Redwood Chapter
December 2014/January 2015  
Sierra Club Outings
December, January and Later

meet up logo Non-Sierra Club Activities


Instructions to Hikers, Visitors, Leader Pace
Benson Hut Work Party
Outings Photo Gallery - Colliss Ranch
Outings Photo Gallery - Glen Eden

Photos: Benson Hut Snowshoe/Ski Trip
(March 2013)



LEADERS' MANUAL
Requirements for Group Outings Programs (pdf)

Benson Hut Work Party


December

Sun. Nov. 30 - Lake Group. Town of Silverado Hike.
Hike to and through the town site of Silverado which lies within Robert Louis Stevenson State Park on Mt St Helena. No buildings remain from the mining town that was home to over 1,000 but the 1960 restoration of the area for tourism left several buildings and the layout of the old mining town is still intact. Fruit trees and other ornamentals date back to the early 1900’s. We will walk past one mine tunnel and perhaps continue to the feature known as the Turk’s Head which lies on the ridge dividing Napa and Alexander Valleys. Bring water and snacks. Class E-2-A Meet 8:30am at the RLS parking area on the east side of Hwy 29. By reservation only. Leader Pete McGee at 942 1373 or montesol@hughes.net.

Sat. Dec.6 - Napa Group. Tilden Regional Park Day Hike.
In the hills west of Berkeley, this hike follows a ridge trail to Vollmer and Wildcat Peaks, with sweeping panoramic views of the Bay to the north and west, Briones and San Pablo Reservoirs to the east, and Mt. Diablo and the valley below to the south. 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. Towards the end, we’ll drop down to the Visitors Center. Trail mostly flat or downhill, with a car shuttle. Bring a spare layer in case the ridge is breezy, lunch and liquids. Class: M-7-A. Please RSVP online, at http://www.meetup.com/Redwood-Chapter-Sierra-Club-Outings-Group/events/217586362/ or contact the leader. Co-led with Mother Lode Chapter. Leader: Martin Farber 707-253-9606, kowsoi@juno.com. Rain cancels.

Sun. Dec.7 - Mendo Group. Ridge and Scorpion Trails Hike.
Hiking older trails improved by the Ukiah Valley Trail Group, we will do a moderate loop which ascends to the ridge with great views of the Ukiah Valley looking down to Hopland, and we return via the Scorpion Trail. Class: M-3.5-A. Bring hiking boots, water, lunch, layered clothing, and raingear. Carpools: Meet 10:30am Orchard Plaza, opposite CVS or 11am trailhead opposite Valley View Trailhead on Mill Creek Road at east end of Mill Creek Pond. Leader Jonah Freedman jonahfreedman@sbcglobal.net or 707-467-1877. Rain cancels.

Sat. Dec. 13 - Lake Group. Cowboy Camp Loop in Cache Creek Wilderness Area Hike.
Enjoy rolling oak woodlands, chaparral and beautiful vistas. Bring water & lunch-we’ll stop at the infamous Road-kill café (an old hunting shack). This is a gorgeous hike, often along creek beds between gorges, and will be enhanced by some green shoots from rain! Class M-7-B. Carpools: Meet 8:30am Lower Lake Coffee Co on Main Street, off junction of Hwy 29 & 53. Cowboy Camp Trail head 9:30; from Clearlake Oaks, go east on State Hwy 20, about 28 miles to Hwy 16 intersection, take a right on 16 and Travel south on Highway 16 for 1 mile. Cowboy Camp parking lot is on the right. By reservation only. Leader Julie Kreis 707-987-9040 or 707-671-5947. Rain cancels.

Sat/Sun. Dec. 20-21 - Peter Grubb Hut Trip (Beginner-Intermediate).
Snowshoe/Ski 3 miles (800’) to Peter Grubb Hut for a Saturday overnight and avoid the shopping crowd. $28 ($33 Non Sierra Club members) by Dec 1st to Jim Gannon; PO Box 1038, Rohnert Park, CA 94927. Non-refundable reservations. Please include email address/phone#. Optional stay at Clair Tappaan lodge Fri 19th. Make reservations early to avoid disappointment. Lodge reservations 530-426-3632. Indicate you are with Peter Grubb trip-Redwood Chapter. Sno-Park pass necessary for parking at Sno-Park trailhead. Central commissary is planned. Meeting time/location provided with trip sign up. Contact Jim Gannon jgannon99@sbcglobal.net (707)-525-1052. Leader Don Anderson donsluck@live.com, co-leader Jim Gannon.

Sun. Dec. 28 – Sonoma Group. Johnson Ridge Trail to Gunsight Rock Hike.
We’ll hike Johnson Ridge trail to Summit trail, over the top of Hood Mountain and have lunch at Gunsight Rock, overlooking the Sonoma and Santa Rosa Valleys. Steady uphill most of the way to top and steady downhill coming back. Pace will be moderate-slow. Class: M/S-7-B Bring lunch, liquids, good hiking shoes, layered clothing for winter weather. Carpools: Meet 9:30 am Safeway parking lot, corner of Hwy. 12 and Calistoga Road in the corner nearest the intersection or trailhead Hood Mtn. Reg. Park upper parking lot at the end of Pythian Road about 9:50. Leader: Carl Inglin 707 538-8271 or chinglin@sonic.net. Rain cancels.

Mon.- Fri. Dec. 29, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015 - Holiday Service in the Carrizo Plain.
Once again we return to the Carrizo Plain to celebrate the end of the year and to offer service to the pronghorn antelope in this National Monument. Lying between Bakersfield and San Luis Obispo, this vast grassland is home to pronghorn antelope, tule elk, kit fox, and a wide variety of birds. A welcome hike Dec. 29, two and a half days of service modifying barbed wire fencing, and a full day for hiking and exploring are planned. Use of accommodations at one of the old ranch houses is included. Limited to 12 participants, $30 covers four dinners and breakfast on New Year’s morning. For more information, contact leader: Craig Deutsche, craig.deutsche@gmail.com, (310-477-6670).


January

Sat. Jan. 3 – Napa Group. Novato Day Hike.
In the hills overlooking Rush Creek Preserve, we’ll hike along a cool, shady forest trail to Mount Burdell, about 5 miles along a very steady, gentle upgrade,1,500 ft. elevation gain, to the summit. Then we’ll return 3 miles along a moderate downgrade through the rolling grasslands and meadows of Mt. Burdell Open Space Preserve. The pace will be just a bit on the slow side of Moderate, and there will be lunch on a mountaintop with a great view. Bring lunch and liquids. Class: M-8-B. Please RSVP online, at http://www.meetup.com/Redwood-Chapter-Sierra-Club-Outings-Group/events/217586942/ or contact the leader. Co-led with Mother Lode Chapter. Leader: Martin Farber 707-253-9606, kowsoi@juno.com. Rain cancels.

Sat. Jan. 3 - Lynch Canyon Trail to Turtle Pond in Cache Creek Wilderness Area Hike.
Lynch Canyon, marked with oak hills & grasslands, starts out going south and then descends into a broad interior valley, here hawks can be seen feeding, then one comes to the Road-kill Café, an old hunting shack with an entertaining history. We then continue on a short jaunt up out of the valley to Turtle Pond trail - we hike to the pond that often resounds with the croaking of frogs, take a lunch break and then return. Class: M-6.8-A. Carpools: Meet 8:30 am Lower Lake on Main St., in front of the Lower Lake Coffee Company. Trailhead 9:30 am- from Clearlake Oaks turnoff from Hwy 53, travel east on Hwy 20 approx. 17 miles (you cross the county line), you see a turn off to the right, after a 180 degree curve to the left in the road, then immediately to your right is a road to the Lynch trailhead-I don’t recall a sign. By reservation only-Leader Julie Kreis 707-987-9040 or 707-671-5947. Rain cancels.

Sat. Jan. 10 - Sonoma/Napa Group. Snowshoe Day Hike.
A day trip to the snow for an easy snowshoe hike. Destination and details will depend on the weather and snow conditions. Please check the posting on the Redwood Chapter Meetup Group http://www.meetup.com/Redwood-Chapter-Sierra-Club-Outings-Group/ for up-to-date information and RSVP. Leaders: (Sonoma) Carl Inglin 707-538-8271 or chingin@sonic.net and (Napa) Isabelle Saint-Guily napabelle@gmail.com.

Sat.-Mon. Jan. 17-29 - Bradley Hut Trip (Adv Beginner-Intermediate).
Snowshoe/Ski 5 miles (1500’) to Bradley Hut for MLK weekend Sat/Sun overnight and back out on Mon. midday. $48 ($58 Non Sierra Club members) by Dec 17th to Jim Gannon; PO Box 1038, Rohnert Park, CA 94927. Non-refundable reservations. Please include email address/phone#. Optional stay at Clair Tappaan lodge Fri 16th. Make reservations early to avoid disappointment. Lodge reservations 530-426-3632 indicate you are with Bradley trip-Redwood Chapter. Central commissary is planned. Meeting time/ locations provided with trip sign up. Contact leader Jim Gannon (707)-525-1052 jgannon99@sbcglobal.net co-leader Don Anderson donsluck@live.com.

Fri.-Sun. Jan 23 – 25 - Napa Group. Ski Trip-Hutchinson Lodge.
Weather reports are predicting heavy snow this year. Come and join us for our First ski trip of the year at Hutchinson Lodge located in Norden/Soda Springs off of Hwy 80, south of Truckee. There are many ski resorts located down the road or around the area for X-country skiing, down hill skiing, snow shoeing, or just for fun in the snow. X-country ski or snow shoe rentals are available at Claire Tappaan lodge which is located next door. Cost is $90 members, $100 non-Sierra Club members, which includes 2 breakfasts & 2 dinners, trip limited to 15 people. Full payment confirms your reservation. Leader Nanette DeDonato-Dover nandedo@netzero.net.

Thur.-Sat. Jan. 29-31 - Death Valley Wilderness Restoration.
Join us in restoring wilderness values in this remote and beautiful National Park. We were not able to access the project area on the last trip, so the project this time is again the cleanup of a marijuana grow site. We will gather early Thursday afternoon and work on an as-yet-undecided project, work on the grow site on Friday, and possibly Saturday. Group size limited. Leader: Kate Allen, kj.allen96@gmail.com, 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee.


Later

Fri.-Sun. Feb. 13 – 15 - Napa Group. Ski Trip-Hutchinson Lodge.
All are welcome to join us for our second ski tip of the year at Hutchinson Lodge located in Norden/Soda Springs off of Hwy 80, south of Truckee. There are many ski resorts located down the road or around the area for X-country skiing, down hill skiing, snow shoeing, or just for fun in the snow. X-country ski or snow shoe rentals are available at Claire Tappaan lodge which is located next door. Cost is $90 members, $100 non-Sierra Club members, which includes 2 breakfasts & 2 dinners, trip limited to 15 people. Full payment confirms your reservation. Leader Nanette DeDonato-Dover nandedo@netzero.net.

Sat. Feb. 14 – Napa Group. Mt. Tamalpais East Peak Valentine’s Day Hike.
Loop hike from Mountain Theater to East Peak, 9 miles, 700 ft gain, enjoy outstanding panoramic views, well-maintained trails. The pace will be just a bit on the slow side of Moderate. Bring lunch and liquids. Class: M-9-A. Please RSVP online, at http://www.meetup.com/Redwood-Chapter-Sierra-Club-Outings-Group/events/217587652/ or contact the leader. Co-led with Mother Lode Chapter. Leader: Martin Farber 707.253.9606, kowsoi@juno.com. Rain or shine.

Sun. Feb. 25 - Lake Group. Rabbit Hill, Middletown Stroll.
Join us in a history stroll up Rabbit Hill with some natural history thrown in. Class E-1-A Meet 9am Perry’s Deli at south end of Middletown. Leader: Pete McGee 942-1373 or montesol@hughes.net.

Sat. Feb. 28 - Sonoma/Napa Group. Snowshoe Day Hike.
A day trip to the snow for an easy snowshoe hike. Destination and details will depend on the weather and snow conditions. Please check the posting on the Redwood Chapter Meetup Group http://www.meetup.com/Redwood-Chapter-Sierra-Club-Outings-Group/ for up-to-date information and RSVP. Leaders: (Sonoma) Carl Inglin 707 538-8271 or chinglin@sonic.net and (Napa) Isabelle Saint-Guily napabelle@gmail.com.

Sat.-Sun. March 14-15 - Benson Hut Trip (Adv Intermediate - Advanced).
Snowshoe/Ski 6 miles (2300’) to Benson Hut for a Sat. overnight. $28 ($33 Non Sierra Club members) by Feb 15th to Jim Gannon; PO Box 1038, Rohnert Park, CA 94927. Checks are non-refundable in case of weather cancellation. Please include email address/phone#. Optional stay at Clair Tappaan lodge Fri 13th. Make reservations early to avoid disappointment. Lodge reservations 530-426-3632 indicate you are with Benson trip-Redwood Chapter. Central commissary is planned. Meeting time/ locations provided with trip sign up. Contact leader Jim Gannon (707)-525-1052 jgannon99@sbcglobal.net.


Non-Sierra Club Activities

The following activities are not sponsored nor administered by the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club has no information about the planning of these activities and makes no representations or warranties about the quality, safety, supervision or management of such activities. They are published because they may be of interest to the readers of this publication.

Saturday Saunters for Santa Rosa Area.
Every Saturday. Meets 9am and usually ends around 11:30. These walks are moderate. Fun way to exercise with friends. For info call Bob Martin 707-539-6300.

Sonoma County Regional Parks Trail Work Days.
On the day of the project you can call 707-548-4424 for an update or if you get lost coming to the park. Your support and dedication to our County's trails really makes a big difference. To RSVP for any of these projects please contact John at 707-565-3356 or ParksVolunteer@sonoma-county.org.

Volunteer Days Riverkeeper Stewardship Park in Guerneville.
Every Wednesday 9:30-11:30am, for all or part of the time. Park is located on the north bank of Russian River directly upstream Guerneville pedestrian bridge. Access entrance from the driveway in front of Sonoma Nesting Co (16132 Main Street), just east of Armstrong Woods Rd. At bottom of driveway look for blue & white “Russian Riverkeeper Stewardship Park” sign. Bring drinking water & wear sturdy footwear. Light refreshments provided. Info Victoria Wikle 865-2474 or VictoriaWikle@usa.net.


Instructions to Hikers, Visitors, Leader Pace

INSTRUCTIONS TO HIKERS

Outings will start not later than 15 minutes after scheduled meeting time. The leader is in charge of the trip and is responsible for your welfare and the good name of the Club. He/she must have your cooperation to make the trip safe, pleasant and rewarding. Never charge ahead of the leader and keep within sight or shouting distance of the person ahead of you so you do not miss an intersecting trail. Do not lag behind rear leader: if you need help, the rear leader will remain to assist you. Do not leave the group without the leader's permission.

Be adequately equipped and prepared. You should carry lunch, cup and liquids. Be sure your shoes are adequate, well broken in and preferably low-heeled shoes with high tops.

Guard against fire. Do not smoke on trails in fire season. Build fires only with the leader's permission, and extinguish them completely. Guns, pets, or radios are not to be brought on hikes.

The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Participants assume the risks associated with travel. Redwood Chapter suggests that a 20-cents per car per mile compensation be paid to the driver you ride with. Carpools are not part of the outing but a means ofconserving natural resources.

All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you chose to participate on an outing, please go to: http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/, or contact the Outings Department at (415) 977-5528 for a printed version.

VISITORS ARE WELCOME

All Sierra Club trips are open to the public unless otherwise announced. You are free to bring all members of your family and guests. Children are usually welcome, but if you doubt that they are old enough to manage the trip, call the leader. (Please refer to the chart below to determine the degree of difficulty.)

DIFFICULTY MILEAGE ELEVATION GAIN
E - Easy Actual Mileage A - Less than 1,000
M - Moderate B - 1,000 to 2,000
H - Hard C - 2,000 to 3,000
S - Strenuous D - over 3,000
V - Very Strenuous D - over 3,000

The actual mileage will be listed for each trip. Elevation gain will reflect the gain from the start of the hike to the highest point. If you need to know the cumulative gain, please contact the leader.


PACE
How fast or slow does a leader go? Check your hike leader's pace.


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