What we're about

We are hikers who want to get out into the wilderness and see some spectacular things, but we are hikers whose natural pace is a little slower than most hikers. If you hike with groups but find yourself lagging toward the end of the line, feel that that the other hikers are waiting for you or if you are often passed by other hikers while you’re hiking a trail, then this group might be for you. We move slower, stop to either rest a bit or to just take things in. If you’re looking to blast to the highlight and then turn back right there, this group is not for you. When we get to a destination point, we may spend an hour or more there just taking it in and enjoying it.

I created this group for hikers such as myself whose natural pace is a little slower than the average hiker. I can do distances and like to be in the higher elevations in the mountains and back country. While seeing some spectacular things, I cannot emphasize enough this group is not about racing to a destination in that the entire hike from the trailhead and back is the destination. During the summer months, most of the hikes are in the Sierras that includes the Lake Tahoe area, Crystal Basin, the Carson Pass area, Mokelumne Wilderness, Desolation Wilderness and other areas. In the winter and spring, while waiting for the snow to melt, this group hikes the foothills and coastal regions in the lower elevations of Northern California all within two and half to a maximum of three hours from Sacramento.

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Housekeeping:

I get questions about dogs, and unfortunately your pets will have to stay at home. The reasons for this are varied: Some people are uncomfortable around them, others are allergic, and there are some hiking locations where dogs are prohibited. Pets may also disrupt wildlife in the area that we may encounter and want to enjoy being in the presence of.

You MUST know your physical abilities and what you can and cannot hike. If you think a hike may be too challenging/strenuous for you, it is strongly advised you do not RSVP for it. While we practice a "no one left behind" mentality, an inability to keep up or handle the terrain/elevation does impair the hike for others and the group experience overall. We are not fast movers, but we do want to get to the destination point. Know your abilities and listen to your body!

While we do move at a more relaxed pace, if you choose to carpool, you need to be mindful of the members you rode with and keep up with them so they are not waiting for you in the parking lot for an unreasonable amount of time for you to return.

If you RSVP to a meetup and later find that you are not able to attend, which is perfectly fine, please change your attendance status to not going. Being a no-show could result in you being removed from the group, as others on the waiting list will not be able to participate in the hike. Also, by not moving your status to not going, it leaves us wondering at the trailhead at the start time if you’re coming or not. We leave promptly at the start-time posted in the hiking meetup description.

If there is a pattern of you selecting “going” in order to “place hold” and then decide not to attend at the last minute while others are on the waitlist, this could also lead to you being removed from the group.

If you decide to change your status to not going whether you’re “going” or on a waitlist, do not post to the group asking the organizer, host or whoever to change your status. You got yourself on the list, so you can therefore remove yourself from the list. This is not a difficult task.

It would seem that some rules of etiquette wouldn’t need to be written, but none the less, it has happened and now it has to be addressed. Dropping trow on the trail while there are plenty of bushes, trees, rocks or whatever around that will provide plenty of privacy will more than likely get you removed from the group.

Normally, a hike will be set up where it’s fine to bring a guest, and the option to bring a guest will be activated to allow a guest to accompany you. There are times when some of the hikes are for members only, and there are reasons for this, such a limited group number is allowed into an area, or a particular hike is anticipated to be popular with the group. If the guest option is not activated, it means you cannot bring a guest.

For the purposes of having an accurate count for a meetup, each person has to sign up individually and not as a couple or one person RSVPing representing multiple people. This is really important in that we sometimes go into areas where there is a restriction imposed on how many people can be in a group. It is also important when you join the group that you have a picture of yourself for your profile image. This is so you can be identified when we meetup and know you’re part of the group.

If an event is full, it is intended only for the attendees who are on the going list, or for those who make separate arrangements with the event host before the event starts.

You should familiarize yourself with the ten essentials (https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html), and you are strongly encouraged to pack them with you when we hike. We have run into situations where group members did not pack the ten essentials and found themselves in need... mostly first aid, but also an unexpected headlamp situation. Be Responsible!!

We’re a pretty cohesive group on the trail and easy to get along with. We can get pretty chatty while on the trail, but part of what makes us cohesive while hiking is that we really don’t bring up politics or religion, which can create arguments. We're all out here for one reason - to enjoy the what the outdoors has to offer and to get away from the hassles of everyday life.

*** Collection of dues has been indefinitely suspended during COVID-19 issues as meetups will not be as frequent until it is deemed safe for the lifting of the social distancing restrictions. *** Once your request to join the group is approved, you will have 60 days from that date to evaluate whether you want to stay. We hope you do because we do have a lot of fun. If you decide you want to stay with us, there will be annual dues of $6, which helps to cover the costs of maintaining this Meetup group. These dues should be paid immediately after the 60-day trial period. Please note that the payment of these dues does not automatically entitle you to go on a hiking meetup. You will still have to RSVP and be on the "going" list.

To be clear, we are organizers and hosts, we are not guides, leaders or experts. We are everyday people who like to hike in the wilderness and want to join with like-minded hikers.

NorCal Trail Trekkers is a non-professional social group. Only you can assess your abilities to attend a hike and are solely responsible for your safety and well-being. Please familiarize yourself with Meetup's Terms of Service. It is your responsibility to know your ability when signing up for a meetup. Please contact the hike organizer with any questions you may have.

By joining this group and being a member of it, you are agreeing to all terms set forth, which may change at anytime, and you are responsible for keeping abreast of them.

Upcoming events (2)

Eagle Pass to Paul Thomas Trail

Eagle Pass Recreation Area

The Orland Buttes hike can only be done in the springtime while the grasses are green all around before the summer sets in and the weather is still cool enough to be outside in the valley. The view from Eagle Pass we hike up to is incredible. It looks over to Black Butte, the lake itself to the west and the Coastal Mountain Range that spans the horizon running from the north the south that disappears to sight. Along the trail, we will probably come along patches of wildflowers. After we take in the views from Eagle Pass, the hike really begins as we head south down a game trail toward a fence line, to a where a “road” that looks like trucks or ATVs might use. We will follow it though at times it may be overgrown. Along the way through the tall grass, we may see hawks or eagles flying above, or a nest up in an oak tree. We’ll continue on to a “developed area” where there is a picnic area and views of the lake. From there we will return. This hike is about 7.0 miles out and back as we meander along the lake, and it is mostly exposed, so you might want to bring sun protection. For those who like to swim, we probably won’t be able to access the water from where we will be. The most difficult part of the hike is about a 21% grade for about .2 miles at the beginning up to Eagle Pass and near the end with a 12% grade over .3 miles. Overall, the average grade is less than 1 percent after coming off of Eagle Pass, but it’s not flat. There is some up and down there and there. The maximum elevation gain is about 830 feet. Bring a lunch or snacks and plenty of water. Bring a camera if you like, but no pets. Please try to arrive by 9:30 a.m., we will meet in the parking lot near the trailhead. The parking lot is here:[masked], [masked] (just paste the coordinates into Google Maps) and we can head out by 9:40. Parking is $5.00. Be responsible and be mindful of the Ten Essentials https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html and come prepared. You never when you will need them. If you RSVP as going on this hike and there is a waitlist behind you and find that you are unable to attend, out of respect for those on the waitlist, please mark yourself as not going so someone who wants to attend can. Inclement weather will cancel the hike.

Jack London State Historic Park - Sonoma Ridge

Jack London State Historic Park

The trail at Jack London State Historic Park is a climb up to Sonoma Ridge, but they say some of views of the top are worth the effort. The trail is mostly shaded by oak trees, but we will see some redwoods as well and possibly wildflowers. We also may encounter deer and other wildlife. This roughly 9.2-mile hike starts off easy, but shortly after a 3.9 mile climb begins with an overall 7% grade. The trailhead elevation is 711 feet, and we will ascend to 1,735 feet. While the trail is rated as moderate, there are parts of the climb some say are strenuous. We may encounter poison oak at some points and possibly ticks, so for those of you who like to hike in shorts, you may want to consider pants. Bring a lunch or snacks and plenty of water. Bring a camera if you like, but no pets. Trekking poles are recommend. Inclement weather may cancel this hike. Please try to arrive by 9:00 a.m., we will meet in the parking lot near the trailhead. The parking lot is here:[masked], [masked] (just paste the coordinates into Google Maps) and we can head out by 9:10. Parking is $10. There are restrooms around the park if needed but not on the trail. Be responsible and be mindful of the Ten Essentials https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html and come prepared. You never when you will need them. If you RSVP as going on this hike and there is a waitlist behind you and find that you are unable to attend, out of respect for those on the waitlist, please mark yourself as not going so someone who wants to attend can. Inclement weather will cancel the hike.

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Lake Marie Loop, Skyline Wilderness Park

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