtn Rec Area. It consists of grasslands, chaparral-covered slopes with stands of fir, pine and oak. Bring water & lunch. Class H-8-B. (Trail head 1394’ then 2600’ at Goat Rock) Car pools: Meet 8:30 am Lower Lake Coffee Co on Main Street, off junction of Hwy 29 & 53 or 9:30 am Glen Eden Trail head 8 miles from Hwy 29 intersection with Scotts Valley Rd. to Glen Eden. Trail head on left, park on right. From Ukiah take Hwy 20 E to Lake County and turn right on Scotts Valley Rd just after Blue Lakes. Go a mile or more to pit toilet on left, trail head on right. By reservation only. Leader Julie Kreis 707-987-9040 tikaljak@yahoo.com. Rain cancels.

Sat. May 16 - North Group. Ma-le’l Dunes Cooperative Management.
Area, Ledik Trail to Du’k Loop Trail. Come with your kids and explore this BLM and Fish & Wildlife Service Cooperative Management Area and experience a biologically diverse dune community, one of the most pristine in the Pacific Northwest. We will see a coastal forest, sand dunes and the beach. Wear sturdy shoes and bring liquids and lunch. No strollers. Class E-1.5-A. Meet: 10 am Ma-le’l Dunes parking area: Take Samoa Blvd (Hwy 255), turn onto Young Lane, make a left and follow sign to parking lot (park near restroom). Leader Allison 707-268-8767. Rain cancels.

Fri.-Mon. May 22-25 - Black Rock Rendezvous!
This annual event is a “Great First Trip to the Black Rock” as it typically includes speakers, guided tours, visits to hot springs, rocket launches, rock hounding, a Dutch Oven cook-off, drawings, and similar events. Co-Sponsored by Friends of the Black Rock, BLM and Friends of Nevada Wilderness. Family event, bring your RV’s and trailers. Primitive camping but w/ portable toilets! Bring your HAM radio as there will be lots of Ham activity. Dogs on leash, be prepared to pick up after them. For more info go to: www.blackrockrendzvous.com. Questions/sign ups: David Book 775-843-6443.

Sun. May 31 - Lake Group, Mahnke Peak Hike.
This hike starts at the south end of Kelsey Creek Drive and follows a moderately sloped dirt road to Mahnke Peak with a great view over the geysers power plants. Bring lunch and two liters of water. Carpools: Meet 8 am corner of Live Oak Drive and Highway 29 in Kelseyville. Class H-10-C (Elevation gain 2116 ft). By reservation only. Leader Steve Devoto sdevoto@mchsi.com. Rain cancels.

 

Later

Fri.-Wed. June 19-24 - Coyote Gulch Backpack. 
Backpack 30 miles through some of the best of Utah’s red rock, with shear high-walled canyons and cathedral-like campsites. Trip starts with obtaining permits at the Escalante visitor center. 4-5 miles of travel each day. Most of the hiking is moderate, but requires wading back and forth across the creek. One steep trail to bypass waterfalls. There are side trips so bring a small day pack. This is the warm season, but usually quite pleasant. Trip details and agenda available on sign-up. Limit 12. Leader: David Hardy, email preferred, hardyhikers@embarqmail.com, 702-875-4826. S Nevada Group/CNRCC Desert Committee. 

Sun.-Sat. June 21 - 27. Marble Mountain Wilderness.
Let’s go out for a 6 night out and back, backpacking 5-7 miles each day and base camping for 2 nights in the middle of the trip. We’ll see the beautiful Marble Mountains, several lovely lakes appropriate for swimming, and some of the most gorgeous scenery in California. We will put in about 30 miles total. There is the possibility of staying out longer if the group chooses. This is a backpacking trip and participants must have backpacked within the last 5 years and be familiar with and own their own backpacking equipment. Need to carry your own gear and food for 6 nights. There will be no group meals. Bear canisters will be discussed before leaving. Class: M-30-B. Limit 10 people. By reservation only. Leader Val Nordeman, 707 477-4199, nordeman@willitsonline.com.

Fri.-Sun. July 3-5, Fourth of Juplaya, Black Rock Desert.
This will be a really busy weekend on the Playa as many Burning Man attendees use this as a shakedown for Burning Man. No specific plans but we’ll probably meet in Reno Thursday evening and head up to the Black Rock and camp on the edge of the Playa. We’ll probably visit area hot springs and the Emigrant Trail. Primitive camping, bring all supplies and a shovel for personal needs. Possible Ham Radio License Class. 7/3 is a legal holiday, can’t waste a long weekend. Leader is very familiar with the area! Sign-up after 6/15. David Book 775/843-6443.

Sun.-Sat. July 19 - 25. Yolla Bolly Wilderness.
Please join me as we hike into my favorite wilderness area, where I’ve been going every year for 30 years. We will backpack into a beautiful spring, taking 2 1/2 days to get there, base camping for 2 nights, then returning home the same way. There are good day hikes from our base camp and a good spring. But be aware that water is scarce as we hike in and you must carry a minimum of 2 liters of water at all times, preferably 3 liters. This is a strenuous backpacking trip. You must have backpacked within the last 5 years and be capable of carrying your own food and gear for 6 days. We do not need bear canisters here. Class: H-35-C. If it’s an easier hike than this indicates, then that will be good. But I have found the Yolla Bolly Wilderness to be very wild, very dry, and the trails poorly maintained at best. Limit 10 people. By reservation only. Leader Val Nordeman 707-477-4199 nordeman@willitsonline.com.

 

Non-Sierra Club Activities

The following activities are not sponsored nor administered by the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club has no information about the planning of these activities and makes no representations or warranties about the quality, safety, supervision or management of such activities. They are published because they may be of interest to the readers of this publication.

Sat. Apr. 25 - Hike 4 Healing, Wright Peak Summit Trail, Mount Konocti, Lake County.
Support maternal and newborn health missions lead around the globe by Dr. Dhanda. Hike rolling chamise hills, oak woodlands and pines to Konocti peak and magnificent views. Class M-6-B. Carpool if possible. From Hwy 29 on south side of Clear Lake take the Kelseyville exit, Main Street. Go north 0.35 mile. Turn right on Konocti road 1 mile until it turns into a dirt road. Continue up the mountain 2 miles to parking lots (2 or 3). Walk up the road and proceed to check-in station on side of road. Entrance fee for HIKE 4 HEALING: $25.00; Children under 12 yrs old free. Meet 8:00 am registration, 9:00 am hike. For info: Julie 707-987-9040.

Saturday Saunters for Santa Rosa Area. 
Every Saturday. Meets 9am and usually ends around 11:30. These walks are moderate. Fun way to exercise with friends. For info call Bob Martin 707-539-6300.

Sonoma County Regional Parks Trail Work Days. 
On the day of the project you can call 707-548-4424 for an update or if you get lost coming to the park. Your support and dedication to our County's trails really makes a big difference. To RSVP for any of these projects please contact John at 707-565-3356 or ParksVolunteer@sonoma-county.org.

Volunteer Days Riverkeeper Stewardship Park in Guerneville. 
Every Wednesday 9-noon, for all or part of the time. Park is located on the north bank of Russian River directly upstream Guerneville pedestrian bridge. Access entrance from the driveway in front of Sonoma Nesting Co (16132 Main Street), just east of Armstrong Woods Rd. At bottom of driveway look for blue & white “Russian Riverkeeper Stewardship Park” sign. Bring drinking water & wear sturdy footwear. Light refreshments provided. Info Victoria Wikle 865-2474 or VictoriaWikle@usa.net


Instructions to Hikers, Visitors, Leader Pace

INSTRUCTIONS TO HIKERS

Outings will start not later than 15 minutes after scheduled meeting time. The leader is in charge of the trip and is responsible for your welfare and the good name of the Club. He/she must have your cooperation to make the trip safe, pleasant and rewarding. Never charge ahead of the leader and keep within sight or shouting distance of the person ahead of you so you do not miss an intersecting trail. Do not lag behind rear leader: if you need help, the rear leader will remain to assist you. Do not leave the group without the leader's permission.

Be adequately equipped and prepared. You should carry lunch, cup and liquids. Be sure your shoes are adequate, well broken in and preferably low-heeled shoes with high tops.

Guard against fire. Do not smoke on trails in fire season. Build fires only with the leader's permission, and extinguish them completely. Guns, pets, or radios are not to be brought on hikes.

The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Participants assume the risks associated with travel. Redwood Chapter suggests that a 20-cents per car per mile compensation be paid to the driver you ride with. Carpools are not part of the outing but a means ofconserving natural resources.

All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you chose to participate on an outing, please go to:http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/, or contact the Outings Department at (415) 977-5528 for a printed version.

VISITORS ARE WELCOME

All Sierra Club trips are open to the public unless otherwise announced. You are free to bring all members of your family and guests. Children are usually welcome, but if you doubt that they are old enough to manage the trip, call the leader. (Please refer to the chart below to determine the degree of difficulty.)

DIFFICULTYMILEAGEELEVATION GAIN
E - EasyActual MileageA - Less than 1,000
M - ModerateB - 1,000 to 2,000
H - HardC - 2,000 to 3,000
S - StrenuousD - over 3,000
V - Very StrenuousD - over 3,000

The actual mileage will be listed for each trip. Elevation gain will reflect the gain from the start of the hike to the highest point. If you need to know the cumulative gain, please contact the leader.


PACE 
How fast or slow does a leader go? Check your hike leader's pace below.


Hiking Pace by Leader: How Fast or Slow Do You Go?

Wonder if an outing leader walks fast or slow? Keep in mind that the leader’s speed is but one part of hiking. How high up a mountain the hike starts, the total mileage and elevation gain (up hill) and loss (down hill) greatly affect the difficulty of a hike, regardless of how fast or slow you walk. If you have any doubts about being able to do a hike or have other questions, please call the leader to discuss your concerns. These ratings only serve as a guide and are not a substitute for you being in appropriate physical condition before participating in an outing.

Leaders are grouped according to how fast they normally hike. Please keep in mind that this info is to help you decide if a hike is right for you. The outing rating instructions to hikers is also important for participants to read. Look at the difficulty of the hike. If the rating is moderate with few or more frequent stops a fast pace hiker must hike slower to accommodate that rating.

Varies, see hike description for detailsJim Gannon, Isabelle Saint-Guily
Fast-pace with few or no stopsPaul Bozzo, Carol Magill
Moderate-pace with few stopsDon Anderson, Tiffany MacNeil, Lorrie Lagasse
Moderate-pace with more frequent stopsPete McGee, Tim Bartice, Melinda Groom, Val Nordeman, Carol Vellutini, Yvonne Kramer, Martin Farber, Brian Collett, Carl Inglin, Tom McFarling, Nanette DeDonato, Jonah Freedman, Steve Devoto, Julie Kreis, Ned Forsyth
Slower-paceAllison Bronkall