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June 2017

Saturday, June 3

Hike (1A); Calaveras Big Trees, south grove (Yolano Group)

Wander through magnificent groves of giant sequoia and, with luck, dogwood in bloom.  What this hike lacks in exertion it more than makes up for in beauty.   The hike is about 5 miles with about 600’ elevation gain.  Bring lunch, water, and essentials.  Contact leader for meeting time and place.  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  Leader: Jim Cramer, (530) 756-3973 or


Wednesday, June 7

Hike (1A); Western States Trail/ Railroad Bed Section  (Canyon Keepers Hike)

 Hike a short portion (approx. 4 miles r/t) of the Western Stakes Trail that goes over the Mt. Quarry Bridge or “No Hands Bridge” and along portions of the Mt. Quarry RR route to Auburn.  We will cross a stream below a year round waterfall en-route.  Nice views of the river.  We will stop for lunch on the way back at the rocky beach just below the Quarry Bridge, and enjoy the river.  Bring lunch, water, and essentials.  Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 near Auburn at 9:00 am or Trailhead off Hwy. 49 at 9:15.  No dogs. Rain cancels.  Leader: Sheila Toner 530-886-0673.


Wednesday, June 14

Hike (1A); Sugar Pine Reservoir


 Enjoy a pleasant stroll of approx. 4 – 5 miles around Sugar Pine Reservoir.  Part of the trail is paved.  One unpaved section of the trail around the lake, slide into the reservoir during the heavy rains this winter.  If that section is not yet repaired, we will retrace our route around the eastern section of the lake.   Hike offers many nice views of the lake from various angles. Plan on spending an hour at the lake in mid hike.  Have lunch, water, and $$ for Forest Service parking fee or National Parks Pass /Golden age/Senior pass.  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  Meet in Auburn at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 at 9:00 am.  Leader: Sheila Toner, 530-886-0673.


Wednesday, June 21

Hike (1A); Sagehen Creek

This is a pleasant, easy hike north of Truckee. We’ll walk along Sagehen Creek, going from Highway 89 to Stampede Reservoir, about 5 miles round-trip. This time of year, we should see plenty of wildflowers. Bring lunch, water and rain gear in case of showers. Meet at Burger King, on Lincoln way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 near Auburn at 9:00 a.m. Leader: Chris Fox


Tuesday, June 27

Hike (2A), Loon Lake in Crystal Basin

Loon Lake is quite beautiful in midweek, when OHVers and campers have gone.  We will hike around the lake to the Pleasant Boat-In Campground for lunch and swimming, then return.  The hike is approximately 8 miles with relatively little elevation gain or loss but many mild contour adjustments.  Meet at 9:00 am at the McDonalds on Broadway in Placerville (Broadway exit off Hwy 50 past signals).  No dogs.  Rain cancels.  Leader: Jim Cramer, (530) 756-3973 or


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