Hiking

AAUW HIKING SCHEDULE JULY 2017

June 30 // Armstrong Woods – Leader: Liz Loebel

We will hike 5.6 miles with a 1100′ elevation gain. We will take the East Ridge Trail from the front parking lot to the Gilliam Creek trailhead. Loop back down to the Grove by taking the Pool Ridge Trail to the Armstrong Tree returning to the entrance via the Pioneer Trail. Bring a lunch and meet at the Park & Ride at 9am. Should be back by 2pm.

July 7 //  Kortum Trail – Leader: Debbie Potmesil

Wright’s Beach to Goat Rock –  Kortum Trail will takes us 3.8 miles along the coast to Blind Beach near Goat Rock and back again.  We can eat our lunch on top of the hill before we get to Blind Beach. There is some elevation gain on this 8 mile trail. Bring water, lunch and an extra layer in case it is foggy on the coast. We should be back in town by 3:30 pm.

July 14 // Shiloh – Leader: Barb Recchia

Shiloh Ranch offers hiking trails of varying intensity in a park with rugged landscape.  We will hike approximately 5 to 6 miles with at least a 1000 feet of climbing. The hike will begin with a steep climb through the woods up onto the ridge.  We will continue over the ridge on trails to the pond through rolling hills and canyons.  We will then hike back along a shaded creek trail.  Bring water and poles for this approx. 2 – 3 hour hike but no need to pack a lunch as we’ll be back by 1:00 at the latest.

July 21 // North Sonoma Mtn – Leader: Linda Clark 

The North Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail is an 8 mile out and back trail that climbs to nearly 2000 feet and the western boundary of Jack London State Historic Park.  This trail appeals to hikers seeking a strenuous outing. Most of the trail is forested, and some sections open to stunning views of the Santa Rosa Plain, Bennett Valley and Sonoma Valley.  Hikers are treated to 180-degree views of Taylor and Bennett mountains, Mt. Saint Helena, Hood Mountain, Sugarloaf Ridge and other North Bay peaks. Bring a lunch and anticipate returning by 3 pm.

July 28 // Arch Rock – Leader: Liz Loebel

SKY – BEAR VALLEY LOOP – 10 mi. – strenuous hike
A nice varied hike, through mixed Douglas fir forest, meadows and chaparral and also open grass with coastal views and beach access. Begin at the Bear Valley Trailhead. Follow the Bear Valley Trail 0.2 mi before turning right to ascend the Mt. Wittenberg Trail – 1300 ft. elevation change in 1.8 mi. Continue on the trail to the junction with the Sky Trail and follow the Sky Trail south through the forest all the way to the Coast Trail. Head south on the Coast Trail to the Bear Valley Trail. Enjoy the last coastal view here, before returning via the Bear Valley Trail through beautiful buckeyes and mixed Douglas forest and along Coast Creek. Bring a lunch, poles etc. We should be back around 4:30p.