• Jack London Park "Take a Hike" - Orchard loop da loop with fruit

    Jack London State Historic Park

    Once again, a moderately paced hike sponsored by Jack London Park - free of charge (except for a $10 Vehicle entry fee). If you have hiked with us before at JLP, you know that we want you to have a good time, so each hike is accompanied by volunteer hike sweeps who can guide you back to the parking lot at anytime. Unlike our Nature Hikes, there will only be some brief nature interpretation as we gather together at trail crossings to talk about what's around us before forging on. Our goal will be to cover every trail in the Orchard to see what's ripe. Brief stop under the pear and apple trees for a rest and snack. We will gain most of our elevation walking up to May's Clearing through the mixed evergreen forest then mostly up and down across the Old Fallen Bridge trail to the Orchard and Camp Via, and back on Quarry. This moderate, 7+ mile hike with 800 ft elevation gain will offer a work-out through a variety of habitats. Bring your hiking poles, if you have them, plenty of water (2 L if it's a hot day), snacks and most importantly wear sturdy shoes. It is suggested that you dress in layers so you’re comfortable no matter the temperature. Meet in the ranch (upper) parking lot on the right as you enter the park.

  • Prep-hike - Trione-Annadel Hike: Oaks and Redwoods and Climate … Oh my!

    South Annadel Trailhead Parking 4838 Parktrail Dr, Santa Rosa, CA (map) See below: Annadel, Parktrail trailhead

    This is a prep-hike for Saturdays "Trione-Annadel Hike: Oaks and Redwoods and Climate … Oh my!". When I lead public hikes for the state parks (posted in this Meetup) I prepare by hiking the same route and time of day a few days in advance with park volunteers, California Naturalists or other folks who have a special knowledge of the the trails or subject matter. My hope is that, with the benefit of extra eyes, ears and experience, I can learn a thing or three and the public hike will be that much better. Join Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist John Lynch on a hike to explore the role of Oaks as a keystone species in Trione-Annadel. Let’s see how many varieties of oaks we can find and look closer at those marvelous leaf and stem galls. Hiking through the Redwoods, we’ll talk about the effect of these trees on micro climates and the adaptations plants, and animals have to make to a variety of conditions within the park. We’ll also talk about effect of larger scale climate change on plant communities in Trione-Annadel. The hike will begin at the Park Trail Drive entrance at 9AM, taking us from the Vietnam Vets trail through some beautiful Oak Woodlands and creekside redwoods, up Canyon Trail to Lake Ilsanjo and back down Spring Creek Trail returning around 1PM (approximately 5 miles round trip). Wear hiking shoes, layers appropriate for weather; bring water and a snack. Some trails are rocky and uneven. HEAVY RAIN CANCELS. Fee-free hike. No advance reservations needed. Dogs not allowed. There are no restrooms or water at the parking area or inside the park. Directions: Directions: from Hwy 12/Hwy 101 interchange, follow Hwy 12 East to Sonoma, continue East (straight) at Farmer’s Lane – the street you are now on is Hoen Avenue. Continue for about 2 miles. Turn RIGHT onto Summerfield Road. Turn LEFT onto Parktrail Drive. Park where available at curbside. Meet John just beyond the STOP sign.

  • Trione-Annadel Hike: Oaks and Redwoods and Climate … Oh my!

    South Annadel Trailhead Parking 4838 Parktrail Dr, Santa Rosa, CA (map) See below: Annadel, Parktrail trailhead

    Join Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist John Lynch on a hike sponsored by Trione-Annadel State Park to explore the role of Oaks as a keystone species in the park. Let’s see how many varieties of oaks we can find and look closer at those marvelous leaf and stem galls. Hiking through the Redwoods, we’ll talk about the effect of these trees on micro climates and the adaptations plants, and animals have to make to a variety of conditions within the park. We’ll also talk about effect of larger scale climate change on plant communities in Trione-Annadel. The hike will begin at the Park Trail Drive entrance at 9AM, taking us from the Vietnam Vets trail through some beautiful Oak Woodlands and creekside redwoods, up Canyon Trail to Lake Ilsanjo and back down Spring Creek Trail returning around 1PM (approximately 5 miles round trip). Wear hiking shoes, layers appropriate for weather; bring water and a snack. Some trails are rocky and uneven. HEAVY RAIN CANCELS. Fee-free hike. No advance reservations needed. Dogs not allowed. There are no restrooms or water at the parking area or inside the park. Directions: Directions: from Hwy 12/Hwy 101 interchange, follow Hwy 12 East to Sonoma, continue East (straight) at Farmer’s Lane – the street you are now on is Hoen Avenue. Continue for about 2 miles. Turn RIGHT onto Summerfield Road. Turn LEFT onto Parktrail Drive. Park where available at curbside. Meet John just beyond the STOP sign.

  • Jack London Park "Colors of Fall: Galls, Berries and Birds"

    Jack London State Historic Park

    Examine the changing season with naturalist, John Lynch on this ramble to the Wolf House Ruins. John will help you identify and discover plants with seasonal colors, while you look for “oak apples”, and “flying saucer” galls. Learn about “Acorn Time” and the importance of oaks as a key stone species in the Valley of The Moon. We will look for the hawks soaring above, acorn woodpeckers and watch for their black and white plumage and bright red crowns as they busily harvest the years abundant acorns; towhees scratching in the underbrush and of course the beautiful jays who will let everyone around know where we are! This easy/moderate 2mile roundtrip walk is appropriate for all ages, so bring the kids. We suggest that you bring binoculars, a camera, water, snacks and wear appropriate shoes. Your curiosity, wonder and questions are all encouraged. Meet John in the museum parking lot, on the left as you enter the park. Admission: $10 adults and kids are free (There is a $10 Vehicle entry fee so carpooling is suggested) Please purchase tickets online at: https://jacklondonpark.com/products/general-admission-fall-family-nature-walk Limited to 15 participants

  • Sugarloaf trees and plant communities especially Oaks & Redwoods

    Join us on a guided nature hike sponsored by Team Sugarloaf to explore Sugarloaf’s trees and plant communities - with a special focus on our Oaks & Redwoods. We will discuss why Oaks are considered a keystone species at Sugarloaf and the role of Redwoods in plant diversity Beginning at the Visitor Center, we’ll follow Pony Gate Trail’s grassy slope, into the Oak woodland and through a mixed evergreen forest, along Canyon Trail’s shady riparian corridor lined with redwoods, to the 25-foot dramatic plunge of Sonoma Creek and back to the Visitor’s center. Approximately 2 miles with 450-foot elevation gain. As always, we will slow down for those mesmerized by the beauty of nature. I suggest bringing water, layered clothing, hiking shoes/boots, hiking poles optional, snack, sun protection, and a camera. Departing from and returning to the Visitor's Center. Dogs not allowed on trails. NOTE: There is a $10 Vehicle entry fee ($8, 62 or older). There is also a $10/hiker, ($5 Docent/Student, Free Under 18) charge for this event and reservations are separately required. https://sugarloafpark.org/events/action~agenda/exact_date~[masked]/request_format~json/ Hike is limited to 12 hikers.

  • Sonoma Mountain Camp and Trek

    Jack London State Historic Park

    Enjoy a supported one-way hike across the Bay Area Ridge Trail connecting the North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve in Santa Rosa to Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. Many organizations have been key in a long-term conservation effort that so far has preserved over 5,500 acres around Sonoma Mountain and created a new trail and open space preserve that make it possible to traverse the entire mountain. Join Bay Area Ridge Trail, Jack London State Historic Park and Sonoma County Regional Parks for a 9-mile, nearly 2000ft elevation gain hike which is moderately strenuous and will take on average 4 – 5 hours to complete. We will meet at Jack London State Historic Park. Hikers will catch a shuttle at 10:30AM, which will take you to the trailhead at Jacob’s Ranch (North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park). John Lynch with other volunteer hike leaders and sweeps will guide you along the way. During the hike you’ll get stunning views of Sonoma Valley and the peaks surrounding you: nearby Taylor Mountain, the Mayacamas to the east, and Coastal mountains in the west. Head downhill through Jack London State Historic Park for snacks and drinks in the picnic area! But wait there’s more with a camping option at the North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park on Saturday night before the hike on Sunday! $30 Hike only 9/29; $60 Camp 9/28 & hike 9/29 Learn more and register: https://ridgetrail.secure.force.com/default/CnP_PaaS_EVT__ExternalRegistrationPage?event_id=a442M000000biLFQAY