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Endurance and fitness hike on Howard Ranch Trail

Just 15 miles east of Galt off Hwy #104 is Rancho Seco Recreation Area.  This is scheduled as a training hike for those who wish to increase their endurance and hiking pace level.  It will be a morning hike only, and we should be done by noon.  Due to the current drought, the area is dry and brown - not very scenic - but this is a close location to Lodi/Galt/Elk Grove area members and features a nice lake.  The targeted pace will be two & 1/2 miles per hour on mostly flat terrain for 7 miles total.  Bring your full day pack and plenty of water to train for carrying the weight.  Try out any new hiking boots you've gotten.  The hiking area is just below the foothills in rangeland and we'll be walking around cattle.  Although it isn't pretty this year (usually has green grass/flowers/vernal ponds in wet years) it is peaceful with no traffic noise.  Trail is for hikers only - NO DOGS ALLOWED.

Distance:  7 miles total on mostly flat terrain at low elevation.  Trails are uneven dirt/gravel - area completely exposed/sunny with few trees.

Difficulty:  Will be pushing a moderately fast pace of 25 minutes per mile, but terrain is mostly flat.

Fees:  $10 per vehicle ($8 for seniors) so let's carpool.

After hike, members may want to stay and enjoy the shady picnic areas near the lake (which is always kept at full capacity by SMUD.)

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  • Big Z.

    Great hike. Nice hikers. Good job, Sally.

    February 24, 2014

    • Sally G

      Thanks Les - it's always nice to have you along on our hikes.

      February 25, 2014

  • Elaine P.

    Great hike-thank you Sally!

    February 22, 2014

    • Sally G

      Thanks Elaine, and what a strong hiker you're becoming!

      February 25, 2014

  • Cherrie

    I couldn't make this one, But Christina is right about Sally. She is a great organizer as always. Sally goes that extra mile to and makes it great.

    February 24, 2014

    • Sally G

      You are waaaay too kind Cherrie!

      February 25, 2014

  • Christina P.

    The hike was exactly as depicted, the leader organized, knowledgeable and in time. The participants of course were fabulous!!

    February 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I enjoyed the scenic views and getting to know the participants such as Christina

      February 24, 2014

  • John F.

    Great job, Sally! Sorry I didn't join you.

    February 22, 2014

  • Sally G

    Fast paced hikers pushed over 3 mph on this training hike so that we finished in 2 hours! Good workout for us all.

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Cherrie

    Sorry have to work Sat.

    February 21, 2014

    • Sally G

      Hopefully you can make the next hike Cherrie.

      February 21, 2014

  • Celeste

    I have been walking 2 miles at about 22-23 min/mile but I don't know if I could do 7 miles. Should I sign up anyway? (Hello everyone, I'm new!)

    February 16, 2014

    • Sally G

      May I recommend you skip this one and sign up for the New Melones Hike, which is only 4 1/2 miles total at a comfortable pace.

      February 17, 2014

    • Celeste

      Ok thanks!

      February 17, 2014

  • Joanna W.

    I think I can, I think I can, I think I can - what do you think Sally? I can do flat at a good pace.

    February 2, 2014

    • Sally G

      Your attitude is great! Check if you can do the 25 minute mile by pacing out a mile in your neighborhood and seeing how long it takes. Plus, you can be the "sweeper" picking up stragglers at rear of group.

      1 · February 3, 2014

    • Joanna W.

      well another one bites the dust, have to back out, realized I already had other plans Sally!

      February 8, 2014

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