Tuleyome’s Home Place Adventures program is offering hikes and outings for all ages and fitness levels. The hikes are free to the public, but donations are accepted with gratitude.
The national award-winning Home Place Adventures program provides children, teens and their families with fun and educational outdoor experiences. The program is made possible by the sponsorship of the Conaway Ranch Preservation Group and PG&E. This year, Home Place Adventures has expanded to include hikes and volunteer opportunities for all members of the public.
The new outings start this month and will range from easy to very difficult. Guests can choose outings including slow nature walks, moderate to strenuous hikes, trail building and maintenance, as well as habitat restoration projects in and around the wild areas of our region.
Though outings are free, there may be a nominal fee to pay to get into some of the park areas. Space is limited on some of the outings, so attendees are advised to sign up well in advance. More outings will be added to the list over the next few months.
For more details, visit www.tuleyome.org, and click on the “Upcoming Hikes and Outings” button near the middle of the page.
* Saturday, Oct. 26: Payne Ranch Hike/Joint Sierra Club Hike: Come hike the multi-thousand acre ranch acquired in the past decade by BLM, aka Bear Creek Unit. The group will hike past the Road Kill Cafe and head south toward old ranch ponds, then ascend up to Cache Creek Ridge where they will look down into Cache Creek Wilderness, then hike the ridge and loop back to the Road Kill Cafe. Total hike is 9 miles with 1,300 feet in elevation. Difficulty level: 3
* Saturday, Nov. 9: Judge Davis Hike: Explore the ridges and canyons of the Cache Creek area of the proposed Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area. From west of Clear Lake, hikers will climb over a picturesque ridge and then drop (way) down to Cache Creek. After lunch they’ll retrace their route up and over the Cache Creek Ridge. The hike is approximately 10 miles with 1,300 feet cumulative elevation gain. Difficulty level: 3
* Saturday, Nov. 16: Volunteer Trail Day at Cold Canyon: Annie’s Trail is named after late board member Anne Schneider who was key in helping preserve the Cold Canyon Headwaters, where the trail is located. This is Tuleyome’s annual workday at which encroaching brush is cleared from the trail. Total distance is about 7.5 miles round trip, and elevation gain is more than 1,500 feet. Difficulty level: 4
* Saturday, Dec. 7: Fungus Crawl: Come along on a “Beginners Fungus Crawl” at the American River Bend Park. This is for beginners who want to learn to recognize some local fungi. The group will look for mushrooms, other fungi (like coral fungus, shelf fungus and earth stars), slime molds and lichen on a two-hour walk through the riparian habitat along the American River.
The guided walk is free, but participants will have to pay a $5 entrance fee at the self-pay station at the front gate of the park. Some of the route is paved, and trails are well-marked and maintained. The group will be walking very slowly, sometimes over uneven ground, to take photos. Difficulty level: 1
* Saturday, Dec. 14: Berryessa Peak Hike: Before the easement was granted and the trail was completed by Tuleyome, there was no public access to the 9,600 acres of public land around Berryessa Peak. The hike up this trail is epic. With a 3,000-foot elevation gain and a 14.5-mile round-trip distance, it is not for the timid. The vistas are rewarding, the tales of political intrigue behind the trail are riveting, and the satisfaction of reaching the summit is sublime. Expect to be out until after dark. Difficulty level: 5