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July 2019

Wednesday, July 10   (This hike substituted for Castle Pass hike, which is rescheduled to July 24 due to trail conditions.)

Hike (1A). Placer Big Trees Grove 

We’ll visit this small, and often overlooked, northern most grove of Giant Sequoia.  To get to the trailhead requires a scenic, winding drive of about 25 miles along the 2 lane Mosquito Ridge Rd.  The drive offers spectacular views of the Tahoe National Forest en-route to the “Placer Big Trees Grove – the few, so far away”.   At the grove we’ll take short, but pleasant walk around this small grove of Giant Sequoia, reading descriptions of the stops on the trail from the information brochure.  Have lunch, water, and essentials.  No dogs.  Rain cancels. Meet in Auburn at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 at 9:00 am.  Leader:  Sheila Toner, 530-886-0673.

 
 

Saturday, July 13 

Hike (2B).  Upper Rock Lake (Yolano Group) 

From Loney Meadow we loop around Bowman Mountain to lovely Upper Rock Lake, enjoying the diverse habitats and geological features en route.  After lunch we return via Culbertson Lake, making a scenic loop of about 8 miles with about 1000’ cumulative elevation gain.  Bring lunch, water and essentials.  Contact the leader for meeting time and place.  No dogs.  Rain cancels. Leader: Jim Cramer, (530) 756-3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

 

Tuesday, July 16

Hike (2A).  Fordyce Creek from Fuller Lake 

Water is released from Fuller Lake down to Lake Spaulding during the day to generate prime time electricity as part of a 7-lake hydroelectric system. We will follow the funky water canal and pipe down to Spaulding Lake, walk around Spaulding Lake and then up Fordyce Creek to a beautiful cascade/waterfall.  After lunch we retrace our route.  The hike is about 8 miles with 600+’ elevation gain.  Bring lunch, water and essentials.  Contact the leader for meeting time and place.  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  Leader: Jim Cramer, (530) 756-3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.

 

Wednesday, July 17

Hike (2B). Meiss Ridge 

From Carson Pass, we’ll hike up and along Meiss Ridge, highest elevation about 9400’. Along the ridge we’ll have expansive 360-degree views of the Sierra as well as great wildflower displays. About 1,025 ft elevation gain.

This hike will not be a shuttle hike. Instead it will be an out and back hike (approximately 7 miles round trip) from Carson Pass."

Bring lunch, water and essentials. No dogs. Heavy rain cancels. Meet in the overflow parking behind McDonalds, at the Broadway exit off highway 50 in Placerville at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Chris Foxfox_chris@att.netor 916-918-9510.

(updated 7/8/19)

 

Wednesday, July 24  (Hike changed due to trail conditions)

Hike (1A). Point Mariah 

 

 We’ll hike up to Point Mariah from end of Serena Lake.   We'll cross Serena Creek and then hike up through forest along Sterling Canyon.  Along the way, we will have nice views of Serena Canyon and upper basin of North Fork American River.  Shortly before our destination we'll pass a warming hut and views of Devils Peak, and Snow Mt with Red Mountain behind us in the distance.  We'll have lunch at Point Mariah with views down into Royal George of North Fork American River as well as surrounding wilderness.  Maybe we'll take a swing?!  Hike is approx. 5 miles and about 500 ft. elevation gain.  Have lunch, water, essentials and jacket for breeze while at Point Mariah or for late showers.   Bring lunch, water, and essentials. Rain cancels. No dogs. Meet in Auburn at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 at 9:00 am. Leader: Sheila Toner, 530-886-0673.

 

Tuesday, July 30

Hike (2B).  Lake Winnemucca and beyond (Yolano Group)

From Carson Pass we follow the picturesque Yosemite to Tahoe Trail past Frog Lake, beneath Elephants Back, and on to spectacular, windy, wildflowery Winnemucca Lake at the base of Round Top Peak.  We may continue up to barren but beautiful Round Top Lake for lunch.  We then retrace our route back to Carson Pass. The complete hike is about 7 miles with about 1000’ elevation gain.  Bring lunch, water, and essentials.  No dogs. Rain cancels. Hike limited to 10. Contact leader for meeting information and reservation.  Leader: Jim Cramer, (530) 756-3973 or cramerjc@gmail.com.



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