April Outings

Educational outing tag= Education/Conservation Outing

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

Educational outing tag Urban Walk (1A, HCE).  Day Hike (1A). Davis (Yolano Group) (Cancelled For Remainder of Month)

Fast, morning hike on north Davis green belt. ~4.5 miles of a flat surface with emphasis on avoiding busy street crossings and morning bicycle traffic, while observing reforestation efforts along the green belt; agriculture progression and the various species of wildlife. Meet 7:00 a.m. @ at Peet's Coffee in Market Place Center at West Covell Blvd. and Sycamore Lane, ½-block east of northbound Hwy. 113 (Covell Blvd. exit east). Open to all fast hikers, rain or shine, with no reservations. Leader: Randy Brendia RandyBrendia@Gmail.com.

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Educational outing tag Urban Walk (1A, HCE).  Really Brrrisk Morning Walks (1A). Davis (Yolano Group)

Meet 7:00 a.m. at Peet's Coffee in the north Davis' Market Place on Covell Blvd. & Sycamore (off Hwy. 113). Walking distance is about 4.5 miles in 90 minutes. Return to Peet's at about 8:30 a.m. All are welcome. Rain cancels. Watch for wild turkeys, geese, goslings, raptors, Guinea fowl, jackrabbits, coyotes, and other wild visitors to Davis greenbelts, ponds, fields, ditches, dirt paths, gardens, Village Homes, UCD campus or Arboretum. See Jean Jackman's column, The Davis Enterprise: http://www.davisenterprise.com/search/Jean%20Jackman%20column. For more information, contact one of the leaders. Leaders: Marilu Carter mccarter@ucdavis.edu or 530.758.3151; Barb Levin barb7750@yahoo.com or 530.758.1589; or, Richard Crescitelli rcresci@rocketmail.com.

April 2, Wednesday

Day Hike (1A). Cronan Ranch (Senior Section) (Cancelled)

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

April 4, Friday

Day Hike (2B). Stevens' Trail (Sacramento Group)

On this outing, we'll hike down to the North Fork of the American River along the Stevens' Trail. Hike stats: 6.5 miles, round-trip (approx) and 1,150' elevation gain (est.). Hikers must be in reasonably good condition; the hike is downhill going in and uphill on the way out! Bring the "10 essentials;" sturdy, waterproof, hiking boots; water; snacks; lunch; layered clothing, due to changeable weather conditions; and $$ for carpool drivers. No minors. No dogs. Rain, snow, and/or chain controls cancels. Hike limited to 15. CLICK HERE TO RSVP. Contact leader for details. Leader: Bruce Notareus bnotareus@comcast.net or 916.835.4663 (before 9:00 p.m.).

April 5, Saturday

Educational outing tag Day Hike (1A, HCE). Timbered Crater Wilderness Study Area (Shasta Group)

Walkers 12 years of age and older welcome! Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act by hiking in a wilderness study area. This area is an outstanding showcase for the geology of extinct volcanic craters. The alternating depressions & buttes are dominated by a 500 ft. butte @ the crater's rim. This crater provides the only northeastern California habitat for the rare Baker cypress tree. The crater is located between the Cascades & the Great Basin, just 15 miles on good roads from Fall River Mills. Can you contrast and compare ecosystems? Mountain versus desert climate from pine? Western juniper & Oregon oak to desert sage brush, needle grass, blue grass? Test your observation skills. Contest w/prize for identifying greatest number of living forms. Location within 15 miles of Fall River Mills. No trail, we will spend about 2½ - 3 hours hiking on uneven, rocky ground. Bring lunch, water, appropriate clothing, sturdy hiking shoes. Meet 10:00 a.m. @ Shell Station in Fall River Mills. (Rain date: Sat., April 12.) Leader: Marti Weidert 530.474.4300 or martiweidert@frontier.com.

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

This trail in Upper Bidwell Park offers 9 miles of great views along the Big Chico Creek with 800' elevation gain. Wildflowers should be in abundance. Optional dinner after the hike at the Sierra Nevada Brewery. Heavy rain cancels. Meet 8:00 a.m. @ 11th & P Streets. Leader: Tracy Miller tecumseh2@att.net or 916.635.4730; leader trainee: Jay 530.220.2632 or Jaybolk@sbcglobal.net.

Day Hike (2A). Folsom Lake (Sacramento Group)

This is a beautiful, 6-mile hike along Folsom Lake starting at Horseshoe Bar. The elevation gain is about 300'. This is a sunny hike on a path along the water's edge. We shall travel near an historic flume that once carried water to Folsom. Rain cancels. Meet 10:00 a.m. @ Roseville Park & Ride. Rain Cancels. Leader: Jack Tolomei 916.944.4942.

April 8, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B). Crockett Hills Regional Park, Bay Area (Senior Section)

This hike will explore the hills and valleys just south of Crockett. From ridge tops we will enjoy splendid views of Suisun Bay, Carquinez Straight, Pinole Valley, and Richmond. Our route will include Soaring Eagle Trail, Sky Trail, Sugar City Trail, Wood Rat Trail, and other exotic locales. The hike is 7 miles with 1,100' cumulative elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, hat, and essentials. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the Davis Park & Ride behind Ikedas fruit stand off I-80 at Mace Blvd. in Davis. No dogs. Rain cancels. Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

April 9, Wednesday

Day Hike (1A) Fuel Break, Culvert, and Confluence Trails (Senior Section) (Cancelled)

We'll take a pretty hike among oak meadows, with frequent river views. We'll hike a little over 4 mile from the Foresthill Divide to the Confluence Area on the three trails listed above. Nice views of Middle Fork and maybe some wildflowers. After initial uphill, hike is mostly downhill on narrow, rocky trails. Bring lunch, water, and essentials. No dogs. Rain cancels. Meet 9:30 a.m. in Auburn by shade shelter at Confluence Area, (State parking fee or permit required) just before OLD (low) Foresthill Bridge. We will shuttle from there to starting point. Leader: Sheila Toner 530.886.0673.

Day Hike (2B). Euchre Bar (Placer Group)

Near Alta, this steep trail drops 1,780' to the N. Fork American River and a foot bridge. At the start are fine views of Giant Gap and the Sierra Crest. RT is 5 miles with an option to follow the river farther. It is a strenuous climb out. Meet at the Weimar Cross Road exit off I-80, Park & Ride to the right of the off ramp at 9:00 a.m. Heavy rain cancels. Let me know if you want to car pool from Auburn and I will forward your request to others who want to also. Contact leader with questions. Leader: Carroll Nast canast@wizwire.com.

April 12, Saturday

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

This is a moderate, 8-mile hike with 1,500' elevation gain. Bring essentials and money for drivers. Heavy rains cancel. Meet 9:00 a.m. @ 11th & P Streets. Leader: Kathy 916.451.3358.

Day Hike (1A). Dry Creek Falls (Sacramento Group)

If we have gotten any rain this winter, the falls will be pretty impressive, but in any case, the hike is beautiful. It traverses a lovely foothills path, which winds through oak and grassland. A fairly short drive, but a few miles over a good gravel road will be necessary. Easy hike of 5 miles and 250 feet elevation gain. Rain cancels. Optional (early) dinner afterwards in Roseville. Meet 11:00 a.m. @ Roseville Park & Ride. Leader: John Meininger 916.967.1018.

Day Hike (1A). Peoria Wildlife Area - Jamestown (Yokuts Group)

This 4-mile loop starts at the equestrian staging area and steadily climbs up Peoria Mountain to great views of the Stanislaus River Canyon and New Malones Lake. After a challenging hike up, it's a pleasant downhill on the loop back. Leaving Modesto at 12.30 p.m., or Oakdale at 1:00 p.m. Return approx 6:00 p.m. Other saturday afternoon hikes are planned for April 26, and May 10 and 31st. Contact leader for further details. Leader: Derek Castle 209.529.7816 (home), 209.573.3245 (cell) or castlemodesto@gmail.com.

Day Hike (2b). Mt Diablo (Sacramento Group)

Join us for a beautiful spring jaunt! 8.1 miles with an elevation gain of 1,600 feet, on the North Side of Mt. Diablo. We’ll start at the Mitchell Canyon Trailhead and take the mountain via the “Little Giant Loop.” April on the mountain features grassland, chaparral and the first wild flowers of the year. We also hope to see some hawks, hummingbirds, butterflies, and maybe some deer. The first 2 miles are a slow, but steady climb. The 3rd mile gets steep, an aerobic 1,000 feet up many switchbacks. We’ll top out at Deer Flat and stop to enjoy the endless views and lunch. Then we’ll continue on Meridian Ridge Fire Rd. with more great views toward Merchio Gap. That’s when we’ll decide to climb a couple of hundred feet more on the Eagle Peak Trail or take the Back Creek and Coulter Pines Trails as we head back to the trailhead. Bring good energy, good shoes, lots of water, lunch, sun screen and $$ for your driver and parking. Heavy rain cancels. Optional dinner afterward. Meet our leader, Tracy, at 11th & P Streets at 8:00 a.m.; or, meet our leader-trainee, Jay, at the Mace Blvd. Park & Ride (at 2nd Street, just east of Mace Blvd) at 8:00 a.m. Leader: Tracy tecumseh2@att.net or 916.635.4730; and, leader-trainee: Jay Jaybolk@sbcglobal.net or 530.220.2632

April 12-13, Saturday and Sunday

Backcountry Ski (2C). Blue Couloir at 11,300' and The Mammoth Crest at 10,166' (Sacramento Group)

For both, we will start from around the Mammoth Lakes area. The Blue Couloir is about 10 miles and at least 3,000 feet of gain and is a full-day. The Mammoth Crest is about 8 miles and 2,000 feet of gain and is a half-day. Limited to 12. No dogs. Bring the 10 essentials; skins; metal-edged, back-country skis; avalanche beacon; probes; and a snow shovel are required. Must be in great shape and able to ski an advanced ski run. Camping and lodging exists in the area. Each participant is responsible for providing their own lodging. Leader: Ted Lenzie 916.985.6144 or, Mon-Thurs, Clubted@Gmail.com.

April 13, Sunday

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

How about strolling around the town of Nevada City? We will wander through the town, then we'll have lunch at one of their marvelous restaurants. About 5 miles. Rain cancels. Meet 9:30 a.m. @ the Roseville Park & Ride. Leader: Katherine Sargent malamute52@frontier.com.

April 17, Thursday

Day Hike (2B). Bassi Falls (Sacramento Group)

On this outing we'll hike in the Crystal Basin Area to have lunch at the base of the falls. Those interested can follow the trail an additional ½ mile to the top of the falls as well! Hike stats: 6 miles round-trip (approx) with 1,000' elevation gain (est.). Hikers must be in reasonably-good condition. Bring the "10 essentials;" sturdy, waterproof hiking boots; water; snacks; lunch; layered clothing due to changeable weather conditions; and $$ for carpool drivers. No minors. No dogs. Rain, snow, and/or chain controls cancels. Hike limited to 15. CLICK HERE TO RSVP. Contact leader for details. Leader: Bruce Notareus bnotareus@comcast.net or 916.835.4663 (before 9:00 p.m.).

Two Day Hikes (1A). South Yuba River State Park, Nevada County (Senior Section)

Historic covered bridge, visitors' center, wildflowers, and scenic views. Choose from 2 simultaneous hikes: Hike 1. Point Defiance Loop Trail, 3 miles, 400 feet elevation gain, rocky first third of trail, with some difficult footing. Hike 2: Buttermilk Bend Trail and optional Cemetery Loop, almost 3 easy miles, 100 feet elevation gain, some uneven footing. Those doing the Point Defiance Loop may have time to walk the Buttermilk Bend Trail after a quick lunch, if they wish. Bring cameras (optional), lunch, water, sturdy boots and money for diver if you don't drive. If you have vertigo, you will not want to walk the Buttermilk Bend Trail. No dogs, rain cancels. Call for meeting place information after April 10th. Leaders: Lin and Peter Lindert 530.758.6418 or linlindert@mac.com.

April 19, Saturday

Day Hike (2A). Marin — 2 Lakes (Sacramento Group)

This is a moderate 8 miles around two beautiful lakes (Bon Tempe & Lagunitas) with a wonderful lunch spot and a short climb up a small hill for a great view. Moderate pace with 600' elevation gain. Bring 10 essentials including extra snacks (late lunch) and $ for parking & driver. Optional stopover in Fairfax after hike. Rain cancels. Please call no sooner than the weekend before the hike for reservations. Group size is limited to 19. Leader: Madeliene 916.361.7176.

Lake Paddle (Class 1). Lake Sonoma, Cloverdale (Paddling Section)

We will put in at the Yorty Creek boat ramp off Hot Springs Road, and explore the many fingers of the lake, stopping for a picnic lunch at one of the many paddle-in campsites during our paddle. We can expect to see a wide variety of wildlife, including bald eagles and possible wood ducks. Paddlers must provide their own boats, paddles and PFDs. Limited to 7 participants. Contact leader with questions or to receive the trip information sheet. Leader: Ann Prentiss 510.508.6433 or annprentiss@gmail.com.

Day Hike (2B). Dan Beebe Trail (Yahi Group)

A 6-mile, mostly downhill, hike from the Oroville Dam to the Nature Center in Oroville. We will enjoy the spring colors, oaks, eucalyptus and wildflowers. We will pass Glen Pond and enjoy nice views of the Feather River and Table Mountain. Bring lunch, water and shoes with good tread. Meet 8:00 a.m. @ the Chico Park & Ride or 8:45 a.m. @ the Oroville Nature Center at 2600 Old Ferry Road. Call leader for more information. Rain cancels. Leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or ajmendoza777@comcast.net.

April 22, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B). Stevens' Trail, Colfax (Senior Section)

This old, gold-mining era trail descends to the American River from Colfax. The trail is mostly gently graded with excellent views of the canyon. With luck there will be a profusion of wildflowers. After the descent, cool off in the river, for the hike back is hot. The hike is approximately 8 miles with 1,200' cumulative elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, good boots, and essentials. Meet 9:00 a.m. at the Burger King on Lincoln Way in Auburn at the Foresthill exit off I-80. No dogs. Rain cancels. Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

Day Hike (2B). Training Hill Loop (Sacramento Group)

This hike starts at the confluence, goes up the training hill (guaranteed to get your heart rate up!), follows the Pointed Rocks trail east, crosses Hwy 49, goes around the Cool Cave quarry, descends to and returns on the Quarry Trail. Hike stats: 8 miles (round trip), elevation gain 1,500’, starting elevation 600’. (There is a lot of poison oak on this trail.) Bring the essentials, including water, snacks, lunch, layered clothing due to changeable weather conditions, and $$ for carpool drivers. No minors. No dogs. Rain cancels. Contact leader for details & reservation before Apr 21. Leader: Mike Ranta greatstuff959@hotmail.com or 916.966.0531 (before 9 p.m.).

April 26, Saturday

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

Plan to hike the Seven Pools Vista Trail and Hidden Falls Trail. The Park is located between Auburn and Lincoln. Outstanding natural features at Hidden Falls include Coon Creek and Deadman Creek, groves of blue oak woodlands and a year-round 20-30 foot high waterfall. Learn how the local ranchers, Placer County, and the Placer Legacy Open Space organization worked together to make this special place happen. Total of approx. 6 miles with a 700 foot elevation gain. This hike is a moderately difficult, 2A-rated hike. Dogs OK on six foot leash only. Rain cancels. Meet 10:00 a.m. @ Roseville Park & Ride. Email leader if you have questions. Leader: Greg Hoyt gjhoyt2002@yahoo.com or, as a last resort, 916.989.5377.

Day Hike (2B). Cronan Ranch (Sacramento Group)

On this hike we’ll explore the oak woodlands and open grassland at Cronan Ranch, near Coloma. We’ll learn about the history of the area. We’ll have some good views of the South Fork of the American River. Hike stats: 7 miles (round trip), elevation gain/loss 1,000', starting elevation 1,000’. Hikers must be in good condition. Bring the essentials plus water, lunch, sturdy hiking boots, layered clothing for changeable weather conditions and $$ for carpool drivers. No minors. No dogs. Rain cancels. Contact leader for details & reservation before April 25th. Leader: Mike Ranta greatstuff959@hotmail.com or 916.966.0531 (before 9 p.m.).

Day Hike (3B). Extended Deer Creek Hike (Yahi Group)

Experience the full spring beauty of the Deer Creek trail in an extended, 12-mile round-trip hike. Deer Creek in spring offers several small waterfalls as we pass through the newly green buds of Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and incense cedar. Bring lunch, water, carpool $$ and a camera. Meet 8:00 a.m. @ Chico Park & Ride. Rain cancels. Leader: Jeanne 530.321.7279 and Asst. Leader: Michelle 530.865.9491.

Day Hike (2B). Annadel State Park (Sacramento Group & Redwood Chapter)

After a drive through scenic Sonoma Valley, we'll go end-to-end through this shady park near Santa Rosa, featuring lush meadows and marshes, wildlife and wildflowers. Hike is 8½ miles, with 1,100 feet gain, on gently-graded trails. Hike rain or shine. RSVP online at http://www.meetup.com/Sacramento-Sierra-Club/events/168033062/ or contact the leader. Leader: Martin Farber 707.253.9606 or kowsoi@juno.com.

Day Hike (1A). Morgan Territory - Livermore (Yokuts)

This 5-mile loop starts at the park residence, follows a shady creek gully along Coyote Trail then, steadily climbs to Walker Ridge with great views. The return loop follows Volvon Trail. Leaving Modesto at 12.30 p.m. or Lathrop area at 1:00 p.m. Return approx 6:00 p.m. Other saturday afternoon hikes are planned for April 12th, and May 10th and 31st. Contact leader for further details. Leader: Derek Castle 209.529.7816 (home), 209.573.3245 (cell) or castlemodesto@gmail.com.