Austin and Gilliam Creek (Strenuous+ ) 12 miles 1900 feet

  • April 6, 2013 · 9:15 AM
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  •  Yay!!!  This is a favorite.  Beautiful country and it's almost guaranteed that we will have the trail to ourselves...what a secret gem the Austin Creek State Recreation Area is! 
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You will need water shoes that you can HIKE in for about 3 miles of this hike.  During a 3 mile segment of the hike we cross the river about 7 times and several of the crossings do not offer any alternative to avoid getting wet-believe me we have TRIED!  It's also possible that some of the crossings might be up to 2 feet deep.  Poles are also recommended to aid you in the river crossings that you can rock hop!  

 

 Description:

This hike takes you through some of the most beautiful backcountry in the region.  You descend 1000 feet during the first 1.5 miles of the hike and climb the same amount at the very end.  You must be in good shape to do this hike because the altitude gain comes after about 8 miles of tiring and rough hiking.  This is not a hike for everyone because it also involves multiple creek crossings.  Hiking poles are invaluable and highly recommended with the creek crossings. We will be coming down the fire road and returning with the creek crossings and trail up the hill to take advantage of any shade on the trail.

The hike doesn't climb as much as other of hikes because the altitude gain is not really that much...it's just that most of it is at the very end!  I know I will be huffing and puffing, as well as probably groaning my way up that last climb. 

 Directions:

From the town of Guerneville, take Armstrong Woods Road 2.4 miles north to the ARmstrong Woods entrance stations.  Park in the parking lot on your right just prior to the entry kiosk.  We will gather there and continue at 9:15 the remaining way as a convoy!  Bring any State park passes you might have as we do have to enter the park. We leave at 9 and we will need to pay the $8 entry fee per car if you don't have a state park pass.

 

FOR car pools please document your car pool info in your RSVP comments. . Car pool etiquette- Come prepared to drive, be aware that 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. 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! 

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:

Coddingtown Library parking lot suggested leave at 8:30

Petaluma-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:10

Windsor Lakewood Shopping Center in front of the old Denny's-Leave at 8:40

General room of thumb...$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!

 

 

 

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: 4-5 hours
  • Facilities: at the parking lot before we enter the park
  • Dogs?: none allowed
  • 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 a lunch.  We always have a break at a scenic spot about half way.
  • Bring your smile and great attitude!  We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!

See you on the trail!

 

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  • Richard M

    For a Newt Nookie Video (filmed while getting in trouble by keeping you all waiting after lunch...): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hBwq4ZbNdc

    April 8, 2013

    • Elaine d.

      I don't know Richard....I kind of felt like I shouldn't be watching THAT!

      April 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I took another look and I'm SURE those newts are just snuggling up for a cuddle! (But either way, Marvin Gaye would be proud.)

      April 15, 2013

  • janet

    Thanks Leigh for all you do, I had a great time I am so happy to be part of the Wanderers such a happy group of hikers.

    April 7, 2013

  • Marcelyn

    What a great time, roller-coastering up and down, lunching and lounging midstream, splish-splashin' through the "cricks", urging each other up that last ascent, enjoying scrumptious rewards. Thanks to bakers Leigh, Marinoly and Elizabeth. And to the sharers of wine, chocolate, etc. To Richard, for making sure we had a fine group shot or two. To all, for the wonderful "compañerismo". What a happy sendoff for some of the Aloha Gang! Leigh, you never cease to amaze me!!!
    Hope nobody has an itchy rash today. All that poison oak along (even protuding across) the trail, got me thinking about the idea of doing a trail service day as a group. Left unchecked, I bet that beautiful trail will be overgrown with poison oak before long. Let's talk about it.

    April 7, 2013

    • Dustin H.

      Good idea: I was thinking of bringing pruning shears and gloves next time....

      April 7, 2013

  • Michelle K.

    Thank you Leigh and all for an amazing day with you good people. Hope we didn't crush any newts. Have a great week in Hawaii to the lucky ones and see you all soon!

    April 7, 2013

  • Marinoly R.

    The mud, the moss, the flowers, the company, thanks Leigh for another incredible hike!!!

    April 7, 2013

  • Dustin H.

    Mud, unavoidable poison oak, nice swimming, friendly newts, good adventure...

    April 7, 2013

  • Leigh

    I wanted to be exhausted so I could doze on the plane tomorrow and I think that hike did the trick. By the time I finish everything here at home I am going to be deliciously beat! What a great hike...up, down, over, under and more up! Just the way, we Wanderers, like 'em!!! Thank you all SO much for joining me. I hope you all have a great week and I'll see you when I get back!

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • susette

    Great exercise, laughs, a stunning array of green and beautiful wildflowers! A toast to the Wanderers!!! : )

    April 6, 2013

  • Lynda K.

    Wow. The beauty was all around. And loved the adventure that the creek and fallen trees added. Gonna do it again for sure..

    April 6, 2013

  • Stephen G.

    Amazing views, just the right amount of strenuous-ness!

    April 6, 2013

  • Ken

    What an adventurous day of stream crossings, lots of ups and downs and ups and ups and of course the perfect Wanderer weather. Really a great hiking day with great friends...thanks Leigh!

    April 6, 2013

  • Dese'

    I enjoyed today as it has been about 6 weeks since a good Wander workout through another beautiful piece of country here in SoCo.

    April 6, 2013

  • ted w.

    Fantastic! The 10 year old in me loved all the stream crossings and climbing over and under so many large fallen trees. This hike is a gem. (And I'm not embarrassed to say "I'm beat")

    April 6, 2013

  • Tammy C.

    Dorrie coming

    April 6, 2013

  • Tammy C.

    Dorrie coming

    April 6, 2013

  • Tammy C.

    Dorrie coming

    April 6, 2013

  • Tammy C.

    Dorrie coming

    April 6, 2013

  • Leigh

    Please respond to this conversation if you will be at the CODDINGTOWN 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.

    April 4, 2013

    • Stephen G.

      I will be at Coddingtown at 8:30

      April 6, 2013

    • Stephen G.

      Black Mercedes C230...

      April 6, 2013

  • Leigh

    Remember to bring any state park passes you might have as we do have to enter the park today! Also...this a great hike to bring some refreshments for after!

    April 6, 2013

  • Stephen G.

    See you at Coddingtown!

    April 5, 2013

  • Leigh

    Please respond to this conversation if you will be at the Windsor 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.

    April 4, 2013

    • Leigh

      Looks like Andy, Ken and Maya so far from Windsor..anyone else please add your name under this conversation

      April 4, 2013

    • Andy S.

      Andy S and Sara too

      April 5, 2013

  • Leigh

    Please respond to this conversation if you will be at the PETALUMA 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.

    April 4, 2013

  • Don

    Saddly, my attempt to run the net like a 30 year old, resulted in my rolling on the ground, twisting my back and missing the shot on the tennis court.
    Next time for me. Have fun!

    April 5, 2013

  • Philip T.

    I will be a Coddingtown and have a state park pass.

    April 5, 2013

  • Lynda K.

    Meet at trailhead with Linda Marietta

    April 4, 2013

  • Don

    Possible Marin carpool if enough interest....please let me know or I'll join the Petaluma car poolers. Thank you.

    March 26, 2013

  • Leigh

    Hi all Austin Creek hikers! We just did our test run of this hike yesterday and the hike was beautiful but very rugged. Many trees are down over the trail, the poison oak is growing beautifully and the ticks are jumping! This hike is for the TRUE HIKERS of the Wanderers. It's exhausting physically and not for you if you don't want to get down and dirty! That being said, it's just a gorgeous hike. If you can do it and enjoy those conditions it is a "must do"!! Please bring your goodies for a quick after hike relaxation session. Believe me...you will want an ice cold beverage and a snack when you successfully haul your body up and out of that valley back to the car. Feel free to bring wine for lunch if you don't mind lugging it.
    You will need to be perky and well rested for this hike!
    Alternate shoes (that you can hike in for a couple of miles)to wear for the river crossings WILL be necessary and poles will be very helpful for you.

    March 13, 2013

    • Brenda P.

      I am so excited Leigh. I HATED missing yesterday!

      March 13, 2013

    • Kevin H.

      Cold is good, it will keep you on your toes! no pun intended.

      March 14, 2013

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