Outings

January

Thur.-Sat. Jan. 29-31 - Death Valley Wilderness Restoration.
Join us in restoring wilderness values in this remote and beautiful National Park. We were not able to access the project area on the last trip, so the project this time is again the cleanup of a marijuana grow site. We will gather early Thursday afternoon and work on an as-yet-undecided project, work on the grow site on Friday, and possibly Saturday. Group size limited. Leader: Kate Allen, kj.allen96@gmail.com, 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee.

 

February

Sun. Feb. 8 - Mendo Group. Valley View Trail Hike.
Come hike one of the Ukiah Valley’s most scenic and easily accessed trails in the Cow Mtn. BLM Recreation Area. The trail climbs from the parking area on Mill Creek Road just at the eastern end of the last of the Mill Creek ponds. Within a few minutes, the views of the Ukiah Valley begin and only improve as the hike proceeds toward the bench at the top for a sweeping panorama and then descends along Mayacama Creek to the waterfall, which if there has been recent rain, could be running at full capacity. We will lunch here, rest, and then return on the same route. This hike is fairly strenuous and requires good conditioning, hiking boots, layered clothing per season, raingear, water, and lunch. Poles recommended. Class: S-8-A. Carpools: Meet 9:30 Orchard Plaza opposite Star Restaurant or 10:00 trailhead. Leader: Jonah Freedman 4671877 or jonahfreedman@sbcglobal.net Rain cancels.

Fri.-Sun. Feb. 13 – 15 - Napa Group. Ski Trip-Hutchinson Lodge.
All are welcome to join us for our second ski tip of the year at Hutchinson Lodge located in Norden/Soda Springs off of Hwy 80, south of Truckee. There are many ski resorts located down the road or around the area for X-country skiing, down hill skiing, snow shoeing, or just for fun in the snow. X-country ski or snow shoe rentals are available at Claire Tappaan lodge which is located next door. Cost is $90 members, $100 non-Sierra Club members, which includes 2 breakfasts & 2 dinners, trip limited to 15 people. Full payment confirms your reservation. Leader Nanette DeDonato-Dover nandedo@netzero.net.

Fri. -Sat. Feb. 13-14 - Southern Nevada Valentine’s Day Service Trip.
Give our public lands a valentine by helping on a Feb 14 service project with the CA/NV Wilderness Committee. We will be working together with the BLM Las Vegas office and Friends of Nevada Wilderness to enhance wilderness characteristics in one of the southern Nevada BLM wildernesses. Sociable campout Friday night. More details & sign up: Vicky Hoover, 415-977-5527 or vicky.hoover@sierraclub.org. CA/NV Wilderness Committee.

Sat. Feb. 14 - Lake Group. Pope to Putah trail Hike.
Hike a new trail still in the making. The P2P trail connects the two upper arms of Lake Berryessa. Tuleyome (see tuleyome.org) is pioneering a new connector trail between these two arms. We’ll hike as far as the trail goes; overlook the secluded Putah Creek arm, then hike back, getting wonderful views of Pope Valley and Pope Canyon. Bring water, lunch and hiking boots. Class: M-9-A. Carpool: 8:30 am. Store 24, north end of Middletown across Hwy 29 from high school. Leader Tom McFarling (707) 994-5490. Rain cancels.

Sat. Feb. 14 – Napa Group. Mt. Tamalpais East Peak Valentine’s Day Hike.
Loop hike from Mountain Theater to East Peak, 9 miles, 700 ft gain, enjoy outstanding panoramic views, well-maintained trails. The pace will be just a bit on the slow side of Moderate. Bring lunch and liquids. Class: M-9-A. Please RSVP online, at http://www.meetup.com/Redwood-Chapter-Sierra-Club-Outings-Group/events/217587652/ or contact the leader. Co-led with Mother Lode Chapter. Leader: Martin Farber 707.253.9606, kowsoi@juno.com. Rain or shine.

Sun. Feb. 15 - Lake Group. Robert Louis Stevenson State Park Table Rock Hike.
Enjoy gorgeous rolling hills, wooded forests, interesting volcanic rock formations and stunning views of Napa Valley! Bring lunch, snack, water, hat and treaded shoes. Class: M-4-A Meet 8:30 am in front of Middletown Mugshots coffee shop on corner of Hwy 29 & 175 or 9:00 am in RLS State Park lot on Hwy. 29 6.1 south of Twin Pines Casino in Middletown. By reservation only. Leader Julie Kreis 707-987-9040 or tikaljak@yahoo.com Rain cancels.

Sun. Feb. 22 - North Group. Dry Lagoon-Stone Lagoon Hike.
We will hike north along the beach, then turn inland past a variety of dense vegetation to the Stone Lagoon boat-in State Park campground, and return. Bring lunch. No dogs. Optional side trip to Sharp Point, by consensus. Andamos de la playa al bosque y volver. Bienvenidos todos! Class M-5-A. Carpools: Meet 9 am Ray’s shopping center in Valley West, trailhead 10 am Dry Lagoon Day Use Area on Highway 101. Leader Ned, nedforsyth48@gmail.com, 825-3652. Heavy rain cancels.

Sun. Feb. 22 - Lake Group. Rabbit Hill, Middletown Stroll.
Join us in a history stroll up Rabbit Hill with some natural history thrown in. Class E-1-A Meet 9 am. Perry’s Deli at south end of Middletown. Leader: Pete McGee 942-1373 or montesol@hughes.net.

Sat. Feb. 28 - Sonoma/Napa Group. Snowshoe Day Hike.
A day trip to the snow for an easy snowshoe hike. Destination and details will depend on the weather and snow conditions. Please check the posting on the Redwood Chapter Meetup Group for up-to-date information and RSVP. www.meetup.com/Redwood-Chapter-Sierra-Club-Outings-Group/ Leaders: (Sonoma) Carl Inglin 707 538-8271 or chingin@sonic.net & (Napa) Isabelle Saint-Guily napabelle@gmail.com.

 

March

Fri.-Mon. Mar. 6-9 - Death Valley Exploration. 
Four days of hiking and touring. Hikes include Golden Canyon, Amargosa Canyon, Mosaic Canyon, Natural Bridge and the Mesquite Sand Dunes, all 4 miles or under. Visits to China Ranch, Salt Creek, Zabriskie Point, the Artist Palette and Badwater. Two nights of primitive camping, one night at a developed campground. Potluck on Saturday night. Contact leader Carol Wiley at desertlily1@verizon.net or (760) 245-8734. Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee.

Sat. Mar.7 - Lake Group. Knoxville Wildlife Area Hike. 
This 20 thousand acre CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife preserve is little used by hikers. We’ll hike up a secluded valley, discover an old gravesite above Knoxville, pass an old windmill along a beautiful meadow and creek and cross a 600 ft. high ridge getting excellent views of Mt. St. Helena to the west we look up at Blue Ridge to the east. We end by hiking down into Long Canyon and back to the cars. Bring lunch, water and hiking boots. Class: M-8-A. Carpool: 8:30 am. Lower Lake Coffee Company, main street Lower Lake. Leader: Tom McFarling (707) 994-5490. Rain cancels.

Sat. Mar. 14 - North Group. Arcata Community Forest Fickle Hill-Diamond Dr. Hike. 
Join us for a spring stroll through the redwoods. Thrushes, trilliums, milkmaids and more. No dogs. Se habla poco Espanol. Class E-5-A. Meet 9 am at Arcata Safeway parking lot, or Fickle Hill parking area 9:20. Leader Ned, nedforsyth48@gmail.com, 825-3652.

Sat.-Sun. Mar. 14-15 - Serve And Discover The Carrizo Plains. 
We pray for winter rains, and if they arrive we can look forward to spring wildflowers in the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Our service on Saturday will either remove or modify sections of fence to facilitate the mobility of pronghorn antelope. These residents prefer to crawl under rather than jump fences to escape predators. Sunday will be, at the choice of the group, either a hike in the Caliente Range or else a tour of popular viewing areas in the plains. Leader: Craig Deutsche, craig.deutsche@gmail.com, 310-477-6670. CNRCC Desert Committee.

Sat.-Sun. Mar 14-15 - Benson Hut Trip (Adv Intermediate - Advanced). 
Snowshoe/Ski 6 miles (2300’) to Benson Hut for a Sat. overnight. $28 ($33 Non Sierra Club members) by Feb 15th to Jim Gannon; PO Box 1038, Rohnert Park, CA 94927. Checks are non-refundable in case of weather cancellation. Please include email address/phone#. Optional stay at Clair Tappaan lodge Fri 13th. Make reservations early to avoid disappointment. Lodge reservations 530-426-3632 indicate you are with Benson trip-Redwood Chapter. Central commissary is planned. Meeting time/ locations provided with trip sign up. Contact leader Jim Gannon (707)-525-1052 jgannon99@sbcglobal.net

Sat.-Sun. Mar. 14-15 - Ghost Town Extravaganza. 
Explore the ruins of California’s colorful past in this spectacular desert landscape near Death Valley. Camp near the historic ghost town of Ballarat (flush toilets). Sat. a challenging hike to ghost town Lookout City with expert Hal Fowler who will regale us with tales of this Wild West town. Return to camp for Happy Hour and a special St. Patty’s Day potluck and campfire. Sunday morning a quick visit to the infamous Riley townsite. Group size strictly limited. Send $8/person (Lygeia Gerard), 2 sase, H&W phones, email address, rideshare info to Ldr: Lygeia Gerard, P.O. Box 721039, Pinon Hills, CA 92372, 760-868-2179. CNRCC Desert Committee.

Sun. Mar. 15 - Lake Group. Mt. St. Helena Hike. 
Hike switchbacks about 20 minutes through fir woods up to a dirt road which leads to the top of Mt. St. Helena. We will go to the lower peak which looks out over Napa Valley. On a clear day see spectacular views, including much of the San Francisco Bay area. Bring water, lunch, binoculars & snacks. Class: M-7-C. Carpool: 8:30 am in front of Middletown Mugshots coffee shop on corner of Hwy 29 & 175 or 9 am. Robert Louis Stevenson Park - parking lot. By reservation only. Leader Julie 707-987-9040 or 707-671-5947 or tikaljak@yahoo.com. Rain cancels.

Wed.-Sun. Mar. 18-22 - Death Valley National Park - Spring Weekend. 
Our car-camping trip is planned when temperatures are mild and wild flowers may be blooming. We’ll hike to waterfalls including oasis-like Darwin Falls, through stunning desert canyons including Titus Canyon, visit ghost towns and mining areas, and explore some lesser known but truly fantastic areas outside of the Park. We will also tour Scotty’s Castle. The hikes are rated moderate to strenuous with several hikes off maintained trails. Strenuous hikes to the most interesting locations require short sections of rock scrambling and minor exposure to heights. The hikes range from five to ten miles, with elevation gains up to 500 feet. Cost is $60 per person and includes 4 nights of camping and tour of Scotty’s Castle. Group size limited to 15 people. Email or call leader for reservation information. Leader: Rich Juricich, rich.sierraclub@pacbell.net, 916-492-2181. Sacramento Group/CNRCC Desert Committee.

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.

 

Later

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.

Sat. Apr. 25 - Lake Group. Glen Eden Trail to Goat Rock Hike. 
Time to view wildflowers in the North Cow Mountain Recreation Area. It consists of grasslands, chaparral-covered slopes with scattered stand of fir, pine and oak. Trail head on Scotts Valley Road 8 miles from Hwy 29. Bring lots of water, lunch & sturdy shoes. Class: H-8-B. Carpools: 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. By reservation only. Leader Julie Kreis 707-987-9040 or 707-671-5947 or tikaljak@yahoo.com. Rain cancels.

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.

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 at Lake Cleone parking lot in Mackerricher State Park 10:30. By reservation only. Leader Lorrie Lagasse lorrielas@yahoo.com.

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.

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. 

 

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.

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, Boone Lodge, 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