March 2013

Ongoing Events

Yahi Group Cross Country Ski List. Chico has an active cross-country ski group offering group ski outings and lessons. A website dedicated to cross-country skiing is maintained by the group at: http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/chicoxcski/. Local Sierra Club cross-country ski outings are posted on the calendar there and changes are updated weekly. Additional ski outings may be posted there as are the latest updates on local snow and road conditions. The trail maps of both the McGowan and Colby Meadows XC Ski Areas, information on local ski and rental shops, links to webcams, weather sites and other useful XC ski related information are available in the "Files" and "Links" sections. Website moderator is Ken Atterbury, 693-2134.

Spring Renewal Weekly Power Hikes, Sundays through May. (grade 1, class B) Every Sunday, 8 AM, meet at Horseshoe Lake parking lot, just before the locked gate, and renew your vow to keep in shape this year with a three-hour (8 miles) power hike in beautiful Upper Bidwell Park in the spring. The hike begins with a push up the North Rim Trail, steady climb along the ridge, down the winding "B" Trail, and back along the Yahi Trail that runs next to Big Chico Creek. Most Sundays leader will be at the trailhead; otherwise hike is self-organized. Bring water, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for that days' predicted weather. Light rain does not cancel. Call Jeanne, 530-321-7279 for more information.

On-Going Tuesday Volleyball. Join Yahi Group members and friends for friendly, co-ed volleyball every Tuesday night at 7 PM at the Chapman Center (corner of East 16th Street and B Street in Chico). Cost: $3-4 per night. For those at the intermediate level with some volleyball experience. For more information, call Karen, 899-8305 or Betty, 345-7205.

Volunteer Trail Work in Bidwell Park. Volunteers are needed to work in restoration areas, on trails and to remove invasive plants. Various projects are scheduled almost every week. For more information, call Bidwell Park volunteer coordinator Lise Smith Peters at 896-7831. Wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

Yahi Group Executive Committee Meeting. First Monday of the month, 5:30 PM, Grilla Bites (196 Cohasset Road, Chico).


Saturday, March 2 – Cross Country Ski (grade 2, class A). We’ll go where the snow is good. This is for people who own ski equipment. Bring ski gear, lunch, water, appropriate clothing and $ for drivers. Call leader for meeting time and place. Leader: Ken, 530-693-2134 or Katter@cncnet.com; Asst. Leader: Larry, 530-342-7998.

Sunday, March 3 - Spring Renewal Weekly Power Hikes (grade 1, class B). Every Sunday, 8 AM, meet at Horseshoe Lake parking lot, just before the locked gate, and renew your vow to keep in shape this year with a three-hour (8 miles) power hike in beautiful Upper Bidwell Park in the spring. The hike begins with a push up the North Rim Trail, steady climb along the ridge, down the winding "B" Trail, and back along the Yahi Trail that runs next to Big Chico Creek. Most Sundays leader will be at the trailhead; otherwise hike is self-organized. Bring water, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for that days' predicted weather. Light rain does not cancel. Call Jeanne, 530-321-7279 for more information.Monday,

Monday, March 4 - Yahi Group Executive Committee Meeting. 5:30 PM, Grilla Bites (196 Cohasset Road, Chico).

Thursday, March 7, 2013– General membership meeting at Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Avenue at 7 PM. Our speaker for that evening will be David Welch speaking on the Chemin de St Jacques. Hiking “The Camino,” an ancient pilgrimage route in northern Spain, has become a popular activity. But in the Middle Ages, people began their pilgrimage where they lived and Europe was laced with a network of pilgrim trails. This one traverses Southern France from Arles to the Pyrénées, which is rich in natural, historical, cultural and gastronomic attractions. David is a longtime hiker and cycle tourist. For more information, contact Suzette Welch, 530-342-9214, booksontape@rocketmail.com

March 7-8 -The Eighth Annual This Way to Sustainability Conference will be held March 7-8, 2013, at the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) building on 2nd Street in Chico. See: http://www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/conference/registration.shtml.

Friday, March 8—Chico Environmental Coalition Gathering. Yahi Group is participating and will be doing a 3 minute slide presentation on vision, goals and accomplishments. Contact Dave Garcia if you wish to assist or participate. 5:30 PM, the Card Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave, Chico. www.becnet.org.

Sunday, March 10 - Spring Renewal Weekly Power Hikes (grade 1, class B). Every Sunday, 8 AM, meet at Horseshoe Lake parking lot, just before the locked gate, and renew your vow to keep in shape this year with a three-hour (8 miles) power hike in beautiful Upper Bidwell Park in the spring. The hike begins with a push up the North Rim Trail, steady climb along the ridge, down the winding "B" Trail, and back along the Yahi Trail that runs next to Big Chico Creek. Most Sundays leader will be at the trailhead; otherwise hike is self-organized. Bring water, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for that days' predicted weather. Light rain does not cancel. Call Jeanne, 530-321-7279 for more information.

Saturday, March 16 - Shuttle Hike from the South Side of Bidwell Park to Five Mile (grade 2, class A). Join us as we start from the Green Gate along Hwy 32 and hike one-way, downhill for 6-7 miles along the south side of Bidwell Park to Five Mile below the golf course. Beautiful springtime greenery and views along the way of the Sacramento Valley, Big Chico Creek and Upper Bidwell Park . A short car shuttle will be required. Bring lunch, water, $ for drivers and sturdy shoes. Rain cancels. Meet at 9:30 AM at the Five Mile Parking Area. Leader: Julian, 530-893-1994.

Saturday, March 16 – Antelope Creek Day Hike (grade 2, class B) (Educational) A point to point 7-8 mile hike mostly downhill with beautiful views and spring greenery along the west bank of raging Antelope Creek from the High Trestle trailhead to Payne Place campground at the end of the Ishi Road. Wear long pants as we may encounter brush in a few places. Car shuttle required. Bring lunch, water and carpool $. Heavy rain cancels. Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 10 AM or at the Paynes Creek Store (Hwy 36 and Paynes Creek Rd) at 11:30 AM. Leader: Bill, 530-27-8203.

Saturday & Sunday, March 16-17 – Antelope Creek Backpack (grade 2, class A) (Educational). We’ll hike along the beautiful meadows and wildflowers from the High Trestle trailhead east of Red Bluff down to the old settler’s camp near McClure Place and Antelope Creek. We’ll camp by the beautiful creek and return by the same route the next day with a 1300’ climb back up. Individual commissary. Heavy rain cancels. Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 10 AM (for a 120-mile round-trip drive) or at Paynes Creek store (Hwy 36 & Paynes Creek Rd) about 11:30 AM. Rain cancels. Call leader in advance to reserve space. Leader: Alan, 530-891-8789 or ajmendoza777@comcast.net.

Sunday, March 17 - Spring Renewal Weekly Power Hikes (grade 1, class B). Every Sunday, 8 AM, meet at Horseshoe Lake parking lot, just before the locked gate, and renew your vow to keep in shape this year with a three-hour (8 miles) power hike in beautiful Upper Bidwell Park in the spring. The hike begins with a push up the North Rim Trail, steady climb along the ridge, down the winding "B" Trail, and back along the Yahi Trail that runs next to Big Chico Creek. Most Sundays leader will be at the trailhead; otherwise hike is self-organized. Bring water, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for that days' predicted weather. Light rain does not cancel. Call Jeanne, 530-321-7279 for more information.

Sunday, March 24 - Spring Renewal Weekly Power Hikes (grade 1, class B). Every Sunday, 8 AM, meet at Horseshoe Lake parking lot, just before the locked gate, and renew your vow to keep in shape this year with a three-hour (8 miles) power hike in beautiful Upper Bidwell Park in the spring. The hike begins with a push up the North Rim Trail, steady climb along the ridge, down the winding "B" Trail, and back along the Yahi Trail that runs next to Big Chico Creek. Most Sundays leader will be at the trailhead; otherwise hike is self-organized. Bring water, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for that days' predicted weather. Light rain does not cancel. Call Jeanne, 530-321-7279 for more information.

Sunday, March 24 – Dye Creek Preserve Hike (grade 2, class B) (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 a historic site. Bring boots, lunch and water. Cost: $2 per person, plus carpool $. Approximately an 80-mile round-trip drive. Meet at Chico Park & Ride at 8 AM. 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: Alan, 530-891-8789 or ajmendoza777@comcast.net; Asst. Leader: Kellie, 530-892-1744.

Saturday, March 30 – Table Mountain Hike (Educational) (grade 2, class A). Enjoy the wildflowers, views and waterfalls of spectacular Table Mountain 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. Meet at 9AM at Chico Park & Ride or Spring Valley School (Hwy 70 and Pentz Rd) at 9:30 AM. Return time around 4 PM . Leader: Julian, 530-893-1994: Asst. Leader: Alan, 530-891-8789.

Sunday, March 31 - Spring Renewal Weekly Power Hikes (grade 1, class B). Every Sunday, 8 AM, meet at Horseshoe Lake parking lot, just before the locked gate, and renew your vow to keep in shape this year with a three-hour (8 miles) power hike in beautiful Upper Bidwell Park in the spring. The hike begins with a push up the North Rim Trail, steady climb along the ridge, down the winding "B" Trail, and back along the Yahi Trail that runs next to Big Chico Creek. Most Sundays leader will be at the trailhead; otherwise hike is self-organized. Bring water, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for that days' predicted weather. Light rain does not cancel. Call Jeanne, 530-321-7279 for more information.