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April 2018

Tuesday, April 3
Hike (2B).  Feather Falls 

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 1200’ 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 4
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 Park at 10:30 a.m. State Park fee or pass required to park. No dogs. Rain cancels. Leader: Chris Fox or 916-918-9510.

Wednesday, April 11

This is a nice approximately 5-mile loop, with an elevation loss/gain of about 900 ft.  These heavily forested trails offer a different feel than other hikes in the canyons, and offer occasional brief views of the Middle Fork American River.  We’ll make a few creek crossings and pass a gold rush site along our route.  Have lunch, water, and essentials.  No dogs.  Rain cancels. Meet in Auburn at Burger King, on Lincoln Way at Foresthill Exit off I-80 at 9:30 am.  Leader:  Sheila Toner 530-886-0673.

Saturday, April 14 
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 and April 2017 to witness habitat recovery, and now we’ll repeat again to witness further recovery.  The hike will climb the Judge Davis trail to ridge top, 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 18
Hike (1A). Knickerbocker Creek / Olmstead Loop Area (Canyon Keeper’s Hike)

We'll make a 4 - 6 miles loop off in the Knickerbocker Creek/ Olmstead Loop Area in Cool.  Trail may be muddy if recent rain, there will be some creek crossings.  We’ll start off on Knickerbocker Creek Trail and then either a portion of Salt Creek Loop or cross over to Southern section depending on conditions. Exact loop will be chosen based on trail conditions.  This area always offers a nice hike through rolling oak woodland and meadows.  Meet at 9:30 am at Burger King on Lincoln Way in Auburn at Foresthill Exit off I-80, or at trailhead behind the fire station in Cool at 10 am.  Bring water, snack or lunch, essentials and parking pass or $ for state parking fee.   No dogs.  Rain cancels.  Leader: Sheila Toner 530-886-0673.

Thursday, April 26
Hike (1A) Barry Anderson Memorial Hike. Olmstead Loop area. (Canyon Keeper’s Hike)

(New information per leader Sheila)
As a tribute to Barry Anderson we will try to replicate one of this annual spring hikes. As usual on his hikes, John Krugsrud will be spotting & identifying flora and fauna and Galene Tuepen will be spotting wildlife (esp. birds).  Bring water, essentials, and $ or pass for state parking fee if needed.  Meet at 9:00 am at Raley's on Lincoln Way in Auburn near the sign in NW corner -  No dogs.  Heavy rain will cancel.  POC Sheila Toner, 530-886-0673.

 Barry Anderson

Barry Anderson was an extremely knowledgeable botanist.  He was always willing to point out interesting flora & fauna and answer all the "what is that" questions on hikes.  He was a regular participant on most of  Sheila's hikes.  He had just become certified as a Sierra Club hike leader before brain cancer made it impossible to do what he loved which was encouraging folks to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature.  He died recently after long battle with brain cancer.

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