What we're about

We are day 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, this 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!

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.

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.

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.

Periodically the membership of this group will be reviewed, and if you have not RSVPed to a hike over a six month period or have not visited the group over a four month period, your membership will be considered abandoned and you will be removed from the group.

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 (5+)

Hike to Drakes Head (Point Reyes)

Drakes Estero Trailhead

We're going back to Point Reyes! This time we’re going to Drakes Head where I’m told you can look down on the leopard sharks and bat rays from the bluff. (I can’t guarantee we’ll see them, but there is a good chance). We might also see gray whales out at sea passing by. This hike is about a 9-mile out and back, and it is mostly exposed, so sun protection is highly recommended. This hike is rated as moderate with a 1,030 elevation gain. A lot of the trail goes through cow pastures, so there will probably be cow pies along way… and cows. Bring lunch or snacks and water and a camera if you want. You also might want to bring binoculars for the sea-life viewing. Bring layers, as the air may become cooler as we approach the ocean. No pets. Please be in the parking lot by 10:00 a.m., and we will head out by 10:10. Parking is free but can fill. There is a restroom in the parking lot. If you RSVP as going on this hike and there is a waitlist behind you, and later find you are unable to attend, mark yourself as not going so someone who want to attend can.

Redbud Trail to Baton Flat & Possibly Beyond

Location visible to members

After you’ve survived Black Friday and if you want hike off some of that Thanksgiving poundage, we can hike the Redbud Trail. We did this hike in the spring, and going back to see it in the fall will give us a different perspective as the trail meanders over the hills to Baton Flat. Also, if Cache Creek is low enough, we can cross it and hike on. What’s special about crossing the creek this time of year is Bald Eagles nest in the area. I’ve never seen them, but I know they’re there. There is also the possibility we may see Tule Elk as they roam freely in the area. The five mile out and back hike to Baton Flat is moderate, and there is climbing and descending. If we cross Cache Creek, trekking poles for balance would come in handy over the rocks, and crossing will extend the hike. Pack a lunch or snacks, and be sure to bring water, and you might want to bring a camera. No pets. If we cross the creek, you’ll probably want to bring a change of socks for when we get back, as your feet will probably get wet. Please arrive by 10 a.m., and we will start hiking no later than 10:10. There is restroom at the parking lot. Parking is free. Rain will cancel the meetup.

Homestead Blue Ridge Loop Hike

UC Davis - Stebbins Cold Canyon Natural Reserve

Every year I try to get out and hike on New Years Day. Rather than trying to fulfill a resolution, this is something I usually can accomplish. This year, I’ve decided to hike the Blue Ridge portion of the Homestead-Blue Ridge Loop near Winters that overlooks Lake Berryessa. Usually the hills are in the winter green, and there is water in the lake to look out upon. If it’s a clear day, you can look down into portions of the Sacramento Valley and also gaze upon the mountains to the north where you can sometimes see Snow Mountain and Mt. Konocti in the distance to the west. Make no mistake - this hike, if done at a proper pace can be done, but it is rated as strenuous, so you need to know your abilities. If you’ve partied hard the night before, I do not recommend you come on this hike. I’ve done this hike several times both whole and in part, and I may only go to the ridge and stop there before it becomes difficult, or I may go for a ways. This 5.29 mile hike is best done in the late fall, winter or early spring before the summer heat sets in. The steepest grate is 13% over 1.4 miles with an elevation gain of 1,383 feet. Though not necessary, trekking poles can come in handy on this hike. There is poison oak in places along the ridge, and it should be dormant, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t be adversely affected by it. Bring a lunch or snacks and water. There is no water on the trail, so bring more than you think you might need. Bring a camera and no pets. Dress in layers, as the wind has been known to blow pretty good on the ridge sometimes. Parking is free. Please arrive by 9 AM, and we will head out at 9:10. Rain will cancel this hike.

Steep Ravine to Matt Davis Trail

Stinson Beach Parking Lot

If you want to hike under the Redwoods, Mt. Tamalpais has you covered. This hike will start at Stenson Beach and hike up Steep Ravine Trail and loop back down on the Matt Davis Trail. On this nearly 7-mile loop, we will ascend 1,500 feet on over a 3.25 mile stretch on at an 8.6% grade. We will take our time as we hike among the redwoods and ferns, and if we're lucky, Webb Creek will be running next to us as we climb the Steep Ravine Trail. Once we start back down, we'll be at approximately 1,600 feet above sea level at our highest point, and we can stop and gaze out at the Pacific Ocean and possibly see the Farallon Islands as we descend. Though this hike is moderate, you need to know your abilities. There will be a ladder to climb at on point, and you may need trekking poles. There is some exposure on the hike, so sun protection is recommended. Also bring a lunch or snacks and plenty of water. Bring a camera if you like. Because there is the potential for waterfalls and running water along Steep Ravine Trail, rain WILL NOT cancel this hike if it is in the forecast, since it can enhance the water flowing experience. So you may want to bring rain protection. No pets. Please try to be in the parking lot by 10:00 a.m., and we will meet at the corner of Marine Way and Willow Camp Way in Stinson Beach, which is here:[masked], [masked] (just paste the coordinates into Google Maps) and we can head out by 10:15. Parking appears to be free. 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 want to attend can.

Past events (17)

Bear Valley to Kelham Beach (Point Reyes)

Bear Valley Trailhead

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