August 14-16 Gala Celebration

Hikes

Important:  hikes, maximum number of participants = 15.

and Ratings (click here to see what the ratings mean)

Saturday hikes:  We will try and leave from the trail head (car pool for some hikes) by 9:30 or 10 am and return in time for the wine & cheese reception at Hutchinson beginning at 3 pm.  Some of the shorter hikes may return by noon or so, so participants can then participate in one of the Saturday afternoon activities.
Sunday hikes:  We will try and leave from the trail head (car pool for some hikes) by 9:30 or 10 am and return in time to enjoy the Beer Garden, Music Festival and Barbecue in the CTL meadow from 1 - 6 pm.

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Saturday August 15

There are 8 hikes:  5 require a carpool and will leave from the parking lot

3 do not require a car pool and will leave from the CTL Meadow

basin.jpg (1763 bytes) Castle and Basin Peak Hike.   Hike Rating: 2B Saturday only. 9 miles round trip 1700’ of elevation gain  Participants will carpool to the trailhead.  This loop hike is for those who want more of a challenge. After climbing to Castle Pass we will ascend to just below the top of Castle Peak and then traverse the ridge between Castle and Basin Peaks. This hike will offer spectacular views of the divide between the drainages of the Great Basin and Great Valley.  Hank Meals will provide great expertise as he discusses the archeology and hydrology of this remarkable area. We will then descend to Round Valley with a brief stop at Peter Grubb Hut and return to the cars via Castle Pass. Hike Leader:  Ed Corbett.  Assistant leader:  Glenn Polochko.
Andesite Peak.  Hike Rating: 1A.   Saturday and Sunday. 5 miles round trip with 1000 feet of elevation gain. Participants will carpool to the trailhead.  This trail climbs to Castle Pass, then splinters off to the peak and returns to the Castle Valley by way of the "Hole in the Ground" Trail. This hike has photogenic views of Castle Peak and a chance to "Bag a Peak."  Hike Leader:  Penny Proteau.
Mount Judah Loop: Hike Rating: 2B. Saturday and Sunday. 6 miles round trip with 1500' of elevation gain. Participants will carpool to the trailhead.  We will take the PCT south from Donner Pass. The trail starts by climbing switchbacks steeply up a granite headwall, which quickly becomes more moderate as the trail follows the contours of the mountain, climbing moderately. Here we can scramble a short distance to Donner Peak for outstanding views of Donner Lake before returning  to the trail. The vantages of Mt. Rose, Truckee, Coldstream Canyon, and historic Roller Pass are just some of the rewards encountered during this hike. Hike Leader:  Chip Bouril. loop.jpg (1671 bytes)
Pacific Crest Trail from old- 40 to I-80: Hike Rating: 2A Saturday and Sunday. 8 miles round trip with 200' of elevation gain  Participants will carpool to the trailhead. In August the wildflowers are at their peak in this area. This trail follows the contour lines between interstate 80 and old 40 on the Pacific Crest Trail. The short jaunt to the overlook above Grouse Slabs offers a Picture Perfect view.  Hike Leader:  Kathi Simonsen.
Flora Lake: Hike Rating: 1A Saturday. 5 miles round trip with 200' of elevation gain.  The hike begins in the CTL meadow.and via a lesser know trail up to secluded Flora Lake, with some great views. This hike offers opportunities to swim. Hike Leader: Isabelle Saint-Guily.
grubb.jpg (2953 bytes) Sand Ridge Lakes via Peter Grubb Hut Hike: See attached description.   Hike Leader:   Dick Simpson.
Birding with Audubon Society Leader Don Rivenes:  Hike Rating: 1A. Saturday. This is a short hike in the morning for several hours to add to or start the life lists of the participants. Binoculars recommended. Hike Leader:  Wendy Thibeault.
Learn to use your GPS receiver:   Hike Rating: 1A Saturday only.  2 miles round trip with 600' of elevation gain This is an instructional hike to learn how to better use your GPS receiver. Bill Straka. an orienteering expert, will take you through the basics and give you some pointers to get the most out of your handheld electronics. Bring your own handheld GPS receiver. A small number of loaner units will be available. Limit of 8 people. A follow-up more advanced hike will be held on Sunday.

 

Sunday August 16

There are 7 hikes.  5 require a carpool and will leave from the parking lot

2 do not require a car pool and will leave from the CTL meadow

andesite.jpg (12212 bytes) Andesite Peak.  Hike Rating: 1A.   Saturday and Sunday. 5 miles round trip with 1000 feet of elevation gain. Participants will carpool to the trailhead.  This trail climbs to Castle Pass, then splinters off to the peak and returns to the Castle Valley by way of the :Hole in the Ground" Trail. This hike has photogenic views of Castle Peak and a chance to "Bag a Peak."  Hike Leader:  Glenn Polochko.
Mount Judah Loop: Hike Rating: 2B. Saturday and Sunday. 6 miles round trip with 1500' of elevation gain. Participants will carpool to the trailhead.  We will take the PCT south from Donner Pass. The trail starts by climbing switchbacks steeply up a granite headwall, which quickly becomes more moderate as the trail follows the contours of the mountain, climbing moderately. Here we can scramble a short distance to Donner Peak for outstanding views of Donner Lake before returning  to the trail. The vantages of Mt. Rose, Truckee, Coldstream Canyon, and historic Roller Pass are just some of the rewards encountered during this hike. Hike Leader:  Gary Hannenan.
Pacific Crest Trail from old- 40 to I-80: Hike Rating: 2A Saturday and Sunday. 4 miles one way with 200' of elevation gain  Participants will use a car shuttle to the trailhead. In August the wildflowers are at their peak in this area. This trail follows the contour lines between interstate 80 and old 40 on the Pacific Crest Trail. The short jaunt to the overlook above Grouse Slabs offers a  this is a Picture Perfect view.  Hike Leader: Isabelle Saint-Guily
Natural and Unnatural History of the Donner Summit with Sue Graf.  Hike Rating: 1A  Sunday only.  Participants will carpool to the trailhead.  3 miles with 500' of elevation gain.  This hike will proceed from the trestle walls through the tunnels with lots of stops and exploration along the way.  Hike Leader:  Penny Proteau.
Peter Grubb Hut Hike: Hike Rating: 2A Sunday. 6 miles round trip with 1000' of elevation gain. This hike will ascend under the shadows of two 9000 foot mountains to Castle Pass and descend into Round Valley with great views of the Yuba Drainage. We will have lunch and explore around the Sierra Club’s Peter Grubb Hut before we return to the trailhead. Hike Leader:  Kathi Simonsen.
birds.jpg (3013 bytes) Birding with Audubon Society leader Walt Carnahan: 1A Sunday This is a short hike in the morning for several hours to add to or start the life lists of the participants. Binoculars recommended. Hike Leader:  Richard Thomas.
Learn to use your GPS receiver: 1A 2 miles round trip with 600' of elevation gain This is an instructional hike to learn how to better use your GPS receiver. Orienteering expert Bill Straka will take you through the basics and give you some pointers to get the most out of your handheld electronics. Bring your own handheld GPS receiver. A small number of loaner units will be available. Limit of 8 people. This is a more advanced follow-up to Bill's Saturday hike. gps.jpg (1481 bytes)

Other Activities

Lunch at the Warming Hut and Veteran's stories organized by Diana Vanderburg and George Homsey.  Saturday 11 am - 1:30 pm
Backcountry Bocce Ball Tournament at Hutchinson.   Saturday 10-12 am.Teams of 2 will compete in a “Final Four” style tournament. Backcountry Bocce Ball has been gaining in popularity on Donner Summit for several years now. It is played much like traditional bocce ball, however, there is no court and players roam and play throughout the forest 
Fly-fishing class by Dave Stanley, owner of the Reno Fly Shop.  Saturday 10 - 12 am.  In the CTL Meadow.  Maximum 12 participants.

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Water color painting by Susan Barry in the CTL Meadow.  Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm.
Water color painting by Susan Barry   in the CTL Meadow.  Sunday, 10 am - noon
Rock painting by Diane Boyer in the CTL Meadow.  Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm.

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Rock painting by Diane Boyer in the CTL Meadow.  Sunday, 10 am - noon
Loom knitting by Nanette DeDonato   in the CTL Meadow, Saturday 10 am - 2 pm.

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Loom knitting by Nanette DeDonato   in the CTL Meadow, Sunday 10 am -  noon
Solar oven demonstration by Cathé in the CTL Meadow, Saturday 1 - 3 pm.  Among other cookers, a solar oven for backpacking will be shown.

  EM August 13, 2009.  rev. August 17 (dropped a few hikes that were cancelled).