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April 2015

Wednesday, April 1

Hike, (1A) Bear River Loop Trail

This is a leisurely 4-mile hike winding up in the hills from the Bear River Day Use Area in Colfax. The trail can be a little muddy after recent rain, and has a few steep sections, but is mostly level. Parts of our route follow the Bear River Canal as well as the Bear River.

 Bring lunch, water and essentials. No dogs. Rain cancels.

 Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 in Auburn at 9:30 a.m.

 Leader: Chris Fox or 916-918-9510.


Tuesday, April 7

Day Hike (2B) Feather Falls 

Enjoy picturesque Feather Falls and luscious wildflowers en route.  This is a long drive but well worth the time.  We’ll do a 9 mile loop with about 1100’ elevation gain.

Bring lunch, water, hat and essentials.

 Meet at the Marysville McDonalds, corner of Hwy 70 and 4th Street, at 9:00 am.  No dogs.  Rain cancels. 

Leader: Jim Cramer, 530-756-3973 or


Wednesday, April 8

Hike (1A) Cronan Ranch 

We’ll hike a pretty loop from Hwy 49 to the South Fork American River and back.  Nice varied views of the South Fork.   Plan on a long lunch break by the river. 

 Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 near Auburn at 9:30 am or at Cronan parking area off Pedro Hill Rd at 10 am. 

 Bring lunch, water and essentials.  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  

Leader: Sheila Toner. 530-886-0673.


Saturday, April 11

Hike (1A) Lynch Canyon Open Space

Walk the hills and valleys in the area where Solano and Napa Counties meet. This is rangeland, where cattle graze and mature trees dot the landscape. Expect some cattle on or close to the trail, and some rough, possibly mucky footing. This is a loop trail, about 5.5 miles total, with some steep uphill sections. Our pace will be moderate.  

Bring lunch, water, poles if you use them, $ for parking fee. Dress in layers,  boots or heavy shoes advised, have a change of footwear to put on after the hike. $5 per car parking fee. Rain cancels. Dogs not allowed in this Park

 Meet at the South Davis Nugget Market parking lot, Mace Blvd. at Chiles Road in Davis at 9:00 a.m.

 Leader: Sue Barnette 530-753-5855 or


Wednesday, April 15

Canyon Keepers Hike (1A) Fuel Break, Culvert, and Confluence Trails

We’ll take a pretty hike among oak meadows, with frequent river views.  We’ll hike a little over 4 miles from the Foresthill Divide to the Confluence Area on the three trails listed above.  Nice views of Middle Fork and maybe some wildflowers.  After initial uphill, hike is mostly downhill on narrow, rocky trails.  

Bring lunch, water, and essentials.  No dogs. Rain cancels.  

Meet at 9:30 am in Auburn by shade shelter at Confluence Area, (state parking fee required) just before OLD (low) Foresthill Bridge.  We will shuttle from there to starting point.  

Leader: Sheila Toner 530-886-0673.


Monday, April 20

Hike (1A) Monroe Ridge, Coloma State Park

A hike from the headquarters area of Coloma State park up Monroe Ridge and back down to the parking lot. As we climb up the ridge we will pass by the

Marshall Monument and great views of the South Fork of the American River and the surrounding oak forest. Hopefully spring wildflowers will be in full bloom. Hike is approximately five miles with an elevation gain/loss of 700 ft. on easy switchbacks. Lunch at the top before descending back to the historical area for a visit on your own. 

Bring money for state park parking fee, lunch, plenty of water and hiking essentials. Rain cancels and sorry no dogs. 

Meet at Burger King on Lincoln way in Auburn, off the Forrest Hill exit on I-80. 9:30 am in Auburn or 10:00 am in front of Museum at State Park. 

Leader: Sue Barela  916-626-9997 or


Wednesday, April 22

Hike (1A) Independence Trail

The Independence Trail, just north of Nevada City, is a good trail for views and wildflowers. This will be an easy 4.5-mile walk with a moderate uphill section on the way back. Be prepared for lots of stops for flower and potential newt viewing. The first part of our hike will follow the path of the Excelsior Canal, which was built during the Gold Rush, and is very level. After passing Rush Creek waterfall, we will take a dirt road down to the river at Jones Bar and have lunch there before working our way back up to the trailhead. 

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 9:30 a.m.

 Leader: Chris Fox or 916-918-9510.



Friday, April 24

Hike (2B) Murderer’s Bar, Auburn SRA 

This loop begins with a pleasant stroll along the Middle Fork of the American River then climbs up past the quarry to join the Olmstead Loop trail and Pointed Rocks, only to drop rapidly back down Training Hill and Western States Trail to the cars.  The hike is approximately 7 miles with 1100’ cumulative elevation gain.  

Bring lunch, water, good boots, and essentials.  

Meet at 9:00am at the Burger King on Lincoln Way in Auburn at the Foresthill exit off I-80.  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  

Leader: Jim Cramer, 530-756-3973 or



Thursday, April 30

Day hike (1A) and Gorman Art Museum, UC Davis          

Buy lunch at the Davis Co-op or bring a bag lunch there, late morning.  From there, we will walk through downtown Davis and the Arboretum to the Gorman Museum in Hart Hall to see the wonderful Inuit art exhibit.  If time permits, we may stop at another gallery.  Rain does not cancel, so dress accordingly.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.  Most of the path for the 3.5-mile walk is paved.  

Limited to 15 people. No dogs. 

Contact Lin or Peter Lindert after April 12th to reserve a place: or 530.758.6418.  





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