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October, 2014

Monday, October 6

Day Hike (1A) Sagehen Creek

This is a pleasant, easy autumn hike along Sagehen Creek, going from Highway 89 to Stampede Reservoir, about 5 miles round-trip. In the spring this is a popular wildflower hike, but it is also a beautiful hike in the fall. We should see early autumn colors along the hike, and kokanee salmon in the creek near the reservoir. Bring lunch, water and rain gear in case of showers. Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 near Auburn at 9:00 a.m. Leader: Chris Fox


Wednesday, October 8

Canyon Keeper’s – public hike

American Canyon, Dead Truck, WST Loop

This is a nice approx 5 mile loop, with an elevation loss/gain of about 900 ft.  These heavily forested trails offer a different feel than other hikes in the canyons, and offer occasional brief views of the Middle Fork American River.  We’ll make a few creek crossings and pass a gold rush site along our route.  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 9:30 am. Leader: Sheila Toner, 530- 886-0673.


Tuesday, October 14,

Hike (2B),  Meiss Lake, Carson Pass

From Carson Pass on Hwy 88 we will climb over a ridge and drop down to Meiss Lake.  This lake is shallow and not great for swimming, but beautiful and an excellent site for lunch.  The trip highlight is the hike to the lake, not the lake itself.  We then retrace the route back to cars.  The hike is approximately 8 miles with 1500’ cumulative elevation gain.  Bring lunch, water, and essentials.  Meet at 9am at the McDonalds on Broadway in Placerville (Broadway exit off Hwy 50 past signals).  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  Leader: Jim Cramer, (530) 756-3973 or


Thursday, October 16,

Hike (1A) Bahia Trail, Novato

Walk the Bahia Trail along the edge of the Petaluma Marsh State Wildlife Area. This established trail meanders over the gently rolling hills of northern Novato, in an area well known for its bird habitat. Although this is close to an urban area, we will see views that take us back to less-settled days. These are  oak woodlands, with  lots of Manzanita and Madrone.  Trail is a multi-use dirt track, rough in a few places.  Hike is about 4 - 5  miles total. This is an out-and-back walk with an optional loop at one point. Bring sturdy shoes or boots, water, lunch, something to sit on at lunch, and binoculars and poles if you use them. Meet at the South Davis Nugget Market, Mace Blvd. at Chiles Road, in Davis at 9:00 a.m. Leader: Sue Barnette (530-753-5855 or No dogs. Rain cancels


Monday, October 20

Day Hike (2B). Dardanelles Lake (Senior Section)

The hike to Dardanelles Lake south of Lake Tahoe is a great hike for seeing fall colors. The trail is a moderate climb starting at 6,520 feet at the Big Meadow Trailhead and ending at the lake at 7,750 feet; total distance is about 8 miles. Bring lunch, water, and essentials. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the McDonalds on Broadway in Placerville (Broadway exit off Hwy 50 past signals). No dogs. Heavy rain cancels. Leader: Chris Fox


Wednesday, October 29 

Hike (1A) Greenwood Creek (senior section)

Pretty, approx 4 mile fairly level loop hike along the South Fork.  We’ll spend some time alongside and overlooking the South Fork of the American River.  Plan on a long lunch break by the river.  This short hike has it all, views, sandy beach, rocky beach, forested trails, open meadow, sun, & shade.  Hike will begin at Greenwood Creek parking area off Highway 49.  Bring lunch, water and essentials.  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  Meet at 9:30 am at Burger King on Lincoln Way in Auburn at Foresthill Exit off I-80 in Auburn or at trailhead at 10:00 am. Leader: Sheila Toner, 530- 886-067


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