We meet at 8:50 and leave at 9:00 am.
Weimar Institute is not your average hiking trail. It is a private property and the owner is happy to share their land to the public. It is a 457 acres of land originally opened in 1919 as a small tuberculosis sanitarium located in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The sanitarium grew to a large hospital supported by 15 counties. It was changed to a Chest Center in 1957 for treatment of other pulmonary illnesses and was later named to Weimar Medical Center in 1960. It was closed in 1972 due to financial cuts (yes cuts do hurt, ouch!) In 1975 it was used as a temporary relocation center for Vietnamese refugees. In 1977, the Seventh day Adventists purchased the land and is now used as an education center for Health and Education offering a lifestyle based health care and biblically focused secondary and higher education. So you see, there is much educational and emotional history in this venue. While hiking, keep your eyes open to the hidden cemetery on your left where the tombstones are actually numbered wooden crosses. You will learn how these people died during the hike.
About the trail:
Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada about 20 miles NE of Loomis off I-80 just past Auburn. At about 2,000 ft elevation where beyond the landscaped part of the campus are natural greens and foliage that lead along the creeks and hillsides with various level paths or more strenuous routes. From the ponderosa pines of the campus are oak woodlands next to blackberry and grapevine thickets, across open meadows into cedar groves with ferns and alder trees. There are shelters along the trail paths that were built by students. There is even a swing hanging from a very tall tree and benches along the way about every half a mile. Yeah, we can play there a bit.
This hike is described as Intermediate – Strenous hike of 7 miles. One of the newest most rugged trails, Knob Hill, has many steep places and rocks – anything but a level path – for those preparing for mountain climbing or training or just plain wanting to have a challenge. A favorite strenuous hike is four miles around the Frontier Trail starting near the Chapel, along the east and south sides to the swing, then north on up Cardiac Hill, through Cougar Creek meadow, up and down then up again to the Academy. Another vigorous hike might start gently along Coyote Creek, past the Fire Bowl to Frontier then up and up to Owl’s Roost Rock, a wonderful place to view the sunset. IOW, there are variety of choices and we can decide as a group which trail to take. Paper maps are available on a volksmarch cabinet located by the welcome center. The maps even point out drinking fountains, toilet, store and parking.
NOTE: Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not allowed. Horses are dogs on leash are allowed.
For more details on the trails, visit,http://www.newstart.com/newstart/our-location/walking-trails/
Directions from Sacramento:
Take I-80 E.
Take the exit towards WEST PAOLI LANE.
Turn left at end of ramp
Turn left over bridge
Turn right into Weimar Center
20601 West Paoli Lane
Weimar/Colfax, CA 95736
As always, carpool is encouraged. Please pay your driver $4/hour for their time, gas and wear and tear of their vehicle. This is not far from the homefront so we can stop by for dinner after the hike at a TBD location.