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April 2016

Saturday, April 2

Hike (1A) Lagoon Valley and Peña Adobe


Walk a 5-mile loop around this spring-fed lake west of Vacaville. We will also visit the Peña Adobe and Goheen-Mowers museum. Mostly paved or surfaced trail, wear sturdy shoes, bring water, lunch, and hiking poles if you use them.  Meet at 10:00 a.m. in Davis at the South Davis Nugget Market parking lot, Mace Blvd. at Chiles Road. Exit I-80 at Mace, go south. Chiles is the first cross street. Leader Sue Barnette, (530) 753-5855, Rain or dense fog advisory cancels.


Wednesday, April 6

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 9 

Hike (2B) Feather Falls  (Yolano Group)     CANCELLED  


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 13

Hike (1A) American Canyon - Western States Trail (Canyon Keeper’s Hike)


We'll hike down American Canyon for about a mile to the Western States Trail (WST) and follow it as it wends its way across the hillside above the Middle Fork American River to the cut off to Maine Bar. Along the way, we will pass the memorial bench to Barbara Schoener, a runner who died near here in 1977. This out and back hike is approximately 5.5 miles. Bring lunch, water, and essentials. Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln way in Auburn at Foresthill Exit off I-80 at 9:30 am. No dogs. Rain cancels. Leader: Sheila Toner. 530-886-0673.


Tuesday, April 19

Hike (2B) High Bridge loop


This adventurous hike will take us up and around the ridges above Cache Creek, with gorgeous views of lush valleys and oak-grassland terrains.  Adventures will include a bold river crossing (twice) and a one-mile cross-country jaunt.  The hike is approximately 8 miles with 1200’ cumulative elevation gain.  Bring lunch, water, and essentials.  For the river crossing, hiking poles, river shoes, or good rock-hopping balance are recommended.  Meet at 9:00am 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, April 20

Hike (1A) South Yuba State Park at Historic Bridgeport


We'll take two of the trails at South Yuba River State Park at Historic Bridgeport, west of Grass Valley. These are both beautiful trails going along the river. We should get to see lots of wildflowers in bloom, so we'll go at an easy pace to enjoy them.  The Buttermilk Bend trail is an easy 2.4 miles RT. The Point Defiance Loop trail is 3.1 miles, easy with some moderate uphill. Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 near Auburn at 9:30 a.m. or at the parking lot north of the river at the Park at 10:30 a.m. No dogs. Heavy rain cancels. Leader, Chris Fox: or 916-918-9510.


Saturday, April 30

Hike (1A) Cache Creek Firescape (Yolano Group)


The Cache Creek/Lake County region was devastated by three major fires in summer 2015.  The Valley fire destroyed large parts of Cobb and Middletown, while the Rocky and Jerusalem fires swept through the ridges and hiking trails around Cache Creek.  This hike will explore one corner of the devastated hiking area.  We did this hike in the fall, giving us a vivid image of what fire can do to the landscape.  Now we will repeat the hike to witness habitat recovery.  The hike will climb the Judge Davis trail to ridgetop, follow ridges, and return on the Cache Creek Ridge trail.  The hike is approximately 5+ miles with 800’ cumulative elevation gain.  Bring lunch, water, and essentials. No dogs.  Rain cancels. Group size may be limited.  Contact leader for meeting information and reservation.  Leader: Jim Cramer, (530) 756-3973 or







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