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April 2017

Tuesday, April 4    This hike substituted by Leader 

Day Hike (2A).  Zim Zim Falls, Berryessa Snow Mountain NM (Seniors Section)


Explore a corner of Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument by hiking to beautiful  Zim Zim waterfall. The hike is a moderate 7 mile out and back amble up pretty Zim Zim canyon to the 100ft+ cascade. Be prepared to get your feet wet with 8 creek crossings on the way to the falls. Bring water and lunch. Rain cancels.  Contact the leader after Jan. 20 for info on meeting time and place. Leader trainee: Samantha Briley; Leader: Jim Cramer (530) 756-3973 or



Wednesday, April 5

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: Chris Fox, or 916-918-9510.


Wednesday, April 12

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. The wildflowers should be 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 State Park at 10:30 a.m. State Park fee or pass required to park. No dogs. Heavy rain cancels. Leader: Chris Fox or 916-918-9510.



Saturday, April 15

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 fall 2015, giving us a vivid image of what fire can do to the landscape.  We repeated the hike in April 2016 to witness habitat recovery, and now we’ll repeat again to witness further 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


Wednesday, April 19

Hike (1A). Robbie Point Firebreaks Trail (ASRA Canyon Keeper’s Hike)

We’ll hike south about 2-2.5 miles and then back (for about 4- 5 miles round trip) on this wide fairly gentle trail off Hwy 49 with views of the American River.   Bring water, $ or pass for parking and essentials.  Meet at 9:30 am at Burger King on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit in Auburn off I-80 or at 9:45 am at trailhead off Hwy 49.  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  Leader:  Sheila Toner, 530-886-0673.


Wednesday, April 26

Hike (1A). Olmstead Loop Hike  Hike going, weather permitting. Some mud, bring a change of footwear, be prepared for poison oak. 

We'll make a 4 - 6 mile loop, probably on the south side of the Olmstead Loop area.  Final trail selection will be chosen based on trail conditions.  Trail may be muddy in spots if recent rains.   This is a nice area for a hike through oak woodland and meadows.  Bring lunch, water, essentials, and $ for state parking fee.  Meet at 9:30 am at Burger King on Lincoln Way in Auburn at Foresthill Exit off I-80.  Call for location if meeting in Cool. No dogs. Rain cancels. Leader: Sheila Toner 530-886-0673.




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