Redwood Chapter
October/November 2014  
Sierra Club Outings
October, November and Later

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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)

Requirements for Group Outings Programs (pdf)

Benson Hut Work Party


On-Going Thursdays – Napa Group.
Weekly Hiking to keep (or get) in shape. Let’s hike in Westwood Hills before work. This hike will be on-going Thursdays 7-8 am. Trail choice and pace will vary depending on participants. Don’t let the hills scare you! Meet in the parking lot on Browns Valley Rd. Non Sierra Club members are very welcome! RSVP on-line: or contact Leader: Isabelle: Heavy rain cancels.

Sun. Oct. 12 - Lake Group. Glen Eden Trail to Goat Rock Hike.
Hike in the North Cow Mountain Recreation Area with mostly steep, chaparral-covered slopes with scattered stands of fir, pine and oak. Trailhead on Scotts Valley Road 8 miles from Hwy 29. Bring lots of water, lunch & sturdy shoes. Class H-8-B. Carpools: meet 8:00am Lower Lake Coffee Co. on Main Street, off junction of Hwy 29 & 53 or 9:00am Glen Eden Trail head. By reservation only. Leader Julie Kreis 707-987-9040 or 707-671-5947. Rain cancels.

Sun. Oct 12 - Mendo Group. Stornetta Lands and California Coastal Nat’l Monument Walk.
Spend a day leisurely walking through the newest acquisition to our public lands. Investigate tide pools, sheer cliffs where cormorants raise their young, flat lands and forested areas, and even a research facility (from afar). This will be a day of wandering (there are no trails) through this special place, with no specific goal other than pleasing our senses and giving thanks to the Stornetta Family. Bring layered clothing per season, rain gear, hiking boots, water, lunch, snacks. Meet: 10am at the access point on Lighthouse Road just where it bends north toward the Point Arena Lighthouse. Call/email for carpool info. The leader will be spending Sat. night at the Manchester State Campground and invites interested parties to join him there. Class E-4-A. By reservation only. Jonah Freedman 467-1877 Rain cancels.

Sat. Oct. 18 - Lake Group. Pope to Putah trail Hike.
Hike a brand new trail still in the making. The P2P trail connects the two upper arms of Lake Berryessa. Tuleyome (see is pioneering a new connector trail between these two arms. We’ll hike as far as the trail goes, overlook the secluded Putah Creek arm, then hike back, getting wonderful views of Pope Valley and Pope Canyon. Bring water, lunch and hiking boots. Class: M-8-A. Carpool: 8:30am, Store 24, north end of Middletown across Hwy 29 from high school. Leader Tom McFarling, (707) 994-5490. Rain cancels.

Sat.-Sun. Oct. 18-19 - 3rd Saturday-Sunday Benson Hut Work Party.
Benson Hut work party involves hiking 3 miles to the Benson Hut Saturday morning, hut maintenance Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, and then hiking back Sunday afternoon. Maintenance involves stocking the hut with wood, repairs, staining and cleanup. Good exercise, wonderful setting and great fun. Friday night stay at Clair Tappaan Lodge included with work party (Dinner Friday night and breakfast Saturday am). Contact leader Jim Gannon (707)-525-1052 for signup or questions.

Sun. Oct. 19 - Mendo Group. Abhayagiri Monastery hike.
Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, Calif. is again providing our group with a tour led by one of the monks. An information/question session, a tour of the grounds, and a hike up the beautiful hillside behind the monastery where the monks live awaits participants. The hike, though only 2 miles, is quite steep with many stairs and a narrow, rocky trail. Class: M-2-A. Bring water and suitable layered clothing per season. Carpools: Meet 11:45 Raley’s Parking lot, Ukiah, in front of O’Reilly Auto Parts or 12:30 the monastery parking lot, 16201 Tomki Road, Redwood Valley. Directions: Take Hwy 101 north from Ukiah, West St. exit. Continue north on West St until it ends at Tomki Road. Left on Tomki about 5 miles to monastery on right. By reservation only. Limited to 25 participants. Reserve early as trip filled last year. Leader Jonah Freedman 467-1877 Rain cancels.

Thurs. Oct. 23 - North Group. Prairie Creek State Park Hike West Ridge-Prairie Creek Loop Hike.
Towering ridge forest and stout creek-side giants; a rippling creek overhung by autumn maples! From the Visitor Center, West Ridge Trail rises steadily up to the ridge, then winds moderately northwards to Zig-Zag#1 connector, descending to Prairie Creek Trail. Return in 2.5 idyllic, level miles to our start. Bring lunch. water, hiking gear. No dogs.Class: M-6-A. Carpools: Meet 9:15am SW corner Arcata Community Sports Center (101/Samoa exit) 10:30am Prairie Creek Visitor Center. Leader Melinda 668-4275. Rain cancels.

Sun. Oct. 26 - Lake Group. Cowboy Camp Loop Hike.
Enjoy rolling oak woodlands, chaparral and beautiful vistas. Bring water & lunch. Class: M-9.4-B. Carpools: Meet 8:00am Lower Lake Coffee Co. on Main Street, off junction of Hwy 29 & 53. Meet 9:00am at Cowboy Camp Trail head, from Clearlake Oaks, go east on State Hwy 20, about 28 miles to Hwy 16 intersection, Travel south on Highway 16 for 1 mile. Parking lot is on the right. By reservation only. Leader Julie Kreis 707-987-9040 or 707-671-5947. Rain cancels.

Thurs.-Sat. Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 - Death Valley Wilderness Restoration.
Join us in restoring wilderness values in this remote and beautiful National Park. The main project involves cleaning up the debris from a marijuana grow site on Friday. We will gather early Thursday afternoon and work on an as-yet-undecided project in the Valley before heading to our campsite. Trip requires four wheel drive to get to the work site. Camping will be primitive - bring everything you need, including water. Group size limited. Leader: Kate Allen,, 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee.

Join the Sierra Club’s California/Nevada Wilderness Committee in a series of gatherings to celebrate the anniversaries of the Wilderness Act (50th) and the CA Desert Protection Act (20th). Starting the evening of Oct 31, joining NPS’s “Mojave Fest” Nov 1, heading Nov 2 to Mecca Hills Wilderness and continuing as a moving campout in honor of both anniversaries. Ending at the Nov 8-9 Desert Committee in Saddleback Butte State Park. Attend one or both weekends plus any in-between time you can; for details as they develop; see or contact Vicky Hoover:, 415-977-5527; Judy Anderson,, 818-248-0402; or Pat Flanagan, CNRCC Wilderness Committee.


Sun. Nov. 2 – Sonoma Group. Annadel State Park Hike.
We’ll do a loop through the eastern part of Annadel, using Steves S, Richardson, South Burma, Marsh and Two Quarry Trails, with a lunch stop at Buick Meadow. Bring lunch, liquids, good hiking shoes. Dress in layers for autumn weather. Class M-7.5-B. (7.5 miles, a bit over 1,000 ft. elevation gain). There is a day use fee at the Richardson trailhead. Carpool: Meet: 9:45 Cobblestone Trailhead (on Channel Drive outside of park) or 10am Richardson Trailhead, end of Channel Drive. Leader Carl Inglin 538-8271 or Rain cancels.

Sun. Nov. 9 - North Group. Horse Mountain Botanical Area trails Hike.
Two loop trails, each just over 2 miles, mostly on dirt roads: one to the west of our parking area, past the old “Ski Chalet” site, with views of the King Range, the Siskiyous, and the coast, and another loop to the north and east among rugged Jeffrey pines, red rocks, and a short stretch of cobblestone-strewn single track, looking at the Trinity Alps, the Yolla Bollys, and maybe a peek at Mt. Lassen. Bring lunch, water and good boots. No dogs. Class M-5-A. Carpools: Meet 9am Valley West (Ray’s) Shopping Center, 10am Horse Mtn parking area. Leader Ned or 825-3652. Heavy rain cancels.

Sat. Nov. 15 - Lake Group. Mount St. Helena Hike.
Hike switchbacks about 20 minutes through fir woods up to a dirt road which leads to the top of St. Helena Mountain. On a clear day see spectacular views, including much of the San Francisco Bay area, view mountain ranges in a 360 degree panorama including Mt. Shasta! Bring water, Lunch, binoculars & snacks. Class M-10-C. Carpool: 9am in front of Middletown Mugshots coffee shop on corner of Hwy 29 & 175 or 10am at Robert Louis Stevenson Park - parking lot. By reservation only. Leader Julie 707-987-9040 or 707-671-5947. Rain cancels.

Sat.-Sun. Nov.15-16 - Explore and Serve in the Carrizo Plains.
Pronghorn antelope will not jump fences to escape predators but rather attempt to crawl under. Our service on Saturday will either remove or modify several sections of fence to facilitate this mobility. Sunday will be, at the choice of the group, either a hike in the Caliente Range or else a tour of popular viewing areas in the plains. This is an opportunity to combine carcamping, day-hiking, exploring, and service in a relatively unknown wilderness. Leader: Craig Deutsche,, (310-477-6670) CNRCC Desert Committee.

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


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,, (310-477-6670).

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.

Sat. Oct. 18, 2-4pm RiverKeeper Stewardship Park Grand Opening Free event.
With live music, an assortment of delicious seasonal appetizers, and refreshments. Please join us for the Grand Opening, Open House Event for the newest park on the River. Russian Riverkeeper Stewardship Park will serve as a place to enjoy the beauty of a healthy riparian habitat while educating local residents, students, businesses and visitors to take care of the Russian River. The park is equiped with numerous different interpretive stations which teach about native wildlife, the role of flooding and much more! Please join us and learn more at

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

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

Instructions to Hikers, Visitors, Leader Pace


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:, or contact the Outings Department at (415) 977-5528 for a printed version.


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.)

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.

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

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