Saturday, March 21, 2015

Effie Yeaw

Thursday, March 19th

I ventured out today to a new (to me) location with a new (to me) meetup group.
CG and I instantly bonded. CG is about my age and is also looking to hike more. We tentatively planned a trip to Monte Vista trailhead in Folsom Lake SRA. She and I live kind of in the same area.

Anyway, the hike was advertised as 3 miles, at about a 3 mph pace. It was not - mostly because the actual leader had car problems so handed it off to someone else. CG and I took off at our own pace, which turned out to be 2.7mph, and cruised around the golf course adjacent to the Effie Yeaw nature center.

It was the perfect hike after last weekend's backpacking trip.

I look forward to more hikes!

Monday, March 16, 2015

McClure Trail, Lassen National Forest

A simple overnight in Lassen National Forest: McClure trail from the High Trestle trailhead, then to the north fork of Antelope Creek. High 70, low 40. 2000 feet above sea level.

Everybody was set up and loafing or hiking/exploring by 1:30pm. I found a short but pleasant place to hang my backpacking hammock between two trees, probably just properly far enough from the North Fork Antelope Creek in the green, but dryish Lassen National Forest.

The trip down to our camping spot is down from the trailhead to McClure Place, a long defunct farm still decorated with one rusting horse drawn gadget. Then into the abyss, a 200ft descent down to Antelope Creek, across a series of benches separated by steep, short descents. Total elevation lost about 800 feet over 3 miles.

We had a variety of packs and shelters in our group. Small conventional one man tents, a single wall tent, another hammock(!). A Gossamer Gear pack, several generic REI packs. Our hammock setups generated interest (2 hammockers in a group generate more than twice the interest as one.)

The other hammocker stopped at the second to the last bench, I continued on, hoping for an equally nice pair of trees.

We were a little bit downstream of the camping spot from a few years ago. More open, less poison oak to avoid. I was still on a slope. I'm always on a slope.

The sixth person is taking the picture
This was a Meetup organized trip, originally full up at 12, the final body count was 6. The weather looked and felt like rain, and there were a few tiny droplets as we were setting up. Mid 60s and humid (for Northern California). No real rain developed.

The hike out was all uphill but not too bad because there was a nice breeze blowing through the canyon, and the sun was not too high in the sky. The drive home was 3 hours.

When I got home I decided to make backpacker soup and wash all my gear in a solution of Tecnu in a big tub. If I show poison oak by Thursday, then I will wash my down quilts and my hammock.

However, I don't want to wash them unless I absolutely have to. The contamination will come from the soles of my shoes and the tips of the poles as there was some poison oak on as well as beside the trail.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Cronan Ranch: Ranch Rd & East Ridge trails

Hiked with a couple of yoga people today, the second of our every other Monday hikes. We spent a lot of time talking about managing our husbands, then an equal amount planning future Monday hikes. We can't wait to get to the Sierras this summer!
Then we supported our local bakery. Yep. That's what it's all about, bakery support!

Monday, February 2, 2015

West Ridge Trail, Cronan Ranch

Finally, finally got out on my own two feet instead of on three wheels (my recumbent trike).

The Ladies who Yoga persuaded me to go on a short hike (4 miles or so). Which was the perfect length for three ladies who've been off the trails for a while.

I'd also like to apologize for the missing images in older posts - I'm having the same trouble in all four of my blogs and it is darn frustrating!

Anyway - it was about 40 degrees at 8:30 and the perfect temperature (in my opinion) for a short sleeved shirt and a hiking skirt. Yeah, I was cold for a little while, but when I warmed up I didn't have to carry around a discarded fleece. Worth a few minutes of cold fingers.

We there walked and chatted and huffed and puffed a little and admired the views and had a grand time.

Cronan Ranch Road to West Ridge Trail, then West Ravine Trail back to the Ranch Road.

Then to Sierra Rizing for coffee/tea/pastries! Yum!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Up and Down Trail, Cronan Ranch, May 2014

20 May 2014

A nice 4.5 mile walk with flowers and a little tiny bit of rain. I'll just post a bunch of photos instead of blathering on and on.

Here we go!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Magnolia Ranch, Highway 49, Pilot HIll, California

May Day, 2014

I had intended to go out to Cronan Ranch (adjacent to Magnolia, also administered by the BLM/American River Conservancy) but the gate was still locked after the last two days of star thistle abatement spraying. I guess 6:30am is too early.

Magnolia Ranch, shadier, is better for flowers.
I tried some flower pictures with my cellphone. One good, one bad.

So I ended up walking through lots of tall damp grass, dressed for clear dry trails. And - I got my very first tick. All the years hiking out here and in Michigan, and my first tick. I pulled the sucker out when I got to the car. I'll keep an eye on my ankle for the telltale rash of Lyme's.

I'll be picking up some of the spray Permethrin solution for shoes, gaiters, socks, and pants legs. And a tick spoon, as tweezers work fine on other people and dogs, but not so great on my nearsighted self. My ankle, despite years of yoga, is still very far away from my eyes.

The river was lovely.

Magnolia Ranch is a better choice than Cronan Ranch if your goal is to see the river quickly and easily. There were a whole fleet of gold prospecters in the parking lot when I returned. We chatted about rattlesnakes and other interesting things. I wished them luck.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Eagle Lakes trailhead to Fordyce Creek, Tahoe Nat'l Forest. Overnight.

April 23-24

First backpacking trip of the year!

Organized through a local Meetup group, our group of six met at the Eagle Lakes trailhead at 9:30 on Wednesday morning. It was good to see my friend Laura, the trip organizer, again.

I had hiked this very trail with her 5 years ago and this go-around was a lot easier, with a lighter load on my back and on my body. Two couples, one retired, and one not, were the other four merry hikers, with a charming Airedale terrier thrown in for cuteness.

It was 40 degrees at the trailhead. It did not freeze at night, as far as I could tell.

The first section of our hike is on (legal) off road vehicle trails. On a weekday, it was very quiet, but we did see a handful of 4WD heading for Driveline Hill. One of the drivers was happy to explain what they were doing. The black truck in the background made it up with only one or two false moves.

Then we crossed a beaver dam and left the drivers to their fun, crossing Fordyce Creek on a bridge just before arriving at our campsite. I think our hike was about 4 miles.

We had a lovely campsite among pines very near a wide gravel beach on Fordyce Creek. Campfire, marshmallows, tall tales. The usual.

The next morning felt warmer than the night before. We hiked out after breakfast. I was home by 2pm. So it was a well-spent 30 and 1/2 hours (including driving time).

Random gear photos