Overnight backpacking trip to Mannings Flat camp - Austin Creek State Rec. Area

Overnight backpacking trip to Mannings Flat camp in the Austin Creek State Recreational Area, near the Russian River/Guerneville area. 

$5 per person.  Please email me for details regarding payment via paypal.

We will meet at 9:30 Saturday morning at the Armstrong Redwoods Visitors Center, at the entrance to the park. 

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=452

The group will hike either four or five miles to Mannings Flat Campground to spend the evening -- If the park has closed the Gilliam Creek Trail (five mile hike) due to high water levels at the creek crossings, we will take the four mile route, Austin Creek Trail, which is a service road. 

hike trail map link:

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22562

Another trail link:

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=11261 

The campsite sits next to a creek and has two tables, an outhouse, and a bear box. On Sunday we will head out late morning and be back at the cars by 1:30.

This trip is coordinated with the Chico-Oroville Outdoor Adventurers meetup group. There are several men and women signed up from that group. There are no carpools coming from the Bay area yet.

Directions to trailhead: From Highway 101, four miles north of Santa Rosa, exit on River Road and drive west approximately 16 miles to Guerneville. Turn north on Armstrong Woods Road and drive two miles to Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve. We will meet here, then continue up the steep park road to a fork; the main park road continues to Bullfrog Pond, but you veer left to parking for the signed Gilliam Creek Trail.

If heavy rain is in the weekend forecast the trip will be canceled.

Here is a link to a food/gear sharing spreadsheet (created by Lauren, thanks!)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtOAP558fRP4dFI2U3dTN2w2ZEpBOXY4am5ZNGNCSFE#gid=0

Reminder: Dogs are not allowed on Austin Creek State Recreation Area trails. Please leave your pooch at home.

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  • kristin

    I had a fantastic time. My sore muscles feel good today!

    March 24

  • Sara

    Great time, great company, great views!

    March 24

  • kristin

    Please check yourself for ticks. I found one on my leg.

    March 23

    • Joan G

      Oh no! Hope you get it out okay. Thanks for the reminder. I will check right now...

      March 23

  • Joan G

    Had a wonderful time with everyone, great to see Janel again and enjoyed meeting Chris, Kristin, Cambel, and Rick. Thanks for posting your pictures, Kristin.

    March 23

  • Chris C.

    Great trip! I had so much fun with all of you. What a great group! I'll post up my pictures later. Thanks so much for leading this trip, Joan!

    2 · March 23

  • Laura

    Greetings backpackers! I have to back out. I'm moving to a new place and need to start packing this weekend. So sorry to miss this, but excited for the Easter weekend backpack! Thanks Joan, for organizing such a great weekend trip. Apologies I can't make it.

    March 18

    • Joan G

      Laura, hope your move goes well, see you in April.

      March 19

  • Sara

    I'm riding with Chris. (Thanks, Chris!) Have hiked in this park. Not too difficult of a hike, some long stretches of exposure, so be prepared for lots of sun (let's hope anyway)

    March 15

  • Niv

    My foot has still not recovered so I will drop off

    March 7

  • Maura

    Sorry, I can't attend. I was really looking forward to this. Have a work fundraiser for a really good cause that weekend.

    March 7

  • Joan G

    There is an $8 parking fee at the trailhead, but parking at the Visitors Center, our meeting place, is free. At the Visitors Center we can group everyone into as few cars as possible before driving to the trailhead.

    March 7

  • Sara

    would love to carpool, if anyone has space. I'm in Oakland but happy to meet anywhere convenient to the driver. Snacks & gas $ bribes included!

    February 19

    • Chris C.

      Cambel - I'm in Concord and have room if you want to go with me.

      February 20

    • Chris C.

      Cambel - I got your message and sent you an email. Did you get it?

      March 7

  • Lynnette

    Just found out that family will be coming to town that weekend. Look forward to joining you on the next outing!

    March 5

  • Joan G

    Hello,
    There is one creek crossing right before the campsite. You will probably want to bring a pair of water shoes/crocs/Tevas, or an extra pair of shoes, to make it easier to cross the creek.

    March 5

  • kristin

    I'm in San Francisco (SOMA) and plan to drive.

    February 20

  • kristin

    Hi. I'm interested. Please let me know if people drop out!

    January 24

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