Rafting Trips

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There are four single day trips on the American River from Sacramento:

American River North Fork from Iowa Hill Bridge to Ponderosa Bridge, Class IV

American River Middle Fork from Oxbow Dam to Drivers Flat Road (Old Greenwood bridge ruins), Class IV

American River South Fork from Chili Bar Dam to Camp Lotus, mile 0 to mile 9, Class III

American River South Fork from Henningsen-Lotus Park to Salmon Falls Bridge, mile 8 to mile 20, Class III

 

Trinity River Area

(1)  The Trinity from Pigeon Point to Big Flat  (5 miles, class IV-)

(2)  The Trinity from Hayden Flat to Cedar Flat  (7 miles, class II+)

(3)  The Trinity from Hawkins Bar to Salyer (7 miles, class II).

(4)  The Klamath from Ti Bar to Green Riffle (8 miles, class II).

(5)  The Klamath from Red Cap Road to Weitchpec (12 miles, class III-).

(6)  The Trinity from the Hwy 299 Bridge at Hoopa to Weitchpec (10.5 miles, class II+).

(7)  The Trinity from Willow Creek to Tish Tang campground (10 miles, class II+).

(8)  Douglas city to Junction city

 
The following are overnight trips:

American River North Fork Generation and Giant Gap, Class V

American River North Fork Giant Gap, Class V

Yuba River North Fork, Class V and IV

Tuolumne River, Class V and IV

 

General Information Documents                             

Rafting Calendar
Rafting General Trip Information
Rafting River Rating System
Rafting Waiver and Signoff
Packing List

Rafting Clothing Inventory

Equipment Inventory

River Ratings System

Glossary

Directions to my house

Paddlers List

California Floaters Society Description.pdf

California Floaters Society Application & Waiver.pdf

Rafting Resume Kim K. Andregg

Resume Kim K. Andregg

 

Sea Kayaking Trips

Bicycling Trips

River Trips in progress

Dog Walks

PDF's and Miscellaneous Information

  1. Horsetail Falls hrstail1.jpg hrstail2.jpg I Wish These Were Brains.jpg

  2. Sailor Flat  Sailor Flat

  3. Redwood Canyon in the Napa area, Devil's Hole with spectacular waterfall

  4. Mt. St. Helena New Palisades Trail

  5. BigTrees-GrouseROG.pdf

  6. Bullards Bartrail.pdf

  7. Chimney Rock Trail.pdf

  8. Foresthill District Trails.pdf

  9. Grouse Map.pdf

  10. Lock Leven Lakes Trail.pdf

  11. Long Canyon.pdf

  12. Mt. Judah Loop.pdf

  13. North of the Middle Fork American Trail.pdf

  14. Palisade Trail.pdf

  15. PCT Barker Pass.pdf

  16. PCT Mt. Judah.pdf

  17. PCT Richardson Lake.pdf

  18. PCT Sand Lake Trail Ridge.pdf

  19. PCT Tinkersknob.pdf

  20. PCT Twinpeaks.pdf

  21. Pioneertrailrog.pdf

  22. South Yuba Trail_rog.pdf

  23. Duncan Peak rog.pdf

  24. Highway 49 Campgrounds.pdf

  25. Middle and North Fork Yuba Campgrounds.pdf

  26. Lost Camp Trail

  27. http://www.gorp.com/gorp/resource/us_national_forest/ca/bik_taho.htm

  28. http://home.inreach.com/rtowle/NorthFork/North_Fork_American.html

  29. South Yuba River Trail Descriptions.pd

  30. Foresthill_ChinaWallWinter.pdf

  31. Foresthill_ohv_map.pdf

  32. El_Dorado_Forest-03-05-07_north.pdf

  33. El_Dorado_Forest-03-05-07_south.pdf

  34. Feather River trails.pdf

Sorted list of pdf's

 

BigTrees-GrouseROG.pdf
big_res.pdf
bullardsbartrail.pdf
chimneyrocktr.pdf
ChinaWallWinter.pdf
duncanpeakrog.pdf
dv_sv_tk_snow_trails.pdf
El_Dorado_Forest-03-05-07_north.pdf
El_Dorado_Forest-03-05-07_south.pdf
Feather River trails.pdf
Foresthill District Trails.pdf
Foresthill_ChinaWallWinter.pdf
Foresthill_ohv_map.pdf

fr_bald_mountain.pdf

fr_big_bald_rock.pdf

fr_butte_bar.pdf

fr_dome.pdf

fr_featherfalls_infomap.pdf

fr_hartman_north.pdf

fr_hartman_south.pdf

fr_lakeshore.pdf

fr_mountain_house.pdf

fr_sky_high.pdf

fr_table_rock.pdf

gcw_map.pdf
giant_gap_cg.pdf
grousemap.pdf
hwy49camprog.pdf
Lock Leven Lakes Trail.pdf
longcanyon.pdf
m.soyubamapsm00.pdf
mid_no_yubacamprog.pdf
mtjudahloop.pdf
North of the Middle Fork American Trail.pdf
palisade_tr.pdf
pctbarkerpass.pdf
pctmtjudah.pdf
pctrichardsonlake.pdf
pctsandridge.pdf
pcttinkersknob.pdf
pcttwinpeaks.pdf
pioneertrailrog.pdf
shirttail_cg.pdf
soyuba_handout_NT2000web-Distiller.pdf
steephollowxcmap.pdf
s_yuba_tr_rog.pdf
wintersportsrog.pdf

The Essentials

1.       Map

2.       Compass

3.       Flashlight

4.       Extra food

5.       Water

6.       Water purification means

7.       Extra clothing

8.       Rain gear

9.       Matches

10.    Fire starter or candle

11.    Sun protection - sun screen - lip sun block - sun hat - sun glasses

12.    Pocket knife or multipurpose tool

13.    First aid kit

Links - Here are some sources for more description of the essentials:

  GORP Hiking Skills - The Ten Essentials by Karen Berger. A list of the "10" with a short description of each.

  Trailmaster Tips by John McKinney. A good treatment of the "10" essentials and helpful advice about gear.

  The Ten Essentials from survival-center.com by Scott Stoddard. Good explanation of each.

  The 10-Plus Essentials - Presented by BSA Troop 136. Nice treatment of each.

  Understanding the 10-Plus Essentials - From REI. Good description of each, tied to products.

  The Ten Essentials + Four - backpacking.net. Good list with helpful descriptions for each.

  LocalHikes Gear Favorites - by Jim Zuber. Excellent list and description of clothing and equipment for the serious hiker.

 
 

Georgetown Hiking Trails by Tom Peterson Get Off Your Gass

Swimming Trips

 

Hiking and Swimming (family trips, kids, dog, welcome)

 

Swimming Hole Ratings Legend

Overall rating: Excellent, Good, Fair

Approach: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

The Company: Kids, Dogs, Boom Box, Alternative Cloths Opptional

Aesthetics: Water quality, Geometric, Wavy, Jagged

 

Shasta / Trinity Area  

South Fork Trinity River Hell Gate

New River

    The Grotto

    Octopus

    Virgin Pool

Canyon  Creek Falls

North Fork Trinity River 

        Paradise Pools

McCloud Falls, excellent, easy, kid safe

This is a overnight trip to the Redding area. Leave for Redding Friday night, either camp or motel in McCloud. We will spend Saturday at McCloud Falls and return Saturday night.

 

Chico, Paradise & the Feather River

Lower Rock Creek, good, intermediate, dog friendly

Middle Rock Creek, classic, intermediate, dog friendly

Upper Rock Creek, excellent, advanced, clothes optional

Grizzly Creek, excellent

Big Chico Creek

    Browns Hole, good, beginner

    Salmon Hole

    Bear Hole

Big Kimshew Creek

    Kimshew Falls, good, beginner

    GPS N 39 degrees 52.795', W 121 degrees 30.476'

    Yellow Dog, excellent, advanced

Little North Fork, classic, intermediate

Butte Creek

Buzzard's Roost

Cleghorn Off Highway Vehicle Camp, excellent, advanced, clothes optional, dog friendly

    Middle Fork Feather river

    Too many excellent swimming holes to list (as far as your feet can carry you in either direction on the river).

    GPS N 39 degrees 19.064', W 121 degrees 03.053'

Milsap Bar

    Middle Fork Feather river

    Too many excellent swimming holes to list (as far as your feet can carry you in either direction on the river).

    GPS N 39 degrees 42.992', W 121 degrees 16.127' elevation / altitude 1615 feet

    GPS coordinates are just up from the bridge at Milsap Bar about 1/4 mile to another 4x4 accessible campground.

Indian Creek

Indian Falls, located off Highway 89 south of Crescent Mills, is worth taking the steep 100 yard trail to view.  The trail also leads to a favorite local swimming hole on Indian Creek. 

 

Located just north of the Junction of Highway 70 and Highway 89, Indian Falls is the first of the small towns you will see when entering Indian Valley from this direction. The town features a favorite swimming spot of the local residents. Indian Falls is also home to the Dawn Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes organic gardening, education and more. The institute features a community center, which sits above the apple orchard visible from the highway, and a horticultural center on Indian Falls Road. During the harvest season, the center features organic produce sales each Saturday morning.

Middle Fork Feather River Dome N 39 39.393’ W 121 18.207’ at the river, bottom of trail Middle Fork Feather River Dome2 N 39 38.595’ W 121 18.400’ trail head

The Motherlode

 

Pauley Creek

http://www.creekin.net/paulavez.htm

 

Lavezzola Creek

http://www.creekin.net/lavezzol.htm

 

North Yuba River

Wild Plum Falls

Mammoth Hole, excellent, easy, kid safe, dog friendly.

Cherokee Creek, excellent, intermediate, clothes optional.

Downieville bridge, excellent, easy, kid safe, dog friendly.

Lovers Falls

 

Middle Fork Yuba River

Strawberry Hole, excellent, easy, kid safe, dog friendly.  See directions for Mushroom.  Pictures 32 thru 38 Strawberry

 

Mushroom Hole, excellent, easy, kid safe, dog friendly, clothes optional, Pictures Mushroom Rock.  For Mushroom Rock take Moonshine Creek Road 1 mile from the intersection at the Middle Yuba Bridge.  Park being sure not to block any driveways.  There's lots of private property, so obey all signs.  Look for a trail on the left.  The river is 1/2 mile downhill and downstream. You will find an overused hole name Strawberry.  Mushroom Rock is 250 yards farther downstream.  Mushroom Rock is at 39 degrees 22' 40" North, 121 degrees 05' 58" West GPS.  Mushroom Rock trailhead is at 

GPS N 39*14.800', W 121*08.756' * = degrees.

 

Oregon Creek, excellent, easy, kid safe, dog friendly, clothes optional.

 

S. F. Yuba River

All the sites on the S. F. Yuba river receive at best an intermediate rating because of the poor quality of the water in the canyon.  The canyon is populated with houses the entire way from the headwaters.

m.soyubamapsm00.pdf

s_yuba_tr_rog.pdf

soyuba_handout_NT2000web-Distiller.pdf    

http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/Members/Trails/South_Yuba_Trail_Edwards_Crossing_South_Yuba_Cmp.cfm

http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/Members/Trails/South_Yuba_Trail_From_Edwards_or_Purdon_Crossing.cfm 

  1. North Canyon, fair, intermediate, kid safe, dog friendly, clothes optional.

  2. Mountain Dog, fair, beginner, dog friendly, clothes optional.

  3. Highway 49 bridge, fair, beginner, easy, kid safe, dog friendly.

  4. Purdon road bridge, fair, beginner, easy, kid safe, dog friendly, clothes optional.  Pictures Purdon Bridge area.

  5. China Dam, fair, intermediate, kid safe, dog friendly, clothes optional.  GPS N 39*11.734', W 120*34.055', east of Purdon road bridge (up river, 20 minutes) 1705 altitude.  Pictures 10 thru 22, 34 thru 40 China Dam area.

  6. Round Mountain Trail, end of trail, fair, intermediate, kid safe, dog friendly, clothes optional.  50 minutes walking from Purdon bridge, 75 minutes from Edwards crossing.  This is close to the end of the round mountain trail.  Pictures 23 thru 33 Round Mountain area. 

  7. Five Pools, 40 minutes from Edwards Crossing, fair, intermediate, kid safe, dog friendly, clothes optional.  30 minutes walking from trail end of Round Mountain.  Five Pools are "killer", the third pool is the nicest, all the pools are great.  GPS N 39*19.607', W 121*00.296' * = degrees.  Pictures 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 72 thru 85, Five Pools area.

  8. Edwards Crossing North Bloomfield / Graniteville road bridge, fair, beginner, kid safe, dog friendly.  Pictures 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 70, 85 Edwards Crossing area.

  9. Missouri Bar Trail, fair, intermediate, kid safe, dog friendly, clothes optional.  Top of the trail GPS N 39*21.650' altitude 3676, W 120*53.563  swimming hole at the end of Missouri Bar trail GPS N 39*20.739', W 120*53.114' altitude 2300, * = degrees.  Pictures  Missouri Bar area.

  10. Humbug Trail and Primitive Camp, fair, intermediate, kid safe, dog friendly, clothes optional.  Pictures 88 thru 100 Humbug Trail area.

  11. Washington road bridge, fair, beginner, kid safe, dog friendly.

  12. Bowman Lake road 18N18 bridge

  13. Emerald Pools, S. F. Yuba, GPS N 39*21.46', W 120*46.95' * = degrees  http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=39.2146&lon=-120.4695&s=200&size=s

  14. Acid Rock Highway 49 good, beginner, kid safe, dog friendly, clothes optional.  On Hoyt trail approximately 35 minutes walking, 1.5 miles, 10 minutes walking past the Hoyt trail crossing sign.  GPS N 39*18.364', W 121*00.588' * = degrees.  Pictures 101 thru 123 Acid Rock area.

  15. Long Beach N 39* 19.064' W 121* 03.053

  16. Club Med N 39* 18.747' W 121* 02.973'

  17. Portage downstream from Hwy 49 bridge N 39* 17.722' W 121* 05.726' South Fork Yuba Portage 49 Bridge

  18. Deer Creek Waterfalls and Pools

    excellent, beginner, kid safe, dog friendly, clothes optional.  From Grass Valley, take Hwy 20 towards Marysville. Turn right at the intersection of Hwy 20 and Pleasant Valley Road.  Follow Pleasant Valley Road to Bitney Springs Road and turn right.  Two miles (by my odometer) you will come to the Intersection of Bitney Springs and North Ponderosa Road.  Turn right on North Ponderosa and go over a small rise (about 500 yards) and you will see a North Ponderosa road going down the hill into the brush.  Find a parking place here.  North Ponderosa road down hill is abandoned and on private property.  You will come to a gate at about another 300 yards down the road, continue on.  You will be able to see shortly after crossing the gate Deer Creek Waterfalls and Pools.  When the road starts to flatten out start looking for a trail to the right down.  If you walk all the way to were the road crosses Deer Creek you have missed the trail.  Total walking time to Deer Creek Waterfalls and Pools, approximately 35 minutes.  GPS N 39*14.800', W 121*08.756' * = degrees  Map: Dear Creek/Deer Creek Falls.   Pictures  Dear Creek Dear Creek area.

     

North Fork American River

  1. Ponderose Bridge, excellent, easy, kid safe, dog friendly

  2. Upper Lake Clementine, excellent, easy, kid safe, dog friendly

  3. Clementine Pools, below the dam, excellent, easy, kid safe, dog friendly

  4. Euchre Bar and Blue Canyon, North Fork American river, excellent, easy, kid safe, dog friendly

  5. Vertigo, excellent, advanced, dog friendly, clothes optional. Vertigo 39 degrees 13' 18" North, 120 degrees 31' 35" West.  Take the Foresthill Divide Road east through the Tahoe National Forest up to Sailor Flat.  Descend the fire road to trail 13E30 (Sailor Flat trail).  The Trail steepens as it descends more then 2,500 feet to trail 13E25 (American River North Fork trail) which parallels the North Fork of the American River.  You can turn upstream to Vertigo or enjoy some of the lesser pools downstream from the spur trail.

  6. Canyon Bottom 39 degrees 13' 01" North, 120 degrees 29' 50" West

  7. Yankee Jim's Bridge, excellent, easy, kid safe, dog friendly

  8. Beacroft Falls Swimming Hole  

  9. Little Granite Falls off Sailor Flat

  10. 16 Minute And The Big Snag Swimming Hole Length 130 ft., two pools,  depth 5 to 20 ft., two good diving rocks, water quality, it doesn't get better, privacy excellent.

There are numerous other swimming holes between Beacroft, Mumford, and Italian bar trailheads.

 

Confluence of the North and Middle Fork American River (down stream), fair, easy, kid safe, dog friendly.

No Hands Bridge Hole, fair, easy, kid safe, dog friendly, clothes optional.

Just below No Hands bridge, fair, easy, kid safe, dog friendly, clothes optional.  Extremely large and deep swimming hole (150 yards), several diving rocks, depths to 25 feet, water quality good.

Middle  Fork American River

Murders Bar fair, easy, kid safe, dog friendly.

Rocky-A-Chucky Driver Flat Bridge fair, easy, kid safe, dog friendly.

Volcano Ville fair, easy, kid safe, dog friendly, clothes optional.

 

El Dorado Creek

Bramble Berry, fair, advanced, dog friendly, clothes optional.

Rubicon River

Long Canyon, excellent, easy, kid safe, Rubicon river longcanyon.pdf

Pilot Creek

University Falls, fair, intermediate, kid safe, dog friendly.

From Georgetown take forest service road 1 (Georgetown Divide Rd.) through Quintette.  Park at the first left after Quintette (there is a large yellow gate at the top of the dirt road descending to Pilot Creek) and descend on foot or by bike two miles into the Blodgett Experimental Forest. You'll parallel a water flume, a diversion of Pilot Creek.  The real Pilot Creek is to the north.  Continue parallel to the creek about 1/4 mile and look for a descending path.

GPS N 38*55.49', W 120*39.08'

 

Traverse Creek

Candy Rock

 

Swimming End

 

Other Trips (day and overnight trips)

 

Soda Springs, The Cedars and the upper North Fork American

 

This is a day / over night trip to Soda Springs (the long way) from Foresthill (Foresthill divide area) going up Forest Service road 17N12. The trip starts in Foresthill and ends in Soda Springs. This trip can be an overnight in Soda Springs or camping anywhere along the way. This trip will include hikes along the North Fork American around the Cedars and detours to Old Soda Spring and other sites where road 17N12 comes close to the North Fork American.

 

Tahoe Flume Trail

 

 

 

American Canyon Trail

 

 

 

 

Empire State Mine Neveda City

 

 

South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport - 5.5 mi, easy/moderate

 

Difficulty: Easy

Distance (in miles): 5.5 miles total

Length (in hours): 3+ hours with detours.

Elevation Drop/Gain: less than 1000 feet

Dogs: friendly, no leashes, It is a state park I have to check the parks all have different rules

Weather : Rain Cancels

Carpool Location: I-80 and Madison Target

Driving Time to Trail head:  1 hour 20 minutes.

 

Description:

We'll take two of the trails at South Yuba River State Park at Historic Bridgeport, west of Grass Valley. These are both beautiful trails, going along the river. We should get to see lots of wildflowers in bloom, so we'll go at an easy pace to enjoy them. The Point Defiance Loop trail is 3.1 miles, easy with some moderate uphills, elevations: 570-’540’--980’-570’, taking 1 -2 hours. The Buttermilk Bend trail is 2.4 miles RT, easy, elevations: 550’-800’, taking 1 hr

Expectations:

We'll hike at a leisurely pace, but be prepared for a few uphills along the way. The Point Defiance trail has rocky footing on part of it, so hiking shoes/boots are recommended.

Carpools:
If at all possible try and meet at the carpool location. If you decide to meet at the trailhead, plan on arriving at the stated arrival time, this way if you're running a little late you'll have 10-minutes as a buffer.

Auburn Burger King: Arrive at the Burger Kings back parking lot at 9:00 departing at 9:10. Location is on Lincoln Way in Auburn just off the Foresthill Exit on I80.
Google Maps
http://www.meetup.com/Sierra-Foothill-Hikers/venue/1164009/

Trailhead Directions: From the Burger King, get back on I-80 and take Highway 49 going north towards Grass Valley. Take 20 west at Grass Valley, turn right onto Pleasant Valley Road near Penn Valley, and go 8 miles to South Yuba River State Park. Parking for the visitor's center and historic bridge is just before the South Yuba River. It takes about an hour to get to the park from the carpool location.

Meet at the trailhead (the Covered Bridge area) at 10:10 departing at 10:20 with an estimated return time to Auburn by 3:00 or 3:30.

Closing comments.

More information on the park and trails can be found at the following web sites:

http://www.southyubariverstatepark.org/trails.html http://www.ncgold.com/Museums_Parks/syrp/ http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/Members/Trails/Buttermilk_Bend_Trail.cfm http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/Members/Trails/Point_Defiance_Trail_Loop.cfm

 

 

Going to the Dogs Hike to Summit Lake 

 

OVERVIEW: Summit Lake Trail is rated as one of the best trails for dogs in the Northern California area. This hike is open to all members, with or without dogs! Many of you have been asking for a hike on which you could bring your dog - the SJH Leadership Team has heard your requests! This hike is also great for first-timers and those returning to hiking. There is a 4 or 6 mile trail option for hikers. Summit Lake is located in the Tahoe National Forest and the first mile follows the PCT. The part of the forest we will be hiking is in a granite spine that divides the Sierra Nevada where we will be treated to white pines and aspens, squirrels and chipmunks and numerous birds as we walk amongst granite boulders.

DISTANCE: 4 miles in-out Summit Lake Trail for pooches and people or 6 miles in-out to Summit Lake Trail plus loop around Azalea and Flora Lakes for people and perhaps energetic pooches.

HIKE TIME: 2-3 hours

ELEVATION: 200 feet (trail is at 7200-7400 feet)

DIFFICULTY: Easy

TRAIL TERRAIN: wide, dirt trails that are well traveled

EXPOSURE: mix of sun and shade

RESTROOMS: At the TH parking

TRAILHEAD: The TH is located 60 miles east of Auburn, just north of Boreal Ridge at the Castle Peak/Boreal Ridge Exit.

PETS: DOGS ALLOWED!!! Fido must be sporting a collar with identification tags.

FEES: None

PACK: Water/snacks, dress in layers as early summer/late spring mountain temps will most likely be cool/crisp in the morning and comfortable/warm in the afternoon. Fido's pack should have water/treats/food, bowls, poop bags, leash and towels.

 

 

 

 

Bullards Bar Trail

Trail overview: A great trail with year around riding. The trails are carved into a deeply forested hillside and skirt the edge of the lake shoreline on narrow winding rolling single-track. There are a number of routes to choose from.
The south end from Dark Day to the Vista Point is a little wider and less intimidating for beginners and bikers not use to single-track and steep drop-offs.
There is poison oak in abundance but the trail is usually kept trimmed. Large Ponderosa Pines and Douglas Fir along with the Oak and Madrone trees have a dense canopy over most the trail providing a deep shade. This with small creek crossings covered in moss and ferns and lake views make this one of my favorite trails…especially for winter riding. Originally built for mining tailing control this dam was rebuilt in 1969 and is the 2nd highest dam in CA., and the 6th highest dam in the US. It's 194 feet tall and floods 4790 acres {about 8 square miles}. Its name is the New Bullards Bar Reservior although most folks just call it Bullards Bar.
Access to the trailhead: From Nevada City Take Hwy. 49 north. It's a 30-minute drive from Nevada City to the Marysville Road. Check out the Gold Country Map.
Start spots: Depending on which trail route you want to take the favorite start spots are Rebel Ridge store, Dark day road turn off, Dark Day boat launch and campgrounds, or the Vista Point.
Bike routes and favorite loops: Beginners will want to ride between the Vista Point and Dark Day Picnic and Boat Launch area.
 For folks that want to do all the trails in one loop start at the Vista Point and ride the 8 Ball to Rebel Ridge Trail, to Bullards Bar Trail, then up the 7 Ball Trail, then back on the 8 Ball trail past the Rebel Ridge Trail to the Rebel Ridge Store and up the Old Camptonville Road to the Bullards Bar Trail, and then back to the Vista Point. Wew!
  I started at Rebel Ridge the other day and dropped down to the Bullards Bar Trail, headed to the Vista Point and looped back on Marysville Road and the 8 Ball trail. That was a 16 mile loop...very nice.
 I like starting at the Dark Day and Marysville Road intersection. Take the 8 Ball Trail to the 7 Ball, then you can drop down the 7 Ball or continue to Rebel Ridge trail. Then drop to Bullards Bar trail and head to the Vista Point. There are a number of ways to loop back...
 Another cool place to start is at the Rebel Ridge Store. Park near the store and access the northeast end of the Bullards Bar Trail and ride to the Vista Point, then take the 8 Ball Trail back to finish the loop.

Bullards Bar Trail: 13 miles long. This is the lake trail and runs from the northeast end of the lake to the Vista Point {south end}.
To access the north end take the Old Camptonville Rd which starts near the Rebel Ridge store {sorry but Doc Willy's burned down}. After passing some houses the Old Camptonville Rd. turns to dirt and in about a mile there is a slight downhill. Look for the trailhead on the left.
There's an 800 ft. elevation change as you drop down to lake level on winding single-track. Bullards Bar Trail contours along the lake heading south through dense forest on a steep and narrow single-track {Picture}. The lakeshore is accessible only in certain areas because of the steep 45-degree hillside grade. There are occasional trails that drop to the lakeshore at scenic spots if you look for them.
Its about 3 miles to the Rebel Ridge Trail and a few more to the 7 Ball Trail intersection. The Dark Day boat launch area is another mile.
At the boat launch you will want to cross the parking area to the other side where you will pick up the trail again. Just a short section of single-track and then you will drop down a short paved road towards the Dark Day picnic area. The Bullards Bar trail continues to the left {south}. From here to the Vista Point the trail is a little wider and not so steeply rolling.
It's another 5 miles to the Vista Point from the boat launch. After the School House Trail intersection there is a point where you come onto a dirt road. You will want to keep to the right around the bend to stay on the trail.
The picnic area is a good place to stop and recoup. There is water and outhouse facilities available here, as well as a easy place to access the water for some summer swimming.
8 Ball Trail: 3.5 miles long.This trail runs along the north side of Marysville Road from the School House Campground {look for it where it starts at the intersection of School House campground and Marysville Road} to the 7 Ball Trail. Here it switches to the other side of Marysville Road to the Rebel Ridge Trail.
The 8 Ball Trail is best from where it crosses over Dark Day Road heading northeast to the 7 Ball Trail. {Picture}Heading this direction its uphill as you follow the road but you are back in the forest where the Marysville Road isn't visible which is nice. A little over a mile it spits you out at the Old Scaling Station and the top of the 7 Ball Trail.
7 Ball Trail:This is a great 1 mile long trail that drops you down to the Bullards Bar Trail. A 550 ft. drop on a narrow single-track with switchbacks makes this trail a delight to ride.
Rebel Ridge Trail: 1.6 miles long Possibly more switchbacks on this trail than any other in the Tahoe National Forest! I thought I counted 20switchbacks, but I was having so much fun I lost count…that's what always happens. {Picture}I enjoy going up or down this trail. It's a 600 ft drop on narrow winding trail. The best!
School House Trail: This is the easiest trail to climb from Bullards Bar Trail out of the lake canyon to Marysville Road. It's a mile long with 500 ft of drop. Nothing to special about this trail. At school House Campgrounds the trail starts at camp # 13.
Trail hazards and critter report.These trails have quite a bit of poison oak but its usually trimed back from the trail. So as long as you stay on your bike you can avoid it.
There are steep lakeshore edges along a few spots on the northeastern part of Bullards Bar Trail. {No trees to grab in case you fall.} This section of trail is rather remote too.
As far as critters, be aware that there are rattlesnakes especial near the shoreline in the driftwood. In the spring there are ticks. I find them mostly on the grassy areas of the trail. I check myself every 15 minutes I ride. And there are mosquitos in the late spring and early summer. Of course they don't bother you if you don't stop. Watch for salamanders, millepedes, slugs and other small critters on the trail. Enjoy
E-mail me at thefish@mtbsingletrack.com

 

Hite Cove Wildflower Extravaganza!!

This is a nine mile round trip hike but there is the option to go as far as you are comfortable and either hang out next to the river, with maybe a good book or return the way you came back to the trailhead. The flowers are best in the first couple miles. The trail is a narrow single track that hugs the side of the canyon wall above the South Fork of the Merced River. Even if you aren't into wildflowers, the river and canyon views are amazing.

 

•  TRAILHEAD: The trailhead is on Hwy 140, 21 miles east of Mariposa. We will park across the road from the historic Savage's Trading Post. Google 'Hite Cove Hike' to see more info.

We should arrive at the Hite Cove trailhead at about  9:30a.m. We will begin the hike at  9:45a.m (times approx). Approx. 5 hour hike, give or take.

• ELEVATION: 1900'

DIFFICULTY: Moderate. There's not much total elevation gain, but there are lots of rolling ups and downs along the trail. The first hundred meters or so, including the climb from the highway to the trailhead, is arguably the hardest stretch

• RESTROOMS: Chemical toilets at trailhead.

• WHAT TO BRING: Bring water, snacks/lunch, hat, treking poles(if you use them), camera and the 10 essentials. There is poison ivy here, therefore long pants  are encouraged.  It's also TICK TIME and maybe rattle snakes could be present. Trail cautions are encouraged. 

• CARPOOL:  Parking at trailhead is in high demand on busy weekends so recommend carpooling if possible. If you plan to car pool, please bring $4.00/hour drive time (approx. 2.5 hours to trailhead) to assist with vehicle expenses. I will probably list two places to meet for carpool when I see who plans to come. One near Stockton and one possibly further south. Please let me know where you will be meeting us. 

Mt. Tallac Trail – South Lake Tahoe

Overview.  Incredible views persist along the entire route to the summit of this peak, which dominates the SW shore of Lake Tahoe.  The summit affords without question the best panorama in the Tahoe Sierra.

On the minus side, this trail can be crowded and dusty in mid-summer, and can get very hot above timberline.


Hike Stats:

Mileage:

1.6 miles to Floating Island Lake

2.3 miles to Cathedral Lake

4.8 miles to Mt. Tallac summit

 

Elevation:

Trailhead:  6,480'

Summit:  9,735'

 

Hiking time:  about six hours round trip to summit

 

Map:  USGS Emerald Bay 7.5 minute

 

Click here for an online trailmap

Trailhead/Wilderness Permits:

Take Highway 89 to the Camp Shelly/Tallac City Camps turn-off.  If you are coming from the north, this is first right turn after Spring Creek Road (just after the "25 MPH" right hand curve).  If you are coming from the south, it is a left turn about 3/4 mile past the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center.  Once you are heading east on this paved road, follow the signs to "Tallac Trailhead". 

 

At the trailhead, you can self-issue a required wilderness permit for day hikes (overnight permits are subject to quota and must be issued at the Visitor Center or at Forest Service Ranger Stations).

 

Bring a lot of water on this trail.  The climb to the summit can get very hot in summer, and much of the trail (including the steepest part) lies above timberline, where you are exposed to the relentless sun.  Dehydration is a real risk here, and water sources past Cathedral Lake are seasonal and cannot really be relied on. 

Mt. Tallac Trail to Floating Island Lake:

This trail receives high use and is thus well marked.   From the parking lot, the trail climbs gradually up a forested slope and soon gains the ridge above and to the SW of beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake.   The trail hugs the spine of this ridge for about 3/4 mile, affording incredible views over Fallen Leaf Lake towards the Carson Range south of the Heavenly Ski Area.

From the ridge, the trail eventually drops down the west side of the ridge to a small saddle, then ascends a few switchbacks to the boundary of the Desolation Wilderness, where you will find this sign.  Permits are required after this point for all visitors.  Just beyond the wilderness limit, you reach Floating Island Lake.  

 

Above Floating Island lake, you get views of the SE spur ridge of Mt. Tallac, and the actual summit poking its head up above it.  The steep SE face of this ridge provides an alternative route to the summit for adventurous hikers who want to avoid the populated main trail (photo:  Floating Island Lake and SE chutes).

From Floating Island Lake, the trail climbs briefly out of the trees towards Cathedral Lake.  About 0.2 miles before Cathedral Lake, the trail emerges from the forest and unobstructed views to the NW show the SE chutes.  At this point, you can either continue on the main trail, or, to avoid crowds, take an off-piste and solitary route to the summit via the SE chutes (see below).  

Main Trail to Summit via Cathedral Lake:

Most people will stick to the main trail.  Follow it back into the trees to a trail junction coming up from Fallen Leaf Lake.  Bear right at this trail junction towards scenic Cathedral Lake (photo), tucked below a moraine at the foot of Cathedral Peak.  From the lake, the trail climbs rather steeply through several switchbacks and eventually tops out back above timberline.  Once out of the trees again, you can see the trail ahead of you heading into the large cirque situated between Mt. Tallac and Cathedral Peak.  This is the dusty and hot part of the trail, so an early start to this hike is recommended so you are not here during the hottest hours of the day.  The trail eventually heads to the right, and then makes one long switchback to the left.  The views along the switchback down towards Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake and the Carson Range are spectacular (photo:  view down to trail and Fallen Leaf Lake from top of switchback).

The trail eventually gains the ridge above the cirque and the views open up to the West.  Directly in front of you lie the normally snowcapped peaks of the Crystal Range (photo), including distinctive Pyramid Peak at the south end of the range.  From here, the trail ducks behind the ridge as it climbs NW through a high alpine environment of heavy brush and wildflowers, dotted with the occasional wind-blasted tree.  Eventually, you will reach a junction with a trail heading down towards Gilmore Lake.  This trail junction is marked by a huge rock cairn standing about six feet high.  Another 0.2 miles of steep climbing over sharp metamorphic rocks gets you to the summit (see below).  

Off-Trail Climb to Summit via SE Chutes:

If you are fit, adventurous, good on your feet and want to avoid the often crowded trail to the summit, you can peel off the main trail in the clearing about 0.2 miles before Cathedral Lake.  From this point, an easy 100 yard bushwack to the NW heads towards a seasonal creek leading up to a steep slope of fairly large talus.   Climb the steep talus slope, which leads higher up onto the hillside below the SE Chutes, which are clearly visible above you (note:  even though it looks way up there, the top of the chutes is not the summit, so don't get summit fever too soon).

From the top of the steep talus slope and looking up, you will have a full view of the SE slopes.  Above to your left is a nasty looking cirque that is filled with scree -- not advisable.  However, above to your right is a steep slope comprised partly of larger talus and brush, leading up to some chutes at the top.  To ascend these chutes, contour up and to the right (north) to a large rock.  From this rock, pick out a route that clings to the rocks, thus avoiding the relentless and prickly willow and alder brambles (see photo).  Climb steeply up mostly class 2 (with some class 3) talus until you top out on the ridge.  Use caution in the last 100 or so vertical feet below the ridge, as the chute steepens considerably, and the larger talus turns to more unstable scree.

At the top of the chutes, you gain a ridge which presents an impressive view of the summit towering above you (photo).  Unfortunately, a huge chasm separates you from the sheer SE face of the mountain, so unless you have a death wish, you follow the ridge to your left which makes a long "C" around and up to the summit.  Eventually, you rejoin the main trail (about 200 yards below the summit) and climb up to the top.  From the top of the chutes, you can also look to the south and get a panoramic view across the top of the two large cirques between Mt. Tallac and Cathedral Peak, including Fallen Leaf Lake and tiny Cathedral Lake (see photo).  The furthest south of these two cirques (below the horizontal ridge with the trees in the photo) is the one ascended by the main Mt. Tallac Trail

The Summit:

The summit of Mt. Tallac has jaw-dropping views in every direction.  To the east, Fallen Leaf Lake and Freel  Peak atop the Carson Range fill the vista.  Movin g right, you look out over the peaks above Carson Pass, then Echo Summit (Highway 50 can be seen snaking its way up the pass) and Ralston Peak (above which the ski runs at Sierra-at-Tahoe can be seen).  Looking to the west, the summits of Pyramid Peak and Mts. Agassiz and Price in Crystal Range poke up above the well named Desolation Valley, with Gilmore and Susie Lakes below (see photo).  To the NW are Dicks and Jacks Peaks, and to the north you can pick out Twin Peaks near Alpine Meadows, high camp at Squaw Valley, Granite Chief, and way in the distance, the turreted summit of Castle Peak.  Looking NE, the view is saturated with the blue waters of Lake Tahoe, above whose NE shore stands Mt. Rose (10,776').  (See Summit Panorama Photo)

 

Mt. Tallac Trailhead

http://www.tahoebackcountry.net/hiking/desolation/tallac.htm

Palisade Trail in Calistoga 12 miles technical

 Table Mountain Trail to the Palisade Trail to Oat Hill Mine Road 
12 mean, rocky, technical, challenging, narrow, eroded, rugged miles. Not for beginners

Trail Map found HERE http://napaoutdoors.org/parks-trails/oat-hill-mine-trail
This is a one-way hike. Please meet at the trail END where there is plenty of parking.
We will shuttle full carloads to the trailhead where there is limited parking.

10:15am Estimated arrival time at the trail end for shuttle
1:15pm Lunch atop Table Mountain
5:00 PM Estimated ending time at trail end
Please come fully packed and prepared for a long, difficult hike.
Dogs okay, but please pick up after.
No bathrooms.

We will eat dinner at the pizza parlor at the end of the trail.

Twi: 6:29am
Sunrise: 6:56am
Sunset: 7:26pm
Twi: 7:52pm
Moonrise: 6:07am
Moonset: 6:39pm
Day length: 12h 29m

Directions to trail end and shuttle location:

I-80 west

EXIT Hwy 12 toward Napa

Merge onto Hwy 29 toward Yountville

RIGHT to stay on Hwy 29 at Calistoga toward the old part of town

Just past the town of Calistoga is a four way stop sign at Siverado Trail (the road)

PARK anywhere at the intersection of Hwy 29 and Silverado Trail.

 

Stevens Trail South - Iowa Hill - California

MEET AT CARPOOL LOCATION AT 7:45 (LEAVE at 8:00AM)

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance (in miles): 3.7 Miles each way

Length (in hours): 4 to 6 hours with detours.

Elevation Drop/Gain: 1500 Feet

Dog friendly, no leashes

Weather : Rain Cancels

Carpool Location: Madison Target

Driving Time to Trail head:  1 hour 24 minutes.  


This trail belong to the Bureau of Land Management, but is not maintained.
The trail is very rough, disappearing and reappearing in many spots.
There will be some bolder scrambling, crawling over downed tree and other obstacles.

Cell phone service is spotty and they just got land lines working again in 2010 after losing service in the 1960's. The town of Iowa Hill still relies on generators and solar panels for electricity.

Truman Allen Stevens built the trail over 150 years ago.
Stevens Trail South, the trail they call the "forgotten side" of Stevens Trail.

Mineral Bar Campground is at the river on Iowa Hill Road.
To the right of the store, you'll see, set back a little, the trail sign (above).

Iowa Hill Store

Iowa Hill Guide Shorty – If he is still around
Shorty's a great dog--big and friendly (although he looks like he could eat your arm off), and he wants nothing more than to keep you company and to lead the way. He didn't beg for food, he drank from the creeks and from the river, and he was a great guide. He even has his own business card. :)

 

 

Loch Leven Lakes

Link http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tahoe/recarea/?recid=56058

 

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance (in miles): 3.7 Miles each way

Length (in hours): 4 to 6 hours with detours.

Elevation Drop/Gain: 1500 Feet

Dog friendly, no leashes

Weather: Rain Cancels

Carpool Location: Target at Madison I-80

Time: 8:00 am at Target at Madison I-80

Driving Time to Trail head:  1 hour 24 minutes.  

 

The Loch Leven begins at Placer County Road Pla-9140-2 and ends at High Loch Leven Lake. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking

At a Glance

Restrictions:

Difficulty Level:  Moderate Use level. Heavy 

Information Center:

For more information, follow this link to a brochure on trails.

General Information

Directions:

Trailhead Access: The trail begins one-eighth mile east of the Big Bend Fire Station on old U.S. 40 (Big Bend exit off I-80). A restroom is available at the trailhead. The trail begins across the road from the parking area. 

Trail Length:

1.1 miles to railroad tracks

2.5 miles to 1st lake Salmon Lake trail

2.8 miles to 2nd lake

3 miles to Cherry Point trail

3.6 miles to Upper Loch Leven 


General Notes:

Topo Maps:

Cisco Grove/Soda Sprgs

Trail description: Loch Leven trail leaves the South Yuba river canyon, crossing the ridge above to reach the glacially formed Loch Leven lakes chain, small bowls in the granite. The trail is open for hiking early June to November, weather permitting. The trail is not marked for winter use, and is difficult to find in winter.

The trail works its way upward on a moderately steep grade to the southwest to the UPRR tracks, then trends southeasterly.

Granite outcroppings and glacial erratic are numerous along the first portion of the route, and the trail can be difficult to follow on the bare rock sections. As the trail ascends, it crosses minor hogbacks and depressions, generally trending upward. Prior to the railroad tracks, hikers see the markers for a buried telephone trunk line, and petroleum pipeline that they cross. Near the tracks, a small bridge spans a creek that flows swift and cold in early season.

The railroad tracks are on the original 1860s route of the Central Pacific railroad, built by hand with Chinese labor. It remains a major freight and passenger route in and out of California.

After crossing the tracks, the trail becomes steeper, going from 6,000’ to 6,800’ in 1.25 miles. At the top of the ridge, the trail descends gradually into the Loch Leven lakes basin. The trail in the basin is primarily level, but follows the topography.

At the south end of lower Loch Leven, a trail junction continues left to middle and high Lochs, or right to Salmon Lake.

Fishing is generally good, and camping is dispersed throughout the basin. Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs, and lanterns.

For More Information:

Tahoe National Forest

631 Coyote Street

Nevada City CA 95959

(530) 265-4531

(530) 478-6118 TDD

American River Ranger District

Foresthill Ranger Station

22830 Foresthill Road

Foresthill, CA 95631

(530) 367-2224

 

Directions to Trailhead: I 80 to Big Bend exit. The trail begins one-eighth mile east of the Big Bend Fire Station on old U.S. 40 (Big Bend exit off I-80). A restroom is available at the trailhead. The trail begins across the road from the parking area.

 

Blue Ridge Trail to Fiske Peak (From Fiske Creek Parking area)

 

http://yolohiker.org/trails/knoxville/blue_s/index.html

 

http://yolohiker.org/trails/maps/blueridge.pdf

 

Fiske Peak on Blue Ridge

 

Above the Capay Valley, near the vibrant town of Rumsey. We'll do this strenuous hike of 8 miles round trip with 2,100' elevation gain.

 

 

The Hike:

This hike is for those who don't want to work too hard going uphill, but still want the vistas that the Blue Ridge trail from Cache Creek gives you.

The hike starts at the parking area and climbs about 200' up to the ridge.  Once at the ridge, follow the ridgeline north until you get to fiske peak.  Once on the ridge it is rolling and pretty easy.

Distance: 1.4 miles from the parking area off of Fiske Creek Road to Lowrey peak (one way). Total elevation gain of 400 feet to Lowery peak. 4 miles to Fiske peak from the parking area off of Fiske Creek Road.

 

How to get there: 

NOTE: As of March, 2009, the low-water bridge over Cache Creek on Road 40 (Rayhouse Road) in Yolo County is closed to vehicle traffic due to the piers being undermined. To get to this trailhead you will need to hike, bike, or horseback ride in. I do not know if the access from the Napa/Lake County side is passable.

From Yolo county, Woodland and Davis, take Highway 16 up the Capay valley.  Once you pass the town of Rumsey, you begin to enter the Cache Creek Canyon.  The road will narrow and you will be driving with the creek on one side and the canyon walls on the other.  When you see the Cache Creek regional park sign on your left, turn into the parking area.  This is the lower park site of three that Yolo county runs as park of Cache Creek Regional park.  You can park in the parking area, or at a number of pullouts on Rayhouse road, before the gate.  If you want to drive up Rayhouse road, you have to make sure it is open and that you have 4 wheel drive.  Drive up Rayhouse road until you reach the top of a saddle, and you see a BLM road sign at a 4-way intersection.  Go East (left), and eventually you will get to a parking area at the headwaters of Fiske Creek, at the base of Blue Ridge.  There is a gravel parking area, and this is where the trail starts.

 

 

 

Greenvalley Trail

http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/Members/Trails/Greenvalley_Trail.cfm

DESCRIPTION:

No motorized vehicles. 

 

Steep, but decent trail with many switchbacks, few intriguing views through the forest, but you are just upriver from the beginning of the spectacular Giant Gap. There are limited options at the bottom without encroaching on private land. If you ford the river, short non-maintained segments lead up and down to private properties. The river won’t be crowded; best camping sites are on private property. But you’ll want to linger for any reason to rest up your legs before starting back up to the canyon rim.

 

The access road is narrow and brushy to the point that if you’re driving a newer vehicle with a good paint job, you might not want to risk scratching your vehicle. Since the last little bit is steep and rough, low clearance vehicles might want to stop at the 5-way junction.

 

 

Miles

Elevation Range

Options

2

4020’-1780’

Note: the Elliot Ranch Road continues for about 3.4 miles to Doer Ranch Road. This connection is not signed well, and it is easy to get on a wrong road. Plus, it is narrow and brushy to the point that the connection should be avoided unless you have the appropriate vehicle and savvy. In short, I’d avoid the shortcut and go around.


DIRECTIONS:

To Greenvalley Trail

Topographic Map: Dutch Flat.

 

Drive 7 miles east to Sugar Pine Road #10 (E on North Fork American River East Map). Turn left (north) and follow 5 miles to Sugar Pine Reservoir. Continue past the dam for 1 mile and turn right on Elliot Ranch Road #26 that is signed "Sugar Pine Mitigation Area." It begins 100' past the paved road into "Sugar Pine Reservoir Recreation Area."

 

Trailhead is 2.4 miles northeast on this dirt road. Continue by the spur road #26-16 that intersects about 1 mile as you continue east. At 2.2 miles, head straight through the five way road junction and follow the signs for another 0.2 mile to the designated parking.


ACTIVITIES:

Hiking - Dayhikes (Rating: Good)

Difficulty: Difficult Time: 1 hours down, 3 hours up

 

 

Green Valley Trail

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/maps-pubs/?cid=stelprdb5322998

American River Ranger District

Tahoe National Forest

General Information

Mileage: ..................................... 2.62 miles each way

Elevation: ................................... 4,080 to 1,867 feet

Difficulty: .................................... Most Difficult

Use Level: ................................... Light

Topographic Map:......................Dutch Flat

Trailhead Access

 

From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 10 more miles to Sugar Pine Road (Forest Road 10). Follow it for 5 miles until you cross Sugar Pine Dam. One mile beyond the dam, turn right on to Elliot Ranch Road, which is the dirt road just past the paved road to the campgrounds. Travel 3 miles to the signed trailhead and make a left. NOTE: The road is rocky and a high clearance vehicle is advised.In winter months the road is closed to motor vehicles for protection of resources in wet weather.

Trail Description  

 

Access to the North Fork of the American River via the Green Valley trail is very steep, and rocky in places.  There is a 2,200 foot change in elevation in the 2.6 mile hike; good physical condition is needed to hike this trail. It is possible to continue downriver for a short way, but the Forest Service established trail does not go far and there is private property in the area; please respect the property owner’s rights. Good fishing is available at times, and river access with limited camping is possible along the trail. Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs and lanterns. 

For More Information

American River Ranger District

Foresthill Ranger Station

22830 Foresthill Road

Foresthill, CA 95631

(530) 367-2224

(530) 367-2226  TDD

Trail Map 

 

 

 

Dorer Ranch Road & American Eagle Mine Trail http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/Members/Trails/Dorer_Ranch_Road_American_Eagle_Mine_Trail.cfm

 

DESCRIPTION:

Gated -- no motorized vehicles. As this is a gated road to the historic ranch and private land, it is the easiest access and climb out -- especially for mountain bikes -- assuming a 2100’ climb is ever easy. The road continues through the ranch and private land; stay on the road until reaching the actual public trailhead to Euchre Bar below the ranch. Second only to the American River Trail, this part of the canyon offers an excellent, nearly year-round access to several miles of Wild River. It provides the only trail bridge crossing the river. Once you reach the river below the ranch, left (downriver) is Euchre Bar Trail, and to the right (upriver) the trail goes to the American Eagle Mine, 1 mile.

Miles

Elevation Range

Options

5

4180’-2080’

Euchre Bar Trail drops down the north side of the American River, crosses a bridge, and connects to the Doer Ranch Road in the canyon below the ranch.


DIRECTIONS:

To Dorer Ranch Road & American Eagle Mine Trail

Topographic Map: Westville. Follow Foresthill Divide Road east 10.25 miles, then turn left on Elliot Ranch Road # 26 (F). Continue up this road about 2.5 miles to Doer Ranch Road intersection and gate. There are no signs, except for "not recommended for autos" on the steel gate. This connecting road un-mistakenly drops down into the canyon. Park near the gate (no motorized vehicles allowed on the Dorer Ranch Road) and head down to the historic ranch. Note: the Elliot Ranch Road continues west for about 3.4 miles to the spur road that leads to the Greenvalley Trailhead. This connecting route is not signed well, and it is easy to get on a wrong road. Plus, it is narrow and brushy to the point that the connection should be avoided unless you have the appropriate vehicle and savvy. In short, I’d avoid the short-cut and go around.

 

Sailor Flat Trail

http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/Members/Trails/Sailor_Flat_Trail.cfm

 

DESCRIPTION:

No motorized vehicles. Popular because of access to American River Trail, but it is also the longest and has the greatest elevation change. The route offers overwhelming views into the heart of the Royal Gorge with massive Snow Mountain stalwartly guarding the entrance.

Miles

Elevation Range

Options

3

6060’-3320’

A spectacular water fall that is over 600 feet high during spring through early summer, is hidden in New York Canyon to the west of the Sailor Flat Trail. These falls are only seen by the adventurous. Getting to the top is a relatively easy scramble but the small, yet, inspiring cathedral-canyon view from the bottom is extremely challenging -- and not for the faint of heart. Directions: Take a Topographic Map and a friend. No trails, nothing. Another option: About 1 mile to the east across Sailor Canyon, Sailor Meadow rests quietly 1100' below the rim. Many consider the Meadow surroundings contain some of the best old growth forest stands outside of Wildernesses anywhere in the Central Sierra Nevada. Directions: An unmarked users trail dives very rapidly down from the Foresthill Divide Road a couple miles above (east) of the Robinsons Flat Campground. The trail configuration shown on the North Fork American River-East Map is approximate but indicates the right location east of (I) and Robinson Flat.

DIRECTIONS: To Sailor Flat Trail

Topographic Maps: Duncan Peak, Royal Gorge. Travel 25 miles east on Foresthill Divide Road and turn left (south) onto signed Sailor Flat Road (H). Drive down 1 mile and park 2WD vehicles. Next 1 miles follows primitive, mining 4WD road and ends at Oak Flat. The trail plunges from there on.

ACTIVITIES:

Equestrian Trail Riding (Rating: Good)

Difficulty: Difficult

A good tie into the American River Trail but best link is the Mumford Bar Trail as Sailor Bar is steep.

Hiking - Dayhikes (Rating: Good)

Difficulty: Challenging Time: 1 hours down, 3 hours up

Combined with the American River Trail, the combination is one of the best.

Combined with the American River Trail, the combination is one of the best.

 

 

Sailor Flat Trail

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/maps-pubs/?cid=stelprdb5323080

American River Ranger District

Tahoe National Forest

General Information
Mileage: ..................................... 3.25 miles each way
Elevation:.................................... 6,415 to 3,326 feet
Difficulty: ................................... Most Difficult
Use Level:................................... Light
Topographic Map:.................... Duncan Pk/Royal Gorge

Trailhead Access

 

From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 26.5 miles on Foresthill Road and turn left on Sailor Flat Road. NOTE: Sailor Flat Road is rocky with waterbars and a high clearance, 4WD vehicle is advised.NOTE: In winter months, Foresthill Road may be closed at China Wall, 12.5 miles before reaching Sailor Flat, due to snow.

Trail Description

 

The first 1 miles of the trail follows an old mining road and is relatively easy. The remains of an old gold stamp mill stand near the trailhead. The trail then becomes steeper, with many switchbacks as you drop down to the North Fork of the American River.  Good fishing is available at times and limited camping is available along the trail. Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs and lanterns. A popular trip for many is to enter via this trail and then proceed downriver to exit via the Mumford Bar trail. This can be accomplished in one or two days, but would require the use of two vehicles or arranging for pickup. (Total trip distance is 14.12 miles)

For More Information
American River Ranger District

Foresthill Ranger Station

22830 Foresthill Road

Foresthill, CA 95631
(530) 367-2224
(530) 367-2226 TDD
 

Trail Map 

 

 

 

 

Beacroft Trail

http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/Members/Trails/Beacroft_Trail.cfm

 

DESCRIPTION:

Another miner’s trail that is better going down than up. But not by much as your knees and rubbery legs will remind you by the mid-point down. In fact, since there are alternatives, avoid coming up Beacroft if you can. The route is not recommended for horses. Nor would I drag a boat down this trail as some have done (see Whitewater article). Try Mumford or Sailor Flat Trails

Miles 2

Elevation Range 5460' - 2860'

 

DIRECTIONS: To Beacroft Trail

See Auburn State Recreation Area Map and North Fork American River (West & East) Maps.

 

From Auburn (F on Auburn State Recreation Area Map) take Foresthill exit off I-80, follow Foresthill Road 17 miles east to Foresthill. Continue on paved Foresthill Divide Road east from Foresthill staying left and following signs. Drive 19 miles east to the signed trailhead and parking. The trailhead is on the left (north) via a short spur road.

 

Topographic Map: Duncan Peak.

 

Difficulty: Difficult Time: 1 hour down, 2 hours up

This trail plunges nearly straight down. It's usable, but hard on the legs and knees. There's lots of loose rock in the tread.

 

 

 

Beacroft Trail

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/maps-pubs/?cid=stelprdb5323071

American River Ranger District

Tahoe National Forest

General Information
Mileage: ...................................... 2.36 miles each way
Elevation: .................................... 5,463 to 2,870 feet
Difficulty: ..................................... Most Difficult
Use Level:.....................................Light
Topographic Map:......................Duncan Peak

Trailhead Access

 

From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 21 miles on Foresthill Road and turn left.  The trailhead is up the rocky road. Those without 4x4 and high clearance should park near Foresthill Road and walk in to the trailhead. NOTE: In winter months, Foresthill Road may be closed at China Wall, 7 miles before reaching the trailhead, due to snow.

Trail Description

 

This is a very steep and difficult trail, which involves numerous switchbacks. As you start down the trail, you will cross the Iowa Hill ditch. Further on you will see clusters of ferns beside the small streams.  At the bottom of the trail at the river, you may continue upstream toward Sailor Flat, or downstream towards Mumford Bar on the American River Trail.  Good fishing is available at times and limited camping is available along the trail. Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs and lanterns. 

For More Information
American River Ranger District

Foresthill Ranger Station

22830 Foresthill Road

Foresthill, CA 95631
(530) 367-2224
(530) 367-2226 TDD

Trail Map

 

 http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/Members/Trails/Mumford_Bar_Trail.cfm

Mumford Bar Trail

   

DESCRIPTION:

No motorized vehicles. Trail: Best hiking and equestrian trail down or up. Long, lots of switchbacks, but good grades and far fewer rocks to trip over. This trail links to American River Trail plus a non-maintained, brushy trail that climbs up the north side of the canyon. This abandoned trail is not recommended. Either return the way you came or turn upriver on the American River Trail. Mumford’s historic log cabin in the canyon has been restored to delay deterioration. Visit, don’t move in. Remember, as you pause to catch your breath on the way out, that in the mid-1800s Mumford would climb out just to attend Saturday night dances. Camping at the Trailhead on the Foresthill Divide Road: Undeveloped campsites, chemical toilet, fire ring, no water; you have to bring your own. Room for trailer parking plus hitching post available for stock.

Miles 3

Elvation Range 5380' - 2680'

DIRECTIONS: To Mumford Bar Trail

Topographic Maps: Westville, Duncan Peak. To reach Mumford Bar Trailhead travel 17 miles east on the Foresthill Divide Road and park at signed trailhead on left (north). The trailhead lies a couple of miles to the right (northeast) of (G) on the North Fork American River (West) Map. The trail initially follows an old mining road as it drops into the canyon. Continue down by following the trail sign where the road ends. Camping is allowed at trailhead.

ACTIVITIES:

Equestrian Trail Riding (Rating: Best)

Difficulty: Moderate

Mumford Bar Trailhead: Limited trailer space and tie posts are available. Overnight camping is okay. This is the best access into the North Fork American Wild River plus links to American River Trail. Riders can double back at any point or continue to the Sailor Flat Trail and climb up that trail. But that requires spotting a vehicle there to get back via the Foresthill Divide Road to the Mumford Bar Trailhead. The ride would be terrific, the shuttle less so.

Hiking - Dayhikes (Rating: Best)

Difficulty: Moderate Time: 1 hours down, 2 hours up

 

Mumford Bar Trail

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/maps-pubs/?cid=stelprdb5323042

American River Ranger District

Tahoe National Forest

General Information
Mileage: ...................................... 3.51 miles each way
Elevation: .................................... 5,377 to 2,632 feet
Difficulty: .................................... Difficult
Use Level:.....................................Light
Topographic Map:......................Westville/Duncan Peak

Trailhead Access

 

From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 17 miles on Foresthill Road and turn left into the primitive Mumford Bar Campground. To access the trail, there is 5/8 of a mile road (at the back of the campground) that starts out as a 2WD road, but becomes a 4WD road. 2WD vehicles should park in the developed area on top. Motor vehicles are prohibited on the trail.NOTE: In winter months, Foresthill Road may be closed at China Wall, 3 miles before reaching Mumford Bar, due to snow.

Trail Description

 

This is likely the most popular trail to the North Fork of the American River. The trail is well shaded. At of a mile down the trail, there is a nice view of the canyon, and straight ahead a view of Royal Gorge. About halfway down the trail the poison oak begins. Be careful, as the leaf is not always shiny, but looks somewhat like a maple. At the bottom of the trail is Mumford Bar Cabin, which has been restored, but only for viewing. There is access to the river with opportunities for camping, fishing, and swimming. Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs and lanterns. You can continue upstream from here on the American River Trail.  

For More Information
American River Ranger District

Foresthill Ranger Station

22830 Foresthill Road

Foresthill, CA 95631
(530) 367-2224
(530) 367-2226 TDD

Trail Map 

http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/Members/Trails/Italian_Bar_Trail.cfm

 

Italian Bar Trail

 DESCRIPTION:

No motorized vehicles, not recommended for horses. If you consider the Beacroft Trail steep, try this one. Miners were tough! The first half mile follows an old road, and in 2002 much of the trail needed the brush cleared. Then again, the hassle matches the ambiance of this trail experience. Views are limited through the trees and brush. Accesses old mines but no trails continue up or down river once you reach the bottom. You’ll understand why this is a Wild River and why there are no crowds.

Miles 2

Elevation 4960' - 2360'

DIRECTIONS:

To Italian Bar Trail

Topographic Map: Westville. Follow Foresthill Divide Road east 15.3 miles, turn left (north) on Humbug Canyon Road #66 (G ) on North Fork American River Map. During my visit in 2002, there was no road sign on the Divide Road when approaching from Foresthill, but the sign was still there facing the other direction. Follow the Humbug Canyon Road 3 miles northwest to the Trailhead. The road is mostly dirt and rocky to the point that high-clearance vehicles do best. The last 0.25 mile follows Road #66-28, which is brushy and newer vehicles will want to consider parking at the forks before going that last stretch.

ACTIVITIES:

Hiking - Dayhikes (Rating: Good)

Difficulty: Difficult Time: 1 hours down, 3 hours up

 

Italian Bar Trail

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/maps-pubs/?cid=stelprdb5323011

American River Ranger District

Tahoe National Forest

General Information Trail Map
Mileage: ....................................... 2.12 miles each way
Elevation:..................................... 4,834 to 2,447 feet
Difficulty: .................................... Most Difficult
Use Level:.................................... Light
Topographic Map:..................... Westville

Trailhead Access

 

From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 14.5 miles on Foresthill Road to Humbug Ridge Road (Forest Road 66) and turn left. Continue approximately 2 miles to the trailhead on the right. NOTE: Forest Road 66 is  unpaved and rocky.

Trail Description

 

This is an old trail that was used by miners to reach the North Fork of the American River. It is steep with short sections of 35% slope. As you start down the trail there are spectacular views looking up the canyon. About halfway down the trail, be cautious of the poison oak. The trail ends at the river, but it is possible to travel up and down the river by scrambling along the riverbank. Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs and lanterns. 

For More Information.
American River Ranger District

Foresthill Ranger Station

22830 Foresthill Road

Foresthill, CA 95631
(530) 367-2224
(530) 367-2226 TDD

Trail Map

 

 Dorer Ranch Road & American Eagle Mine Trail


   

DESCRIPTION:

Gated -- no motorized vehicles. As this is a gated road to the historic ranch and private land, it is the easiest access and climb out -- especially for mountain bikes -- assuming a 2100’ climb is ever easy. The road continues through the ranch and private land; stay on the road until reaching the actual public trailhead to Euchre Bar below the ranch. Second only to the American River Trail, this part of the canyon offers an excellent, nearly year-round access to several miles of Wild River. It provides the only trail bridge crossing the river. Once you reach the river below the ranch, left (downriver) is Euchre Bar Trail, and to the right (upriver) the trail goes to the American Eagle Mine, 1 mile.

Miles

Elevation Range

Options

5

4180’-2080’

Euchre Bar Trail drops down the north side of the American River, crosses a bridge, and connects to the Doer Ranch Road in the canyon below the ranch.

DIRECTIONS:

To Dorer Ranch Road & American Eagle Mine Trail

Topographic Map: Westville. Follow Foresthill Divide Road east 10.25 miles, then turn left on Elliot Ranch Road # 26 (F). Continue up this road about 2.5 miles to Doer Ranch Road intersection and gate. There are no signs, except for "not recommended for autos" on the steel gate. This connecting road un-mistakenly drops down into the canyon. Park near the gate (no motorized vehicles allowed on the Dorer Ranch Road) and head down to the historic ranch. Note: the Elliot Ranch Road continues west for about 3.4 miles to the spur road that leads to the Greenvalley Trailhead. This connecting route is not signed well, and it is easy to get on a wrong road. Plus, it is narrow and brushy to the point that the connection should be avoided unless you have the appropriate vehicle and savvy. In short, I’d avoid the short-cut and go around.

 

Independence Trail - East:

Independence Trail lazily follows gold-mining-era Excelsior South Yuba Canal. Well below, the South Yuba River churns and dives rapidly towards Bridgeport and the North Yuba River. Yet, this trail hangs above the canyon at a super-gentle grade following the historic canal. Gold Rush, hand-constructed rockworks along the ditch walls are intriguing. Historic flumes now reconstructed as hiking bridges, awesome.

The trailhead makes a logical split near the center of the reconstructed trail. This gives you an option to go east upriver or west downriver (Independence Trail – West), both at gentle gradients. Each segment shares the same historic base, but survives today with their own personality. Do both, one a day or two, or again and again. Even each season. And only minutes from Nevada City / Grass Valley.

Historic flumes now reconstructed as hiking bridges, awesome.  ...suspended around moss covered rock bluffs and ends at a shady spot with benches set to view the South Yuba River below

DESCRIPTION:

1.7 miles, gentle, elevations: 1480’-1440’ west, 1 hours, no bikes or motorized vehicles, except wheelchairs; dogs on leash.

Just as the western segment of the Independence Trail, the trail east features several rebuilt, wooden flumes now serving as photogenic bridges. At 0.7 mile east, the approximately 200 feet long rebuilt flume #18 has been damaged by runoff that caved a segment in. A sign posted at the Trailhead predicted the flume would not be fixed by “2009 earliest likely.” Until it is repaired, this is the end of wheelchair access or even decent access for everyone but those sure of foot. Users and volunteers have hacked and worn a trail paralleling the flume that is not steep, but has poor footing in places.

Beyond there is my favorite reconstructed flume on the eastern segment. It is suspended around moss covered rock bluffs and ends at a shady spot with benches set to view the South Yuba River below. Rest, mellow out, and enjoy.

At about 1.3 miles the ditch line crosses the Excelsior Ditch Camp/Augustine Road that drops to the river after it forks to provide access to both ends of the Miners’ Tunnel. At a maximum, the road intersection is the end of useable wheelchair accessible trail. This segment to here is ADA rated “difficult.”

Hikers can continue maybe 1/3 mile until the ditch line has been washed out. After another mile the ditch line has been totally wiped out at Devils Slide. Beyond that the original ditch drops in a short distance to the River where the takeout began.

At the Independence Trail Crossing. Augustine 4WD Road drops about 250’ elevation to Miners Ditch and provides a pleasant side trip offering places for dipping, cooling, picture taking and lunch spots. The old road forks shortly below the ditch. Turn right, up river, to the pool at the head of Miners Ditch. Across the South Yuba is the end of the Hoyt Crossing Hiking Trail where the historic ford had been used as an historic crossing. From the fork, the left road meets the river above the tunnel’s outlet. It takes a scramble to find that end of the tunnel.

Mountain bikers can use the Augustine Road to dive, dive, dive off Cement Hill Road above Nevada City. The 6-miles drop 1800 feet and the only option to ride out is to climb, climb, climb back up the challenge referred to as “Augustine Agony.” In the words of Zachi Anderson, Mountain Bike Guide: “After a swim, attempt to climb out.” In short, hikers won’t have much company.

DIRECTIONS:

To Independence Trail - East:

6 miles north of Nevada City via Highway 49 at trailhead 1.0 mile before the South Yuba River Bridge. The trailhead serves both the West and East segments. Vault toilet. Bulletin board with map and helpful information.

A second parking area just around the curve from the first and original parking area has been developed. Wooden steps take you up to the trail. Wheelchairs must use the original parking.

 South Yuba Trail From Edwards or Purdon Crossing

This inviting trail skirting the canyon well above the South Yuba River is long enough to get the ol’ heart pumping. Yet, trail gradient is easy to moderate. Perfect. Nice rocky bluffs and some knurly oaks mix within the rich green pine and fir forest, but the beauty of this stretch of the South Yuba National Trail is that it offers year-round hiking. However, summers get hot in the canyon so the other three seasons are best. The northern aspect receives no direct sunshine and can be coolish during a wet period in winter. Since it’s less than a half hour from Nevada City and Grass Valley, enjoy it during any season, several times.

Scenic views of the canyon and river are blocked by the forest, but the trailside setting through the forest is its own attraction.

A hardy roundtrip of 9 miles. 

DESCRIPTION:

4.5 miles, moderate, elevations: 1680’-2200’-2000’, 2 hours, no motorized vehicles.

Scenic views of the canyon and river are blocked by the forest, but the trailside setting through the forest is its own attraction. Both Purdon Crossing and Edwards Crossing Bridges are photogenic, historic structures. Going either direction is roughly, equally moderately difficult. A hardy roundtrip of 9 miles saves having to leave a shuttle vehicle on the other end but it is pretty easily done. Shuttle would take about 30-45 minutes either direction.

Swimmers have broken in their own access trails to reach favorite swimming places. The smooth, colorful, water-worn rocks are as photogenic as inviting for swimming and sun bathing. Upriver from Purdon Bridge, a lower trail scrambles east along the river to access swimming holes; while the signed upper trail veers right and follows an old ditch referred to as Old Flume Trail. Follow this upper trail to Edwards Crossing.

Shortly after leaving both bridges behind, there are few decent access points to the river. Except where the Round Mountain Trail intersects with the river trail, a fairly good stub drops down to the river. No sign for the trail downhill. There are remains of mining equipment and campsites.

Both crossings have limited parking and are crowded on summer weekends, but provide easy access up and down the canyon. Purdon Crossing parking has no developments; whereas at Edwards Crossing the parking is blacktopped on the south side of the river. Vault toilet provided.

Options: Taking a side trip up Round Mountain Trail is best for the exercise not the scenery. Mountain bikers enjoy the challenge though.

On the north side of the Purdon Crossing Bridge, “users’ trails” work their way both up and down river. Upriver after about 1/3 mile, the swimming and sun bathing stretch of rocky shoreline is known locally as “Mother’s Beach.” Nudity is not sanctioned by BLM or State Parks, but still not unusual.

On the south side of the Purdon Crossing Bridge, another “users’ trail” follows an old ditch line for about a mile downriver. Pleasant stroll, but it peters out as it approaches a rocky stretch and crosses private land at the mouth of Rock Creek.

Spring Creek Falls sits across the river a short quarter mile below Edwards Bridge, but it’s not readily seen from this trail. An undeveloped trail scrambling through the rocks on the opposite (north) side of the river will take hikers to the falls, which is a favorite of swimmers. The stroll to the falls can be readily combined as a side trip before or after this longer trek.

DIRECTIONS:

To South Yuba Trail From Edwards or Purdon Crossing

From Purdon’s Crossing Bridge:

From Edward’s Crossing Bridge: Follow the paved North Bloomfield Road north from the Highway 49 intersection (at its only stoplight) which lies on the north side of Nevada City. Travel for about 0.5 mile to a major intersection with the road to Purdons Crossing. Stay to right at this intersection and continue down the North Bloomfield Road to the river. The road is black topped to the Edward’s Crossing, but the last drop is steep, narrow, and not recommended for RVs or trailers. 

South Yuba Trail - Missouri Bar to Poorman Cr.

This segment of the national recreation trail above the South Yuba River offers quiet forest and better exercise. It’s best asset is that it offers essentially year-round access; yet during winters snow drops just above the canyon – and occasionally a dusting or few inches of pristine snow into the canyon bottoms. Only few trails are equally blessed. Unfortunately, don’t expect many views of the river itself.

...trail lies usually well above the waterway. 

Three stretches of National Forest lands along the South Yuba River are available to recreational panning for gold.

DESCRIPTION:

7.7 miles, difficult: moderate trail gradients but distance plus one climb of 600’ up and back down over private property results as difficult in total, elevations: 2400’-3000’-2420’--2620’,5-6 hours, no motorized vehicles.

Access to the trail junction at the bottom of the Missouri Bar trail is 1.4 miles. Total distance from one trailhead to the other end is 9.1 miles. Time 6-7 hours.

This segment is a key link of the series of trails with the occasional use of roads that allows gung-ho outdoor fans to mountain bike, equestrian trail ride or hike from Purdon Crossing to the Sierra Crest. But only by combining several trails and even low-use county roads. Perhaps some day the dream trail will exist as a solid entity. Today, it is best enjoyed along the segments completed. And this is a good one.

The rugged rock face of the canyon walls above the river itself dictated that location of the trail lies usually well above the waterway. Plus, the trail location has to climb above a significant parcel of private land on the north side of the river. From the west, Missouri Bar, the trail steadily climbs the 600 feet elevation needed to avoid the private holdings stretching between Union and Logan Canyons. East of Union Canyon, two sets of switchbacks climb over and down the steep terrain.

Three or four unmarked trails drop to the river and permit swimming gold panning or camping (check for campfire permits in season) for determined outdoor enthusiasts. Users take the challenge to day-hike the full length to add a notch to their hiking pole. Actually, mountain bikers are the main fans and find the challenge perfect for experts that are in good shape.

Dense forest restricts all but a few wildflowers. BUT, the trail is regaled (or cursed) for the healthy growth of poison oak. Hikers can usually dodge the stems, but mountain bikers only know if they got the rash a few days later. Prepare and protect yourself. Remember, in the winter and before spring leaves come out, the poison oak stems are still there. Just more challenging to see.

Three stretches of National Forest lands along the South Yuba River are available to recreational panning for gold. See http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/Activities/Recreational_Gold_Prospecting.cfm. The first and longest stretch of available river begins on the prominent bend of the river a little over one-half mile downstream of the Poorman Creek Trailhead. The trail above Logan Creek dips near the river next to the next segment downriver. The third stretch is best accessed via Missouri Bar Trail as the segment lies from that stream downriver.

During the gold rush this stretch of the South Yuba was inhabited by over a thousand miners – many holding up in small communities that today are overgrown by vegetation and old age to the point that they can not be located except by proper archeologists. If you find something historic – leave it there just as you found it.

For hikers this is a trek most enjoyed if there is a shuttle vehicle on the other end. The Relief Hill Road that parallels the trail, but well above, the canyon makes the shuttle rather easy. If you trek upriver, Missouri Bar to Poorman Creek, enthusiasts don’t have to climb up the 1050’ elevation at the end of vigorous hike. Most of us aren’t quite so enthusiastic after a strenuous climb at the end of the day especially after the nearly eight miles it takes to get to the bottom of the climb.

Miles

Elevation Range

Options

15

2580’-2820’

See Mountain Biking below for discussion of the shorter option referred to as Lower South Yuba/Missouri Bar Trails.


DIRECTIONS:

To South Yuba Trail - Missouri Bar to Poorman Cr.

Western trailhead: This trail segment of the South Yuba River Trail begins at the bottom end of the Missouri Bar Trail where it intersects the river trail. To use this segment, the western trailhead then is the Missouri Bar Trailhead. Directions: from North Bloomfield town site in the Malakoff Diggins State Historical Park drive the Relief Hill Road 0.7 mile on the county road. Turn right at trail sign onto dirt road and follow 0.3 mile to trailhead.

Eastern trailhead: Drive to Washington – Travel 13 miles east of Nevada City via Highway 20; turn left (north) on Washington Road and follow it 6 miles to downtown. Drive through town and cross South Yuba River Bridge and head straight up the Gaston Road. Within 0.3 mile, turn left (west) onto Relief Hill Road. Drive west to Poorman Creek Bridge (1.7 mile). Then continue 0.1 mile to the signed access road to the trailhead dropping sharply left.

Missouri Bar Trail

Distance Miles 2
Elevation Range 3300’-2300’

DESCRIPTION:

Best used by hikers for going down or getting away from crowds. Bikers survive if experienced.

DIRECTIONS:

To Missouri Bar Trail

Topographic Map: North Bloomfield. 0.7 mile from town site via Relief Hill Road -- turn right at trail sign onto dirt road and follow 0.3 mile to trailhead.

Diggins Loop Trail

The mostly-flat trail loops through the moonscape-bottom of the large, historic hydraulic mine at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. Today, multi-hued walls blasted over 150 years ago into an ancient river bed mimic the hues of a miniature, man-made version of Utah’s Bryce Canyon. Catch the slanting, afternoon sunlight, and the walls glow against the verdant, forested hills.

...loops through the moonscape- bottom of the large, historic hydraulic mine at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.

Cottonwoods, willows and brush turn their own shades of yellows and gold each fall...

DESCRIPTION:

2.7 miles loop, easy, elevations: 3300’-3080’-3300’, 1 hours, no bikes. Parking fees were $5 in 2007.

The rich greens of returning pine and fir forest rim the bowl and serve as a frame to the photogenic hues of gold, orange and tan colored walls. But the walk traverses through the stark remains of Gold Rush hydraulic mining practices best remembered, not for their other-world beauty, but for what we’ve learned from history. Don’t repeat it.

Legal battles between mine owners and downstream farmers ended this mining practice that washed whole hillsides into the downstream rivers and even California’s Central Valley. The roar of the Monitors, water canons used to wash hillsides away in the miners’ look for gold, is history. Except for happy laughter of Park visitors, peace and quiet has returned to the area. And Mother Nature is slowly reclaiming her spot.

Visit while the remains are so vivid. This is an intriguing insight into California’s gold rush history that is colorful in more ways than one. Proof that history is not always dry.

Vibrant new greens of riparian plants return each spring and the pond formed above the drain tunnel is the host of cattails and riparian plants that turn brown in the fall while the still waters reflect blue skies often dotted by clouds. Cottonwoods, willows and brush turn their own shades of yellows and gold each fall – my favorite time to visit.

Trail is marked by 4x4 posts, but several are practically buried. Watch for the posts as the trail all but disappears where it has been covered by ever-continuing erosion of the nearly naked banks cut into the hillsides. The trail scrambles up a couple of hills, and if you elect to drop down into the basin from North Bloomfield or Chute Hill Campground, there’ll be modest climbs back out.

A Monitor sits above the West Overlook access trail. It makes a great foreground highlight for a picture of the Diggins. Best light for pictures within the basin are afternoons.

Options:

Visit the Hiller Tunnel, and, if you are adventurous, scramble through the 600’ tunnel that was used by the miners to drain the Diggins. Hints, such as take flashlights and wear old shoes for sloshing in some water, are listed in the Hiller Tunnel Trail description.

Combine this trail with the Rim Trail for maximum effect and appreciation of what happened here nearly 150 years ago. That trail no longer offers good views into the basin. New-growth trees and manzanita block all but one vista. The combined trails can be linked into a double loop totaling 7 miles.

Visit Blair Lake. I enjoy combine a visit to the lake with the Upper Humbug Creek Trail to make a small, pleasant loop.

Best of all stroll around North Bloomfield, the historic community that was home to the miners. Many structures have been reconstructed by California State Parks. Visit the museum, take a ranger led tour, camp in the Park’s Chute Hill Campground, or sleep nights in authentic but totally rustic miner’s cabins, rental units that allow visitors to experience life much as the miner’s lived it. Did I mention rustic?

Distance Miles 3
Elevation Range 3300’-3080’-3300’

DIRECTIONS:

To Diggins Loop Trail

Directions: Drive 11 miles north of Nevada City via Highway 49, turn east on Tyler Foote Crossing Road. Follow this paved road with its painted yellow center-line even though it changes names to Cruzon then Backbone Roads in the 15 miles to Derbec Road. At this intersection turn right and follow it until you enter the Park. First time visitors should stop at the Visitor Center in downtown North Bloomfield. Call 530-265-2740 or see www.cal-parks.ca.gov and search Malakoff.

There are four access points: Church Trail from town site, Diggins Overlook via the Rim Trail – either northern or southern segments, Main Overlook and West Overlook. Unless you were smart enough to send a couple days camping in the Park at the Chute Hill Campground, the West Overlook is generally the easiest. Parking fees required by California State Parks

 

Humbug Creek Trail   

DESCRIPTION:

No bikes. Pleasant heading down to river but not easiest climb. Hiking pleasure decreases during rainy periods when creek turns chocolate brown from mine tailings.

Miles

Elevation Range

Options

3

3220’-2140’

Optional destinations if you arrange transportation ahead (See South Yuba River -- Washington Map):

South Yuba Campground lies 4.5 miles downriver, and makes a nice way to come out of the canyon without having to return back up Humbug Creek. It makes an easy drop-off point on your way into Malakoff State Historical Park if you have a hiking partner with a second vehicle.

Poorman Creek lies 10 miles upriver and makes a nice alternate destination but is a longer drive to drop off a vehicle at that trailhead. The Relief Hill Road makes a nice connection but is a slow drive and dusty in the summer. See South Yuba National Trail -- South Yuba Campground to Poorman Creek.

There is also a challenging loop returning back up out of the canyon via Missouri Bar Trail, which is 2.5 miles upriver of Humbug Trail junction. Hikers would probably prefer to arrange a second vehicle at both trailheads. Total loop: 9.4 miles, including 3 miles along roads. The Relief Hill Road is a county road and has vehicle traffic.

DIRECTIONS:

To Humbug Creek Trail

Topographic Maps: North Bloomfield. Trailhead is 2 miles west of North Bloomfield on North Bloomfield Road.

 

China Gulch Trail 11 mile in & out hike or a 3 mile hangman's noose loop.

  

This full hike is considered challenging and is exposed to the sun most of the way. You can do a shorter hangman's noose loop as a 3 mile hike or anything in between up to the full 11 miles.

This trail rounds Camanche Reservoir as it rolls up and down through rolling grass hills surrounded in Blue Oaks and Wild Flowers in the spring. So lets go see if the wild flowers are in bloom. We've done this hike previously and only saw two or three sets of people and horses as this is an equestrian trail as well. Sometimes the cows will be be right in your way and you may have to have a stare down.

Things to bring;

Plenty of water

Hat and sun screen

Good walking shoes or boots

Lunch

Camera

A Great and Adventurous Attitude

 

Drive to Camanche Lake Reservoir. Be sure to pair up your car pools with those doing the short or long hike.  $3.00 to enter the lake. Get a trail map at the entrance kiosk where you pay. Stay left as you enter the grounds and park at the end at the horse trailer dirt parking lot. Here is the link for directions. http://goo.gl/maps/2U7Lr

 

 

Mumford Bar Trail – American River North Fork

 

The Mumford Bar trail is 3.51 miles long each way. It begins at Forest Road 88-023 and ends at Government Springs. The trail is open to hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. The trail is steep and only advanced bikers should attempt it.

At a Glance

Usage:                                Light

Restrictions:            Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Use level:                Light

Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs and lanterns. 

Information Center:  For more information, follow this link to a brochure on trails. 

General Information

Directions:

Trailhead Access: From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 17 miles on Foresthill Road and turn left into the primitive Mumford Bar Campground. To access the trail, there is 5/8 of a mile road (at the back of the campground) that starts out as a 2WD road, but becomes a 4WD road. 2WD vehicles should park in the developed area on top. Motor vehicles are prohibited on the trail.

 

General Notes:

Trail description: This is a popular trail to the North Fork of the American River and is used by hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. The trail is well shaded. At of a mile down the trail, there is a nice view of the canyon, and straight ahead a view of Royal Gorge. About halfway down the trail the poison oak begins. Be careful, as the leaf is not shiny, but looks like a maple. At the bottom of the trail is Mumford Bar Cabin, which has been restored, but only for viewing. There is access to the river with opportunities for camping, fishing, gold panning, and swimming. Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs and lanterns. You can continue upstream from here on the American River Trail. (See description on following sheet).

ELEVATION: 5377 to 2632 feet

DIFFICULTY: Difficult

TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Westville, Duncan Peak

 

 

NOTE: Water is often not available along the route.  Only water from developed systems at recreation sites is maintained safe to drink.  Open water sources are easily contaminated by human or animal waste.  Water from springs, lakes, ponds, and streams should be properly treated before drinking.  You may wish to carry water with you.  Another method of treatment is to use a backpacker’s water filter.  However, the best way is to bring to water to a full boil for 5 minutes.

 

Water: You are to bring at least 4 litters of water.

We will be checking that everyone has enough water.

For More Information: American River Ranger District

 

Foresthill Ranger Station

22830 Foresthill Road

Foresthill, CA 95631

(530) 367-2224

 

Michigan Bluff to Deadwood Trail

Mileage: 6 miles one way (round trip 12 miles Important)

Elevation: 3520 to 1520 feet

Difficulty: Difficult

Not a beginner’s hike

Use Level Light

Topographic Map: Michigan Bluff

 

Date: We will post this trip in May, June, July timeframe.  Because of the long distance, round trip, we need additional daylight hours, around the summer solstice, plus or minus a month from June 22nd.

 

Meet at Target (Madison & HWY 80) at 7:15 am (leaving no later than 7:30 am). 

Time to be on the trail by 9:00 am

 

Foresthill District Trails

 

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tahoe/recreation/fishing/recarea/?recid=75363&actid=43

 

http://www.teviscup.org/the-trail/trail-locations/20-the-trail/trail-sections-and-historic-notes/69-deadwood-to-michigan-bluff

  

This trail is on the National Register of historic places.
Springtime in the foothills of the Tahoe National Forest rewards hikers with a mother lode of color: red Indian paintbrush and gilia, white globe lily, and lavender iris, to name a few. See the palette for yourself—and the site of the gold-mining town of Deadwood to boot—on this strenuous out-and-back. Distance 11.5 miles round trip, out and back.
Difficulty: Difficult.

From the trailhead in Michigan Bluff (itself a former mining town), hike east on the Michigan Bluff Trail under a canopy of manzanita, oak, pine, and white fir down to El Dorado Canyon—a 1,600-foot drop in 2.5 miles. Enjoy the cottonwood-shaded pools of El Dorado Creek, then continue on across the bridge and turn north on the Last Chance Trail to climb above the east fork of the creek to Deadwood. The trail (marked with Western States Trail blazes) rises 2,000 feet in the next 3.5 miles, plunging through Ponderosa pine, cedar, and Douglas fir; watch for tasty wild grapes lining the trail (and watch out for poison oak). Conquer the last set of switchbacks at mile 4.5, then continue to the Deadwood townsite. Scout for the plaque honoring the county’s pioneers—it’s all that remains of this once-booming 1850s mining center.


Directions from I-80: Take the Foresthill exit, and proceed on Foresthill Road for 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue on approximately 5 miles to Baker Ranch and make a right on Michigan Bluff Road. Continue on to the town of Michigan Bluff. The trailhead is located 1/4 miles east of town

 

 

Muddy Hollow Loop 7.5 miles-Pt Reyes (Exploratory Hike)

The Muddy Hollow Loop is routed through coastal hills and beautiful views of the coast  will be seen on the second half of this hike. My hiking guide says this is one of the best places in California to see wild iris in bloom and also the exotic fallow deer, which look like half moose and half elk, often pure white with strange antlers. Elk have also been transplanted here and have formed a new herd.

I have done a portion of this trail but not the complete loop. 

Distance: 7.5 miles

Elevation Change: Rolling hills, from 250' to 500"

Difficulty:  Moderate due to distance.

Restrooms: No restrooms at trailhead but we will stop at Bear Valley Visitors Center prior to continuing to trailhead.

Fees: No parking fees but be sure to bring $4/hour for your carpool driver (approx. 4-5 hours or $16-$20)

What to bring:

Be prepared for cool and changeable weather. dress in layers.

Bring the essentials (plenty of water, lunch/snacks, comfortable shoes/boots, trekking poles if you use them, etc. and $$ for your driver if carpool)  We could stop for early dinner if people are interested.

We will leave Flying J at 8am and should be at Trailhead by 10:30am (mapquest says its two hours if you don't get lost)after stopping at the Visitor Center for restrooms.

Trailhead: From Bear Valley Visitor Center, Point Reyes Nat'l Seashore, drive on Bear Valley Road til you come to Limantour Road. Turn left and drive approx. 6 miles (you will pass Bayview parking area and then be on the lookout for Muddy Hollow parking on your right. If you come to the beach, you have missed it.  

Beacroft Trail

North Fork American Area

Foresthill Ranger District

Tahoe National Forest

General Information

Mileage: 2 1/4 miles one-way

Elevation: 5520 to 2280 feet

Difficulty: Most Difficult

Use Level: Light

Topographic Map: Duncan Peak 7.5'

Access

Drive 18 miles east of Foresthill on the Foresthill

Road to Secret House Campground, continue on

Foresthill

Road I mile past the Campground to the Beacroft

Trail Trailhead on the left side of the road. past the

campground

Trail Description

This is a very steep and difficult trail which involves

numerous switchbacks. At the bottom it intersects

the American River Trail, from which other trails

may be reached.

Note:

Only water from developed systems at recreation

sites is maintained safe to drink. Open water

sources are easily contaminated by human or

animal waste. Water from springs, lakes, ponds,

and streams should be properly treated before

drinking. One recommended method of treatment is

to bring clear water to a rolling boil for five minutes.

This trip will be done close to the summer solstice due

to the driving and hiking length.

It's a long drive and it's a long hike.

There will be swimming at the river, clothes optional.

There are multiple historic sites down at the river and along the way.

Beacroft Trail is a connector trail to the American River Trail that

runs for 7.6 miles along the south side of the river.

Water: You are to bring at least 4 litters of water.

We will be checking that everyone has enough water.

Pictures Raftman Beacroft Trail

Italian Bar Trail
North Fork American Area
Foresthill Ranger District
Tahoe National Forest

General Information
Mileage: 2.3 miles one-way
Elevation: 5400 to 2400 feet
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Use Level: Light
Topographic Map: Westville 7.5'


Access
Drive thirteen miles east of Foresthill on the
Foresthill Road to Forest Highway 66 (Humbug
Ridge Road).
Go north three miles to the trailhead, just off
Humbug Ridge Road.
Trail Description
This is an old trail which was used by miners to
reach the American River. It is steep, with numerous
switchbacks. The trail ends at the river, but it is
possible to travel upriver and downriver by
scrambling along the riverbanks.


Note: Only water from developed systems at recreation
sites is maintained safe to drink. Open water sources
are easily contaminated by human or animal waste.
Water from springs, lakes, ponds, and streams
should be properly treated before drinking. One
recommended method of treatment is to bring clear
water to a rolling boll for five minutes.

Italian Bar Trail is a connector trail to the American River Trail that

runs for 7.6 miles along the south side of the river.

Water: You are to bring at least 4 litters of water.

We will be checking that everyone has enough water.


Foresthill Ranger District
22830 Foresthill Road
Foresthill, CA 95631
(530) 367-2224

 

Kim K. Andregg

916-710-0724 Cell

kandregg@raftman.com

 

Sailor Flat
North Fork American Area
Foresthill Ranger District
Tahoe National Forest

General Information
Mileage: 3.3 miles one way
Elevation: 6400 to 3360 feet
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Use Level: Light
Topographic Map: Royal Gorge 7.5'
Duncan Peak 7.5'

Access
From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit and follow
the signs to Foresthill. Continue on the Foresthill
Road for 25 miles to Sailor Flat Road and turn left.
Go 1 mile north to the trailhead.
Trail Description
The first 11/2 mile follows an old mining road and is
relatively easy.. The trail then becomes steeper, with
many switchbacks, as you drop down to the North
Fork of the American River.
The remains of an old gold stamp mill still stand near
the trailhead.
A popular trip for many is to enter via this trail,
proceed downriver, then exit via the Mumford Bar
Trail. This can be accomplished in one or two days,
but would require the use of two vehicles or
arranging for pickup. (Total distance is 15.6 miles.)

Note
“Only water from developed systems at recreation
sites is maintained safe to drink. Open water sources
are easily contaminated by human or animal waste.
Water from springs, lakes, ponds, and streams
should be properly treated before drinking. One
recommended method of treatment is to bring clear
water to a rolling boil for five minutes.”

There is the only fully intact stampmill on the American River North Fork.

This trip will be done close to the summer solstice due

to the driving and hiking length.

It's a long drive and it's a long hike.

There will be swimming at the river, clothes optional.

There are multiple historic sites down at the river and along the way.

Sailor Bar Trail is a connector trail to the American River Trail that

runs for 7.6 miles along the south side of the river.

Water: You are to bring at least 4 litters of water.

We will be checking that everyone has enough water.


Foresthill Ranger District
22830 Foresthill Road
Foresthill, CA 95631
(530) 367-2224

 

Kim K. Andregg

916-710-0724 Cell

kandregg@raftman.com

 

Art Walk for Second Saturday in Sacramento

Azul Mexican Food & Tequila Bar

1050 20th St , Sacramento, CA (edit map)

 

Midtown Sacramento, 21st & J st, in the center of ArtWalk, the blocked off area full of people. Meet at Azul's for tacos and salsa bar at 4:30.

Then walk to various art shows on adjacent blocks. 5pm-9pm, Art Shows are free, Azul's offers affordable options and upscale too. 

No Tour-guide, we will provide maps if you want one, or print one of three links below:

http://www.2ndsaturdaysacramento.com/midtown-sacramento-galleries/

http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/Artmap

http://www.yelp.com/biz/second-saturday-art-walk-sacramento?ob=1

 

 

Road 53 Guinda Pierce Falls 6 miles 1000 feet gain moderate

 

Downtown Park and Ride

http://www.yolohiker.org/trails/knoxville/road53/index.html

This is a nice hike after a rain as we may have a chance to see Pierce Falls which is at the 3 mile mark of this 6-8 mile hike, out and back.  Click on the link to see the wonderful description that Yolo Hikers put together.   Dogs are allowed but only on leash as there are cattle that are sometimes on the path or around it and local ranchers request that dogs are leashed.

Very pretty countryside as this is in the Capay Valley and the almond trees are blooming.

Palisade Trail in Calistoga 12 miles technical

 

Downtown Park and Ride

11th and P St, Sacramento, CA (map)

 

able Mountain Trail to the Palisade Trail to Oat Hill Mine Road 
12 mean, rocky, technical, challenging, narrow, eroded, rugged miles. Not for beginners

Trail Map found HERE
This is a one-way hike. Please meet at the trail END where there is plenty of parking.
We will shuttle full carloads to the trailhead where there is limited parking.

10:15am Estimated arrival time at the trail end for shuttle
1:15pm Lunch atop Table Mountain
5:00 PM Estimated ending time at trail end
Please come fully packed and prepared for a long, difficult hike.
Dogs okay, but please pick up after.
No bathrooms.

We will eat dinner at the pizza parlor at the end of the trail.

Twi: 6:29am
Sunrise: 6:56am
Sunset: 7:26pm
Twi: 7:52pm
Moonrise: 6:07am
Moonset: 6:39pm
Day length: 12h 29m

Directions to trail end and shuttle location:

I-80 west

EXIT Hwy 12 toward Napa

Merge onto Hwy 29 toward Yountville

RIGHT to stay on Hwy 29 at Calistoga toward the old part of town

Just past the town of Calistoga is a four way stop sign at Siverado Trail (the road)

PARK anywhere at the intersection of Hwy 29 and Silverado Trail.

 

 

Barnabe Peak and Bill's Trail 9 miles

Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Barnabe Peak and Bill's Trail is one of my all-time favorite hikes.

Intermediate loop with some strenuous areas
~9 miles with 1600 ft. elev. gain

From the creek to the peak of Barnabe is a ferocious 1600 foot uphill climb.

No dogs allowed on the trails in this park.

Hiking directions:

Start at the parking area alongside Sir Francis Drake Blvd across from the Devil's Gulch entrance.

1. Take the trail along Lagunitas Creek (walking upstream) toward Sam Taylor Park main entrance.

2. Cross the bridge to the right, stop for bathroom break.

3. Turn LEFT on the Pioneer Tree Trail (at the bridge)

4. Take a RIGHT up into the canyon to continue on the Pioneer Tree Trail through the park.

5. Turn right on Cross Marin Trail (bike path) and cross the bridge that goes over the road.

6. Continue on Cross Marin Trail (go past the trail on the left that says to Devil's Gulch).

7. Turn LEFT on Barnabe Fire Rd. All the way to the TOP! (1,600 feet)

8. Lunch at the fire lookout on the peak

9. Continue on Barnabe Fire Rd. for a short distance about 1-3 minutes

10. Turn RIGHT on Bill’s Trail Be CAREFUL not to miss this trail! It's the best part.

11. After about a mile, the turnoff for Stairstep Falls will be on the right. Unless there has been recent rain, it will be dry. This out-and-back detour takes about 5 minutes each way.

12. Continue to Devil's Gulch. Then cross the bridge and go LEFT to follow the creek back to the cars.

Trail Map

~10:15am meet at Devil's Gulch parking area on Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

Driving directions:
Davis Park and Ride to Samuel Taylor State Park (Devil’s Gulch)
1. Take I-80 W toward San Francisco - 41.2 mi
2. Take the exit onto CA-37 W toward San Rafael - 19.0 mi
3. Take the Atherton Ave exit - 0.1 mi
4. Turn left at Atherton Ave - 3.2 mi
5. Continue on San Marin Dr - 2.7 mi
6. Turn right at Novato Blvd - 6.3 mi
7. Turn Left on Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Rd.
8. Continue on Point Reyes Petaluma Rd - 6.8 mi
9. After passing the reservoir, at a point where Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd. makes a right turn, go straight on Platform Bridge Rd - 2.4 mi
10. Turn left at Sir Francis Drake Blvd and go 2.3 miles.
Park at the dirt parking area on the right. If you pass the road for Devil’s Gulch, you just passed it.
Limited space at the trailhead, so please park tightly.

 

Stinson Beach to Steep Ravine & Matt Davis Trail

 

(RAIN CANCELS) ... The trails will be too dangerous  

Carpool Location: Target off HWY 50 and 65th (leaving NLT 8:00AM)

Distance: 7.5 Miles

Time: 4 Hours hiking time

Difficulty: Moderate

Weather: 61 Degrees (50% chance of Rain)

Drive Time: 2 Hours and 15 Minutes

Elevation Drop/Grain: 1500 Elevation gain in first few miles.

Dogs: NO dogs allowed in the park.

Exposure to sun: Parts of trail are in the sun, parts are shaded. Wear Sunscreen.

Lunch: Bring a Lunch

Return to Sacramento Time: Around 5PM

This hike has a combination of beach and wooded canyon areas. Hills and elevation. It's a greatwork out and very scenic. There are also places to eat afterward.

 

This hike has a 1500 foot elevation gain in the first few miles. The elevation gain will be in a shaded ravine, which follows along a creek with a few waterfalls. At the top of the ravine will be Pantoll Ranger Station. From there we will take the Matt Davis Trail back down to Stinson Beach.

  

 

-Driving directions to Stinson Beach Parking Lot-

I-80 W 48.2 mi

Exit onto CA-37 W toward Novato/San Rafael 21.5 mi

Take the US-101 S ramp to San Rafael/San Francisco 0.5 mi

Turn right onto Hwy 101 S/US-101 S 14.4 mi

Take exit 455B toward Stinson Beach

Turn left onto CA-1 N

Turn left to stay on CA-1 N (Shoreline Hwy) 11.8 m

Turn left Stinson Beach Parking Lot in the town of Stinson Beach

http://www.bahiker.com/northbayhikes/stinson.html

 

 

Michigan Bluff to Deadwood Trail

Mileage: 6 miles one way

Elevation: 3520 to 1520 feet

Difficulty: Difficult

Use Level Llight

Topographic Map: Michigan Bluff

 

Foresthill District Trails

 

This trail is on the National Register of historic places.
Springtime in the foothills of the Tahoe National Forest rewards hikers with a mother lode of color: red Indian paintbrush and gilia, white globe lily, and lavender iris, to name a few. See the palette for yourself—and the site of the gold-mining town of Deadwood to boot—on this strenuous out-and-back. Distance 11.5 miles round trip, out and back.
Difficulty: Difficult.

From the trailhead in Michigan Bluff (itself a former mining town), hike east on the Michigan Bluff Trail under a canopy of manzanita, oak, pine, and white fir down to El Dorado Canyon—a 1,600-foot drop in 2.5 miles. Enjoy the cottonwood-shaded pools of El Dorado Creek, then continue on across the bridge and turn north on the Last Chance Trail to climb above the east fork of the creek to Deadwood. The trail (marked with Western States Trail blazes) rises 2,000 feet in the next 3.5 miles, plunging through Ponderosa pine, cedar, and Douglas fir; watch for tasty wild grapes lining the trail (and watch out for poison oak). Conquer the last set of switchbacks at mile 4.5, then continue to the Deadwood townsite. Scout for the plaque honoring the county’s pioneers—it’s all that remains of this once-booming 1850s mining center.


Directions from I-80: Take the Foresthill exit, and proceed on Foresthill Road for 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue on approximately 5 miles to Baker Ranch and make a right on Michigan Bluff Road. Continue on to the town of Michigan Bluff. The trailhead is located 1/4 miles east of town

 

 

Dorer Ranch Road & American Eagle Mine Trail

DESCRIPTION:

Gated -- no motorized vehicles. As this is a gated road to the historic ranch and private land, it is the easiest access and climb out -- especially for mountain bikes -- assuming a 2100’ climb is ever easy. The road continues through the ranch and private land; stay on the road until reaching the actual public trailhead to Euchre Bar below the ranch. Second only to the American River Trail, this part of the canyon offers an excellent, nearly year-round access to several miles of Wild River. It provides the only trail bridge crossing the river. Once you reach the river below the ranch, left (downriver) is Euchre Bar Trail, and to the right (upriver) the trail goes to the American Eagle Mine, 1 mile.

Miles

Elevation Range

Options

5

4180’-2080’

Euchre Bar Trail drops down the north side of the American River, crosses a bridge, and connects to the Doer Ranch Road in the canyon below the ranch.


DIRECTIONS:

To Dorer Ranch Road & American Eagle Mine Trail

Topographic Map: Westville. Follow Foresthill Divide Road east 10.25 miles, then turn left on Elliot Ranch Road # 26 (F). Continue up this road about 2.5 miles to Doer Ranch Road intersection and gate. There are no signs, except for "not recommended for autos" on the steel gate. This connecting road un-mistakenly drops down into the canyon. Park near the gate (no motorized vehicles allowed on the Dorer Ranch Road) and head down to the historic ranch. Note: the Elliot Ranch Road continues west for about 3.4 miles to the spur road that leads to the Greenvalley Trailhead. This connecting route is not signed well, and it is easy to get on a wrong road. Plus, it is narrow and brushy to the point that the connection should be avoided unless you have the appropriate vehicle and savvy. In short, I’d avoid the short-cut and go around.


ACTIVITIES:

http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/images/Icons/default.gifFishing (Rating: Good)

This is one of the best ways to drop into the wild canyon and reach the good fishing. Nearly 4 miles of hiking trail parallels the river and eases the access.

 

See Fishing the North Fork American River: Sailor Flat Trail to Euchre Bar Trail.

http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/images/Icons/default.gifHiking - Dayhikes (Rating: Good)

Difficulty: Difficult Time: 2 hours down, 3 hours up


NEARBY LOCATIONS:

Communities

Reservoirs

River-Stream Access

 

 

 

http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/Members/River-Stream%20Access/NFAR2_Generation_Gap.cfm

 

NFAR2: Generation Gap

Sailors Flat Trail – Euchre Bar Trail: The North Fork of the American River is wild. In fact, Congress selected it as an instant “Wild River” when the Wild and Scenic River Act was designated as law in 1968. “It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.” The North Fork above Auburn, CA with headwaters near the crest of the Sierra Nevada Range south of Soda Springs, was one of only eight rivers in the U.S that were recognized for their pristine, wild nature and designated as an "instant Wild River." Little has changed.


 

 

DESCRIPTION:

Except: several miles in the upper half of this segment, at this mid-July 2008 writing is being once again totally changed by Mother Nature. A wildfire started by a lightning has gutted much of the vegetative cover along this segment over the past three weeks. And there is a strong chance it’ll continue to burn for weeks yet. Within the deep roadless canyon, there is little man can do to stop it. Instead, the primary goal is to stop the fire from slopping over onto the ridges both on the north and south sides of the river.

Mother Nature has repeated this pattern in the canyon for hundreds of thousands of year. And she will again.

Water quality will decrease somewhat for several years, but as brush, then new forests returns to the canyon walls, the cold clear waters will return. The greatest effect is foremost the lush scenic beauty of the forests. It is too early to tell where the fire created a mosaic of patches of green trees, and totally denuded the forest of anything but black snags. In a dozen or so years, the green vegetation will return, but the snags will continue to fall for dozens of years. Several will clog the free flowing nature of the river as the debris piles onto itself. After each spring runoff, whitewater runs will change for generations Catchable trout will remain in the river, but the fun of angling through the burned area will be missed for generations.

Several of the access trails into the canyon have been wiped clean of shade and color. Downfall of snags will impede access for years.

SierraOutdoorRecreation.com will update the description once the fire finally cools this fall, and the Tahoe National Forest will be able to assess the changes.


DIRECTIONS:

To NFAR2: Generation Gap

Several trails provide access to the river from the canyon walls thousands feet of elevation above. In fact, this is this is the most accessible section of the Wild River. It was, anyway. Most likely, it will be again, but which trails remain relatively useable will not be known for some time. Stay tuned.


ACTIVITIES:

http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/images/Icons/default.gifHiking - Dayhikes (Rating: Good)

This segment of the river is/was the only fairly accessible area, and the only one where two separate trails followed the river canyon with fishing access at several points and, with a little scrambling through the forest, anywhere along the several miles of trail.

As of this writing in mid-July, 2008, the Euchre Bar Trail, American Eagle Trail and the historic, but gated, Dorer Ranch road lay down-river of the fire and hopefully will remain unchanged. This time.

The Mumford Bar Trail and Beacroft Trails, as well as the superb American River Trail as it paralleled the river connects the two, all lie within the heart of the burned area. Today the fire is approaching eastward to the Sailor Flat Trail.

My advice: go somewhere else at least until we know the extent of the changes.

http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/images/Icons/default.gifHiking - Backpacking (Rating: Good)

The opportunity still is available from the Euchre Bar Trail. Backpacking and camping can be done year-round although occasionally some snow will interfere with road access to the trailhead for short periods. You can do the trip in a single day in and out, but I prefer to camp alongside the wild river. Take your camera and fishing pole—if you want fresh trout for supper.

http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/images/Icons/default.gifFishing (Rating: Poor)

Access via trails will be poor for sometime. But the fish will just get bigger and fatter.

http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/images/Icons/default.gifWhitewater Thrills (Rating: Poor)

Until the canyon recovers to its more lush nature, debris in the river, as well as partially blocked access trails, will make this a poor opportunity for a fun adventure. But it will be back.

http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/images/Icons/default.gifOHV - Motorcycles (Rating: Prohibited)

Wild River

http://www.sierraoutdoorrecreation.com/images/Icons/default.gifMountain Biking (Rating: Prohibited)

Wild River

 

 

Bassi Falls 5 miles

Type: Destination Hike

Cool Features: Water Fall, Forest, Creek, and of course YOU!

Description: We will start the hike from ice house road but will walk to the old camping area and follow the creek all the way up to the falls.It is a very nice treed area and the river will be flowing high with many whitewater and pool areas and a couple other small falls along the way. We will come out of the forest onto a large granite floor area
with few trees and brush growing from it. Bassi Falls cascades
109 feet through large broken granite rock, then the stream
flows many different paths over the granite slab. Views of the
valley to the west and Big Hill also once we hit this point

Lunch or snack at the falls.

Big Hill has awesome 360-degree view from the top of It as it
is the tallest hill from there to the Cascade Range and the
surrounding area. Side trip on the way back if anyone wants to.
A short 3-mile drive to the top

Best time to visit: Spring time when snow melt is high

Hike Route Map:

Elevation Gain/Loss: 400 feet

Altitude at Trailhead: 4500 feet

Terrain:

Distance: 5 Miles

Difficulty Rating: Beginner  "Rating Chart"

Fitness Level:

Expected Duration: about 4 hours for the hike

Special Skills Necessary:

Where to meet you: (in your RSVP, please post at which departure site we will find you):

Depart: 8:30 am at Iron Point Park and Ride  
Departure Trailhead: 10:15 am at the trailhead (see directions below)

Alamere Falls

Downtown) Park-N-Ride

11th and P, Sacramento, CA 95814, Sacramento, CA (map)

Distance: 10 miles from Bolinas, West Marin.

Distance: 8.6 miles (RT)

Elevation: 250 ft. (+400 ft., -500 ft.)

Season: Dec-May

Difficulty:  Generally flat except the last half mile. Read the narrative below.

Lat/Long (NAD83): 37.95417, -122.78335

NO – park fees, maps available at trailhead, drinking water, dogs allowed

YES – pit toilets, poison oak.

We will eat lunch at the beach.

Contact: Del Marie, 916.243.5644.

Alamere Falls, the most spectacular waterfall on the Pt Reyes peninsula and the lofty Double Point overlook that offers a bird’s eye view of Double Point Cove, Pelican Lake and the landscapes of the southern seashore. It is a stocky, rough-and-tumble type, reclusive hike where you can witness the  “tidefall” as you sit next to the falls with your feet dangling over the edge of the cliff. Watch the power of the cascading falls find its way into the ocean. A wide creek tumbles over a bluff then cascades 40 feet down along the exposed rocks into Wildcat Beach and the Pacific surf below.  From the top of the cliff, a side view of three separate cascades about 30 feet in total height awaits you. At its heaviest flow, Alamere can stretch a good 25 feet wide. Its immense beauty; the ocean breakers, white caps, seagulls and sandpipers marveling enough to convince you to come back again and again (or stay and not leave).

It is considered an easy hike meandering along the coast with ocean and lake vistas along the way. The route from the Palomarin Trailhead is especially nice because of swim friendly Bass Lake located about a mile and a half along the trail. Its waters tumble over a series of terraces before taking a final plunge onto Wildcat Beach, where the surf vigorously pounds the strand. The harmonizing thunder of both ocean and fall is distant on the exposed summit overlooking Double Point Cove. Alluring and challenging, like a wild rose that displays its beauty without reservation, yet prickly and must be approached with caution. When you reach the last half mile, you have to carefully scramble your way down from a very steep, almost vertical path full of tiny, loose and crumbly pebbles. It can be tricky and challenging especially in the presence of rain, moisture and lack of mindfulness.

The meet time is tentatively set at 7:30 am. Allow some flexibility with your schedule to leave a little later as we need to check the weather and tide conditions. During high tides, it is possible that the ocean waves can climb right up to the cliff and getting down to the base of the falls would be impossible. If this happens, we can still stay on top of the cliff and surround ourselves of the panoramic view of the ocean and nearby views.

Getting there:

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tab=nl

From meet spot to I-80W turn    52.8 m

Exit 33B (merge to CA-37W to Novato/San Rafael  21.5 m

Merge to US-101 S San Rafael/San Francisco ramp  14.9 m

CA – 1 N exit to Stinson Beach    .2 m

Merge US-101    .1 m

Left at CA-1 N      .5 m

Left to stay on CA-1 N    1.2 m

Left at CA-1 N/Shoreline Highway  1.8 m

Left to stay at CA-1 N Shoreline Highway  2.2 m

Left to stay at CA-1 N Shoreline Highway  10.8 m

Left to stay on Olema Bolinas Road    1.2 m

Right at Mesa Road    2.7 m

Left to stay on Mesa Road  1.0 m

Left to stay on Mesa Road  1.0 m

Arrive at Palomarin Trailhead

Please pay your carpool driver $3.50/hour driving time for gas. Try to carpool with people of the same schedule and ability. Distance, 112 miles. Drive time, 2 hrs 30 min. Hike time 4 hours.

Be prepared for inclement weather change. Dress in layers and bring warm clothes, lunch, great attitude. 

 

Trails at Sly Park

http://www.eid.org/index.aspx?page=130 Sly Park Polluck Pines and Sly Park Road.

 

Hiking trails go completely around Jenkinson Lake, covering 8.5 miles of mostly shoreline. Mountain bikers are welcome to use this trail, keeping in mind that it is a hiking trail as well. Novice riders should be prepared to walk their bikes in some areas.

Equestrian trails cover about 9.5 miles around the lake above the hiking trail. A few portions of the trail are multi-use—use caution in these areas.

The trails are accessible year round, although during winter snow may cover a portion of them. Call ahead for complete information. Dogs are allowed on the trails, but they must be on a leash.

Popular trails and day hikes near Silver Lake

Shealor Lake trailhead is on the north side of Highway 88, about half way between Kay's Resort and Plasse's turnoff.

Granite Lake heads toward and past Kit Carson Lodge; the trailhead is on the east side of Silver Lake at the end of road 10N20.

Lake Margaret trailhead is on the north side of Highway 88 between Kirkwood Inn and Caples Lake.

Thunder Mountain trailhead is located on the south side of Highway 88, just west of the Carson Spur.

Meiss Lake trailhead is a parking lot on the north side of Highway 88 just west of the Carson Pass Information Center.

Frog Lake/Round Top trailhead is at the Carson Pass Information Center.

 

 

Hike Sugar Pine Mountain Trail - 6.8 Miles RT Moderate

 

Roseville Park-N-Ride (Sunsplash parking lot, near the Shell Station)

1821 Taylor Rd, Roseville, CA (map)

I found this hike in my "60 Hikes within 60 Miles" book about three years and have really enjoyed this hike each time I've done it! 

With an Elevation gain of about 1300 ft to crest the top of the mountain, this isn't a hike for beginners.  Once at the top, you'll be rewarded with fabulous views of the valley and may even see snow on top of 'dem dar hills'! 

If you're meeting me at Sunsplash, be there by 8:50 so we can depart at 9am after establishing carpools.

Those meeting us at the trailhead, please be there by 9:40 and state this in your RSVP please. 

This hike is nestled in the foothills near Meadow Vista and is a 6.5 (closer to 7 according to GPS) mile loop that circumnavigates the Winchester Country Club.  The
hike is moderate and will take us 3-4 hours to complete depending on speed, photography and lunch.   

This mountain is home to Sugar Pines which are generally growing at higher elevations, so this should be quite a treat.  The crest of the hike is barely more than 2000 ft.  The forest is packed with conifers (ya know..pine trees) such as Ponderosa Pines, Foothill Pines and Incense Cedars.

There are many elevation gains and losses along the way.  The trail is marked along the way frequently and is open to bikes, horses and hikers. There are uphill and downhill switchbacks, and they mention rattlesnakes, so
please be mindful where you place your feet and hands!

Please bring at least 2 liters of water, snacks, lunch, hat, camera, layered clothing, and a can do attitude!

Please be kind to your drivers $4 per hr/per person.

Directions to Trail Head:

Take I-80 East towards Reno for about 30 miles, Exit #125 Clipper Gap and go left.  Drive 1 mile north on Placer Hills Road.  Turn Left on Sugar Pine Road and
drive 0.1 mile.  Park at the turnout on the left.

The trail head is 0.15 miles around the curve, up the road on the left side of the Winchester Country Club
entrance.  We will be heading clockwise around the Country Club.

Dogs Wellcome.  If you bring your well behaved dog, please be aware there are ticks in the area as well as dogs behind some of the yards we will walk past. 

 

Tomales Point in Point Reyes National Seashore Intermediate

The Tamales Point trail overlooks both Bodega Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It travels north along rolling hills from Pierce Point Ranch out to Tamales Buff. The trail also travels through a tule elk range which often can be seen along the way.

Tamles Point Trail Map

 

Distance: 9.4 miles total
Hiking time: ~5 hours
Total elevation gain: ~900 feet

 Travel time to and from Sacramento is about 2 hours 15 minutes.

6:00pm estimated return time to Sacramento
Restroom at trailhead
No dogs aloud on the trails.

Please bring:
Warm clothing, a wind breaker, hat, comfortable shoes
Lunch as we will eat on the bluffs and enjoy the views for about an hour
Money for carpool (~$16) and possible dinner to follow

Directions to Tamales Point Trailhead at Pierce Point Ranch:
From the Bear Valley Visitor Center, head north 0.2 miles to Bear Valley Road.
Turn left and follow Bear Valley Road 1.75 miles northwest to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.
Turn left and follow Sir Francis Drake Boulevard 5.6 miles northwest to Pierce Point Road.
Turn right and follow Pierce Point Road 9 miles north to the Pierce Point Ranch parking lot.

 

 

 

Alamere Falls: Ocean Views, Fern Grove, Waterfalls, Potluck on the Beach

 

Alamere Falls - Palomarin Trailhead

Mesa Rd, Bolinas, CA (map)

 

This place is seriously gorgeous and we had a blast last time we were there.

Alamere Falls is a little known California landmark, and this is an excellent hike along the California Coast Trail starting from the Palomarin trailhead near Bolinas. It is incredibly pretty with amazing ocean views and lush vegetation.

This is an 8-9 mile easy to moderate hike, w/ little elevation gain and  a somewhat challenging scramble down to the beach (Two of us always help everyone get through the scramble).

This is a combined event w/ other Meetup Grps and a good opportunity to make new friends.

 

What to bring:


Vino and cups

Good Hiking Boots/shoes

Layered clothing, hat, sunscreen.

Food, food, food!   Wraps, cut up sandwiches, meats/cheeses/breads/crackers, dried fruit/nuts, chips, dips,  use your imagination.

At least 1 liter of water (2 is better)

Anything else you want to drink (vino, beer, juice, iced tea, etc.)

Your sense of humour is an absolute must!

 

Directions to trailhead:

GPS  37.935668,-122.747684

Take Hwy #101 to San Rafael, and take the Sir Francis Drake Blvd. exit. Drive west 20 miles to Olema, then drive south on Hwy #1 for 9.1 miles to Bolinas Rd. (unsigned). Turn right and drive 1.8 miles to Mesa Rd. Turn right and drive 4.7 miles to parking lot and Palomarin trailhead.

 

The Hike:

http://www.bahiker.com/northbayhikes/paloma...

 

Game Plan:

Beautiful hike overlooking the ocean, through a forest and a fern grove,  then lunch on the beach at the bottom of the falls!

 

Plan on spending the day.

 

Mt. St. Helena (4343') Peak Hike

 

Difficulty: Strenuous 11 mile, 2200 feet of elevation gain hike on trail and fire road. We must hike at a fast pace due early sunset. Must bring headlamp and Ten Essentials.

Highlights: With clear skies one can see Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tamalpais and the San Francisco Bay to the south; the Coast Range peaks, Yolla Bolly peaks, Snow Mountain and possibly Mt. Lassen to the north; the Pacific Ocean to the west and Lake Berryessa and Sacramento Valley to the east.

Trailhead: This hike begins on the west side of CA 29 at the Stevenson Memorial trailhead in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. From Sacramento take I-80 West, exit on CA-12 West, turn right on CA-29/CA-12, continue straight on to CA-29N and drive through Napa.  Continue on CA-29N up the Napa Valley to Calistoga, in Calistoga turn right on Lincoln Street CA-29N/Lake County Highway for 8.6 miles to Robert Louis Stevenson State Park., where there is roadside parking on each side of the road.  The trailhead is on the west side. 

 http://www.google.com/maps?saddr=Origin+%4038.573335+,+-121.4950073&daddr=Trailhead+%4038.655414+,+-122.606128&hl=en&ll=38.656561,-122.602444&spn=0.049197,0.091667&mra=ls&ttype=dep&noexp=0&noal=0&time=11:23am&date=12%2F03%2F2012&t=m&z=13&geocode=FReVTAIdISLC-A%3BFbbVTQId0C2x-A

Trail Description: The hike starts in a densely forested area where Robert Louis Stevenson once owned a home. The house is gone with only a plaque to mark its location. This initial one mile switches back through a mixed evergreen grove with a bit of rock hopping until we emerge on the fire road. From there the hike is a steady uphill. As you ascend you begin to see further and further in all directions. The view of the Palisades across the valley is particularly impressive, especially of those who have experienced that hike first hand. We will also stop at a point where Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties meet. We will plan to have lunch at the top of the mountain (North Peak) in the shadow of the cell phone towers (one of the few marks against this hike). After lunch we will retrace our way back, briefly deviating to stop at the South Peak.

 

Map:  http://www.sonomahikingtrails.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/st-helena-topo.pdf

Nice Hike Description:  http://www.bahiker.com/northbayhikes/rlssp.html   

 

Armstrong Woods Hiking

Event Details:

This week's hike at Armstrong Woods

This strenuous 9.5 mile loop hike climbs the steep East Ridge Trail to the Bullfrog Campground, where we'll have lunch. We'll enjoy great views from the top. We'll return via the Pool Ridge Trail, which descends along the west ridge, then drop down to the picnic area at the valley floor. The hike finishes with a walk on the Pioneer and Discovery Trails thru the groves of big redwoods, including the Col. Armstrong Tree and Parson Jones Tree. Pictures from last years hike here

We should be finished by 3:30

Armstrong Woods trail maps can be found here: Trail Maps

The park brochure in .pdf format can be found here: Brochure page (includes topo map)

Please bring lunch, plenty of water, and a snack. Wear removable layers, it may be cold at the start but the steep climbs will warm you up. Wear boots or shoes with lugged soles that will grip the trail.

 

Bobelaine Sanctuary Trails Loop 5.3 miles 

 

Type: loop

Cool Features: 5.3 mile loop for bird watching and hiking near Nicolaus, California

Description: Be sure to bring binoculars and maybe a guide book. Over 190 species of birds have been observed, including Black Crowned Night Herons, Wood Ducks and Swanson's Hawks.  Water fowl including a cover of American Coots, a Tundra Swan, a Great Blue Heron, and some Canada Geese. Also Red-tailed Hawks, Turkey Vultures, Red-shafted Flickers, and a shy Mule Deer.  On the last stretch of the hike, along Lake Crandall, there were about a dozen turtles of all sizes sliding off logs as they saw us. Among the trees we saw were some really giant Sycamores and Valley Oaks, and also Cottonwoods.

Lake of the Woods State Wildlife Area, a California State Wildlife Area located nearby Antelope, Lincoln and Marysville 

Best time to visit: anytime

Terrain: easy

Distance: 4-5

Difficulty Rating: Beginner  "Rating Chart"

Fitness Level: Able to walk for 2 hours with a break.

Expected Duration: about 1/2 day.

Where to meet you: (in your RSVP, please post at which departure site we will find you):

Depart: 8:30 Sunsplash

Departure Trailhead: 9:30

Type of travel: Carpool, meet at trailhead

Things to bring: Binoculars highly recommended, water and lunch, bird guide book if you have one, camera

Plus: A laid back attitude to see lots of wildlife.

Directions to Trail head:From Sacramento take I-5 N,

then the Hwy 70/99 exit and then 99 N. (The signs say south which you will need to turn left then make another left turn onto 99N  (yes it is allowed.)

A few miles after 99 crosses the Feather River is Laurel Ave.

Turn right on Laurel and in a short distance you'll reach an "End" sign.

The last stretch of this road is dirt and gravel and is over private land. Please drive slowly so not to stir up a lot of dust. The dirt road ends at the levee (if the gate is open, don't drive up the levee!).  There is a small parking lot and a metal barn.  There's also a porta-potty near the barn.

 

 

 

 

 

San Francisco Presidio

 

This information is from Lincoln...and we are so happy to have him!

8:00 AM meet at 11th and P park and ride for carpooling.

9:45 AM meet at the Crissy Field parking lot near the visitor's center. The address is 1199 E Beach  San Francisco, CA 94129. See the photo below for our meeting spot.

 

 

The hike/walk will be about 12 miles and will take around 5+ hours to complete. This is not a beginner hike. I would rate this as an intermediate level hike. There is a good amount of climbing involved 1900 feet.

Our route will go through or near the Letterman District, Lyon Street steps right past Diane Feinstein's home, Lover's Lane, Inspiration Point Overlook, a portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, El Polin Springs, the San Francisco National Cemetery Overlook, Rob Hill Campground, Baker Beach, Battery to Bluffs Trail, etc.

We will get to view or go past 6 different San Francisco neighborhoods: The Marina, Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Inner and Outer Richmond, and Seacliff.

There are several differing environments that we will walk though: Redwood, Eucalyptus, and Cyprus Groves, a dune habitat, a riparian habitat, bluffs at the ocean, and a tidal marsh. We will walk on some sidewalks (concrete and asphalt) and trail (soil, gravel, and sand).

See the following link for the map of the hike:

http://files.meetup.com/1713568/Presdio%20Hike%2004-13-2013.pdf

Please feel free to print yourself a copy!

Parking at Chrissy Field is free.

Be sure to bring water, lunch, and appropriate clothing for San Francisco weather.

Rain will cancel this walk/hike.

There is a 5 cent fun fee for this excursion. Not payable to me. Take the coin and toss it into Yoda's fountain at the Lucasfilms HQ!

 

 

Angel Island

Downtown Park and Ride

Lunch has been changed to QUARRY BEACH which is located just beyond Fort McDowell and before the Mount Livermore trail junction. Due to limited space, please stay on top of Mount Livermore for a limited time and then slowly make your way down to Ayala Cove near the visitor Center and ferry station.

7:30 AM meet at 11th and P to set up carpools. 

We’ll take the 10:00 AM ferry from Tiburon to Angel Island. 
Round trip ferry and park admission is $13.50 cash. 

We'll catch the 3:30 PM return ferry
6:00 PM back to Sacramento 6:00 PM.

While there we'll visit the immigration station, the “Ellis Island of the West”, at China Cove.

We'll have lunch at Quarry Beach which is located just beyond Fort McDowell and before the Mount Livermore trail junction. 

We’ll hike to the top of the island at Mount Livermore (Elev. 781 feet) for a wonderful 360 degree view of the bay. Then meander on the best trail on our way back down to the visitor center and ferry boat dock. 

Weather can be changeable, so bring layers and sun protection.
Rain Cancels. 

Bring $ for parking ($5 split) in Tiburon, the ferry ($13.50), and gas reimbursement if you ride ($14), so about $30.

No dogs please.

 

 

American Creek Canyon Intermediate ~7 miles

Roseville Park and Ride

Sunsplash Lot
Taylor Road
Roseville, CA (map)

• American Creek Canyon has the prettiest trail in the Auburn State Recreation Area
Duration: ~4 hours
Distance: ~7 miles
Difficulty: Intermediate due to the fairly steep two mile climb at the end.
10:00am meet at Roseville Park and Ride (Sunsplash)
11:00am meet at the trailhead (directions below)
4:30pm estimated time back to Roseville
Dogs okay.
Bring snacks, water, and waterproof shoes.
Heed mountain lion, poison oak, and tick warnings.
Description:
From the "third gate" trailhead we will continue straight to the Wendell Robie Trail
RIGHT on Wendell Robie
LEFT down the Dead Truck Trail
We'll stop for a 30 minute break at the hidden waterfall and continue up the American Canyon Trail back to our cars.
Directions to American Canyon Trail - Third Gate
EAST I-80 to Auburn
EXIT Elm Avenue
LEFT Elm Avenue
LEFT High Street (Hwy 49)
Continue straight on Hwy 49 across Lincoln Way down into the canyon
Follow Hwy 49 to the RIGHT across the bridge toward Cool
From the stop sign in Cool
LEFT onto Hwy 193 toward Georgetown and drive 5.3 miles
LEFT onto Sweetwater Trail which is opposite Pilgrim Court on the right
(Sometimes the sign to Sweetwater is missing)
The trailhead is on the right at the end of the street before the gates to Auburn Lake Trails
Parking at the trailhead is limited, but you can turn around and park along the shoulder.

 




Fiske Peak 15.5 miles Advanced OR 8 miles Intermediate

 


Yolo Hiker Blue Ridge Trail to Fiske Peak


Please download the MAP available on the above webpage.

This hike can be done either as an 8 mile out and back to Fiske Peak OR as a 15.5 mile loop to the peak and around the mountain. We'll make car groups accordingly.

7:00am (in the dark) at the downtown park and ride. We have to get an early start to hike 15.5 miles in the 10 hours of available daylight.

8:30 AM estimated arrival time at trailhead

The 8 mile route is intermediate: The Blue Ridge trail to Fiske Peak and back the same way.

3 PM estimated ending time to Sacramento

The 15.5 mile route is advanced: The Blue Ridge trail to Fiske Peak and continue to the south end of the Fiske Peak trail where we will make a SHARP RIGHT at the metal pole (no sign) and follow an unmarked trail back to the trailhead. GPS recommended or wait for me or someone else who's done it before. 

Estimated ending time to Sacramento 6PM.

Dogs okay

Directions from Sacramento:

I-5 north to Woodland

EXIT East Main Street (Hwy 16) which becomes West Main Street (still Hwy 16)

Follow Highway 16 up the Capay Valley.

Once you pass the town of Rumsey, you begin to enter the Cache Creek Canyon.

The road will narrow and you will drive with the creek on one side and the canyon walls on the other.

When you see the Cache Creek Regional Park sign on your left, turn into the parking area.

This is the lower park site of three that Yolo County runs as park of Cache Creek Regional Park.

You can park in the parking area, or at a number of pullouts on Rayhouse Road, before the gate.

 

 

 

 

 

Devil's Peak and Snow Mountain (2 Ogul Peaks)

Rating: Strenuous, 15 miles

Devils Peak 7704 feet

Snow Mountain 8014 t

Alternate Meeting place: Raleys Foresthill Exit in Auburn at 8:00 am

Trail Head: Palisade Creek Trailhead 9:30 am

The view from Snow mountain is spectacular and is 4500 feet above Royal Gorge and the North Fork of the American River. This is an exploratory hike as I have never done Snow Mountain and Devil's Peak from this direction. I have skied to Devil's Peak from Royal Gorge and I have hike this in the snow. The trip to Devils Peak should be easy until we summit and then it is a class 3 climb on volcanic rock. Snow Mountain will be via a ridge line from Devils Peak and involves only class 1 hiking,

Raymond Peak (10014 ft) Class 2 Ogul Peak

 

Difficulty:  Strenuous, rock scrambling, 10+miles, 3000 ft of elevation gain.

Count on a long day.

Map:  Mokolumne Wilderness Map available at REI or Forest Service or download:http://files.meetup.com/893585/Raymond%20route.JPG

Trail Head: Take US50 towards Lake Tahoe, turn right onto SR89 going south, turn right onto SR88 going west. Watch for Blue Lakes Road south (about half of this road is paved, the rest is graded dirt). At the 11 mi mark you'll find a major junction, take the left fork towards Wet Meadows Reservoir (the right fork goes to Blue Lakes). Continue past Tamarack Lake towards the peak, driving to a T junction.  Turn left and Park at a PCT trailhead.  A high clearance vehicle is advised.

Raymond Peak is the third highest peak in the Mokelumne Wilderness which straddles the Pacific Crest between SR4 (Ebbetts Pass) and SR88 (Carson Pass). The 105,165 acre Wilderness takes in portions of the Toiyabe, Stanislaus, and El Dorado National Forests, and lies in the mid-Sierra region between Lake Tahoe to the north and the High Sierra to the south. The peak lies just east of the Sierra Crest, about six miles north of Ebbetts Pass. The views offered from the summit go north to Freel Peak and Desolation Wilderness, west to Mokelumne Peak (and to the Coast Range on unusual clear days), south to the peaks of Emigrant Wilderness and northern Yosemite, and sweeping east into the Great Basin of Nevada. Like most of the peaks in the region, Raymond Peak is composed of dark volcanic rock. Volcanic activity from 20-4 million years ago covered much of the region in layers of lava, ash, and mudfloes. Over time, erosion and glacial activity removed much of the covering layers from all but the more prominent peaks and ridges. Raymond Peak is the remains of one of these active composite volcanoes. Magnetic anomalies exist in the area as a result of the rock composition, so be wary of compass readings. The resulting geology left some impressive peaks, most of which have poor rock-climbing qualities.

Reference: http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/151495/raymond-peak.html

The hike route will be directly up the slope from the trailhead to a couloir and the summit. The route down will be a scramble down to Raymond Lake and then on trail via the PCT. As always please make this a leave no trace hike and carry the 10 essentials. Please pay drivers $4.00 per hour driving.

 

Mt. Wittenberg Point Reyes hiking

 

Event Details:

This hike features a climb of Mt Wittenberg via the less traveled Morgan Trail and Horse Trail. Lunch is at Sky Camp, which has tables and restrooms. After a side trip to the summit of Mt Wittenberg we will take Sky Trail and Old Pine Trail down to Divide Meadow, where there are restrooms. You can optionally shorten this hike by skipping the out and back to the summit of Mt Wittenberg and/or taking the Meadow Trail instead of Old Pine. It's Huckleberry season too!

Photos from the hike last year here

We should be finished by 3:45

Maps:

Bear Valley Visitor Center area map (Shows the Morgan Trail)

Trail Map

Point Reyes Map Page, mapaholic's delight!

Please bring lunch, plenty of water, and a snack. Wear removable layers as it may be cold at the start. Wear boots or shoes with lugged soles that will grip the trail.

 

Mount Rose

Mt. Rose is the second tallest peak in the Tahoe basin

10 miles round trip
Elevation gain 2,100 ft from 8,900 - 10,776 ft

The drive to the trailhead from Roseville is about two hours.

Directions to Trailhead (about a 2 hr drive from Roseville):

Take I-80 towards Reno
Take exit 188B for CA-89/​CA-267 toward Sierraville/​Lake Tahoe
Turn right onto highway 267 (towards Kings Beach on Lake Tahoe)
When you reach a "T" at Kings Beach, turn left onto Highway 28
You'll cross into Nevada, pass Incline Village, and then turn left onto NV-431 /​Mt Rose Hwy
Take this 7.8 mi and park in the large trailhead parking lot on the left.

 

 

 

 

 Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain
~7 miles round trip 
Elevation gain 1,500 feet

Intermediate to Advanced
Moderate pace

Winding trail through volcanic terrain with vistas of Silver Lake, Mokelumne Wilderness, Desolation Wilderness, and Kirkwood Mountains

About 2.25 hours from Folsom. Please pay your driver about $18.

8:00 am meet at the Folsom Park and Ride
10:15 am meet at the trailhead

DIRECTIONS to trailhead:

Hwy 50 east

EXIT Sly Park Road

RIGHT Sly Park Road

LEFT Mormon Emmigrant Road all the way to the end

LEFT Hwy 88

RIGHT into the Thunder Mountain Trailhead parking lot (before Kirkwood)

Mount Judah

http://trails.gorp.com/Mt-Judah-Loop-Trail-2469

http://www.everytrail.com/guide/mt-judah-amp-donner-peak-tahoe-national-forest/map

Distance ~5.5 miles
Elevation gain over 2,000'...it IS a mountain.

Bring all the usual gear, including a packed lunch.
Dogs okay

Pyramid Peak very strenuous

Desolation Wilderness limit of 12

Pyramid Peak from Lake Sylvia
Very strenuous 11.4 miles


Information from:
http://www.tahoebackcountry.net/hiking/desolation/pyramid.htm

West Ridge from Lake Sylvia:

Mileage: 5.7 miles to Pyramid Peak

Elevation:Trailhead:  6,700' Summit:  9,983'

Hiking time: All day

Trailhead: Take Highway 50 to Wrights Lake Road. This road is located about 35 miles east of Placerville (or about 6 miles west of Twin Bridges). Follow the winding Wrights Lake Road about 5 miles in a northerly direction until you reach the "Lyons Creek Trailhead". There is limited parking here.  At the trailhead, you can self-issue a required wilderness permit for day hikes.

The Route: The route is fairly straightforward to Lake Sylvia.  Follow the Lyons Creek trail up Lyons Creek, until you reach Lake Sylvia (about 4.6 miles).  Over this distance, you've gained about 1,300 feet. Pyramid Peak is now only 1 mile away, but almost 2,000 feet above you.

From Lake Sylvia, aim for the obvious notch SSE of the lake. This is the trickiest part of the climb, as it involves scrambling up the the saddle over loose rock, with some route finding required. 

From the notch, hang a left and walk up the south ridge of the peak. This is a longer route up the peak, but I've been told it's easier than the alternatives...up Horsetail Falls or past Mount Ralston. I am open to suggestions for routes.

 

Lake Sylvia and possibly Lyons Lake - 9.8 Miles Intermediate

Distance: 9.8 Miles (roundtrip) 
Starting Elevation: 6,760 feet 
Ending Elevation: 8,080 feet 
Elevation Gain: 1,320 feet 
Trailhead: Lyons Creek Trailhead


Trailhead/Wilderness Permits:  Take Highway 50 to Wrights Lake Road. This road is located about 35 miles east of Placerville (or about 6 miles west of Twin Bridges). Follow the winding Wrights Lake Road about 5 miles in a northerly direction until you reach the "Lyons Creek Trailhead". There is limited parking here. At the trailhead, you can self-issue a required wilderness permit for day hikes.

The Route:   The route is fairly straightforward to Lake Sylvia.  Simply follow the well-defined Lyons Creek trail up Lyons Creek, until you reach Lake Sylvia (about 4.6 miles).  Over this distance, you've gained about 1,300 feet. Pyramid Peak is now only 1 mile away, but almost 2,000 feet above you (we can wave to Shannon's group at that point).  If we want to, after Sylvia we can backtrack .3 miles and then go about .4 miles to Lake Lyon.

SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING (Copied and pasted from from Allan Wiessman's meetups...): Cotton not recommended.3 liters water, light rain shell or fleece jacket for warmth in case of thunderstorms, sturdy shoes or boots,  pain meds and/or first aid, sunhat, sunscreen and lip-balm,  lunch, whistle, hiking poles, camera, cellphone, and mosquito repellent.

Only 12 people are allowed on a Desolation Wilderness permit.
No shows are not appreciated! Please keep your RSVPs up to date so others may go if you can't.  If you can't go please un-RSVP by 12:00 the day before so those on the waiting list have time to respond.

 

 

 

 

 

Hike the Oat Hill Mine Trail, Calistoga

 

Event Details: Statistics: 8 miles, 2000 feet elevation gain.

Please join us for a  hike up Oat Hill Mine Rd, a historic wagon road which starts at the intersection of Lincoln Ave (Hwy 29) and Silverado Trail, on the northern outskirts of Calistoga. This is an out-and-back hike, 8 miles total with aproximately 2000 feet of elevation gain. Options: you can shorten the hike by turning back at any point, however if you do you should drive yourself or carpool with like-minded hikers.  Hiking to the lunch stop at Bald hill is 6 miles and 1300' round trip. If you want to go farther than the standard 8 mile hike you can do a short but very steep additional climb to the top of the Palisades or Browns Hill for the view, continue farther on Oat Hill Mine Rd, or take the Palisades Trail. We can discuss these options at the top.

The Oat Hill Mine road was constructed around 1875 to access quicksilver mines in the rugged hills between Calistoga and Middletown. They included the Oat Hill, Corona, and Twin Peaks mines and more. Supplies were hauled up the road by horse-drawn wagons, and flasks of mercury were brought back down. It's more of a trail than a road now, but still has a consistent grade and fairly good footing. In places you can still see ruts made by wagon wheels in the volcanic rock. The 2000' climb is a good workout, but since the grade was engineered for horse-drawn wagons it's easy to keep a good pace, particularly on the return.

The route is mostly under trees and very scenic, with views of the Napa Valley and vineyards, Mt St Helena, the Palisades, and other volcanic formations.

Dogs are allowed on the Oat Hill Mine Rd.

Photos from this hike, including the extension to the top of the Palisades

 

Oat Hill Mine Trail Brochure

Trailside Geology of the Oat Hill Mine Trail

Please bring lunch, plenty of water, and a snack. Wear boots or shoes with trail-gripping tread. Wear removable layers, you will get warm on the climbs but it may be cool in the shade.

Horsetail Falls to Lake Aloha

Strenuous and Exposed

 

 

Maps: Desolation Wilderness Map available at REI or Forest Service
It is recommended to have waterproof boots and gaiters due to snow. The falls should be clear of snow but on top there may be plenty of it.

This hike is one that we do annually at this time. Why? Because that is when the water is running fast, there is still snow on top and the lakes are still partially frozen over which makes it exceptionally beautiful. There is a strict limit of 12.

The hike is variable depending upon conditions and water flow. We will probably hike at least 10 miles and gain 2000 feet, 1200 in the second 1/2 mile as we climb the falls near the water. You will use hands and feet for the ascent of the falls.

This is not for anyone afraid of heights or not secure in exposed situations. We'll stay away from rocks that are wet, but there will definitely be a good deal of rock scrambling, and I tend to stay as close to the falls as possible, keeping safety in mind.

The hike starts at the Horsetail Falls Parking, labeled Pyramid Creek lot east of Strawberry on Hwy 50 at around 8:45.

On all backcountry trips one should be properly equipped:

- Headlamp style LED light
- lighter or matches
- Day pack
- 2 to 3 quart/liter water bag of water with electrolyte, I will bring a purifier
- Good shoes and socks, sometimes we have to wade
- Gloves
- Rain gear
- Sun Glasses and regular glasses if needed
- Sun screen
- Food

 

 

Rockbound Trail to Lake Doris in Desolation Wilderness - ~12 miles

 

This is a moderately strenuous hike.  We will pass a couple of lakes on the way up.  One of them being Maude Lake, which could be a great place to chill out if you don't want to go to the top of Rockbound pass.  The total elevation gain is about 1,700 ft.  Rockbound trail head is about 6,900 ft and the top of Rockbound Pass is about 8,600.

Begin on Rockbound Pass trail, passing Beauty Lake at .5 miles to the sign for Tyler Lake at 1.9 miles. Keep left to stay on Rockbound Pass trail and hike through mixed conifers to get your first glimpse of Rockbound Pass at 2.5 miles--a distant notch in the mountains to the north. Descent a bit and cross the Jones Fork of Silver Creek, then parallel the stream through rocky terrain until you reach Maud Lake at 4.5 miles. Climb up steep switchbacks to Rockbound Pass summit at 5.9 miles. There are some steep drop offs on the switchbacks, but the trail is wide and safe. Great views from summit of Rockbound Pass, but it is often windy, so a windbreaker is advised even when weather is warm in Sacramento. Descend .5 miles to Doris Lake for a good lunch destination.

I have no patience for no shows, so if you're not going to come, or going to back out at the last minute don't sign up.

That being said, if you are on the waiting list you might want to go ahead and show up.  The limit in Desolation is 12 people together, but if people want to form a separate group have at it!

 

SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING Cotton not recommended. 2 liters water, (I will have purification), light rain shell or fleece jacket for warmth in case of thunderstorms, sturdy shoes or boots,  pain meds and/or first aid, sunhat, sunscreen and lip-balm,  lunch, whistle, hiking poles, camera, cellphone, and mosquito repellent.

Directions

From Folsom, drive east 59 miles on Hwy 50 and make a left turn on Wright's Lake Rd. When you reach Wright's Lake, turn left just past the kiosk and continue around the lake to the Rockbound trailhead. Limited parking exists here. If no parking available, you will need to reverse directions and park in the parking lot just before the kiosk.

OR

 

Folsom Blvd & Iron Point RdFolsom, CA 95630

1. Head southwest on Folsom Blvd 0.5 mi

2. Merge onto US-50 E/U.S. Route 50 in California via the ramp to S Lake Tahoe 59.5 mi

3. Turn left onto Wrights Lake Rd 6.2 mi

4. Slight right2.0 mi

5. Turn rightDestination will be on the left217 ft Unknown road

 

Actually you're going to go past the Wright's lake Campground and go to the Rockbound

 

 

 

Mono Lake / Owens River / Convict Lake / Hot Springs

Gas Station, Lee Vining, CA (map)

GPS 37.947308 -119.113388

 

 

This is sure to be one fun time! 

There is so much to do here, it would be sad to be only one weekend, so a Thursday afternoon departure assures us that our road trip will be more about
kayaking than driving.  Join Debbie Shevey (co-host) and me through the backside of the sierras.  Adult Attitude / happy hours
/ Bring booze! No prudes!

Departs Thursday afternoon,Arrive: Tioga Gas Mart & Whoa Nelie Deli, (Shell Station @ 120W). There is a message board here, and I will leave my SacYakker card and note if there is any change to DISPERSED CAMPING---AS FOLLOWS: Go 4 miles south of W120 to one exit past  E120 (West Portal Road---may be a dirt road) off 395 (east) for disbursed camping.  Traveling east, we will catch the first decent overnight area away from any traffic.  This puts us within a few miles from Mono for an easy put in the next morning.  Best to locate one of us on VHF 69 or FRS channel 5. You may catch up with us at Mono Lake Friday morning if you can't locate us. Take directions with you....Cell phones rarely work here.  Mine is nine one 6 five 3 1 seven one two three.  Best to text if you have no radio.

Friday  0830 : Arrive and tour / paddle Mono Lake.  Bring 2 liters of water for drinking, and some water to rinse salt off gear.  Brief walk to unusual Tuffas worth visiting.  (Aqua blue salt lake, returning to shore before afternoon winds.

Friday After Paddle: Lunch at Whoa Nelie Deli (Shell Station Gourmet deli)Lee Vining gas station---great deli sandwiches / nice place.

Friday Afternoon: Move on to Convict (Pay showers here at day usea area) / or swim it--cold at Convict.   You can stay in Day use area until late afternoon, so take in a paddle if you want or enjoy the beach in day use.  Hot springs at Benton for evening --purely a note, not an event.

Friday Evening 5:30 approx: Check in at Browns Milpond Park, located at:  230 Sawmill Drive, Bishop 93514 N.W. Corner of Bishop, exiting 395 at Sawmill (right).  We are reserved under my name--Sven Lund, contact is Stacey Sparrow 7608735342.  They have 3 sites near equestrian that was made available to us on a special basis.  $5/per person per night + $2 per 7 minute shower.  We can stay here through Monday morning if we want, giving us flexibility if we vote to move on.  We shall all decide on length of segment of Owens river, whether to split it up into two days, or one long leg.

Saturday: Owens River: 0900 ish. Drop off gear at put in TBA, drop cars off at take out TBA, shuttling drivers back in one car.  Duration on river TBA.  This may be a long cruise if conditions merit.  Bring Dry bag and 1 gallon of water. We will pack a solid lunch and snacks for potentially 6-7 hour outing.  Deck skirts may prove useful.  We will have a few class ripples.  I will be taking my 14' Pungo + skirt + radio + large dry bag, and a couple dry shirts.

Sunday:  Member decided excursion!: We can hit 5 lakes up at mammouth, or Twin Lakes, or head toward Yosemite, and hit Saddleback Lake (I believe 10,000 ft.) Highest accessible lake in CA.  Perhaps do a bbq lakeside?  We will pow-wow on these choices at camp.

Monday: This is definitely member decided...suggestions welcome. Depart in morning going North, perhaps stop at Mammouth (I've only driven through it)  or Lundy Lake and Lundy Canyon for a two hour hike.

TBA's:  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO FOLLOW ANNOUNCEMENTS OF CAMPING AND TRAVELS WITH CHANGES.  REACHING US: CARAVAN OR REACH US WITH A DECENT RADIO  (ON ALL WEEKEND).

If any of our group is unaccounted for Friday Morning, we will meet at Navy Beach 0830.   IF INCLEMENT WEATHER, Lee Vining Gas Station.  Bring your radios FRS 5 VHF 69

Carpool: Please pack your loose gear in plastic box / container for reducing clutter, and ease of repack of cars / trucks.  We will bring 1 bbq & 1 burner gas stove, and coffee pot & pan for carpool.  Bring your own coffee additives/ mugs, etc..  Bringing 2-3 gallons water, and firewood.  Suggest 1 stove per campsite at least.

Kayak Gear: Normal safety gear, PFD required, whistle recommended.  Thermal protection a personal choice.  High elevation paddles will be along shores /conditional on weather.  The owens is very narrow, and a quick exit if mishap.  Mono is a personal choice for gear.  I would suggest a short and long sleeve wicking shirt, but here again a personal choice.

Communication: Two way radios. See discussions / "Radio"  FRS 5 will be used all weekend.  Those with VHF only, I will monitor VHF 69 as well.  If you don't have a working radio, please carpool with someone that does.  It is invaluable to have these.  $120 on Amazon for dual band (recommended) Cell phones work in Bishop.

Food:  Square Tupperware is great! Block ice Water Jugs (drain a pint and freeze) for refrigeration and water for trip.  We may stop for an occasional meal, but will be best to prepare for 2 full days of meals.

 

 

 

 

Other Bear / raccoon / coyotes. Items sure to get a visit: Convict has a resident bear.  It may visit camp.  Everything goes in bear locker...Nothing in your tent, including toothpaste, lipstick, deoderant, food wrappers or trash.

YOU ARE SELF RELIANT ON EVERYTHING ELSE!!!!

Requirements: Prior kayak experience required, and you must identify size and type of boat in RSVP.   Camping at June Lake gets into 30's late at night.

Please RSVP with your ride sharing offer / need .  $5/hr. to pay driver (each passenger).  Trip should be 10 hrs r/t, including destination events.  Please allow for splits on campsites, bringing cash for sites & drivers.  Campgrounds charge per vehicle, and tent space limited.  Encourage carpooling.  I will offer ride to 3 extra passengers and their gear.

Carpooling: Strongly encouraged, as limited space at take-out and put ins.

Campsites: Count on desert disbursed camping for Thursday only.   You must all bring water and toiletries / shovel.

Bring:

1.  Cash for campsites where applicable and splits on fuel (10 hours = $50 pp), and cash for Deli for your sandwich.

2. Camping gear, neatly packed in plastic tubs, food, Drinking / water for camping and rinsing your boat at Mono (salt).

3.  I will bring and make coffee, with (2)-12 cup coffee percolators.  You bring additives, and favorite blend if you like.

4. Headlamp.  I will bring one coleman lantern, and some firewood, and hear Sam is bringing some wood too.  Comment if you can bring a bundle of it.

5. Food is all on your own to plan, whether with your carpool or , though a fire ring and standing bbq is provided at camp...bring coals or bring: share a bbq / stove / grill.  Feel free to plan with others.  I will not coordinate this.

6. You will have opportunity to duck into Bishop for provisions, ice, cheaper fuel than Lee Vining.

 

 

 

Exploring Ledson Marsh

 

Carissa Ave

Carissa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA (map)

 

 

 

 

 

This will be a 12 mile hike w/ about a 1500' elevation gain that is moderate to strenuous (due to mileage, and of course depending on your condition), to the southern region of the park.  One we haven't visited before unless you were w/ me on this hike a year ago.  The southern portion of the park is quite different from the lake region and this is the only place you find a marsh in the park.  At the marsh we typically find ducks, and sometimes the endangered red legged frogs.  On the trail we typically see turkeys, deer, vultures, and crazy people.  I've mentioned the latter  to the rangers and they say that if I stay out of the park there won't be any crazies.   Go figure!

We'll have our typical vino/snack break about half way to the marsh, and then have lunch at the marsh.  This will be a full day of fun, and I expect we'll be done around 5:00

We'll go for diner after the hike at a restaurant about a mile down the road that has good pizza and Italian!

Oh and the beer's not too shabby either  ;-)

 

 

 

Along the way we'll pass various wildflowers and meadows, take in two different overviews of the lake, head through a forest, and maybe find those crazy dried fruit thingies we played w/ the last time we did this one.

In other words, they'll be plenty to see that we don't typically take in.

 

I expect the weather to be warm enough for us to jump in the lake on the way back - which is the part I love.   So be prepared for fun!

 

 

What To Bring:

Vino and cups

Good Hiking Boots/shoes

Layered clothing, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent(?)

At least 1 liter of water (2 is better) refrigerate overnight than top w/ ice in the a.m.

Vino and Snacks for our break during the hike

Food, and more food to share (dried fruit/nuts/seeds, chips, dips, salsa, deserts - be creative!) for lunch.  The idea is a big pot luck!

Drinks -vino, beer, tea, juice, whatever

If you've been on any of my hikes you know what to expect.

$5 fun fee - thx!

Directions:

From Hwy 101 take Hwy 12 East and when it hits the street, keep going straight about 2 miles 'till it T's at Summerfield Dr. Turn Right there and go 3 blocks and turn Left on Carissa, which you'll follow up the hill to the clearing and park there.

GPS 38.437859,-122.655187

 

This is a combined event w/ other Meetup grps, so it will be a good opportunity to make new friends.

 

 

 

Mt. St. Helena trailhead - Mt. St. Helena summit (summer)

Difficulty :

Moderately strenuous

Risk :

None

Distance :

5,3 miles to the top

Time :

3-5 hours roundtrip both summits

Starting Elev.:


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Click for Interactive map

 

Access:

From Napa, take hwy 128/29 north. Pass the town of St. Helena. From Calistoga, a bit further north, follow hwy 29 towards Clearlake. After 7 miles (including a lot of switchbacks) you will reach the Mt. St. Helena trailhead and parking at the top of a ridge. Main parking is on the right hand side of the road.

The trail:

Description taken from the map

The trail starts the climb up the mountain about 300 feet west of the main parking area. The trail switches back and forth at a gentle grade through forest for 3/4 mile to reach a stone monument. Please stay on the trail. Hikers crossing the switchbacks have caused serious erosion and irreparable damage on this slope.

The monument marks the site where Stevenson spent his honeymoon in an abandoned mine building during the summer of 1880. From here you climb more steeply and leave the forest to intersect the fire road. After a short walk you can look down on the patchwork of the upper Napa Valley and beyond to Mt. Diablo and Mt. Tamalpais.

Now you continue on the south-facing slope of the mountain surrounded by chaparral, both indicative of a hot place in the summer. The higher you go, the more exhilarating the view. At 3,6 miles, a road branches to the left leading to South Peak in a half mile.

Notes:

The state park is open during daylight hours. Remember to bring your own drinking water. When the weather permits, the view from the summit includes distant mountains such as Lassen, Shasta and Sierra Nevada.


 

Hike to Murietta Falls

Del Valle Regional Park

7000 Del Valle Rd., Livermore, CA (map)

This is a 11.5 mile out and back hike. Total elevation gain to Mureitta Falls is 3500 feet. We will initially climb a grueling 1600 feet in 2.3 miles from the trail head to Rocky Ridge. Followed by another 1200 feet uphill battle to Schlieper Rock. From there the home stretch to reach the falls will be approximately 800 feet. This hike does not boast of any flat or even walking terrains. Let's hit a remote trail, hike ~11-12 miles, to see a waterfall that may or may not have water (depending on the rain). Many hikers rate this a 5/5 hike!

This is a strenuous hike.

Elevation gain/loss: starting elevation (800 ft) and highest elevation is (3500 ft).

Duration of hike: ~7-8 hrs. It all depends on our speed ;-). Plan to be gone all day.

Location: Trailhead is in Del Valle Regional Park. Park in Lichen Bark parking lot, to hook up with the Ohlone Wilderness Trail.

Restrooms: at the parking lot.

Entrance fee: $4-6 parking, $2/person wilderness permit, $2/dog

 

Bring: water, snacks, lunch, layers of clothing, camera (optional, of course), rain gear (in case), hiking shoes, good attitude as it will be a challenging and long hike . Some have suggested trekking poles (if you have them). There are many hills on this trail.

 

Stinson Beach/Pantoll via Steep Ravine hiking

 

Location:       

SR Coddingtown       8:15 am (depart after 10 mins)

Coffee Catz    8:15 am (depart after 10 mins)

Meet at Trailhead      10 am (Stinson Beach Central parking lot)

Statistics         10 miles, 2000 feet gain

 

Event Details:

The 10 mile loop features a bit of everything, with waterfalls, redwood, Douglas fir, and oak forests, grassland, canyons, and views galore. The hike starts from Stinson Beach along the Dipsea trail and Steep Ravine trail through a redwood grove and a creek for waterfalls and some challenging terrain, including a small 20 foot ladder climb. We'll have lunch near the Pantoll Ranger Station then hike the Easy Grade trail to Rock Springs and back to Pantoll via the Old Mine Trail. We'll continue along the Matt Davis trail back to Stinson Beach hiking through some open hillsides to the views of the Pacific, then down through a wooded forest past Table Rock! These trails are some of Mt. Tam's best and combining them into one hike intensifies their pleasures.

Caution: Some of the sections are very STEEP and a 20 foot ladder climb is involved.

Pictures from a previous hike here and here

Please bring plenty of water, lunch and a snack. Wear layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures and boots or shoes with lugged soles so you don't slip

 

Directions to Stinson Beach: From US 101 in Marin County, exit CA 1/Mill Valley/Stinson Beach and drive on Shoreline Highway to the junction with Almonte, about 1 mile. Turn left, remaining on Shoreline, and drive about 2.5 miles to the junction with Panoramic Highway. Turn right on Panoramic heading towards Mt. Tamalpais and drive about 1 mile to the junction with Muir Woods Road; stay straight on Panoramic (right lane). Continue about 7.5 miles (past Pantoll) to the junction with CA 1, just before the town of Stinson Beach. Turn right, drive about 0.3 mile, then turn left into Stinson Beach.

 

 

 

Mt Tam Hike - Cataract Creek & Laural Dell

Rock Springs Parking Area

Pan Toll Rd & Ridgecrest Blvd, , Southwest Marin, CA (map)

 

 

 

What To Bring:

Vino! (and cups)

Good Hiking Boots/shoes

Layered clothing, hat, sunscreen.

Vino/Snacks for our pre-lunch vino break.  Energy bars are highly recommended.

Lunch (packed w/ carbs) and food to share (dried fruit/nuts, chips, dips, use your imagination.)

At least 1 liter of water (2 is better) Fill w/ 1/2 water & 1/2 ice.

Anything else you want to drink (wine, beer, etc.)

 

Directions:

GPS 37.910736,-122.612702

 

Kelham Beach Point Reyes hiking

Event Details:

  • Statistics: 13 miles, 1800 feet elevation gain.

  • Pt Reyes, Bear Valley Visitor Center: We'll start at 9:30 am.

Palisades hike two weekends ago photos here

Please join us for a hike to the coast at Point Reyes National Seashore. We'll hike to Glen Trail and then the Coast Trail having lunch at a bluff overlooking Arch Rock. We'll continue on the Coast Trail to Arch Rock arriving at a low tide of 0.8 ft at 1:40 which should allow us to pass thru the arch and explore the beach beyond. There is also a good chance of getting wet. We'll go under Arch Rock and continue to Kelham Beach for some beachcombing. There will be some serious rock scrambling involved so you must be sure footed for this one.  Getting to the arch is challenging, see these pictures.  We should be back to our cars about 4:15 pm. Pictures from a similar hike last year here and here

Wear removeable layers as the weather is unpredictable.

Maps:

Bear Valley Visitor Center area map

Trail Map

Point Reyes Map Page, mapaholic's delight!

Please bring lunch, plenty of water, and a snack. Restrooms are available at the start.

Directions to the trailhead: From Sonoma County drive to Petaluma, take the Washington St. Exit from 101. Go right on E. Washington. Turn Left on Lakeville St, then Right on D. St. We will take D St. out of town, past Nicasio Reservoir, all the way to Hwy 1. Turn Left on hwy 1, continue thru Point Reyes Station south toward Olema. Turn right on Bear Valley Rd, follow signs to Bear Valley Visitor Center. Use the restrooms at the Visitor Center or alternatively there are more at left in the parking lot. Continue straight past the Visitor Center to the far end of the main parking lot, meet at the Bear Valley Trail trailhead.

 

 

 

Hike The Bear Valley Trail to see the Exciting Arch Rock Views - Pt 2

 

 

Bear Valley Trail

The Plan: This is a beautiful loop of about 10 miles covering the best of the va...see all

  

The Plan:

This is a beautiful loop of about 10 miles covering the best of the varied landscape in Pt-Reyes.  We'll take the Bear Valley trail from the Visitor Center out to a beautiful meadow where we'll have our vino/snack break, then continue on to see the stunning views at Arch Rock.  After taking in the scenery we'll go down to the beach and have lunch in an area protected by the cliffs.   We'll return via Coast and Glen Trails which will take us past a lake (dang I can't find it's name!), where we'll likely take a vino break.  This will be a full day of fun!  If you were there last time you know just what I mean.

This hike is rated moderate for distance, and is essentially level.

 

What To Bring:

Vino - bring the good stuff!  And don't forget glasses, paper, plastic, or otherwise.

Lunch, and food to share.  Sharing the meal is what I love about our outings as it helps draw people together.

Snacks for our vino/snack break.

Layered clothing, hat, sunscreen.

 

 

Directions:

From Hwy 101, exit San Anselmo/Sir Francis Drake. Drive west
about 20 miles, to the junction with CA 1. Turn right and drive about 0.1 mile,
then turn left onto Bear Valley Road. Drive about 0.4 mile, then turn left at
the "seashore information" sign just past the red barn.  Drive about 0.2 mile to
the parking lot at the end of the road.  We'll meet at the trailhead at the west end of the parking lot.

GPS  38.031732,-122.788185

 

 

Calistoga, Table Rock, Palisades & Oat Hill Mine Road Trails hiking

 

 

Location:

Calistoga, Table Rock, Palisades & Oat Hill Mine Road Trails

River Road

8 am (depart after 10 mins)

Coffee Catz

7:45 am (depart after 10 mins)

Meet at Trailhead

9 am (Silverado Trail, Calistoga)

Statistics

11 miles, 2000 (top-down), 3,400 (bottom-up) feet gain

Event Details:

Table Rock, Palisades, Oat Hill Mine hike   On Sunday

This is a one of two-direction through hike with key exchange. You have a choice of either "heading down" or "going up".  There is elevation gain in either direction. The elevation gain top-down is 2,000 ft and the elevation gain bottom-up is 3,400 feet with the same 11 miles distance.

*** This hike requires a reservation as we need to count seats and hikers to be sure we can shuttle everyone back to the start. Indicate which direction you are are hiking... bottom-up starting from Calistoga or top-down starting from the Robert Louis Stevenson parking lot. Also please make a comment whether you will join us at the Hydro Bar and Grill in Calistoga for our traditional early dinner. Check with the people in your carpool and plan accordingly***

Please read this carefully before deciding whether you want to join us on this one. This hike is in my top 3 for local hikes. This is a strenuous thru hike with some rough and slippery sections of trail, so it's suitable for only experienced and fit hikers. With the rain we've had I'm hoping for some waterfalls too. Additionally, turning back is not an option as it is also strenuous and will foul up the car shuttle logistics.  Do not attempt this hike unless you are confident that you can complete it.  The last time we did this hike it took about 6.5 hrs, plus additional time for logistics so it's a full day.  If you have evening plans you may want to pass on this one. Plan on being back in the Santa Rosa area after 7:00.

This hike requires a car shuttle, so we are meeting at the bottom by downtown Calistoga, and carpooling up 8 miles of winding road to the start at the Robert Louis Stevenson parking lot. When the two groups meet at lunch, we will perform a key swap.

Pictures from last year's hike here

 Map showing Table Rock, Palisades Trail, and Oat Hill Mine Trail.

Please bring lunch, plenty of water, and a snack. People commonly run out of water on this hike, so bring at least *twice* as much water as usual, 2 liters minimum. The trail is rough and rocky in many places and there is one short section with volcanic ash that is slippery when wet, so it's very important to wear appropriate foot gear with trail-gripping tread. Bring your poles if you use them.

Directions:  Drive to downtown Calistoga, take Lincoln Ave (Hwy 29) to Silverado Trail.  Meet at the small parking area at the southwest corner of this intersection, on Lake St,  see map.   We will leave one or more shuttle cars there (the finish), then carpool  up to Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, where we will start. There is also the possibility of a key swap.

 

 

 

Thomes Gorge Trailhead

Mendocino National Forest, Orland, CA (map)

West side of the valley, that is. 11mi round trip (that's 5.5mi each way) hike through some of the northern-most chaparral in CA. The destination is where Thomes Creek cuts through a scenic gorge before entering the Sacramento Valley. Small creek crossing.

Should be nice, warm, and sunny! (Bring a hat/sunscreen). Sorry for the late notice. Just felt like hiking all of a sudden!
9:00AM @ Chico Park and Ride
10:30AM @ Trailhead

While we're out there.....early dinner/snack at Farwood in Orland after the hike?? :)

Driving Directions from Park and Ride:
https://maps.google.com/?ll=39.757352,-121.723022&spn=0.299298,0.578842&t=m&z=11

Hike Map
http://chicohiking.org/Individual-Hike-Pages/Valley-and-Foothill/Thomes-Gorge.htm

More info:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mendocino/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=25302&actid=51

 Rose Peak (3817 Feet) Hike (Part 2 - Ohlone Wilderness Trail)

Difficulty: Strenuous 19.5 mile, 4500 feet of elevation gain on trail and fire road. We must hike at a fast pace due to the early sunset. Must bring headlamp and ten essentials.

Highlights: Rose Peak is a fairly unknown high peak in a remote part of the San Francisco Bay Area. It has the distinction of being Alameda County's highest publicly accessible peak (Discovery Peak is the highest). Its approaches are long, fairly strenuous trail walks along the Ohlone Wilderness Regional Trail, accessible from both east and west. On much of the higher parts of the trail, there are great views of many bay area features, including bridges over the bay, Mount Hamilton, Mount Diablo, Loma Prieta, Mount Tamalpais, Mount St Helena, and snow-capped High Sierra.

This is the second part (19.5 miles) of the Ohlone Wilderness Trail (28 miles). If we have enough hikers we will do a car shuttle.  One group of hikers will start at Sunol Wilderness and the other group of hikers will start at Del Valle Regional Park. The plan is to meet on top Rose Peak for lunch, exchange car keys and proceed to the other end of this segment of the Ohlone Wilderness Trail. Each respective hiking group will then meetup at a location in Livermore to exchange cars and have dinner.  If we do not have enough hikers we will go out and back from the Del Valle Regional Park Trailhead making a stop at Murietta Falls on our return.

Sunol Regional Wilderness Trailhead: Take I-80 West to I-680 South towards San Jose. From Interstate 680 in Sunol, take the Calaveras Blvd. exit. Follow Calaveras about five miles south to Geary Road and turn left onto Geary. (The road a little before Geary Road is Welch Creek Road.) Continue on Geary Road to the Sunol Regional Wilderness Area entrance kiosk (pay for parking ($5/car) here, and purchase a Ohlone Trail permit ($2/person, good for one year and includes a nice trail map) if you do not have one). Park near the Sunol Visitor Center close to the entrance kiosk.

: Take I-5 South to I-205 West to I-580 West. Exit I-580 westbound in Livermore at North Livermore Avenue. Head south and proceed through town (North Livermore Avenue will become South Livermore Avenue in town). About 1.5 miles outside town, turn right at Mines Road, go about 3.5 miles and continue straight on Del Valle Road (Mines Road turns left). The park entrance is about four miles ahead. After the Del Valle Regional Park entrance kiosk (pay $6 per car parking and purchase a Ohlone Trail permit ($2/person, good for one year and includes a nice trail map) if you do not have one) proceed over the bridge and turn right and park by the Rocky Ridge Visitor Center.

Trail Description: From Sunol parking lot, follow Canyon View Trail, then McCorkle Trail. After 3 miles, you shall reach a camping area with restrooms and drinking water. Thereafter, follow signs for Ohlone Wilderness Trail until you reach Rose Peak, which is reached by a short side-trail (see map). We will have lunch on Rose Peak which offers excellent 360-degrees views. After lunch we contiue on the Ohlone Wilderness Trail to Del Valle Regional Park.

From Del Valle parking lot, follow Ohlone Wilderness Trail all the way to Rose Peak. The first 5.5 miles are very steep. To visit Murietta Falls along the way, you have to turn right at a signpost numbered “35" - Murietta Falls which is clearly marked at this signpost. Check map for details. After Murietta Falls, take Greenside Road to join Ohlone Wilderness Trail. This detour adds about 1 mile to the hike. Thereafter, follow signs for Ohlone Wilderness Trail until you reach Rose Peak, which reached by a short side-trail (see map). We will have lunch on Rose Peak which offers excellent 360-degrees views. After lunch we continue on the Ohlone Wilderness Trail to Sunol Wilderness Area.


Sunol Regional Wilderness link: http://www.ebparks.or...

Del Valle Wilderness Park link: http://www.ebparks.or...

Ohlone Wilderness Trail (including Map at bottom of page) link:

http://www.ebparks.or

 

 

 

Hike and explore historic sites at Black Diamond Mines Preserve

Event Details:

Until the discovery of coal, cattle ranching was the major industry in this area. From the 1860s through the turn of the last century, five coal mining towns thrived in the Black Diamond area: Nortonville, Somersville, Stewartville, West Hartley and Judsonville. As the location of California's largest coal mining operation, nearly four million tons of coal ("black diamonds") were removed from the earth.

In the 1920s underground mining for sand began near the deserted Nortonville and Somersville townsites. The Somersville mine supplied sand used in glass making by the Hazel-Atlas Glass Company in Oakland, while the Nortonville mine supplied the Columbia Steel Works with foundry (casting) sand.

Our hike will visit some of the sites of towns that developed around the mining locations here. We will also stop by the Rose Hill Cemetery and by Prospect Tunnel.

From the upper parking lot (at the end of the road), we will visit Somersville Townsite, Rose Hill Cemetery, Nortonville Townsite, Stewartville Townsite and Prospect Tunnel (bring a flashlight or headlamp). Our route will cover 7 - 8 miles with an elevation gain of about 1800 feet.

Warning: Even though the pace will be moderate, there are some steep stretches along the way. Also, cattle are present on East Bay Regional Parks properties. The trails tend to be heavily impacted by them in some areas (think muddy and irregular footing). Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring hiking poles if you have them. There are vault toilets available at a couple of locations. Bring toilet paper in case there is none, and bring wet wipes to clean the seats if necessary.

This is a dog friendly park. A $2 fee is required per dog, and they must remain on leash at all times.

The web page for this park is http://www.ebparks.org/parks/black_diamond

Please bring lunch and plenty of water. Many parks charge parking fees, please bring a few dollars to help pay for gas, bridge toll and parking as well. If you are picking up your lunch on the way, allow extra time to avoid delaying everyone else at the carpool or starting location.

 

Trailhead Directions: Black Diamond is located in Contra Costa County, south of Pittsburg and Antioch. From southbound Highway 680 in Martinez, take Highway 4 13 miles to the Somersville Road exit in Antioch, then drive south (toward the hills) on Somersville Road 3 miles to the Preserve entrance. There is a $5 entry fee on weekends. Once past the entrance, continue past the front gravel parking lot down a paved, narrow road to the upper parking lot at the end of the road. Please remember that there is a $6 bridge toll on your northbound return.

 

 

 

Indian Tree, Novato hiking 

Event Details:

This week's hike at Indian Tree is located on Marin open space district property in Novato and is adjacent to Mt. Burdell.

The hike climbs to one of the highest points in North Marin. It offers several groves of Redwoods and great views. One of the redwood groves has a tree called Indian Tree, Big Tree or Ship’s Mast. Years ago, the tree had a narrow hollow on the south side. One story told about an Indian living living there, hence the name. As the tree has grown, the entrance has closed. The tree used to be a Novato landmark, but surrounding trees have grown and diminished its prominence. Pictures from last year's hikes here and here.

Well behaved dogs are allowed on the trails: http://www.maringov.org/en/Depts/PK/Divisions/Open%20Space/Main/Dogs.aspx

Please bring plenty of water, lunch and a snack. Wear layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures and boots or shoes with lugged soles so you don't slip.

Trailhead Directions: From US 101 in Marin County, exit San Marin Drive/Atherton Avenue. Drive west on San Marin Drive about 2.6 miles, to the junction with Novato Boulevard. Continue straight across, now on Sutro. Drive south on Sutro about 1 mile, then turn right onto Vineyard Road. Drive on Vineyard about 1 mile, until the pavement turns to gravel, then look for and park near the open space signpost on the left side of the road past the last house.

 

 

 

 

Shiloh Park hiking

Event Details:

This week's Shiloh hike

This moderate 6 mile hike at scenic Shiloh Ranch Regional Park includes a loop via the Ridge, South Ridge, Canyon, Pond and Creekside trails.  We usually see some wildlife at the ponds and we'll enjoy the panoramic views from the overlook. Pictures from last years hike here

A .pdf map of Shiloh Park is available online: http://www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pdf/maps/shiloh.pdf

Sorry, no dogs allowed on the trails at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park.

Please bring plenty of water and a snack. You can optionally join us for lunch at the Shiloh picnic area after the hike, we expect the 6 mile hike to be back about 12:30. Wear removable layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures and boots or shoes with lugged soles.

 

Trailhead Directions: From Santa Rosa, take 101 north, take the Shiloh Rd exit, turn right. Continue on Shiloh about 1.5 miles to Faught Rd, turn right. The park entrance is just ahead on the left. Parking is $7, or park for free across the road. Drinking water and nice restrooms are available at the trailhead.

 

 

 

Tennessee Valley to Pt. Bonita Light House hiking

Event Details:

Tennessee Valley/Pt. Bonita Light House this Saturday

We will start at the Tennessee Valley trail head and hike the Marincello Trail, Bobcat Trail, Miwok Trail, Lagoon Trail, out and back to the Light house, cross Rodeo Beach, Coast Trail, and Tennessee Valley Trail. We might see a whale!

We should be back by 3:00

Please bring plenty of water, lunch and a snack. Wear layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures and boots or shoes with lugged soles so you don't slip.

Directions: From US 101 in Marin County, exit CA 1/Mill Valley/Stinson Beach and drive west on Hwy 1 for .3 miles and turn left on Tennessee Valley Road to the parking lot at the end of the road about a mile

 

 

Hike the Oat Hill Mine Trail, Calistoga

 Event Details:

Please join us for a  hike up Oat Hill Mine Rd, a historic wagon road which starts at the intersection of Lincoln Ave (Hwy 29) and Silverado Trail, on the northern outskirts of Calistoga. This is an out-and-back hike, 8 miles total with aproximately 2000 feet of elevation gain. Options: you can shorten the hike by turning back at any point, however if you do you should drive yourself or carpool with like-minded hikers.  Hiking to the lunch stop at Bald hill is 6 miles and 1300' round trip. If you want to go farther than the standard 8 mile hike you can do a short but very steep additional climb to the top of the Palisades or Browns Hill for the view, continue farther on Oat Hill Mine Rd, or take the Palisades Trail. We can discuss these options at the top.

The Oat Hill Mine road was constructed around 1875 to access quicksilver mines in the rugged hills between Calistoga and Middletown. They included the Oat Hill, Corona, and Twin Peaks mines and more. Supplies were hauled up the road by horse-drawn wagons, and flasks of mercury were brought back down. It's more of a trail than a road now, but still has a consistent grade and fairly good footing. In places you can still see ruts made by wagon wheels in the volcanic rock. The 2000' climb is a good workout, but since the grade was engineered for horse-drawn wagons it's easy to keep a good pace, particularly on the return.

The route is mostly under trees and very scenic, with views of the Napa Valley and vineyards, Mt St Helena, the Palisades, and other volcanic formations.

Dogs are allowed on the Oat Hill Mine Rd.

Oat Hill Mine Trail Brochure

Trailside Geology of the Oat Hill Mine Trail

Please bring lunch, plenty of water, and a snack. Wear boots or shoes with trail-gripping tread. Wear removable layers, you will get warm on the climbs but it may be cool in the shade.

 

Drive to downtown Calistoga, take Lincoln Ave (Hwy 29) to Silverado Trail. There is a small parking area at the southwest corner of this intersection, the trailhead is across Silverado

 

 

Hike Through The Redwoods then Picnic & Party in a Redwood Grove!

Armstrong Woods Reserve Park

170000 Armstrong Woods Rd Guerneville, CA, Guerneville, CA (map)

Meet in the parking lot , just before the park entry

GPS 38.532631 -123.004944

 

The Park: Armstrong Redwoods is a small reserve, with just over 800 acres, and features some of the largest old-growth redwood forest in Sonoma County.  As you stroll through this beautiful old-growth redwood forest, you'll see some of the tallest and oldest trees remaining in this part of California.  The Parson Jones Tree is about 310 feet high; the Colonel Armstrong Tree is more than 1,400 years old.

 

The Plan: We'll do a moderate to strenuous hike (depending on your condition) that will include a vino/snack break, and then after the hike we'll have lunch down in the redwood grove, which is absolutely gorgeous!  If someone brings a small gas stove we can BBQ like we did last time.

We'll leave the food/coolers in the cars until after the hike.  We'll load all the coolers/food into one or two vehicles and drive to the picnic area.

Then it's time to chill, eat, drink, and be merry!

If you were on this one last Oct you know the party was even better than the hike!

 

The Hike: This will be a 6 mile hike w/1100' elevation gain (you might consider this strenuous depending on your condition & ability) up, around, and down through this beautiful redwood park.

We'll take a moderate pace so as not to wear anyone out on the way up.  Views are seriously beautiful up top.

 

DIRECTIONS: From Highway 101, take the River Road exit (North Santa Rosa). Go west on River Road until you reach Guerneville. At the second stop light turn right onto Armstrong Woods Road. This road will end at the park. The parking lot is on the right (just before the park entrance) - we'll meet there!  Plan on a full day of fun!

GPS  38.533094,-123.003109

 

What To Bring:

Vino (and cups)

Good Hiking Boots/shoes

Layered clothing, hat, sunscreen

At least 1 liter of water (2 is better)  Fill your bladder/bottles 1/2 way the night before and refrigerate, then top off w/ ice in the a.m. and you'll have cool water all day

Vino/Snacks/Drinks for our pre-lunch break during the hike

Food, and more food to share (salads, deserts, shrimp kabobs, steaks, dried fruit/nuts/seeds, chips, dips, salsa, - be creative!)

Coolers w/ ice and lots of goodies!

Anything else you want to drink - let your imagination run wild

 

If you've been on any of my hikes you know what to expect

Naturally your sense of humor is an absolute must!

Hike The Bear Valley Trail and see the Exciting Arch Rock Views - Pt 2

Bear Valley Trail

Bear Valley Trail, Point Reyes Station, CA (map)

Meet at trailhead at west end of parkling lot

 

The Plan:

This is a beautiful loop of about 10 miles covering the best of the varied landscape in Pt-Reyes.  We'll take the Bear Valley trail from the Visitor Center out to a beautiful meadow where we'll have our vino/snack break, then continue on to see the stunning views at Arch Rock.  After taking in the scenery we'll go down to the beach and have lunch in an area protected by the cliffs.   We'll return via Coast and Glen Trails which will take us past a lake (dang I can't find it's name!), where we'll likely take a vino break.  This will be a full day of fun!  If you were there last time you know just what I mean.

 

What To Bring:

Vino - bring the good stuff!  And don't forget glasses, paper, plastic, or otherwise.

Lunch, and food to share.  Sharing the meal is what I love about our outings as it helps draw people together.

Snacks for our vino/snack break.

Layered clothing, hat, sunscreen.

 

Directions:

From Hwy 101, exit San Anselmo/Sir Francis Drake. Drive west
about 20 miles, to the junction with CA 1. Turn right and drive about 0.1 mile,
then turn left onto Bear Valley Road. Drive about 0.4 mile, then turn left at
the "seashore information" sign just past the red barn.  Drive about 0.2 mile to
the parking lot at the end of the road.  We'll meet at the trailhead at the west end of the parking lot.

GPS  38.031732,-122.788185

 

As always, your sense of humor is a must!

Hike Mt Tam - Lake Alpine, Cataract Falls, High Marsh, Helen Markt & Kent

Bolinas Rd

Bolinas Rd, Fairfax, CA (map)

Meet at trailhead by the dam

 

 

Mt Tam is one of my favorite hiking spots and the trail along Cataract is really sweet.  It follows the creek and has plenty of falls along the section we'll be on.

This is a moderate to strenuous hike, w/ roughly a 2100' elevation gain, so be sure to carb up for this one the night before - pasta works fine.  I highly recommend a high carb lunch on the hike as well.  You'll be amazed at how much more energy you'll have from carbing.   (This hike might be considered strenuous depending on your condition.)

Plan on hiking and having funning all day.  We should be done around 4:30-5:00.

Meet and carpool from the town of Fairfax, as parking is limited by the dam.

  

Game Plan:

We'll meet at the trailhead by the dam (at Alpine Lake) and head up Cataract towards the falls following Helen Markt and possibly having lunch close to Alpine Lake.  Then continuing up Kent and High Marsh, finally following Cataract back down to Alpine Lake, taking in Cataract Falls and the many cascades along the way back down.   There will tons of photo opprotunities, so bring those cameras!

 

This will be about an 8 mile hike, filled w/ forest, mountain vistas, overlooks, and various views of Alpine Lake, Cataract Falls, and many cascades along Cataract Creek.  In other words, this one's going to be really pretty!

 

Directions:

From Hwy 101 - Central San Rafael, out 4th Street (becomes Red Hill) merge Right on Sir Francis Drake; Left on Bank, Left on Broadway, Right on Bolinas (becomes Bolinas/Fairfax).  A few cars can park at the hairpin turn by Alpine Lake, so I'm strongly suggesting carpools, and parking in Fairfax early, then carpooling again from there.

GPS coordinates    37.947446,-122.634998

  

What to bring:

~Vino! (and cups)

~Lunch (packed w/ carbs) and food to share - dried fruit/nuts, chips & dip, use your imagination.

~Good Hiking Boots/shoes

~Layered clothing, hat, and sunscreen.

~Vino and Snacks for our pre-lunch vino break.  Energy bars are highly recommended.

~At least 1 liter of water (2 is better) ~ Fill w/ 1/2 water & 1/2 ice.

~Anything else you want to drink (beer, iced tea, etc.)

 

Your sense of humor is an absolute must!

 

 

Hike Marin Headlands: Includes Muir Beach, Tennessee Cove, Amazing Coastal Views

Tennessee Valley Trailhead

591 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley, CA (map)

Meet in The parking lot

 

To quote another Meetup buddy who took this hike,

"Lush hills, pristine beach cove, and great views...this hike had it all".

 

The Plan: This will a 9 mile hike.  We'll hike from Tennessee Valley to Muir Beach where we'll have a vino/snack break, then follow the inland trail to Tennessee Cove, where we'll have lunch and enjoy chilling on the beach.  From there we'll hike a short 2.5 miles back to the parking lot.

Optional:  go out for a meal/drink after the hike.

I'm rating this one moderate, though parts may be considered strenuous (depending on your condition).

 

Directions: From US 101 in Marin County, take the CA 1/Shoreline Highway exit. After about 0.5 mile, turn left onto Tennessee Valley Road. Go about 1.5 miles to the parking lot at the end of the road.

 

What to Bring:

Vino! (and cups)

Good Hiking Boots/shoes

Layered clothing, hat, sunscreen

At least 1 liter of water

Vino/snacks for our pre-lunch break during the hike

Food and more food to share (dried fruit/nuts/seeds, chips, dips, salsa, cheese/crackers, deserts - be creative!)

Vino to share at lunch (and paper cups)

Anything else you want to drink (iced tea, beer, etc.)

 

As always, your sense of humor is required!

 

  

Mt. Siegel 9,413 ft, OGUL Peak. Strenuous.  OGUL Peak

 

Link to Summitpost: http://www.summitpost.org/mount-siegel-and-galena-peaks/620050

75% of this hike will be on a ATV/Jeep Trail, with the remaining off trail.  Since our return trek back to the cars will take us by Galena Peak (9403), if time permits, we’ll bag it too.  Estimated mileage is 10.5 miles and 3200 feet of elevation gain.

Our Trailhead will begin 4 miles out Red Canyon Rd after it becomes a dirt road.  The first mile is fairly smooth, but after that, the road slowly becomes rougher as you continue out.  We’ve cleared the brush and trees that had been overhanging the road to our primary parking location, but I’d still recommend using either a 4WD or AWD vehicles with a minimum of 8 inches of ground clearance to get to the Trailhead.  Due to the limited parking, I’ve limited the hike to 16 hikers or 4 vehicles.

Please pack the 10 essentials for this trip. Do not sign up for this hike unless you are prepared for the possibility of inclement weather and hiking in darkness.  If for some reason the weather is foul, we may cancel, however snow and rain doesn't deter this group

Directions to the Trailhead:

Hwy 50 towards South Lake Tahoe

Right on CA-89/Luther Pass Rd

Left CA-89/CA-88. Continue to follow CA-88 (Crossing into Nevada).

Turn right onto NV-756.

Turn left to stay on NV-756.

Stay straight to go onto Dresslerville Rd.

Stay straight to go onto Riverview Dr. (We’ll stop at the 7-11 on the southwest corner of the intersection; restrooms and gas as needed.  From here we’ll caravan out the rest of the way.)

Turn right onto US-395.

Turn left onto NV-208.

Turn left onto Upper Colony Rd

Turn left onto Pinon Dr

Turn left onto Day Ln

Take the first right onto Red Canyon Rd

Slight left toward Red Canyon Rd

Slight right onto Red Canyon Rd

 

 

 

Red Lake Peak (10,063')/Steve ns Peak (10,053')(optio nal)Ski/Snowshoe - Strenuous

The round trip to Red Lake Peak is approximately 5.5 miles round trip with about 1,600 feet of elevation gain.   There is a short class 3 rock scramble to the actual summit.  Those who wish to to do Stevens Peak will continue on to the summit and return via the base of Red Lake Peak.  This will be an additional 5 miles and ~500 feet of elevation gain.  Carpools should be set up matching people with similar goals.

http://www.tahoeadventuresports.com/peakindex/south/redlake.htm

This is a strenuous trip under winter conditions. It is not for beginners. Everyone who starts the trip should be able to do the whole trip. Please do not sign up unless you have a.) been on a trip of similar difficulty with NorCal; and b) know yourself to be capable of completing the whole trip. Contact the coordinator if you have any questions.

We will be using the PCT North trailhead at Carson Pass which is a Sno-Park. This Sno-Park is known as Meiss Meadow within the Sno-Park system. ( http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=23059 ).  Drivers should have obtained Sno-Park permits ($5) prior to reaching the Sno-Park.  Sno-Park permits should be purchased at Kyburz Mini Mart and Towing, 13686 Highway 50, Kyburz, CA  95720, (530) 293-3232 or on-line at:

https://secure.kinsail.com/results.asp?p=casno&pt=parks&GroupID=21608 .

Bring the 10 essentials. While we don't plan on being out after dark, a good headlamp with fresh batteries is essential.  Bring warm dry clothes to change into and plastic bags for your wet clothes and footwear.

 

Mission Peak (2517 Feet) Double Summit Hike (Part 1 - Ohlone Wilderness Trail)

Difficulty: Strenuous 17 mile, 4500 feet of elevation gain on trail and fire road. We must hike at a fast pace due to the early sunset. Must bring headlamp and ten essentials.

Highlights: Great views of Bay Area and surrounding mountains, Mission Peak Regional Preserve and Sunol Regional Wilderness. This is the first part (8.5 miles) of the Ohlone Wilderness Trail (28 miles). I will be scheduling the second part Rose Peak (19.5 miles) for next month. 

Trailhead: Sunol Regional Wilderness. Take I-80 West to I-680 South towards San Jose. From Interstate 680 in Sunol, take the Calaveras Blvd. exit. Follow Calaveras about five miles south to Geary Road and turn left onto Geary. (The road a little before Geary Road is Welch Creek Road.) Continue on Geary Road to the Sunol Regional Wilderness Area entrance kiosk (pay for parking ($5/car) here, and purchase a Ohlone Trail permit ($2/person, good for one year and includes a nice trail map) if you do not have one). Park near the Sunol Visitor Center close to the entrance kiosk.

Trail Description: From the trailhead follow the Ohlone Wilderness Trail west towards Mission Peak. After 4.85 miles take the spur trail on the left to the peak. We will have half of our lunch here and then proceed down the Peak Trail to rejoin the Ohlone Wilderness Trail downhill to the Stanford Avenue Staging Area. After a bathroom break we will start back up to resummit Mission Peak via the Peak Meadow Trail, Horse Haven Trail and Peak Trail. Upon reaching the summit of Mission Peak we will have the second half of our lunch. We will then proceed back down to the Ohlone Wilderness Trail via the Peak Trail and Eagle Loop Trail. We will then backtrack the remaining 4.38 miles back to the Sunol Regional Wilderness trailhead.

Sunol Regional Wilderness link: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/sunol

Mission Peak Regional Preserve link: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/ohlone

Ohlone Wilderness (including Map at bottom of page) link: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/ohlone

 

 

American Canyon Creek & Dead Truck Trail Loop 6 Miles R/T Int

 

American Canyon Trailhead, see below    38.888023 -121.016228

 

Sweetwarter Trail, Outside of Cool, CA (map)

 

This is just too flippin' cool - thanks to the shady trail.

According to my trusty guidebook, this hike is a secluded foothill trail, descending 1100 feet down into American Canyon which contains a small tributary of the Middle Fork American River and American Canyon Creek.

THE HIKE: American Canyon's northeast facing slopes are clothed in a dense oak forest and the canyon bottom is covered with lush riparian vegetation. Examples of Gold Rush heritage. The canyon's inner gorge is filled with scenic cascades and waterfalls. Other features include wildflowers and a meadow. There are several stream crossings.

We can return on an alternate route, Dead Truck Trail to Wendell T. Robie, making this a loop hike. I've not done this hike before, but resources indicate the entire loop will be approximately 6 miles r/t. However, come prepared for a bit longer hike, as is often the case.

Difficulty: 4 (5 is most difficult), Vertical Feet: 1100+/- , Surface: Dirt.

Dogs Allowed on leash
BRING: Usual hiking gear, snack and water

For printable map and more details go to:

http://members.psyber.com/asra/tgamer.pdf

MEETING PLACE: 9.00 am at trailhead
*Hwy 49 to Cool.
*At Hwy 193, Left toward Georgetown,
*Continue for approximately 5.3 miles then turn left onton Sweetwater Trail on the north side, which is opposite Pilgrim Court on the south. (This turn is before the village of Greenwood).
*Your trailhead is on the right, just at the top of the street, before the gated entrance to the Auburn Lake Trails development.
*There is more parking along Sweetwater Trail closer to Hwy 193

The trailhead is signed AMERICAN CANYON TRAIL - THIRD GATE

GPS COORDINATES: N38"54"48" W 120 55' 37"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sagehen Creek Trail - Easy 5 miles with optional 2-mi exploration

This is a pleasant, easy autumn hike along Sagehen Creek, going from Highway 89 to Stampede Reservoir, about 5 miles round-trip. In the spring this is a popular wildflower hike, but it is also a fine hike in the fall. We should see early autumn colors along the hike, and kokanee salmon in the creek near the reservoir. With luck, they won't be past spawining like last year!

In addition, for those interested, we can head up (part cross-country) to point 6310 for a great view of the reservoir and surrounding area. (See http://www.mytopo.com/maps/?lat=39.4572&lon=-120.1709&z=14 and click on 'mytopo' for a map you can print out).

Carpools: Meet at the back parking lot of Burger King, on Lincoln Way, in Auburn, at Foresthill Exit off I-80 at 9 a.m. (Once you get off the exit and head towards Foresthill, take a left at the light on Lincoln Way and you'll soon see the BK). We should be ready to take off at 9:10 a.m. Bring lunch, water and $ for drivers.

Trailhead Directions: Off I-80 from Truckee, take Highway 89 North 6.8 miles. There is a dirt parking area on the right (east) side just past the bridge over Sagehen Creek. There are no facilities at the trailhead and the trail is not marked, but it is clearly visible on the northeast side of Sagehen Creek.

 

 

 

 

 

Thimble Peak 9805 ft. Strenuous

Trail Head: Thunder Mountain trailhead at the top of the Carson Spur on Hwy 88 at 9:00 am.

Directions: From hwy 50 travel east to Sly Park road, exit turn right.

Turn left at Mormon Imigrant Trail which is just past Jenkinsen Lake.

Turn left at Hwy 88. Look for the signed trail head after the uphill from Silver Lake. If you descend to Kirwood you went too far.

Description: We will hike the Thunder mountain trail to the ridge line above Kirkwood ski resort. From the ridge line to the peak we will be off trail but it is easy. The peak itself is a short scramble. The real peak is optional as it is a class 3/4 the last 10 feet. On the return we can bag Thunder mountain if the group desires.

Good views of Silver and Caples lake and the eye of the needle.

Please bring the 10 essentials for safe back country travel.

 

 

Mount Judah Loop Trail 4.6 Miles Beginner


Elevation: 1,155 feet.

Distance: 4.6 miles

Duration: About 4 hours for the hike

Plus: Lunch, and trail treats 2 liters of water. Sunscreen, Bug repellent, Appropriate footwear for safe travel on the surfaces of the hike.



Description: This hike promises one of the more scenic sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, with commanding views of the high peaks along the Sierra crest north of Lake Tahoe. It is an easy opportunity to Bag a Peak!

Cool Features: Great Views of the Sierra north of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding wilderness, and of course YOU!


Directions:

Driving directions to Mount Judah Trailhead
6740 Stanford Ranch Rd Roseville, CA 95678
1.Head east 141 ft 2.Turn right toward 5 Star Dr 308 ft 3.Turn left onto 5 Star Dr 469 ft 4.Turn right onto Stanford Ranch Rd 0.2 mi 5.Continue onto Galleria Blvd 0.2 mi 6.Turn left to merge onto CA-65 S 0.8 mi 7.Take exit 306A on the left to merge onto I-80 E toward Reno 68.2 mi 8.Take exit 174 toward Soda Springs/Norden 0.2 mi 9.Turn right onto Donner Pass Rd 3.6 mi 10.Turn right onto Mt Judah Rd Destination will be on the left 220 ft
Mount Judah Trailhead

 

 

 

 

 

Coastal Trail ~ Limantour Beach to Arch Rock Inter. 10 Miles

 
Departure Trailhead: 10:30am at theBear Valley Visitors Center(see directions below)

Elevation: Climb 750 Feet

Distance: 12 Miles

Duration: about 7 hours for the hike plus lunch of an hour

Things to bring: Willingness to hike together as a group no matter what the speed of the slowest hiker. Willingness to stay between the sweeper and the leader.

Plus: 2 liters of Water, Sunscreen, Bug Repellent, Appropriate footwear for safe travel on the surfaces of the hike.

Description: You can expect a beautiful lush forest for the first part of this hike. We will then descend to the ocean from the peak of Mount Wittenberg and follow the coastal trail to Arch Rock. There is a secret beach along the way that if the group is willing and the tide is out I would be happy to show you. From Arch Rock we'll take the Arch Rock trail back to our cars. This is a walk through a Jurassic Park like forest. Unbelievable!

Cool Features: FANTASTIC OCEAN VIEWS, INCREDIBLE FOREST and of course YOU!

Directions to Trailhead:

Driving Directions from Sacramento as posted on the Park Web Site:

•Follow Interstate 80 about 50 miles (80 km) west to Vallejo.
•From Vallejo, take California Highway 37 about 21 miles (33 km) west to the intersection of U.S. Highway 101 in Novato.
•Go north on U.S. Highway 101 about 2.5 miles (4 km)and take the Atherton Avenue-San Marin Drive exit.
•Turn left onto San Marin Drive and head west for about 2.5 miles (4 km) to the junction with Novato Blvd.
•Turn right onto Novato Blvd. and proceed west for about 6 miles (10 km) to the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road.
Turn left on the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road and stop at the Cheese Factory just a fraction of a mile past the junction. It will be on your right. After the Cheese factory, follow the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road southwest for about 7 miles (11 km) to the junction with Platform Bridge Road
•Turn right to stay on the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road and continue west for about 3 miles (5 km) to the junction with California Highway 1 in the town of Point Reyes Station.
•Turn left onto Highway 1, drive south through Point Reyes Station and continue south on Highway 1 approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) - if you get to a flashing red light, you've gone 100 yards (100 m) too far.
•Turn right onto Bear Valley Road and head west about 1/2 mile (0.8 km). Look for a big red barn on the left and a sign for Seashore information on the right.
•Turn left past the red barn and proceed up the driveway to the Bear Valley Visitor Center, the main park contact station.

Flush toilet available at trailhead

 

 

Freel Peak Advanced - 13.2 Miles!


Elevation: 2,800 feet.

Distance: 13.2 miles

Duration: About 8 hours for the hike

Description: We begin this by hiking 5.5 miles to 9,700 feet elevation from 8,000 feet elevation. We will be treated to an amazing view of Lake Tahoe. We will then hike to the top of Freel Peak, 10,881 feet elevation. It is 1,100 feet elevation gain in 1.1 mile. But you will be rewarded with an epic 360 degree view and be able to see the entire Lake Tahoe. Very few places where this is the case. Then it will be a 6.6 mile hike back to camp on the trail. For those that want to go down the South face of Freel, it will be about a 3.0 mile X-Country hike back to the road. Then another 1.5 miles back to the cars. Warning: A high clearance vehicle is best for the last 3.8 miles. I have managed to drive a Honda Accord in but one must drive the huge holes in the road like one skies moguls to avoid dragging the bottom of your car.

Cool Features: Great Views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding wilderness, Views of the Great Basin, views and of course YOU!

Directions:

Driving directions to Freel Peak Trailhead 3D
2700 E Bidwell St Folsom, CA 95630
1.Head northwest on E Bidwell St towardClarksville Rd/Scholar Way 0.2 mi 2.Make a U-turn at Scholar Way 1.4 mi 3.Merge onto US-50 E/El Dorado Fwy/U.S. Route 50 in California via the ramp to S Lake Tahoe 71.6 mi 4.Turn right onto CA-89 S/Luther Pass Rd(signs for Markleeville/Jackson/CA-88) Continue to follow CA-89 S 9.3 mi 5.Turn left 0.5 mi
Freel Peak Trailhead GPS coordinates for the trailhead at the foot bridge are; 38.83 Degrees North Latitude, 119.90 Degrees West

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Colors - Granite and Hidden Lakes Loop Inter. "Beginner Pace" 7.5 Miles

Elevation: 700 feet.

Distance: Around 7 miles

Plus: Lunch and snacks, 2 liters of Water. Hat, Sturdy Waterproof Boots (we may be crossing streams) Jacket and layered clothing for changeable weather, Sunscreen, Bug repellent.



Description: It is listed as a 7 mile loop. Starting elevation 7300 feet and highest 7950 feet. We will start at the Allen Ranch Trailhead. Plasse Resort. Store and restrooms just before trailhead. We start of south down Allen Camp Trail for 1.6 miles when we hit the Granite Lake Trail to the left. In a half mile or so we will come to Hidden Lakes western shore. After a short stop here we will continue to Granite Lake about another 2.3 miles. We can stop for lunch here. When we leave here it a short distance I hear to the falls below the lake. Waterfallswest.com has a pic and brief description of the area. From here we go down to Silver Lake shore and head back 1.7 miles to the trailhead on Minkalo Trail.

Cool Features: Fall Colors, Lake and Mountain Range Views, Cool temperatures.

Driving directions to Granite Lake and Hidden Lake Loop Trailhead:

Driving directions to Granite Lake and Hidden Lake Trailhead

430 Palladio Pkwy Folsom, CA 95630
1.Head southeast on Palladio Pkwy towardIron Point Rd 0.2 mi 2.Turn left onto Iron Point Rd 0.2 mi 3.Turn right onto E Bidwell St 0.4 mi 4.Merge onto US-50 E/U.S. Route 50 in California via the ramp to S Lake Tahoe 32.7 mi 5.Take exit 60 for Sly Park Rd 0.2 mi 6.Turn right onto Co Rd E16/Sly Park Rd 4.6 mi 7.Turn left onto Mormon Emigrant Trail/Silver Lake Rd Continue to follow Mormon Emigrant Trail This road may be seasonally closed 24.6 mi 8.Turn left onto CA-88 E/Carson Pass Hwy 6.9 mi 9.Turn right onto Kit Carson Rd 1.6 mi
Granite Lake and Hidden Lake Trailhead

 

 

 

 

 

Big Meadow to Dardanelle's Lake 9.1

Elevation: 1,000 feet.

Distance: Around 9.1 miles

Rating: Intermediate Hike Rating Chart

Duration: About 7 hours for the hike

Plus: Lunch and snacks, 2 liters of Water. Hat, Sturdy Waterproof Boots (we may be crossing streams) Jacket and layered clothing for changeable weather, Sunscreen, Bug repellent.

Description: Will enjoy a hike out to Dardanelles Lake for lunch and enjoy the Big Meadows area for the day. The area is filled with various pines and aspens which this time of year start to show off their amazing fall color.

Driving directions to Big Meadow Trailhead:

Driving directions to Big Meadow TrailHead 3D
430 Palladio Pkwy Folsom, CA 95630 1.Head southeast on Palladio Pkwy towardIron Point Rd 0.2 mi 2.Turn left onto Iron Point Rd 0.2 mi 3.Turn right onto E Bidwell St 0.4 mi 4.Merge onto US-50 E/El Dorado Fwy/U.S. Route 50 in California via the ramp to S Lake Tahoe 71.6 mi 5.Turn right onto CA-89 S/Luther Pass Rd(signs for Markleeville/Jackson/CA-88) Continue to follow CA-89 S 5.3 mi 6.Turn left onto S Upper Truckee Rd This road may be seasonally closed 289 ft 7.Turn left Destination will be on the left 0.1 mi
Big Meadow TrailHead

 

 

Carson Pass to Winnemucca Lake

Elevation: 400 feet. 8573' to 8980'

Distance: Around 5 miles

Rating: Begineer (Relatively easy hike but the altitude makes it a little harder)

Duration: About 4 hours for the hike

Things to bring: Willingness to hike together as a group no matter what the speed of the slowest hiker. Willingness to stay between the sweeper and the leader.

Plus:2 liters of Water. Sunscreen, Bug repellent, Appropriate footwear for safe travel on the surfaces of the hike.

Membership Required: All adult participants must be Sacramento Trail Mix members. Minors are welcome when accompanied by their parent or guardian club member. Save time for yourself and others by completing your membership form online.

Description: We hike from Carson Pass Trailhead. The first part of the hike climbs up a rocky ridge then goes through a silver and lodgepole pine forest to Frog Lake in the first 1/2 mile. We will walk to the backside of Frog Lake where we will get a view down on Hope Valley from above. From Frog lake the trail ascends about 2 miles gently on the west flank of Elephants Back. Winnemucca lake sits at the bottom of the north side of Round Top Peak This lake. This lake is usually cold but for the brave you can swim.

Cool Features:Beautiful high county scenery, Alpine Lakes, Stunning views overlooking Caples Lake and the surrounding area, and wildflowers.

Directions:From the Park and ride travel up highway 50 to Sly Park Road exit. Exit here and take a right and drive past Jenkinson Lake to the first left, Morman Immigrant Road. from here it is 29 miles until you reach highway 88. Take a left up highway 88 past Silver Lake and then Caples Lake to Carson Pass where there is parking for the trailhead. A $5 dollar parking fee. If this lot is full a couple hundred yards back down the road is another larger parking area.

 

University Falls - Swimming hole- Beginner+ -6mi

Description: University Falls, aka Pilot Creek Falls, is a wonderful little swimming hole at the small town of Quintette, near Georgetown. The waterfall is a long slide of about 70 ft. in total height, dropping into a number of small pools. The final (and largest) cascade is about 30 ft. high. The swimming holes and water slides are very popular during the summer months with the locals. Be careful though when sliding down these falls: people have been injured before.

Best time to visit: Spring, Hot Summer

Hike Route:To reach University Falls, walk down the dirt road, beginning at the gate off Wentworth Springs Rd. At 0.6 miles, turn left at the fork (onto Forest Road 12N67B). At 1.5 miles, at the end of a clear cut area, continue following the road to the right (don't continue straight here). The road continues down hill until you reach a flume. Go right, keeping the flume on your right. At about 2.4 miles, you will see an unsigned but very obvious spur trail on the left heading down to the creek. This little trail goes down to an old campsite, go right here and continue following the trail all the way down to the creek. Then head downstream until you reach the top of the falls. Part of this trail crosses private property, so please be respectful and "leave no trace".

The land is partly owned by UC Berkeley (hence the name, University Falls).

Elevation Gain/Loss: 500+-

Altitude at Trailhead: 1200

Terrain: flat couple of small hills

Distance: 6 Miles

Difficulty Rating: Beginner+ "Rating Chart"

Expected Duration: about 2.5-5 hours for the hike

Directions to Trailhead:
From Hwy 49 turn east onto Hwy 193 at Cool. Drive 14.4 miles to Georgetown. Turn left on Main St. (Wentworth Springs Rd.) and drive 11.8 miles to Quintette. Park on left side of road at yellow gate, just past Harmony Lane. It takes about 1.5 hours to get there from Roseville. Parking is limited, but if you'd like to meet us at the trailhead, we should get there about 10:30am.

 

 

Northern Ogul Peaks
Campsites at the Berger Campground. The website is listed below. It is a primitive campground with no water. I am trying to reserve specific spots and will post when I know. The total cost is $68.00 plus $5.00 for each extra vehicle. We should carpool if possible. Drive time from Auburn is about 2 hours. The limit is 12 for 2 sites. If more sign up we can get another site. I would like to get to the campsite by 7:00 pm on Friday night
http://www.recreation.gov/camping/Berger/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=75426&topTabIndex=Search
The plan is to bag Fillmore early Saturday morning. It is the longest drive but a short hike. We can then drive to the Elwell Trailhead in the afternoon which is close to the Gold Lake Lodge.
Sunday morning we can drive to the Haskell trailhead which is also close by. Those who haven't done the Sierra Buttes can hike to it before the drive home.
If we have time it may be possible to bag Adams. Gold Lake Lodge per Karolyn's recommendation.
Call me if you have any questions.
Elwell and Haskell Map with campsite location..
http://files.meetup.com/893585/elwell.JPG
Fillmore Map
http://files.meetup.com/893585/Fillmore.JPG
GPS data for the Peaks.
http://files.meetup.com/893585/Elwell_Fillmore_haskell_adams_sierraB_English.gdb
Here is the map of the OGUL peak list:
http://www.summitpost.org/tahoe-ogul-peak-list/173214

 

Freel, Job's Sister and Job, 3 OGUL Peaks

This could be a long day with rock scrambling, 11+miles, 4000 ft of elevation gain. There is no water on the trail, so bring at least 3 liters of water.

 

Trail Head: Drive east on Hwy 50 to Myers Junction in Lake Tahoe, turn right on SR 89 drive towards Luther Pass. From the Luther Pass sign just before the descent to Hope valley go south 0.8 miles until you see a paved left turn (Willow Creek Rd). Turn left, the pavement ends abruptly and turns into a dirt road which reports indicate a high clearance vehicle will be necessary. Travel about 3.4 miles until you cross the second bridge and park on the left near the unmarked trailhead.

The trail head crosses a new bridge back over the last stream crossing. We will hike from the trail head to Armstrong Pass and head east on the Tahoe Rim trail to the top of Freel pass. From there there is a marked trail towards Freel Peak. After reaching Freel Peak with views of Lake Tahoe, we can then descend and climb back up to Job's sister. After summitting Job's sister we make a 1000 foot steep descent and reclimb back up to Job. From Job we get great views of the Carson valley and Gardnerville. The route back to the cars is mostly on trail via Horse Meadow. I will post a map of the area.

 

Hiking Brokeoff Mountain Trail Lassen Volcanic National Park

Start: Brokeoff Mountain parking lot near SW Entrance
Round Trip Distance: 7 miles
Round Trip Time: 7 hours
Terrain: uphill 2600 feet
Elevation: start: 6635 feet, end: 9235 feet
The Trail and Scenery

For sheer beauty and rugged mountain scenery the Brokeoff trail is one of the best in Lassen. The trail climbs steadily through open meadows and forest for two miles and then through scattered hemlocks and finally above timberline to the top. At the west end of the mountain just before the last half mile of the climb, there is a good view of Mt. Shasta. From the top of the mountain there are good views of Lassen Peak, Conard, Chaos Crags, Diller, Shasta, and other mountains of the vicinity. The view of the old Brokeoff Volcano (Mt. Tehama) caldera is excellent from the summit.

The trail is considered one of the toughest in the park, though also one of the most rewarding. Hiking boots are recommended as the trail traverses a variety of terrain from volcanic sand to rocky outcrops. The one-half mile elevation gain and distance of the trail require a great deal of physical exertion to overcome, but the views at the top can't be matched.
Snow is likely to be found in places along the trail until mid-August, and there is usually too much snow for hiking before mid-July.
A wide variety of wildflowers will be found changing with the temperatures (lower elevation wildflowers peak in July, while the summit wildflowers peak mid-August).
Birds frequently seen include juncos, chickadees, western tanagers, flycatchers, and a number of others. Deer are common.
Grizzly Dome Afternoon Chico

Pyramid Peak (9983 ft) via Horsetail Falls

 

Trailhead: Pyramid Creek parking lot on Hwy 50 Twin Bridges (East of Strawberry) We should be there around 9:00. Parking fee of $5.00 per car unless you have a Golden Age Pass.

Difficulty: Very Strenuous, 12 miles, 4000 feet of elevation gain. Mostly off trail going up. Mostly on trail for the descent. Steep in places and some bouldering. The route up Horsetail is not for those afraid of heights.

Route: We will be taking the Horsetail Falls route up, veer left to the base of Pyramid and negotiate the various shelves to a drainage until we reach a plateau and the base of the mountain. It is bouldering from this point to the peak. The route down will be via the Rocky Creek trail.

Due to Desolation Wilderness Rules the group size is limited to 12.

 

 

Northern Ogul Peaks

The peaks I am planning are Haskell, Elwell and Filmore.  Sierra Buttes is nearby and is also easy to get to.  These peaks are located north of HWY 49 and east of HWY 89.  Expect a 3 hour drive to reach the campsite.

 

 

Enchanted Pools Potluck, Beginner 5 miles.

Elevation: 500'  Distance: 5 Miles  Duration: about 2.5-5 hours for the hike and potluck

Description: We will follow the Twin Lakes trail then leave the trail for a cross country route to the Enchanted pools and back.  Cool Features: Pools, Water Fall, rivers, and of course YOU!   Directions to Trailhead: Go up US 50 to Wrights Lake Road, turn left. Wrights Rd is 1.5 miles past the 5000 ft elevation sign. Drive 6 miles towards Wrights Lake. Turn right at intersection at the signboard towards Twin Lakes Trail head. Bypass the campground continue to the end of the narrow road with a toilet at the end.

Mokelumne Peak (9334 ft) Ogul Peak Reinstated at new time.

Rating: 14 plus miles, 3000 plus feet elevation, considerable class 2 off trail to summit.

Map Link: http://files.meetup.com/893585/Mokolumne.jpg

We will start the hike at the Tanglefoot Trail Head. I have read it is somewhat of a complicated trail head to find, so we will accumulate cars near the Bear River Campground off Hwy 88.

Directions: From Folsom, take 50 east to Latrobe Road south to Hwy 16 east. Drive Hwy 49 south to Jackson and take Hwy 88 east to Bear River. Turn right. Drive to the Campground. Goal is to begin hiking by 8:45 am.

From Placerville, Take Hwy 49 south to Hwy 88 east to Bear River.

Route: The first 5 miles is on trail, the last 2 or so is cross country. The route is not reported to be difficult, neither is climbing to the summit, but it is long. Due to the length of the trip, we should plan on eating in Jackson on the way back home.

Useful Links:

http://www.summitpost.org/mokelumne-peak/154341

http://angeles.sierraclub.org/sps/archives/sps01601.htm

 

Echo Peak via Echo Lakes

Echo Peak has gorgeous views of both Echo Lake and Tahoe Lake. Most of the trail gently climbs past Angora Lakes, but then gets fairly steep toward the peak.

Distance: ~9 miles
Elevation gain: 1600'
Difficulty level: Strenuous due to the starting elevation, and the steep climb near the peak

Info about Echo Peak and Angora Lakes
Bring your 10 Essentials as seen at www.dijukno.com

Directions from Sacramento:
East Highway 50 towards South Lake Tahoe
1.8 miles east of the Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort look for the brown Berkeley Camp/Echo Lake sign. Turn left.
Continue about 1/2 mile to Echo Lakes Road, turn left again and continue to the end of the road.
If you come to a turn-around at the California Alpine Club (red building), you missed Echo Lakes Road by about 1/4 mile.

 

 

Woods Lake to Round Top Peak (10,381 ft)

Difficulty: Strenuous, steep, rocky scramble at the summit.

Trailhead: Woods Lake Picnic area off Hwy 88 west of Carson Pass and east of Caples Lake. I will be driving 50 to Sly Park Road, turn left at Mormon Immigrant trail turning left on hwy 88. Pass Kirkwood and Caples Lake. Watch for the sign on the way up to Carson Pass. Meet near the lake, not at the trailhead parking lot.

We will be taking the Old Mine Trail from the Woods Lake Campground to Round Top lake. From the Lake we will take the use trail to the summit. Near the summit it is a rocky scramble. For the adventurous we will climb the true summit which involves some hand and foot climbing.

The route back down will be to Winnemucca Lake via a steep but direct route with nice wildflowers. For those not inclined to do so they can go via the trail from Round Top Lake. There is a trail from Winnemucca Lake back to the cars.

 

Mokolumne Peak (9334 ft) Ogul Peak

Rating: 14 plus miles, 3000 plus feet elevation, considerable class 2 off trail to summit.

Map Link: http://files.meetup.com/893585/Mokolumne.jpg

We will start the hike at the Tanglefoot Trail Head. I have read it is somewhat of a complicated trail head to find, so we will accumulate cars near the Bear River Campground off Hwy 88.

Directions: From Folsom, take 50 east to Latrobe Road south to Hwy 16 east. Drive Hwy 49 south to Jackson and take Hwy 88 east to Bear River. Turn right. Drive to the Campground. Goal is to begin hiking by 8:45 am.

Route: The first 5 miles is on trail, the last 2 or so is cross country. The route is not reported to be difficult, neither is climbing to the summit, but it is long. Due to the length of the trip, we should plan on eating in Jackson on the way back home.

Useful Links:

http://www.summitpost.org/mokelumne-peak/154341

http://angeles.sierraclub.org/sps/archives/sps01601.htm

 

 

 

 

Lake Margaret - 4.6 miles Beginner ( Good swimming lake )

Where to meet you: (in your RSVP, please post at which departure site we will find you):

Elevation: Trailhead 7740 Lake is at 7553 About 500 feet or so climb round trip.

Distance: 4.6 miles round trip

Rating: Beginner "Rating Chart"

Duration: about 3 hours for the hike an hour for lunch and swim

Things to bring: Willingness to hike together as a group no matter what the speed of the slowest hiker. Willingness to stay between the sweeper and the leader.

Plus: 2 liters of Water, Sunscreen, Bug Repellent, Appropriate footwear for safe travel on the surfaces of the hike.

Description: Hike from Hwy 88 to Margaret Lake, a pretty trail, rapid and smooth water streams, wildflowers, granite rock formations, meadow, mixed conifer and aspen forest, unnamed ponds. Stream crossings via logs. It is a nice small lake that is great for swimming also..

Cool Features: Lakes, Awesome views, and of course YOU!

Map:

Directions to Trailhead:
Take Highway 50 east and exit at Sly Park Road, Exit 60. Right on Sly Park until you reach Morman Emigrant Road. Left on Morman Emigrant Road to highway 88. Left on Highway 88. Just past the entrance to Kirkwood Ski Resort is Kirkwood Inn on the left side of the road. About 200 or so feet of the left is the trailhead for Lake Margaret.

 

Dicks Peak (9974 ft) in Desolation Wilderness, Strenuous

 

One of the 63 OGUL peaks.

Difficulty: Strenuous, 14 miles, 4000 ft. of elevation gain. Significant steep off trail. Pets not encouraged. If steep terrain and scree are not your cup of tea, this trip is not for you.

Jon will lead a second group of necessary.

Trailhead: Glen Alpine. Take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Turn left. Watch for bicyclists and other cars on this narrow, one-lane road. Continue straight at all intersections until the parking area. There should be a sign for the trailhead at the intersection to Stanford Camp. Parking may be a problem so please carpool. I expect to be there around 8:45.

We will hike from Glen Alpine via the Middle Tallac Trail (which is not on the map) to Gilmore Lake. This is 2.5 miles with an 1800 ft elevation gain. From Gilmore lake will hike to Dick's Pass and then take the ridge line to the peak. This involves some easy climbing. The descent will be to the saddle between Jacks and Dicks and then a steep descent to Half Moon Lake. The hard core can option to include Jacks's Peak and descend via Heather and Susie Lake. We will swim in Half Moon Lake which is a good swimming lake.

Here is a map of the route: http://files.meetup.com/893585/dicks.JPG 

SummitPost description: http://www.summitpost.org/dicks-peak/151468

For those with a Garmin is the GPS data http://files.meetup.com/893585/Dicks.gdb

Please carry the 10 essentials for safe back country travel.

 

 

Independence Trail Yuba River

Type: Destination Hike.

Cool Features: Yuba River Canyon, Beautiful Swimming Hole, and of course YOU!

Description: We’ll start out on the west trail, going under the road and down the old Excelsior Canal. We’ll take a short break at the Rush Creek observation deck to enjoy the waterfall. Then it’s on to Jones Bar Road, the end of the west branch of the Independence Trail. We'll take the Jones Bar Trail down to the river for lunch, for about 2 hours and then complete the loop back to the cars. This much will be ~ 5 miles. Plan on relaxing and enjoying the water, whether you swim, fish, or float - its clear, refreshing water!

Best time to visit: Year round

Hike Route Map: TRAIL MAP

Elevation Gain/Loss: About 250 feet of climbing, short steep climb on the way out

Altitude at Trailhead: 2,000 feet

Terrain: Hiking trail and access road

Distance: 5 Miles +/-

Difficulty Rating: Beginner "Rating Chart"

Map to Trailhead: GMAP

Directions to Trailhead:

Driving to Independence Trail:

1391 Taylor Rd Roseville, CA 95661

1.Head southwest on Taylor Rd towardEureka Rd 190 ft

2.Take the 1st right onto Atlantic St 112 ft

3.Slight right to merge onto I-80 E toward Reno 14.8 mi.

4.Take exit 119C for Elm Ave 0.1 mi

5.Turn right onto Elm Ave 0.3 mi

6.Turn right onto CA-49 N/Golden Chain Highway N 27.5 mi

7.Turn left to stay on CA-49 N/Golden Chain Highway N

Destination will be on the right 6.2 mi

Independence Trail

Restrooms available: Portable toilet available at trailhead.

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Independence Trail East and optional Miner's Tunnel

This is a beginner/intermediate hike. Well-shaded and much like the West trail. We'll hike about 2 miles to an unmarked service road that leads down (steep) to the Yuba River. After about mile we'll come to a sign for Hoyt’s Crossing, where those who choose not to join in the adventure of Miner's Tunnel may go directly down to the swimming hole, where we will all meet for lunch. Anyone interested in going through the tunnel should be aware of the following: The tunnel is approximately 500 yards long, carved from solid granite, beautiful, but DARK so bring a flashlight or head lamp. The tunnel floor is smooth, SLIPPERY, and uneven. The going is slow and it will require patience and teamwork. Expect to get wet. The water running through the tunnel is ankle to knee deep. Cameras, phones, or other electronic devices should be sealed in plastic. Miner's Tunnel is a memorable adventure, well worth the time and effort. Please Note: Dogs should not be taken through the tunnel.


Directions from Sacramento:
Take Highway 80 to Auburn.
Exit onto Route 49 heading north (exit right then turn left at the stoplight to go under the freeway).
Stay on 49,
making the left-hand turnoff just after Nevada City.
Continue approximately 5.6 miles to the trailhead, which is on the right-hand side of the road, with roadside parking along both sides of Highway 49. LOOK FOR THE STAIRS

 

 

Agassiz Peak, Desolation Wilderness

http://www.summitpost.org/mount-agassiz-desolation/151128

Strenuous. 12 miles 3000 feet of elevation gain. Cross country between Sylvia and Lyons Lake.

Mt. Agassiz Peak is one of the Ogul Peaks and is just short of 10, 000 feet.

The trailhead will be the Lyons-Sylvia Lake Trailhead up the Wrights Lake Rd.

Showers Lake

Distance: 4 miles round trip

Rating: Hard Beginner because of climb and elevation.

Duration: about 4 hours for the hike

Description: The hike starts at Schneider Cow Camp. The trail zig zags steeply up a hillside usually covered in wildflowers this time of year to Meiss Ridge. At the top of this ridge you overlook Meiss Meadow, and several lakes in the valley. The trail then turns north below little round top. As we get closer to the lake you will be able to look north down the valley into Lake Tahoe.

Cool Features: Wildflowers, Lakes, Awesome view over Meiss Meadow, Beautiful, and of course YOU!

Directions to Trailhead:
Take Highway 50 east and exit at Sly Park Road, Exit 60. Right on Sly Park until you reach Morman Emigrant Road. Left on Morman Emigrant Road to highway 88. Left on Highway 88. Drive past Silver Lake and Caples Lake. Once past the second dam at Caples Lake you will start up hill and on the left is a road to the Cal Trans Maintenance Station. Just as you get to the station the road turn left just before it and turns to gravel. Down this road is the trailhead. A couple miles as I remember. You will see a building in a meadow to the left at the trailhead.

 

 

Mount Judah Loop Trail - Moderate 6 mile hike

This loop hike has a lot of rewards for the effort - great views and wildflowers, and a bit of history!

Mileage: 6 miles round trip

Elevation: 7200-8245
Hike Rating: Moderate

Description: Following the Pacific Crest Trail southward from Donner Pass, we'll get the steepest part of our hike over first - a broken granite trail for 1/2 mile or so. Traversing along the side of Mt Judah, we'll pass the first loop trail junction, then follow the PCT just past the second junction for a visit to historic Roller Pass & then head up. Reaching the top of Mt Judah, we'll have excellent 360 degree vistas for a lunch stop. Next we'll descend to the saddle with Donner Peak & then head back.

Expectations: The trail is quite rocky as you go up at the beginning, but there are plenty of views for stopping. Nice flowers!

Trailhead Directions: The trailhead is about 70 miles up I-80 from Auburn. Take Exit 174 towards Soda Springs/Norden. Turn right onto Donner Pass Road and go for about 3.8 miles, past Donner Ranch and Sugar Bowl, to the Sugar Bowl Academy on the right. If you're lucky, you'll see the PCT sign. The trailhead is about 1/4 mile down the dirt road just to the right of the Academy. There is a parking area on the right just past the marked trailhead on the left. Arrive at the trailhead around 9:30 with an estimated time back to the trailhead at 2:30 pm.

 

Galena Falls Loop Trail - 6 mile loop below Mt Rose

This is also known as the Mt. Rose loop trail on tahoerimtrail.org
This is a beautiful 6-mile loop starting at 8900 ft. reaching 9420 ft. We'll follow a dirt road the first 2.5 miles up to snowmelt pond full of tree frogs. Then we'll take a right onto a trail headed towards Mt Rose and Galena Creek. We'll turn right again at the next trail junction, away from Mt Rose to stop for lunch at Galena Falls, before following the trail back to the trailhead. Besides the falls, there are lots of wildflowers along the way, and amazing views.

This hike will be a little slower than most Hiker & Co hikes - I like to keep the group somewhat together, stopping at various points, including all trail junctions, for everyone to catch up.


Directions to Trailhead (about a 2 hr drive from Roseville):

Take I-80 towards Reno
Take exit 188B for CA-89/​CA-267 toward Sierraville/​Lake Tahoe
Turn right onto highway 267 (towards Kings Beach on Lake Tahoe)
When you reach a "T" at Kings Beach, turn left onto highway 28
You'll cross into Nevada, past Incline Village, and then turn left onto NV-431 /​Mt Rose Hwy
Take this 7.8 mi and park in the large trailhead parking lot on the left.

 

THUNDER MOUNTAIN- about 8 miles & 1700 ft. vert

Should be lots of early summer wildflowers and panoramic views for those who attend this event. About four miles of hiking will take us to our lunch spot on the summit, with views of Silver Lake far below. We'll then re-trace the route back to the car.

Take note: This hike summits at over 9400 feet, is 8 miles in total length, and has 1700 feet of vertical gain. Additionally, due to the early summer date and north-facing slope, there may be some (a few?) snow patches to hike through.

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:
--Hwy 50 to Pollock Pines
--Exit Sly Park Road
--Right on Sly Park Road. Go approx 5.0 miles til...
--Just past Jenkinson Reservoir turn left on Mormon Emigrant Trail
Follow all the way to the end (29 miles)
--Left on Hwy 88
--The trailhead is on the right (southside)of Hwy 88, approximately 3-4 miles beyond the end of Silver Lake (Kit Carson Lodge), and
just before you reach the summit of the pass. If you start downhill (just before Kirkwood Ski Resort), you've gone too far.

SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING: Two liters water, lunch, sunscreen & lip balm, sunhat, poles, a jacket and/or light fleece layer, sturdy shoes or boots. Also: Mosquito repellant highly recommended.

 

TRT Section 4 - Spooner Summit to Kingsbury Grade

Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT); this section is 12.2 miles long and provides some of the most beautiful views along the entire TRT.

TRT Section 4 - Spooner Summit to Kingsbury Grade Trail Information

Segment Description

Shadowing the rugged peaks of the Carson Range, this trail segment weaves between the huge trunks of ancient firs and over sun-splashed granite outcrops. Ridge top crossings showcase panoramic views of the Tahoe Basin and Carson Valley. Open stands of Jeffrey pine alternate with the cool stillness of red fir forests and the cheerful rustlings of aspen groves. A diverse array of birds and small animals inhabit the area and alert hikers may catch a glimpse of marmots frolicking across boulders or coyotes and mule deer slipping between the trees.

From Spooner Summit (7150'), the trail switchbacks upward through fragrant conifers and across small meadows brightened in spring by the cheerful yellow blooms of mule's ear. Nearby stand aspens whose broad trunks bear inscriptions carved long ago by lonely Basque Shepherds. A long traverse up the volcanic flanks of South Camp Peak (8866') leads to the highest point on the segment (8830') and a stunning view that sweeps across the entire length of Lake Tahoe. Along the descent to Kingsbury, dense woods occasionally part to reveal glimpses of sparkling water framed between the branches of lush firs. Just south of South Camp Peak, a dirt road crosses the TRT and rises steeply to the top of Genoa Peak (9150'), overlooking Carson Valley.

Trailheads
1. Spooner Summit South: On S side of Hwy 50 at USFS Picnic Area. Paved and horse trailer parking, vault toilets.
2. Kingsbury North: From Hwy 207 just W of summit turn N onto Benjamin Dr (which becomes Andria Dr) and drive 2 mi to dead end. Limited roadside parking no facilities.

 

Double 14s for the Super Advance Hikers : Mt. Langley and White Mountain

Cottonwood Lakes/Army Pass Trailhead

Horseshoe Meadows Rd, Lone Pine, Sacramento, CA (map)

Your reward for coming, are the magnificent views you have never seen in your entire life or better than any hiking experience you did in the Tahoe region or Yosemite.

Permit is not required since we are not overnight camping. Be prepared for the change of weather though and be prepared for the change of dates.

This hike will take place in July. If you are interested, you can start your training by going to Training Hill. Two months before the scheduled hike, you must be able to do four Training Hills in 4 hours. Our fellow organizers have scheduled Training Hill hikes weekly, you can sign up on their hikes since I do not post hikes for beginners. For those who are just starting, there's a 6 mile walk in downtown every Wednesday.

You can also contact Shannon if you'd like more information for beginner hikers training. Please note, its rated for "Super Advance Only" and there's a reason for that.

RSVP will be open on July 01. We will hike Langley on Saturday and for the die hard hikers can go with me to White Mountain on Sunday (required high clearance vehicle or 4wd).

Mountains create its own weather and it can transform a 10% chance precipitation into a white-out condition, in a matter of few hours. You must come prepared!

Mount Langley (Saturday) - 22 miles

Lat/Lon: 36.52330N / 118.238W

Elevation: 14026 ft / 4275 m

Elevation gain: +-4000'

Mt Langley is named after Samuel Pierpont Langley, but it was most likely first climbed by the Indians. The first white man to ascend the peak was William Bellows in 1864. Mt Langley is the southernmost of all the California 14ers.


The trail that leads nearly to the top of Mt Langley is well maintained, and is a pleasure to hike or backpack on. I say nearly to the top, because the last 300 vertical feet is accomplished with a class 2 rock scramble.

How to get there

Take US-395 to Lone Pine, CA, and head west on Whitney Portal Road. After a couple of miles, turn left at a sign to Horseshoe Meadows Road and follow it to the Cottonwood Lakes/Army Pass trailhead. Make sure you turn right at the sign indicating Cottonwood Lakes, otherwise you will end up at the trailhead for Cottonwood Pass. There is a walk-in campground, bear boxes and toilets at the trailhead, as well as ample parking.

White Mountain (Sunday) - 14 miles

Lat/Lon: 37.63440N / 118.2547W

Elevation: 14246 ft / 4342 m

Elevation gain: +-2500'

White Mountain Peak, the highest point in the White Mountains range, is the third highest peak in California, just 80m lower than Mount Whitney. The hike to the summit is a relatively easy 12km (by far the easiest to hike of all the 4000m mountains in California) because the trailhead is already at 3.800 meters of elevation

How to get there:

The trailhead for this route is the Barcroft gate on White Mountain Road. From California's Owens Valley, take US-395 to Big Pine and drive east on California Highway SR-168 into the White Mountains. In 13 miles you will reach Westgard Pass and the junction with White Mountain Road. Turn north (left) on to White Mountain Road and drive north until you reach the Barcroft gate, driving past Schulman Grove, Crooked Creek, and Patriarch Grove. The pavement ends just after Schulman Grove (about 9.5 miles from Westgard Pass), and is replaced by a gravel 4WD road for the remaining 17 miles.

FOOD SUGGESTIONS

         Please bring your own food, due to the nature and time constraint of this trip, cooking is NOT suggested

CLOTHING

         down jacket (optional)

         base layers (shirts that can wick moisture)

         wool socks (2 pairs)

         convertible pants -pants that turn into shorts (optional)

         beanies

         gloves (2 pairs - 1 water proof, 1 liner)

         hat

         hiking shoes or mountaineering boots

 

PERSONAL GEAR LIST

         Sleeping bag - can rent at REI

         Sleeping Pad (1inch thickness at least) - can rent at REI

         headlamp + flashlight

         sunscreen (50 SPF or higher)

         sunglasses

         chap stick (45 SPF or higher)

         toilet paper

         hygiene items - (toothbrush & tooth paste, deodorant, hand sanitizer)

         first aid kit - REQUIRED

         survival kit - (whistle, compass, matches, emergency blanket)

         pocket knife

         mess kit- reuseable bowl, knife, fork, spoon, cup (don't forget this one)

         trash bag (2) and plastic ziplock bags (3)

         GPS device (optional)

         tent, bivy or tarp

         water filter

         water bottles or hydration packs (enough for 4 liters)

         lighter

         camera (optional)

         extra batteries (for headlamps, etc.)


MOUNTAINEERING EQUIPMENT

         helmet (optional)

         googles (optional)

         gaiters

         mountaineering boots (optional)

 

Mount Rose Summit- Mountain Beauty -Advanced - 10 miles

What: Mount Rose Tahoe area 10 miles Advanced. Click here for some facts about mount rose - (this info talks of old trail head, not new one).
Where to meet you: (in your RSVP, please post at which departure site we will find you):
Depart: 7:30 am at Sunsplash Park and Ride
Departure Trailhead: 9:30am at the trailhead (see directions below)
Estimated Return to Meetup departure location: 4-5 pm
Best time to visit: Late Spring Summer

Hike Route Map: Mount Rose Trail Map

Elevation Gain/Loss: 8,811 to 10,776 (1,965 feet)

Altitude at Trailhead: 8,811

Terrain: The first three miles of this trail is an easy grade, dirt road,The last mile is a strenuous climb of rock and switchbacks.

Distance: Mount Rose, 10 miles out and back (distance measured from the “Mount Rose Welcome Plaza” on the north side of NV-267 aka Mount Rose Highway).

Rating: Advanced "Rating Chart"

Fitness Level: Fit Ready for strenuous climb

Expected Duration: About 6 hours for the hike, 1 hour 45 minute drive each way.

Special Skills Necessary: None.

Things to bring: Willingness to hike together as a group no matter what the speed of the slowest hiker. Willingness to stay between the sweeper and the leader.

Plus: 2-4 liters of Water, Sunscreen, Bug Repellent, Appropriate footwear for safe travel on the surfaces of the hike.

Plus: Extra Water if possible.

Description: We will be hiking from the new Mount Rose Trailhead located in close proximity to the Mount Rose Welcome Center. This route takes a more direct route to the summit and meets up with the “Old Mount Rose Trail” after several miles. After leaving the new Mount Rose trailhead we will climb while enjoying picturesque views of Lake Tahoe and continue until we reach the waterfall on Galena Creek. The first three miles of this trail is an easy grade, dirt road, lined with the Tahoe’s indigenous pines, and a collection of mountain flora. At the halfway point, we will enter a large meadow with a pond that would be great for a picnic if we weren’t going to the summit. The last mile is a strenuous climb of rock and switchbacks, but the views are definitely worth the effort.

This is a strenuous hike so please be prepared for a good hard climb with lots of great views to reward your effort.

Please note that high winds typically occur during the afternoons at the summit so please consider bringing layers to keep warm as necessary, as well as, the following essential items: - A positive and adventurous attitude - Plenty of water - Snacks and a lunch as we will eat and relax on summit before descending - Appropriate clothing (remember to bring a fleece because it can be cold and windy you never know) - Appropriate shoes, Moleskin, Band-Aids, tape, etc.

Cool Features: Mount Rose is one of North Lake Tahoe’s highest peaks at 10,778 feet and offers dramatic views of Reno, Lake Tahoe, and the Donner Summit/Truckee Area. Highlights include views of Mount Tallac, Desolation Wilderness, Freel Peak, Marlette Lake, and most other major landmarks around Lake Tahoe. Also note that on very clear days Lassen Peak can even be seen in the distance. Well of course YOU!

Membership Required: All adult participants must be Sacramento Trail Mix members. Minors are welcome when accompanied by their parent or guardian club member.

Event Fee: $0

Suggested host donation: $5

Suggested carpool donation: $15

Fees: $0

Permits: 0

Dogs: No Dogs Please.

Map:Closest Map To trailhead

Directions to Trailhead: From Sacramento to Mount Rose Summit Trailhead

         via I-80 East: I-80 East to SR-267;

         south on SR-267 to Incline Village (past Northstar);

         left on CA-28 from SR-267 (towards Spooner Summit);

         left on SR-27 from CA-28 to the Mount Rose Summit Trailhead.

         Mount Rose Welcome Center and Trailhead on the left

Mount Rose

Mount Rose is one of North Lake Tahoe’s highest peaks at 10,778 feet and offers dramatic views of Reno, Lake Tahoe, and the Donner Summit/Truckee Area. Highlights include views of Mount Tallac, Desolation Wilderness, Freel Peak, Marlette Lake, and most other major landmarks around Lake Tahoe. Also note that on very clear days Lassen Peak can even be seen in the distance.


Distance: Mount Rose, 9.6 mile out and back (distance measured from the “Mount Rose Welcome Plaza” on the north side of NV-267 aka Mount Rose Highway).

Elevation Gain: 8,811 to 10,776 (1,965 feet)


Map of Mount Rose Wilderness:
Tahoe Rim Trail


Driving Directions:

From Reno to Mount Rose Summit Trailhead via Mount Rose Highway (NV-431):

I-80 East to US 395 South; exit Mount Rose Highway (NV 431); west on Mount Rose Highway (NV 431) to the Mount Rose Summit Trailhead.

From Sacramento to Mount Rose Summit Trailhead via I-80 East:

I-80 East to SR-267; south on SR-267 to Incline Village (past Northstar); left on CA-28 from SR-267 (towards Spooner Summit); left on SR-27 from CA-28 to the Mount Rose Summit Trailhead.


Mount Rose Welcome Center and Trailhead:

We will be hiking from the new Mount Rose Trailhead located in close proximity to the Mount Rose Welcome Center. This route takes a more direct route to the summit and meets up with the “Old Mount Rose Trail” after several miles. After leaving the new Mount Rose trailhead we will climb while enjoying picturesque views of Lake Tahoe and continue until we reach the waterfall on Galena Creek. The first three miles of this trail is an easy grade, dirt road, lined with the Tahoe’s indigenous pines, and a collection of mountain flora. At the halfway point, we will enter a large meadow with a pond that would be great for a picnic if we weren’t going to the summit. The last mile is a strenuous climb of rock and switchbacks, but the views are definitely worth the effort.


Finally, please note that high winds typically occur during the afternoons at the summit so please consider bringing layers to keep warm as necessary, as well as, the following essential items:
- A positive and adventurous attitude
- Plenty of water
- Snacks and a lunch as we will eat and relax on summit before descending
- Appropriate clothing (remember to bring a fleece because it can be cold and windy you never know)
- Appropriate shoes, Moleskin, Band-Aids, tape, etc.

 

 

Canyon Creek, North Yuba River/All level hike

Alan (916) 803-1043

Originating in rocky canyons well above 6,000 ft., Canyon Creek roars thru waterfalls and steep canyons. It is also inaccessible by road and is being considered for Wild and Scenic status; a tasty hike particularly in the Spring.

The Canyon Creek Trail is about 3.5 miles long, which includes the historic road to Shenanigan Flat and Cherokee Creek. The trail parallels the North Yuba River on its north slope, at about 2,200 to 2,300 feet elevation. Our hike will cover the whole distance of a little over 7 miles on 300 feet elevation, out and back next to the roaring river. We'll have lunch where both Canyon Creek and North Yuba River meet. The waters are loud plus we'll see gold panners along the way. Optional food/brew in Nevada City, Grass Valley or Auburn.

Trailhead Directions: From I-80, travel State Hwy. 49 thru Nevada City, North San Juan, across the Middle Yuba River, past Camptonville and down the canyon to the North Yuba River, a distance of about 30 miles from Nevada City. Immediately after crossing the North Yuba River Bridge, make a left into the parking area.

 

Quarry Road Trail to American Canyon Falls

Bowman, CA

Quarry Road Trail to American Canyon Falls

Quarry Road Trail is the easiest of walks—for the first 2 miles. Just by adding an idyllic destination, you can turn this simple walk into a challenging adventure. The falls and pool hidden away on American Canyon Creek are worth every step along this historic mining trail. As you exit the shade of the first bend, look over your shoulder to a nice view of Foresthill Bridge. As you walk along the river toward Warner Ravine and the rapids at New York Bar, your wide trail is lined with fairy lanterns and buttercups in the spring and nicely shaded by live oak and foothill pine year-round. Your trail tells of three periods of history.

 

Hiking: Blue Wing Trail at Iowa Hill

 

Pickering Bar is accessible from where Blue Wing meets the North Fork and is roughly 2-miles upstream. Time permitting we may venture forth on this trail.  Upstream (Pickering Bar, photo below) or downstream (a quarter-mile to a memorial bench).

Pickering Bar from the journal of Russell Towle

But Pickering Bar: large Pleistocene terrace(s), the river having entered a portion of the canyon which widens slightly, with probably a lesser gradient (than Giant Gap) as well, so that here at last some fragment of the river's bed load could find a place to rest… the terraces could probably be roughly dated. I suspect they represent different episodes of glaciation, the older, stronger.

Water-polished bedrock is a conspicuous feature at Pickering Bar. We found a bend in the river with large expanses of polished rock and a tiny circle of sand, Jasper's playpen. Zane and I had a wonderful time hopping and running from rock to rock; he's a very bright boy, and very coordinated, potentially my equal in rock hopping, when he matures (and that's saying a lot); I also introduced him to the subject of vampire farts, right circular cones, Archimedes, quartz crystals, and so on.…

Description: This is a moderate-strenuous 2.8-mile out-and-back canyon hike starting in Iowa Hill that affords access to a large bar on the North Fork American River. Several folks will be doing poison oak trail maintenance with a gas weed eater. The trail itself is in good shape and has been worked not too long ago.

Elevation: 2983’ to 1363’ (1980’ total elevation gain)

Expectations: A remote and scenic hike originating in the town that refused to die, Iowa Hill. I would say the trail, although short, is on the higher end of Moderate-Strenuous based on the elevation gain.

Excellent three-decade diary of Blue Wing by Russell Towle.

Trailhead: Arrive at the trailhead at 09:10 departing at 09:15 with an estimated end-time of 1:00 Including lunch at the river and exploring.

Directions to trailhead: Follow I80 to Colfax and take the Grass Valley Hwy 174 exit. If coming from the west take a sharp right onto Canyon Way. (If coming from the east, take a right at the stop sign (Auburn St.), then right at the next stop sign and cross over I80 and turn right onto Canyon Way.) In about 1/4 mile turn left onto Iowa Hill Rd. Continue on Iowa Hill Rd 9 miles to the Iowa Hill Store. Continue 1.0 miles beyond the store (the pioneer cemeteries along the way are worth a visit!). Turn left onto a dirt road. You may park here or drive another 0.5 mile on a rough dirt road past old hydraulic diggings to a large clearing on the left. The trailhead (unmarked) is on the NW corner of the clearing. 

 

Hiking: Benicia Urban and Wetlands Hike

8 mile hike at Benicia State Recreation Area, which covers 720 acres of marsh, grassy hillsides and rocky beaches along the narrowest portion of the Carquinez Strait. We’ll have lunch overlooking the Strait. Weather can be changeable so bring layers. Much of this hike is on pavement.

 

 

Biking: MTB-Skyline WP in Napa 

FATRAC is hosting a MTB ride @ Sky Line Wilderness Park

Directions: drive to Napa and park near Napa College where we will ride the River to Ridge Trail into the Skyline Wilderness Park (paying for parking will NOT be required,  This ride will differ from the traditional Skyline loop you may have ridden. We will add mileage at both ends on newer singletrack built as part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, bringing the total ride to about 14 miles. But with some steep climbs and plenty of technical challenges, this will not be a beginner ride. Riding it clockwise will also give us less "water bars" and more flow! After climbing to Lake Marie and stopping for a snack, we’ll also ride the new Napa Solano Ridge Trail loop, which may one day connect to Rockville Park. Then it’s a fun descent back to the cars with some sweeping views of the Napa Valley. Napa may be foggy at this time of year, so along with helmet, food, water and your flat repair kit, you may want to bring a lightweight jacket or some arm/leg warmers. Rain WILL cancel this ride as the trails can get very muddy. Plan on a 2.5 hr + ride and about an hour and fifteen minutes of driving each direction.

 

Hiking: Mt. Tamalpais to Stinson Beach.

This strenuous, but spectacular hike, starts out on coastal hills, then descends to Stinson Beach and returns along the scenic Steep Ravine trail. Along the way we will hike through woodsy areas of ferns, bays and Douglas fir. Open hillsides will provide a great view of Stinson Beach and Bolinas Mesa. Stinson Beach has full facilities: beach, water, food, and restrooms. After our lunch we will hike back up Steep Ravine trail. This is a magnificent area offering an inspiring setting of redwoods, ferns, mosses, creeks and waterfalls. 8 miles and 1800 feet of elevation gain. Limited to 20. Heavy rain cancels. Hike is advertised for ages 18-40s, but everyone is welcome. Optional dinner after. Leader will send meeting info to RSVPs.

 

Hiking: Point Reyes – Palomarin - Wildcat.

Enjoy a hike along the coast with fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean, a stop at Alamere Falls and lunch at Wildcat camp on a bluff overlooking the ocean. 12 miles long with about 1,200 feet elevation gain. We’ll start at the Palomarin trailhead and hike to Wildcat Camp via Coast Trail. Group limited to 12. No dogs allowed. Rain cancels. Contact leader for reservation and meeting info. For ages 18-40s, but all are welcome. Leader: Brian Braid. [masked] or [masked]

 

Hiking: Jenkinson Lake Trail 7 miles

Elevation:3478 feet. Mostly flat with several inclines of less than a 100 feet.

Distance: ~7 miles

Rating: Beginner/Intermediate "Rating Chart"

Duration: About 4.5 hours for hike and lunch and a stop at the falls

Things to bring: Willingness to hike together as a group no matter what the speed of the slowest hiker. Willingness to stay between the sweeper and the leader.

Plus: 2 liters of Water, Sunscreen, Bug Repellent, Appropriate footwear for safe travel on the surfaces of the hike.

Description:The trailhead is at the end of the second dam. We'll start out along the south shore as we head toward Park Creek. The trail follows the lake edge through pine and oak treed forest.When we reach Park Creek we will go over and take a look at the Falls. Then we will head to the very back of the lake to Hazel Creek Campground and take a lunch break and the day use tables.

Duration: 3.5 to 4 hours for hike and lunch.

Cool Features: Lake, Falls, Forest, Wildlife and of course YOU!

Directions to Jenkinson Lake: Hwy 50 to Pollock Pines (about 1 hour from Sacramento) Exit Sly Park Road - Right on Sly Park Road for about 5 miles, past the resort entrance. Left on Mormon Immigrant Trail, go about a mile and a half and look for off-road parking immediately after the second dam.

More Information: Click Here

Trail Map: Click Here

 

 

Hiking:  Blue Ridge Trail, Cache Creek Natural Area

On this strenuous 5.5 total mile hike in the scenic Cache Creek Natural Area we’ll make our way up to the summit of a 2,631’ knoll on Blue Ridge from where we’ll have a spectacular view of the Sacramento Valley, Coast Range and Sierra. 2,500' elevation gain.

Hiking: Shingle Falls Hike Beg. 4.1 Miles

Cool Features: Water Fall, rivers, and of course YOU!

Description: This is a very pleasant and easy walk through the countryside to a very pretty waterfall nestled in a little canyon. There is a Lower Fairy Falls about 30 feet high but you will need to scramble along the rocks to get a good view. Upper Fairy Falls is more impressive and just a short ways upstream. Hike down the steep bank to the base of the falls and have lunch on the rocks."

Hike Route Map:


Elevation Gain/Loss: +250'  

Altitude at Trailhead: 350'  

Terrain: Gravel road and trail

Distance: 4.1 Miles

Difficulty Rating: Beginner "Rating Chart"

Fitness Expected Duration: about 3 hours for the hike  

 

 

Kayaking: Estero Americano

The put in for the estuary is about a mile from the town of Valley Ford, near Bodega Bay. The put-in is a very short access road located on Valley Ford Estero road. From the town of Valley Ford, take Valley Ford Estero Road southwest approximately 1 mile to where it crosses the estuary; the put-in is on the south side of the road. GPS coordinates for the put-in are 38.309555,-122.935724. There is a good description here: http://gotoes.org/California/ViewBoatLaunchRamp.pl?site=2 The Paddle is 6 miles in/6 miles out, so this isn't a paddle for those new to the sport. The classic weather pattern for Sonoma County is increasing afternoon onshore winds, so getting an early start will be advantageous because the winds would be at our back on the way back to the put-in. Significant rains prior to the paddle will be helpful; one year it was so flooded that the estuary shown in the map was literally a giant lake, and you could just paddle straight over the fields, fences, etc, that you normally have to weave through on the estuary!! The scenery is fabulous, starting with a very narrow estuary which sits beneath the level of the cattails and grasses. It broadens as you get closer to the ocean, then narrows again as you pass through a steep fjord. Usually the mouth of the estuary is blocked, and so there is no tide to worry about. If the mouth of the estuary is not blocked, then tide could be an issue; passing through the shallows about mid-way along the route could be an issue; and we will have to be careful in our approach to the ocean. At the ocean, there is a very wide (> 1/4 mile) beach, so I would not expect any safety issue since you could choose your approach to the beach to be anywhere along that 1/4 mile + stretch. The beach itself is in Bodega Bay, which offers some modest shelter from ocean swells. It can really be windy here, so paddlers should be prepared for lots of spray, wind-driven waves, etc; I have received quite a drenching, on occasion. The estuary is the geographical boundary between Marin and Sonoma counties, with Marin to the south and Sonoma to the north. The private land on either side is farming / grazing / undeveloped / marsh, depending. There have been some interesting disputes about passage rights, but the law apparently sides with the kayakers. The estuary has a remote feeling about it, and we have often stopped along the way for a lunch in the marsh, with no issues. (In fact, we’ve never seen a human unless they were in a boat). We should be able to arrive about noon at the ocean and we will get out, stretch and have some lunch, then paddle back to our cars. We should be back by 4 or so, packed up by 4:15 - 4:30. Those interested in an apres-paddle could stop in at Dempsey’s Brewery in Petaluma, which overlooks the Petaluma River at 50 East Washington Street Petaluma. They have typical pub fare, excellent craft beer, and a nice outdoor patio. There are also coffee shops and other venues in Petaluma for those interested in something else. What to bring: Kayak, spray skirt, paddle, sun screen, hat, 3 liters water minimum, camera, whistle, bildge pump, PFD, snacks, lunch, bug spray, blanket or towel to sit on for lunch, layered clothing in case it's a bit windy once we're at the ocean

 

 

 

 

Biking: Hole in the Ground Ride

 

Biking: Mix Canyon

 

Biking: Mt. Diablo

 

Biking: Tahoe City to Squaw Valley Village - 16 miles

Day Trip: The Academy of Science San Francisco

Hiking: Hike Sugar Pine Mountain Trail~ 6.5 Miles Moderate

Elevation gain of about 1300 ft to crest the top of the mountain. You'll be rewarded with fabulous views of the valley and may even see snow on top of 'dem dar hills'!

This hike is nestled in the foothills near Meadow Vista and is a 6.5 (closer to 7 according to GPS) mile loop that circumnavigates the Winchester Country Club. The hike is moderate and will take us 3-4 hours to complete depending on speed, photgraphy and lunch. This mountain is home to Sugar Pines which are generally growing at higher elevations, so this should be quite a treat. The crest of the hike is barely more than 2000 ft. The forest is packed with conifers (ya know..pine trees) such as Ponderosa Pines, Foothill Pines and Incense Cedars.
There are many elevation gains and losses along the way. The trail is marked along the way frequently and is open to bikes, horses and hikers

Directions to Trail Head: Take I-80 East towards Reno for about 30 miles Exit #125 Clipper Gap. Drive 1 mile north on Placer Hills Road. Turn Left on Sugar Pine Road and drive 0.1 mile. The trail head is 0.15 miles around the curve, up the road on the left side of the Winchester Country Club entrance.

Hiking: Hiking and Camping Sonora Pass Area

Directions to Camp Peaceful Pines  Coming from the northwest (Sacramento).  Take Highway/Freeway 99 south.  South of Stockton follow signs to Oakdale and Sonora via Escalon.  Proceed on 120 through Oakdale.  In Oakdale 120 will merge with Highway 108.  When they separate 26 miles later (120 goes south to Yosemite) bear to the left and go with 108.  In 15 miles you will reach Sonora and briefly merge with highway 49. Stay with 108.  In 31 miles you reach Pinecrest, then 20 more miles to the "Clark Fork Road" (3 miles after Vista Point).  If you reach Dardanelle you went 3 miles too far.  At "Clark Fork Road" turn left/north and drive about 4.5 miles.  A half a mile after you cross "Arnot Creek" you will find "Sand Flat Campground" to the south and "Camp Peaceful Pines" on the north of the road.  If you reach the end of the road, you went 3 miles too far.  Estimated travel time: 4 hours

Hiking: Sugar Pine Mountain Trail~ 6.5 Miles Moderate

Elevation gain of about 1300 ft to crest the top of the mountain. This hike is nestled in the foothills near Meadow Vista and is a 6.5 (closer to 7 according to GPS) mile loop that circumnavigates the Winchester Country Club. The hike is moderate and will take us 3-4 hours to complete depending on speed, photgraphy and lunch.  This mountain is home to Sugar Pines which are generally growing at higher elevations, so this should be quite a treat. The crest of the hike is barely more than 2000 ft. The forest is packed with conifers, such as Ponderosa Pines, Foothill Pines and Incense Cedars.  The trail is marked along the way frequently and is open to bikes, horses and hikers  Please bring at least 2 liters of water, snacks, lunch, hat, camera, layered clothing, and a can do attitude!  Directions to Trail Head: Take I-80 East towards Reno for about 30 miles  Exit #125 Clipper Gap.  Drive 1 mile north on Placer Hills Road.  Turn Left on Sugar Pine Road and drive 0.1 mile.  Park at the turnout on the left.  The trail head is 0.15 miles around the curve, up the road on the left side of the Winchester Country Club entrance. 

Hiking: Hiking: Migrating Bald Eagles at Cache Creek Canyon, Intermediate

This area and the surrounding hills are known for bald eagles as they continue to migrate into their natural habitat. There's plenty of catfish and carp for these wintering birds as the reason they keep coming back and our group we'll be there again several times this season to experience their company. Hopefully, we'll be treated to dramatic views of these majestic creatures as they fly up above. Should the eagles and other wildlife not be available, the surrounding scenery and the hike are well worth the effort. The trails are well maintained with elevation gains of about 650' with gradual moderate ups and downs. We will hike a total of approximate 10 miles over switchbacks that includes a shallow creek crossing and have lunch at midpoint.  Trailhead Directions: From Sac, take the I-5 North to Hwy 20 in Williams and head West (turn left at exit) towards Clearlake. After 30 miles, you'll come to a bridge with a large sign that says Cache Creek Management Area. Enter here and the trailhead with restrooms are up ahead.

Hiking: Thunder Mountain

Location: Highway 88 (3.2 miles east of Kit Carson Lodge) Distance: Approximately 7 Miles Elevation gain 1,500 ft Level: Intermediate to Advanced (high altitude and winter conditions) Pace: Moderate (Let's enjoy the journey and take a picture or two) Trail details: Winding trail through volcanic terrain with vistas of Silver Lake, Mokelumne Wilderness, Desolation Wilderness, and Kirkwood Mountains. Or so the guidebooks say; I've never been on this particular trail. Although the mountains are largely free of snow, there may be patches of snow and ice. Wear good hiking boots and bring poles if you have them! Even on clear, relatively warm days, mountain winds can drop temperatures dramatically. Pack lots of layers, gloves, hats, and other snuggly stuff. You'll need plenty of liquids and snacks to keep you hydrated and energized.  Directions: Trailhead from Folsom From Folsom take 50 east to Lake Taheo 89 south (right). Take 89 south to 88 turn west (right). Drive until you pass Kirkwood. The road climbs from Kirkwood. Just past the top of the hill turn left into a poorly marked (the last time I look) driveway. There is a sign and it is a wide entrance.

Hiking:  Jacks and Dicks Peak - Hike out to Lake Aloha and then cross country to one of the best viewpoints in Desolation Wilderness. Climb Jacks Peak (9650’) and then hike the ridgeline to Dicks Peak (9970’). Approximately 14 miles and 7000 feet of up and down, then down to the Pacific Crest Trail and back out to Glen Alpine Trailhead. Bring two lunches, plenty of water and sturdy boots. Map to Glen Aulin from Meyers Topo Map Glen Alpine Trailhead Fallen Leaf Lake Fallen Leaf Lake, CA (map) 

 

Hiking:  Lyons Creek Trail to Lyons Lake. This is a gorgeous moderate-strenuous out and back hike of ten-miles with Lunch at Lyons lake in Desolation Wilderness. The trail has one creek crossing which should be fairly placid this late in the summer. This hike is noted for several waterfalls, wildflowers and two spectacular lakes to enjoy, Lyons and Sylvia. Although the hike parallels the creek it is often out of sight and sound. I see two spots on the topo map that are directly adjacent to the creek. Other than that it varies up to .1-miles away. Our hike starts at an elevation of 6,700' and ends at Lyons Lake at 8,300' (+1,400') The grade is easy to moderate with the exception of the last half-mile to Lyons Lake over portions of trail that are rock with 400' in elevation gain. Good hiking boots will be a plus on this hike! I plan on bringing my John Muir book and will accommodate a couple of stops on the way to peruse the flowers. Plan on spending 40-minutes at the Lyons Lake before hiking out. Trailhead Directions: Will will arrive at the trailhead at ~9:45 departing at 10:00 with an estimated end-time of 6:00 p.m. From Sacramento, take Hwy 50 east above Kyburtz onto Wrights Lake Road 1.5 miles past the 5000 ft elevation sign. If you come to Twin Bridges on HW50 you have driven to far. Wrights Lake Road climbs steeply out of the canyon and is not suitable for large RV's or vehicles towing trailers. Drive north on Wrights Lake Road ~3.7 miles to the Lyons Creek Trailhead parking area on your right.  Google Maps to Wights Lake Road 

 

Hiking:  Wright's Lake to Price and Agassiz, Ogul Peaks  Ascend via Smith Lake, climb Agassiz, then Price and descend via Island and Twin Lakes.  Difficulty: Very Strenuous, 14 miles 4000 feet of elevation gain.  Desolation Wilderness rule limit each group size to 12.  This least climbed peak at 9975 ft is only second in height to Pyramid along the crystal ridge. Agassiz is unnamed on most maps but is a satisfying peak to climb  It affords beautiful vistas, and a real challenge to those interested.  We will start at Wrights lake and proceed to Twin lakes turning toward Mt. Price at island lake. Once we reach the base most of the assent is class 2 rock scrambling so care must be taken to avoid rocks falling those below. There will be a snow field to ascend.  After Mt. Price we will go over to Mt. Agassiz, (my favorite peak) which will take about 45 minutes. We will return over the ridge and down to smith lake - grouse lake trail. Swimming in Hemlock lake is an option.  We will meet at the trail head at 9:00 for a full day of hiking.  Difficulty: Advanced  Distance: 14 mi return  Trailhead: 6,980'  Mt. Price and Agassiz Summit:~9,975'  Directions to Trail Head: Take Highway 50 to Wrights Lake Road, it is 1.5 miles past the 5000 foot elevation sign. Drive about 6 miles until the stop sign. Turn right, pass the campground and go to the end of the road where there is a toilet. Parking is free. In the event Wrights Lake Road is closed I will post the Ice House Rd route.  Head right to the "Twin Lakes & Grouse Lake Trail". At the trailhead, you can self-issue a required wilderness permit for day hikes. 

 

Hiking: American Canyon Trail - The prettiest trail in ASRA (Auburn State Recreation Area)
Duration: 4-5 hours Distance: ~8 miles Difficulty: Intermediate due to the fairly steep 3 mile climb at the end Dogs okay Description: From the "third gate" trailhead we will continue straight onto the Wendell T. Robie trail and continue to the Barbara Schooner Memorial. From the stop sign in Cool, turn left onto CA 193 toward Georgetown.
Drive 5.3 miles, then turn left onto Sweetwater Trail on the north side (left), which is opposite of Pilgrim Court on the south.
Trailhead is on the right of the street, before the gates to Auburn Lake Trails.

 

Hiking: Angel Island

 

Hiking: Applegate to Lake Clementine Trail - distance 5 miles Climb 1200 on return Difficulty Moderate Dog Friendly Description: This old road provides a wide, easy route from Applegate to the waters of Lake Clementine. Much of the trail is in the shade of conifers and oaks. It affords a bird's eye view of the Lake Clementine beach area, as well as scenic views up and down the North Fork American River. A side trip can be made to an old lime kiln.  Trail guide courtesy of Canyon Keepers http://www.canyonkeepers.org/  http://members.psyber.com/asra/tgapple.pdf Trailhead / Parking: (N38-59-027; W120-59-077)  Parking is on Boole Rd 1.6 miles off I-80 at the Applegate Exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Crother Rd. Turn left at Applegate Rd (see sidebar). Go east for 0.3 miles. Just after the concrete railroad overpass, turn right onto Boole Rd. Go south for 1.3 miles, passing a Catholic retreat center, Hilltop Ct and Roland Dr, and look for an old dirt road on the left. Trailhead is just before a big black oak with a yellow sign.

 

Hiking: Bassi Falls Directions:From Hwy #50 about 20 miles east of Placerville, turn left (north) onto Ice House Rd (Forest Road 3). Drive 15.9  miles on Ice House Rd. Turn right onto an unmarked dirt road (Road 12N32), just after crossing the third bridge, over Big Silver Creek (opposite Big Silver group camp).  Bassi Falls cascades 109 feet through large broken granite rock, then the stream flows many different paths over the granite slab. Round trip is about 5 miles and about 400 feet elevation gain. Big Hill has awesome 360-degree view from the top and is the tallest hill from there to the Cascade Range and the surrounding area.

 

Hiking: Blue Canyon Pallisades Creek/Royal Gorge the trail head is up higher than Loch Leven

 

Hiking: Burton Creek Trail  The Burton Creek Trail Run takes place on a beautiful, fun and challenging trail system within Burton Creek State Park in Tahoe City, CA. The course features miles of single track through pine forests and high sierra meadows. Burton Creek drains the runoff from Mt. Watson into Lake Tahoe.

 

Hiking: Camp Eden on Dog Paw Creek off the Callahan – Cecilville road North of the Trinity Alps

 

Hiking: Caples Creek & the Silver Fork of the American River near Kyburz  This is a moderate 7 mile hike that starts on the Silver Fork of the American River. We hike up past the confluence of the Silver Fork and Caples Creek. This hike is located in the El Dorado National Forest east of Kyburz. Also, there should be a good display of wildflowers. Learn about the history of the area (Tragedy Springs etc.), wildflowers, and flora. Some of the meadows may be muddy so wear good hiking boots. With all the snow, the flows in the creek (currently a river) are very high and the hike may be abbreviated to 4-5 miles if the leader determines we cannot cross safely. Approx. a 1,000' elev. gain from 5,000’ to 6,000’ elev. Difficulty rating 2B. Forecast of thunderstorms cancels. Dogs on leash (only) OK.

 

Hiking: Caples Creek Trail - Dog Friendly (9-miles Intermediate)   The hike starts near the Silver Fork Campground near Kyburz (about 1.5-hours east of El Dorado Hills off Hwy 50). It's a perfect time to hike this trail, the snow has melted and the creeks are full. Total length of this trail is about 9-miles, and it includes just about everything you'd hope for (at least what I like) in a hike...... raging creeks, rapids, falls, a lake, meadows, a creek/tree crossing (assuming the water is still high) and enough of a challenge that you won't see many people on the trail.  This is a "Dog Friendly" hike, meaning that it's a great trail for dogs also, and you should like dogs if you go. They WILL be off-leash mostly and having a blast! Please bring only friendly, social dogs. Your dog should also be in good shape as they'll get a workout as well 

 

Hiking: Caples lake trail to Emigrant Lake Length: Approximately 8 miles round trip (4-6 hours hiking time)  Elevation Gain: ~900 ft 7,800 feet climbing to 8,700 feet  Difficulty: Moderate..We will travel along the South shore of Caples Lake for the first two miles and then climb 800 feet in the last two miles to the deep glacier formed Emigrant Lake where tall mountain peaks tower above us with excellent view of the Three Sisters. Depart from trail head we will be 10:15 AM at Caples Lake on Hwy 88. 1. From Iron Point Park & Ride go east on U.S. 50 to Sly Park Road (2nd Pollock Pines exit) (Approx 35.0 miles.) 2. Make a right to go southbound on Sly Park Road. (Approx. 4.6 miles) 3. Turn left (eastbound) on Mormon Emigrant Trail (a hard to find turn with only a small green street sign, but there is a country store called "Slypark Resort" on the right just before the turn. 4. After successfully turning onto Mormon Emigrant Trail, go eastbound for approximately 35 miles until hitting Hwy 88. (Approx. 24.6 miles.) 5. Turn Left (eastbound) on Hwy 88. Go Past Kirkwood. Turn right onto a parking lot at Caples Lake. If you have gone to Carson Pass at the top of the grade you have gone too far. (Approx. 12.6 miles).

 

Hiking: Carson Pass to Echo Summit on the PCT/TRT 14 miles 14 miles through a gorgeous part of the Pacifiic Crest Trail (PCT) and the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT).  Hwy 50 to Echo Summit  Right into the PCT/TRT trailhead parking on the south side of Hwy 50 Directions to Carson Pass from Echo Summit: Continue east on Hwy 50 Right on Hwy 89 south Right on Hwy 88 west to Carson Pass Right into Showers Lake trailhead on the north side of Hwy 88

 

Hiking: Carson Pass to Frog, Winnemucca, and Round Top Lakes  This is a very popular easy going higher elevation trip. Come experience this signature hike for it's spectacular alpine vistas, magnificent wildflowers, and sparkling lakes. The dark volcanic ridges and peaks provide a brooding backdrop to Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes, two of the prettiest lakes in the northern Sierra. The volcanic soils also support an unusually rich wildflower display.  The thick Sierra snowpack above 8000 feet limits access to this trail until mid July so we are in great timing. Also the perfect time for wildflower viewing. Swimming is optional as the water in this alpine gem is always cold. We'll break off in groups of 12 to satisfy a USFS requirement. Bring layers due to the cooler breeze (light jacket and convertible pants are ideal) lunch, snacks, plenty of water (preferably with electrolytes), hiking boots, poles, wholesome friendly attitude and other essentials to help you hike. Total length is under 6 miles in and out which will take approximately 4-6 hours to complete. The elevation gain is about 1200 ft. and the level of difficulty is a 3 on a scale from 1 to 5. We'll enjoy lunch by Round Top Lake and provide extra time to explore and do photo opportunities of the area's various beautiful scenic settings. After the hike, we can do an optional dinner at Kirkwood Inn.  There is no real trail to Round Top's summit, and the most obvious use trail goes straight uphill at a punishing grade. The gorgeous volcanic scenery makes it all worthwhile. Round Top Lake is set below the Sisters, two peaks that are both at 10,000' plus. You also have views of Mt Round Top and fourth of July Peak. It's incredibly dramatic. From the eastern edge of Round Top Lake, you'll see an obvious path heading up the side of Mt Round Top. If you like a little challenge and you're surefooted, go for it. The grade is brutal, but when you reach the top after a final rocky scramble, you have a stunning view of The Dardanelles, Lake Tahoe, Caples Lake Woods Lake, Rount Top Lake, Winnemucca Lake, and Frog Lake. At 10,380', Mt Round Top is the highest peak in the Carson Pass area, and the finest place for a bird's-eye view. The summit is more like a kinife-thin, rocky ridge, so watch your footing. Hey, It can get very windy up there!! I almost was blown-off the ridge, a few years back, to a certain death. This is not a place for children or inexperienced hikers." Yep! that's why I going to stay at safe Ol' Round Top Mountain Lake. So don't get scared off - the wildflowers alone should make this a must-do hike. I won't do the summit. While the peak baggers are out bagging another peak, maybe I'll take my fellow chickens around to my favorite peppermint or spearmint patch a little beyond the lake.  DIRECTIONS TO THE HIKE For those who wish to drive Directly to the trailhead we will be arriving around 10:30 at Carson Pass on Hwy 88 top of the grade. From Iron Point Park & Ride. 1. Go east on U.S. 50 to Sly Park Road (2nd Pollick Pines exit) Make a right to go southbound on Sly Park Road. 2. Turn left (eastbound) on Mormon Emigrant Trail (a hard to find turn with only a small green street sign, but there is a country store called "Slypark Resort" on the right just before the turn. (Note: If you miss this critical left turn "your toast" because you be lost forever!!!) 3. After successfully turning onto Mormon Emigrant Trail go eastbound for approximately 35 miles until hitting Hwy 88. Turn Left (eastbound) on Hwy 88. Go Past Kirkwood and Caples Lake until you get to the trailhead at the top of Carson Pass. Turn right into the parking lot with the log cabin ranger shack and you are there.

 

Hiking: Carson Pass to Winnemucca Lake Carson pass to Frog Lake then to Winnemucca Lake Around 5 miles round trip and about 400 feet elevation gain. 8573 feet to 8980 feet A great area for wild flowers More info to follow.

 

Hiking: Castle Peak and Basin Peak  Part of a series of hikes in the Donner Pass/North Tahoe area (Friday TRT with Shannon/Saturday Tinker's Knob with Jeanine) or come for this hike alone.  Estimated elevation: 2000 feet Estimated distance: 10 miles  Leave Sunsplash and travel east on I-80 to the Castle Peak/Boreal Ridge exit. This is the first exit after Soda Springs. (Soda Springs is the exit for Clair Tappaan Lodge.) The trail head is on the north side of I-80. Travel 0.2 miles northeast up a paved road, then on a dirt road to the turnaround area. This is where we will park. The hike leader will meet you at the trailhead around 9:00 a.m.  The hike begins on a dirt road. There is a fork in the road. Stay to the left. The road will gradually increase in elevation. The trail will intersect with the PCT. This is the area for Castle Pass. From here the trail to Castle Peak turns to the east and follows the ridge line to the west summit of Castle Peak, about 1 mile. This is a steep climb with lose stones. Hiking poles and good hiking boots will provide stability for the climb. A clear day offers fabulous views of sierra peaks to the north and the south. (For those wanting a shorter version of the hike this is a possible turn around spot.)  From Castle Peak a trail follows the ridge line to Basin Peak. From this point the hike will return to the PCT on a use trail. We will join the PCT to pass Peter Grub hut and will climb over Castle Pass. From here we will retrace our steps to the parking lot. 

 

Hiking: Cathedral Lakes Intermediate 7.4  Distance: 7.4 miles Elevation: 1,000  Time: 4 hours Departure from Trailhead: 9:00am  Description: The Cathedral Lakes are a tremendously popular easy backpacking destination in Yosemite, but it's such a short hike to reach them that they also make a great day trip. Located on .5 mile spur off John Muir trail the Lakes are within a classic glacial cirque, tucked in below 10,840-foot Cathedral Peak. It's as scenic a spot as you'll find anywhere in Yosemite. Campsites are found close to the lake but you will need to secure a wilderness permit way advance in order to spend the night. From the trail's starts at Tioga Road you will hike 3.2 miles on John Muir trail with a 1,000-foot elevation gain. Much of the trail is shaded by Lodgepole Pines, but when the path breaks out of the trees views of surrounding peaks especially distinctive Cathedral peak which looks remarkably different from every angle keep you ohhing and ahhing the whole way. At 3.2 miles turn right on Cathedral Lakespur to reach the lower larger lake in .5 mile you'll follow the Lakes Inlet stream through a gorgeous meadow to the waters edge--then start snapping photographs like crazy. To reach the upper Lake retrace your steps to the John Muir Trail and continue another .5 mile fishing is often better in the upper lake and the scenery is equally sublime.  Directions: From Merced drive 70 miles north east on Highway 142 Yosemite National Park follow the signs toward Yosemite Valley entering to the Arch Rock entrance station continued 4.5 miles to left turnoff for Tioga Road/highway 120 looping back out of the Valley on big Oak flat Road in 9.3 miles turn right on Tioga Road and drive 37.4 miles to the Cathedral Lakes Trailhead on the right by Tuolumne Meadows park your car in the pullouts on either side of Tioga Road near the trailhead there is no formal parking lot. 

 

Hiking: Clouds Rest, Cathedral Lakes Yosemite Brief: Camping for six, hiking for two days in the Tuolumme Area including Clouds Rest Hike and Chathedral Lakes. Payment will include Entrance to the park, transportation/gas, campfire wood, use of a propane stove and camping fee. We will camp for the weekend and do these hikes while chilaxin' in Yosemite. Travel on Friday and set up camp. Carb up for an early hike to Clouds rest Saturday. Saturday climb clouds rest at night to catch the sunrise and return. Sunday pack up and hike Cathedral Lakes on the way home. Foghorn Book Description of this hike: CLOUDS REST 14.0 mi/8.0 Miles off Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park Hiking to Clouds Rest is a trip that's as epic as climbing Half Dome, but with far less people elbowing you along the way. With a 2,300-foot climb and 14 miles to cover, it's not for those who are out of shape. Then trail ascends steadily for the first four miles, descends steeply for .5 mile, then climbs again more moderately. Keep the faith-the first 2.5 miles from the trailhead are the toughest. The final summit ascent is a little dicey because of the terrifying drop offs, but as with other Yosemite peaks, watch your footing on the granite slabs, and you'll be fine. Overall, the route is much safer than climbing Half Dome, because the final ascent is far more gradual, and there are no cables to maneuver. The view from the top of Clouds Rest of Tenaya Canyon. Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, Tenaya Lake, the Clark Range, and various peaks and ridges-will knock your socks off (hope you brought along an extra pair). Note that if this long hike has made you hot and sweaty, you can stop at the Sunrise Lakes for a swim on the on the way back-the first lake is only .25 mile from the Clouds Rest/Sunrise Trail junction. User Groups: Hikers only. No dogs, horses, or mountain bikes. No wheelchair facilities. Permits: No permits are required. There isl $20 per vehicle entrance fee at Yosemile National Park, good for seven days. Maps: Free park maps are available at park entrance stations or by contacting Yosemite National Park at the address below. A Yosemite map is available from Tom Harrison Maps for a topographic map, ask the USGSM Tenaya Lake. Directions: From Merced, drive 70 miles northeast on Highway 140 to Yosemite National Park. Follow the signs toward Yosemite Valley, entering through the Arch Rock entrance station, Continue 4.5 miles to the left turnoff for Tioga I Road/Highway 120, looping back out of the valley on Big Oak Flat Road. In 9.3 miles, turn right on Tioga Road and drive 30.3 mile; to the Sunrise Lakes trailhead, on the soiilli side of Tioga Road just west of Tenaya Lake. Contact: Yosemite National Park Public Information Office, P.O. Box 577, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389, [masked], website; www.nps.gov/yose. NORTH DOME 9.0mi/5.0hrs Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park There are those who say that climbing Half Dome is a bit of a disappointment, and not just because of the crowds. When you reach the top and check out the commanding view, the panorama of granite is not quite as awesome as you might expect, and that's because you can't see Half Dome—you're standing on it. That's a dilemma that's easy to fix. If Half Dome is an absolute necessity in your view of Yosemite, climb North Dome instead, which offers a heart-stopping view of that big piece of granite. The route is not for the faint of heart, but when you are way up high looking down at Tenaya Canyon and across at Half Dome and Clouds Rest well, you'll know why you came. You could hike to North Dome from Yosemite Valley, but it's a long, butt-kicking trip. A much preferred route begins at the Porcupine Creek trailhead on Tioga Road. The dirt access road shortly brings you to a proper trail, signed as Porcupine Creek. Continue straight at two possible junctions near the 2.5-mile mark, heading due south for North Dome. After the third mile, your views begin to open up, providing fine vistas of North Dome and Half Dome and increasing your anticipation. At the trail junction at 4.5 miles, take the left spur for the final hike to North Dome's summit. Surprise—it's a downhill grade to reach it. Hope you brought plenty of film with you; the view from the top is sublime. Half Dome, just across the canyon, appears close enough to touch. Clouds Rest is a dramatic sight to the northeast. To the southwest, you can see cars crawling along the Yosemite Valley floor. On your return trip, consider taking the unsigned spur trail two miles from. North Dome, at an obvious saddle. The spur leads a steep .25 mile to Indian Rock, the only natural arch on land in Yosemite. It's great fun to climb around on. User Groups: Hikers, only. No dogs, horses, or mountain bikes. No wheelchair facilities. Permits: There is a $20 per vehicle entrance fee at Yosemite National Park, good for seven days. Free wilderness permits are required for overnight stays. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis up to one day in advance at the Yosemite Wilderness kiosk near your chosen trailhead or farther in advance by mail, phone, or email for a $5 per person reservation fee. Maps: Free park maps are available at park entrance stations or by contacting Yosemite National Park at the address below. A Yosemite map is available from Tom Harrison Maps. For a topographic map, ask the USGS for Yosemite Falls. Directions: From Merced, drive 70 miles northeast on Highway 140 to Yosemite National Park. Follow the signs toward Yosemite Valley, entering through the Arch Rock entrance station. Continue 4.5 miles to the left turnoff for Tioga Road/Highway 120, looping back out of the valley on Big Oak Flat Road. In 9.3 miles, turn right on Tioga Road and drive 24.5 miles to the Porcupine Creek trailhead parking area, on the right, a mile past Porcupine Flat Campground. Contact: Yosemite National Park Public Information Office, P.O. Box 577. Yosemite National Park, CA 95389, [masked] or [masked] (permit reservations), websites: www.nps.gov/yose or www.nps.gov/yose/wilder-ness (permit reservations). Descriptions copied from California Hiking page 454 available from Foghorn Outdoors. Description Tuolumne Meadows Campground has opened for the 2010 season! One half of the campground is available by advanced reservation, the other half is open on a same day sale basis (although the campground does still fill nightly). Tuolumne Meadows Campground is located in Yosemite National Park in Central California at 8600 feet in elevation and contains Family, Horse and Group camp sites. It is 55 miles (2 hours) from Yosemite Valley along the Tioga Road. There are no electric, water, or sewer hook-ups (a dump station is located nearby). # The family campsites can accommodate tents or RVs. The maximum allowable trailer length is always shorter than the allowable motorhome length due to maneuverability. You are responsible for reading the site alerts, and booking a site that will accommodate your equipment. # The Group Camp is tent-only (no sleeping in vehicles). # You must have a horse with you in order to camp in the horse sites. Reservations for Horse Sites can only be made over the phone at [masked]. On-line reservations are not accepted for horse sites. # Pets are not permitted in Group or Horse campsites, but are allowed in family sites (they must be on a 6ft leash and may not be left unattended). # For more park information call [masked], or visit www.nps.govyose. Services & Amenities: Within Facility * Comfort Station * Convenience Store * Dumpster * Fire Rings * Fishing * Flush Toilets * Hiking Trail * Interpretive Programs * Picnic Tables * Ranger Station * Sinks in Restroom * Telephone * Water Drinking

 

Hiking: Coldstream Valley

 

Hiking: Dagget Summit Tahoe Rim Trail

 

Hiking: Dardanelle’s Lake near Lake Tahoe on Hwy. 89 (Luther Pass)  This is a 7-mile, round trip hike with approx. 1,000' elev. gain (from 6,300’ to 7,300’ elev.).. This hike traverses some of the most scenic fir forest and granite in the Tahoe Basin. With all the snow, the flows in the river and creek should be very good. Also, there should be a good display of wildflowers. Learn about the history of the area (Meiss, etc.), wildflowers, and flora. Dogs OK on leash only. Bring bathing suit for a dip in the lake. There are approx. 2 small creek crossings. Forecast of thunderstorms will change our plans to an alternate hike.

 

Hiking: Devils Gate Description: 1,900' in elevation loss in 3-miles to the gorgeous site. The trail down is steep with a decent of 1700-feet in roughly 1.25-miles. Anticipate this will be a ~6-hour hike including 45-minutes basking in the glow of the Devils Gate. Wikiloc Trailguide  Trailhead off of Deadwood road on Foresthill road.

 

Hiking: DL Bliss State Park to Vikingsholm and Eagle Falls 9 miles DL Bliss State Park to Vikingsholm and Eagle Falls with a trolly ride back to the trailhead. Cost: $3 exact change f