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Half-a-Canoe loop trail at Lake Sonoma Well behaved dogs invited! (Moderate)

There is absolutely NO better way to start your morning than with this spectacularly beautiful hike. Even the drive through the Dry Creek valley of Healdsburg is a visual treat with the vineyards, tasting rooms and quaint countryside. The 5-mile Half-a-Canoe Loop trail follows an old fire road and it meanders down to the shores of Lake Sonoma while offering gorgeous vistas of the lake and grassy hillsides. The return trip takes you back up to the ridge with a climb of appx. 1100 feet. This hike will delight you with sweeping views of both lake arms, the marina and the dam.

A trail description is available at : http://go.northbay.pressdemocrat.com/clip/outdoors.cfm?StartRow=30&Activity=Hiking

Here are the detailed directions:

From Highway 101 in Healdsburg head 10.3 miles northwest on Dry Creek Road to the base of Warm Springs Dam and Lake Sonoma Visitor Center on the right. (Dry Creek Road becomes Skaggs Springs Road in the park)

From the visitor center, continue 3.6 miles, crossing the bridge over Lake Sonoma, to the posted No Name Flat parking lot on the left. (En route, the road becomes Rockpile Road) Keep driving until you see the well posted parking lot on your left. You WILL pass other dirt parking areas but continue on until you see the sign for No Name parking lot.

Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below. It’s important before you come on a Wanderer hike that you agree and are prepared with the following.

As always:

  • We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time. A steady pace and we just keep going! If you are in the lead you will end up waiting at trail junctions. If you are in the back you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group and at waiting points the group may move on as soon as you are within sight. Our pace averages 2.5mph. We do get separated from time to time as everyone walks their own pace but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within a reasonable distance from the group. Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy
  • Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments to the hike details. Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.
  • RSVP etiquette must be followed. Only RSVP when you can commit to attend. Once you have RSVP'd if you have an emergency that means you have to cancel please change your RSVP by 5pm the prior day. This will avoid a "no-show" reflecting on your participation history. Over 3 "no-shows" might mean we have to excuse you from the group. We try very hard to respect each other in this group.
  • Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time. That is the time we head out on the trail. It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival. You will be left behind if you are not ready to head out at the hike start time.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Facilities: along the trail...about 30 minutes after the start
  • Dogs?: YES!!!
  • Bring plenty of water. More than one bottle is usually a good idea.
  • Dress in layers. The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.
  • Bring your smile and great attitude! We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!

See you on the trail!

Car pool etiquette- First and foremost....come prepared to drive. Yes.....I know.....a lot of you are trying to car pool because you don't want to or can't drive for whatever reason. I don't want you to be disappointed, so if you can't drive please be aware that you might not be able to join the hike. There is always that risk if you are counting on others to be your transportation. There may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. You might arrive late, be in the wrong spot or get stopped by a swarm of your paparazzi...come prepared to drive to the trail head if you want to hike! If we have a gang wanting to ride we determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work! General rule of thumb for riders...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas money...it's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!Then PLEASE if possible try to use the three locations below. The more locations we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close to either location.

Car pool locations:

HEALDSBURG: Big John's Supermarket parking lot to leave by 8:30

http://goo.gl/maps/m56WV

SANTA ROSA: Coddingtown Mall parking lot in front of the Coddingtown library to leave by 8:10

http://goo.gl/maps/dBMKd

PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 7:50

http://goo.gl/maps/xA0qm

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  • Katherine C.

    Very enjoyable

    March 26, 2013

  • Shawna

    Thank you, Marinoly, for being our fearless leader this morning. :)

    March 26, 2013

  • Nancy

    Great way to start the day!

    March 26, 2013

  • Brigitte D.

    Beautiful scenery! It was great to be out and about with the Wanderers. Thank you, Marinoly!

    March 26, 2013

  • emily w.

    great!!!!!

    March 26, 2013

  • Marinoly R.

    Awesome day to be hiking with the Wanderers. So great to spend some time with such an amazing group of people!

    1 · March 26, 2013

  • Leigh

    Hi all Half a Canoe hikers! Marinoly is going to be your fearless leader tomorrow. I will be wishing I was there with you and hope to see you all soon!!!!

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have to drop out of this one, will catch it next time.

    March 25, 2013

  • Leigh

    Please respond to this conversation if you will be in SANTA ROSA. If you aren't interested in hearing about this particular car pool you can MUTE this comment(see option below) and not receive any messages added to this conversation.

    March 13, 2013

  • DEBI C.

    I'd better cancel. I'm not over this bug YET. The coughing phase just started up. SO SORRY!

    March 24, 2013

  • Hank F.

    sorry I have to cancel. I was the victim of the Great Tickattack of 2013 (Jack London) and am now on a regimen of antibiotics for 10 days, so have to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Maybe next time; it looked like a great hike.
    Hank

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The above trail description hyperlink doesn't work for me. Is anyone else having problems with this?

    March 20, 2013

    • Shawna

      Your comment made me curious. It's not working for me either.

      March 23, 2013

  • Leigh

    Please respond to this conversation if you will be at the HEALDSBURG car pool location. If you aren't interested in hearing about this particular car pool you can MUTE this comment(see option below) and not receive any messages added to this conversation.

    March 13, 2013

    • Nancy

      Will be at Big John's

      March 21, 2013

  • Shirley D.

    Appt w/tax preparer. Would rather be hiking than paying.

    March 20, 2013

  • Erik A.

    Forgot that I'm starting an orienteering class at the JC that day.

    March 15, 2013

  • Erik A.

    OK

    March 15, 2013

  • Pauline D.

    realized week grandchildren are here after RSVP'd

    March 15, 2013

  • Leigh

    Please respond to this conversation if you will be in PETALUMA. If you aren't interested in hearing about this particular car pool you can MUTE this comment(see option below) and not receive any messages added to this conversation.

    March 13, 2013

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