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December 2016

Tuesday, December 6

Hike (2B).  Murderers Bar, Auburn SRA

This loop begins with a pleasant stroll along the Middle Fork 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 9:00 am 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


Wednesday, December 14

Hike (1B). Hidden Falls Regional Park 


This 5 to 6 mile hike will cross both Coon and Deadman Creeks, taking us along the Otter loop trail in the newer part of the park, and back to the falls for lunch before heading back uphill to our cars. Bring lunch, water and essentials. No dogs. Heavy rain cancels. Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 near Auburn at 9:30 a.m. or at Hidden Falls Park at 10:00 a.m. Leader: Chris Fox or 916-918-9510.


Saturday, December 17

Hike (2B).  Mitchell Canyon, Mt. Diablo (Yolano Group)


On the north side of Mt. Diablo outside Clayton we will climb up Mitchell Canyon to Deer Flat and return by Meridian Ridge Road and Back Creek Canyon. Experience breathtaking views.  The hike is approximately 8 miles with an elevation gain of about 1500’.  Truly breathtaking.  Bring lunch, water, and essentials, and be prepared for possible mud.  Meet at 8:30 am at the Davis Park and Ride behind Ikeda’s Fruit Stand off I-80 at Mace Blvd. in Davis.  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  Leader: Jim Cramer, 530-756-3973 or


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