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OCTOBER 18 LONG HIKE: BOTHE-NAPA VALLEY STATE PARK
This moderately strenuous hike follows shaded trails past an old homestead and some view spots. Lunch on a hillside where we might see a breeding ground for ladybugs. Distance is about 8 miles with 1400 ft of elevation gain. Depart Berger center at 8:30 a.m. for the ride to Napa. Bring lunch and water. Hike includes rocky creek crossings. Bring poles. Poison oak is plentiful. Hike leaders are Dave Stein (650-215-0327) & Gil Grangier (650-390-3224) Email: email@example.com
OCTOBER 18 INTERMEDIATE HIKE: CROSS MARIN AT SAMUEL P. TAYLOR
The Cross Marin Trail is a paved bike path along Paper Mill Creek in Samuel P. Taylor State Park. An in-and-out hike of approximately 6+ miles through oak woodlands and redwood forest. Drive time is about one hour each way; total time about five and one half hours. Bring water, lunch, and poles if you need them on a paved surface. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Becky Brown, 282-9941.
OCTOBER 25 INTERMEDIATE HIKE: OAT HILL MINE ROAD
This hike begins at the Silverado trailhead in Napa. The trail winds its way up to the Holms Homestead over an old mercury mining road. This is an up-and-back hike of 9 miles and 2000 feet elevation gain. Great views!! The hike will leave the Berger parking lot at 9:00 AM. The hike leader is Jason Wilkenfeld, 707-978-2385.
OCTOBER 25 LONG HIKE: LAKE SONOMA PARK
The Huff n Puff Trail. This is a strenuous hike of about 8 miles and elevation gain of about 2000 ft, over varied hilly terrain with rewarding views of the lake and surroundings. Bring seasonally appropriate attire, poles, water and lunch. Leave the Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader Martin Johns, 330-815-5167
NOVEMBER 1 LONG HIKE: GUNSIGHT EXPRESS
This one-way hike, starting in Sugarloaf and ending in Hood Mountain Park, is only a bit over eight miles. The initial trek up Goodspeed Trail makes it feel a bit longer, especially when combined with the 2000’ elevation gain. But after taking in the views from Gunsight Overlook, it’s almost all downhill. Bring lunch & water, hiking poles, state and Regional parking passes, if you have them. We’ll leave Berger at 8:30 am; hike leader is Chris Sork, 495-3196. Note: if there is a lot of early rain, the first creek crossing is a bit more challenging.
NOVEMBER 1 SHORT HIKE: ARMSTRONG REDWOODS STATE PARK
This will be a cool and easy 2-3 mile stroll on the park’s level nature trail through some very impressive giant redwoods, including the Burbank Circle and the Parson Jones, Colonel Armstrong and Icicle Trees. A
beautiful stroll through the redwoods. Two miles plus. Hike leaders are Dick and Sharon Shlegeris. Leave Berger at 9:00 a.m.
A REMINDER TO ALL HIKERS: If the hiking trail is more than 30 miles round trip from Oakmont, it is customary to compensate your driver at least $5.00 for gas.