Upcoming Schedule

As you look at this set of hikes, you’ll notice that the four February hikes have the leader as TBD. We have not had enough people volunteer to lead all the hikes, so please take a look at the available ones and let me know if you can lead it. All that is required to lead a hike is scouting the hike shortly before the date so that you’re familiar with the route and so you can determine that there are no issues with the hike as written (i.e. closed parking lots, fallen trees, muddy spots, etc.). 

 

Please remember to follow these Covid rules while participating on hikes with the Thursday Ramblers: 

  • Masks are optional for people who are fully vaccinated, but if you are not fully vaccinated, you must wear a mask while hiking with the Ramblers. 
  • Only those who are fully vaccinated will be able to carpool from the designated meeting points and you must wear a mask while in the car. Those not fully vaccinated may not carpool and must drive themselves. 

 

Laura 

 

 

HIKE TO THE RANCH CAFE - December 2 

Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 10:45. Hike will start at the Ohlson Ranch Parking Lot on The Sea Ranch at 11:00. Hang tags needed so Sea Ranchers please bring your extras. This hike has some fairly steep uphill sections on the first half, and goes downhill on the way back. Cross Hwy 1, opposite Ohlson Ranch and go right through gate, taking trail above the stables, crossing Longmeadow Road. Take trail to Sea Ridge Road, crossing Spring Meadow. Turn left when you hit Annapolis Road then cross Annapolis and go right on Verdant View to Business Center where the Ranch Cafe is located. Lunch should be pre-ordered at 785-4529 or if you wish, you may bring your own lunch. We will return to the Ohlson Center via Annapolis and Sea Ridge Rd., turning left on Pilot’s Reach to trailhead at marker 234. Follow the trail to the highway. Cross Hwy 1 right before marker 235 and onto Navigators Reach. Turn right at trail marker 10A or to return on the bluff trail go a little further to 10B and enter the trail at marker10 and then turn right and follow the bluff trail to the Ohlson Center. 

Leader: Laura Bridge, 408-306-5321 


HORSESHOE COVE - SALT POINT NORTH – December 9 

Meet at 10:00 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool. Park at MM 44.00 at Salt Point where we will meet our leader at 10:30. The turnoff is tricky; turnoff at MM44 even though the sign says Turnout 1/4 mile. This hike is quite steep in places so hiking sticks and boots are recommended. Hike on the trail staying right at the fork until you go over the crest of the hill and have a beautiful view of Horseshoe Cove. Descend sharply until you reach the Bluff. Walk south along the bluff until about 11:30 and retrace your steps until we reach a magical rock formation for lunch. The return to the cars after lunch will be uphill, but this is a gorgeous spot so worth the effort.  

Leader: Steve Coffeysmith, (510) 593-8195)  

 

GUALALA ROAD TO GREEN IRON BRIDGE & GAC HIKING TRAILS - December 16 

Meet at 10:00 in the back part of the Gualala Arts parking lot or if the gate is up, park on the road in front of the Arts Center. We will walk one of the GAC trails before hiking along the road down to the green bridge and back. There are some mild elevation changes. We will have lunch at the picnic tables at the Arts Center, and after lunch those interested can view the Winter Wonderland exhibit inside (don’t forget to bring a mask). 

Leader: Harmony Susalla, 884-3347 

 

STONEBORO ROAD TO THE GARCIA RIVER - December 23 

Meet at 9:50 at the pullout for the Gualala business directory and at 10:00 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool to the west end of Stoneboro road in Manchester and start our hike at 10:30. Enjoy a 15 minute walk on the dunes to the beach, then walk south to the Garcia river, viewing the lighthouse and perhaps whales, pelicans and Canada geese heading north (during the winter). We will walk east for a short while along the Garcia, then retrace our steps for the return, passing where we came in through the dunes and exploring a little to the north. We will find a good spot along the beach (or in the dunes if windy) for lunch. This walk is entirely on the sand and dogs on leash are allowed. 

Leader: Mary Heibel 882-2055 

 

SALT POINT SURFER MEMORIAL (NEW) -December 30, 2021 

Carpool at the pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:30. and start hike from Salt Point at 10am. We need to carpool because there are only a few parking spaces at the destination -- which is a short driveway to a gate on the ocean side of the highway at Salt Point just beyond the 44.0 Mile Marker (going south). You can park on either side of the driveway or on the berm that parallels the shoulder of the highway. Our hike will follow the fire road from the gate to the top of the hill that overlooks the ocean and then proceed down the hill to the bluff trail.  We will go south on the bluff trail to the grave/memorial of a surfer who died near a point that overlooks the ocean and stump beach.  We will retrace our steps going north on the bluff trail to a protected rock outcropping that overlooks the ocean and where we will eat lunch.  After lunch we will backtrack over the hill to our cars.  

Leader: Joel Chaban, 707-884-9280 


GUALALA POINT PARK BLUFF AND LOOP -January 6 

Start at the Hidden Parking Lot at 10:00 (on westside entrance just left after pulling past fee post). There is a fee per car. (Or park across the street and cross Hwy 1 if you do not have a pass.) Walk through the Serge Poles and then cross the road to the bench overlooking the Gualala River. Take the trail from there that leads to the Visitor Center and from there the northernmost trail to the bluff. Hike to Whale Watch Point for the view and then hike to the bluff, turn south and walk along the Bluff Trail past Salal Cove. Between post 64 and 63 turn left walking through the hedge row and on Fish Rock Road to Leeward. Turn left on Leeward and walk until you intersect the Salal Trail. Turn right following it back to the highway and the Hidden Parking Lot.  Lunch at the picnic tables at the end. 

Leader: Annie Pivarski, 775-7966 

 

ANNAPOLIS ROAD HIKE #1 -January 13 

Carpool at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at The Sea Ranch Business Center Verdant View at 9:30 (turn right before you reach the Fire Station). We can park along the cul-de-sac by the building supply.  Sea Ranch members please bring along extra hang tags for non Sea Ranchers. We will drive east on Annapolis Road and park across from the Sonoma County Maintenance yard at 32700 Annapolis Road. Hike east along the road for about an hour or until we reach the wonderful old Madrone tree and return. On the return we will take a short side trip to look at the Old Annapolis school and the cemetery close to it. When we get back to our cars we will drive to the Annapolis Winery to eat our lunches at their picnic tables. This is a chance to see the land as it once was and compare it with the parcels that have been converted to vineyards. There is some up and down on this hike, but this stretch is flatter than what comes before or after. 

Leader: Mary Sue Ittner & Bob Rutemoeller, 884-4824 

 

KING RIDGE- January 20 

Meet at 9:30 at the pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool. From Skagg's Spring Road turn on Tin Barn Road and drive to King Ridge Road and park. Hike King Ridge two miles (up) and return. This stretch is very beautiful in winter with mist, oak trees, and nice views. There is plenty of up and down on this hike. We will eat at an old cemetery. 

Leaders: John & Lynn Walton, 884-9714 

 

PELICAN BLUFF - January 27 

Meet at 9:35 at the pullout for the Gualala business directory and carpool at Anchor Bay at 9:45 at the south side of town on west side of highway. The hike will begin at the Pelican Bluff parking lot at 10:00. Please carpool if at all possible as there is limited parking. The Mendocino Land Trust has designed a 2.2-mile trail and this 73-acre preserve is home to the endangered Point Arena Mountain Beaver and several rare plants, as well as a creek (which is recovering from cattle grazing) and Bishop pine forest. We will start our hike with the trail that goes to the bluff and then South, retracing our steps back to the parking area. After that, we’ll hike the loop that goes North and then down to the bluff, and finish up with the short loop in the center, eating lunch at the picnic tables. 

Leaders: Jeff Gyving& Lena Bullamore 


TIMBER RIDGE ROAD -- POSH SQUASH - February 3 

Meet at 10:00 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and/or at the end of Verdant View near the Ranch Cafe at 10:15. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers. Walk on informal path west to Timber Ridge Road. Walk south on this road until the end of the road. This is a forested road with ups and downs so a hiking stick could be helpful but is not mandatory. When we reach the end, we will turn around and walk back stopping at the Posh Squash where there are picnic tables where we can eat our lunch and survey the vegetable gardens. 

Leader: TBD 

 

CANNON GULCH TO HORSESHOE POINT -- SALT POINT - February 10 

Carpool at 10:00 at Gualala Business Sign pullout just north of bridge. The hike will start at 10:30 at mm 43.06 one half mile south of the northern boundary of Salt Point State Park (large pull out to the right of a "S" turn in the highway). Hike to the Bluff to explore this especially beautiful part of the coast with wonderful views of interesting rocks and coves. We will visit the Fisk family cemetery site and the schooner loading chute site of the Fisk lumber mill and have lunch on the bluffs before returning to Cannon Gulch and the starting spot. This is about 4 miles, with very little elevation change except at the beginning and the end. 

Leader:TBD 

 

CRISPIN LANE - February 17 

Meet at 9:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 9:30 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool. We will drive to Crispin Lane in Manchester, parking at the Manchester Community Center/Garcia Guild (formerly the Grange) and walk to the end of this county road. Hike starts around 10:00 a.m. We will pass green fields and have lovely views of the ocean on our way back. This road starts out relatively flat and then goes slowly up so we'll coast on the return trip. Afterwards we will find a suitable spot to have our lunch outside at the Community Center. NOTE: There are often loose dogs on Crispin Lane so you may not want to bring your dog. 

Leader: TBD 

 

STORNETTA - HWY 1 TO CYPRESS ABBEY SECTION - February 24 

Meet at 10:30 at the pullout for the Gualala business directory and at 10:40 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool and start at the junction of Lighthouse Road and Hwy 1, 2 miles north of Point Arena at 11:00. We will travel the access road to the old Coast Guard Loran site (now owned by Mendocino Community College) turning left before we get there to enter that middle section of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands. From there we will walk through the "forest" to the bluff and enjoy the spectacular views of the off shore islands and the Ocean and find a suitable site for lunch before retracting our steps. 

Leader: TBD


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