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Mendocino, CA
95460

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Past Events & Hikes: 2012

Saturday, October 6
Montgomery Woods State Park Nature Walk

Naturalist Kate Marianchild will lead a walk among the virgin redwoods, discussing the biology and ecology of Coast Redwoods---what allows them to grow so tall, what limits their growth, the astonishing ecosystems in their canopies, the role of mycorrhizal fungi and the fungus lobaria, and the adaptations of some of the understory plants. She will tell the story of Steve Sillet's daring first climb into the canopy of a 300-foot tree. Warning: participants may be asked to hug a tree. Bring water, snacks, lunch, binoculars, layered clothing. Return to Ukiah about 3 p.m. Heavy rain cancels. Class E-3-A Carpools: Meet at Mendo Mill parking lot, Ukiah at 9:30 am. RSVP leader Yvonne Kramer (707) 463-0342 or kramer@saber.net.

Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 17
Yolla Bolly Wilderness, River Trail

This is a beautiful loop of connecting trails through the heart of the Yolla Bolly Wilderness. We will backpack 5-6 miles each day, stopping each night at a spring. Intermediate backpacking skills are required. Must be in good shape, have a regular fitness regimen. Good boots, water purification, water bladder or extra water bottles, sunscreen are a must. Bear canister is optional as is rain gear. Bring your own food and equipment for 5 days / 4 nights. M-30-B. Elevation is up and down, beginning at 5,000 feet. Meet 8 AM Covelo turnoff, 10 miles north of Willits, Highway 101. We will drive into Covelo, leave a car at the ranger station if needed. We will leave from either the Rock Cabin Trailhead, or the George's Valley Trailhead, both off Indian Dick Road. By appointment only. Leader Val Nordeman, 707 477-4199, nordeman@willitsonline.com.

Sunday, August 5
Caspar Upland Trail

Inland walkers enjoy a cool day at the coast walking the new Caspar Upland Trail, a 2 mile loop through the most southern stand of Sitka Spruce. After lunch on Caspar Beach or at the Cabrillo Light House, there will be an optional hike on the Fern Canyon Trail in Van Damn State park, starting in the Pygmy Forest, about a 3 mile loop. Dress in layers, bring lunch, water, snacks. Class M-5-A. Ukiah carpools meet Raley's parking lot in front of O'Reilly's Auto Parts, 8:30 am. Coast walkers meet at Caspar Beach at 10:15. RSVP Leader Yvonne Kramer, 463-0342 or kramer@saber.net.

Sunday, July 15 - Saturday, July 21
Yolla Bolly Wilderness Backpack Trip

Backpack 7-8 miles per day with 1 lay-over day into the Yolla Bolly Wilderness to North Yolla Bolly Spring, one of the most beautiful spots anywhere. Spend 1 night on the trail at Frying Pan (an extinct lake that is now a large meadow with frequent wildlife sightings). Spend two nights at the Spring which is at about 7,500' elevation, with wide scenic views of the entire Yolla Bolly range. We can day hike to the fire tower, or just hang out. We'll hike out with one night on the trail. Bring all your own meals for 6 days and 4 nights, and optional bear canister. Wear sturdy hiking boots, bring rain gear. Bring several water bottles. Must be intermediate hiker, able to carry a 30+lb. pack. Terrains vary, 1,500 overall elevation gain. Class S-15-B. Meet 8 a.m. Highway 101 intersection with Covelo Road. Pull out is on the east side of 101. Covelo Road is about 10 miles north of Willits, 10 miles south of Laytonville. We'll leave 8:30 a.m. for the Covelo Ranger Station, where we'll leave cars parked for the duration of the trip. Hike limit 10. By reservation only. Leader Val Nordeman 707-477-4199, nordeman@willitsonline.com.

Saturday-Sunday, July 7-8
Hull Mountain Rare Plant and Butterfly Trip
(CNPS)
Join the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) for a Rare Plant Treasure Hunt at Hull Mountain, a rare plant hotspot north of Clear Lake in the Mendocino National Forest. We'll hike the mountain searching for rare plants like marsh checkerbloom (Sidalcea oregana ssp. hydrophila), Anthony Peak lupine (Lupinus antoninus), and Stebbins' lewisia (Lewisia stebbinsii). We'll also search for Collinsia greenei, the host plant for the rare Karin's checkerspot butterfly. This area burned several years ago, so it will be interesting to see how this disturbance has affected the rare plants and the butterflies. Meet at the southwest corner of the Safeway parking lot in Ukiah (653 S. State Street, Ukiah) at 9am; from there it's about a 2.0 hour drive to Hull Mountain. If Ukiah is not on your route to Hull Mountain, we can organize an alternate meeting place as well. We'll camp at a site on the mountain with no running water. Bring appropriate hiking gear, your botany gear (flora, hand lens, camera, gps, etc.), plus water and food for the weekend. And plan for a potluck on Saturday night! To RSVP, arrange carpooling, or for questions about this trip, send an email to dslakey@cnps.org.

June 12-15 - Mendocino Group -Yolla Bolly Wilderness Backpack Trip
5 mile backpack trip. Located outside of Covelo in the Mendocino National Forest, this wilderness area is one of the most isolated and least visited. We will backpack Soldier Ridge 5 miles, set up a base camp at Kingsley Lake, a shady campsite surrounded by trees, and stay for 3 nights, hiking out on the 4th day. Flowing water to purify for drinking, not much to swim in. Bring all your own meals for 4 days and 3 nights, bear canister optional. Bring several containers for water, hot and dry country. Wear sturdy hiking boots, bring rain gear.

Class M-5-B. Meet at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 12th at the Hwy. 101 intersection with Covelo Road. The pull out is on the east side of Hwy. 101. Covelo Road is approximately 10 miles north of Willits and about 10 miles south of Laytonville. We'll leave at 8:30 a.m. for the Covelo Ranger Station where we'll leave cars parked for the duration of the trip. Hike limit 10. You must be an intermediate backpacker, rough country. By reservation only. Leader Val Nordeman, 707-477-4199, nordeman@willitsonline.com.

Sunday, May 13 - Montgomery Woods State Park
A three mile loop through magnificent old growth redwoods with the forest floor in spring bloom. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, snacks. Class E-3-A. Carpools: 9:30 a.m. Raley's Parking Lot, Ukiah, in front of Kragan's Auto. RSVP Leader, Yvonne Kramer (707) 463-0342 or kramer@saber.net.

Saturday, April 21 - White Deer Lake, Ridgewood Ranch
Join Ridgewood Ranch Nature Conservancy in a 5 mile round trip hike to White Deer Lake walking through wild flower meadows and oak woodlands. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, lunch. Class M-5-A Carpools: 9:30 a.m., Raley's Parking lot, Ukiah, in front of Kragan's Auto. RSVP Leader, Yvonne Kramer (707) 463-0342 or kramer@saber.net.

Saturday, April 14 - Nature walk with naturalist Kate Marianchild.
Kate will discuss interrelationships and fascinating life strategies of selected oak woodland plants, birds and animals. Slow walk, two miles or less, place to be announced. In case of rain, nature talk under cover. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, snacks,binoculars. Class E-3-A. Carpools: CVS Pharmacy off Perkins, Ukiah. 8:30 a.m. RSVP Leader, Yvonne Kramer(707) 463-0342 or kramer@saber.net.

Sunday, April 1 - Blue Oak Trail, Lake Mendocino
Explore new trail on the south-east side of the lake. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, snacks. Class E-3-A. Carpools: 9:00 a.m. CVS Pharmacy, off Perkins St, Ukiah. RSVP Leader, Yvonne Kramer (707) 463-0342 or kramer@saber.net.

Sunday, January 29, 2012, please join the Sierra Club Mendocino Group in their first hike of the new year!

Valley View Trail Hike, Cow Mountain Recreation Area
A winter hike through chaparral, oaks, and madrones with spectacular views of Ukiah Valley. Wear sturdy shoes, and dress in layers. Bring water, and a bag lunch to enjoy at the top. This is a moderate 6 mile hike with elevation changes. We'll carpool: meet at 9:30 am at CVS Pharmacy in the Orchard Shopping Center, off Perkins St. in Ukiah. By reservation only. Leader Yvonne Kramer RSVP to 463-0342 or by email to kramer@saber.net. Heavy rain will cancel this hike.

Past Events & Hikes: 2011

July 18-22 - Yolla Bolly Wilderness Backpack Trip
Backpack 15 miles into the Yolla Bolly Wilderness to North Yolla Bolly Spring, possibly one of the most beautiful spots anywhere. Spend 1 night on the trail at Frying Pan (an extinct lake that is now a large meadow with frequent wildlife sightings). Spend two nights at the Spring which is at about 7,500' elevation, with wide scenic views of the entire Yolla Bolly Wilderness. We can day hike to the fire tower, or just hang out. We'll hike out with one night on the trail. Bring all your own meals for 5 days and 4 nights, and bring a bear canister. We can extend to a 6 days and 5 nights trip, if the group agrees. Wear sturdy hiking boots, bring rain gear. Terrains vary, 1,500' overall elevation gain. Class S-15-B.

Meet 8:00 a.m. at the Highway 101 intersection with Covelo Road. Pull out is on the east side of 101. Covelo Road is about 10 miles north of Willits, 10 miles south of Laytonville. We'll leave 8:30 a.m. for the Covelo Ranger Station, where we'll leave cars parked for the duration of the trip. Hike limit 10. You must be intermediate hiker, able to carry a 30+ lb. pack. By reservation only. Leader Val Nordeman, 707-477-4199, nordeman@willitsonline.com.

Friday, July 15 , Moon Rise Walk, City View Trail, Low Gap Park, Ukiah
Enjoy the full moon rising over the Ukiah Valley. E-3-A Meet at the Low Gap Park parking lot, 8 pm. RSVP leader, Yvonne Kramer, (707) 463-0342, or kramer@saber.net.

Saturday, June 25, Rockefeller Trail, Brooktrails Township
We will walk one of the many public trails in Brooktrails Township just north of Willits. The Rockefeller Trail takes us through a shady forest of redwoods and madrone with a stop for lunch at an old rock quary. Please bring lunch. M-4-A Carpools: from Ukiah, meet at Raley's Shopping Center, 9 am. From Willits, Safeway Shopping Center, 9:30 RSVP leader, Yvonne Kramer, (707) 463-0342, kramer@saber.net.

June 20-23 - Yolla Bolly Wilderness Backpack Trip
5 mile backpack trip. Located outside of Covelo in the Mendocino National Forest, this wilderness area is one of the most isolated and least visited. We will backpack 5 miles in, set up a base camp at Kingsley Lake, a shady campsite surrounded by trees, and stay for 3 nights, hiking out on the 4th day. Bring all your own meals for 4 days and 3 nights, and bring a bear canister. Wear sturdy hiking boots, bring rain gear.

Class M-5-A. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Hwy. 101 intersection with Covelo Road. The pull out is on the east side of Hwy. 101. Covelo Road is approximately 10 miles north of Willits and about 10 miles south of Laytonville. We'll leave at 8:30 a.m. for the Covelo Ranger Station where we'll leave cars parked for the duration of the trip. Hike limit 10. You must be an intermediate backpacker. By reservation only. Leader Val Nordeman, 707-477-4199, nordeman@willitsonline.com.

Sunday, May 22 - Purdy Plant Hike - Native Plant Society walk
Lost Valley Cow Mountain hike; Ukiah CA Native Plant Society, 707-489-1500.

Saturday, May 21 - Mendocino County Museum Free Program - Native Plant Society walk
Out of the Wild: California Native Bulbs & Baskets. 1:00-3:00 p.m. Dr. Sherrie Smith-Ferri: "Carl Purdy's Career as a Basket Dealer" Naturalist Bev Ortiz: California Wildflowers and Bulbs.

Saturday, May 14 - Sonoma Group Beginner Backpacking Seminar
Ready to try backpacking for the first time? Has it been years since you've backpacked and need a refresher? In this introductory seminar you'll learn what gear to bring, how to dress for comfort and safety, how to pack, what food to take on your own overnight journey and much more! We'll discuss proper clothing, boots, packs, tents, stoves, the Ten Essentials, trail hazards, where to shop for equipment (on a budget!) and how to research your hikes. Class is taught by a seasoned Sierra Club backpack leader with years of experience in both winter and summer backpacking. This free seminar will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Environmental Center of Sonoma County, 55 Ridgway, Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA, 95401. Please RSVP to instructor Paul Bozzo at paulbozzo@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 8 - Mendo Group, Montgomery Woods State Park
A three mile loop through the magnificent old growth redwoods with the forest floor in bloom. The walk will feature the writings of Carl Purdy, renown local botanist whose 150th birthday is being celebrated this year. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, snacks. Class: E-3-A. Carpools: Meet 9:30 am Raley's Parking Lot, Ukiah, in front of Kragen's Auto. If you are driving from the Coast via Comptche Ukiah Rd., meet the inland carpool at Montgomery Woods. By reservation only. Leader Yvonne Kramer (707) 463-0342 or kramer@saber.net.

Saturday, May 7 - Mendo Group, Ten Mile Dunes Hike
We'll hike along the beach north from Ward Ave. taking a side trip to the Inglenook Fen. The trip back will be an adventure through the dunes. Bring lunch and water. M-5-A Meet at parking area at the end of Ward Ave. 10 a.m. By reservation only. Leader Lorrie Lagasse 964-3011 or lorrielas@yahoo.com Cancelled if heavy rain

Saturday, February 26 - Mendo Group, Walk in City of 10,000 Buddhas
Guided walk through the City of 10,000 Buddhas, a Buddhist monastery and learning center in Talmage on 250 acres of land formerly a state mental hospital and farm. We will walk through the historic buildings, passing through old growth Doug fir groves, along Mill Creek, and visit the organic farm on the grounds. The walk will end with a visit to the Jyun Kang Vegetarian Restaurant for tea and dumplings. Bring rain gear. Class E-2-A. Meet 10:30 a.m. at the Administration Building Parking lot just to the right beyond the entry gate. Walk rain or shine. By reservation only: leader, Yvonne Kramer, (707) 463-0342, kramer@saber.net.

Past Events & Hikes: 2010

Saturday, November 13 - Frey Vineyards Family Walk
Katrina Frey will guide us on a two hour walk through the Frey 120 acre biodynamic vineyard and farm. A special highlight of the walk will be the visit to the cows and sheep, a vital part of the biodynamic farm. Bring snacks, water, good walking shoes. Wine tasting available after walk. Class E-2-A. Meet at 9:30 a.m. near the Raleys shopping center in front of Kragen's Auto. By reservation only. RSVP to Leader, Yvonne Kramer, (707)463-0342 or kramer@saber.net. Heavy rain cancels.


Frey Ranch hike: Hikers and goats Sunday, October 17 - Frey Ranch Hike Redwood Valley
A two hour hike on the 1,000 acre Frey Ranch which has a conservation easement through the Inland Mendocino Land Trust. Our guide, Johnny Frey, will show us a unique grove of old growth redwoods, the most Eastern of remaining old growth. From the redwoods we will walk through oaks and madrones to a hill top view of Redwood Valley. Wine tasting available after hike. Bring snacks, water, good walking shoes. Class: M-3-A. Meet: 9:30 a.m. Raley's Shopping Center in front of Craigon's Auto. By reservation only. Hike limit 15. Leader, Yvonne Kramer, (707) 463-0342 or kramer@saber.net.
See hike report: Frey Ranch, October 2010.


Saturday, September 25 - Coastal Clean Up at Navarro Beach
Last year, a friendly hard working group of Sierra Club volunteers got together to 2009 Coastal Clean-Up clean up an abandoned encampment up Pudding Creek. This year, our work may be a bit easier but will be just as important! Please call Anne or Mike at 961-6261 to confirm your participation. We'll work from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Meet at the Navarro Beach parking lot.

Navarro Beach is located just south of Hwy. 128 intersection with Hwy. 1 at the ocean. If driving south on Hwy. 1, cross the bridge across the Navarro River and turn right on the road that follows the river to the beach and parking lot. Bring your own water. Snacks will be provided. Please join us - we need YOUR help to clean up Navarro Beach!


River Branch
photo provided by Jim Culp
Saturday, June 19 - Bike along Big River
7,400 acres of the Big River Watershed were purchased and protected in March 2002. This is the longest undeveloped estuary in California. An old logging haul road follows the river for many miles, making for a pleasant bike ride with spectacular estuary views, with the opportunity to see river otters, seals, osprey, herons and other birds and animals. We'll bike along this old road with gentle hills along the edge of the Big River. We'll pass an abandoned quarry, a small laguna at Dry Dock Gulch and travel about 14 miles round trip. We'll stop for lunch by the river before returning. M-14-A. Bring a bag lunch,your own bike and helmet, water, and dress for weather. RSVP Lorrie Lagasse at lorrielas@yahoo.com or 964-3011. Meet 10:30 a.m. at the kiosk and rest room near the haul road at east end of Big River Beach Parking Lot, past boat launch area. Rain cancels.

Rivers of a Lost Coast Thursday, June 3 - "Rivers of a Lost Coast"
7:00 p.m. at the Albion School, presented by Sierra Club Mendocino Group.

Rivers of a Lost Coast is a documentary that looks at our relationship to nature through the eyes of the most fabled angling community in American history. This surprisingly touching film was labeled a 'must see' by the San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Times. Narrated by Tom Skerritt.

Saturday, May 29 - Ridgewood Ranch - Laughlin ridge traverse
Territorial views from (3,215') summit. M-8-B. 1,700' el. Steep trail. Dress for weather, wear sturdy hiking boots, bring water, lunch. Start time is 10 a.m. Call leader for directions, Steve (707) 508-8729.

Sunday, May 2 - Mendocino Group trail work day with Ukiah Valley Trail Group
Work between 9am and 2pm improving a local trail, location to be announced. Dress in sturdy work shoes, bring water. Lunch provided. Please join us! RSVP for more details and location MG Leader Yvonne Kramer, (707)463-0342, kramer@saber.net.

Sunday, April 11 - Valley View Trail, Cow Mt. Recreation Area - canceled due to rain
Hike up into the chapparal overlooking Ukiah Valley with spectacular views to the west and east. Good wildflower and bird spotting. Bring lunch, wear good hiking shoes. Class M-6-B. Carpools: 9 am, Long's Parking lot. Trailhead: 9:30 am, Mill Creek Park, parking lot. By reservation. Leader: Yvonne (707) 463-0342, kramer@saber.net.

Saturday, April 3 - Ridgewood Ranch - Walker lake boundary hike
Route takes us through wildflower meadows, mixed forests and redwoods to boundary. Low water creek crossing, 6 miles r/t. M-6-A. Dress in layers, wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring water, lunch. Start time is 10 a.m. Call leader for directions, Steve (707) 508-8729.

Saturday, March 20 - Greenfield Ranch Hike off Orr Springs Road
A rare opportunity to walk a scenic 4 mile loop on Greenfield ranch, along Skyhill Rd, affording wonderful views of open rolling countryside and the Ukiah Valley. We'll see spring waterfalls and wildflowers. The 5,000 acre ranch is located 8 miles west of Ukiah on Orr Springs Road. We'll stop to eat our lunch and have tea at Yvonne's home, and then continue on for completion of hike. Bring a bag lunch, water and wear layered clothing. Class: M-4-A. Inland carpools meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Raley's parking lot in Ukiah. Leader Yvonne Kramer 463-0342, kramer@saber.net. Limit 15. By reservation only. Rain cancels. Carpools from the coast will also be arranged, leaving from Big River Beach Parking Lot at 8:30 a.m. Please contact Lorraine Buranzon at 937-3799 if you are interested in attending from the coast.

Saturday, March 6 - Ridgewood Ranch
Vernal pool/springs hike. Scenic watershed hike past vernal pool and springs. Early wildflowers on east side of ranch. M-6-B. 6 miles round trip, 1,100 foot elevation. Dress for weather, bring water, lunch. Start time is 10:00 a.m. Call leader for directions and carpools: Steve (707) 508-8729. Heavy rain cancels.

Monday, January 25 - Mike Fay, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
Meet J. Michael Fay, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, 7 - 9:00 p.m. in Gualala. Mike played a lead role in developing the October, 2009 National Geographic magazine cover story, "Redwoods: The Super Trees" and the recent documentary: "EXPLORER: Climbing Giant Redwoods." For more information, visit the Gualala Arts Center or the Redwood Forest Foundation.

Sunday, January 10 - Low Gap Trail
Begin the new year by walking the newest local trail, Low Gap Trail in Low Gap County Park. Low Gap Trail is a moderate two mile loop and we can decide to extend the hike by adding on another two mile loop, Canyon Trail. Please bring snack and water. Class M-2(4)-A. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking lot at Low Gap County Park on Low Gap Road, Ukiah. RSVP Yvonne Kramer at kramer@saber.net or 463-0342. Heavy rain cancels.

Saturday, January 9 - Trail Symposium, Mendocino Land Trust
St. Michael's All Angels Church on the corner of Franklin and Fir Streets, Fort Bragg. Free of charge outings in the morning, with an Open House from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Sierra Club Outings Group will have a table at the event. For more information, visit the Mendocino Land Trust.


Past Events & Hikes: 2009

Saturday, November 28 - Mendo Group, Lake Mendocino - Shakota Trail
Enjoy a three mile walk under a fall canopy along the shore of Lake Mendocino. Cross 8 bridges and visit a historic, old winery, arriving at Pomo cultural center. Class E-3-A. Meet 9:00 a.m. Trailhead directions: Take Lake Mendocino cut-off from 101, turn left on to Lake Mendocino Drive. Continue to the large wooden sign on the right, "Welcome to Lake Mendocino." Opposite this sign, on the left, there will be a small brown sign saying "Overlook / disc." Follow the overlook road uphill to the trailhead behind the playground. Car shutle to be arranged to trail end. Hiking one direction only. RSVP leader Yvonne Kramer 463-0342 or kramer@saber.net. Heavy rain cancels.


Saturday, November 7 - Mendo Group, Ten Mile Beach hike
Hike along the Ten Mile beach from Ward Avenue, ending where the Ten Mile River reaches the ocean. Spectacular fall views along this stretch of highly scenic coastline. Hike is along the beach, dunes and fen. We'll stop for lunch overlooking the Ten Mile River. Bring lunch and water, dress in layers. Class E-4-A. Carpools: Meet 8:30 a.m. Noyo Bowl in Fort Bragg. Trailhead Ward Avenue. Car shuttle to be arranged to Ten Mile River. Hiking one direction only. RSVP leader Lorrie Lagasse 964-3011 or lorrielas@yahoo.com. Heavy rain cancels.


Sunday, October 11 - Mendo Group, Branscomb - Angelo Preserve hike
Fall weather makes for wonderful hikes in the Angelo Preserve. Preserve is located in Elder Creek Basin, a headwater tributary feeding South Fork of Eel River. Established in 1959 as the first Nature Conservancy Preserve west of the Mississippi, the Preserve is now operated for research by UC Berkeley Natural Reserve System. We'll parallel the South Fork of the Eel River, seeing old growth forest, meadow wildflowers and vegetation. We'll discuss history of the preserve, and animals and plants that populate it. Hike suitable for beginner hikers but you should be in good physical shape. Hike is 7 ¾ miles round-trip, takes about 4 hours with moderate elevation gain. Bring lunch, water and wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress in layers. Binoculars for bird watching and camera are optional. Bring rain gear if weather conditions indicate. Class: M-8-B. Carpools: Meet 8:30 a.m. Fosters Market Laytonville - if driving north on 101 it is on the left hand (west) corner of Highway 101 / Branscomb Road. Carpools can also be arranged from the coast - call Val to discuss. Limited to 12. RSVP required, contact leader Val Nordeman 477-4199 or nordeman@willitsonline.com. Heavy rain cancels.


SATURDAY, September 19 - Coastal Clean-up day - Skunk Train ride included!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!   - Added: Photos from the Coastal clean-up
Join the Mendocino Group as we clean a dumpsite in the Pudding Creek watershed. We need 4 or 5 able and enthusiastic volunteers willing and able to climb up an embankment and stuff refuse into garbage bags, which we will take down to the Skunk Train tracks for pick up. The Skunk Train has generously offered to pick up all of our bags of trash with their work train car.

The upside of this event, other than the obvious benefit to the environment, is that you get a short ride on the Skunk Train to the site and back, along with a lunch break served by the Sierra Club! Bring your own sturdy work gloves - disposable gloves will be provided to use as liners. Wear sturdy boots or shoes. You must RSVP as we are limited to 10 total. We'll leave at 9:45 a.m on the outgoing train, returning at 2 p.m. on the inbound train. We'll break for lunch at the home of members Anne and Mike Thomas. RSVP to Lorraine as soon as possible by email to lorraine@mcn.org or 937-3799. I can also give you more detail when you RSVP.
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If you'd prefer to participate in Coastal Clean Up along a local beach please contact Jenny Hall at the Mendocino Land Trust (962- 0470) She will refer you to a beach in need of volunteers. Please send Lorraine an email letting her know where you'll be participating... I'd like to send in our report to the next Needles edition.


SATURDAY, JULY 25 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Sierra Club, Mendocino Group General Membership Meeting
Anderson Valley Fire Department community room

"We call upon the waters that rim the earth, horizon to horizon, that flow in our rivers and streams, that fall upon our gardens and fields, and we ask that they teach us and show us the way."
- Chinook Blessing Litany

Please join other Mendocino Group Sierra Club members for an afternoon membership meeting in Anderson Valley at the Anderson Valley Fire Department community room from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 25th. The topic of this meeting will be water concerns in Anderson Valley and Mendocino County.

There will be time to meet and chat with other Sierra Club members. This time will be followed by a panel discussion on topics around water use, the General Plan, TMDL litigation, and the control of instream flows by AB2121. The panel discussion will be lead by Steve Hall, of the Planning Commission, along with Kathy Bailey and Daniel Myers of the Sierra Club.

Following the panel presentation, there will be time for discussion, and development of potential actions. Local pies will be served as dessert along with coffee, tea and local apple juice.

Please call Daniel Myers at 895-3887 if you have questions, or if you need directions to the fire house.

The Mendocino Group invites and welcomes your participation and assistance. You can assist on many levels. Examples of how your help is needed:

  • Work on a committee.
  • Help write the group report.
  • Serve on the Executive Committee.
  • Help make phone calls for upcoming events.
  • Help plan and put together educational events of interest.
  • Lead a hike or walk.

Be sure to talk with Rixanne Wehren while at this meeting, along with other ExCom members, to discuss your interests and how you'd like to become more involved. With your help, the Sierra Club can continue to make a difference in Mendocino County.

"Water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime and our children's lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land."
- Luna Leopold

"A river is the report card for its watershed."
- Alan Levere


SUNDAY, MAY 17 - Mendocino Group, Manchester State Park spring wildflower field trip. Manchester State Park, a bit off the beaten path, affords numerous opportunities to explore coastal wetlands, as well as dunes, grassland, and scrub. In seeking out the colorful flowering gems that illuminate the northern California spring, we'll also look at overall plant composition, habitat characteristics, and the ecology of individual species (including our own), to ponder why plants grow where they do. Please be prepared for wet ground walking, a few brambles (but little poison-oak), perhaps wind, rain, or sun, and a moderately slow walking pace over about 5 hours. Botanist Peter Warner will lead this walk with Lorraine Buranzon , Mendocino Group. Dress in layers and bring water and a bag lunch. Class E-3-A. Carpool - meet at 8:30 a.m. in Mendocino at Big River Beach parking area (at the bottom of entrance road closest to bridge and portable toilet.). For those not carpooling, meet at the Kinney day use area at 9:30 a.m. and wait for arriving carpools. Directions: A few miles south of Irish Beach, and about one mile past Alder Creek Road on your right, and just about a mile north of the village of Manchester, take a right on Kinney Road (a grove of pines is on the far right corner at this intersection); the KOA is on this road. Take Kinney all the way to the end, past the sharp right-hand turn in the road just as you near the beach -- proceed to the day-use parking area at the end. Walk limited to 15. RSVP to Lorraine at lorraine@mcn.org or 707-937-3799.


SATURDAY, MAY 9 - Mendocino Group - Angelo Coast Range Preserve. Join us on this rare opportunity to hike to the old growth forests of Angelo Preserve in Branscomb! Preserve is located in the Elder Creek Basin, a headwater tributary feeding the South Fork of the Eel River. Established in 1959 as the first Nature Conservancy Preserve west of the Mississippi, the Preserve is now operated for research by UC Berkeley Natural Reserve System, and access is tightly controlled. The preserve has not been logged since at least 1959 when homesteaders sold the property to the Nature Conservancy. We will attempt to do the Walker Meadow Loop Trail if the bridges are in. If not there are other equally beautiful choices of trails. Bring water and lunch. Plan on a full day of hiking and hopefully some spring wildflower viewing. Class M-8-B Carpools will meet 9:00 a.m. at the Noyo Bowl in Fort Bragg. Return around 3:00 p.m. Inland carpools are also possible. Limited to 15 participants. RSVP to leader Lorrie Lagasse 964-3011


SATURDAY, MAY 9 - Mendocino Group Ridgewood Ranch White Deer Lake Hike. Sunny wildflower meadows, and oak woodland on easy hike around lake. Dress for weather, bring liquids, and lunch. Hike starts 10:00 a.m. Class E-5-A. Limit 12. Call leader Steve for sign-up and directions 707-508-8729


SATURDAY, MAY 2 - Montgomery Woods State Park.
Walk a three mile loop through magnificent old growth redwoods and see how the trees and the forest floor have recovered from last summer's fires. Then we will have an optional short hike along Orr Creek to explore the new addition to the State Park. Bring snacks and lunch if doing the optional hike. Class M-3-A. Meet at Raley's parking lot in Ukiah at 9:30 a.m. to car pool to trail head or at State Park trail head at 9:30 a.m. RSVP Yvonne 707-463-0342 or kramer@saber.net.


SATURDAY, APRIL 4 - RIDGEWOOD RANCH - Walker Lake Boundary Hike
Easy hike thru redwoods, oak woodlands, and open meadow wildflowersto the Walker lake spillway. Dress for weather, and bring liquids and a bag lunch. Hike starts 10:00 a.m. Class E-6-A. Limit 12. Call leader Steve for sign-up and directions 707-508-8729.


SUNDAY, MARCH 29 - Valley View Hike - Cow Mt. Recreation Area
Experience the stark beauty of chapparal and fabulous views of the Ukiah Valley in this 6 mile round trip hike, with an elevation again of approximately 1,200 feet. We will stop frequently to enjoy the views and talk about the birds and plants of this unique terrain. Total hike time will be from three to four hours. The trail has recently been improved and rerouted by the Ukiah Valley Trail Group to level out the way and to provide the shade of a madrone grove. Please bring plenty of water, snacks, and lunch. Meet at Longs Parking lot in the Orchard Shopping Center to car pool, 9 a.m. or at the trailhead, 9:30 a.m. across from the Mill Creek Park parking lot. This event is free and open to the public. Class M-3-B. Hike limited to 15. Please RSVP to hike leader Yvonne @ 463-0342. Heavy rain cancels.


SATURDAY, MARCH 14 - "Under Our Skin,"
An award-winning film on lyme disease will be shown at Russian Gulch State Park's Recreation Hall from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Russian Gulch SP is located two miles north of Mendocino off of Hwy. 1. Directions and details about the film, "Under Our Skin."


SATURDAY, MARCH 14 - RIDGEWOOD RANCH- Explore Vernal Pools Hike
Moderate hike into Van Arsdale canyon. A scenic hike in watershed, past springs and vernal pools. Dress for weather,and bring liquids, and a bag lunch. Elevation gain 1,100 ft, 5.5 miles round trip. Hike starts 10:00 a.m. Class M-6-B. Limit 12. Call leader Steve for sign-up and directions 707-508-8729. Val Nordeman, hike leader in training, will assist with the hike.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22 - HIKE TO BIG TREE, BIG RIVER STATE PARK
Class M-3-A Lorraine Buranzon and the Mendocino Group will co-sponsor a hike with Matt Coleman of the Mendocino Land Trust - Big River Stewards on Sunday, February 22, from 10am to 4pm. Join us as we hike to Big Tree, a remnant old-growth tree high on a ridge above Big River!

This moderate hike (an approximately 3-mile loop with 700' of elevation gain) leads along the river, through 90-year-old redwood groves to the ridge top, where we'll we pause for lunch at the Big Tree. We'll follow an old logging road back down to the river and the trailhead.

Matt has worked as an environmental educator from the Mendocino Woodlands to Point Reyes National Seashore, researched endangered salmon for the California Department of Fish and Game and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and studied the impacts of logging on watersheds for the National Forest Service's Caspar Creek Watershed Study.

For the past three years, Matt has worked to involve the local community in the management and restoration of the 7,400-acre Big River unit for the Mendocino Land Trust's Big River program. The Mendocino Land Trust organized the acquisition of the Big River property which was conveyed to California State Parks in 2002. The Big River Stewards are engaged in natural resource monitoring, restoration and interpretation and welcome volunteers of all ability levels!

Participants will meet at Big River Beach at 10am for the car pool to the trailhead and should bring a bag lunch, rain gear, dress warmly in layers and wear sturdy shoes.

Hike is limited to 15 participants. RSVP to Outings Leader Lorraine Buranzon at 937-3799 or to lorraine@mcn.org (with your phone number so I can notify you if the event is rescheduled). Heavy rain cancels.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8 - VALLEY VIEW TRAIL, COW MT. RECREATION AREA
Class M-6-B. Experience the stark beauty of chapparal and fabulous views of the Ukiah Valley in this 6 mile round trip hike, with an elevation gain of approximately 1,200 feet. We will stop frequently to enjoy the views and talk about the birds and plants of this unique terrain. Total hike time will be from three to four hours. The trail has recently been improved and rerouted by the Ukiah Valley Trail Group to level out the way and to provide the shade of a madrone grove. Please bring plenty of water, snacks, and lunch. Meet at Longs Parking lot in the Orchard Shopping Center to car pool, 9am or at the trailhead, 9:30am across from the Mill Creek Park parking lot. Heavy rain cancels. Hike limited to 15. Please RSVP to hike leader, Yvonne Kramer, 463-0342 or kramer@saber.net.

 

 

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