March Outings

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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

March 1, Sunday

Educational outing tag Day Hike (2B). South Side of Bidwell Park (Yahi Group)

Let's enjoy the early spring greenery, wildflowers and beautiful views along the south side of upper Bidwell Park. A 6-7 mile hike paralleling Big Chico Creek with several short 200-300' up and down climbs. Bring boots, water and lunch. Car shuttle required. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Five Mile parking lot off of Centennial in Chico. Rain cancels. Leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or

March 4, Wednesday

Educational outing tag Day Hike (1A). Quarry Trail to Murders Bar (Senior Section)

Join us for a pleasant hike along the Middle Fork of the American River near Auburn. The hike is about 4.5 miles with a short climb up into the abandoned quarry (amphitheater) on the way back. We'll hike at a slow pace along this fairly level, wide trail while enjoying the views and learning the history of the trail and area. Bring lunch, water, essentials, and $ or pass for state parking fee. Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln way in Auburn at Foresthill Exit off I-80 at 9:30 a.m. or Quarry parking lot at 9:45 a.m. No dogs. Rain cancels. Leader: Sheila Toner 530.886.0673.

March 7, Saturday

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

Mt. Tamalpais from Mountain Home Inn to Stinson Beach. This will be a hike one way and a West Marin Stagecoach shuttle, about 7 miles, almost entirely flat or downslope, with an optional beach walk at the end, a little over 2 miles, flat, or just relax and enjoy. 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. Click on this link to see past photos from this hike. Bring exact bus fare ($2.00). Hike limited to 20. Rain cancels. No dogs (park & transit rules). Click here to RSVP online at Sacramento Sierra Club Meetup website or contact the leader to RSVP. Leader: Martin Farber 707.253.9606 or

Educational outing tag Day Hike (2B). Steven's Trail (Sacramento Group)

Hike 8 miles round-trip. We have beautiful views of the North Fork of the American River. You will need boots or shoes with a good tread for this trip, and 2 qts. of water. A toll was originally charged to gold miners for the use of this trail. 1,200' climb out of canyon. Lunch by the river. Meet 9:30 a.m. at Roseville Park & Ride, at Atlantic/Eureka exit off I-80; or, 10:00 a.m. at Auburn Courthouse. Optional dinner after hike. Rain cancels. Leader: Jack Tolomei 916.944.4942.

Snowshoe Hike (1A). Lassen National Park (Yahi Group)

We'll snowshoe up to Windy Point for a spectacular view of Mt. Lassen. Bring lunch, water, appropriate clothing, sunglasses and $$ for drivers. If you don't own snowshoes, please rent in advance. Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 8:00 a.m. For more info call leader. Leader: Larry 530.342.7998.

March 8, Sunday

Day Hike (2A). Paradise Lake (Yahi Group)

Meet at Chico Park & Ride to carpool at 8:30 a.m. or at the trailhead at Paradise Lake around 9:45 a.m. Up to 9 miles of relatively flat dirt trails, easy on the joints. Come see Paradise Lake in its spring glory! Bring lunch, water. Dress in layers. Bring carpool money and $3.00 parking fee to share. Rain cancels. Leaders: Jeanne 530.321.7279 and John 530.872.8258.

Day Hike (2B) Stebbins Reserve, West Yolo County (Yolano Group)

This 5-mile loop takes you to a ridge overlooking Lake Berryessa. The elevation gain of over 1,000 feet and the rockiness of the ridge makes this a challenging hike. We will meet at the parking lot in Winters just south of Steady Eddy's Café and East Main St. and Railroad Ave. Turn left on Railroad to get to the parking lot on Main. Meet near the gazebo at 9:00 a.m. Bring lunch, water and shoes or boots with a good tread. We will carpool the 10 miles to the trailhead from the parking lot. Please let the leader know you are coming. Leader: Jean Crossley 530.400.0741 or

March 10, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B). Las Trampas Regional Park - Danville (Senior Section)

From south of Danville we'll hike up into the Las Trampas range to obtain spectacular vistas of San Ramon Valley and Mt. Diablo. The hike passes through a variety of habitats from riparian to open oak-grassland. This hike is about 7 miles with 1,800' cumulative elevation gain. Some of the ascents and descents are quite steep. Bring lunch, water, and essentials. Meet at 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 11, Wednesday

Educational outing tag Day Hike (1A). Rattlesnake Bar to Horseshoe Bar Loop (Senior Section)

A pleasant walk following the Pioneer Express trail along Folsom Lake. Parts of the historic North Fork canal can be seen as the trail wanders in and out of the Oak and Pine forests. Trail is about half in the shade and half in the sun. Approximately 5 miles with some easy ups and downs. Lunch on the beach at Horseshoe Bar followed by a leisurely hike back to the cars. Bring money for State Park Parking ($12 at this location), lunch, plenty of water, and hiking essentials. Rain cancels and sorry, no dogs. Meet at the Burger King on Lincoln Way in Auburn. Forest Hill exit off I-80 at 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. at Rattlesnake Bar, lower parking lot near restrooms. Leader: Sue Barela 916.626.9997 or

March 14, Saturday

Educational outing tag 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 1,000' elevation gain. Bring warm clothing, lunch, water and $$ for your driver. Heavy rain cancels. Optional dinner afterward. Meet 8:00 a.m. at 11th & P Streets. Leader: Tracy Miller or 916.635.4730.

March 14-15, Saturday-Sunday

Educational outing tag Backpack (2B). Antelope Creek (Yahi Group)

A moderate-to-easy 2-3 mile backpack down 800' to camp beside boisterous Antelope Creek, east of Red Bluff. Along the way we will enjoy the wildflowers, spring greenery, the scenic canyon, an old homestead and beautiful meadows. Leader has extra backpacks, tents, pads, sleeping bags, and stoves to share. Call leader to sign up. Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 9:00 a.m. Leader: Alan 530.891.8789 or

March 15, Sunday

Educational outing tag Day Hike (2B). Applegate To Lake Clementine (Sacramento Group)

Approximately 7 miles and 1,100' elevation gain. This hike has great views of Lake Clementine and we will pass an abandoned kiln built for refining limestone. More than a light rain cancels. Drive will be about 30 minutes each way. Optional dinner afterward in Roseville. Meet at Roseville Park & Ride at 11:00 a.m. Leader: John Meininger 916.967.1018.

Educational outing tag Day Hike (1A). Sacramento River (Sacramento Group)

This easy hike along the river starts at the Promenade outside the Crocker Art Museum, takes us to West Sacramento and Discovery Park (lunch stop), and goes through Old Sacramento. After dropping off our packs at the cars, we’ll go over to the museum to see La Vie Moderne — works by Toulouse-Lautrec and other avant-garde artists (optional). It’s a “Pay as You Wish” Sunday. 3½ - 4 miles with almost no elevation change. Bring lunch, $$, & other essentials. Rain cancels. Meet 9:00 a.m. at the Big Lots store at 8700 La Riviera Drive near Watt Avenue — corner opposite the entrance. If you want to meet at 11 & P Streets, please call the leader. Leader: Madeliene 916.361.7176.

March 17, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B). Cache Creek Ridge (Senior Section)

Explore the ridges and valleys of the Cache Creek area of the proposed Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area. This hike will take us along picturesque ridges above Cache Creek, then down to the former Payne Ranch and historic Road Kill Café. Often the wildflowers are stunning. The hike is approximately 7 miles with 1,100' cumulative elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, and essentials. Meet at 9:15 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 21, Saturday

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. Meet 9:30 a.m. at Eureka Park and Ride. Rain cancels. If questions, contact leader. Leader: Greg Hoyt or, as a last resort, 916.802.7874.

Educational outing tag Day Hike (1A). South Rim Loop (Yahi Group)

We will hike down from Ten Mile House to the Annie Bidwell trail then hike back up the Bloody Rim trail and then back on the Guardians trail. There is a possibility of spring flowers, bring a flower field guide if you like. Also bring lunch, water, boots, sunscreen and camera. Rain will cancel the hike. Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 10:30 a.m. Leader: Julian 530.893.1994.

Educational outing tag Day Hike (2B). Morgan Territory Regional Preserve (Tuolumne Group)

Welcome to Spring Day Hike! We will hike 8-9 miles, 2,000 feet elevation gain, in the eastern portion of this park, north of Livermore, following Coyote, Stone Corral, and Valley View trails. Wildflowers, raptors, cows, and valley vistas await us. Bring lunch, water, hiking poles, jacket, hats, binos, carpool $$ and the 10 essentials. Contact leader to sign up. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Modesto Park & Ride (Sisk Road adjacent to the Mall); or, 9:15 a.m. at trailhead on Morgan Territory Road. Probably return 4:00 p.m. Rain cancels. Go to link to download maps/info. Leader: Elaine Gorman 209.770.3192 or

March 22, Sunday

Educational outing tag 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 Trail Head 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, and butterflies and maybe some deer. The first two miles are a slow, but steady climb. The third 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. In either case it’s a steep descent. Bring good energy, good shoes, lots of water, lunch, sun screen and $$ for your driver and parking. Heavy rain cancels. Optional dinner afterward. Meet at 11th & P Streets parking lot @ 8:00 a.m. Leader: Jay or 530.220.2632.

March 28, Saturday

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

A strenuous, 8 total miles & 2,100' elev. gain. This is in the proposed Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument. There are some beautiful panoramas offered at the top where we will have lunch. This hike is closer to home than a lot of our hikes. Blue Ridge is off of Hwy. 16, just beyond the little town of Rumsey and the Cache Creek Indian Casino. Outhouses are located in nearby campground. Poison oak is present along portions of the trail, but avoidable with care. Bring essentials, and $$ for your driver, park entrance fee and optional dinner afterward. Heavy rain cancels. Meet 9:00 a.m. at 11th & P Streets. Leader: Kathy 916.451.3358.

Educational outing tag Day Hike (2B). Table Mountain in Oroville (Yahi Group)

Enjoy the spring wildflowers and waterfalls of spectacular Table Mountain, north of Oroville. We will hike for a total distance of 7-8 miles and visit Beatson Hollow and Coal Canyons and Phantom and Coal Canyon Falls. Bring lunch, water, camera, hat, sunscreen, boots and $$ for drivers. Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 8:00 a.m. or at Table Mountain parking lot at 8:45 a.m. Rain cancels. Leader: Julian 530.893.1994; and, Asst. Leader: Alan 530.891.8789.

March 29, Sunday

Mountain Bike Ride (5B). Paskenta (Yahi Group)

We'll drive to Paskenta and ride north on Lowrey Road crossing numerous small watersheds. The road is about ½ country gravel road and ½ paved asphalt. Great springtime scenery with views of Lassen, Shasta and the Trinity Alps. Bring your well-maintained mountain bike, helmet, extra tube, lunch, water and $$ for drivers. Meet at the Chico Park & Ride at 8:00 a.m. Leader: Larry 530.342.7998.

March 31, Tuesday

Day Hike (1A). Frog Pond - Cache Creek Region (Senior Section)

This is a pleasant hike in the Cache Creek region that features widely varying ecosystems, ranging from riparian to chaparral to oak-grasslands. We'll enjoy lunch beside an old ranch pond that often resounds with the croaks of large frogs. The hike is a 5+ mile loop with about 600' elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, and essentials. Meet at 9:15 a.m. at the Guinda post office on Hwy 16. No dogs. Rain cancels. Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or