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March 2015

Wednesday, March 4

Hike (1A) - Quarry Trail to Murders Bar

Join us for a pleasant hike along the Middle Fork of the American River near Auburn.  The hike is about 4.5 miles with a short climb up into the abandoned quarry (amphitheater) on the way back.  We'll hike at a slow pace along this fairly level, wide trail while enjoying the views and learning the history of the trail and area.

 Bring lunch, water, essentials, and $ or pass for state parking fee. 

 Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln way in Auburn at Foresthill Exit off I-80 at 9:30 am or Quarry parking lot at 9:45 am.  No dogs.   Rain cancels. 

 Leader: Sheila Toner.  530-886-0673.


Tuesday, March 10

Hike (2B).  Las Trampas Regional Park, Danville

From south of Danville we’ll hike up into the Las Trampas range to obtain spectacular vistas of San Ramon Valley and Mt. Diablo.  The hike passes through a variety of habitats from riparian to open oak-grassland.  This hike is about 7 miles with 1800’ cumulative elevation gain.  Some of the ascents and descents are quite steep. 

Bring lunch, water, and essentials. 

Meet at 8:30am at the Davis Park and Ride behind Ikedas Fruit Stand off I-80 at Mace Blvd. in Davis.  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  

Leader: Jim Cramer, 530-756-3973 or


Wednesday, March 11

Hike (1A) Rattlesnake Bar to Horseshoe Bar Loop 

A pleasant walk following the Pioneer Express trail along Folsom Lake. Parts of the historic North Fork canal can be seen as the trail wanders in and out of the Oak and Pine forests. Trail is about half in the shade and half in the sun. Approximately five miles with some easy ups and downs. Lunch on the beach at Horseshoe bar followed by a leisurely hike back to the cars.

 Bring money for state Park Parking ($12 at this location), lunch, plenty of water, and hiking essentials. Rain cancels and sorry, no dogs.

 Meet at the Burger King on Lincoln Way in Auburn. Forest Hill exit off I-80 at 9:30. Or 10:00 at Rattlesnake bar, lower parking lot near restrooms.

 Leader: Sue Barela 916 626 9997 or


Tuesday, March 17

Hike (2B).  Cache Creek Ridge 

Explore the ridges and valleys of the Cache Creek area of the proposed Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area.  This hike will take us along picturesque ridges above Cache Creek, then down to the former Payne Ranch and historic Road Kill Café.  Often the wildflowers are stunning. The hike is approximately 7 miles with 1100’ cumulative elevation gain. 

Bring lunch, water, and essentials. 

Meet at 9:15am at the Guinda post office on Hwy 16 in Capay Valley west of Woodland.  No dogs.  Rain cancels. 

Leader: Jim Cramer, 530-756-3973 or


Wednesday, March 25

Canyon Keepers Hike  (1A) Tinker’s Cut Off, Manzanita and Stagecoach Loop)

We’ll make a 4-5 mile loop using the narrow, steep but short Tinker’s Cut Off to Stagecoach and then Manzanita as our uphill route.  This is a moderate but steady uphill with some narrow, rutted sections.  We will enjoy the views of the American River on the wide, moderate grade of the historic Stagecoach Trail, dating from the 1850’s, on the way down. 

 Bring snack, water, $ or pass for state parking fee and essentials.  No dogs.  Rain cancels. 

Meet at 9:30 A.M. in Auburn at Confluence Area by the shade shelter, just before OLD (low) Foresthill Bridge.  Rain cancels. 

Leader: Sheila Toner 530-886-0673


Tuesday, March 31

 Hike (1A).  Frog Pond, Cache Creek region

This is a pleasant hike in the Cache Creek region that features widely varying ecosystems, ranging from riparian to chaparral to oak-grasslands.  We’ll enjoy lunch beside an old ranch pond that often resounds with the croaks of large frogs.  The hike is a 5+ mile loop with about 600’ elevation gain. 

Bring lunch, water, and essentials.  

Meet at 9:15am at the Guinda post office on Hwy 16.  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  

Leader: Jim Cramer, 530-756-3973 or






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