May 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

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

May 1, Thursday

Day Hike (1A). Rockville Hills Regional Park, Fairfield (Senior Section)

Hike about 4 miles with approximately 600-700 feet elevation gain, rocks and uneven footing with some slippery descents. Excellent views. Wear sturdy boots with good tread, bring hiking poles if you have them, dress in layers, bring snack, water, money for entrance to the park ($3.00 per person in exact change) and a late breakfast or lunch at the Valley Café (optional), which is close to the park. Have a bag for your hiking boots and a change of shoes as the trail can be muddy after rain. Multi-use trails and cattle grazing area. We will try to buy a group pass at the entrance because the ticket machine is slow to process each entrance. Limited to 15 hikers. No dogs. Rain cancels. For information and to register for the outing, contact Lin or Peter Lindert after April 24th at 530.758.6418 or

May 3, Saturday

Day Hike (2A). Weimar Institute Trails Near Auburn (Sacramento Group)

Hike ~7 miles or less, your choice. Enjoy the easy-to-moderate trail along oak, pine and manzanita groves. Learn about the history of this 457 acre property. Meet 9:00 a.m. @ Roseville Park & Ride (Atlantic/Eureka Road off Hwy 80). Rain cancels. Leader trainee: Imelda Lansang 916.508.4441 and leader: Jack Tolomei 916.944.4942.

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

After a drive through scenic Sonoma Valley, we'll go end-to-end through this delightful park near Santa Rosa, featuring historic sites, shady trails, peaceful lakes, and panoramic views. About 8 miles with 1,500 feet elevation gain on well-maintained trails. See photos of 5/14/11 hike at Hike rain or shine. RSVP online at or contact the leader. Leader: Martin Farber 707.253.9606 or

May 4, Sunday

Day Hike (2A). South Fork Yuba River State Park (Sacramento Group)

Historic Bridgeport near Grass Valley. I plan to hike the scenic Buttermilk Bend and Point Defiance Trails along the South Fork of the Yuba River. Learn about the early gold mining history of this area. This is a 7-mile hike with 800 feet total elev. gain (2A difficulty rating). We plan to hike 3 miles RT on the nearly level Buttermilk Bend Trail. Then do the Point Defiance Trail to Englebright Lake up a ½-mile hill to eat lunch at the Point Defiance picnic area. We will then hike back down to the covered bridge. Dogs OK on 6 foot leash only. Rain cancels. Limited to 25. For meeting place, please email leader. Leader: Greg Hoyt or, as a last resort, 916.989.5377.

Day Hike (3B). Hike The South Side Of Bidwell Park (Yahi Group)

A 12-mile, round-trip, shuttle from the end of the trail at Chico Canyon Road to the junction of Ten Mile House. We will then return on the Guardian's Trail to enjoy the views from above the canyon. Meet 8:00 a.m. @ the end of Chico Canyon Road and Centennial Road (near Falcon's Point Drive). Heavy rain cancels. Leader: Jeanne 530.321.7279 and Asst. Leader: Michelle 530.865.9491.

May 6, Tuesday

Day Hike (2A). Diablo Foothills Regional Park, Walnut Creek (Senior Section)

This lovely hike in Diablo Foothills Regional Park begins at historic Borges Ranch, wanders up and down ridges and through lovely valleys, and features lunch stop at the mysterious China Wall. The loop is about 7 miles with about 800' elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, hat (the ridge top lacks shade), and essentials. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the Davis Park & Ride behind Ikeda's fruit stand off I-80 at Mace Blvd. in Davis. No dogs. Rain cancels. Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or

Day Hike (1A). Bassi Falls (Sacramento Group)

We’ll hike from the Loon Lake road up to Bassi Falls, which will make the hike about 4 miles round trip with 500 feet elevation gain. An optional side trip will take us to the top of the falls. Hopefully the falls will still be going strong. Bring the essentials, water, lunch, $$ for carpool, sturdy hiking shoes, and layered clothing due to changeable weather conditions. No minors. No dogs. Rain cancels. Contact leader for details & reservation before May 5. Leader: Mike Ranta or 916.966.0531 (before 9 p.m.).

May 9, Friday

Day Hike (1A). Skyline Park, Napa (Senior Section)

Hike an approx. 4-mile loop in this wilderness park on the east side of the Napa Valley. If we are lucky the Buckeye trees will be in bloom. We'll start uphill on the Buckeye Trail, with views of vineyards and farms in the Napa Valley foothills. Later the trail winds through oak groves and meadows, then follows the side of the ridge to Lake Marie. Buckeye Trail is rough in places, with uneven surfaces and some steep sections. The return may include a creek crossing, and finishes on a gravel road, unevenly surfaced in places, which follows Marie Creek. Meet 9:00 a.m. at the South Nugget Market in Davis, south of I-80, Mace Blvd. at Chiles Road. Have water, lunch, essentials, boots or sturdy shoes with good tread, poles if you use them, $$ for carpooling. There is a $5 per vehicle park entrance fee. No dogs are allowed on the trails at Skyline. Rain cancels. Leader: Sue Barnette 530.753.5855 or

May 10, Saturday

Day Hike (2A). Kortum Trail (Sacramento Group)

Enjoy beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean as we hike along the coast to Goat Rock and beyond. This hike is 8 miles and 500' elev. gain. Bring lunch, water and $$ for your driver. Optional dinner in Bodega Bay. Meet 8:00 a.m. @ 11th & P Streets. Leader: Tracy Miller or 916.635.4730.

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 after lunch! 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. Contact leader for details. Leader: Stan Jones, geezenski2 (at) or 916.216.0923 (before 9:00 p.m.).

Educational outing tag Afternoon Orienteering Hike (1A). Red Hills Area of Critical Environmental Concern - Chinese Camp (Yokuts Group)

This hike will be an opportunity to learn and practice navigating with a compass and topographic map. Red Hills, a hilly, BLM area in the foothills of the Sierra, is an area that is unique in geology and vegetation. We will get to appreciate some of this as we attempt to navigate to places marked on the supplied maps. Having a compass would be helpful but, is not essential. Many trails are quite rocky so you may prefer ankle-high hiking boots (but again, not essential). Main meeting point will be Oakdale at 12:00 noon. Returning to Oakdale approx 5:30 p.m. Total hike is about 4 miles, with lots of stops for map reading along the way. Contact leader for details. Leader: Derek Castle 209.529.7816 (home) or 209.573.3245 (cell) or

May 14, Wednesday

Evening River Paddle (Class II). Paddle From Elmanto Drive To Crist Mill At Mira Del Rio Drive (Paddling Section)

There are two Class II rapids along the way. Must have own boat, paddles, and life vest. Paddles last about 2 hours. Fee to enter park. Meet at Pita Q sandwich shop 9689 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95827, at 5:00 p.m. Leader: Ted Lenzie 916.985.6144 or

May 17, Saturday

Day Hike (2B). Jenkinson Lake (Sacramento Group)

This hike is only an hour's drive away, so you can sleep in. Undulating trail but with only 500 total feet elevation gain and location is low enough to be free of snow. Moderate hike of 8-10 miles around the lake (loop trail) and 500 ft elevation gain. Leader will provide a brief history of the lake. Optional dinner afterward. More than a light rain cancels. Meet 9:30 a.m. @ the Folsom Park & Ride. Leader: John Meininger 916.967.1018.

May 17-18, Saturday-Sunday

Lake Paddle & Camping (Class 1). Lake Clementine, Auburn (Paddling Section)

We will put in Saturday morning and paddle to our campsite where we'll set up camp. We will paddle that day and evening then perhaps again on Sunday. Hiking is also an option. Please bring a dish to share for a group dinner on Saturday night. Paddlers must provide their own boats, paddles, PFDs and camping gear. Limited to 7 participants. Contact leader with questions or to receive the trip information sheet. Leader: Ann Prentiss 510.508.6433 or

May 20, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B). Caples Creek/Silver Fork loop, Crystal Basin (Senior Section)

In the Crystal Basin area south of Kyburz, we will ascend Caples Creek to Government Meadow, ford the river, climb over a modest ridge, and descend Silver Fork back to cars. Be prepared for knee-high sandy river ford. The hike is approximately 8 miles with 1,200' cumulative elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, and essentials. Meet 9:00 a.m. at the McDonalds on Broadway in Placerville (Broadway exit off Hwy. 50 past signals). No dogs. Rain cancels. Leader: Jim Cramer 530.756.3973 or

May 21, Wednesday

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

Hike the approx 5-mile loop off the eastern section of the larger Foresthill Loop trail. Hike will cross Foresthill Road offering views on both sides of the divide. Bring lunch, water and $$ for parking fee or State parking pass. No dogs. Rain cancels. Meet 9:30 a.m. at Burger King, on Lincoln Way past Auburn at Foresthill Exit off I-80. Leader: Sheila Toner 530.886.0673.

Evening Lake Paddle (Class I). Lake Natoma (Paddling Section)

Leisure paddle at Nimbus Flats off Hazel Blvd. Must have own boat, paddles, and life vest. Paddles last about 1.5 hours and go to different parts of the lake each month. Fee to enter park. Promptly putting in at 6:30 p.m. Leader: Ted Lenzie 916.985.6144 or

May 24, Saturday

Day Hike (3B). Showers Lake (Sacramento Group)

This is a 'moderate', early-season day hike along the Pacific Crest Trail for lunch at Showers Lake, the highest lake in the Upper Truckee River Basin. Approximately 11 miles round-trip with about 1,000' elevation gain. The hike will be moderately-paced and hikers must be in very good to excellent condition due to the elevation (8,300' – 8,800') of the area we'll be hiking. Bring the essentials; including sturdy boots & gaiters (may be muddy); water; snacks; lunch; layered clothing, due to changeable weather conditions (afternoon thundershowers are common); and $$ for carpool drivers. No minors. No dogs. Hike limited to 15. CLICK HERE TO RSVP. Contact leader for details. Leader: Bruce Notareus 916.835.4663 (before 9 p.m.) or

Day Hike (2B). Rubicon Trail - Lake Tahoe (Sacramento Group)

Hike from Emerald Bay up to DL Bliss State Park along the beautiful Rubicon Trail overlooking Lake Tahoe. About 9-10 miles round trip and about 1,000' elevation gain, with some strenuous stetches in the p.m. We'll have lunch on the sandy beach at DL Bliss. We may see an osprey and her nest along the way. Changable weather; rain cancels. Adverse conditions may require a different location. Bring layers, sturdy boots, 3 liters water, lunch, $$ for carpool driver and optional dinner, the usual 10 essentials, and a camera! No minors. No dogs. Rain, snow, and/or chain controls may cancel. Call for reservation. Leader: Stan Jones 916.216.0923 or geezenski2 (at)

May 27, Tuesday

Day Hike (2B). Red Lake Peak (Sacramento Group)

Tahoe Peaks Series. We’ll open the 2014 Series with a mellow 10,000 foot peak. Red Lake Peak is across the road (Hwy 88) from Round Top and offers the same fine views. Hike stats: 6 miles (round trip), elevation gain 1,500', starting elevation 8,500’. The hike will be moderately paced over a rocky trail with significant elevation gain. About half of this hike is off-trail. Hikers must be in good to very good condition. Bring the essentials, including sturdy boots, water, snacks, lunch, layered clothing due to changeable weather conditions, and $$ for carpool drivers. No minors. No dogs. Rain/snow cancels. Contact leader for details & reservation before May 26th. Leader: Mike Ranta or 916.966.0531 (before 9 p.m.).

May 31, Saturday

Day Hike (2B). Red Mountain (Sacramento Group)

This is an historical hike to an old railroad company fire lookout. The lookout was able to view 22 miles of railroad track but was abandoned after an employee in the lookout was killed by lightening in 1933. This hike is 6 miles with 2,000' elevation gain. Bring hiking essentials and money for drivers. Meet 8:30 a.m. @ 11th & P Streets. Leader: Kathy 916.451.3358.