Cub Scout Pack 1776
28Apr/19

June 9th: Black Diamond Mines Hike

Date change! Hike is now on June 9th

Date: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: 8:30 am
Location: Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve
Meeting Point: Parking lot ~ a mile beyond the visitor center (37°57'33.9"N, 121°51'46.8"W)
Attire: Class A or B
Awards: Highlander/ TrailTrekker Black Diamond rocker patch
Parking Fee: $5
RSVP: Evite
Distance: 3.5 miles (2-3 hours)

Information: Map & Trail Directions

We will meet at the parking lot that is a approximately a mile beyond the visitor center.
(GPS Coordinates: 37°57'33.9"N, 121°51'46.8"W)

We will hike up the hill to the Rose Hill Cemetery and then backtrack to the Black Diamond Trail to the trails above the mine. The trails will pass by some of the mining features that the Scouts can explore.

This hike does include some steep climbs. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of water.

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3Feb/19

Hiking Patch Program

Unplug!  Experience nature and enjoy the Bay Area’s trails.

Pack 1776 will once again be participating in two hiking programs put on by our council, Mt. Diablo Silverado Council (“MDSC”), and the San Francisco Bay Area Council (“SFBAC”).  Participation in these hikes go towards hiking patches and requirements for the National Summer Time and Outdoor Activity awards.

MDSC’s program is called the Highlander and includes hikes across Contra Costa County such as Las Trampas (San Ramon), Black Diamond Mines (Antioch), Mt. Diablo (Danville) and Briones (Lafayette).

SFBAC’s hiking program is called Trail Trekkers and encompasses hikes such as Little Yosemite (Sunol), The Hoot Owl, Black Diamond Mines (Antioch), Huckleberry Botanical Preserve (Oakland), Morgan Territory (Livermore), Redwood Creek (Oakland) and so on.

Both programs offer a center patch and smaller ones called “rockers” which surround the center patch and identify which hike a scout has completed.  We will be doing a modified version of the programs, mixing in hikes from both patches as we go and awarding the center patch after the completion of three hikes.  The center patch will be awarded in a ceremony at the pack meeting following the third eligible hike.  Further, while the Pack isn’t working on this program as a group, some of these hikes will be on East Bay Regional Parks land which will qualify you towards their East Bay Regional Parks Trail Challenge.

There is also a standalone hiking patch called the Cub Scout Presidio Historical Trail which is for a 3.5-mile trail in San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  We will be doing a modified version of the hike which starts at the Presidio Visitor Center, down to Fort Point, up to the Golden Gate Bridge and throughout the Presidio.

Information about these hikes and the patches can be found in the Hiking Patch section on the Pack Website.

Upcoming Hikes (dates and locations subject to change):

February 10th  – Little Yosemite (Trail Trekker Patch Hike)

March 9th  - Hoot Owl Hike @ California Nursery Historical Park (Fremont/Niles)  (Trail Trekker Patch Hike)

April 7th (NOTE DATE CHANGE) - Huckleberry Botanic Preserve. (Trail Trekker Patch Hike)

May 4th  – Bike Hike down the Iron Horse Trail to Hap Magee Park 

June 1st - (NOTE DATE CHANGE) Black Diamond Regional Park (Trail Trekker & Highlander Patch Hikes) 

July 21st  – Cub Scout Presidio Historical Trail in SF.  (Cub Scout Presidio Historical Trail patch)  

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1Feb/19

March Hike: Hoot Owl Hike

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 5:45 pm

Location: California Nursery Historic Park, 36501 Niles Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536
Note: This hike is limited to the first 25 scouts and a parent (50 people maximum for this event).  Scout only, no siblings. One parent per family. Registration is now closed.

Cost:  Free for scouts.  $8 per parent.  Pay by February 28th to hold your spots. Pay online (fee) or deposit your check in the Scout Box at the Coyote Creek Elementary School by February 28th.
Distance: 1 to 1.5 miles round trip

Time: Allow about 1.5 -2 hours for program and hike.

Suggested Age: Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos.

Attire: Class B uniform
Award: This is a Trail Trekker Patch Hike.  Participating scouts will receive a Hoot Owl patch.
Meeting Location: California Nursery Office
Contact: Hiking Chair Deva Sundararajan
Must read: Hike Detail

Come join us for the 2019 Hoot Owl Hike at the California Nursery Historic Park.

The California Nursery Historic Park has many old trees that are ideal for Owls and other Raptors to roost, nest and hunt from in search of food. Bring your flashlight and walk through the grounds at dusk, this is a good time to spot an owl in the trees or hunting for prey. Meet at the California Nursery Office for an introduction to owls and then walk at the sun goes down you will look and listen for the raptors that hunt at night. Discover owl pellets and the bones of what the owls ate at the Vallejo Adobe. Other night birds will also be seen in this forest in a park. Small flashlights are acceptable.

This hike is limited to the first 25 scouts and a parent who has submitted his or her payment by February 28th.   Free for scouts.  (50 people maximum for this event).  SIGN UP HERE TO ATTEND.

Scouts completing this hike will earn the Hoot Owl Trail Trekker rocker patch.

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1Feb/19

April 7th Hike: Huckleberry Botanical Preserve

DATE CHANGE: Sunday, April 14, 2019. April 7, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location:  Huckleberry Botanic Preserve, 7087 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA 94611

Cost:  Free for all.
Distance: 1.7 miles round trip

Time: Allow about 2 hours

Suggested Age: All ages. RSVP HERE

Attire: Class B uniform
Award: This is a Trail Trekker Patch Hike.  Participating scouts will receive a Huckleberry Preserve Patch.  This hike also qualifies for the EBPRD Trails Challenge.
Contact: Hiking Chair Deva Sundararajan

Directions: From Highway 24 in Oakland, take the Fish Ranch Road exit immediately east of the Caldecott Tunnel. Continue 0.8 miles to Grizzly Peak Blvd. Turn left and go 2.4 miles on Grizzly Peak to Skyline Boulevard. Turn left and drive approximately one half mile to the park entrance on the left, past Sibley Volcanic Regional PreserveAccess: Google Directions.

The object of this hike is to educate our Scouts about the different plants and trees that are found within the preserve, this is why the estimated time is 2 hours for a 1.7 mile hike. The guide book will help in our discussions with the Scouts of the various plants and trees found in the Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve. An unabbreviated version is found in the East Bay Trail Map for are provided here in for the scouts to use for identification.

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1Feb/19

Postponed: Bike Hike!

The May 4th Bike Hike is canceled. Look for a new date in Summer!

Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location:Sycamore Park and Ride to Hap Magee Ranch Park and back.
Distance: 2.8 miles one way - approx. 6 miles total
Time: Allow 60-70 mins
Attire: Class B uniform
Meeting Point:Sycamore Park and Ride Lot
Contact: Hiking Chair Deva Sundararajan

RSVP: here so we can get a headcount

Trail:Take the Iron Horse Trail going north starting at Sycamore Valley road. Head on to Camille Ave and bear right. Cross Danville Blvd to head to Hap Magee Ranch Park. Kids can take a break at the park and have some snacks and water and get ready for the journey back. See map below.

What to Bring:
Bikes! Helmets!
Water and Snacks
Basic first Aid kit (optional)

Parents: We want as many of you bikers as possible! Siblings on bikes welcome. We will have different groups of skilled riders, so you everyone can ride at the pace most comfortable for them. We will go over bike safety rules and do a quick helmet inspection before we start. Absolutely no racing or horseplay permitted.

18Aug/16

August Hike – Las Trampas

Date: Saturday, August 27th, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
Meeting Point: Parking lot at the end of Bollinger Canyon Road
Attire: Class B or casual clothing
Awards: Highlander patch and/or the Las Trampas Rocker patch
Fees: None
RSVP: Evite
Contact: Hiking Chair - Siddharth Bhatia

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 till it ends at the park. 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. A very nice nearly flat 1.2 Mile trail. Should take less than 1 hr to complete. Easy hike for our younger scouts a nice hike to start off this scouting year. Since this is a short hike we can start later when it is slightly coiler.

What to bring:

  • Binoculars, camera
  • Plenty of water and snacks

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8Apr/16

April Hike – Little Yosemite

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Time: 10:00am
Location: Little Yosemite, Sunol Regional Wilderness, Sunol
Meeting Point: Parking lot near the Old Green Barn Visitor Center
Attire: Class A or B
Awards: Trail Trekkers Cub Scout Patch/Progressive Hike Award
Parking Fee: $5
RSVP: Evite
Contact: Hiking Chair Siddharth Bhatia

Little Yosemite is a scenic gorge with gorgeous waterfalls and pools.

Details
The Canyon View Trail is an excellent hike for Cub Scouts and a great way to get to Little Yosemite. The trail begins near the Visitor Center, at the bridge that crosses the creek. After crossing the bridge, turn right and head upstream. The Canyon View trail is well marked. The trail goes up a ridge (or two) and proceeds along the hillsides that border the creek. Along the way, you'll see some nice views of the creek and canyon. About halfway, the trail drops down into Jacobs valley. Stay on the trail until you get to Cerro Este Road and turn right (toward the creek) and follow the road to Little Yosemite. When you get to the outhouse on Camp Ohlone Road, cross the road where you will find a path that will take you down the very steep sides of the creek's banks, to the ancient piles of boulders called Little Yosemite.

This is a perfect place for boys to study rocks and have lunch. Remember collecting specimens is not allowed. Watch for poison oak.

Hikes can return the same way they came, or via the Ohlone Road for a different view of the park. To return via Ohlone Road simple climb back up the bank to the road (stay on the trail), downhill. Notice how different the vegetation is here by Alameda Creek, compared to the Canyon View Trail. Eventually you will cross a bridge, pass a gate and find yourself in a remote parking area. Stay on the paved road all the way back to the Visitor Center.)

Getting there:
Go south on I-680 and exit at Calaveras Road/Highway 84 just south of the town of Pleasanton. Turn left onto Calaveras Road and proceed to Geary Road, which leads directly into the park.

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8Jan/16

January Hike – Bishop Ranch Regional preserve

Date/Time: Sunday Jan 31, 2016, 2-4pm
Location: Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve
Meeting Point: Trail entrance at Morgan drive
GPS coordinates: 37°44'58.4"N 121°57'47.0"W
Parking & Fees: Park on Morgan drive. No paid parking available.
Attire: Class A or B uniform (dress in layers)
Award: Opportunity to enjoy our neighborhood open green space
RSVP: Evite
Contact: Hiking Chair Siddharth Bhatia 408.431.8037

What to Bring:
Plenty of water and snacks
layers of clothing appropriate for the weather
binoculars, camera (optional)

In January, let's explore areas in our community where we can go for a short hike. The Bishop Ranch Regional Open Space Preserve offers quiet and solitude on 444 acres just a short distance from San Ramon Valley subdivisions. Watch for animals such as deer, red-tailed hawks, and turkey vultures.

The trail will be a short 2.5 mile loop comparable to our last two hikes so it should take about 90 mins to complete. Elevation gain will be about 400 feet which is similar to the 350 feet we had at our last hike in Coyote hills regional park.

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1Dec/15

December Hike – Coyote Hills

Date/Time: Saturday, December 12, 2015, 10am-12pm
Location: Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont
Meeting Point: Visitor Center Parking Lot
Parking & Fees: Parking at the Visitor Center. $5 parking fee.
Attire: Class A or B uniform (dress in layers)
Award: Trail Trekkers patch
Hike Info: SFBAC file
RSVP: Evite
Contact: Hiking Chair Siddharth Bhatia

What to Bring:
Plenty of water, snacks. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather.

  • binoculars, camera (optional)
  • layers of clothing appropriate for the weather
  • Plenty of water and snacks
  • Sack Lunch (optional) Scouts can have lunch after the hike.

The hike at Sycamore Grove park was a nice and easy one so let's do something more exciting in December. After all, we need to burn all the calories from all the yummy food we eat during the holidays.

Our next hike in December will be an moderate hike at Coyote Hills Regional park in Fremont. The trail is about 4 miles long with few short hills. Tiger scouts are encouraged to participate. The kids will enjoy walking on the boardwalk and we will stop at the wildlife viewing platforms to observe water fowl and possibly muskrats. We might see some herons and cranes that visit the bay this time of the year as they head south for the winter. On a clear day the views are great.

Coyote Hills is an important wildlife sanctuary. Its marshes are part of the Pacific Flyway, an aerial highway for migrating waterfowl and other birds. Deer are frequently seen here, as well as raccoons, foxes, muskrats, and skunks. We will look for their tracks in muddy areas.

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25Oct/15

November Hike – Sycamore Grove

Date/Time: Sunday, Nov 22, 2015, 10am-12pm
Location: Sycamore Grove Park (map), Livermore
Meeting Point: Wetmore Road Entrance Parking lot
Attire: Class A or B (dress in layers)
Awards: Trail Trekkers Cub Scout Patch/Progressive Hike Award
Parking Fee: $5 per vehicle
Hike Info: Hike info
RSVP: Evite
Contact: Hiking Chair Siddharth Bhatia

What to bring:

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

The hike at Redwood Park was a great start to our hiking calendar - it was 2.6 miles long with an elevation gain of 1200 feet - quite an achievement for our scouts !

Our next hike in November will be any easy one at the Sycamore Grove Park. The trail is 2.5 miles long with hardly any elevation gain. It will feel like a walk in the park after our Redwood Park hike. Tiger scouts are encouraged to participate. This park has a lot of reptiles and if we are lucky and patient we can see some. Near the wet area, we can 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.

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