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We'll meet at Rossmoor and Ambassador Drive at Rossmoor Bar entrance sign. We'll be walking on a mix of asphalt and dirt trail for 1.5 hours departing at 8:05 ALL year round. It's mainly flat. We'll alternate the route each time between walking to El Manto and walking to just past Hagan Park just to spice it up a bit. We'll walk the pace of the group, quick is preferred. We're usually 3-6 people, many don't sign up. Please come prepared with water, sunscreen, layered clothing and walking shoes. Dogs and friends welcomed! Feel free to call or text Ingrid if late at[masked] otherwise change your attendance here on Meetup so we're not waiting. I always check attendance and comments at 8 :-)
Samuel Taylor State Park
7 mile Loop
1,500' elevation gain
Pioneer Tree Trail to Barnabe Peak to Bill's Trail
No dogs allowed
Bring lunch, snacks, 2+ liters of waters, electrolytes, sun and wind protection, etc.
7:00am meet at the 11th and P Sacramento Park and Ride
9:00am meet at the roadside parking area across from the Devil's Gulch entrance on Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
4:00pm estimated return time to Sacramento
Contact: Shannon B. [masked]
North Grove loop is about 1.7 miles and less than 100 elevation gain.
South Grove loop is about 5 miles and 750 foot elevation gain.
Expect about 7 miles and[masked] feet EG total.
We will hike the North Grove first. Want to get an earlier start as it is more popular, but the redwoods and dogwoods are closer together.
Dogwoods are blooming, but there may be prescribed burns. As of writing meetup description, the North Grove Overlook trail (not part of this route) is closed. https://www.facebook.com/CalaverasBigTreesSP/
Bring water and be prepared for cool and warm weather. Park entrance is about 4700 ft elevation.
Carpoolers expect to pay about $24 ($6/hour). There is a park entrance fee (believe $10) which you should share unless have a Poppy Pass.
After finishing North Grove loop, we will regroup at the South Grove trailhead (about 8 miles drive down the Walter Smith Parkway). The South Grove has more and bigger trees, flowing creeks, and usually less crowded.
Alltrails routes for more information
- North Grove: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/calaveras-north-grove-trail
- South Grove: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/calaveras-south-grove-trail
Restrooms at both trailheads.
Dogs are not allowed on trails.
Hello movie lovers! Who needs getting up early for a long day hiking? Instead, join me for the 11:45 showing of "The Duke" at the Tower Theatre, with an optional one hour walk in the neighborhood prior to movie. The following is from the Tower website description of film:
"Already rated 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, THE DUKE is Director Roger Michell’s (Notting Hill, Another Year) swan song starring Academy Award winners Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren about the 60-year old taxi driver, who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London in 1961. This true crime caper story about the first (and only) theft in the Gallery’s history has already delighted and inspired audiences across the globe."
****For those interested, can meet outside theatre entrance at 10:30 (we'll start walk promptly, so if interested, text or call if running late.) for a nice mellow walk in the adjacent Land Park neighborhood. Or, can just plan on meeting around 11:25-11:30 at theatre entrance.
---Cost is $7.00 if purchased at theatre ( credit or debit card only at theatre....no cash transactions! .....The cost is $8.75 if purchased online at following website: (I'd be amazed if this movie is sold out....has been playing a couple of weeks)
Hope to see a few fellow movie lovers at the Tower :) If need to reach me or running late, my cell is (916) 425 - 5415