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January 2016

Wednesday, January 6 - Cancelled

Day Hike (1B) Hidden Falls Regional Park


This 5 to 6 mile hike will circle the original part of the park, visiting Seven Pools, 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 9:50 a.m. Leader: Chris Fox or 916-918-9510.


Wednesday, January 13 - Cancelled

Day Hike (1A) Quarry Trail to Murder’s Bar   Canyon Keepers Hike


Join us for a pleasant hike along the Middle Fork of the American River below Auburn.  The hike is about 6 miles with a short climb up into the abandoned quarry on the way back.  Bring lunch, water, essentials, and $ for state parking fee.  Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 at 9:30 a.m. or Quarry parking lot at 9:45 a.m.   No dogs.   Rain cancels.  Leader: Sheila Toner.  530-886-0673. 


Wednesday, January 20

Snowshoe Hike (1A)


We’ll snowshoe either at China Wall, past Foresthill, or somewhere along the I-80 corridor, depending on snow conditions.  Bring $ for Snow park pass, if required, at site chosen.  Bring essentials, snowshoes, poles, lunch, water, and dress in layers.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Burger King on Lincoln Way in Auburn at Foresthill Exit off I-80.  No dogs.  Winter Storm warnings or chain controls cancels.  Leader: Sheila Toner 530-886-0673.  If no or insufficient snow – a hike will be substituted.


Saturday, January 23

Tour, Gibson House Museum, Woodland


William Byas Gibson failed as a gold miner, but struck it rich in agriculture. In 1857 he married Mary Cook and they settled into a small home on 350 acres of land southeast of Woodland.  Their farm grew and prospered as the valley was settled. Today the Gibson House Museum showcases the agricultural lifestyle of the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. The docent-led house tour ($5 per person) covers the 11-room, two story, Gibson House. A self-guided tour features outbuildings, including a dairy, root cellar, laundry and barns.  No cameras, a special permit is required for photography. Bring $5 for house tour, have sturdy shoes for walking on gravel and barn floors, and $$ for optional lunch at Maria’s Cantina after museum visit. Maria’s is a Mexican Restaurant, 2 street tacos $7.00, lunch $10-$15.  Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Gibson House parking lot, 512 Gibson Road, Woodland. Entrance is the driveway on the west side of the property; parking is at the east side of the home. Note – this gracious Neo-classical mansion and its 2½ acres of tree-shaded grounds are a popular venue for weddings, receptions and other events. If a private party reserves it on this date the outing will be rescheduled. Leader: Sue Barnette, 530-753-5855,  We tour rain or shine.  


Tuesday, January 26 - Cancelled

Day Hike (2B). Mitchell Canyon, Mt. Diablo


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 a.m. 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


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