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Memorial Day Weekend Campout at MacKerricher State Beach
Friday - Sunday * May 22 - 25

At Cleone Group Campsite. Arrive Friday afternoon, 5/22/15 and leave Monday afternoon, 5/25/15. We'll sleep under the stars and moon on the beautifully-spectacular Mendocino coast, 3 miles north of Ft. Bragg on Highway 1. We'll hike during the day to many of the habitats: beach; bluff; headlands; dunes; forest; wetlands; and, tide pools. There are 90 species of birds here! We'll share dinner potlucks with seasoned and newbie naturalists alike with a campfire, songs & laughter. There are restrooms & showers, parking and fire pits. This is a fund-raiser, so we'll charge $25.00 per person, per night payable in advance in cash or check payable to Sierra Club to a hiking leader. Reservations limited to 50 people maximum in our group site. Contact leader to RSVP. Leader: Patricia Johnson 916.642.6067 or patricia459@yahoo.com.


April 1, Wednesday

Educational outing tag Day Hike (1A). Bear River Loop Trail (Seniors Section)

This is a leisurely 4-mile hike winding up in the hills from the Bear River Day Use Area in Colfax. The trail can be a little muddy after recent rain, and has a few steep sections, but is mostly level. Parts of our route follow the Bear River Canal as well as the Bear River. Bring lunch, water and essentials. No dogs. Rain cancels. Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 in Auburn at 9:30 a.m. Leader: Chris Fox fox_chris@att.net or 916.918.9510.

April 4, Saturday

Day Hike (2B) Auburn Canyon Confluence (Sacramento Group)

Hike 9 miles with a 1,200’ elevation gain while viewing the North Fork of the American River. We start at “No-Hands” Bridge and will see beautiful views as we hike down to the river. The foundation for the "killed Auburn Dam" is visible from the trail. We will enjoy a lunch along the river for an hour. A pad to sit on at lunch is a nice addition. Meet 9:30 a.m. Roseville Park & Ride (Atlantic/Eureka Road off I-80). Call for a 2nd meeting place at Auburn Courthouse. Rain cancels. Leader: Jack Tolomei 916.944.4942.

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.

April 5, Sunday

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

Enjoy a moderately-strenuous, 6-7 mile private day hike into the spectacular Dye Creek Preserve Canyon east of Los Molinos managed by the Nature Conservancy. Dye Creek is a large acreage foothill terrain featuring a variety of wildlife, precipitous cliffs, a Native American village site, a large cave and Dye Creek itself. We will hike to a great view of the surrounding area and to visit a historic site. Bring boots, lunch and water. Cost: $2.00 per person, plus carpool $$. Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 8:00 a.m. Limited to 20 participants. Bring, lunch, plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen and carpool $$. Wear layers. Light rain does not cancel. Sign up with leader. Leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or ajmendoza777@comcast.net.

April 7, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B). Feather Falls (Seniors Section)

Enjoy picturesque Feather Falls and luscious wildflowers en route. This is a long drive but well worth the time. We’ll do a 9-mile loop with about 1,100’ elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, hat, and essentials. Meet at the Marysville McDonalds, corner of Hwy 70 and 4th Street, at 9:00 a.m. No dogs. Rain cancels. Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

April 8, Wednesday

Educational outing tag Day Hike (1A). Cronan Ranch (Seniors Section)

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

April 11, Saturday

Day Hike (1A). Lynch Canyon Open Space (Seniors Section)

Walk the hills and valleys in the area where Solano and Napa Counties meet. This is rangeland, where cattle graze and mature trees dot the landscape. Expect some cattle on or close to the trail, and some rough, possibly mucky footing. This is a loop trail, about 5.5 miles total, with some steep uphill sections. Our pace will be moderate. Bring lunch, water, poles if you use them, $$ for parking fee. Dress in layers, boots or heavy shoes advised, have a change of footwear to put on after the hike. $5.00 per car parking fee. Meet at the South Davis Nugget Market parking lot, Mace Blvd. at Chiles Road in Davis at 9:00 a.m. Rain cancels. Dogs not allowed in this park. Leader: Sue Barnette 530.753.5855 or sbarnett@dcn.davis.ca.us.

Educational outing tag Day Hike (1A). Monroe Ridge - Coloma State Park (Seniors Section)

A Hike from the headquarters area of Coloma State Park up Monroe Ridge and back down to the parking lot. As we climb up the ridge we will pass by the Marshall Monument, and great views of the South Fork of the American River and the surrounding oak forest. Hopefully spring wildflowers will be in full bloom. Hike is approximately 5 miles with an elevation gain/loss of 700 ft. on easy switchbacks. Lunch at the top before descending back to the historical area for a visit on your own. Bring money for State Park parking fee, lunch, plenty of water and hiking essentials. Rain cancels and sorry no dogs. Meet at Burger King on Lincoln way in Auburn, off the Forest Hill exit on I-80. 9:30 a.m. in Auburn or 10:00 a.m. in front of Museum at State Park. Leader: Sue Barela 916.626.9997 or suebarela21482aol.com.

Educational outing tag Day Hike (2B) Deer Creek (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. Rain cancels. Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 9:00 a.m. Leader: Julian 530.893.1994.

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

This is a moderate 8-mile hike with 1,500’ elevation gain. The trail to the waterfall, if it is still flowing, goes past a PG&E flume that provides a cascade of water down the rocks when too much water is flowing. If so, we can trod cross country up to the boardwalk to get around the overflow. If the water is not flowing over the waterfall, we can wade in the stream (suits optional). Lunch and relax at the Fordyce Falls area. No restrooms available. Bring the essentials, including protection from the sun, and $$ for your driver and optional dinner afterward. Meet 9:00 a.m. at 11th & P Street. Leader: Kathy 916.451.3358.

April 18, Saturday

Educational outing tag Day Hike (2B). Annadel State Park (Sacramento Group)

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. 8.5 miles and 1,100 feet elevation gain on gently-graded trails. Click here to see past photos from this hike. Rain cancels. No dogs (Park rule). Click here to RSVP online at Sacramento Sierra Club Meetup website or contact the leader to RSVP. Leader: Martin Farber 707.253.9606 or kowsoi@juno.com.

Educational outing tag Day Hike (2B). Feather Falls (Yahi Group)

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 $$. Rain cancels. Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 8:00 a.m. or at the NW corner of the Oroville Wal-Mart parking lot at 8:35 a.m. Leader: Julian 530.893.1994.

April 19, Sunday

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

The bay area hills may still be green and lush, and the drive there will be relatively short. Moderate to strenuous hike, 8 miles and 1,400‘ elev. gain. Area is of historical interest. More than a light rain cancels. Optional dinner afterward. Meet 8:30 a.m. @ 11th & P Streets. Leader: John Meininger 916.967.1018.

April 22, Wednesday

Educational outing tag Day Hike (1A). Independence Trail (Seniors Section)

The Independence Trail, just north of Nevada City, is a good trail for views and wildflowers. This will be an easy 4-5 mile walk with a moderate uphill section on the way back. Be prepared for lots of stops for flower and potential newt viewing. The first part of our hike will follow the path of the Excelsior Canal which was built during the Gold Rush, and is very level. After passing Rush Creek waterfall, we will take a dirt road down to the river at Jones Bar, and have lunch there before working our way back up to the trailhead. Bring lunch, water and essentials. No dogs. Heavy rain cancels. Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 in Auburn at 9:30 a.m. Leader: Chris Fox fox_chris@att.net or 916.918.9510.

April 24, Friday

Day Hike (2B). Murderer’s Bar - Auburn SRA (Seniors Section)

This loop begins with a pleasant stroll along the Middle Fork of the American River, then climbs up past the quarry to join the Olmstead Loop trail and Pointed Rocks, only to drop rapidly back down Training Hill and Western States Trail to the cars. The hike is approximately 7 miles with 1,100’ cumulative elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, good boots, and essentials. Meet at 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.

April 25, Saturday

Day Hike (1A). Iron Canyon Overlook Loop (Yahi Group)

An easy 4-5 mile hike from the Iron Canyon trailhead east of Red Bluff to the beautiful Iron Canyon overlook of the Sacramento River. If we have time we may scramble down to the Sacramento River. Nice views along the way of the surrounding mountains and late spring wildflowers. Bring boots, sunscreen, hat, water and lunch. Rain cancels. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Chico Park & Ride or at 9:45 a.m. at the Iron Canyon trailhead (5 miles east of Red Bluff on Hwy 36 at the marked trailhead on the left or north side). Rain cancels. Leader: Barbara 530.258.3905 or kitchkin@hotmail.com; and, Asst. Leader: Alan 530.891.8789.

Educational outing tag Day Hike (2A). S. Fork Yuba River State Park & Historic Bridgeport Near Grass Valley (Sacramento Group)

With option to explore Black Swan Ranch trails. I plan to hike the scenic Buttermilk Bend and Point Defiance Trails, along the S. Fork of the Yuba River. Learn about the early gold mining history of this area. This is a 7-mile hike with 800 ft. total elev. gain. We plan to hike 3 miles RT on the nearly level Buttermilk Bend Trail. Then, we will do the Point Defiance Trail to Englebright Lake up a ½-mile hill to eat lunch at the Lake Engelbright picnic area. We will then hike back down to the covered bridge. At leader discretion, we may also drive down to the new trails at Black Swan Ranch to explore bird and riparian habitat. Learn about why the swallows and falcons favor the area. Dogs OK on 6ft. leash only. Rain cancels. Bring $$ for driver and parking ($5.00 per car). Meet 9:00 a.m. at the Eureka Exit Park & Ride in Roseville. Leader: Greg Hoyt greg.j.hoyt@sbcglobal.net or, as a last resort, 916.802.7874.

April 26, Sunday

Educational outing tag Day Hike (2A). Weimar (Sacramento Group)

This is a little treasure surprisingly close to home. The trails wind through the Institute which is a retreat that allows the public to use its beautiful network of wilderness trails. There is also a bit of interesting history associated with the Institute that served as a TB clinic in the early 1900’s. It is right off I-80, about 9 miles east of Auburn. About 7 total miles & 800' elev. gain. Heavy rain cancels. Meet 10:30 a.m. at the Roseville Park & Ride (take I-80, exit Eureka/Taylor Rd. in Roseville cross intersection, turn left at Shell station, then right). Leader: Katherine malamute52@frontier.com.

April 30, Thursday

Educational outing tag Day Hike & Museum Tour (1A). Gorman Art Museum - UC Davis (Seniors Section)

Buy lunch at the Davis Co-Op or bring a bag lunch there, late morning. From there, we will walk through downtown Davis and the Arboretum to the Gorman Museum in Hart Hall to see the wonderful Inuit art exhibit. If time permits, we may stop at another gallery. Rain does not cancel, so dress accordingly. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Most of the path for the 3.5-mile walk is paved. Limited to 15 people. No dogs. Contact leaders after April 12th to reserve a place. Leaders: Lin & Peter Lindert linlindert@mac.com or 530.758.6418.