Cub Scout Pack 1776
1Aug/19

August Hike: Sycamore Grove Park

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Date/Time: Sunday, August 25, 2019, 9 am-11 am
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: Evite
Contact: Hiking Chair Deva Sundararajan

What to bring:

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

Our first 2019-2020 hike will be any easy one at the Sycamore Grove Park. The trail is 2.5 miles long with hardly any elevation gain. Lion and 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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1Aug/19

September Hike: Mt. Diablo State Park

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Mt. Diablo State Park
Trailhead: Curry Point, South Gate Road

Attire: Class B
Awards: Highlander Patch Rocker
Entrance Fee: $10 per car
RSVP: 
Contact: Hiking Chair Deva Sundararajan

InformationFlyer

Details: It is an easy 3.3 loop trail with an elevation gain of 500 feet. Take the Knobcone Point Road from the parking lot for about 1 mile to Black Hawk Trail. Turn right and continue to Sycamore Creek Road. Turn right again to Devils Slide Trail and turn right. Begin climb out of Sycamore Canyon on this wonderful singletrack trail as it heads back to Knobcone Point Road, where you turn left back to the trailhead.  See highlighted trail in map.

What to bring:

  • Binoculars, camera
  • Layers of clothing – please check weather forecast prior to hike
  • Lunch/Snacks/Water

Getting there:

From Crow Canyon Rd continue onto Blackhawk Road. It becomes Diablo Road. Go to Mt. Diablo Scenic Boulevard and turn right.  At the Park boundary the road becomes South Gate Road. Continue up the mountain, past the entrance station to just past Rock City. Park in the Curry Point view area on the left.

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1Aug/19

November Hike: Redwood Creek Regional Park

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Date: Sunday, November 17, 2019
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Redwood CreekEast Ridge and Stream TrailsRedwood Regional Park, Oakland
Meeting Point: Canyon Meadow Staging Area
Distance: 5 miles
Attire: Class B
Awards: Trail Trekkers Cub Scout Patch/Progressive Hike Award
RSVP:  An Evite will be circulated. Check back here for details.
Parking Fee: $5

Information:  Flyer
Contact: Hiking Chair Deva Sundararajan

What to bring:

  • Binoculars, camera
  • Layers of clothing – please check weather forecast prior to hike
  • Lunch/Snacks/Water

Details: This hike will take place in the beautiful Redwood Regional Park in Oakland. This will be a five mile hike that will reward its hikers with great views of the San Leandro Reservoir and the surrounding hills.

Due to the distance of the hike we recommend all hikers come prepared with plenty of snacks, water and a lunch to enjoy during our break. We will meet at the Canyon Meadow Staging Area and head to the Canyon View Trail. We will then go along the East Ridge until we reach the Skyline Gate. At this time we will have a break and can refill our water bottles or use the restrooms. We will head down the Stream Trail to Mill Site or Fern Hut where we can stop for lunch. If we are lucky the stream will be full and get to see a few of the cascades. We are also 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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1Aug/19

December Hike: Rodeo Lagoon, Marin Headlands (GGNRA)

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 9:45 am
Location: Rodeo Lagoon, Sausalito
Meeting PointMarin Headlands Visitor Center (9:30 am)
Attire: Class B
Awards: Trail Trekkers Cub Scout Patch/Progressive Hike Award. Scouts can also choose to become Junior Rangers.
Fees: None (bridge toll only)
RSVP:  An Evite will be circulated. Check back here for details.
Contact: Hiking Chair Deva Sundararajan

What to bring:

  • binoculars, camera
  • layers of clothing – please check weather forecast prior to hike
  • Lunch/Snacks/Water – Please note that there are NO food vendors in the Marin Headlands

Details

We will meet at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center at 9:30 am. Scouts who choose to becoming junior rangers can get Junior Ranger booklets from the Visitor Center. The hike will begin promptly at 9:45 am. We will hike up to Battery Townsley where the scouts can learn about some of our country's history and then go to observe a Nike Missile Site in operation. Each family can choose to visit the Marine  Mammal Center.

Don't forget to bring a lunch, snacks and plenty of water. There are no food vendors at this location. Wear appropriate clothes since the weather may change rapidly.

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1Aug/19

January Hike: Briones Regional Park

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Date: Sunday, January 26, 2020
Time: 1 pm
Location: Briones Regional Park
Attire: Class B
Award: Highlander Briones rocker patch
Fees: $3 per vehicle (when kiosk is attended)
Meeting Point: Bear Creek Staging Area
Contact: Hiking Chair Sundararajan
RSVP: An Evite will be circulated. Check back here for details.
How to get there
Bear Creek Staging Area: From Highway 24, take the Happy Valley Road exit and go north. Turn right at Bear Creek Road, take the 1st right onto Briones Valley Rd (37.925776, -122.162733).

Parking
Make an immediate left after the kiosk and park in the lower lot.

Details
The Briones Regional Park Hike is at least three miles with some moderate uphill in the beginning and an easy down hill on the last half. There is a nice picnic area at the half point with portable bathrooms and tables to take a break. The hike will start at the Bear Creek Staging Area.

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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.