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Austin Creek SRA 1BT Backpack

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017 to Sunday, June 11, 2017
Presented by: SF Bay Chp Backpacking
Leader: Inga Aksamit - 415-470-1812
Level: Easy (1BT)
Cost: $40. Includes backcountry camping fees Saturday night and contribution to the Backpack Section. Participants are responsible for $8 per vehicle parking charge. There are no refunds if participant cancels less than 30 days before the trip.
Signup Restrictions: Limited to 10 participants.
Signup Instructions: Registration begins May 10. Advance signup and leader approval are required. Contact Inga Aksamit for further information and instructions.
Bring: Standard backpacking equipment. This trip is individual commissary. Participants bring their own food and cooking equipment. Guides will bring stoves and can provide hot water. Water purification is required. Bear canisters are not required as the backcountry site has food lockers.
Location: Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, 17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446, USA
Directions: Details will be sent to all confirmed participants two weeks before the trip.
Carpool: The trip leader will provide a roster to facilitate communication and ride-sharing. Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements for transportation to and from the trailhead.

Join us for a moderate backpacking trip at a relaxed pace in Austin Creek SRA—perfect for graduates of the Beginners Class who have completed their first backpacking trip, lapsed backpackers or those who like to take it easy in the backcountry. We’ll hike through open grassland, oak woodlands, gurgling creeks and maybe we’ll even find a hidden swimming hole to frolic in. The views of the coastal mountains are stunning as the trail angles steeply downhill to the campsite by a creek. The trail borders Gilliam and East Austin Creeks so water will be plentiful and we may find turtles, California newts and lingering wildflowers. We’ll hike five miles each day (10 miles round trip) with an elevation change of 1,200 feet. Note that despite the low difficulty rating the hike out on Sunday involves a sustained ascent of 1,200 feet, possibly in warm temperatures. Participants should be fit enough to hike uphill for five miles. Individual commissary, but guides will bring stoves for boiling water.