Sunday, July 21, 2019

STUMP BEACH LOOP



Meet at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 9:55 at Stengel Beach Coastal Access parking area to carpool and start at Stump Beach at the north end of Salt Point at approx. 10:30.  We will park at Stump Beach and follow the trail down to the beach, crossing the stream and heading up the other side to the southern bluff tops. We will meander along the bluffs taking in the views and wildlife along the way. We will walk for an hour and then head back the way we came stopping at "Glen's Spectacular Spot" for lunch and then walk back to our cars. The bluff part of this hike is relatively flat but the trail down and up from the beach is steep and walking sticks are recommended. Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails.
Leaders: April and Ron Dammann

photos contributed by Leader Laura and Joyce

Thursday, July 11, 2019

GUALALA POINT PARK #1


Meet at the Hidden Parking Lot at 10:00 (on westside entrance just left after pulling past fee post.) Or park across the street and cross Hwy 1 if you do not have a pass.  Hike to the bluff, go north, and then back to the Visitors Center, walking occasionally on the road, but mostly on trails. After a brief stop on the benches to look at the view of the river, we will take the trail down to the river and under the highway to the campground. From there we will walk through the forest and down to the Gualala River for lunch. After lunch we will walk back to the cars via the road to the campground.
Leaders: John & Lynn Walton

photos contributed by Mary Sue and Bob R

Thursday, June 27, 2019

HUGAL RAVINE-LONG MEADOW LOOP




Carpool at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge or meet at 10:00 at Ohlson Rec Center (just south of the white barn). Hang tags needed. Cross the highway to post 254A and take the Hugal RavineTrail* to Seabird Road. Pick up the trails again at the end of Schooner Dr. (post 109) and follow the Sag Ponds Trail to Ridge Trail via post 104, then right at post 103 to Sorcerer Wood at post 102. Pick up the trails again at post 314. Turn left at post 240 and take Long Meadow Trail down to Highway 1. Cross Highway 1 and take the bike and foot trails to Ohlson Rec Center. NOTE: If weather or mud is a problem the leader may reroute us onto more roads and fewer trails. Lunch at Ohlson Rec Center. *Hugal Ravine is steep. Please be prepared for elevation change during this hike.
Leader: Linda Kennedy

photos contributed by Liberty Laura

Thursday, June 20, 2019

STORNETTA LANDS OCEAN VIEWS NORTH


Meet at 10:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at meet at 10:30 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool and park in front of the Lighthouse north of Point Arena. The walk begins at 10:50 by following the bluffs to the north/east and following the Garcia River upstream (via the bluffs). We will lunch on the bluffs overlooking the Garcia River. We will return via the pasture and through the gate and back on the road to our cars. The views and wildflowers should be lovely (this hike can be windy).  Note the ground may be uneven due to cow walking/grazing so sticks are recommended.
Leader: Mary Heibel

Mileage: 3.9
photos contributed by: Bob R, and Mary Sue

Thursday, June 13, 2019

EXPLORING POINT ARENA



Meet at 9:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 9:30 to carpool to Point Arena. The hike starts at Point Arena at 10:00 at Jeff and Lena's house (355 School Street). Coming from the north, turn right at first driveway after the rainbow signs. Coming from the south, slow down at 30 mph sign, and then turn left at the brightly painted pyramid. There is an Earth flag at their drive---335 School Street. We will go on a trail through Jeff & Lena’s land down to Port Road. There is some steep, uneven ground and a walking stick would be advisable. We will go up Bluff Top Road and walk to the end, overlooking the cove...a new point of view. From there we will continue along the bluff with some spectacular views. This is all private property, but we have gotten special permission to roam the land. After that we will walk back down Bluff Top, up the hill to Jeff and Lena's and have lunch in their yard. Bring apples if you want to feed the two horses. This is about a 3.6 mile walk. It is not a long walk, but gawking at the beautiful views may slow us down.
Leaders: Jeff Gyving & Lena Bullamore,

Mileage: 3.3 
photos contributed by: Bob R, Gary B, Mary Sue and Harmony

Thursday, June 6, 2019

BOBCAT TRAIL/BLACK POINT BEACH


Meet at 9:30 at the Gualala Business Directory or at 9:40 at the Blackpoint Beach Coastal Access parking lot (just north of the Sea Ranch Lodge). We will shuttle people from the Blackpoint Beach parking lot to the top of the hill and then we'll end up near the Lodge for lunch.. There isn't a lot of space to park at our starting point. Start at 10:00 at the trail head on Indian Close off Timber Ridge Road. Hang tags needed to park here. This is a beautiful hike down a forested, shady hillside. There are some steep stretches, so bring your walking stick. The trail leads down and north, crosses Crows Nest Drive, and eventually turns down and south on the hillside along Hwy 1, ending on Moonraker Road. Cross the highway and walk to The Moonraker Recreation Center and down Brigantine's Reach to the Blufftop Trail. Turn south taking the Black and Bihler Foot Paths to check for late blooming wildflowers and then head for Black Point Beach for lunch and back to the Lodge afterwards.
Leader: Laura Bridge

photos contributed by Mary Sue and Bob R

Monday, June 3, 2019

KRUSE RHODODENDRON STATE RESERVE


Carpool at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge, or at the Stengel Beach Coastal Access parking area at 9:55. Shortly after entering Salt Point State Park, drivers from the north should prepare to turn left on Kruse Ranch Road, just before Fisk Mill Cove. There is just a short drive to the official parking area. No fees and no passes required. Hike will begin from the Kruse parking area at 10:15. We will hike the short Rhododendron trail connecting with Phillips Gulch Trail and return on the Chinese Gulch Trail. This is only a 2.5 mile hike. The first part is mostly up and the second part is mostly down (but no steep places). Fortunately, there are level places along the way where we can catch our breath. We will cross eight bridges over flowing creeks. This is a spectacular area. If the Rhododendrons are still in bloom we will have time to appreciate them and we often see Coralroot orchids and sometimes late flowering Calypso orchids in May. Lunch will be on some friendly logs near our starting place. Dogs are not allowed on the Kruse trails.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

Mileage: 2.7
photos contributed by Mary Sue, Bob R, and Harmony