Cub Scout Pack 1776
1Mar/21

March Hike: Little Yosemite

Pack 1776 will take advantage of the milder weather to hike Little Yosemite in Sunol Regional Wilderness. The scenic trail runs parallel to a creek and offers some of the most impressive views in bay area. Frequent rain in winter may provide opportunity to view beautiful waterfall in Sunol.

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1Feb/21

February Hike: Redwood Creek Regional Park

Lady Bug Migration Time!

Location:Redwood CreekEast Ridge and Stream TrailsRedwood Regional Park, Oakland
Starting Point: Canyon Meadow Staging Area
Distance: 6 miles (2 hours)
Attire: Class B
Awards:Trail Trekkers Cub Scout Patch/Progressive Hike Award
Parking Fee: $5

Alltrails Map: Download Here

Due to the distance of the hike it is recommended that all hikers come prepared with plenty of snacks, water and a lunch to enjoy during our break. Start at the Canyon Meadow Staging Area and head to the Canyon View Trail. Then go along the East Ridge until you reach the Skyline Gate. At this time you can take a break and refill your water bottles or use the restrooms. Then head down the Stream Trail to Mill Site or Fern Hut where you can stop for lunch. If you are lucky the stream will be full and get to see a few of the cascades.

We are hoping to see a special treat: ladybug hibernation. Thousands of ladybugs have been converging in clusters along the Stream Trail between Prince Road and Tres Sendes. Another gathering can be found midway on the French Trail between Tres Sendes and West Ridge Trail (Mother Nature willing, of course).

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5Jan/21

January Hike II: Sycamore Grove

Date/Time: With you family.
Location: Sycamore Grove Park (map), Livermore
Meeting PointWetmore Road Entrance Parking lot
Attire: Class B (dress in layers)
Awards: Trail Trekkers Cub Scout Patch/Progressive Hike Award
Parking Fee: $7 per vehicle
Hike Info: Hike info
RSVP: Do on your own

For those of you who wish to hike closer to home, an easy one is at the Sycamore Grove Park. The trail is 4 miles long with hardly any elevation gain. Lion and Tiger scouts are encouraged to participate. This park has a lot of reptiles. Near the wet area, you may see some great blue herons - don't forget to look up. Wandering among the park's sycamores, you may be fortunate enough to see a fox, a bobcat, or perhaps a Red-tailed Hawk soaring overhead. Magpies and Bushtits chatter as you stroll along quiet trails. A quiet hiker can sometimes find deer, rabbits and hares, ground squirrels, mice, lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs, and a variety of birds and insects in the park.

What to bring:

  • binoculars, camera
  • layers of clothing appropriate for the weather
  • Plenty of water and snacks

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26Sep/20

November Hike: Sibley Volcanic Trail

November's pack hike of the month will be the Sibley Volcanic Trail, located in the Oakland Hills. Since this area has a small parking lot and given the large turn out we had last month, we'd like to conduct this hike on a smaller level. So, get outdoors as a family or with your den to do this hike. Burn off some of the that Thanksgiving turkey on this cool hike! Send a photo of your scout at the Trailhead and we'll send he or she their patch (note this is not a TrailTrekker or Highlander patch hike) in the next pack delivery.

The Volcanic Trail was once a quarry haul road.  This contains most of the stops on a self-guided volcanic tour.  The hike is about 3.5 miles long. Did you know we have a volcano in our backyard at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve? Originally called Round Top Park, Sibley shares with Temescal and Tilden the distinction of being one of the East Bay Regional Park District's original parks. The preserve was later named in honor of Robert Sibley, who helped found the District and served for 10 years on its board of directors.

What to Bring:

  • Facecovering
  • Plenty of water and snacks
  • Layers of clothing appropriate for the weather
  • Binoculars, camera (optional)

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26Sep/20

October Hike: Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Directions: From Highway 680: Take the Crow Canyon Road exit. Drive west on Crow Canyon for about 1 mile, then turn right (north) onto Bollinger Canyon Road. Continue about 4.5 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. Alternatively, drive west on Bollinger until it ends at the park. It is about 10 miles from school on Bollinger Canyon Road. Meet at the parking lot at the end of the road inside the park.

Trail: Bollinger Creek Loop trail. It is a very nice nearly flat 1.5 Mile trail. It should take less than 1 hour to complete. Is is an easy hike for our younger scouts.

What to Bring:

  • Facecovering
  • Plenty of water and snacks
  • Layers of clothing appropriate for the weather
  • Binoculars, camera (optional)

Overview:
Las Trampas (Spanish for the traps) has two distinct areas, each with its own personality. Rocky Ridge, on the west side of the valley, is known for views in all directions, unusual rocks and green rolling hills lightly forested with California bays, oaks and maples. The wildflower display on the hills just off the ridgeline is an east bay favorite. The Las Trampas Ridge, to the east, is quite different, featuring a plant community dominated by chamise with other chaparral plants such as manzanitas and coyote brush.

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30Dec/19

April Hike: Little Yosemite, Sunol Regional Wilderness – POSTPONED

April 19, 2020

Pack 1776 will take advantage of the milder weather to hike Little Yosemite in Sunol Regional Wilderness. The scenic trail runs parallel to a creek and offers some of the most impressive views in bay area. Frequent rain in winter may provide opportunity to view beautiful waterfall in Sunol.

Direction from I-680S (Bollinger Canyon Exit):

Follow I-680 S to CA-84 E in Sunol. Take exit 21A from I-680 S. 12 min (13.0 mi). Take Calaveras Rd and Geary Rd to Ohlone Rd, 19 min (7.8 mi). Merge onto CA-84 E, (0.1 mi). Turn left onto Calaveras Rd (signs for I-680 S) (4.3 mi). Turn left onto Geary Rd (2.3 mi), Geary Rd turns slightly right and becomes Ohlone Rd. Destination will be on the left.

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30Dec/19

May Hike: Windemere Ridge Trail

  • Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020 DO THIS ON YOUR OWN TIMETABLE
  • Time: 
  • Location: Windemere Ridge Trail
  • Distance: 2.1 miles
  • Meeting Point: Dougherty Station Parking Lot, 17017 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94582
  • Attire: Class B
  • RSVP: THIS IS NO LONGER A PACK EVENT DUE TO THE SHELTER IN PLACE RESTRICTIONS. PLEASE HAVE A GREAT TIME EXPLORING THIS NEARBY TRAIL AS A FAMILY!

Directions: The Windemere Ridge Trail begins at the intersection of Bollinger Canyon Rd and E. Branch Parkway. There is ample parking in Dougherty Station Library. Walk across intersection to access trail.

Trail: The Windemere Ridge Trail is a 2.1 up and back course that begins across the street from the Windemere Ranch Middle School on East Branch Parkway near Bollinger Canyon Road. The trail is concrete and is a cattle grazing area. After an initial steep incline, the trail follows along the rolling hills of the Dougherty area with beautiful views of the valley. The Windemere Ridge Trail is great for walking, and running. The trail is great for young kids to acclimatize to hiking. Trail info on San Ramon

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30Dec/19

July Hike: Wildcat Peak, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley

Sunday, July 19, 2020 DO ON YOUR OWN. NOTE PARKING AREAS MAY BE CLOSED SO CHECK THE TILDEN PARK WEBSITE

Details:
A view of Mount Tamalpais rising from San Francisco Bay will be the reward for hiking to the top of Wildcat Peak in Tilden Park. This trail loops through eucalyptus and oak forests, up moderately steep hills, then back to one of the best nature study areas in the Bay Area. The hike should take about 2 hours.

This trail affords an excellent opportunity to compare different biomes. The first part of the hike is a gentle climb through pungent eucalyptus, abruptly yielding to oak woodland as you near Peak Trail. Then hikers climb moderately steep switchbacks through grassy hills (covered with wildflowers in spring) and chaparral slopes to Wildcat Peak at the top of the loop.

Here there is a spur (.10 mile) which leads to the top of Wildcat Peak high above the tops of the eucalyptus trees. You will find a circular stone observation plaza at the top. On a clear day hikers can view San Francisco Bay with Mt..Tamalpais rising above the bridges in the west, and Mt.. Diablo looming above rural Contra Costa County to the east.

To descend and complete the loop, retrace your steps on the spur back to Peak Trail. At this point continue on towards Nimitz Way. About 30 yards before the paved road the trail makes a right turn and begins to weave through a lush canyon.

When you come to the fire road (Laurel Canyon Road) follow it to the right until you come to the marker for Laurel Canyon Trail. Going left, you'll follow switch backs and cross tiny streams in the shade of large oaks and laurels. The trail continues on the other side of the next fire road, but about 10 yards to the left.

The last leg of your trek takes you out of the oaks, back into the eucalyptus grove, across one more fire road and finally deposits you back in the meadow behind the Environmental Education Center.

Getting there:
From Highway 24 take the Fish Ranch Road Exit (just east of the Caldecott Tunnel); go north about 1 mile to Grizzly Peak Blvd., turn right; stay on Grizzly Peak about 12.5 miles; turn right on Canon Drive, go about .10 mile and veer left on Central Drive, following signs to the Little Farm and Nature Study Area

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8Dec/19

Monterey Bay Adventure Weekend

February 1-2, 2020

Come join Pack 1776 for a weekend of fun in the Monterey Bay Area. Choose from these fun activities:

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Overnight - Saturday, February 1st - Sunday February 2nd (Registration is closed)
  • Pt. Lobos State Park Monterey Bay Trekkers Patch Hike - Saturday, February 1st
  • The Forest of the Nisene Marks  Monterey Bay Trekkers Patch Hike - Sunday, February 2nd


Monterey Bay Aquarium Overnight

Click here for more information on the overnight; where to park and what to bring.

Pt. Lobos State Park Monterey Bay Trekkers Hike - Saturday, February 1st

  • Date: February 1st (Saturday)
  • Meet: 1:00 p.m. or do on your own.
  • Location: Point Lobos State Reserve
  • Hike Distance: 3.5 miles round trip
  • Time: Allow 2.5 - 3 hours for the hike

Click here for more information on the Point Lobos hike.

The Forest of the Nisene Marks Monterey Bay Trekkers Hike - Sunday, February 2nd

  • Date: February 2nd (Sunday)
  • Meet: Do this hike on the way back from the Aquarium - on your own timetable
  • Location: The Forest of Nisene Marks, Aptos, CA.
  • Hike Distance: 3.5 miles round trip
  • Time: Allow 2.5 - 3 hours for the hike

Click here for more information on The Forest of the Nisene Marks hike.

Scouts that complete both Monterey hikes also earn the Monterey Bay Trekker Center Patch

8Dec/19

Monterey Bay Trekkers Hikes

February 1st and 2nd

Given Pack 1776 Scouts will be overnight at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on February 1st - 2nd, we thought it would be fun to work on two Monterey Bay Trekkers hikes. As with Trailtrekkers or Highlander, this hiking program is an opportunity for Cub Scouts and their families to explore local hiking trails and parks in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.

We've selected two hikes. For Saturday, before the start of the Overnight, come join us a 1:00 p.m. for the Pt. Lobos hike. This is a 3.5 mile loop hike that will showcase the ocean, cliffs and marine mammals such as sea lions! We estimate this hike will take 2.5 - 3 hours, so there should be ample time to finish and grab dinner before the 6:30 p.m. check in at the Aquarium. The hike is about 20 minutes from the Aquarium. We intend this to be a group hike, but you can do it on your own.

Sunday's hike is in Aptos. We figured people can leave the Aquarium on their own timetable and should they choose, do the Forest of Nisene Marks hike on the way home. This hike is near Highway 17/Highway 1. The Nisene Marks hike will NOT be a group hike. Each hike earns a patch (below). Scouts that complete both Monterey hikes also earn the Monterey Bay Trekker Center Patch (above). Take a photo during the Nisene Marks hike and forward to cubmaster@pack1776.com.

Pt. Lobos State Park Monterey Bay Trekkers Hike - Saturday, February 1st

Park outside the Point Lobos State Reserve on Cabrillo Highway and walk to the meeting point near the intersection of the Lace Lichen trail and Carmelo Meadow trail.  This is just inside the entrance of the park entrance.  We will start of the Lace Lichen trail and hike about a mile to the intersection of the Cypress Grove Trail.  Restrooms are located here.

The Cypress Grove Trail loops around the Allen Memorial Grove and offers beautiful vistas of the Cypress Cove, Pinnacle Cove, and South Point. This loop is .8 miles.   As you finish the loop, go left at the trailhead for the North Shore Trail. Continue for a short distance until you reach the Whaler's Knoll Trail trailhead. Turn right at the trailhead and go up to the top of the Whaler's Knoll - don't worry it's only 180 feet of elevation gain. From there you will see beautiful vistas of the Carmel Bay.

Continue down the Whaler's Knoll trail and bear left back towards the North Shore Trail.

Follow the North Shore Trail until you reach Whaler's Cove. Whaler's Cove is a great place to rest and take a break. There is also a cultural history museum with docents who will tell you about the whaling that used to occur here. Be on the look out for the giant whale bones in front of the Whaler's Cabin.

When you are done at Whaler's Cove, turn around and head back along the North Shore Trail to the Cabin Trail, making a left.  Follow the Cabin trail for about .2 miles and cross over the access road and continue on the trail.  The trail changes names to the Granite Point trail.  Turn right at the intersection of the Carmelo Meadow Trail and follow it to where we started (.4 miles).

The Forest of the Nisene Marks Monterey Bay Trekkers Hike - Sunday, February 2nd

About the park:

Off the beaten path, The Forest of Nisene Marks’ dense second- and third-growth redwood forest rises from near sea level to steep coastal mountains.  The park’s land has a bittersweet beauty. Almost all of today’s redwood forest was clear-cut in a 40-year logging frenzy from 1883 to 1923. When the loggers left the Aptos Canyon, the forest began to heal itself; now, the scars grow fainter with each passing year. The Forest of Nisene Marks is a monument to forest regeneration and the future—it is a forest in a perpetual state of becoming.

The park's name honors Nisene Marks, the nature-loving mother of the Salinas farm family that bought the land in the 1950s. Her children donated approximately 9,700 acres to the state in 1963 with the provision that the land never be developed. Today, the park showcases a forest in recovery, with rugged canyons and remnants of its once-bustling railroad and logging industry.

Hike Details:

Park at George’s Picnic Area and begin the hike on the dirt road leading through the park, heading north. Immediately as you begin your hike you will cross over the Aptos Creek. Continue north on the dirt road past the Mary Easton Picnic Area and the Porter Family Picnic Area.

As you are hiking, be on the look out for the local inhabitant, the Banana Slug, and a small red and yellow mushroom.

Slightly past the Porter Family Picnic Area you will find a trailhead for the Loma Prieta Grade Trail on your left, follow the Loma Prieta Grade Trail. Hiking along the Loma Prieta Grade Trail you will cross a tributary on a bridge built by the Youth Conservation Corps in the early 1990’s.

As you continue along the Loma Prieta Grade trail be on the lookout for old railroad ties and other historical artifacts left over from the Loma Prieta Logging Company.

Stop and read the interpretive sign detailing the history or the Porter House. At the sign, continue on the trail directly to your right for approximately 20 yards until you see the small ‘Porter House Site’ sign. Look around the site for old bricks and other historical artifacts; however, do not remove anything from its location or from the park!

Continue on the trail that goes down the hill, directly in front of the sign; this is the Mill Pond Trail.

While on the Mill Pond Trail you will cross the Aptos Creek by bridge. When you reach the dirt road, make a right and continue along the road. Not far from here you will find the Loma Prieta Mill Site.

Enjoy the interpretive sign and the old foundation and archaeology of the mill site before you return back to your vehicle.

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