Redwood Chapter
August/September 2014  
Sierra Club Outings
August, September and Later

meet up logo Non-Sierra Club Activities


Instructions to Hikers, Visitors, Leader Pace
Benson Hut Work Party
Outings Photo Gallery - Colliss Ranch
Outings Photo Gallery - Glen Eden

Photos: Benson Hut Snowshoe/Ski Trip
(March 2013)



LEADERS' MANUAL
Requirements for Group Outings Programs (pdf)

Benson Hut Work Party


August

On-Going Thursdays – Napa Group.
Weekly Hiking to keep (or get) in shape. Let’s hike in Westwood Hills before work. This hike will be on-going Thursdays 7-8 am. Trail choice and pace will vary depending on participants. Don’t let the hills scare you! Meet in the parking lot on Browns Valley Rd. Non Sierra Club members are very welcome! RSVP on-line: http://www.meetup.com/Redwood-Chapter-Sierra-Club-Outings-Group/events/169993482/ or contact Leader: Isabelle: napabelle@gmail.com. Heavy rain cancels.

Thurs. Aug. 7 – Sonoma Group. Evening Exercise Walk in Annadel.
An exercise walk up to Lake Ilsanjo and back on Spring Creek and Canyon trails. Bring liquids, good walking shoes, snacks if you want. About 3.5 miles. Class M-3.5-B. Meet at the Vietnam Vets trailhead at the corner of Carissa and Annadel Heights at 5:45pm. Leader: Carl Inglin 538-8271 or chinglin@sonic.net.

Fri.-Sun. Aug. 8-10 - Perseid Meteor Shower at Black Rock Desert.
Meet in Reno Friday evening and drive the 100 miles north to Black Rock. Contact leader if you want to meet us on the Playa. Burning Man setup will be going on so the playa will be pretty busy. There will be 50+/- people camping at Mid-Playa to watch the meteor shower. Unfortunately, it’s close to full moon, but we’ll be visiting hot springs and having a potluck, possible dutch oven cook-off. Dogs on leash, Ham radio activity, we’ll have portapotties but no other facilities. RV’s & Trailers OK, no hookups + expect dust! Sign-ups 7/25 thru 8/5. David: 775-843-6443. Great Basin Group/ CNRCC Desert Comm.

Fri.-Sun. Aug. 15-17 – Napa Group & Sequoia Paddlers. Loon Lake Boat in/Camp out.
Loon Lake is a granite bound lake on the edge of the Desolation Wilderness. We’ll canoe/kayak to the primitive camps on the east end of the lake. Opportunities for day hiking, photography, drawing, and just kicking back. Info. http://www.meetup.com/Redwood-Chapter-Sierra-Club-Outings-Group/events/181369002/. Leaders: Isabelle Saint-Guily izstguily@gmail.com and Carl Inglin chinglin@sonic.net, 707-538-8271.

Thurs. Aug. 21 – Sonoma Group. Evening Exercise Walk in Annadel.
An exercise walk around the west end of Annadel, using Cobblestone and Orchard trails. Bring liquids, good walking shoes, snacks if you want. About 3.3 miles. Class M-3.3-B. Meet at the Cobblestone Trailhead on Channel Drive at 5:45pm. Leader: Carl Inglin 538-8271 or chinglin@sonic.net.


September

Sat.-Sun. Sept 6-7 - 2nd Benson Hut Work Party.
Benson Hut work party involves hiking 3 miles to the Benson Hut Saturday morning, hut maintenance Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, then hiking back Sunday afternoon. Maintenance involves stocking the hut with wood, repairs, staining and cleanup. Good exercise, wonderful setting and great fun. Friday night stay at Clair Tappaan Lodge included with work party (Dinner Friday night and breakfast Saturday am). Contact leader Jim Gannon (707)-525-1052 jgannon99@sbcglobal.net for signup or questions.

Sun. Sept. 7 – Sonoma Group. Tomales Bay State Park Hike.
We’ll do the scenic tour of Tomales Bay State park, past sandy coves on the shore of Tomales Bay and through old Bishop pine forests to the top of the ridge, using Johnstone and Jepson Trails, with a lunch stop at Pebble Beach. Bring lunch, liquids, good hiking shoes. Dress in layers for coastal weather. Class M-8-A. Carpools: Meet 9:30 am in front of the Coddingtown Library. Contact the leader if you want to be met at the Petaluma Park-n-Ride on Lakeville. Leader: Carl Inglin 538-8271 or chinglin@sonic.net.

Sat Sept. 20 - Lake Group. Robert Louis Stevenson State Park Table Rock Hike.
Enjoy gorgeous rolling hills, wooded forests, interesting volcanic rock formations and stunning views of Napa Valley! Bring lunch, snack, water, hat and sturdy shoes. Class M-4-A Meet: 9 am in RLS State Park Parking lot on Hwy 29, 6.1 miles south of Twin Pine Casino in Middletown. By reservation only. Leader Julie Kreis 707-987-9040 or tikaljak@yahoo.com.

Sun. Sept. 21 - North Group Prairie Creek State Park Hike: Zig-Zag#2 to Ossagon.
From lush riparian creek side, climb to high, open forest on West Ridge, eventually within sound and glimpses of ocean far below. Descend steeply to Coastal Trail south of Ossagon Rocks. Optional pause here to explore before return by Ossagon Trail to Parkway mile 132.74, where we may shuttle some vehicles before our start. Bring lunch, liquids, layers. No dogs. M-6-B. Carpools 8:30 am SW corner Arcata Community Sports Center (101/Samoa exit) 9:30 am Newton B Drury Parkway mile 130.54 leader Melinda 668-4275 Rain cancels.


Later

Sat.-Sun. Oct. 18-19 - 3rd Saturday-Sunday Benson Hut Work Party.
Benson Hut work party involves hiking 3 miles to the Benson Hut Saturday morning, hut maintenance Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, and then hiking back Sunday afternoon. Maintenance involves stocking the hut with wood, repairs, staining and cleanup. Good exercise, wonderful setting and great fun. Friday night stay at Clair Tappaan Lodge included with work party (Dinner Friday night and breakfast Saturday am). Contact leader Jim Gannon (707)-525-1052 jgannon99@sbcglobal.net for signup or questions.


Non-Sierra Club Activities

The following activities are not sponsored nor administered by the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club has no information about the planning of these activities and makes no representations or warranties about the quality, safety, supervision or management of such activities. They are published because they may be of interest to the readers of this publication.

Saturday Saunters for Santa Rosa Area.
Every Saturday. Meets 9am and usually ends around 11:30. These walks are moderate. Fun way to exercise with friends. For info call Bob Martin 707-539-6300.

Sonoma County Regional Parks Trail Work Days.
On the day of the project you can call 707-548-4424 for an update or if you get lost coming to the park. Your support and dedication to our County's trails really makes a big difference. To RSVP for any of these projects please contact John at 707-565-3356 or ParksVolunteer@sonoma-county.org.

Volunteer Days Riverkeeper Stewardship Park in Guerneville.
Every Wednesday 9:30-11:30am, for all or part of the time. Park is located on the north bank of Russian River directly upstream Guerneville pedestrian bridge. Access entrance from the driveway in front of Sonoma Nesting Co (16132 Main Street), just east of Armstrong Woods Rd. At bottom of driveway look for blue & white “Russian Riverkeeper Stewardship Park” sign. Bring drinking water & wear sturdy footwear. Light refreshments provided. Info Victoria Wikle 865-2474 or VictoriaWikle@usa.net.

Sat. Sept. 27 – Annual Russian River Watershed Cleanup.
Join volunteers on foot and in canoes in cleaning up our local river. For more information go to www.russianrivercleanup.org.


Instructions to Hikers, Visitors, Leader Pace

INSTRUCTIONS TO HIKERS

Outings will start not later than 15 minutes after scheduled meeting time. The leader is in charge of the trip and is responsible for your welfare and the good name of the Club. He/she must have your cooperation to make the trip safe, pleasant and rewarding. Never charge ahead of the leader and keep within sight or shouting distance of the person ahead of you so you do not miss an intersecting trail. Do not lag behind rear leader: if you need help, the rear leader will remain to assist you. Do not leave the group without the leader's permission.

Be adequately equipped and prepared. You should carry lunch, cup and liquids. Be sure your shoes are adequate, well broken in and preferably low-heeled shoes with high tops.

Guard against fire. Do not smoke on trails in fire season. Build fires only with the leader's permission, and extinguish them completely. Guns, pets, or radios are not to be brought on hikes.

The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Participants assume the risks associated with travel. Redwood Chapter suggests that a 20-cents per car per mile compensation be paid to the driver you ride with. Carpools are not part of the outing but a means ofconserving natural resources.

All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you chose to participate on an outing, please go to: http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/, or contact the Outings Department at (415) 977-5528 for a printed version.

VISITORS ARE WELCOME

All Sierra Club trips are open to the public unless otherwise announced. You are free to bring all members of your family and guests. Children are usually welcome, but if you doubt that they are old enough to manage the trip, call the leader. (Please refer to the chart below to determine the degree of difficulty.)

DIFFICULTY MILEAGE ELEVATION GAIN
E - Easy Actual Mileage A - Less than 1,000
M - Moderate B - 1,000 to 2,000
H - Hard C - 2,000 to 3,000
S - Strenuous D - over 3,000
V - Very Strenuous D - over 3,000

The actual mileage will be listed for each trip. Elevation gain will reflect the gain from the start of the hike to the highest point. If you need to know the cumulative gain, please contact the leader.


PACE
How fast or slow does a leader go? Check your hike leader's pace.


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