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October 2015

Saturday, October 3

Hike (2A) Scotts Lake south of Tahoe (Yolano Group)

From south of Lake Tahoe we climb past Big Meadow, up a gentle canyon, and over a low ridge to Scotts Lake.  The lake itself is mundane, but the trek to it is special.  With luck we’ll enjoy the spectacular fall coloring of the many aspen groves as well as pretty vistas.  We then retrace our route back to cars.  The hike is approximately 7 miles with 700’ 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     


Tuesday, October 13

Hike (2B) Showers Lake, Carson Pass

From above Caples Lake on Hwy 88 we steeply ascend a high ridge, imbibe spectacular views north and south, and then descend steeply to Showers Lake (just 2 miles so far).  After an early lunch and swim we meander around the ridge through diverse habitats with minor ups and downs, and lo!  There are the cars.   The hike is about 8 miles with about 1550’ cumulative elevation gain.  Bring lunch, water, and essentials.  Meet at 9am at the McDonalds in Placerville (take Broadway exit from Hwy 50).    No dogs.  Rain cancels.  Leader: Jim Cramer, (530) 756-3973 or     


Wednesday, October 14

Hike (2B) Bowman Mountain Loop

Starting from Loney Meadows, we’ll hike up on a newly marked trail through the forest around Bowman Mountain. From the northeast face of the mountain, we’ll look down on Bowman Lake, and traverse around to Upper and Lower Rock Lakes, and back down to our cars, hopefully catching the aspens in fall color. About 8 miles with a total 1,300 ft elevation gain. Bring lunch, water and essentials. No dogs. Heavy rain cancels. Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 in Auburn at 8:30 a.m. Co-leader: Chris Fox, or 916-918-9510, and  David Fudala, Leader in Training, or 209-327-3115.


Wednesday, October 21  (Canyon Keepers)   Note leader change, meeting place change

Hike (1A) Lake Clementine Trail

Walk along a mostly level trail paralleling North Fork of American River from the Confluence to Lake Clementine. An easy 4 miles up and back, with approx. 350 feet elevation gain. We'll look for fall color along the north fork. Meet at Raley's on Lincoln way at 8:30 a.m. (Just before Burger King.) Meet in parking lot near large sign in corner closest to stop sign at Lincoln Way and Foresthill Ave. Bring water and maybe a snack. Plan on about 3 hours. Leaders are Gaylene Tupen  (wildlife biologist), Berry Anderson ( botanist)  and John Krogsrud (botanist). Parking fees are charged at most locations, but we will carpool from Auburn so you may be able to travel with someone having a pass. Call Berry (530-878-7048) for more information.


Wednesday, October 28  Note Leader Change

Hike (1A) Monroe Ridge and Monument Trail  

We will hike a loop up to the Marshall Monument in Coloma and then back down to the American River and the 1848 gold discovery site.   Plan on spending some time enjoying lunch near the river.  You may want to explore the museum and shops on your own after the hike.  Bring $ or pass for state parking fee, as well as lunch, water, and essentials.  Meet at Burger King in Auburn at 9:30am or in front of Gold Discovery State Park Museum in Coloma at 10 am.  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  Leader:  Sue Barela 916-626-9997


Thursday, October 29

Hike (1A) Nevada City

We will look for fall color and Halloween decorations as we pass Victorian homes and visit a pioneer cemetery on a 3-mile walk mostly on sidewalks around the historic section of Nevada City. The area is hilly with a total elevation gain of about 500 feet.  After the hike we will have a no-host lunch at Lefty’s Grill.  Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water, a camera (optional), money for lunch and for the driver if you don’t drive.  Limited to 15.  No dogs, rain cancels.  Contact leaders Lin or Peter Lindert after October 10 for more information and to register for the walk: 530.758-6418 or

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