Redwood Chapter
April/May 2014  
Sierra Club Outings
April, May and Later

Non-Sierra Club Activities

Instructions to Hikers, Visitors, Leader Pace
Benson Hut Work Party
Outings Photo Gallery

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

Requirements for Group Outings Programs (pdf)

Benson Hut Work Party


Fri.-Sun. Mar. 28-30 - Mojave National Preserve.
Meet at Sunrise Campground at 11am on Friday, 4 mile rt hike to Teutonia Peak that af ternoon. Potluck that evening. Saturday enjoy a 6 mile hike around Barber Peak from Hole-in-theWall. Hike to Kelso Dunes on Sunday. For those wanting to stay over on Sunday, we can camp at Granite Pass. Camping is primitive so bring plenty of water. More information will be available at time of sign-up. Contact: Carol Wiley at or 760-245-8734. CNRCC Desert Com.

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: or contact Leader: Isabelle: Heavy rain cancels.

Sun. April 6 - Mendo Group. Valley View Trail Cow Mt. Hike.
We will see the full glory of spring as we hike up Valley View Trail to the top with fabulous views of the Ukiah Valley. We will have lunch at the top and then take a mile hike through a fern lush canyon to a waterfall before our descent. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, lunch. Class: M-7-B. Carpools: Meet 9:00 am CVR Pharmacy in the Orchard Shopping center off Perkins St in Ukiah or 9:30 Mill Creek Park parking area. By reservation only. Leader Yvonne Kramer 463-0342 Heavy rain cancels. Santa Rosa carpools call Carol 546-6308

Sat.-Sun. Apr. 12-13 - Hot Springs & Cold Nights in Black Rock Desert.
We’ll be visiting a Trego Hot Spring in the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles north of Reno. Exact itinerary will depend on Playa conditions (it’s drivable as of January but that can change). We may end up staying at the one spring with good all-weather access Leader is very familiar with the area. Easy. Primitive camping, sorry, no RV’s or trailers but see outing on 5/24-26. Dogs on leash OK. Bad weather cancels. Signup 3/29-4/8, David 775-843-6443. Great Basin Group/CNRCC Desert Comm.

Sun. April 13 - Lake Group. Turk’s Head Mt. St. Helena Hike.
Moderate hike on Mt St Helena to the ridge that separates the Napa and Russian River watersheds and a beautiful rock formation called the Turk’s Head. Great views of Alexander Valley. Stop at the site of the town of Silverado. Bring lunch and water Class M-4-A Meet: 9:30am Perry’s Deli in Middletown or west parking lot of RLS State Park 10:00 am. By Reservation only. Leader Pete McGee at 942-1373 or Rain cancels.

Sun. April 13 - North Group. Former Coastal Drive Hike, Redwood National Park.
Walk along old roadway closed to vehicles since 2011, hugging bluffs above rugged coast. Maintained surface resumes after 3 miles, near High Bluffs Overlook, our lunch destination. Optional extension N to WW II radar station. Return same route. Dress for coastal exposure; pack lunch, liquids. No dogs. Class M-6-A. For details, directions, call leader Melinda 707-668-4275.

Sat. Apr. 19 - Lake Group. Cache Creek Wilderness Hike.
In honor of the 1964 Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary, we will hike into the Cache Creek Wilderness and into Cache Creek Canyon itself. The only other way to see this section of the creek is by kayak. It is truly wilderness, habitat for bald eagles and other seldom-seen wildlife. We hike through the BLM Bear Creek Unit and pass the Roadkill Cafe on our way in and back out. This is a long hike with about 1500 feet elevation gain. Bring water, lunch and hiking boots. Class: H-10-B. Meet: 8:30am Lower Lake Coffee Co. in Lower Lake. Leader Tom McFarling 707-994-5490 Rain cancels.

Sat. Apr. 19 - Sonoma Group. Napa/Bothe Coyote Peak Loop Hike.
Enjoy hiking among redwoods along Ritchey Creek, then climb out of the canyon for beautiful open views. Descend back into ferns and a variety of plant communities, stopping for lunch at a serene secluded spot along the creek. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Class M-4-A. Carpools: meet 9am Sonoma County Fairgrounds Park & Ride south-west corner, (Leaderless) carpools leave shortly after or meet trailhead 10am. Ritchey Canyon/Redwood trailhead Napa Bothe State Park 3801 St Helena Hwy N Calistoga. $8 fee per car at park entrance. Leader Tiffany MacNeil (707) 696-3387

Sat. April 19 - Mendo Group. Glen Eden Trail Hike.
This 8 mile round-trip, non-loop, 1600’ elev. gain hike begins in Scotts Valley (Lake County) and ascends initially through private lands to the Cow Mountain Recreation Area and to our destination at Goat Rock Campground. The views of Clear Lake, Mt Konocti, and the wilderness of Cow Mtn are wonderful, including the area near Goat Rock which is rapidly regenerating after a fire. Wildflowers should be in bloom. This is a strenuous hike. Class: S-8-B. Bring at least 1 liter of water, ankle high boots, layered clothing, raingear, lunch and snacks. Carpools: Meet: 9am Ukiah Raley’s lot opposite Reilly Auto Parts or 10am trailhead. From Ukiah, take Hwy 20 east to just past Blue Lakes and turn right on Scotts Valley Road. Proceed about 3 miles to the trailhead parking on left. By reservation only. Leader Jonah, 467-1877. Rain cancels.

Sat.-Sun. Apr. 19-20 - Carrizo Service And Flowers.
This outing combines a day of service in the Carrizo Plain National Monument with a day of sightseeing and/or hiking. If there are winter rains, wildflowers can be spectacular. Weather will be cool in evenings and comfortable in the day. The service will be in removing or modifying fences to give pronghorn greater mobility on the Plain, and the recreation will be determined by the wishes of the group. This is an opportunity to combine carcamping, exploring, and service in a relatively unknown wilderness. Contact leader: Craig Deutsche,, 310-477-6670. CNRCC Desert Com.

Sat. April 26 - Napa Group. Annadel State Park Day Hike.
Co-led with Mother Lode Chapter. After a drive through scenic Sonoma Valley, we’ll go end-to-end through this shady park near Santa Rosa, featuring lush meadows and marshes, wildlife and wildflowers. 8-1/2 mi., 1100 ft gain on gently-graded trails. The pace will be just a bit on the slow side of Moderate, and there will be lunch at a favorite hilltop with a great view. Bring lunch and liquids. Class: M-9-B. RSVP online, at or contact leader Martin Farber 707-253-9606 Rain cancels. No dogs (park rule).

Sat. April 27 - Lake Group. Perkins Creek Ridge Wildflower Hike.
This hike starts near the Lake County landfill and then mostly follows the ridge above the main stem of Cache Creek down to Baton Flat. Neutered/spayed dogs permitted. On a previous hike we identified 27 different wild flowers along the trail. Bring lunch, water, binoculars and your favorite wildflower guide. Class M-7-A. Meet: 9:00am Red Bud trail head, 8 miles east of Clear Lake Oaks on Highway 20, just before the bridge over the North Fork of Cache Creek and car shuttle to the trail head. By reservation only. Leader Steve Devoto


Sat. May 3 - Lake Group. Pope to Putah Trail Hike.
Hike a new trail still in the making. The P2P trail connects the two upper arms of Lake Berryessa. Tuleyome (see is pioneering a new connector trail between these two arms. We’ll hike as far as the trail goes, overlook the secluded Putah Creek arm, then hike back, getting wonderful views of Pope Valley and Pope Canyon. Bring water, lunch and hiking boots. Class: M-7-A. Carpool: 8:30am Store 24, north end of Middletown across Hwy 29 from high school. Leader Tom McFarling, (707) 994-5490. Rain cancels.

Sat. May 3 – Napa Group. Jack London State Park Day Hike.
Co-led with Mother Lode Chapter. After a drive through scenic Sonoma Valley, we’ll go end-to-end through this delightful park near Santa Rosa, featuring historic sites, shady trails, spring wildflowers, peaceful lakes, and panoramic views. 8 mi., 1500 ft gain on well-maintained trails. Bring lunch and liquids. Class: M-9-B. RSVP online or contact leader Martin Farber 707-253-9606 Rain cancels. No dogs (park rule).

Sun. May 4 – Napa Group. Nature & Art.
We will combine a visit to the DeYoung to see Georgia O’Keefe exhibit “Modern Nature” and a 3 miles (with optional staircases) hike in San Francisco. Tickets to the museum are: $22 adults, $22 seniors, FAMSF members free, 10% discount as a group. The purchase of tickets and time of visit need to be arranged in advance, so do not wait to RSVP. Carpool will be encouraged. Contact Leader Isabelle

Sun. May 4 - Sonoma Group. Half-A-Canoe Loop Lake Sonoma Hike.
This classic Lake Sonoma hike starts high on a ridge, drops to lake level and climbs back up to the start, giving views of the lake, surrounding hills, and a sampling of the mixed oak woodlands and grassy slopes. It may be hot, so two liters of water is recommended, along with lunch, good hiking boots, sunscreen and hat. Dress in layers for the weather. Ticks may still be present. This is a moderately strenuous hike with approx. 1100 ft total elevation gain. Class M-5-B. Carpools: Meet 9am in front of Coddingtown Library Santa Rosa or meet 10:15am No Name Flat trailhead on Rockpile Rd. Leader Carl Inglin 707-538-8271 or Rain cancels.

Fri. May 9 - North Group. Lyons Ranch Loop Hike, Redwood National Park.
From Lyons Ranch Trailhead, hiking route meanders past historic sheep shed-with-a-view on through a wooded gulch to meet main trail 0.5-mile from Lyons family “Home Place”. Pause there for lunch and to explore restored barn and bunkhouses, remnant orchard, before return by main trail. Bring layered clothing, sturdy shoes, lunch and ample liquids. No dogs. Class M-5-A. Meet: 10am Kuchel Visitor Center (Hwy 101, 1.5 mi S of Orick). Leader Melinda 707-668-4275,

Sat. May 10 - Sonoma Group. Hood Mountain/Sugarloaf Ridge Grandmother Tree Hike.
Hike down through an old homestead to the headwaters of Santa Rosa Creek, then up again to the Grandmother Tree in the McCormick Addition of Sugarloaf. Shallow creek crossing may require shoe removal (depending on rains), but is over a paved part of the trail. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Class M-5-B. Carpools: Meet 9:15am NE Santa Rosa (call for location) or meet trailhead 10am Hood Mountain Los Alamos Rd. entrance. $7 per car parking fee. Leader Tiffany MacNeil 707-696-3387 or

Sat.-Mon, May 24-26 - Black Rock Rendezvous.
This Memorial Day Weekend event is a great time for a first trip to the Black Rock Desert, about 100 miles north of Reno. There will be a variety of tours, activities and speakers. Leader is very familiar with the area. Camping location TBD. RV’s & trailers OK, no facilities except in Gerlach. Dogs on leash OK. Bring your HAM Radio, there will be lots of HAM activity. Contact David KD7YIM for area repeater info. More info at Sign ups, David, 775-843-6443. Great Basin Group/CNRCC Desert Comm.


Tues-Fri. June 3-6 - Mendo Group. Yolla Bolly Wilderness Backpacking Trip #1.
The Yolla Bolly Wilderness is in the Mendocino National Forest outside of Covelo, CA. We will backpack 5 miles into a beautifully shaded area with a spring and pond. We will stay here 3 nights and do day hikes as desired or hikers may stay in camp. Must have backpacked within the last 5 years. Must be at least an intermediate hiker. Must have own backpacking gear including a camp stove, water filtration, sleeping gear, mosquito repellent, rain gear, and good boots. Bear canisters are optional. A day pack would be helpful. Bring all your own food for 4 days and 3 nights. We will meet at a turnoff from Highway 101 and decide how to carpool. Class M-5-A. By reservation only. Limit 10. Leader Val Nordeman, 707-477-4199.

Sun. June 8 – Napa Group. Nature & Art.
We will combine a visit to the DiRosa Preserve (on Sonoma Hwy near Napa) and a 3 mile hike (E-3-A) at the Buchli Station in Napa. Tickets to the museum are: $15. The purchase of tickets and time of visit need to be arranged in advance, so do not wait to RSVP. Carpools will be encouraged. Leader: Isabelle:

Thurs.-Sun. June 19-22 - Escalante Backpack.
This a moderate 3 night/4 day backpack into one of the unique places of the desert southwest. Cottonwoods and some pines line the river. Wading shoes will be needed as we will be constantly in and out of the river. Meet at the BLM Visitor Center noon Thurs west end of Escalante to get permit. The first day we will hike in about 6 miles. The next day we will explore a scenic side canyon with nice narrows and swimming holes. On the third we will move a couple of miles and do some more side hiking. Last day hike out. Route requires a car shuttle. Limit 12. David Hardy,, 702 875-4826, email preferred. S. Nevada Group/CNRCC Desert Committee.

Sun. July 6 – Napa Group. Nature & Art.
We will combine a visit to the Legion of Honor museum (to see the “Intimate Impressionists” and two Matisse exhibits), and a 3 mile (with optional staircases) hike in San Francisco. Tickets to the museum are: $22 FAMSF member’s free, 10% discount as a group. The purchase of tickets and time of visit need to be arranged in advance, so do not wait to RSVP. Carpools will be encouraged. Leader: Isabelle:

Tues-Fri. July 8-11 - Mendo Group. Yolla Bolly Wilderness Backpacking Trip #2.
We will use the same trailhead as in trip #1, but veer off onto a side trail to get us to an equally if not more beautiful base camp amidst wildflowers and a racing stream. While there for 3 nights we might choose to do various day hikes or just stay in camp. Must be at least an intermediate hiker. Must have backpacked within the last 5 years and have own backpacking gear including camp stove, water filtration, sleeping gear, mosquito repellent, rain gear and good boots. A day pack would be useful. If you have a bear canister, bring it and we’ll decide if we need them before packing them in. Bring all your own food for 4 days and 3 nights. We will meet at a turnoff from Highway 101 and decide how to carpool. Class M-5-A. By reservation only. Limit 10. Leader Val Nordeman, 707-477-4199.

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

Volunteer Days Riverkeeper Stewardship Park in Guerneville.
Every Wednesday 8:30-11:30am, 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

Sun. April 13 - 9-4 Pepperwood’s Wildflower Festival.
Explore parts of Pepperwood’s 3200 acre preserve at this free, family-oriented event. Self-guided hikes; interpretive hikes led by naturalists and wildflower experts; van tours of the preserve; children’s activities such as face painting and bird box building; environmental lectures each hour on a wide range of topics; an art exhibit featuring the work of local artist Catherine Daley; raffle; silent auction and much more! For directions, to volunteer or info please visit, 591-9310.

Sun. May 11- Napa Land Trust Mothers Day Hike at Tuteur Ranch.
Join our congenial host, John Tuteur, on this year’s springtime exploration of the east Napa rolling hills and ranch lands. Enjoy vistas, history, and a brisk hiking pace (and maybe wildflowers!) Bring sturdy hiking boots, clothes for changing weather, water, and lunch. H-8-B. Leader: Chip Bouril. RSVP: 944-2058 or

On Saturdays in February the Bureau of Land Management is conducting a series of moderately strenuous hikes into the Cache Creek Wilderness to view wintering bald eagles & other wildlife. Led by BLM rangers, the hikes start at the Redbud Trailhead adjacent to Highway 20 eight miles east of Clearlake Oaks, and last 3-4 hours. Hikers should wear sturdy hiking boots and layered clothing, and carry water, lunch, and binoculars. Hikes are planned on Feb. 1, 8, and 15. Rain cancels. By reservation only, call the BLM Ukiah field office 468-4000.

Instructions to Hikers, Visitors, Leader Pace


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:, or contact the Outings Department at (415) 977-5528 for a printed version.


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.)

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.

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

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