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Lake Group Outings:

*APRIL 5, 8:30AM – Join Darlene and Peg on a Friends of Boggs Mountain beginner’s level bird identification walk and talk! Learn the tricks and tools in identifying (by song/chirp, appearance, behavior, habitat, etc.) our winged woodland friends. Bring binoculars and a field guide. Don’t forget to bring water, a snack and wear sturdy shoes. We meet in Boggs parking lot.Questions? dheco@me.com or 928 5591.

*APRIL 5, 9AM-3PM -- McLaughlin Reserve Grateful Dead Peak hike, led by Reserve managers Cathy Koehler and Paul Aigner. Only 3 miles and under 1000ft elevation gain but rated strenuous. Hikers must wear sturdy non-slip hiking boots to participate, and should bring lunch, plenty of water, and weather gear as appropriate. Rain cancels. Register through the Napa Land Trust; if the hike is full send an email to koehler@ucdavis.edu to be added to the waiting list.

*APRIL 12, 8AM -- docent-led hike to Wright Peak on Mt Konocti: six miles roundtrip, about four hours including a stop at the historic Downen Cabin, and for participants over the age of 18 who sign a liability waiver, an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views from the fire tower. For more info and to RSVP (REQUIRED) call the county parks office at 262 1618.

*APRIL 12, 8:30AM -– Join Darlene and Peg on a Friends of Boggs Mountain intermediate-advanced level bird identification walk and talk! Bring binoculars and a field guide. Don’t forget to bring water, a snack and wear sturdy shoes. We meet in Boggs parking lot.Questions? dheco@me.com or 928 5591.

APRIL 19 -- Lake Group Cache Creek Wilderness hike. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964, 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 at Lower Lake Coffee Co. in Lower Lake 8:30 AM.  Leader Tom McFarling 707-994-5490 tmcfarling@callatg.com

*APRIL 26, 8AM -- docent-led hike to Wright Peak on Mt Konocti: six miles roundtrip, about four hours including a stop at the historic Downen Cabin, and for participants over the age of 18 who sign a liability waiver, an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views from the fire tower. For more info and to RSVP (REQUIRED) call the county parks office at 262 1618.

APRIL 26 --  Lake Group hike to Perkins Creek Ridge. This hike starts near the Lake County land fill and then mostly follows the ridge above the main stem of Cache Creek down to Baton Flat.  Neutered/spayed dog 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 at 9:00 am at 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.  Reservation required. Leader Steve Devoto sdevoto@mchsi.com.

MAY 3 -- Lake Group hike on the Pope to Putah  trail. Hike a  new trail still in the making. The P2P trail connects the two upper arms of Lake Berryessa. Tuleyome (see tuleyome.org) 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: 8:30 AM, Store 24, north end of Middletown across Hwy 29 from high school. Leader Tom McFarling, (707) 994-5490. Rain cancels.

*MAY 10, 8AM -- docent-led hike to Wright Peak on Mt Konocti: six miles roundtrip, about four hours including a stop at the historic Downen Cabin, and for participants over the age of 18 who sign a liability waiver, an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views from the fire tower. For more info and to RSVP (REQUIRED) call the county parks office at 262 1618.

*Not a Sierra Club hike


Difficulty Mileage Elevation Gain
E = easy actual mileage A = less than 1,000'
M = moderate B = 1,000-2,000'
H = hard C = 2,000-3,000'
S = strenuous D = over 3,000'
V = very strenuous

 

Ratings For Outing Leaders: How fast or slow do you go?

Wonder if an outing leader walks fast or slow? Keep in mind that the leader’s speed is but one part of hiking. How high up a mountain the hike starts, the total mileage and elevation gain (up hill) and loss (down hill) greatly affect the difficulty of a hike, regardless of how fast or slow you walk. If you have any doubts about being able to do a hike or have other questions, please call the leader to discuss your concerns. These ratings only serve as a guide and are not a substitute for you being in appropriate physical condition before participating in an outing. Leaders are grouped according to how fast they normally hike. Please keep in mind that this info is to help you decide if a hike is right for you.

The outing rating instructions to hikers is also important for participants to read. Look at the difficulty of the hike. If the rating is moderate with few or more frequent stops a fast pace hiker must hike slower to accommodate that rating.

Fast-pace with few or no stops: Carol Magill
Moderate-pace with few stops: Steve Devoto, Boone Lodge, Jackie Farley
Moderate-pace with more frequent stops: Pete McGee, Tom McFarling

 

 



Other local hikes:

Lake County Land Trust
Conducts weekly Saturday walks at their Rodman Slough Preserve, starting at 8AM June through August and 9AM September through May.  Meet at the Nature Center at the Preserve on Westlake Road and the Nice-Lucerne Cut-off. No dogs please. Heavy rain will cancel. Call Roberta Lyons at 994-2024 or Pamela Bordisso at 279-0923 for information.

Clear Lake State Park guided walks
Docent-led walks will start from the Visitor Center at 8:30AM every second and fourth Sunday through August: no park entrance fee for participants in these events

Redbud Audubon bird walks. Monthly, October through May: for details, call Jeannette Knight at 928-4233 or Roberta Lyons at 994-2024.

Monthly guided walks at Anderson Marsh
The Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA) offers guided nature walks followed by docent-led tours of the historic ranch house. Rain cancels the walks, but the tours will take place regardless of weather. For more information call AMIA at 995-2658 or email info@andersonmarsh.org

Konocti Regional Trail System
Comprehensive information on the local trail network, including links to all known online maps: www.KonoctiTrails.com

Also visit:

Lake County Visitors Guide

Redbud Audubon Society

Tuleyome Trails

 

 

Help Wanted: Outing Leaders. No experience needed, just a love for brisk exercise in the out-of-doors. There are many good reasons to become an Outing leader, including an opportunity for autocracy: as leader you get to choose where to go, and when. Interested? Get in touch with Outing Chair Steve Devoto at 279-8308 or sdevoto@mchsi.com.

 

 

     
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