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

 

 

List of Ogul Peaks

http://climber.org/wsc/OGULlist.html

http://www.peakbagger.com/list.aspx?lid=5055

 

Tahoe-Ogul Peaks List

 

Rank Peak  Elev-Ft  Range (Level 5)  Prom-Ft 
55. Adams Peak 8197 Diamond Mountains 2197
50. Anderson Peak 8683 Granite Chief-Northwest Tahoe Area 163
40. Basin Peak 9017 North Donner Pass Area 337
57. Black Buttes 8028 North Donner Pass Area 708
37. Castle Peak 9103 North Donner Pass Area 1343
43. Desert Creek Peak 8958 Pine Nut-Sweetwater Ranges 1660
63. Devils Peak 7704 Granite Chief-Northwest Tahoe Area 504
19. Dicks Peak 9974 Desolation-Crystal Range 1534
51. Duane Bliss Peak 8658 Carson Range 698
11. East Sister 10,404 Pine Nut-Sweetwater Ranges 724
49. Ellis Peak 8740 Granite Chief-Northwest Tahoe Area 1060
54. English Mountain 8373 North Donner Pass Area 1253
5. Freel Peak 10,881 Carson Range 3146
35. Genoa Peak 9150 Carson Range 1830
41. Granite Chief 9006 Granite Chief-Northwest Tahoe Area 1846
56. Haskell Peak 8107 Central North Sierra 1427
15. Hawkins Peak 10,024 Mokelumne Wilderness Area 2144
4. Highland Peak 10,936 Carson-Iceberg Area 2456
20. Jacks Peak 9856 Desolation-Crystal Range 376
39. Jeff Davis Peak 9065 Mokelumne Wilderness Area 585
10. Jobs Peak 10,633 Carson Range 793
7. Jobs Sister 10,823 Carson Range 343
23. Lookout Peak 9584 Carson-Iceberg Area 544
46. Lyon Peak 8891 Granite Chief-Northwest Tahoe Area 251
26. Markleeville Peak 9415 Mokelumne Wilderness Area 1135
38. McConnell Peak 9099 Desolation-Crystal Range  
6. Middle Sister 10,854 Pine Nut-Sweetwater Ranges 854
29. Mokelumne Peak 9334 Mokelumne Wilderness Area 1494
60. Mount Elwell 7818 Central North Sierra 806
62. Mount Fillmore 7715 Central North Sierra 1675
36. Mount Lola 9148 North Donner Pass Area 2068
53. Mount Mildred 8398 Granite Chief-Northwest Tahoe Area 318
1. Mount Patterson 11,673 Pine Nut-Sweetwater Ranges 4153
18. Mount Price 9975 Desolation-Crystal Range 535
9. Mount Rose 10,776 Carson Range 3630
25. Mount Siegel 9451 Pine Nut-Sweetwater Ranges 3477
21. Mount Tallac 9735 Desolation-Crystal Range 695
42. Needle Peak 8971 Granite Chief-Northwest Tahoe Area 331
61. Old Man Mountain 7789 North Donner Pass Area 789
32. Phipps Peak 9234 Desolation-Crystal Range 434
17. Pyramid Peak 9983 Desolation-Crystal Range 2583
31. Ralston Peak 9235 Desolation-Crystal Range 1075
16. Raymond Peak 10,014 Mokelumne Wilderness Area 1282
13. Red Lake Peak 10,063 Mokelumne Wilderness Area 1463
30. Red Peak 9307 Desolation-Crystal Range 107
22. Reynolds Peak 9680 Mokelumne Wilderness Area 760
12. Round Top 10,381 Mokelumne Wilderness Area 2541
34. Rubicon Peak 9183 Desolation-Crystal Range 263
52. Sierra Buttes Lookout 8590 Central North Sierra 1870
59. Signal Peak 7841 North Donner Pass Area 641
8. Silver Peak 10,800 Carson-Iceberg Area 760
45. Silver Peak 8930 Desolation-Crystal Range 250
58. Snow Mountain 8014 Granite Chief-Northwest Tahoe Area 1334
33. Snow Valley Peak 9214 Carson Range 1254
3. South Sister 11,360 Pine Nut-Sweetwater Ranges 760
14. Stevens Peak 10,059 Mokelumne Wilderness Area 499
48. Tells Peak 8872 Desolation-Crystal Range 272
28. The Nipple 9342 Mokelumne Wilderness Area 702
44. Tinker Knob 8949 Granite Chief-Northwest Tahoe Area 1029
47. Twin Peaks 8878 Granite Chief-Northwest Tahoe Area 1318
27. Wade Benchmark 9367 Carson Range 287
24. Waterhouse Peak 9497 Mokelumne Wilderness Area 1417
2. Wheeler Peak 11,663 Pine Nut-Sweetwater Ranges 343

 

 

 

 

Bike Bullards Bar Trail Bullards Bar Loop  

http://www.mtbsingletrack.com/

 

State Parks

http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/737/files/150%20years%20commemorative%20vehicle%20day%20use.pdf

http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/737/files/historian%20passport.pdf

 

Yuba Area

http://www.cacreeks.com/yuba-sf.htm

http://southyubariverstatepark.org/Web%20Pages/trails.html

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  GOOD

http://outsideinn.com/blog/edwards-crossing-south-yuba-trail.htm/

https://www.nevadacitychamber.com/nevada-city-things-to-do/outdoor-recreation/hiking-trails/

 

Yosemite Half Dome

 

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hdpermits.htm

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/halfdome.htm

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/camping.htm

http://www.recreation.gov/recAreaDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&recAreaId=2991&agencyCode=70904

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/lyv.htm

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/trailheads.htm

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm

https://www.recreation.gov/memberSignInDisplay.do?contractCode=&parkId=&siteId=&camparea=&arvdate=&lengthOfStay=

 

Backpack

I am planning on bringing the backpack I will use for the Half Dome Trip.

Packed with essential what I am going to bring and or just weight to equivalent.

The point is to run up and down Euchre Bar with the actual weight you will be carrying on the actual hike.

The weight is important because among other things the weight from the backpack is what tares up your feet, knees and skin on your feet.

a)     Water 4 litters

b)    Water Filter

c)     Food

d)    First Aid Kit

e)     Camera

f)     GPS

g)    Note Pad, Binoculars, Pen, other small stuff

h)     Food

i)      Socks Extra

j)      The 10 essential

k)     Knives

l)      Head Lamp and Flash light

m)   Compass and Map

 

Highway 88

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

 

 

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.

 

Yolo Hiker - all kinds of trails close by

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/ukiah/cachecreek.html

 

 

Yuba

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  GOOD

 

Auburn

Auburn State Recreation Area Canyon Keepers  - all kinds of trails close by

http://northforktrails.com/northforktrails/index.html

http://www.parc-auburn.org/

Iowa Hill trail the other side of Stevens

http://www.empiremine.org/

http://www.getoffyourgass.com/

South Yuba River Purdon to Edwards Crossing Bridge.

Euchre Bar Shuttle Hike to Pioneer Mine Road

http://us.geoview.info/alameda_tunnel,5322775

http://pixdaus.com/abandon-cabin-pioneer-mine-road-foresthill-ca-peace-and-quie/items/view/54952/

I am going to post a shuttle hike. Two reason, it will be longer miles, but more gradual elevation. Also we will have more time to explore mines and other things. Also, and this is the kicker, we will have dinner at the Foresthill bar, peanuts on the bar and floor, people from the past, and generally a place with no rules.

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

http://www.lat-long.com/Latitude-Longitude-218231-California-American_Eagle_Mine.html

 


Alameda Tunnel is a mine(s) and is located in Placer County, California, United States. The elevation above sea level is 1284 metres.

Latitude: 399'17.64"
Longitude: -12041'5.74"

 

 

Misc.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/tahoe/recreation/hiking/?recid=55444&actid=50

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/maps-pubs/?cid=stelprdb5322935

http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/eldorado/recreation/hiking/?recid=71008&actid=50

http://www.rei.com/guidepost/list/california/hiking/ca/7

Ishi Wilderness: Deer Creek Trail Chico

http://www.snwburd.com/bob/index.html

http://www.summitpost.org/  

https://tiocampo.smugmug.com/

https://tiocampo.smugmug.com/Day-Trips/Shot-Rock-Ramble-2008/

http://imgoingoutside.blogspot.com/2011/05/stevens-trail-south-auburn-state.html

http://search.freefind.com/find.html?t=s&id=5819321&pid=r&mode=ALL&query=&sitemap=Site+Map

http://napaoutdoors.org/parks-trails/oat-hill-mine-trail  

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

http://www.lat-long.com/Latitude-Longitude-218231-California-American_Eagle_Mine.html

http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/tahoe/recreation/hiking/?recid=55444&actid=50

 

San Francisco

Exploratorium

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

Fort Funston To Mussel Rock And Back Along The Beach http://goo.gl/maps/Njv3F

Pigeon Point Light Station SHP http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=533

Pinnacle National Monument

Napa’s Oxbow Public Market

http://www.northbayhikes.com/cgi-bin/main.pl?form=event&event=584&src=email Tennessee Valley to Pt. Bonita Light House hiking

http://www.northbayhikes.com/cgi-bin/main.pl?form=event&event=586&src=email Hike the Oat Hill Mine Trail, Calistoga

 

Tahoe

Tahoe Rim Trail https://www.tahoerimtrail.org/

Tahoe Rim Trail Maps

Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop

Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe Meadows to Spooner Summit

Tahoe Rim Trail Spooner Summit - Kingsbury North

http://www.tahoebike.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=70&Itemid=1

http://highonmountainbiking.com/mountain_bike_trails/cold-creek-to-star-lake-to-armstrong-pass-down-corral-trail-lake-tahoe/

http://mountainbiketahoe.org/trails/

Tahoe Bike Mills Peak Trail http://www.tahoetruckeeoutdoor.com/2014/06/riding-mills-peak-lookout-trail-in.html

 

The Flume

Ralston Peak and Pyramid Peak

Donner Lake Tunnels and Sheds

http://www.tahoebackcountry.net/hiking/default.htm

http://www.summitpost.org/tahoe-ogul-peak-list/173214

http://www.summitpost.org/lake-tahoe-basin/171175

http://www.tahoebike.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=70&Itemid=1

 

 

Horsetail Falls

http://www.waterfallswest.com/waterfall.php?id=227

http://www.everytrail.com/guide/horsetail-falls-lake-tahoe

http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGS337-022

http://www.laketahoegetaways.com/horsetail-falls-lake-tahoe-hiking-trails/

http://www.tahoe.com/2013/06/17/on-the-hill-hiking-horsetail-falls/

http://www.rei.com/guidepost/detail/california/hiking/horsetail-falls/6183

http://www.tahoeadventuresports.com/hikeindex/south/horsetail.htm

 

Foresthill Divide Trail

http://members.psyber.com/asra/tgforest.pdf

http://www.mtbsingletrack.com/index.html

http://ogrehut.com/trails.php/Sierra-Central/ForesthillDivide

http://www.fatrac.org/node/633

http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/foresthill-divide.html

http://www.trailwiki.org/wiki/Foresthill_Divide_Loop_Trail

http://www.rei.com/guidepost/detail/california/mountain-biking/foresthill-divide-loop-trail/4072

 

Lake Clementine Loop

http://ogrehut.com/trails.php/Sierra-Central/Clementine

http://www.bmxnonstop.com/mtb/clementine.htm

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1345

http://members.psyber.com/asra/

 

Mix Canyon

Also I am still planning on doing this on a early morning Sunday (bike, hike) with the panniers, GPS and Camera.

http://www.mapmyride.com/us/vacaville-ca/mix-canyon-route-1490492

This is a 4.08 mi Bike Ride in Vacaville, CA.
The Bike Ride has a total ascent of 2181.76 ft and has a maximum elevation of 2,582.02 ft.
Start / End Elevation
383 ft / 2555 ft

Average Grade 10.3%

GPS - Charge batteries

It is only 4 miles.

I will take the triple, the GPS and do the loop

Pleasants Valley Road to Mix Canyon

Mix Canyon to Blue Ridge Road

Blue Ridge Road to Gates Canyon Road

Gates Canyon Road to Pleasants Valley

 

Rifle Peak 9,488

A moderate to strenuous hike starting at Incline lake and accessing the Tahoe Rim Trail near Rose Knob after Mud Lake approx. 1.5 -2 miles. Continuing west along the trail approx. 3.5 miles we take a right off the trail and scramble to the rocky out crop of Rifle Peak with a 360 degree panoramic view. The roundtrip is approx. 8 to 10 miles not positive as we are entering from Incline Lake.

 

Hike from Incline Village to Rifle Peak

This a great Hike! Quick, ferociously uphill and beautiful.  It took us about 3 hours round trip, including luxurious snacks, water breaks, photo opps and kisses.

The key on this hike is finding the trail head!!! If you punch 1012 Marlene, Incline Village, NV 89451 into your nav or smart phone, it will be easy to find…this is the address directly to left of the trail head, which is marked by green gate that looks like this…

You will head down this double wide trial and stay to right when you reach the fork…this will take you to the water tower and the single track, billy goat trail head… :)

You will see the trail head after you wrap around the left of the water tower…IMPORTANT!!!…the trail forks at the very beginning…stay to the right and head uphill.  You will need to maneuver under or over this fallen tree…

The trail is rough and sandy, but very do-able…excellent workout!!!!

Enjoy the next 45 minutes of huffing and puffing…the grade is so steep it might even be considered anaerobic, with emphasis on toning up the gluteus maximus…SEXY!!!!

You are almost to the top…you can see your destination…

This part of the trail is much more tame and very scenic…you will wind up until you hit the famous Tahoe Rim Trail…make a left. This will take you near the base of Rifle Peak…there will be a rough trail that wraps around the right side of the rock formation.  Climb up the backside and behold the beauty of Lake Tahoe via Rifle Peak…

https://www.gaiagps.com/map/Rifle%20Peak/#?lat=39.2894&lon=-119.9919&zoom=12

 

 

 

Warren Lake, Paradise Lake, Basin Peak and Castle Peak

 

Last minute post as I see this weekends calendar is empty! This hike is for advanced hikers only as it is about 14 miles and 4000'+ of elevation gain. Most of it is on trail except from Warren Lake to Basin Peak which is off trail or basically a use trail. This is my favorite local hike which I've been wanting to do it all summer and this may be one of the last opportunities before snow makes it impossible.

 

Lake Sylvia 9.8 miles 1300 feet elevation gain Moderate

 

Lake Sylvia trailhead is off of Wrights Lake Road.  I expect some nice fall colors as we follow a creek for almost 5 miles to Lake Sylvia which is a pretty lake in the shadow of Pyramid Peak.

Moderate hike, 9.8 miles.

Bring 10 essentials and rain gear as forecast has a 30% chance of rain.

Desolation rules limits to 12.

Sawtooth

 

 

Trying to sneak in one last ride at Sawtooth (plus Two Beavers & a Bear) outside of Truckee before the snow starts. This will be a fun, casual, enjoy the scenery kind of ride.

We will meet up at the McDonald's Restaurant just off the #I-80 freeway at the Truckee exit at 9 am (last chance to use a real bathroom). From there we will caravan up the road a few more miles to the trailhead. Parking is free at the trailhead.

 

Lake Margaret

 

Lake Margaret EASY to intermediate

~4.6 miles round trip 

Mixed conifer and aspen forest, granite slab.  

Weather permitting it is a great lake for swimming.

Dogs okay 

9:00am meet at the park and ride for carpooling
11:15am estimated arrival at the trailhead 

Directions to trailhead: 

Highway 50 to Pollock Pines 

EXIT Sly Park Road 

RIGHT Sly Park Road 

LEFT Morman Immigrant Trail to the end 

LEFT Highway 88 Continue about 20 minutes. Just after Kirkwood, but before Caples Lake. The trailhead is on the left.

Bear Valley to Arch Rock via Mt. Wittenberg

We will start at the Bear Valley Visitor Center parking lot down the Bear Valley trail. RIGHT on the Mt Wittenberg trail and climb approximately 1,200 feet to the top. LEFT on the Sky trail down to the Coastal Trail. LEFT on the Coastal trail back to the Bear Valley trail and turn a sharp RIGHT to get to Arch Rock. Follow the Bear Valley Trail back to the parking lot.

~11 miles
1,200+ feet elevation change with lots of ups and downs too

8:00am meet and arrange car pools at the park and ride
10:15am Meet at the Bear Valley Visitor Center parking lot 
6:00pm estimated arrival back at Sacramento  

Plenty of free parking

Flush toilets 

No dogs allowed on the trails


Bring the following: 

2 liter minimum of water
Electrolytes or salty snacks
Sturdy shoes
Jacket, wind protection, extra layer
Sun Protection
Lunch
10 essentials
Trail directions
Money car pool driver about $3.50 per each hour driving time. so about $15

On our way, we will stop at the Cheese Factory.

DIRECTIONS TO BEAR VALLEY VISITOR CENTER FROM SACRAMENTO 

• Follow Interstate 80 about 50 miles west to Vallejo.
• From Vallejo, take California Highway 37 about 21 miles west to the intersection of U.S. Highway 101 in Novato.
• Go north on U.S. Highway 101 about 2.5 miles and take the Atherton Avenue-San Marin Drive exit.
• Turn left onto San Marin Drive and head west for about 2.5 miles to the junction with Novato Blvd.
• Turn right onto Novato Blvd. and proceed west for about 6 miles to the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road.
• Turn left and follow the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road southwest for about 7 miles to the junction with Platform Bridge Road.
• Turn right to stay on the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road and continue west for about 3 miles 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 (4km) - if you get to a flashing red light, you've gone 100 yards too far.
• Turn right onto Bear Valley Road and head west about 1/2 mile. 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.

 

 

 

Red Pk 9307, Silver Pk 8930 ft, Oguls, Very Strenuous Hike

Difficulty: Strenuous, rock scrambling, steep, 15 miles, 3000 ft of elevation gain. Some off trail.

Desolation Wilderness Map available at REI or Forest Service, I'll bring a couple of copies.

Due to Wilderness Rules only 12 are allowed per group on this trip. Please do not RSVP yes unless you are sure you are going.  We will form 2 groups if necessary.

For those who wish you may meet us at the Junction of US50 and Ice House Rd around 8:00 am.

Trail Head: Tells Horse Camp. Take hwy 50 to Ice House Road, turn left and drive around 20 miles. Look for the Yellow Jacket campground sign. After passing the sign you will come to the top of a small hill with a right turn junction and sign to Tells Horse Camp Forest road 36. Follow the paved road 6 miles ignoring left forks and the Van Vleck spur near the end arriving at the end of the road where a Wilderness Parking lot is located. A locked gate is just down the road from there.

Route: From the parking area we will continue hiking down the road and take a right hand fork on the Red Peak trail. At some suitable point we will start to cross country to Red Peak. Distance is around 7 miles. From Red Peak will will travel north about 1/2 miles on an easy ridge line to bag Silver.  We will down climb from Silver to Lake #3 for a swim if desired and return via the same trail.

We should have no problem making the Mandarin Restaurant in Pollock Pines for dinner. As always this is a leave no trace hike. Please bring the 10 essentials for safe back country travel and be prepared for cold, wind and snow as it can and will snow this time of the year.

Also remember lights as the days are getting shorter.

 

 

Marin Headlands Rodeo Beach-Tennessee Cove loop: Intermediate

 

Approximately 9 mile intermediate loop hike will start at the Ft. Cronkhite/Rodeo Beach parking lot in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, climb up Wolf Ridge via the Miwok Trail, drop to Tennessee Cove, a very pretty but popular Marin County hike-in beach. After lunch at the beach we will head back to Rodeo Beach via a loop from the ridge top.

Bring lunch, snacks, and water.

Weather can get chilly, windy, or foggy at beach. Bring a windbreaker or sweatshirt.

No pets.

CLICK FOR MAP: Please print and bring with you, along with directions.

Elevation gain: Sea level to 800 ft., same on the return. (That's 1,600 feet total.)

Driving directions:
97miles - about 1 3/4 to 2 hours

Starting at: 11th St & P St, Sacramento
1. Head west on P St toward 10th St.
2. Take the I-80 W ramp to San Francisco
3. Merge onto US-50 W
4. Continue on I-80 W
5. Take the State Hwy 37 exit toward San Rafael
6. Merge onto CA-37 W
7. Take the 101 South exit toward San Francisco, continue on Hwy. 101 toward San Francisco
8. Take the Sausalito exit (this is after the tunnel, just before the Golden Gate Bridge)
9. Turn right at Sausalito Lateral
10. Left onto Bunker Road
11. You will go through a one-way tunnel here, and may have to wait for the traffic light to turn green.
12. Stay on Bunker Rd., generally keeping to the right at intersections, and at a fork, veer left on Mitchell Rd. toward beach
13. Park at the parking lot on the right, at the end of the road by the beach.

There may be slowdowns due to construction along Bunker Road.

Please pay your drivers $4 per hour of driving time which will be about $16 per passenger.

Hiking directions:
We will begin by walking back along the road, following the lagoon, until we reach the trailhead for the Miwok Trail. The trailhead is just past a long yellow building on the left side of the road. Take the Miwok Trail until it reaches the Wolf Ridge Trail. Turn left on Wolf Ridge Trail to the Coastal Trail. Turn right on Coastal Trail, which descends into Tennessee Valley. At the valley floor, turn left toward Tennessee Cove Beach. Follow the intersecting trail until it reaches the Tennessee Valley Trail and proceed to the beach, where we will have lunch.

We return by the same route until we reach the top of the ridge, where we turn right (remain) on the Coastal Trail. As the Coastal Trail (a road at this point) descends, watch for a path on the left which bypasses a washed-out section of road. Just after this path rejoins the road, turn right to return to Rodeo Beach and our parking area.

 

SMITH LAKE in Desolation Wilderness 9 miles & 1800 vertical

 

If you sign up, please keep in mind that only 12 people are allowed on Desolation Wilderness hikes and we will expect you to keep your RSVP up to date so others may sign up in time if you can't make it. No shows and last minute cancellations are not appreciated on limited hikes! 

Beautiful Smith Lake is a classic cirque lake at 8,700 feet in Desolation Wilderness.  On the way, we'll encounter Grouse and Hemlock lakes as well as the granite that exemplifies Desolation Wilderness.  At Smith Lake, plan on hanging out for a good while, to allow for swimming, eating, and relaxation.  Afterward, we simply retrace our steps back to the cars. 

The hike entails 1800 feet of vertical climb and 9 miles total round-trip distance, so please be in shape.  

Parking is very limited at the Twin lakes trail head so it is essential that we carpool and minimize the number of parking spaces.  

SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING  - 2 liters water and electrolytes or salty snacks,

 light rain shell, sturdy shoes or boots,  pain meds and/or first aid, sunhat, sunscreen and lip-balm,  lunch, whistle, hiking poles, camera, cell phone, and mosquito repellent.  

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:

Hwy 50 east for approximately 55 miles.  About 3-4 miles past Kyburz, look for Wrights Lake Road sign (on right side of Hwy) and get into short left-turn lane. (If you enter the town of Strawberry, you've gone 3-4 miles too far).

After turning LEFT onto Wrights Lake Rd, drive 8 miles then turn right at Wrights lake, crossing the spillway, proceed about a mile to the Twin Lakes Trailhead.  Parking is very limited so it is good to carpool.  

 

 

Paradise Flumes Hike, Float & Rock Jumping

 

Attendance Limit: 15 people ONLY! If you RSVP make sure you can go. A cancellation within 48 hours of event will result in a no-show. 

Requirement: No First Time Attendees Please!

You must meet at the carpool location for this event. <3

Where: Feather River Flumes - Paradise, CA
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: About 3.5 miles round trip
Length: Plan to be out all day. Hiking time probably 2 hours.
Dogs: Not encouraged (see photos)
Carpool Location: Target of 65th
Driving Time from Carpool: about 1.75 hours.
Attire: NO FLIP FLOPS -Steep areas w/ loose dirt - Bathing suit.

Guests: Because this is a limited event, we're asking that you come alone and enjoy the company of other YA members or have your friend sign up for an account. :D Just to give our members priority.

Tony & I did this Hike Saturday, August 30th. It's a ton of fun. Only some parts are Moderate (steep) hike and the rest is mostly flat following the Flumes.

I've posted pictures from Google below but also have some we took from our hike as well if you'd like to see them. We rode down the flumes inside the canal and it was a ton of fun. We thought it would be even more fun and an easier ride if we rode on flat floats (like the picture below). Like an extended water slide. :)

There is a portion where we will jump off rocks and swim and enjoy the scenery for lunch. So plan to stop and hang out a bit. Bring Food! Since we'll be riding the flumes, I suggest bringing a air tight water proof bag if you want to bring your phone. WE DID NOT THINK OF THIS. A go pro would be pretty epic for this trip as well if anyone has one.


WHAT TO BRING:
Tennis Shoes
Water Proof Bag
Camera
Bathing Suit
Lunch
Floatation Device
Water

Directions:
3.Merge onto US-50 W/CA-16 W toward San Francisco/Reno/Stockton. - 4.6 mi
4.Merge onto I-5 N/CA-99 N - toward Redding. - 7.4 mi
5.Merge onto CA-99 N via EXIT 525B toward Yuba City/Marysville. - 12.5 mi
6.Merge onto CA-70 W toward Marysville/Oroville. - 22.0 mi
7. Turn right onto 9th St/CA-20/CA-70. -0.2 mi
7-Eleven is on the right
If you are on 10th St and reach F St you've gone about 0.1 miles too far
8.Turn left onto B St/CA-20/CA-70. Continue to follow CA-70 E. - 31.3 mi
CA-70 E is just past C St
Farmers Insurance - Rich Coleman is on the right
If you reach Chestnut St you've gone a little too far
9.Merge onto CA-70 N toward CA-191/Paradise/Quincy. - 6.5 mi
Turn left onto Pentz Rd. - 7.8 mi
Pentz Rd is 0.2 miles past Smith Hill Ln
If you reach Cherokee Rd you've gone about 0.4 miles too far Your destination is just past Canyon View Dr (on your right)
If you reach Garden Dr you've gone a little too far

 

 

 

Jacks (9856) and Dicks Peaks (9974) 2 Oguls, very Strenuous

A last minute hike if people are interested.  15 miles 3000+ ft of elevation gain.

Note early meeting time.

Trail Head:  Glen Alpine around 8:30.

Route:  Middle Tallac Trail to Gilmore Lake (its not on a map).  Gilmore Lake to Dicks Pass and up to Dicks Peak.  1 mile ridge line between Dicks and Jacks.  Descend to Heather or Susie Lake.  Return via the Tallac trail.

 

Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake

 

Intermediate hike in the Lake Tahoe area to beautiful Dardanelles Lake 

About 8 miles total, four miles each way
About 1,000 feet elevation gain

Dogs okay  
Swimming encouraged

8:00am meet at the downtown Park N Ride for carpooling
10:15am meet at the Big Meadow Trailhead 
5:30pm estimated return to Sacramento

Directions to the trailhead from Sacramento:
EAST Hwy 50
After descending  Echo Summit
RIGHT onto Highway 89
CONTINUE 89 about 5 miles toward Luther Pass until you see Big Meadow Trailhead on your LEFT.  You’ll also see signs for the Tahoe Rim Trail.  There is a big parking area. pit toilets, and no parking fees. The trailhead is across Hwy 89 from the parking lot. 

Star Lake from High Meadows Trail

 

At 9100 feet, Star Lake is the highest lake in the Tahoe Basin. Cradled in a steep-walled cirque below the rugged north face of Job's Sister, the lake is also one of the region's prettiest sights.
Trailhead:
From Hwy 50 in South Lake Tahoe, follow Pioneer Trail for 3.2 miles to High Meadows Trail near Sierra House Elementary School (this intersection is 4.5 miles from Hwy 50 in Meyers). Drive to the end of the pavement at 0.75 mile and continue on a dirt road to the trailhead, 1.3 miles from Pioneer Trail.

 

 

Squaw Creek to Shirley Lake 5 miles

 

The trail to Shirley Lake follows Squaw Creek about 2.5 miles, passing little waterfalls and giant boulders. Going uphill, stay to the left of the creek. The trail diverges and converges at times, but just keep following the creek and you'll get there. Please stay on the trails.

After lunch and a swim at the lake, we'll walk across the mountain to the Squaw Valley Ski Resort. From there we will check out the views, have a drink, ride the cable car down to their parking lot and then walk back to the trailhead.

Length
~5 miles if you go back down the same way you came up
~3.5 miles if you go via the Squaw Valley cable car

Duration: 4-5 hours

9:45 AM estimated arrival time at trailhead

5:30 PM estimated return time to Roseville

Bring: Plenty of water and a lunch as we will eat and relax at the lake. Also bring mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, and an adventurous attitude.

Dogs okay.

Limited parking at trailhead. Please carpool if possible.

Directions to trailhead:
I-80 east to Truckee
South on Hwy 89 toward Tahoe City
RIGHT on Squaw Valley Road
Go past the resort
RIGHT on Squaw PEAK Road to the end and parking area

 

 

 

 

Red Pk 9307, Silver Pk 8930 ft, Oguls, Very Strenuous Hike

Difficulty: Strenuous, rock scrambling, steep, 15 miles, 3000 ft of elevation gain. Some off trail.

Desolation Wilderness Map available at REI or Forest Service, I'll bring a couple of copies.

Due to Wilderness Rules only 12 are allowed per group on this trip. Please do not RSVP yes unless you are sure you are going.  We will form 2 groups if necessary.

For those who wish you may meet us at the Junction of US50 and Ice House Rd around 8:00 am.

Trail Head: Tells Horse Camp. Take hwy 50 to Ice House Road, turn left and drive around 20 miles. Look for the Yellow Jacket campground sign. After passing the sign you will come to the top of a small hill with a right turn junction and sign to Tells Horse Camp Forest road 36. Follow the paved road 6 miles ignoring left forks and the Van Vleck spur near the end arriving at the end of the road where a Wilderness Parking lot is located. A locked gate is just down the road from there.

Route: From the parking area we will continue hiking down the road and take a right hand fork on the Red Peak trail. At some suitable point we will start to cross country to Red Peak. Distance is around 7 miles. From Red Peak will will travel north about 1/2 miles on an easy ridge line to bag Silver.  We will down climb from Silver to Lake #3 for a swim if desired and return via the same trail.

We should have no problem making the Mandarin Restaurant in Pollock Pines for dinner. As always this is a leave no trace hike. Please bring the 10 essentials for safe back country travel and be prepared for cold, wind and snow as it can and will snow this time of the year.

Also remember lights as the days are getting shorter.

 

 

 

DESOLATION WILDERNESS (Tyler Lake)--1450 vert. gain + 10 miles

Let's do an out-and-back hike to Tyler Lake, a tucked-away granite gem in the western side of Desolation Wilderness.  Along the way, we'll see the usual alpine/sub-alpine scenery and granite, as well as wooded Gertrude Lake.  Wildflowers?  Forget it.  Will plan on 45 min. to an hour at Tyler Lake for lunch/swimming/etc., then retrace our steps.

A few important points to consider before signing up for this hike:

1.  Distance of 10 miles and vertical gain over uneven trail make this a solid intermediate hike.  I plan on hiking at a moderate pace, so please assess your fitness level for keeping up with the group.

2.  Please don't be a no-show, especially if there is a waiting list.  If plans change, change RSVP to NO by Friday latest.

3.  Plan on departing Folsom by 8:00 latest

SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING  - Cotton not recommended. 1-2 liters water, (I will have filtration), 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,  swimwear or breakaway pants, lunch, whistle, hiking poles, camera, cellphone, and mosquito repellent. 

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:

Hwy 50 east for approximately 55 miles.  About 3-4 miles past Kyburz, look for Wrights Lake Road sign (on right side of hwy) and get into short left-turn lane. (If you enter the town of Strawberry, you've gone 3-4 miles too far).

After turning onto Wrights Lake Rd, drive 8 miles to the 1st parking lot, on your right.  This parking lot is just before a visitor center on your left and a right turn crossing the spillway of Wrights Lake. Do not go to official Twin Lakes Trailhead parking lot, since it is small and usually filled up.  By parking at the larger parking lot, we ensure that there is space for all the cars.

 

 

SMITH LAKE--Desolation Wilderness (9 miles & 1800 vertical)

 

Let's hike to beautiful Smith Lake, a classic cirque lake at 8700 ft in Desolation Wilderness.  On the way, we'll encounter Grouse and Hemlock lakes as well as the granite that exemplifies Desolation Wilderness.  At Smith Lake, plan on hanging out for a good while, to allow for swimming, eating, and relaxation.  After, we simply retrace our steps. I plan on hiking at a moderate pace and taking pictures of the nice scenery.  The hike entails 1800 feet of vertical climb and 9 miles total round-trip distance, so please be in shape.  

Parking is very limited at the Twin lakes trail head so it is essential that we carpool and minimize the number of parking spaces.  

If you sign up, please send me an email confirming that you are going to go. No shows are not appreciated! Please keep your RSVPs up to date so others may go if you can't.  The limit in Desolation Wilderness is 12 and we will be observing that limit.

SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING  - Cotton not recommended. 2 liters water, (I will have a water filter), light rain shell, polypro shirt 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.  There may be mosquitoes.  If you dont have a rain coat please bring a large (clean) garbage bag so you can use it as an emergency rain coat. 

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:

Hwy 50 east for approximately 55 miles.  About 3-4 miles past Kyburz, look for Wrights Lake Road sign (on right side of hwy) and get into short left-turn lane. (If you enter the town of Strawberry, you've gone 3-4 miles too far).

After turning LEFT onto Wrights Lake Rd, drive 8 miles then turn right at Wrights lake, crossing the spillway, proceed about a mile to the Twin Lake Trailhead.  Parking is very limited in this lot so that is why it is essential to carpool to it.  If it is full we will have to drive back to the large parking lot that was on the east side of the road before Wrights Lake which adds another mile to each leg of the hike.  

 

 

Stevens Peak (10,059 ft) and Red Lake Peak (10,065 ft)

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

Trail Head: Carson Pass Northside Parking Lot. I expect to be there around 9:15.

Take CA 50 to CA 89 South at Myers Junction in S. Lake Tahoe, go south to CA 88, turn right.  Drive West to Carson Pass, the lot is on the south side just past the actual pass.

This hike will add 2 peaks from the OGUL 63 list for those trying to complete the list. The hike will start on the PCT at Carson Pass going north to the saddle.  We will follow a use trail to Red Lake Peak.  From Red Lake peak we will follow a ridge line to Stevens Peak. Both peaks offer good views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. After Stevens peak we will make our way back to Carson Pass via the PCT trail. Expect wind. Please pack accordingly for back country travel with the 10 essentials. As always this is a leave no trace hike.

 

 

12,327' Mt Warren 

12,327' Mt Warren lies between Lee Vining and Yosemite National Park in the Hoover Wilderness.  Description is here: 

http://www.summitpost.org/mount-warren/339640

This is a 8 mile, 3300' gained class 2 (off-trail) hike to a summit with spectacular views.  Hike description is here:  www.summitpost.org/warren-fork/339668

 

Black Buttes 8030 ft. Ogul Peak

 

Difficulty: Moderate with a class 3 and class 2 near the summit. Mostly on trial.


This is a last minute trip to one of the 63 Ogul Peaks. It has a 1,300 feet gain with an additional 600 feet gain on the return. Plan on 9 miles round trip.

Trailhead Directions:  Take I80 east to 20 exit continue down the road and look for Bowman Lake Road.  Turn right at Bowman Lake Road.  Turn right at NF14 drive about 6 miles.  Drive towards Grouse Ridge Campground.  Park near the trail sign for Grouse Ridge Trail.  Expect to be at the trailhead around 9 to 9:15

See the SummitPost webside for more details:


http://www.summitpost.org/black-buttes/861965

 

Day Hike (3C). Velma Lake in Desolation Wilderness

 

This strenuous hike starts with a steep 1500 foot climb in the first 2 miles before leveling out on a ridge with great views of the surrounding mountains, Emerald Bay, and Lake Tahoe.  We’ll pass several small lakes and lunch at Middle Velma Lake.  Hike is 11 miles with 2000 feet of elevation gain.  Optional dinner afterwards. Limited to 12.

See this link for important information about Sierra Club Outings

http://motherlode.sierraclub.org/MLC_Outings/MLC_Outings_Information.html 

 

Thunder Mountain (CA)

http://www.summitpost.org/thunder-mountain-ca/729392

  

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.67433N / 120.08897W

Object Title: Thunder Mountain (CA)

County: Amador

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 9410 ft / 2868 m

Overview

Thunder Mountain is the highest point in Amador County, California. It is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains just above the Kirkwood ski area. As a high point, it certainly does not stand out, mostly because it shares a plateau with several mountains in neighboring Alpine County that are higher.

Regardless, Thunder Mountain is a popular destination for hikers all over the region. Access is easy, with the primary trailhead right off of Highway 88. The primary trail to the summit is short (3.6 miles one way with 1600 feet of elevation gain) and relatively simple to follow. Views from the summit are spectacular.

View to Silver Lake from the summit
View to Silver Lake from the summit



Although not lofty at only 9410', Thunder Mountain sees plenty of snow, especially on its east side, where the Kirkwood Ski area enjoys a long ski season, typically ending in May. The best time to hike Thunder Mountain is probably late June/early July or early fall.

The actual named "Thunder Mountain" is a rock formation 2' lower than the summit. However, the highest point in Amador County is 9410' at Thunder Mountain.

Looking northwest over Thunder Mountain
The named summit of Thunder Mountain - 2' lower than the actual summit.

Getting There

From Reno/Carson City to the north, drive south on Highway 395 to the junction with Highway 88. This will take you into California. Once on Highway 88 it is about 28 miles to Carson Pass (which is the trailhead for Round Top, Red Lake Peak, and a few other peaks in the area). Continue past Carson Pass. You will reach Kirkwood in about 5 miles. 1.7 miles past Kirkwood there is small trailhead on the left side of Highway 88. The trailhead has a sign with a trail map, and clearly marks the area as the "Thunder Mountain Trailhead".

This is the primary approach for the hike. Although, one can choose to hike the longer Thunder Mountain loop from the same trailhead or a steeper route from the Horse Canyon Trail which leads up to the southwest side of Thunder Mountain.

Thunder Mountain
Thunder Mountain in winter - from Silver Lake

Route Information

Direct Route from Thunder Mountain Trailhead
The most direct route is to take the Thunder Mountain Trail directly south from the trailhead. The entry to the trail is clearly marked. The first mile or so is in the forest, with some viewpoints as you go further up. Soon you reach an overlook and a big rock. The trail heads uphill to the right of a rock formation and up to a saddle between Thunder Mountain 9410' and Martin Point 9250'. Once atop this saddle, the full north face of Thunder Mountain comes into view. Martin Point can be hiked via a short side trip, but it isn't actually its own peak; more like a high bump on the ridge between itself and Thunder Mountain.

Follow the trail as it heads up towards the north face. The trail crests at about 9,330' and then descends to the back side of the summit ridge. It continues up the back (south) side for a little less than 1/2 mile to the summit.

Total hiking distance one-way is about 3.6 miles with roughly 1600' of elevation gain.

View down the Thunder Mountain Trail
Looking back down to the trail on the way up to the saddle



Thunder Mountain Loop
Instead of taking the Thunder Mountain Trail south, you can cross Highway 88 and loop around towards Castle Point (north of Highway 88) and then descend to the Horse Canyon Trail. Cross Highway 88 and get on the trail, heading up the southwest side of Thunder Mountain. You eventually reach the summit in over 7 miles, and then return via the Thunder Mountain trail. Elevation gain is closer to 2500' via this route.

This route is covered by Mike White in his popular hiking book “Afoot and Afield Reno-Tahoe” which features Thunder Mountain and the Thunder Mountain Loop on pages 311-312 of his 2006 publication.

Horse Canyon Trail
You can also choose to park at the Horse Canyon Trailhead on the south side of Highway 88 about 2 1/2 miles or so west of the Thunder Mountain Trailhead, and east of Silver Lake. Head up the trail for about 2.2 miles where you connect to a trail on the south side of Thunder Mountain. It is about 4 miles total to the summit with an elevation gain of over 2200'.

Combination hike with Thimble Peak.
The Thunder Mountain Trail offers the best access to nearby Thimble Peak 9805'.

From the east side of the ridge at 9,330' described above, Thimble Peak is less than 2 miles away. Round trip, hiking both summits from the Thunder Mountain trailhead is about 10 3/4 miles with an elevation gain of 2800' on the way up both peaks. Thimble Peak can also be combined with Thunder Mountain if hiking up the Horse Canyon Trail.

Red Tape

Parking at the Thunder Mountain Trailhead requires no permits or fees. The same appears to be the case for the Horse Canyon Trailhead.

Camping

Camping information for the area is provided on the Mokelumne Wilderness SP page and others SP pages in the Mokelumne Wilderness.

External Links

Carson Pass Management Area
Mokelumne Wilderness
El Dorado National Forest Highway 88 Hiking Trails

Images

Thunder Mountain and Martin Point

Thunder Mountain over Silver Lake

Heading back from Thimble Peak down the trail over the east side of Thunder Mountain

view of Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain

View to Round Top and The Sisters July 16, 2011

View down the Thunder Mountain Trail

The west face of Thunder...

View to the north along the Thunder Mountain Traill

Heading down the saddle between Martin Point and Thunder Mountain

Looking northwest over Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain and Silver...

Zoom shot of south face of Thunder Mountain

Heading towards Thunder Mountain

[ View Gallery - 4 More Images ]

 

 

 

 

12,327' Mt Warren

  

12,327' Mt Warren lies between Lee Vining and Yosemite National Park in the Hoover Wilderness.  Description is here: 

http://www.summitpost.org/mount-warren/339640

This is a 8 mile, 3300' gained class 2 (off-trail) hike to a summit with spectacular views.  Hike description is here:  www.summitpost.org/warren-fork/339668

Bring:  the "10 essentials" (see below), a minimum 3 liters water, lunch/snacks, clothing layers as it can be cold at 12,000', sun protection (hat/glasses/sunscreen), and be prepared to scramble over loose rocks.  Treking poles and boots are suggested.

Drive time is estimated at 2 hours 45 minutes.  Please "tip" our drivers.  It's likely we'll stop for dinner on the return trip.  Expect to return to Reno early evening.

 

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READ THE FOLLOWING – IT’S FOR YOUR AND THE GROUP’S SAFETY AND ENJOYMENT:

The Organizer of this trip is a VOLUNTEER, not a "leader". Our organizers ARE NOT trained in first aid and are not bonded expert mountain guides. You will need to bring your own experience and judgment. If you want to enjoy the benefits of traveling in a group, then we suggest that you stay with the group on the trip.

Assess the route and conditions as if you were going to do this trip solo.

Dogs need to be on a leash and picked up after. If the dog can demonstrate that it is under total voice control of the owner, then the leash can be removed at the discretion of the trip Organizer.

By RSVPing for this event you affirm that you have read and agreed to this and to the Meetup Terms of Service Agreement found here: http://www.meetup.com/terms/

Weather conditions: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/rev/

The 10 essentials:http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/day+hiking+checklist.html

About us (The Reno Hiking Meetup Group):http://www.meetup.com/Reno-Hiking/about/

Group Etiquette: http://www.meetup.com/Reno-Hiking/pages/Group_Etiquette/

Altitude Sickness: http://www.meetup.com/Reno-Hiking/pages/Altitude_Sickness/

Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.meetup.com/Reno-Hiking/pages/Frequently_Asked_Questions/

Snow conditions (for ski tours and snowshoeing):http://sierraavalanchecenter.org/

Road conditions: http://www.safetravelusa.com/nv/

 

 

 

 

Steamboat Slough - North to Sutter Slough

Hogback Island Recreation Facility

Grand Island Road, Walnut Grove, CA (map)

This is one of my favorite spots on the Delta! We'll launch from Hogback Island Recreational Facility and make our way north on Steamboat slough passing the historic J-Mack cable-drawn ferry and enter Sutter Slough. We'll paddle until the tide turns and can help us return to our put in at Hogback Island. This is another area that is a must do paddle! This slough was recently slated for damming but they are putting it off for now so come check it out while it is still free flowing!

This is a calm flat water paddle with a gentle current. You should be comfortable sitting in a kayak for 2-3 hours. I'll have three tandems available if you would like to share paddling duty.

 

Day Hike, Crooked Lakes Trail (2A)

This is the leader's choice for best possible high-country hike for hikers who are concerned about their ability to go the distance at altitude. 8 mi., about 800 ft gain on gently-graded trails, this very pleasant out-and-back hike features five beautiful alpine lakes, one after another, so anyone who begins to feel any fatigue can just relax at any of the lakes and wait for the group to return. Also an excellent hike for swimming. Pace is just a bit on the slow side of moderate. Drive to the trailhead includes approx. 3 miles of rough dirt/gravel road, with rocks and ruts in several places; requires slow, careful driving or high clearance. See photos of this hike at

http://www.meetup.com/Sacramento-Sierra-Club/photos/1078050/

and /3290392/. Contact the leader to join the outing in Davis, Downtown Sacramento, or Auburn. Rain cancels. Leader: Martin Farber, 7O7.253.96O6; kowsoi [at] juno [dot] com.  Dogs OK.

 

 

Gargoyles, Giants and Dardanelles - 3 short geologic trails

 

 

If you like easy hikes to natural geological wonders, come explore these amazing volcanic locations northeast of Emigrant Wilderness, all off Hwy #108.  Starting with TRAIL OF THE GARGOYLES (just east of Strawberry), we'll walk on ancient lahars, view the River of Stone and Wall of Noses.  Next stop further up #108 is the DONNELL VISTA TRAIL overlooking Donnell Lake.  This very short trail has superb views of the Dardanelles lava flow which erupted 9 million years ago, Donnell Reservoir and Dardanelles Cone.  Third stop, just a little farther on #108 brings us to COLUMNS OF THE GIANTS.  These 150,000 year old hexagonal basalt formations are 400' thick, and situated along the Middle Fork Stanislaus River.  When finished we may head back down #108 to Pinecrest Lake for picnic, swimming, or other recreation.  Food and lake rentals are available here - this last stop is optional for members who choose to go.

Distance:  Gargoyles Trail - 3 miles total on 2 separate rim trails.  Vista Trail - 1/2 mile total;  Giants Trail - 1/2 mile total.     Total for day = 4 miles.   (We're going for the views, not the miles!)

Difficulty:  All are considered easy trails with little elevation change.

Elevation:  Gargoyles TH at 7,400'; Vista Trail at 6,240'; Giants TH at 6,400'.

Exposure:  Mostly open, sunny ridge top areas, except along river on 3rd trail.

Restrooms:  At Vista Point and Giants trailheads, not at Gargoyles.  We'll use bathrooms in Strawberry before heading to first trailhead.

Fees:  NONE

Dogs:  O.K. on leash - bring poop bag.

Bring:  Dress for cool morning/warm afternoon; good walking shoes/hiking boots o.k.  Bring water/drinks, snacks; recommend hat/cap, camera, and binoculars.

 

Emerald Pools, Rock Jumping (Bowman Lake)

 

This Emerald Pools boasts 8-to-10-foot vertical ledges for those who seek thrills but are aware of their mortality, plus 1-to-2-footers for beginners. The electric, antifreeze-green waters—colored by algae, not automotive fluids—are tens of feet deep and clear enough to see what you’re diving into. Enough of the pool is surrounded by bare, dark red rock faces that it can look almost otherworldly, yet there’s enough shade for dozens of visitors to lounge under comfortably near a babbling creek. Rippled, striped expanses of rock, sculpted by erosion, are excellent for trouncing.

Distance (in miles): Beginner (10 minute walk)
Length (in hours): ALL DAY
Carpool Location: Target - Madison Ave
Driving Time from Carpool location: Approx. 1.25 hours

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPP05tR60bs&app=desktop

DIRECTIONS:

http://www.mapquest.com/#c1d72f80d0135cf59eb36d31

         Start out going west on Madison Ave toward College Oak Dr. 0.5 mi

         Merge onto I-80 E toward Reno. 65.

         Mile 3 Merge onto CA-20 via EXIT 161 toward Nevada City/Grass Valley. 4.4 mi

         Turn right onto Bowman Lake Rd/Forest Rte-18.If you are on State Highway 20 and reach Zeibright Rd you've gone about 0.7 miles too far 1.2 mi

         11068 BOWMAN LAKE RD.

         About 1.5 miles in, where the road crosses the South Fork of the Yuba River, pull into a small parking area on the right. The trail is not marked, but it’s easy to see.

 

 

 

Exploratory: Palisade Creek from Cascade Lakes

There are some petroglyphs just off the trail below Devils Peak. Just before the trail leaves the granite to cross a creek and go into the bush are a  couple of places with glyphs. Set your GPS for 721611 E 4351036.

At the river there are nice pools both above and below the bridge. You can go upstream about .2 miles before it gets difficult. Downstream a short distance is Palisade (aka Rattlesnake) Falls and some nice pools. About 200 yards below the falls debris from a ravine slide fills the river bed for a little ways, but beyond that is a nice granite bedrock river and some more nice falls where the canyon bends left at Snow Mt.

Strenuous 14-mile exploratory hike to the Confluence of the North Fork and Palisade Creek. This is one of the most scenic destinations in the canyon. The elevation loss is 2,360 feet on the way down. Forecast is for a high of 66-81 at the higher elevations and 80 to 90 at the lower elevations.

Expectations: Classic high effort, extreme reward hike with spectacular scenery. Ten essentials plus 4 is of paramount importance. Plan on being prepared for an overnight in the event unforeseen events happen.

This promises to be one of the most adventourous sojourns of the summer. Great training hike for strong hikers training for PCT and JMT

Penryn Park and Ride: Arrive at the Penryn Park and ride, exit 112 (Penryn Road) on HW80 at 07:00 departing at 07:15 Going east you will take a left and head back over the highway. The park and ride is on the left opposite the west bound onramp.

Trailhead Directions: Arrive at the trailhead at 08:40 departing at 08:45 with an estimated end-time of 07:30 p.m.

Trail description, including directions

UTM coordinates

10S E 0721 132 N 4353 358

 

Twin and Island Lakes, Desolation Wilderness, 7+ Miles, Moderate

This is a moderate, 7 mile+ hike into Desolation Wilderness with an elevation gain of about 1300 feet. I plan to hike at a moderate pace but also take pictures of the beautiful scenery. Please be in good shape if you sign up for the hike. The Wrights lake trail head is about 6,900 ft and Island Lake is about 8,200. We will cross a small stream on our way up to Twin and Island Lake, and have lunch and maybe go for a wade or swim or at Twin lakes.  From our destination at Island Lakes we will be at the bottom of a beautiful almost, 2000 foot high bowl perched under Mount Price.

We will begin at the trail on the Twin Lakes trailhead at Wrights Lake. (If parking is not available there we will have to go back to the parking area just south of Wrights Lake, which will increase the length of the hike by another 1 mile or so each way.) Since it can be windy, or an afternoon rain storm may occur, a light rain coat and light synthetic long sleeve shirt is strongly advised even when weather is warm in Sacramento.  No cotton.

The limit in Desolation is 12 people, and we will be observing that limit. NO SHOWS and LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS are FROWNED upon. I also strongly encourage following “Leave No Trace” principles.
Since parking is limited at the trailhead it is best to carpool in a minimum of cars. Please reimburse drivers ~$4/hour driving.

SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING: 2 liters water, (I will have a water filter and map), a light synthetic long sleeve shirt/jacket (cotton is not recommended), light rain shell in case of thunderstorms, sturdy hiking boots or shoes, pain meds and/or first aid, sunhat, sunscreen, lunch, whistle, LED flashlight, hiking poles, camera, and mosquito repellent.

Directions
From Folsom Park and Ride, drive east 59 miles on Hwy 50 and make a left turn on Wright's Lake Rd. (Note The turnoff to Wrights lake is a few miles past Silver Fork- look for the very small sign). When you reach Wright's Lake, turn right at the Campground Visitor Information Center/kiosk and continue around the lake to the Twin lakes trailhead. Parking is Limited at the Twin lakes trailhead. If no parking is available at the Twin lakes trailhead, or it is not open, you will need to reverse directions and park in the large parking lot just before the kiosk south of Wrights Lake.

OR
Starting at Folsom Blvd & Iron Point Rd, Folsom, 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 and proceed to Wrights lake about 6 mi
4. Turn right at the Wrights Lake Visitor Information Center/Kiosk, cross a small bridge then proceed about 2 mi to the Twin Lakes Trailhead at the southeast end of Wrights Lake.

 

 

 

 

Wheeler Peak 11,663ft & Mt Patterson 11,673ft – 2 OGUL Peaks

NOTE:
If you haven’t completed a 10+ mile, high elevation hike with me, email a short list of 10K+ peaks you’ve bagged in the last 3 months or I may remove you from the list. 

Special Vehicle Requirements: Due to the current rough conditions of the Forest Rd to the TH, the vehicle requirements for this trek are: a tall 2wd (e.g. a pickup), AWD or 4WD vehicle.  EVERYONE will need to sign up on the WAIT LIST, form your carpool with someone who has an appropriate vehicle and then POST that you have a carpool group with a vehicle that can make the drive.  Then I’ll move all members of your group to the Go List. 

Our meet time is 6:00am and we leave on time.

Drive time to TH: approx. 3:15 hrs (170 miles) on a combination of highways and Forest Service roads from Starbucks (Prairie City Rd) with a possible second meet stop (if needed) at McDonalds in Placerville at 6:30.

This hike is for strong experienced hikers ONLY. Due to the 3:15 hrs drive (each way) hikers should be prepared for a long day!

Difficulty: Strenuous 13.6 miles with 3,400 feet gain with some scrambling over steep rocky terrain at the summit block.  This trek STARTS at 9,000ft and we’ll be above 11,000ft for 6 miles.

Current NOAA Forecast 7/22/14: Sunny, 70F @ 10,000', 7-10mph winds

National Forest Service report: FS Roads are clear with scattered patches of snow, but mostly dry.

Description: Route is a combination of Forest Roads and Use Trails.  This will be an Out & Back trek.  We will drive Hwy 50, Hwy 89, Hwy 88, Hwy 395, Burcham Flat rd to Ludbell Lake, where we’ll begin our trek. 

Hikers should expect to be out on the trail for 7-9 hrs.

The mountains of the Sweetwater Range are the most unique of the entire OGUL peak series.  The range is a series of eight peaks, six of which are OGUL peaks.  From north to south, it beginning with Desert Creek Peak (8,914’) – OGUL, Black Mountain (8,133’), East Sister (10,404’) – OGUL, Middle Sister (10,859’) – OGUL, South Sister (11,293’) – OGUL, Mount Patterson (11,673’) – OGUL, Wheeler Peak  (11,663’) – OGUL and finishing with Mount Jackson (9377’), as the range fans out into Bridgeport Lake.  For more on the Sweetwater Range visit Nevada Magazine: http://nevadamagazine.com/home/extras/sweetwater-mountains/

The trip description can be found in the following link:

http://www.summitpost.org/mount-patterson/155081

http://www.summitpost.org/wheeler-peak-sweetwater-mountains/731368

Please pack the 10 essentials for this trip.  Its late spring conditions in the Sierra’s, so hikers should be prepared for the possibility of inclement weather and hiking in darkness.  If for some reason the weather is foul, we may cancel, however neither snow nor rain nor sleet nor hail deters NorCal Peak Hikers.

Freel Peak                                                 

  1. DIFFICULTY:   very difficult

  2. ESTIMATE DISTANCE TO CLIMB (feet):   2700 (Trail Cross Section)

  3. DISTANCE FROM I80/395 INTERCHANGE (miles):   27

  4. START LAT/LONG:   N39 deg 18.617' W119 deg 54.097'

  5. END LAT/LONG:       N39 deg 20.635' W119 deg 55.079'

  6. ROUTE TO TRAIL BEGINNING (miles from I 80/US 395 interchange):
    0.0 South on US 395
    44.4 Right turn on SR88 58.7 SR89 joins SR88 64.6 Right turn following SR88 and and SR89 66.4 Right turn onto NFS051 69.0 Left turn onto NFS051F (this is a very sharp almost U turn) 69.5 Park at end of road and hike from here.

  7. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY MAP QUADRANGLE:     Freel Peak a large printable trail map which takes several minutes to load into a separate window.

  8. TRAIL SYNOPSIS:   Hike up to Armstrong Pass, turn right on Tahoe Rim Trail, and hike to high point on Tahoe Rim Trail. This initial section of the trail is well maintained, has some wildflowers, and offers some views of Lake Tahoe. At the high point, hike up hill over and around the boulders. Then hike across the gravel field to the Peak. Although some intermittent trails exist, there is no well-defined trail from the high point to the peak. There is a building on top of the peak that looks like a water tower. NOTE, the hike from the Tahoe Rim Tail to the Peak has loose stones and steep grades. A significant risk of falls exists. Be cautious and hike with someone. --- The National Forest Service (NFS) access road is rough and may only be passably with a four wheel drive vehicle. A second route exists from the other side of Armstrong Pass. While this hike is three miles longer, the road to the trail head is paved. (Drive to Route US50, turn onto Pioneer Road and then Onida Road to reach the trail head.) Photographs from Freel Peak:
    View of Lake Tahoe
    View of Echo Lake
    View of Lake Tahoe
    View of Lake Tahoe


  9. TRAIL DESCRIPTION (first number is distance in miles):
    0.0 Park at end of road.
    0.6 Hike to top of Armstrong Pass and make right turn onto Tahoe Rim Trail
    4.0 At high point on Tahoe Rim Trail, hike off trail up to top of Freel Peak.
    5.0 Summit of Freel Peak.

  10. GEOLOGY:   Granite

  11. PLANTS:  

  12. ANIMALS:  

 

 

 

Freel Peak - Tahoe's Highest Peak - Tahoe RIM Trail - Elevation: 10881 ft. / 3317 m

Date: Saturday August 9th, 7:00 am.


Mileage:
17 plus miles round trip depending on which route is taken. 

Elevation: 3,100 plus, 10,881 top of Freel Peak
Difficulty: Advanced / Most Difficult
Use Level: Light
Season: July-October
Topographic Map:

Dogs: No Dogs (too much granite)
Weather: Rain or Snow Cancels.
Driving Time to Trail head: from Sacramento Meeting Carpool Location 1 hour 34 minutes, 83.3 miles
Carpool Location: Sunrise Park and Ride 11225 Trade Center Dr Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Meeting Time: 7:00 am
Arrival Time Trail Head: 8:45 am

Trail Head: Fountain Place Road (end of)

Lat/Lon: 38.85690N / 119.9002W

Class: 1 boulder scrambling

Water: Four Litters of Water is Mandatory. You will be checked / inspected to verify that you have the required amount of water.

 

Contact: Kim K. Andregg

kandregg@raftman.com

916-710-0724

 

Directions:

Highway 50 to South Lake Tahoe Highway 89

Highway 89 to Pioneer Trail / Lincoln Hwy

Pioneer Trail / Lincoln Hwy to Oneidas Street

Oneidas Street to Fountain Place Road (trailhead)

Armstrong Trail to Armstrong Pass and Tahoe RIM Trail

Tahoe RIM Trail to Freel Peak Trail

 

 

Freel Peak

Freel Peak from Tahoe Rim Trail.jpg

Freel Peak from the Tahoe Rim Trail

Elevation

10,886 ft (3,318 m) NAVD 88[1]

Prominence

3,146 ft (959 m)[2]

Listing

California County High Points[2]

Location

Freel Peak is located in California

Freel Peak

Freel Peak

El Dorado and Alpine counties, California, U.S.

Range

Carson Range

Coordinates

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/55/WMA_button2b.png/17px-WMA_button2b.png3851′27″N 11954′01″W / 38.857537042N 119.900142906W / 38.857537042; -119.900142906Coordinates: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/55/WMA_button2b.png/17px-WMA_button2b.png3851′27″N 11954′01″W / 38.857537042N 119.900142906W / 38.857537042; -119.900142906[1]

Topo map

USGS Freel Peak

Freel Peak (Washo: dewgulum dakʔak[3]) is a mountain located in the Carson Range, a spur of the Sierra Nevada, near Lake Tahoe in California.

The peak is on the boundary between El Dorado County and Alpine County; and the boundary between the Eldorado National Forest and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.[4] At 10,886 feet (3,318 m) it is the tallest summit in the Carson Range, El Dorado County and the Tahoe Basin.[2] Due to its elevation, most of the precipitation that falls on the mountain is snow.[5]

In 1893, the U.S. Geological Survey assigned the name Freel Peak to what was then known as Jobs Peak. James Freel was an early settler in the area.[6][7]

Please wear appropriate shoes / boots for tomorrow. High top water proof shoes / boots would be best. It will probably be muddy in spots and there could be some small stream crossing.

 

READ THE FOLLOWING – IT’S FOR YOUR AND THE GROUP’S SAFETY AND ENJOYMENT:

The Organizer of this trip is a VOLUNTEER, not a "leader". Our organizers ARE NOT trained in first aid and are not bonded expert mountain guides.  You will need to bring your own experience and judgment. If you want to enjoy the benefits of traveling in a group, then we suggest that you stay with the group on the trip.

Assess the route and conditions as if you were going to do this trip solo.

 

By showing up on this hike you agree to the following:

Willingness to stay with the group.

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. 

Willingness to stay the whole day!

You agree to do nothing either carpooling or hiking that could leave others wondering where you are!

GENERAL RULE: Please don't anything either carpooling or hiking that could leave others wondering where you are!

 

Reference

 

Weather conditions: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/rev/
The 10 essentials: http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/day+hiking+checklist.html
Group Etiquette: http://www.meetup.com/Reno-Hiking/pages/Group_Etiquette/
Altitude Sickness: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altitude_sickness
Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.meetup.com/Reno-Hiking/pages/Frequently_Asked_Questions/
Snow conditions (for ski tours and snowshoeing): http://sierraavalanchecenter.org/
Road conditions: http://nvroads.com/
Topo Maps: http://caltopo.com

 

http://www.summitpost.org/freel-peak/151340

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

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

http://www.tahoeadventuresports.com/peakindex/peakhome.htm#peakindex

https://www.tahoerimtrail.org/

https://www.tahoerimtrail.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=177&Itemid=210

1.      ^ Jump up to: a b "Freel Peak". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 

2.      ^ Jump up to: a b c "Freel Peak, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 

3.      Jump up ^ "The Washo Project Online Dictionary". Retrieved 2012-05-27. 

4.      Jump up ^ USGS. Freel Peak quadrangle, California (Map). 1:24000. 7.5 Minute Topographic. http://www.topoquest.com/map.php?lat=38.857537042&lon=-119.900142906&datum=nad83&zoom=8&&size=l. Retrieved 2009-12-23.

5.      Jump up ^ "Subsection M261Et - Carson Range". U.S. Forest Service. Archived from the original on 2007-08-13. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 

6.      Jump up ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (1949). California Place Names. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press. p. 121. 

7.      Jump up ^ "Freel Peak". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 

 

Armstrong pass http://www.everytrail.com/guide...

Armstrong pass http://www.renotrails.com/fp/fp...

http://www.summitpost.org/jobs-sister/154807

 

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General Information: Freel Peak is probably the most difficult summit to attain in the Lake Tahoe area. Even though it presents no technical obstacles, such as the 4th class scrambling required on Red Lake or Round Top Peaks, Freel requires long and sustained climbing. The shortest route up Freel is 10+ miles and nearly 3000 feet of vertical gain, and that assumes you were able to drive far up a dirt road.

Never the less, Freel is a "must" for any serious peak bagger! The hike is enjoyable no matter which route you select, and the views from the top are expansive taking in all of Lake Tahoe, the Crystal Range, the Carson Range, The Pine Nuts in Nevada, and wilderness areas far to the south.

Leave yourself plenty of time (6 to 7 hours for a person in very good condition), bring lots of water, and, as always follow good backcountry travel techniques, especially in winter when avalanches are a consideration.

http://www.tahoeadventuresports.com/peakindex/south/freelmapsmall.jpg

Click here for a trail map and elevation profile

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Where To Start: There are three common routes up Freel.

Star Lake Route: This is the most common winter ascent route and begins at the end of Marshall Trail off Pioneer Trail. Look for Sierra House Elementary School along Pioneer Trail and turn onto Marshall Trail. Follow it to the gate at the end (locked during winter).

Fountain Place Route: This is a good summer route as you can drive far up Fountain Place Road (which is an extension of Oneidas Road off Pioneer) and park at the locked gate. The Armstrong Pass trail starts just before the gate.

 

Hope Valley Route: This route is also a good summer choice for the same reason as above. Head out Highway 89 (Luther Pass). After Grass Lake, you will begin to descend into Hope Valley. Look for a left turn onto an unmarked (but ungated) paved Forest Service road about 1/2 way down the grade. If you get to the big right bend at the bottom of the hill, you've gone too far. Once on this road, follow it for several miles until you cross a bridge. The road splits just after the bridge, take the one that heads left. The road again splits, go right. This is a steep, rutted road only passable with high clearance. If you can make it, park in the large turn-around, otherwise park along this road and walk 0.2 miles to the turn-around. An unmarked and indistinct trail starts at the end of the road.

Trail Description:

Star Lake Route: This route is a bit longer than the other two routes and entails more elevation gain because it starts at a lower elevation. However, it is the best choice during the winter when you cannot drive up either Fountain Place Road or the Hope Valley dirt road. During the summer, this route passes through private land with a caretaker on site and so is perhaps best avoided. During the winter, we've never seen anybody. Follow the dirt road at the end of Marshall Trail until you come to a gate, pass the gate and continue up the road all the way to High Meadows. From High Meadows, a trail heads southeast towards Star Lake along Cold Creek. In the winter, you can save some tim e by attaining a prominent ridge to the west of Star Lake, by-passing the lake altogether. If you do go to Star Lake, the trail passes the lake on the west side. Your goal in either case is the obvious saddle north of Freel Peak. From this saddle, the way to the top is obvious but not trivial as you still have about a 1000' to go!

Fountain Place Route: In the winter, when you cannot drive up Fountain Place Road, this route is actually longer than the Star Lake Route, but in summer, you can shave about 2 miles and 1100' of elevation gain. It is still a long route (about 12 miles round trip). Once on the Armstrong Pass trail (see above), the trail is easy to follow. You will pass Fountain Place meadow as you climb up through some fine Red Fir forest. This is also a nice mountain bike ride! The trail eventually intersects the Tahoe Rim Trail at the ridge top where you will turn left (east). You have hiked about 2 miels and have 4 and change left, plus 2000' of vertical gain. Very soon, you will pass "Armstrong Pass" proper where the trail from Hope Valley also intersects. Continue east on the Tahoe Rim Trail which will begin a steady but gradual ascent. The trail will make two switchbacks then head up to the saddle mentioned in the above description. Again, from the saddle, the route to the top is obvious.

Hope Valley Route: This is the shortest of the routes at just over 10 miles. Of course, this assumes that you can drive to the start of the Armstrong Pass trail and ...find it! Once on the trail, you ascend quickly to Armstrong Pass where you turn right (east) and follow the trail past two switchbacks and on to the saddle described above. From the saddle, you have 1000' of steep hiking to the summit.

 

Environmental Concerns: The high alpine environment is extremely fragile. Try to avoid tramping wildflowers and bushes as they take years to re-grow. As always, please be sure to pack out all that you pack in.

Advisory: Freel Peak is not a trivial undertaking. In order to attemp this hike, you should be comfortable with map and compass, be well equiped, have experience with long climbs and be in good physical condition.

Avalanche conditions around Freel Peak can be extreme in the winter. Avalanche conditions introduce a distinct element of risk that the skier/boarder/snow-shoer accepts by stepping foot on the mountain. Always check the avalanche forecast before skiing/boarding this peak and carry avalanche gear!

 

 

 

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Sonora Peak

 

Summit Ranger Station, Pinecrest

#1 Pinecrest Lake Road , Pinecrest, 95364, CA (map)

We'll meet at the ranger station at 9  AM and drive to the trailhead together.  

Distance - 4-5 miles round trip

Difficulty - strenuous.  We'll be at higher altitude so Acute Mountain Sickness may occur.

Trailhead elevation - 9,427 feet

Peak elevation - 11,495

 bring the usual 10 hiking essentials, especially water, snacks and a lunch.

This is an exploratory hike for me , but this is a climb of a couple of thousand feet , some of us ill be coming from sea level so it will be a push.. those of you wanting to spend the night at altitude , there are a number of forest service camps on the way up to sonora pass. there is a parking area at the top of the pass on the left , if you want to meet there . 

 

 

 


Anna Lake - Hoover Wilderness

Little Walker River

Highway 108 and 395, Walker, Bridgeport, CA (map)

http://www.meetup.com/the-other-original-bay-area-backpack-meetup/events/27497851/

This weekender explores a little traveled area of the Hoover Wilderness. It's easy access, just south of the the junction of 395 & 108.

We'll hike up Burt Canyon (I think, we might reverse directions) and climb up to Anna Lake. Burt Canyon TH to Anna Lake is about 7 miles, the elevation gain about 2,500. While this section is all on trail we should expect to climb over trees, forge streams and even do some route finding, this place doesn't get a lot of visitors and the trail may not be well maintained.

 Pack light. Be confident on challenging terrain. And be excited to explore an area not too many people go to.

if you can't access this one, my apologies, good review though:

http://www.highsierratopix.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3200

pictures all from the above article

Michigan Bluff to Last Chance 13 miles.

Tour of Desolation

Reference

Glen Alpine Rd and Alpine Falls Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA

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 HIKE Silver Fork, Caples Crk, 9 Miles

OVERVIEW:  Same hike as 6/15. Beautiful, lush meadows; pristine forest trail next to a cascading stream.  A little more than a beginner's walk: 750ft elevation gain, some steep rocky trail; hike slow & easy, 9 miles round trip (optionally more distance). Drive from Placerville: about 1 hour.

HIKE: This is truly a beautiful Sierra hike, not all that far from home-town. Please see photo links below of past Silver Fork hikes. There is not a particular vista at the end, simply enjoy the walking in forest and meadows.  Lunch is sitting on a big log at a sign post which says "Government Meadow, 1/2 mile". It is 4.4 miles from hike-start.  
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HIKE CONDITIONS:
* Most of the trail is reasonably smooth.  However, there is some climbing up steep, uneven rock.  
*The trail crosses meadows which can be wet in spring time, a few inches deep in water, so consider water-proof boots or maybe you'll have wet feet.  
* Dogs? please not with this group for this hike - I'd rather all members be able to focus on the trail for safe walking.
* There IS now a restroom at the trail-head.

IF THERE IS A FAST-HIKING SUBGROUP, THEN COORDINATE CARPOOLS IN PLACERVILLE.  If we have a large group (3+ cars) at the start, we'll check if there is a group that considers themselves faster, who may hike ahead, and return earlier as one vehicle in the carpool. Another option is for main group to stop at the 4.4 mile point and the faster ones to continue on to Government Meadow and beyond.

OTHER OPTIONS:
* If you do not want to go the whole distance, there are some nice shades places to sit and wait for the group to return.  (But that could be a long wait)
* At least one member is considering not hiking at all, but will relax with a lawn-chair & book in the nice shaded parking area, you are welcome to join.

BRING: The obvious hiking gear. Sturdy hiking boots recommended.  Plenty of water, minimum 1.5 quarts, preferably 2. Lunch. Perhaps a small foam pad to sit on. Mosquito repellent (lush meadows = daytime mosquitoes). Dress for sun & heat.

CARPOOL MEETING, PLACERVILLE, MOSQUITO RD, PARK-&RIDE:  Meet at 8:45am. Depart 8:59am.  See top of this announcement page, click on the location, "Placerville Park&RideMosquito Rd". This is the parking lot and bus station area where the El Dorado Trail meets Mosquito road. 38.732622,-120.789716

CARPOOL OPTION, POLLOCK PINES: We can stop at the Century 21 realty, Sly Park Road.

TRAIL-HEAD LOCATION: Google map says: 
* From Mosquito Road on Highway 50 for about 29 miles. 
* At Kyburz, right onto Silver Fork Road.
* Travel on Silver Fork Road a little over 8.5 miles.
* Trail head parking is at a campsite, on left, just before the river-bridge.
* Latitude-longitude ("GPS coordinates").  To see this location on  a Google map, copy this and paste it into the Google Map search window: 38.695282,-120.200526.
I am 90% confident this is correct, but be watchful.
* The parking area is a campsite, on the left side (as heading south) just before a bridge, river crossing (you can see the bridge at the turn in point).
* Note there are several developed camping areas along the road in, I think all on the right side (westerly), but the final destination is a dirt-lot, undeveloped camp area on the left.

PARKING AT THE TRAILHEAD: This "parking area" is actually an undeveloped camping area. Campers are spread all over with no formally designated parking, so you'll have to search for a place to snuggle your car in.

IF YOU WILL DRIVE DIRECT TO TRAIL HEAD - Please tell me, so we won't wait for you in Placerville. When you click "yes" to this hike, a question will appear where you can say if you are going separately from the carpool group.

THIS EVENT COULD BE CANCELED: Please check this web page just prior to your departure, in case I have been forced to make changes or cancel.  If you are signed up, but you must cancel, please change your RSVP to "no". 

GENERAL RULE: Please don't do anything on hiking or carpooling that could leave others wondering where you are.

Mount Eddy / Deadfall Lakes: Backpack or Dayhike

Bag the tallest peak west of I-5 while you cruise by lush meadows and mountain lakes. That peak is Mount Eddy (9037ft), which offers intimate views of the Deadfall Lakes as you approach the peak, then slams you with top-of-the-world vistas as you approach the summit. 

The total trail is 8 miles round trip with about 2580ft elevation gain. With the long June days, this is possible as a day hike. I will be camping at Upper Deadfall Lake after summiting. *Indicate in the comments section if you're day hiking or backpacking!*

Driving Directions - There are two trailheads for this hike. We'll be at Deadfall Meadows trailhead right at the big bend in the road.
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/39.736881,-121.8191084/41.3354263,-122.5208779/@40.5873939,-123.282307,8z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m3!4m2!1m0!1m0

8:00am at Chico Park and Ride, 11:00am at Trailhead
Trail Info and Map

http://northtrinitylake.com/info/pdf/Deadfall_RevB.pdf

By RSVPing to this event, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the COOA Rules and Disclaimers found here:

http://www.meetup.com/ChicoAdventurers/messages/boards/thread/43891782/ 

English Mountain 8363 ft (Ogul Peak) Strenuous Class 2 Scramble

Description: Approximately 8 miles with 2800 feet of elevation gain.  Much of it will be on an old logging road until we’re mile away from the summit, at which point we’ll go off trail.  Because we’ll be off trail, hikers should consider whether they want to wear full length pants and hiking gaiters.

Note: This hike is for strong experienced hikers ONLY. If you haven’t done a 10+ mile hike with me before, contact me before signing up or I may remove you from the list.

Directions to the Trailhead:

To get driving direction use mapquest with the following information. Pick the route that travels though Truckee (~2 hrs / 119.23 miles).  If you plan to drive or think that you may drive, KNOW the route in advance. 

From: Taylor Rd, Roseville, CA 95661-3008
To:  Latitude: 39.46208818685169
Longitude: -120.58554769214385,
Soda Springs, CA 95728

Keep driving until you reach the "Road Not Maintained" sign in the picture
(note the road# 843 - 31, at least the last time I did this route)
You should be prepared for changeable conditions. NOAA’s current forecast for the summit on Saturday: Sunny high near 71. Southwest wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Please don't sign up for this hike unless you are prepared for changeable weather, some cross country hiking and a some class 2 rock scrambling.

 

 

Please pack the 10 essentials for this trip. Its late spring conditions in the Sierra’s, so hikers should be prepared for the possibility of inclement weather and hiking in darkness. If for some reason the weather is foul, we may cancel, however neither snow nor rain nor sleet nor hail deters NorCal Peak Hikers.

Granite and Hidden Lakes Hike near Silver Lake

 

Let's get out of this HEAT and go for a hike in the MOUNTAINS!  Just off Hwy#88, east of Silver Lake, is a scenic, popular hike to Granite Lake (at mile 1) and on to Hidden Lake (at mile 3.1), starting on the Minkalo Trail.  Landscape is studded with huge boulders/giant slabs of granite and offers terrific views of the Sierra Mountain range.

Distance:  6.2 miles total on out-back trails, single track.

Elevation:  trail head at 7,300', high point at 7,730'.  About 450 feet gain/loss total.

Difficulty:  Moderate, with short steep section at start of hike.

Exposure:  Partly shady / partly sunny.

Restrooms:  NONE at trailhead or along the pathways.  (We'll stop before turnoff at a public restroom/gas station)

Fees:  No fees for parking; no permits needed.

Dogs:  Allowed

Bring:  Day pack with water/drinks, snacks, suntan lotion, bug spray, plus first aid essentials.

Wear:  Hiking boots (no tennis shoes on rocky, gravel, granite slabs).  Dress in layers as it warms up in afternoon.  Cap/hat suggested.

Note:  Horses and bicycles share trails.

Time: 7:00 am at the carpool location

Directions:  (90 miles from Starbucks)

#99 north, exit Eight Mile Rd. going east.  Go 3 1/2 miles, turn left onto Hwy #88.  Take #88 up into Sierra Mts., nearly to Kit Carson.  Turn off right on FS Rd. #10N20/signed for "Kit Carson Lodge".  Drive paved road past lodge, along east side of Silver Lake.  Go left at 1st junction, then right at 2nd junction.  Reach trailhead in 1 1/2 miles.  Parking is limited.

 

Dutch Flat Hotel

Carson Pass to Round Top Mountain Lake and Round Top Mountain Peak Bag

 

http://www.summitpost.org/round-top/150503

Lat/Lon: 38.66360N / 120.0003W

Object Title: Round Top

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 10381 ft / 3164 m

There are 6 trans-Sierra highways of which only three are all season roads and Round Top Peak is located along one of those, California State Route 88. Round Top is a prominent peak in the Tahoe region, one of three mountains (the other two are Freel Peak and Mount Rose) above 10,000 feet that are visible from Lake Tahoe. Its distinctive rounded summit of dark volcanic basalt towers above a beautiful alpine country that is rare in this part of Sierra Nevada. It is located near Carson Pass on California State Route 88, one of the trans-Sierra routes that is open during the winter. It is located south of Carson Pass in the Mokelumne Wilderness and the Carson Pass Management Area and is a nice side trip for those traveling the Pacific Crest Trail. Round Top offers views south towards Ebbets and Sonora Pass, east toward Hope Valley and the Carson River, west overlooking Caples Lake and the Kirkwood Ski area and northward one can see Lake Tahoe. If the air is very clear, Mount Diablo in the East San Francisco Bay area can be seen. Because of its close proximity to the South Shore of Lake Tahoe and Kirkwood ski resort, it is also a popular destination for ski touring and mountaineering, but is busy year round, with many people headed for the summit. On holiday weekends it can be tough finding a parking space and the trail seems like a crowded highway. Its easiest route is class 2, although the summit block (the eastern crag) is rated class 3. On its north and east sides there are some challenging volcanic cliffs. The mountain is close enough to the road to do it on a moderate day hike

 

Getting There

There are two trailheads:
To get to one trailhead from the Tahoe Area Travel south on CA State Route 89 (starting at its junction with U.S Highway 50) for approximately 11.5 to its junction with CA State Route 88 in Hope Valley. Turn right (west) onto S.R. 88 and drive for approximately 9 miles to the summit of Carson Pass. The parking area will be on the south side of the road with a small information building at the east end. The information hut is only manned during the summer months.
From the west the trail head / parking area is approximaetly 70 miles east of Jackson, CA on State Route 88.
The closer but lower one is at Woods Lake, elevation 8200 ft. Take highway 88 a few miles west of Carson Pass, then take the Woods Lake turn off on the south side. Proceed 2 miles to trailhead. From Jackson it is a couple of miles before you reach the summit.

Red Tape
There is now a
Carson Pass Management Area for the area immediately around and including Round Top Peak and some new regulations. During the summer a $5.00 day use fee is charged at the Carson Pass, Carson Pass Overflow, Woods Lake, and Meiss trailheads. Your National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass is good here. A season permit can be purchased for $15.00. If visiting the area in winter, a Snow Park Pass is required. The daily fee is $5 and a season pass can be purchased for $30. These can be purchased at any Forest Service office and at many retail stores. Many AAA offices also sell Snow Park Permits. The closest place to obtain a Snow Park permit is the gas station next to the Kirkwood Nordic center 6 miles west on S.R. 88.
If one is camping, in any part of the wilderness other than the Carson Pass management Area, a Wilderness Permit is needed and can be ordered from any El Dorado National Forest Ranger office, from the Carson Pass Information Station at the trail head in summer or the Amador Ranger Station which is located at
26820 Silver Drive Pioneer, CA (click on the address for a Yahoo map)just off of Highway 88, about 3 miles east of Pioneer and is open Monday through Friday. The phone number is (209)295-4251. More permit information. Only one permit is needed for continuous trips passing through more than one wilderness area. Maximum group size for a day hike is 12 people. Only 8 people for an overnight stay. If you plan on using a stove, even if on a day hike, a fire permit is required and can be picked up at any U.S. Forest Service office.The fire permit is good for the entire state of California. There are no wood fires allowed above 8000 ft.

When to Climb

The peak can be climbed year round with some good winter ski runs. For those desiring to not climb in the snow, generally late June through September is the best time.

 

Camping

Camping is allowed in the Mokelumne Wilderness with the proper permit. the restrictions for the Carson Pass Management Area are more restrictive than the rest of the wilderness area. There is no summer camping at Frog Lake. There are three sites at Winnemuca Lake, six sites at both Round Top Lake and Fourth of July Lake. Winter camping is allowed once the snow pack is 12 inches deep. From the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, an overnight stay limit will be in effect of 2 nights for Round Top and Winnemucca Lakes and 3 nights for the Fourth of July Lakes. Permits can only be obtained at the Carson Pass Information Staion in the summer and the Amador Ranger Station at all other times of the year. Down from the pass in both directions are regular Forest Service fee campgrouds. The closest being Woods Lake and Caples Lake to the west for summer camping only. There are also a couple of stores and restaurants fairly close to the west at Caples Lake and Kirkwood. Use a bear canister to store food in order to deter marauding bears.

Montain Conditions

State Route 88 road conditions can be found online or by phoning the California Department of Transportation road condition line at 1-800-427-7623. Like most

Etymology

"For the field season of 1877, Lt. M. M. Macomb wrote that 'we made a triangulation station on what is locally known as Siver Era Peak, but which is called by the United States Coast Survey, "Round Top."' (Wheeler Survey, Report, 1878, 141.) the lake was first named on the 15-minute quad, 1965."
- Peter Browning, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada
 

 

 

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 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. 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 8 miles in and out which will take approximately 6-7 hours to complete. It could go shorter, but I like to hang-out at Rountop Mountain Lake for a little bit and we'll need to wait for the peak baggers, so please feel free excuse youreslf off the hike if you have a hankering to get back to Sacramento real quick, it's a pretty easy hike back to the cars.The elevation gain is about 1400 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.

Taking the summit of Mt Round Top. If you do that, the difficulty rating jumps to a resounding 5 (out of 5). 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, Round 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 knife-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, pets 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.  Also Bring a trash bag if you want to do some snow glaceing the is usually a cool spot by the lake for that.

This is a LIMITED hike meaning only a certain number of people are allowed. Please only sign up if you seriously intend to go. NO SHOWS and LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS are FROWNED upon and will be bounced-off the lists of future trips that I host!!!

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 aright 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.

Hike Lyons Lake

Day Hike (3B). Lyons Lake - Desolation Wilderness (Sacramento Group)  Hike along Lyons Creek up to Lyons Lake. About 11 miles round trip with side excursions, and 1,800' elevation gain going up to the lake, with some steep, strenuous stretches. Hikers must be in very good to excellent condition. This can be a great hike for wildflowers, so bring your camera. Lyons is one of the most beautiful lakes in the area.  Also bring layers for changeable weather, sturdy boots, 3  liters water or a filter, lunch, the usual 10 essentials, $$ for carpool driver and optional dinner, and optional swimming attire. Forecast of heavy rain cancels. Limited to 12.  Leader: Stan Jones 916.393.5373

 

Carson Pass to RoundTop Lake and Peak

This is a 12 person LIMITED hike. Please only sign up if you seriously intend to go. NO SHOWS and SHORT NOTICE CANCELLATIONS are FROWNED upon. Please email me if you would like to go and I will add your RSVP.

Bring layers,  lunch, snacks, plenty of water (preferably with electrolytes), hiking boots, and poles.

~ 8 miles in and out which will take approximately 6-7 hours to complete. It could go shorter, but we'll need to wait for the peak baggers to return. 

The elevation gain is about 1400 ft. 

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. 

At 10,380' Mt. Round Top is the highest peak in the Carson Pass area. The summit is a thin, rocky ridge. It is not a place for children, pets, or inexperienced hikers." The grade up 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, Round Top Lake, Winnemucca Lake, and Frog Lake. 

DIRECTIONS TO THE TRAILHEAD

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 aright 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.

 

RALSTON LAKE---DESOLATION WILDERNESS (8.4 miles total and 650 vert.)

 

Let's enjoy an out-and-back hike to two adjacent lakes, the last being Ralston Lake, a cirque lake tucked under granite.  On the way, we'll view beautiful, unaffordable cabins along Echo Lakes, sub-alpine forest, and panoramic views of steep granite peaks.  After 4.2 miles of hiking, we will arrive at Ralston Lake, elev. 7860.      I plan on spending 60 - 90 minutes  at the lake (depends on group), with lunch, swimming, and just soaking up the views.  (Wine anybody?)  Afterwards, we retrace our steps.

THREE IMPORTANT POINTS:

1.    DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS HIKE UNLESS YOU ARE SURE YOU'RE COMING. There is RSVP LIMIT due to strict wilderness rules.  No-shows prevent others from attending  if there is waiting list.

2.   Although I plan on hiking at a mellow pace, please assess fitness level for this hike of 8.4 miles and 650 vertical gain on occasional uneven terrain.

3.    PLAN ON LEAVING FOLSOM PARK N RIDE BY 8:10am AT THE LATEST----call me if running late***

 

Optional boat ride: For those interested in skipping the final two miles of hiking, will be a boat ferry for $12.00 one way ($5.00 extra for dog).  So total round trip hiking distance without boat ride:  8.4 miles. With boat ride:  6.25  miles. **We do not have to choose the same option---either way, we will reconnect at trail-head at approximately the same time.

After hike, there is  most-excellent ice-cream at the trail-head store, and food options on the way back between Pollack Pines & Folsom.

SUGGESTED ITEMS: Cotton not recommended.  1-2 liters water (I'll have purifying tablets),  swimwear, 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, mosquito repellent.

DIRECTIONS: Hwy 50 east  (about 69 miles).  At  1.8 miles east of the Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort, look for the brown Berkeley Camp / Echo Lake signTurn left across Hwy 50.

Continue about 1/2 mile to Echo Lakes Road, turn left again and continue to the end of the road.  **Let's all gather by the chalet store at the end of parking lot, next to boat launch.

****If you happen to miss the turn off from highway 50, the first thing you will see heading east is Little Norway .  Turn around.***

 

Old Man Mtn 7789 ft, Ogul Peak, Class 3 scramble

Drive time to TH: about 2-2:15 hrs (118 miles) from SunSplash Roseville with a second meet stop at Raley’s in Auburn at Foresthill rd at 8:00, if needed.

This hike is for strong experienced hikers ONLY. If you haven’t done a 10+ mile hike with me before, contact me before signing up or I may remove you from the list.

Difficulty: Strenuous 8.5 miles 1800 feet gain with some class 2/3 rock scrambling over fairly steep rocky terrain. 

NOTE: This hike is 75% OFF Trail

Current NOAA Forecast 6/11/14: Sunny, 67F, 6-10mph winds.

Sierraville Ranger report: Roads to TH are open and route should be snow free.

Description: This will be an Out & Back trek. We will hike southbound from Meadow Lake towards Old Man Mt. on a jeep trail for approx 1- 1.5 miles, where we’ll go off trail.  From that point, we will be bushwhacking through manzanita and scrambling over granite slabs, passing Phoenix Lake on our way to the summit.  Once we are off trail, there are few trees along this route so please bring plenty of sunblock.

There will be water at Phoenix Lake, however I don’t plan to drop down to the lake, so I suggest carrying what you need. Hikers should expect to be out on the trail for 8-9hrs.

The trip description can be found in the following link.  http://www.summitpost.org/old-man-mountain/326505

Please pack the 10 essentials for this trip. Its late spring conditions in the Sierra’s, so hikers should be prepared for the possibility of inclement weather and hiking in darkness. If for some reason the weather is foul, we may cancel, however neither snow nor rain nor sleet nor hail deters NorCal Peak Hikers.

Please remember to pay drivers $4.00 per hour of driving.

Borrowing from R.S.: I reserve the right to bump people up onto the "yes" list or down to the "no" list or wait list dependent on what I know of your abilities.

 

Hike from Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake

 

This is a great Intermediate hike in the Lake Tahoe area and while not being too strenuous has some great views, stream crossings and final destination at beautiful Dardanelles Lake.  

The total mileage for the hike is about eight miles, as it’s just a little below four miles from the trailhead to Dardanelles Lake.  It will probably take about three-four hours depending on how long we hang at the lake.  Total elevation gain is about 1,000 feet.

Dogs OK  

Carpoolers can meet at the downtown Park N Ride 11th & P street @ 8am. Otherwise meet me at Big Meadow Trailhead @ 10am off Hwy 89 at Luther Pass. 

Big Meadow Trailhead is very easy to find.  From Sacramento you’ll want to drive towards Lake Tahoe on Hwy 50 after descending  Echo Summit, you’ll want to turn right onto Highway 89.  Continue on 89 about 5 miles toward Luther Pass until you see Big Meadow Trailhead on your left.  You’ll also see signs for the Tahoe Rim Trail.  There is a big parking area and no parking fees. The trailhead is across Hwy 89 from the parking lot. 

 

 

Picayune Valley, Granite Chief Wilderness Tahoe National Forest

Mileage: 13.5 miles round trip. 

Note there are two trips: One to the water falls on the Middle Fork American, roughly 5 miles and 800 feet of elevation.

The other trip will extend on to the top of the ridge another roughly 2 miles and 1,500 feet of elevation.
Elevation: 6,940-7,800-5,600 feet
Difficulty: Advanced to the top of the ridge, moderate to the falls on the Middle Fork American.
Use Level: Light
Season: July-October
Topographic Map: Granite Chief

Dogs: There are some restriction in the Granite Chief Wilderness
Weather: Rain or Snow Cancels.
Driving Time to Trail head: from Sacramento Meeting Carpool Location 2 hours 45 minutes 88 miles. 
Carpool Location: Target on Madison and HWY 80 5001 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA (map)

Meeting Time: 7:00 am
Arrival Time Trail Head: 9:45 am

Trail Head: Talbot Campground, French Meadows Reservoir


Water: Four Litters of Water is Mandatory. You will be checked / inspected to verify that you have the required amount of water.

 

Directions:

Follow I-80 EI-80 E and and Foresthill Rd

Foresthill Rd to to Mosquito Ridge RdMosquito Ridge Rd . Drive to to French Meadows Rd

Stay to the right on French Meadows road to Talbot Campground

 

 

Please wear appropriate shoes / boots for tomorrow. High top water proof shoes / boots would be best. It will probably be muddy in spots and there could be some small stream crossing.

 

Reference

http://www.gorp.com/parks-guide/travel-ta-tahoe-national-forest-hiking-sidwcmdev_065801.html#ixzz346cgDBYB

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granite_Chief_Wilderness

http://hoofhelp.blogspot.com/2008/10/picayune-valley-granite-chief.html

http://www.teviscup.org/

http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=190644

http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGS532-035

http://www.gorp.com/parks-guide/travel-ta-tahoe-national-forest-hiking-sidwcmdev_065801.html

http://www.wilderness.net/NWPS/wildView?WID=214

 

Description:

Trail Statistics & Information

Activity Type:

Hiking

Nearby City:

The Cedars

Length:

8.66 total miles

Elevation Gain:

800 feet

Trail Type:

Out-and-back

Skill Level:

Moderate to Difficult

Duration:

4 to 6 hours

Season:

Best: June-October

Other Uses:

Horses, Dogs

Local Contacts:

Tahoe National Forest

Local Maps:

USGS Granite Chief

Topo Map:

Picayune Valley Trail: Granite Chief Wilderness Topographic Map



Read more at Trails.com:
Picayune Valley Trail: Granite Chief Wilderness | The Cedars California Hikes | Trails.com http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailId=HGS532-035#ixzz34CRazQbC

 

Description:

 

Access: From the West, French Meadow Reservoir: The Picayune trailhead is located approximately 5 miles northeast of French Meadows Reservoir. The trail is reached by following the signed 4x4 route east out of Talbot Campground for 1 mile. From the East, Highway 89S: This part of the western states trail is located within the wilderness boundary. Trail can be accessed using either the Powderhorn trail from Barker Pass or the 5 Lakes trail. Below are directions to the Powderhorn trailhead.

 

From Interstate 80 in Truckee, take Highway 89S and drive to Tahoe City. Continue south on 89S from Tahoe City another 4.2 miles to Caspian Picnic Area. Turn west on Blackwood Canyon Road. The road follows Blackwood creek for 2.3 miles, crosses the creek and then climbs 4.8 miles to Barker Pass. Pavement ends at the summit. The Powderhorn trailhead is 2.3 miles down the road from where the pavement ends.

 

Trail Description From East to West: To reach the Western States Trail from the Powderhorn trailhead follow the Powderhorn Trail to Diamond Crossing and take the 5 Lakes Creek Trail to Whiskey Creek. The trail begins on the west side of the creek and climbs steadily for the first 3 miles to the Sierra Crest (7,800'). The trail then drops via a series of switchbacks into the Picayune Valley (6,800') where it follows the Picayune Creek down to the Middle Fork of the American River. After the trail crosses the Middle Fork (caution is advised during high water), the trail makes a gradual descent through French Meadows to the Talbot Campground.

Because the trail is located within the Granite Chief Wilderness and much of it within the Game Refuge Area, it is a real jewel for hikers seeking nature and solitude.




Five Lakes Trail

 

Five Lakes Trail Images

Distance: 5 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Overview:

 Nestled in the foothills of the Granite Chief Wilderness peaks just north of Lake Tahoe, the Five Lakes promise dramatic yet tranquil surroundings, a place to relax fish or swim.

Best visited after the snow has retreated in the summer, the Five Lakes Trail is one of the easiest and most accessible hikes in the Granite Chief Wilderness so you're unlikely to have this trail to yourself. Don’t be disheartened if the trail is busy however, as the lakes themselves allow for plenty of chances for quiet and solitude.

Elevation gain:  900ft (from 6,600 - 7,500ft)

Tips:

Mosquitoes can be found up here through early summer, so insect repellent comes in very handy at that time of year. 

Alpine Meadows Rd and Deer Park RdThe trail begins at the side of Alpine Meadows Road, located by the intersection of Deer Park Road. Parking spaces can be found along the side of the road.

The hike begins along the Southern flanks of the KT-22 mountain (you might recognize it as one of Squaw Valley ski resort's peaks) and gently ascends towards the Five Lakes plateau through expanses of exposed granite and jagged volcanic rock.

Half Way There

The trail to Five Lakes maintains little more than a slight incline, but gains nine hundred feet of elevation before reaching the lakes. One the warmest Tahoe days this trail may lack a great deal of shade, but the lakes themselves provide plenty of cover from the sun and opportunities to cool off in the waters.

[JCT] Head for the Lakes?

A junction here gives you the opportunity of branching off and exploring the first of the five lakes. You'll find trails linking all the lakes up here, making them nicely accessible.

[JCT] Keep Left

Keep left at this junction to explore the five lakes - the other path heads off deeper into Granite Chief Wilderness.

The Five Lakes nestle in a bowl, surrounded on all sides by hills. Explore the lakes within these boundaries and you'll find it impossible to get lost.

Five Lakes

You've reached the end of the Five Lakes and arrived at the biggest of the lakes. Each of the five lakes are quite different and well worth exploring. 

From here we recommend picking your way around the sometimes faint lakeside trails in a circuitous and counter-clockwise route.

Directions:

We will go 80 east toward Reno

Take the CA-89 S exit toward Lake Tahoe

At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit ontoCA-89 S

Turn right onto Alpine Meadows Rd


Five Lakes Trail
Olympic Valley, CA 96146

Montara Mountain to San Pedro County Park (~9 mi)

 

 

Please read the narrative before posting any questions as your questions may be answered below.

Drive on Hwy 1 south. Parking lot will be on the left-hand side. The parking lot can accomodate about 30 cars or so. This is a popular place and parking lot can fill very fast especially on nice days so please try to carpool. No fee parking.

This is an out & back hike.

• This is the reverse of what we did a previous time (from San Pedro county park to Montara). For new members, please note most of our hikes are "intermediate" & we try to keep a pacing of 2.5 -3 mph depending on the grade. And we always wait for folks at junctions. But please, if you plan to stop and take pics for awhile or bolt ahead of the grp, tell a buddy in front of or behind you. We've had a few instances where we waited for ppl for 15-20 minutes at the end of a hike and not know what happened to a couple of ppl. Just common courtesy.

• Signage for this trail indicates 9 miles but we all agreed it FELT alot more than 9 miles. If you are not used to hiking regularly, you may want to skip this one.

• Last time we did this in slightly less than 4 hours and we had a small grp of 5. The part --abt 1.25 miles (?) --that slowed us down was the sandy part , very easy to skid going down & climbing up we just paused as needed (4-5x) to catch our breath for those of us who aren't used to cardio. Of course, the actual time it'd take can be more or less, depending on grp size, pauses/breaks, etc. Every grp that comes to our hikes have a slightly different pacing so I would not be able to gauge exactly how long the hike will be. If you cannot complete the hike, there is an option to turn back, so no worries.

• On a clear day you would have beautiful, gorgeous ocean bluffs photo opps a couple of miles into the hike.

 

http://www.bahiker.com/southbayhikes/mcneeranch.html

 

INFO ON PARK

Pacifica’s reputation for fog may be well deserved, but the little coastal town on the San Francisco peninsula still basks in the sun throughout much of the year. Coupled with the fact that San Pedro Valley County Park is nestled in the sheltered hillside next to Montara Mountain means that this area gets more than its fair share of good weather.

The hillside trails of San Pedro Valley Park are a great way to enjoy the 1200 acres of lush greenery and natural coastal mountainside with hardly an indication that you’re located right next to suburbia.

PARKING & MISCELLANEOUS 

Bathrooms and water fountains available inside inside SAN PEDRO COUNTY Park (half way, so 4.5 miles into the hike).

SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT TO BRING

-hat/sun protection/insulation-layered clothing

-lunch/snacks/water/2-3 L of water depending on weather

OPTIONAL THINGS TO DO AFTER HIKE

• Hang out at the beach across from the parking lot

• Peruvian restaurant up north in Pacifica & other various seafood restaurants nearby.

• Various beaches along Hwy 1

• Montara lighthouse few minutes away

 

 

Picayune Valley French Meadows-hike 

Picayune Valley Trail is in the Granite Chief Wilderness and is a 8.7 mile out and back trail. Elevation gain 800 ft
Difficulty moderate
Description
The grand scenery and solitude found along this trail are worth the drive. Sharp peaks, granite ridges, and sheer cliffs dominate the glacially scoured Picayune Valley. Old-growth forests, lush meadows, and aspens dot the valley floor, and the trail leads to a scenic cascade and an even more spectacular waterfall. This trail packs a lot of outstanding Sierra landscape into a relatively short hike.

Directions to Trailhead 80 to Foresthill rd to Mosquito ridge rd to Talbot campground This is the trail head.

There will be water crossings. Bring sturdy shoes, poles, 2 liters water, food.

 

 

Intermediate Hike: Rock Lake in Grouse Ridge area

 

Difficulty: Advanced / Difficult
Distance (in miles): One way: 5 miles

Length (in hours): 4 1/2+ hours with detours

Location: Grouse Ridge area

Elevation Drop/Gain: 600 feet one way, with a 400 foot climb on the way out.

TOPOGRAPHIC MAP:
Dogs: OK
Weather: Rain or Snow Cancels.
Driving Time to Trail head: from Sacramento Meeting Carpool Location Target on Madison and HWY 80 5001 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA (edit map)
Meeting Time: 7:00 am
Arrival Time Trail Head: 9:00 am
Water: Four Litters of Water is Mandatory. You will be checked / inspected to verify that you have the required amount of water.

 

Make a copy of the driving directions.

If you have a high clearance vehicle, please note it when you sign in.

 

Reference

 

There is no cell phone coverage at the trail head.

Trail Head: Directions to the Trailhead:
Take Interstate 80 up to the junction of 20. From the junction of Interstate 80 and Highway 20, take Highway 20 west for 4 miles, then turn north (right) onto Bowman Lake Road (U.S. Forest Service Road 18). Drive 8.4 miles on this paved road, then turn right at the sign for Carr Lake, where the trailhead is located. Stay on the main road and stay to the right at all road junctions along the last 2.7 miles. It gets a little bumpy along those last few miles, it's a dirt road, and the trailhead is located in the Carr Lake Campground. High clearance two wheel drive is preferred, cars have made it in on the road (challenging for cars-rocky bumpy road the last 1/2 mile in).

Trail Description:

We begin hiking past Carr Lake then Freely Lake; then we will take a left and head past Island Lakes on the Crocked Lakes trail. We will head past the Crocked Lakes, Penner Lake, top out at a ridge; where we then head down hill to Rock Lake and find a lunch spot.

You will need to bring your own lunch, at least two liters of water, daypack, sunscreen, hiking poles (optional), snacks for on the trail breaks; possibly mosquito dope??

Limit 12 people
Dogs are allowed.

 

D.L. Bliss State Park to Vikingsholm / Eagle Falls and Back ~10 miles intermediate

 

The Rubicon Trail from D.L. Bliss State Park to Vikingsholm and Eagle Falls and back

Distance: ~10 miles

8:00am Meet at Folsom park and ride

10:00am Meet at Rubicon Point parking lot in D.L. Bliss State Park ($10 entrance fee). The Rubicon Point parking lot is the farthest parking lot in the park, and has restroom facilities available.

From there we'll hike along the lakeshore into Emerald Bay and end up at Vikingsholm and Eagle Falls.

A nice map to have for the hike can be found at: http://www.tahoeadventuresports.com/hikeindex/west/rubiconmapandprofile.htm
Eagle Falls will add just a little more mileage than our hike.

Dogs: No dogs are allowed on these trails.

The hike should take about 6 hours (including lunch and viewing of the falls). It takes about 2 hours to drive to the trailhead from Folsom, so expect to get back to Folsom around 6:00pm.

The drive to the trailhead takes 2 hours as well from Auburn, so those coming from the Auburn area may want to drive directly there. Please comment if you will not be meeting at the Folsom Park and Ride.

D.L. Bliss State Park is 20 miles south of Tahoe City, and 14 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Hwy 89 to the park entrance.

DL Bliss/Emerald Bay State Park brochure: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/506/files/DLBlissEBayBrochurePDF2008.pdf

Driving Directions


 

 

 

Canyon Creek, Gold Run Diggings South, and vicinity

Difficulty: Advanced / Difficult
Distance (in miles): Mumford Bar trail is 3.51 miles long each way. Length (in hours): 4 1/2+ hours with detours
Elevation Drop/Gain: 5377 to 2632 feet TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Westville, Duncan Peak
Dogs: OK
Weather: Rain or Snow Cancels.
Driving Time to Trail head: from Sacramento Meeting Carpool Location Target on Madison and HWY 80 5001 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA (edit map)
Meeting Time: 7:00 am
Arrival Time Trail Head: 9:00 am
Water: Four Litters of Water is Mandatory. You will be checked / inspected to verify that you have the required amount of water.

Reference

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Gold+Run,+CA+95717/@39.1631679,-120.8481766,393m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x809b9faf530536a7:0x620cce42ea1c4196 Note: Road 11 – there is a dirt unmarked road.

http://www.meetup.com/Sierra-Foothill-Hikers/events/183738772/ http://www.northforktrails.com/RussellTowle/NorthFork/Trails/Map.html

http://gambolinman.blogspot.com/2012/04/secret-world-spirited-ramble-through_20.html

http://northforktrails.blogspot.com/2006/02/quintessential-ford-of-canyon-creek.html

http://www.northforktrails.com/RussellTowle/NorthFork/Trails/Map.html

The map above depicts some of the roads and trails near Canyon Creek, the southern reaches of the Gold Run Diggings, and nearby portions of the North Fork American river and canyon. Contours are at 100-foot intervals with bold contours every 500 feet; the numbers along the bottom and left are in miles. The numbered locations are as follows:

1. Head of the Canyon Creek Trail at Potato Ravine Pass.

2. Waterfall View, where the trail to the Blasted Digger Overlook and Bogus Point forks off. Gorge Point is another quarter-mile down the trail to the south. Bogus Point itself is labeled "BP."

3. The Terraces, with the trail to the Big Waterfall.

4. The High Old Trail upriver.

5. The High Old Trail downriver, reaching Indiana Ravine, across from Pickering Bar.

6. Pickering Bar Trail.

7. Pickering Bar, and the old trail coming upriver from Ford's Bar.

8. The Secret World; a hydraulic mining pit; site of the Mill Claim, and terminus of the Indiana Hill Ditch. This is where gold was discovered in the Eocene gravels, in the spring of 1852. I sometimes call it the Indiana Hill Pit, but that name causes confusion, since the Big Pit of the Gold Run Ditch & Mining Company, to the north, is partly embraced by the actual Indiana Hill Claim.

9. The Paleobotanist Trail, from The Bluffs near Garrett Road, across the diggings to the Main Diggings Road.

10. Approximate location of the BLM gate at the end of Garrett Road. The road continues down to the head of the Pickering Bar Trail and to the Secret World.

11. The Main Diggings Road. This road goes all the way north and east to the Dutch Flat exit on I-80, and has access roads coming in from the Gold Run exit, and from the eastern Gold Run exit area, as well.

12.  Garrett Road off Gold Run exit

 

D.L. Bliss State Park to Vikingsholm / Eagle Falls and Back ~10 miles intermediate

 

   

The Rubicon Trail from D.L. Bliss State Park to Vikingsholm and Eagle Falls and back

Distance: ~10 miles

8:00am Meet at Folsom park and ride

10:00am Meet at Rubicon Point parking lot in D.L. Bliss State Park ($10 entrance fee). The Rubicon Point parking lot is the farthest parking lot in the park, and has restroom facilities available.

From there we'll hike along the lakeshore into Emerald Bay and end up at Vikingsholm and Eagle Falls.

A nice map to have for the hike can be found at: http://www.tahoeadventuresports.com/hikeindex/west/rubiconmapandprofile.htm
Eagle Falls will add just a little more mileage than our hike.

Dogs: No dogs are allowed on these trails.

The hike should take about 6 hours (including lunch and viewing of the falls). It takes about 2 hours to drive to the trailhead from Folsom, so expect to get back to Folsom around 6:00pm.

The drive to the trailhead takes 2 hours as well from Auburn, so those coming from the Auburn area may want to drive directly there. Please comment if you will not be meeting at the Folsom Park and Ride.

D.L. Bliss State Park is 20 miles south of Tahoe City, and 14 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Hwy 89 to the park entrance.

DL Bliss/Emerald Bay State Park brochure: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/506/files/DLBlissEBayBrochurePDF2008.pdf

Driving Directions

Tahoe Meadows to Tunnel Creek Road North Lake Tahoe

 

Difficulty: Difficult only because the trail is completely at the high elevation over 7,000 feet.
Distance (in miles): 23.1 miles one way (we will be doing roughly half of the trail)

Tahoe Meadows to Tunnel Creek Road / Flume               9.2 miles

Tunnel Creek Road to Tunnel Creek Caf                                    2.9 miles

Length (in hours): 6 to 7 hours

Shuttle Hike (cars parked at the trail head, and trail end)  We will start at Tahoe Meadows and end at Sand Harbor
Elevation Drop/Gain: 1,000 feet plus

Dogs: OK
Weather: Rain or Snow Cancels.

Carpool Location: Target, 5001 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA 95841 https://www.google.com/maps/place/Target/@38.6620322,-121.3519444,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x809aded4055c868d:0x22468e27fc61fb6c

Driving Time to Trail head: 1 hours 58 minutes, 108 miles
Meeting Time: 5:45 am SHARP leaving no later than 6:00 am
Arrival Time Trail Head: 8:30 am
Water: Four Litters of Water is Mandatory. You will be checked / inspected to verify that you have the required amount of water.

Directions to Trail head:

Note: This trail is completely at the high elevation over 7,000 feet. This will result in oxygen deprivation

 

Tahoe Meadows to Spooner Summit

http://www.tahoerimtrail.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=175&Itemid=208

http://www.tahoerimtrail.org

 

Highlights:

▲ Christopher’s Loop (most photographed spot on TRT) ▲ Marlette Lake view

Segment Description

Between Tahoe Meadows (8740') and Spooner Summit (7150'), the TRT roams high above sparkling Lake Tahoe and Marlette Lakes, through sun-warmed conifer stands, and across steep, flower-strewn slopes. This segment is celebrated for its magnificent views, stretching across Lake Tahoe and the high Sierra and past the jagged ranges of the Great Basin. The route is rich in historical reminders, skirting lakes and flumes built to supply water to distant miners on the Comstock. It traverses both dense forests that sprang up after clear-cutting a century ago, and ancient red fir stands spared the ax by their remoteness.

 

Between the lush grasses of Tahoe Meadows and the ephemeral sparkle of Twin Lakes, the trail winds through rolling, wooded terrain. Breaks in the trees showcase grand vistas of the Tahoe Basin and Washoe Valley. The steeper, often open interior of the segment travels through Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park including possible side trip to North Canyon Campground and Marlette Lake. A TRT spur leads to Christopher's Loop and a glorious cliff perch that seems to float above Lake Tahoe's translucent shallows and Sand Harbor. The trail segment reaches its highest point as it threads between the bare rock of Snow Valley Peak (9214') and shimmering aspen groves that turn North Canyon to gold each fall. Near Spooner Summit, the trail slips back into the pines, but still offers occasional panoramic lake and valley views

 

Trailheads

         Spooner Summit North, is on the north side of Hwy. 50 at Spooner Summit. Limited paved parking, interpretive signing.

         Tahoe Meadows, is on Hwy. 431, 1 mi. west of US 395 and 1 mile west of the Mt. Rose Summit Welcome Plaza. Vault toilets, paved parking with room for horse trailers. Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop Trail starts and ends here. Closed due to snow in the winter

         Alternate access - Tunnel Creek Rd. climbs steeply 3 miles from Hwy. 28( Hwy. shoulder parking) to intersect the TRT 9.2 mi. north to Tahoe Meadows and 13.1 miles south to Spooner.


Trail Conditions
The trail from Spooner Summit (7,150’) to Tahoe Meadows (8,740’) is wide, sandy and hard packed. Most of the trail maintains a 10% or less grade but there are steeper sections near Twin Lakes.

Trail Use

         Biking - For Experienced Riders Only!  Bikes are allowed on even number days.

         Biking the 9.2 miles between Tahoe Meadows and Tunnel Creek Rd. is allowed only on even numbered days. From Tunnel Creek Rd. to North Canyon-Hobart Rd. biking is allowed every day, but not on the 1 mile Marlette Peak Trail segment on the west side of Marlette Peak. Bikes are not allowed between North Canyon-Hobart Rd. and Spooner Summit. One can ride 5 miles down the North Canyon road to the parking area and facilities at Spooner Lake.

         Camping - Within Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park camping is restricted to two backcountry campgrounds:

         Marlette Peak, 13 miles south of Tahoe Meadows.

         North Canyon, 5.2 miles north of Spooner then follow signed connector trail 1.4 miles.

         The US Forest Service fee campground at the Mount Rose Summit (8900') has water, restrooms, campsites, paved roads, and fire pits.

         Caution - Much of the TRT is exposed. You are likely to be effected by frequent extreme weather changes, intense sun, cooler temperatures and high winds. We recommend that you be prepared.

         Signage - The trail is marked as needed with light blue triangular TRT signs, but there are trails and roads that cross the TRT, so be careful and take a map and compass with you.

         Fire - Fire danger can be extreme; know and follow current restrictions (for up to date info: 530-543-2600 or 775-882-2766) Camp stove permits are required (www.r5.fs.fed.us/eldorado/).

 

Signage: The trail is marked at intervals with light blue, triangular TRT logon signs.

 

Distances:

Tahoe Meadows to Tunnel Creek Road / Flume               9.2 miles

Tahoe Meadows to Christopher’s Loop                                       11.6 miles

Tahoe Meadows to Hobart Junction                                                       14.3 miles

Spooner to North Canyon Campground                                      4.2 miles

Spooner to Snow Valley Peak Access                                        5.9 miles

Spooner to Hobart Junction                                                                               8.8 miles

Spooner to Marlette Peak Campground                                      9.3 miles

Tunnel Creek Road / Flume        to Tunnel Creek Cafe     2.9 miles

 

 

Elevations:

Tahoe Meadows                                    8,740’

Marlette Lake                                        7,823’

Marlette Peak Campground        8,200’

Highest Vista                                        9,000’

Spooner Summit                                   7,170’

Spooner Lake                                       6,980’

 

Water Sources:

The entire section of the TRT is dry, so be sure and carry extra water.  All water found on the trail must be treated.

Available from Ophir Creek, Marlette Lake, Spooner Lake, Twin Lakes (seasonal), and a pump at Marlette Peak Campground.

 

 

 

 

Spooner Summit to Kingsbury South Lake Tahoe

 

Difficulty: Difficult only because the trail is completely at the high elevation over 7,000 feet.
Distance (in miles): 12.2 miles one way

Length (in hours): 6 to 7 hours

Shuttle Hike (cars parked at the trail head, and trail end)
Elevation Drop/Gain: 1,000 feet plus

Dogs: OK
Weather: Rain or Snow Cancels.

Carpool Location: Sunrise Park & Ride 11225 Trade Center Dr Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Driving Time to Trail head: 2 hours 19 minutes, 118 miles
Meeting Time: 5:45 am SHARP leaving no later than 6:00 am
Arrival Time Trail Head: 8:30 am
Water: Four Litters of Water is Mandatory. You will be checked / inspected to verify that you have the required amount of water.

Directions to Trail head: Spooner Summit, Nevada on U.S. 50

Note: This trail is completely at the high elevation over 7,000 feet. This will result in oxygen deprivation.

 

Highlights
▲Panoramic views of Lake Tahoe ▲Ancient firs

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 south side of Hwy 50 at USFS Picnic Area. Paved and horse trailer parking, vault toilets.
2. Kingsbury North: From Hwy 207 just west of summit turn north onto Benjamin Dr (which becomes Andria Dr) and drive 2 mi to dead end. Limited roadside parking no facilities.
3. Kingsbury Grade South: From Hwy 207 just west of summit, turn S onto Tramway Dr and follow signs for Heavenly Stagecoach parking lot. No facilities.

Trail Conditions
The trail from Spooner Summit (7,150’) to South Camp Peak (8,866’) is generally wide, hard packed and sandy. It is somewhat narrower and sometimes rocky between South Camp Peak and Kingsbury North (7,920’). Most of the trail maintains a 10% or less grade. The route is marked with light blue triangular signs.

Trail Use
This section is open to hikers, bikers and equestrians.

         Biking - Allowed on this entire segment.

         Camping - is permitted throughout this section of the trail. You must camp within 300 feet of the trail when in LTBMU and 200 feet away from water.

         Water - This entire section of the TRT is dry, so be sure to carry extra water. 1 liter per 2 hours of hiking is standard remembering that 2 Liters is considered the minimum necessary for a day.

         Caution - You are likely to be effected by frequent extreme weather changes, intense sun, cooler temperatures, and high winds. We recommend that you be prepared.

         Signage - The trail is marked as needed with light blue triangular TRT signs, but there are trails and roads that cross the TRT, so be careful and take a map and compass with you.

         Fire - Fire danger can be extreme; know and follow current restrictions (for up to date info: 530-543-2600 or 775-882-2766) Camp stove permit required (www.r5.fs.fed.us/eldorado/).

         Dogs- Please pick up after your dog to lessen the impact to wildlife and other trail users.

         Leave-No-Trace-The TRTA supports and encourages LNT practices while on the trail.

         Side Trip - Genoa Peak (9150') offers amazing views of Lake Tahoe and the Carson valley. It can be reached by a steep 0.8 mile climb (550' vertical) on a dirt road

 

Trail Heads

Spooner Summit South

On the south side of Hwy 50 just west of the summit.  Trailer parking available.  Vault toilets, picnic tables.

 

Kingsbury North

From Hwy 207 just west of summit turn north onto North Benjamin Drive (which becomes Andria Drive) and drive 2 miles to a dead end.  Limited roadside parking.  No facilities.

 

Kingsbury South

1.5 miles south of Hwy 207 on Tramway Drive at the base of Stagecoach chairlift.  Trailer parking available.  No facilities.

 

Trail Information

Signage: The trail is marked at intervals with light blue, triangular TRT logon signs.

 

Distances:

Spooner Summit to Sierra Canyon Trail                          6.7 miles

Spooner Summit to Kingsbury North Trail Head  12.2 miles

Spooner Summit to Kingsbury Loop Junction                 14.4 miles

Spooner Summit to Van Sickle Connector                      17.3 miles

 

Elevations:

Spooner Summit                       7,150’

South Camp Peak                     8,866’

Kingsbury North                                    7,920’

 

Water Sources:

The entire section of the TRT is dry, so be sure and carry extra water.  All water found on the trail must be treated.

 

Reference

Spooner Summit - Kingsbury North

http://www.tahoerimtrail.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=176&Itemid=209

http://www.tahoerimtrail.org/images/stories/TrailMaps/2012_segment_broch_update/mapbroch_spoonertokingsbury.pdf

http://www.tahoerimtrail.org/

 

 

The Flume Trail Lake Tahoe

 

Difficulty: Advanced / Difficult
Distance (in miles): 14 miles one way

Length (in hours): 6 to 7 hours

Shuttle Hike (cars parked at the trail head, and trail end)
Elevation Drop/Gain: 1,000 feet plus

Dogs: OK
Weather: Rain or Snow Cancels.

Carpool Location: Sunrise Park & Ride 11225 Trade Center Dr Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Driving Time to Trail head: 2 hours
Meeting Time: 5:45 am SHARP leaving no later than 6:00 am
Arrival Time Trail Head: 8:30 am
Water: Four Litters of Water is Mandatory. You will be checked / inspected to verify that you have the required amount of water.

Directions to Trail head: Spooner Lake Nevada, at the intersection of State Route 28 and U.S. 50

Nevada State Park near Spooner Lake 775-749-5349

 

The Flume trail is a famous trail high above Lake Tahoe with incredible views. It came to be after it was realized that the path once used by an old flume to carry water slowly downhill also could be used for a great hike or bike ride. Over the years, it has been improved and maintained for the purposes of hiking and biking.

 

The trip most people take is about 14 miles one way, 9 miles of actual Flume Trail at 7000' to 8100' feet in elevation with over a 1000' of climbing in the first four miles and 4.5 miles; most people opt for a shuttle back to where they start. There is a shuttle operation and bike rental shop near Spooner Lake, which is where most people begin. You will pay a few dollars to enter and park with your bike. If you opt for the shuttle, expect another fee for the ride back. Most people start at Spooner Lake so they can get the climb over with in order to enjoy the gentle 9 mile down slope of the Flume itself.

 

Starting at Spooner, you will climb for 4-5 miles and about 1100 feet. The climb may be a challenge for some, but the rewards are worth it. Shortly after the summit you will coast down to Marlette Lake (a pristine lake surrounded by mountains that is used as a fish hatchery). This is a terrific spot to take a break and/or eat lunch. The trail will then take you along Marlette's edge and to the start of the Flume.

 

The Flume Trail starts about 1600 feet above Tahoe, with incredible views as you cruise along the mountain side. In many places, there are long, steep slopes off the trail, so it is imperative that if you are on your bike you are in control and stay on the path. If you are confident and in control, you will enjoy incredible views while enjoying the mellow descent down to lake level. When you reach Tunnel Creek, you can follow signs to where the shuttle service will pick you up near Hidden Beach.

Maps and more information are available at Spooner Lake. Note that during high snow years, the trail may not open until the snow melts sometime in early summer.

 

The Flume Trail from the parking area at Spooner Lake via the North Canyon Road.

This road runs past the old shepherd's hut, then gives way to rolling uphill terrain through beautiful aspen groves that thrive in the Carson Range on the east side of Lake Tahoe.

The half mile of climbing past Snow Valley is where you become friendly with that shiny little granny gear on your mountain bike. You start the ride at 7000' and climb to 8157' giving you only 1100' to climb so take your time and savor these ascents as they are the only ones you'll do all day. We know you want the full Tahoe mountain bike experience. Have patience and you will be at Marlette Saddle before you know it. Know that you do not have to climb those ugly switchbacks that cross the face of Snow Valley Peak.

At the summit, a quick break under the whispering lodge pole pines quickly dries the sweat and refreshes the soul.

Next a short descent leads to the peaceful, pristine Marlette Lake. In the fall the colors at Marlette Lake are a site to behold. A mile and a half of riding on the dirt road along the shore of this beautiful lake leads to the incredible Flume Trail.

The Flume Trail is nearly flat, dropping only 40' per mile and is spectacular in its setting. 1600' above the east shore of Lake Tahoe and only a half mile away from the shoreline in places, it is truly one of the the premier trails in the world. Stop often and enjoy the view. Take something to eat and drink for an unforgettable picnic.

At the end of the Flume Trail, there is a 3 mile on Tunnel Creek Road, 1500' descent down to the The Flume Trail Bike shop and Tunnel Creek Caf 11115 Tunnel Creek Road, off highway 28 (Tahoe Blvd.) in Incline Village.

 


Reference

The Flume Trail

 

Flume Trail and Tahoe Rim Trail Rides Desctiptions

 

http://flumetrailtahoe.com/full_size_map.html

 

http://parks.nv.gov/parks/marlette-hobart-backcountry/

 

http://flumetrailtahoe.com/

http://flumetrailtahoe.com/trails_description.html

http://flumetrailtahoe.com/full_size_map.html

http://parks.nv.gov/parks/marlette-hobart-backcountry/

 

Contact

Kim K. Andregg

kandregg@raftman.com

916-710-0724

 



 

Mt Diablo Loop 6.3 miles Intermediate / Advanced / Difficult / Strenuous

Difficulty: Strenuous

Distance (in miles): 4.6 Miles round trip

Length (in hours): 3+ hours with detours

Elevation Drop/Gain: 1900 ft.

Dogs: no Dogs (ladders, granite, quartz, lots of dog pad unfriendly things)

Weather: Who cares we are balls to walls, except those without balls.

Carpool Location: Target 6507 4th Ave, Sacramento, CA at 6:45 leaving no later than 7:00AM

Driving Time to Trail head:

Meeting Location

Meeting Time: 7:00 am at

Arrival Time Trail Head: 9:00 am

Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots
Hike Type: Out and Back

Directions: 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.

 

 

The Grand Loop offers a bird's-eye view of the Bay Area, and sometimes glimpses far beyond, of the Farallon Islands, Mount Lassen, the Sierra Nevada, and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

This hike goes down, up, down, up, down. We will stop for lunch on the decend of Bald Ridge. The hike has some fairly steep ups and takes approx 4.5 hours to complete.

Please bring sunscreen, layers of clothing, snacks/lunch and plenty of water.

This is about a 2 hour drive each direction. There is a $5 dollar toll bridge (last I checked) and a $10 dollar park entrance fee.

Please be prepared to pay your driver approx $20 (depending on how many in the carpool) for gas, toll, and parking.

Directions:

Google Maps directions:

I-80W approx 41 miles

I-680S approx 31 miles

Exit 40-El Cerro Blvd

Go left under the freeway

El Cerro turns into Diablo Rd, drive approx 3.4 miles

Turn Left on Mount Diablo Scenic Blvd

There are A LOT of cyclists on these roads, please be careful driving around them.

Mount Diablo Scenic Blvd turns into S Gate Road

Turn Right at the stop sign (Summit Road)

Drive 2.3 miles, you will see a wide part of the street with a parking area on the left (Diablo Valley Overlook/Juniper Campgrounds), Park Here.. If you make it up to the top then you have gone about 2.2 miles too far.

 

Mount Rose

Difficulty: Difficult
Distance (in miles): 10 miles round trip
Elevation gain 2,100 feet from 8,900 - 10,776 ft.
Dogs: OK
Weather: Rain or Snow Cancels.
Driving Time to Trail head: from the car pool location at Target on Madison and HWY 80 5001 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA about 2 hours
Meeting Time: 6:00 am
Arrival Time Trail Head: 8:30 am
Water: Four Litters of Water is Mandatory. You will be checked / inspected to verify that you have the required amount of water.

Directions to Trailhead:

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.

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

http://renotahoe.about.com/od/hikingtrails/a/Hiking-Mt-Rose.htm

 

The Mt. Rose summit trail has something for the whole family. The well-graded and maintained trail is suitable for children and open to your well-behaved and controlled pet*. You will enjoy a rewarding hiking experience whether you trek all the way to the summit of Mt. Rose or just meander partway.

 Hiking the Mt. Rose Trail

 

The first section of the Mt. Rose summit trail quickly gives hikers views to the south of Tahoe Meadows and Lake Tahoe. The smooth tread then leads into open woods of limber pine and hemlock for a leisurely stroll to panoramas of Mt. Rose itself and the lush meadow at its base. At about the halfway point to the summit, a waterfall formed by Galena Creek cascades over a rocky slope and then spreads its waters to feed the wildflowers and other vegetation surrounding this part of the trail. By the way, you have been hiking for about 2.65 miles on a section of the Tahoe Rim Trail to get to this point. You can turn around at the waterfall, but I suggest going a little further along the meadow's edge to enjoy more small streams coming down to the meadow and (if you hit it right) a spectacular wildflower display.

Beyond the meadow, the grade becomes markedly steeper when you enter the Mt. Rose Wilderness and begin the final push to the top of Mt. Rose. As you would expect, the views expand with every step. Near the summit and on top, you'll have a 360 degree look for miles, from Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada to the south to the Truckee Meadows and beyond to the north. If you can stay up there for a while, it's fun to see how many things you can identify while peering around the compass. You'll be scanning the landscape from an elevation of 10,776 feet.

It's a 10.6 mile round trip from trailhead to summit and back. There is no water beyond the waterfall and meadow. Even on a nice day it will be a lot cooler on Mt. Rose than down in Reno. Bring clothing for a crisp day in the mountains and be prepared for sudden changes in weather. Thunderstorms can build up amazingly fast, kicking up wind and causing the temperature to plunge rapidly. If you are high on the mountain when a thunderstorm is brewing, and especially if you see lightning or hear thunder, beat it down quickly or risk being turned to toast.

All this talk only goes so far. Take a look at what you'll see with my gallery of Pictures from Hiking the Mt. Rose Summit Trail.

Getting to the Mt. Rose Trailhead

Drive south from Reno on U.S. 395. The existing freeway ends at the Mt. Rose Highway (Nevada 431) - bear right and follow signs pointing you toward Lake Tahoe and Incline Village. You will commence a steady climb through the Galena area and into the trees near Galena Creek Regional Park. Continue on this wide but twisty road, past the Mt. Rose ski area to the Mt. Rose Trailhead at the 8900' summit of the pass. There is lots of parking, though I've seen it get just about full on busy weekends. The trail begins around the left side of the information signs and restroom.

There are other, less obvious places from which to commence a trek to Mt. Rose's summit. I'm not going to describe those here, but you can get more information about these other trailheads from the summitpost.org Mt. Rose section.

Dog owners, please control your pets at all times on the Mt. Rose trail. Other hikers, especially those with small children, do not appreciate loose dogs running amuck and approaching them uninvited. Unleashed dogs are a hazard to others and could set you up for a hefty lawsuit should your pet frighten or injure someone. Dogs can also harass and scare off animals, depriving others of the experience of viewing wildlife.

More Reno / Tahoe Hiking Trails Information
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Bald Rock Dome Trail Hike by Curtain Falls

 

Difficulty: Strenous

Distance (in miles): 4.6 Miles round trip

Length (in hours): 3+ hours with detours

Elevation Drop/Gain: 1900 ft.

Dogs: no Dogs (ladders, granite, quartz, lots of dog pad unfriendly things)

Weather: Who cares we are balls to walls, except those without balls.

Carpool Location: Target 6507 4th Ave, Sacramento, CA at 6:45 leaving no later than 7:00AM

Driving Time to Trail head:

Meeting Location

Meeting Time: 7:00 am at

Arrival Time Trail Head: 9:00 am

Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots
Hike Type: Out and Back

 

Through forest, along edge of granite, across boulders to waterfall.
Near: Berry Creek, CA

 

Awesome views, spring wildflowers and cool granite!

Google maps https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bald+Rock+Dome/@39.6560676,-121.3208066,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x809cc0ffb1a41b41:0x392fb10146098bfd

Bald Rock Dome Trail Hike to near> Curtain Falls

The water is too chilly to wade through to Curtain Falls, yet we can see it from the distance and a spectacular view at that!

This is a popular place for expert kayakers, possibly we shall see some daredevil people riding the rapids in kayaks! Now that would make the trip all worthwhile to see.  Oh yes, don't slip on that banana going down the stairway ladder over the granite to get there! I took that picture on a hike last year there!

It is so cool going down this ladder in the middle of nowhere nearing the base of Bald Rock Dome! It cannot really get better than this in nature!

 

Summary: This trail goes down into the canyon below Bald Rock Dome. Worthwhile hike to be made during spring or fall. It's downhill all the way to the water, with two steep staircases: one stone, one wood. Be sure to bring a hydration pack and filter, you'll need both. The entire hike is great, but the best parts are towards the end, as you wind your way around the granite face. You hear the rapids as you approach, and finally see the river down below from about 500 feet up. The stone steps lead to a 5-foot-wide crevasse. Beyond and down the wooden steps, you'll be treated to cool water and giant boulders. If you can make it, venture upstream 1/4 mile and see Curtain Falls! Slide down the natural waterslide, but save your energy for the 1900-foot ascent back to the trailhead.
Trailhead: Leave Oroville via 162 (Olive Hwy/Oro-Quincy Hwy) for 17.8 miles. Right @ Bald Rock Rd. for 8.7 miles. Right at "DOME TRAIL 3", Rd. #21N51Y, gravel road for 3 miles. Left to trailhead. (Lat:39.64335 Lon:-121.30599)

 

 

 

Mumford Bar Trail – American River North Fork

Difficulty: Advanced / Difficult

Distance (in miles): Mumford Bar trail is 3.51 miles long each way.

Length (in hours): 4 1/2+ hours with detours

Elevation Drop/Gain: 5377 to 2632 feet

TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Westville, Duncan Peak

Dogs: OK

Weather: Rain or Snow Cancels.

Driving Time to Trail head: from Sacramento

Meeting Carpool Location Target on Madison and HWY 80 5001 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA (edit map)

Meeting Time: 7:00 am

Arrival Time Trail Head: 9:00 am

 

Directions: 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.

 

 

 

 

Please wear appropriate shoes / boots for tomorrow.  High top water proof shoes / boots would be best.  It will probably be muddy in spots and there could be some small stream crossing.


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).


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

 

Kim K. Andregg

916-710-0724 Cell

kandregg@raftman.com

Mountain Bike Lake Natoma

Difficulty: Beginner

Distance (in miles): 13.7 Miles round trip

Length (in hours): 2 hours with detours

Elevation Drop/Gain: None

Dogs: no Dogs

Weather: Rain Cancels

Carpool Location: NA

Driving Time to Trail head: NA

Location: Old Folsom at Bicycle’s Plus 705 Gold Lake Dr #320, Folsom, CA 95630

Alternative Starting Location: CSUS Aquatic Center Parking Lot or Natoma’s Fish Hatchery Parking Lot

Meeting Time: 8:00 am in old Folsom at Bicycle’s Plus 705 Gold Lake Drive #320, Folsom, CA 95630

 

 

Description

Mountain Bike: This is a beginner mountain bike training course / route.  We will ride around Lake Natoma’s with some pavement and some extremely easy dirt trail.  We may circumvent the lake twice.  The purpose is to get acclimated to mountain bikes and single track dirt trails.

 

Start a Folsom Bike and follow the paved trail down to Folsom. Head over Rainbow Bridge and cut through 'old town' Folsom. The trail 'proper' starts just behind Bicycles Plus. The first half of the ride to the Sacramento Aquatic Center is fast and fun.

Just past the Sacramento Aquatic Center, cross over the bridge at Hazel and follow the single track back to Rainbow Bridge.

From there you have a paved climb back to Folsom Bike.

Watch out for the occasional deer and a plethora of suicidal squirrels

 

http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/4361979

 

Mountain Bike Beal’s Point Folsom Lake

Difficulty: Beginner

Distance (in miles): XX Miles round trip

Length (in hours): 3+ hours with detours

Elevation Drop/Gain: None

Dogs: no Dogs

Weather: Rain Cancels

Carpool Location: NA

Driving Time to Trail head: NA

Meeting Location: Beal’s Point parking lot Folsom Lake, end of Oak Hill Drive.

Meeting Time: 8:00 am at Beal’s Point parking lot Folsom Lake

 

Ride from Beal’s Point trails to Granite Bay trails and beyond.

Mountain Bike: This is a beginner mountain bike training course / route.  We will ride from Beal’s Point trails to Granite Bay trails and beyond.  The purpose is to get acclimated to mountain bikes and single track dirt trails.

 

 

Mountain Bike Granite Bay Folsom Lake

 

Difficulty: Beginner

Distance (in miles): 12 Miles round trip

Length (in hours): 3+ hours with detours

Elevation Drop/Gain: None

Dogs: no Dogs

Weather: Rain Cancels

Carpool Location: NA

Driving Time to Trail head: NA

Meeting Location: Granite Bay parking lot Folsom Lake, end of Douglas Blvd.

Meeting Time: 8:00 am at Granite Bay parking lot Folsom Lake, end of Douglas Blvd.

 

Restrictions

These are multi-use trails so watch out for horses and hikers. Most riders run it clockwise.

 

Overview

3:00 average ride time for 12.0 miles.

Flowing single track climbs to a rest area / viewpoint of Lake Folsom (cool breeze on hot days). Trail is well maintained with banking corners and not a lot of rocks, which makes climbing and down hills fast and fun. Several short "technical areas" some Granite slabs and small rock gardens (all on the downhill if you're going clockwise).

Watch for horses, they have a designated horses-only riding area but they like the views of the lake on the Mt. Bike/Hikers side. Early mornings or late afternoons are the best riding times for less traffic.

 

Need To Know

The trail length can be increased to 12 miles by starting at South Parking lot (just inside Park Gate) and adding the several trail loops including the water towers. To get to these loops at about mile 2.5 you'll come to a 4-way intersection. The track as mapped here shows you heading right down the hill - instead head straight through the intersection (left is a horse-trail), follow the trail uphill and you'll see a sign. This trail is up and back on the same trail, and the climb is steep and very washed out.

 

Description

The trail is easily visible at the north end of the parking lot. It borders Park Rd. as a single track for about 3/4 mile before turning off to the right and heading into the hills bordering Folsom Lake. There are many intersecting trails but they all eventually come back to the loop shown in this track. At the first fork, take the left climbing fork to run the loop clockwise.

The hills are not steep or long and the single track has banked corners and curves constantly. At the the highest point on the trail is a rest area with benches and a great view of the lake (also a cool breeze on hot days). The area south of Beeks Bight has several short technical areas along with some nice granite to ride down.

 

http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/2503849/granite-bay-trail

 

American River South Fork Rafting Sunday May 4th - Full Wet Suits and Boots Required - Must be able to Swim

 

Difficulty: Beginner

Distance (in miles): 22 Miles round trip

Length (in hours): 8+ hours with detours

Elevation Drop/Gain: None

Dogs: Strong Swimming Dogs with Life Vests can come – Blue would be fine

 

Weather: Who cares what the weather is, your all wet anyways, snow, hale, lighting bolts.

Carpool Location: Target 10880 Olson Dr, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Driving Time to Trail head: NA

Meeting Location: Target 10880 Olson Dr, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Meeting Time: 7:00 am at the carpool location Target 10880 Olson Dr, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

 

Trip Descriptions:

American River South Fork from Chili Bar Dam to Henningsen-Lotus Park  Trip, mile 0 to mile 9

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

 

Pictures: American River South Fork

 

a)     My home email servers cannot respond to your Google mail accounts.  Google thinks I am bad boy.  No comments from the gallery!

b)    Before June 1st the temperature of the water requires full wet suits and boots. 

c)     I have XX number wetsuits and XX number of boots.  The sizes vary.  So when putting together a trip requiring wet suits and boots we have to know the height, weight and shoe sizes of everyone coming.  The persons we do not have “covered” will have to rent wet suits and boots.  Everyone must be “covered” dressed appropriately.

d)    The boats (2) 14’ foot, (1) 12’ foot, (1) cat-a-raft.

e)     Paddlers 8 + 8 + 4 + 1 on the cat, total of 21.   I can float the 14’ foot boats with 4 to 8 paddlers.

f)     Seats are limited, if you sign up you have to show up, no wishy washy, no flaking the night before, no getting up in the morning and just not feeling like going, no parting with the band, no heavy alcohol use the night before.  Acceptable reasons for not showing up / coming a) your name is in the obituaries.

g)    Limitations:  We are limited by the availability of guides and wet suits.  If I can get another guide (Andrew, Steve, Pavel, Larry Hazen, the BLM Engineers, etc.)

h)     Bring Food and Water (2 liters per person)

i)      You must be able to swim.

 

So are you interested?

 

I am one guide for one boat.

I need two additional guides for my other two boats.

I will want to do the whole river, both the above runs.

 

Dogs – Strong Swimming Dogs with Life Vests can come – Blue would be fine

 

Time: 7:00 am at the carpool location on Sunrise Park and Ride and highway 50

Arrive 8:00 am Chili Bar Dam                                                        boot setup and dressing people, vehicle shuttling

Depart Chili Bar Dam 9:00 am

Arrive Salmon Falls Bridge around 4:30 pm                           boat brake down and vehicle shuttling

Depart Salmon Falls Bridge around 6:00 pm

 

Note: We can save a tremendous amount of time if we have one or two people coming that are not going on the rafting trip and can drive the vehicle left at the put in Chili Bar Dam down to the take out at Salmon Falls Bridge.  Otherwise when we reach Salmon Falls Bridge we have to drive back to Chili Bar Dam, get the vehicle, drive to Salmon Falls Bridge than brake down the boats.  We save over 1 hour by having extra people drivers come to Chile Bar Dam and drive the vehicles out in the morning and meet up at the take out Salmon Falls Bridge.  If someone want to come and drive my truck out they could go spend the day touring Coloma State Park, go hike the American Canyon Trail, go shop in Placerville, go to old George Town, lots of cool shops and bars, and then meet up at the take out Salmon Falls Bridge at 4:00 – 4:30 pm

 

So the surf is up.

The season is on.

My friends are going every weekend.

We will have other boats and people to go with.  You will meet some dynamite people.

 

All I need now is for paddlers for Sunday and I am out of here!

 

Let’s go have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

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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

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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

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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<