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January First Hike at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park
January 1 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us on New Year’s Day at noon to participate in the sixth annual First Day Hike at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park near Lower Lake. The hike is part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes Program and has brought out over 100 people each year it has been held at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park. The event offers families and individuals an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1. Members of the Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA) and local State Park Rangers help lead and organize the walk each year. NO DOGS ALLOWED. We will be offering two options this year: the McVicar Trail and the Cache Creek, Marsh and Ridge Trail Loop. Hikers will experience grasslands, oak woodlands, willow and cottonwood riparian habitats and the tule marsh habitat of the Anderson Marsh Natural Preserve, and may encounter a variety of migrating and resident birds and other wildlife. Participants on both hikes are welcome to walk part way and make an early return at their own pace. Both hikes begin at 12:00 noon at the park off Hwy 53, between Lower Lake and Clearlake. Children of all ages are welcome. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and a hat. Bring water, snacks, and binoculars if you have them. McVicar Trail: A leisurely walk along the McVicar Trail and back, which leads from the parking lot to the shores of Clear Lake, across from Indian Island. The entire walk is a little over 7½ miles of mainly flat terrain and should take between 3 and 4 hours, depending on how many times we stop to admire what we see along the way. Cache Creek, Marsh and Ridge Trail Loop: A 3½-mile loop over these three trails, passing by a vernal pool near the end. This shorter hike will take between 2 and 2 ½ hrs. Steady rain will cancel – to confirm or check for cancellation information, call (707) 995-2658, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page.