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Alternative Hike: Ridge Trail, Jack London

Good news! Jack London Park is opening by 8 am beginning in March. Let's meet at 8:45 am and leave by 9 am on this moderate 9-mile hike on the Mountain and Sonoma Ridge trails. Elevation gain of 1800 feet; about 5 hours, including a lunch stop/ Bring water, a bag lunch and your park entry fee. Sponsored by Valley of the Moon Natural History Association. Led by docents Bob L and Laura B.

Santa Rosa carpool information: There may be a threat of towing at St Francis shopping center at Calistoga Road. Instead, here's a carpool idea. From Santa Rosa go on Route 12, turn left on St Francis Drive (just past the St Francis shopping center), turn right on Raters Drive, and park near the intersection.


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  • Larry D.

    What out for Nancy, she is deadly with a dart!

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Larry D.

    Thanks to Laura organizing this convenient jaunt. Another perfect day for a hike, the ticks couldn't agree more. We did have our secret weapon (the new tick magnet and bold leader Bob), we thank you. How could you not have fun with group? One happy camper, Larry

    March 22, 2013

  • David E.

    We had a nice time, a great group of people and leaders. Between 3 of us, we had over 36 ticks climbing on us. There was no inclination to stop at the top to admire the view.

    March 22, 2013

  • Nancy

    Thank you Laura & Bob for leading a lovely hike, and Larry for your hospitality, great wine, and dart board game! Another fun day with the Wanderers!

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Nancy

    Thank you Laura & Bob for leading a wonderful hike, and Larry for your hospitality, great wine, and the dart board game! Another fun day with the Wanderers!

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Laura and Bob, for a lovely hike. (Thank you especially, Bob, for clearing the trail for the rest of us.) And thank you Larry for a wildy entertaining game of darts -- it was performance art personified. (Great wine too. Hope you don't mind that Patrick and I stole off with a case.)

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • napastan

    Great day, great hike, great group, great darts and unbeieveable cab which Larry shared.Larry where are we going hiking next friday...I will bring the smoked salmon? Thanks again for the GREAT Hospitality
    napastan

    March 22, 2013

  • napastan

    great hike, great weather, great group, great wine

    March 22, 2013

  • Colleen K

    Such a fun hike with beautiful scenery and friendly Wanderers followed by a trip to Larry's for magnificent wine. Thanks Bob, Laura and Larry for a special day.

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • JoAnn B.

    thank you...I'll be there...if anyone needs a ride i have room for three and I have a parking pass...what time at St. Francis Drive???

    March 21, 2013

    • Colleen K

      Hi JoAnn, if you want to carpool from St. Francis Drive we could meet there at 8:15. Let me know. Thanks.

      March 21, 2013

  • Nancy

    Andy & I will leave from Coddingtown by 8:25, and will be stopping at Larry's house after the hike. If you are carpooling with us, make sure this is something you'll want to/be able to do.

    March 21, 2013

    • Shawna

      I'd like to ride with you, and am happy to stop at Larry's afterward.

      March 21, 2013

  • JoAnn B.

    Any one drop out...would love to come...I have state pass and can bring 3 other people in my car ..... Not a bribe, maybe :)

    March 21, 2013

    • laurahikes

      Someone cancelled, so I put you on the list. See you Friday

      March 21, 2013

  • Viki

    Have to work now.

    March 21, 2013

  • Larry D.

    My address here in Glen Ellen is 13947 Williams road. After you leave Arnold drive on Ranch road, the first left hand turn is Williams road. I live at the end of the road (two blocks) on the right hand side.
    Leave here at 8:30 for the park with plenty of time.

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Larry,

    Would love to meet at your place and carpool to Jack London...cab tasting after sounds pretty good too. Just need directions and time

    March 20, 2013

    • Colleen K

      Do you want to carpool from Raters Drive to Larry's and then stop for wine tasting after the hike? If so what time would you like to meet?

      March 21, 2013

  • Nancy

    Laura, How long do you think the hike will tak? I have a funeral to go to at 3:00 in Santa Rosa and would need to shower and such before I go.

    March 21, 2013

  • Andy E.

    Larry's house after the hike.

    March 20, 2013

  • Nancy

    I'll catch a ride with Andy from Windsor, then we'll stop at Coddingtown. If Andy is up for it, I'd love to try some of your wine, Larry.

    March 20, 2013

  • Larry D.

    Hello wanderers,
    I posted earlier that anyone wanting to meet, shuttle, or exchange passes etc. can park and coordinate at my place. It is convenient to this park and all are welcome, plenty of parking for all, really. I would like a few gennie pigs to taste and critique my Cabernet 2012 sitting patiently in barrels waiting for full maturity (forget the wait). After the hike of course. If you would like more info please email me or post. Just another wanderer, Larry

    1 · March 19, 2013

    • napastan

      love to taste that cab

      March 20, 2013

  • Andy E.

    Does anyone want to meet at Coddingtown at 8:35?

    March 20, 2013

    • Gary W.

      Yes Andy I want to meet at Coddingtown. - Gary

      March 20, 2013

  • Hank F.

    Are we meeting at the entrance to the State park (i.e. the parking lot?)

    March 19, 2013

    • laurahikes

      There are two parking lots at Jack London, one at the museum and one near the trails and the cottage. Go past the entrance kiosk and turn right. We meet at the right-side parking lot near the trails.

      March 19, 2013

  • Thanya A.

    As much as I'd like to attend, something has come up - darn!

    March 19, 2013

  • napastan

    looking for a carpool from 116/121 in sonoma..I can pick up or ride with others
    napastan

    March 18, 2013

  • Hank F.

    I tried to sign up, but too late. Will my name go on the Waiting List?
    Hank

    March 17, 2013

    • laurahikes

      I put you first on my own wait list. I'm figuring out settings on Meetup for a wait iist. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      March 18, 2013

    • laurahikes

      You are now attending.

      March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had surgery instead. I was on that waiting list and got on!

    March 18, 2013

  • Larry D.

    Am I missing something here? Is there no room in the inn?

    March 17, 2013

    • laurahikes

      You are now attending. I'm figuring out settings on Meetup.

      March 18, 2013

  • Arlene P.

    I'm so happy to be going! Is anyone car pooling from Petaluma?

    March 17, 2013

  • patrick k.

    Hi. Me too. Please add me to the waiting list. Thanks!

    March 16, 2013

    • laurahikes

      Usually some folks drop out a few days before the hike, so there may be space. We should know soon.

      March 16, 2013

    • laurahikes

      You are listed as attending now.

      1 · March 17, 2013

  • Larry D.

    I don't see my name on the attending list, am I in?

    March 17, 2013

    • laurahikes

      You are on my wait list, along with Patrick Kelly. By Tuesday, I'll likely put you both as "attending." Although I expect a few folks will drop out before the hike date, we may just have a large group!

      1 · March 17, 2013

  • Arlene P.

    Please put me on the waiting list! I'd love to do this hike and I do have a pass.

    March 16, 2013

    • laurahikes

      You are now on the "attending" list. Please let us know if you cannot make it. Thanks.

      March 17, 2013

  • Pauline D.

    Unexpected event--sorry to miss this hike.

    March 17, 2013

  • Larry D.

    No wait list? To bad, Larry

    March 16, 2013

    • laurahikes

      There is supposed to be a wail list, but somehow I don't know how to activate it. Maybe I'm "Meetup challenged."

      March 16, 2013

    • laurahikes

      Oops. I meant "wait list," not "wail list."

      March 16, 2013

  • Larry D.

    Hi,
    I have ample parking on my property for anyone wanting to shuttle up to the park. My place is convenient to the park, so as time draws near to the hike I will fill in more details if needed. I may not make the hike but the parking offer is still available.
    Larry

    March 16, 2013

    • laurahikes

      That's really nice of you. Thanks.

      March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly I must work. :(

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will meet for carpool on Raters Drive at 8:20 for JL hike

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to join the Jack London hike...can I still come?

    March 12, 2013

    • laurahikes

      I just put you on the list, since someone cancelled.

      March 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks.Look forward to the hike.

      March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. Need to back out. Have fun!

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to join you if a spot opens up. Thanks!

    March 8, 2013

    • laurahikes

      Lisa,

      March 13, 2013

    • laurahikes

      Someone cancelled, so I just added you to the list. Meetup will also send you a note.

      March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a pass

    February 28, 2013

    • laurahikes

      Possible towing problem at St Francis. Instead, try taking route 12 from Santa Rosa and turning left on St. Francis Rd (just past the shopping center). Then make a right on Raters Drive. Park at intersection.

      March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shall we change our time to meet at Safewayon Calistoga Road to 8:15 so we can be at JLSP by 8:45 for those who was to carpool from Rincon Valley.

    March 9, 2013

    • laurahikes

      Karin,

      March 9, 2013

    • laurahikes

      Possible towing problem at St Francis. Instead, try taking route 12 from Santa Rosa and turning left on St. Francis Rd (just past the shopping center). Then make a right on Raters Drive. Park at intersection.

      March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shirley,

    I will meet you at 8:20...(Safeway on Calistoga road) to carpool for Jack London hike

    March 2, 2013

    • laurahikes

      Possible towing problem at St Francis. Instead, try taking route 12 from Santa Rosa and turning left on St. Francis Rd (just past the shopping center). Then make a right on Raters Drive. Park at intersection. I also sent a note to Karin and added this to general directions.

      March 9, 2013

  • laurahikes

    Hi folks,
    I checked out the Mountain and Ridge trails yesterday. Beautiful trails and the milkmaids are in bloom. We will stop for lunch on our return at the lake or at the picnic area, depending on our timing. Bring snacks for the stop at top of the ridge.

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Calistoga Safeway is a good idea!

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If someone wants to carpool with me from Safeway on Calistoga Road in Rincon Valley great...if not I will meet you there.

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a pass. I live on east side of town if you want to come by my house.

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love JLSP!!

    February 24, 2013

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