March Outings

Educational outing tag= Education/Conservation Outing

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

Educational outing tag Urban Walk (1A, HCE).  Day Hike (1A). Davis (Yolano Group)

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

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: For more information, contact one of the leaders. Leaders: Marilu Carter or 530.758.3151; Barb Levin or 530.758.1589; or, Richard Crescitelli

March 1, Saturday

Educational outing tag Snowshoe Hike (1A, HCE).  Manzanita Lake (Shasta Group)

Located at the western entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park, Manzanita Lake is a wonderful area to have a winter walk in the snow. You can bring snowshoes, cross-country skis or just follow the beaten path made by others. Walk will take about 2 hours once we get started. This will be a leisure walk with times for photos and a lunch break. Probably ok for ages 10 years and older. Meet at the Loomis Visitors Center parking lot at 11:00 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. at the Kmart parking lot in Redding near Wendy’s. Bring lunch, water and plenty of warm weather gear. Contact leader for questions. No snow or poor weather cancels. Leader: John 530.243.4124 or

March 1-2, Saturday-Sunday

Educational outing tag Urban Walk (1A, HCE).  Avalanche Assessment Course (Not a Sierra Club Outing)

Join the El Dorado Nordic Ski Patrol for an informative 2-day avalanche assessment course. Day one is in a comfortable classroom setting, while day two is spent in the field. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served on day one. Learn about the Triad of how weather, terrain, snowpack, and you are variables in creating an avalanche. In addition, the course will cover rescue techniques using the avalanche beacon, probes, and shovel, along with victim first-aid. There is a $25 tax-deductible donation to cover the cost of materials and a portion is going to the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC) to provide daily assessments, education, and maintenance of the SAC website. For meeting place, time, and sign up see For questions contact Ted Lenzie at

March 2 Sunday

Educational outing tag Urban Walk (1A, HCE).  Celebrate The 50th Anniversary Of The Wilderness Act (Shasta Group)

Families; children age 8 and older; and strollers welcome. We'll hike uphill on a 2-mile loop, 90% paved, above Mary Lake in West Redding. Wind breakers, trek poles nice for last 1/8 mile at top. At scenic overlook, see several wilderness areas, learn their attractions. Hunt for hidden envelopes with questions to be answered for prizes. Directions: west on Placer past Buenaventura, right on O'Conner, left on Tralee. Meet 12:00 noon @ junction of Dillard and Tralee. (Rain date: 3/9/14 12:00 noon.) Leader: Marti Weidert or 530.474.4300.

Educational outing tag Day Hike (1A). Butte College Wildlife Area (Yahi Group)

An easy 2-3 mile hike through the early spring greenery next to beautiful Clear Creek. We will walk by several ponds, the Butte College farm and enjoy the many exhibits. Afterwards we will also do an optional stroll through the campus. Meet 9:00 a.m. at the Chico Park & Ride or at 9:30 a.m. at the bottom of parking lot 4C, near the welding building. Leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or

March 5, Wednesday

Beginner Snowshoe Hike (1A). Donner Lake (Sacramento Group)

On this snowshoe outing we'll start at the Donner Lake State Park Visitor Center and hike the shoreline and trails on the south side of the lake. Hike stats: 4-5 miles (approx); elevation gain 250 - 500' (est.). Hikers must be in reasonably good condition (snowshoeing is hard work) but no experience is required. Bring the "10 essentials;" snowshoes (you can rent them at REI); waterproof boots; water; snacks; lunch; layered clothing, due to changeable weather conditions; and $$ for carpool drivers and snow park fee. 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 or 916.835.4663 (before 9 p.m.).

Day Hike (1A). Foresthill Divide Loop (Senior Section)

We'll hike a lesser-used section on the south side of the larger Foresthill Divide loop. We'll pass some very old, large oaks as we traverse the rolling oak woodlands. We'll leave the loop to visit a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the Middle Fork of the American River. We will have lunch as we enjoy the view, which stretches from Poverty Bar/American Canyon to the Quarry and Auburn. Hike is approx. 4 miles with elevation change of about 300 feet. Have lunch, water, $$ for parking fee (or a State parking pass) and essentials. No dogs. Rain cancels. Meet 9:30 a.m. in Auburn at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80. Leader: Sheila Toner 530.886.0673.

March 8, Saturday

Educational outing tag Day Hike (1A). UC Davis Arboretum & California Raptor Center (Sacramento Group)

An easy 6-total-mile walk that includes the loop trail around the scenic UC Davis Arboretum ( and a visit to the nearby California Raptor Center ( Learn about the arboretum and its rich diversity of plants and trees, and California raptors. Optional stop for lunch after the walk at Woodstock’s Pizza in Davis. Bring a snack to munch on during the walk; water; comfortable walking shoes; and, money for optional carpooling and lunch. Rain cancels. No dogs. Meet 9:00 a.m. at the 11th & P Streets parking lot, downtown Sacramento. Leader: Christina V

Day Hike & Beach Walk (2A). Mt. Tamalpais State Park (Sacramento Group & Redwood Chapter)

Starting from Mountain Home Inn we'll hike to Stinson Beach, one-way, with a West Marin Stagecoach shuttle back to the cars. About 7 total miles, almost entirely flat or down slope, with an optional beach walk of a little over 2 miles at the end. You may also choose to or just relax and enjoy the view while we do the optional 2 miles. The pace will be just a bit on the slow side of moderate, and there will be lunch at a favorite hilltop with a great view. RSVP online, at or contact the leader. Bring exact bus fare ($2). Rain cancels. Leader: Martin Farber 707.253.9606 or

Day Hike (3A). Paradise Lake Hike (Yahi Group)

A 10-mile (or however far you want to go before turning around) hike around beautiful Paradise Lake to enjoy the beautiful pines of the upper ridge. $3 entrance fee per car. Bring lunch, water and comfortable footwear. Rain cancels. Meet 9:00 a.m. @ Chico Park & Ride or 9:45 a.m. @ the lake. Leader: Jeanne 530.321.7279 and Asst. Leader: Michelle 530.865.9491.

River Paddle (Class 1-1½). Yuba River (Paddling Section)

Paddle down the main stem of the Yuba River through the "Land of Cobblestones – Yuba Goldfields," by canoe or kayak. Sturdy footwear is necessary for the portage around Daguerra Point Dam. Participants must provide their own boats, paddles, and PFD's. Call leader for details. Please leave your phone number and email address. Leader: Rod Hall 916.631.7643.

March 9, Sunday

Educational outing tag Car Tour (CE). Ponderosa Fire (Shasta Group)

Car tour of portions of the fire area east of Red Bluff and south of Lassen Park. The 27,000 acre fire started on August 18, 2012, and burned both private industrial and residential areas. Nearly the entire area has been clear cut with very few trees remaining. Meet at the Redding Kmart at 10:00 a.m. and arrive at the Manton Store by 11:30 a.m.; then drive to areas to view the regeneration process and possible future forest health. Roads traveled will be mostly paved. Families are welcome. Leader: John 530.243.4124 or

Educational outing tag XC Ski (2D). Jake's Peak, Lake Tahoe (Sacramento Group)

We will start from Lake Tahoe and head west. About 6 miles and at least 3,100 feet of gain. Limited to 8. Bring the 10 essentials, a snow shovel, Avy beacon, and probes are required. Must have metal edged skis with skins. Must be able to ski an intermediate resort level run or better. Please do not contact me after 7 p.m. the day before. No dogs. Must be in good shape. Leader: Ted Lenzie 916.985.6144 or, I prefer,

March 11, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B) Black Diamond Mine, South Loop (Senior Section)

From south of Antioch, we will hike a loop around the valley of historic Somersville Township, passing an old coal mine shaft en route. The loop entails crossing four ridges with lots of up and down, sometimes steep. Lunch will be atop the second ridge with a spectacular panorama. This hike is about 9 miles with 1,800' cumulative elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, 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

March 14, Friday

Day Hike (1A). Lagoon Valley Park (Senior Section)

Walk about 5 miles around a spring-fed lake west of Vacaville. Enjoy the variety of birds. Mostly paved or surfaced trail. Wear sturdy shoes or boots; dress in layers; and bring water, lunch, and hiking poles if you use them. Meet 10:00 a.m. in Davis at the South Davis Nugget Market parking lot, Mace Blvd. at Chiles Road. Exit I-80 at Mace and go south. Chiles is the first cross street. Rain or dense fog advisory cancels. Leader: Sue Barnette 530.753.5855 or

March 15, Saturday

Educational outing tag Day Hike (1A, HCE). Paynes Creek Wetlands (Shasta Group)

Explore the man-made wetlands on the BLM-managed public land in the Bend area south of Redding. Distance will be about 3 miles over 2.5 hours. Will start from the Bass Pond parking lot on Bend Ferry Road, north of Red Bluff. This is excellent habitat for many waterfowl and wading birds. Be sure to bring your binoculars and camera. Hike across moderate terrain with only brief sections of steep ground, on primitive trails that may be wet this time of year. Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. Bring lunch or snack and water. Meet at the Bass Pond parking lot at 9:00 a.m. Call or email Kelly for questions and to sign up. Co-leaders: Kelly Williams 530.244.0390 or and Marti Weidert 530.474.4300

Day Hike (2A). American River (Sacramento Group)

Hike for 2-3 hours (6-8 miles) along the American River Parkway trail with an optional lunch at Carmelita's. Meet 10:00 a.m. on Bridge Street in Fair Oaks (by the old wooden bridge on Bridge Street). Coming from Hwy. 50 on Sunrise, turn east (right) on Fair Oaks Blvd. If you stay to the right, Fair Oaks Blvd. will become Bridge Street. Continue on Bridge Street toward the river. Park near Bridge Street and walk to the bridge. When we did this hike in the past we parked on Bridge Street; however, it is now posted as "NO PARKING." Find your closest street and walk to the bridge. Rain Cancels. Leader: Jack Tolomei 916.944.4942.

Day Hike (2B). Fiske Peak on Blue Ridge (Sacramento Group)

Above Capay Valley, near the vibrant town of Rumsey, we'll do this strenuous hike of 8 miles round trip with 2,100' elevation gain. Hike is straight up the steep hill and then back down the same route. Bring essentials and money for drivers. Heavy rain cancels. Meet 9:00 a.m. @ 11th & P Streets. Leader: Kathy 916.451.3358.

Beginner Snowshoe Hike (1A). Donner Lake (Sacramento Group)

On this snowshoe outing we'll start at the Donner Lake State Park Visitor Center and hike the shoreline and trails on the south side of the lake. Hike stats: 4-5 miles (approx); elevation gain 250 - 500' (est.). Hikers must be in reasonably good condition (snowshoeing is hard work) but no experience is required. Bring the "10 essentials;" snowshoes (you can rent them at REI); waterproof boots; water; snacks; lunch; layered clothing, due to changeable weather conditions; and $$ for carpool drivers and snow park fee. 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 or 916.835.4663 (before 9 p.m.).

Day Hike (2A). Tomales Point (Sacramento Group)

Join us for this hike out to the northernmost tip of Point Reyes with views of Tomales Bay, Dillon Beach, and the Pacific Ocean. We hope to see Tule Elk and Grey Whales. This hike is almost 10 miles with 500' elevation gain. Bring warm clothing, lunch, water and $$ for your driver. Heavy rain cancels. Optional dinner afterward. Meet 8 a.m. at 11th & P Street. For Davis meeting point, contact Jay. Leader: Tracy Miller or 916.635.4730; leader trainee: Jay 530.220.2632 or

Snowshoe (3D). Lake Tahoe Area (Placer Group)

Lots of beautiful views of Lake Tahoe, Mt. Baldy in North Lake Tahoe. Must be in excellent shape and comfortable in snow; about 10 miles and 3,000 feet elevation gain. Bring 10 essentials, extra warm clothes, snowshoes, and poles. Meet 7:00 a.m. @ Colfax McDonalds' back parking lot. Take I-80 East to Colfax exit, go left over freeway, McDonalds is on the right. Limited to 6 people. Poor weather cancels. Please RSVP to leader. Questions welcomed. Leader: Kathi 530.268.4717.

Day Hike (2B). Las Trampas Wilderness (Yokuts Group)

We will hike up from Bollinger Canyon to the Las Trampas (eastern) Ridge of this East Bay Regional Park and continue on trails part way down the other side to the Eugene O'Neill historic site. The hike will be approximately 7-8 miles in length, and 1,000 feet in elevation gain. For further information, including the meet-up time and place, please contact Yokuts trip leader. Leader: Randall Brown 209.632.5994.

March 16, Sunday

Educational outing tag Day Hike (2B). Dye Creek Preserve (Yahi Group) (Educational)

A moderately-strenuous, 6-7 mile private day hike into the spectacular Dye Creek Preserve Canyon managed by the Nature Conservancy. Dye Creek is a deep canyon featuring a variety of wildlife, precipitous cliffs, a Native American village site, cave and Dye Creek itself. We will hike beyond the usual route for a spectacular view of the surrounding area and to visit an historic site. Bring boots, lunch and water. Cost: $2 per person; plus carpool $$. An approximately 80-mile round-trip drive. Meet 8:00 a.m. @ Chico Park & Ride. Limited to 20 participants. Bring, lunch, plenty of water and carpool money. Wear long pants and dress in layers. Light rain does not cancel. Sign up with leader. Leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or

March 19, Wednesday

Day Hike (1A). Codfish Falls (Placer Group)

This is an easy hike along the N. Fork American River to a 50' waterfall on Codfish Creek. It is 3.5 miles RT with 200' vertical gain. There is poison oak along the trail so no dogs. Heavy rain cancels. The lower part of Ponderosa Road is dirt and may be rough. Meet at the Weimar Cross Road exit Park & Ride off I-80, to the right of the off ramp at 9:00 a.m. There is a $10 parking fee at trailhead. 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

March 22, Saturday

Educational outing tag Day Hike (2B). Kelham Beach at Point Reyes (Sacramento Group)

We will start at the Visitor Center and take the Bear Valley trail toward Arch Rock, veering off on the Coast Trail to Kelham Beach, where we will have lunch. Total of about 9 miles, with 400 feet elevation gain. Learn about the amazing diversity of bird life in Point Reyes National Seashore - more than 490 different species recorded! Bring 2 qts. water, lunch, and layered clothing for possible cool windy weather. Meet 8:00 a.m. @ 11th and P Streets. Leader: Noelle (preferred) or 916.731.4648.

Day Hike (2B). Deer Creek Trail (Yahi Group)

Experience the full spring beauty of the Deer Creek trail in a 5-6 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 9:00 a.m. @ Chico Park & Ride. Leader: Julian 530.893.1994.

March 23, Sunday,

Educational outing tag Day Hike (2A). Auburn State Rec. Area (Sacramento Group)

We will hike about 6-8 miles round trip along the Quarry Road Trail, which goes along the Middle Fork of the American River. The trailhead is near Auburn. Beautiful views of the canyon and the river with just a few hundred feet of climbing. Learn about the rich history of the area going back to the Gold Rush. Bring essentials and $$ for driver, parking & optional dinner afterward. Meet 9:30 a.m. at Eureka Road Park & Ride. Rain cancels. Leader: Greg Hoyt or, as a last resort, call 916.989.5377.

March 25, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B). Judge Davis Trail, Cache Creek Region (Senior Section)

Explore the ridges and canyons of the Cache Creek area of the proposed Berryessa - Snow Mountain National Conservation Area. From west of Clear Lake we climb over a picturesque ridge and then drop (way) down to Cache Creek. After a peaceful, secluded lunch we retrace our route up and over the Cache Creek Ridge. The hike is approximately 10 miles with 1,600' cumulative elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, and essentials. Meet 9:00 a.m. at the Guinda Post Office on Hwy. 16 in Capay Valley, west of Woodland. No dogs. Rain cancels. Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or

March 29, Saturday

Day Hike (2B). Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve (Sacramento Group)

The bay area hills should have remained green and lush at this time of year (in a normal year), but the drive there will be relatively short. Moderate to strenuous hike, 8 miles and 1400' elev. gain. Mention will be made of the historical significance of the area. More than a light rain cancels. Optional dinner afterward. Meet 8:30 a.m. @ 11th & P Streets. Leader: John Meininger 916.967.1018.

Day Hike (2B). Feather Falls (Yahi Group) (Cancelled)

Come enjoy the 6th highest waterfall in the U.S.; and, the beautifully-flowered and shaded, 8-9 mile round-trip trail to it. We'll take the lower trail to the overlook, then, go above the falls for lunch by the creek and return via the upper trail. Please wear boots or sturdy hiking shoes and bring lunch, water and carpool $$. Meet 8:00 a.m. @ Chico Park & Ride or 8:35 a.m. @ the NW corner of the Oroville Wal-Mart parking lot. Leader: Julian: 530.893.1994.

River Paddle (Class 1). Feather River (Paddling Section)

Travel through "The Great Valley Mixed Riparian Forest" in your canoe or kayak, along the Feather and Bear Rivers. Participants must provide their own boats, paddles, and PFD's. Call leader for details. Please leave your phone number and email address. Leaders: Rod Hall 916.631.7643 and Holly Wenger 916.482.5592.

March 30, Sunday

Day Hike (1A). American River (Sacramento Group)

Welcome spring with a new hike — on the south side of the lower American from Watt Avenue to the Grist Mill beach. It's an easy round trip of 5 miles with less than 100' elev. gain, at a moderate pace on a mostly unpaved, hard-packed trail. There's wildlife, wildflowers, & freedom from speedy bicyclists. Bring snack, water, sun protection, & rain gear (if chance for light rain is forecast). Rain cancels. Subject to change. Please call no sooner than the weekend before the hike for more details. Reservations not required. Meet 9:00 a.m. at the NW corner of the Big Lots store (8700 La Riviera Drive) near Watt. Please park on the far west side. Leader: Madeliene 916.361.7176.

Urban Hike (2A). San Francisco (Sacramento Group)

You just never know where a day in San Francisco will take you. We may spend time in the Haight, so dress appropriately. Or possibly hopping from bakery to restaurant to bakery. Or just climbing hellacious hills and enjoying the views (liberal and conservative alike). About 7 miles and 1,000 ft. gain. Rain cancels. Meet 9:00 a.m. @ 11 & P Streets. Leader: Katherine Sargent

Educational outing tagDay Hike (2A). Table Mountain Wildflower Hike (Yahi Group) (Educational)

Enjoy one of the premier wildflower displays in Northern California and the views and waterfalls of spectacular Table Mountain near Oroville on this moderately-strenuous, 6-8 mile hike. Will also discuss the on-going efforts to preserve this unique area. Bring plant guide, camera, lunch, water and sturdy footwear. Rain cancels. Contact leader to confirm and get directions. Meet 8:00 a.m. at Chico Park & Ride or 8:45 a.m. meet us at the trailhead. Return time around 3:00 p.m. Leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or

Creek Paddle (Class 1). Estero Americano, Jenner (Paddling Section)

We will put in near Highway 1, near Valley Ford, and paddle the 5.6 miles to the Pacific Ocean where we'll have a picnic lunch before paddling back. This paddle passes through a variety of environments and holds the potential for seeing a wide variety of wildlife, especially birds. 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