Hike, Shinrin-yoku, workdays at Sugarloaf
Hike to Brushy Peaks
“Bill & Dave Hikes” will lead a trek to Brushy Peaks in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park on Saturday, Jan. 18. Meet at 8:45 a.m. in the main parking lot for a prompt 9 a.m. departure. This is an ambitious hike for those who want to see the rim of the park and enjoy lunch with spectacular vistas on the ridge top separating Napa and Sonoma counties. This nine-mile, rain or shine, strenuous hike has a total elevation gain of 1,800 feet and will last approximately five hours. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and layered clothing and bring lunch with plenty to drink. Please consider carpooling and remember that there is an $8 vehicle admission fee. Also, please note the starting time of the Bill & Dave Hikes will be 9 a.m., instead of 10 a.m., in 2014.
Access the Bill & Dave Hikes web page directly at www.billanddavehikes.com. The 2014 schedule is now available.
Shinrin-yoku is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” Join Amos Clifford, a leader in the North American Shinrin-yoku movement, on an introductory walk and experience the forest in a new and healing way. This event is on Saturday, Jan. 18, 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. See www.shinrin-yoku.org to learn more about the history and benefits of Shinrin-yoku. Meet at the main day use parking lot. There is a suggested $5 donation per hiker plus $8 per car parking fee. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer work days
On Saturday, Jan. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., volunteers are needed to help with maintenance and construction projects. Email email@example.com to sign up or for more information.
On Saturday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers can help improve the Bald Mountain Trail. Bring gloves, a hat, and water bottle. Wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes, sunscreen or rain gear. No experience necessary. Trained crew leaders will provide tools and guidance. The Sonoma Trails Council will provide parking passes, and snacks and beverages afterwards. If you plan to attend, email Ken Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at the day use parking lot.