On Sunday, April 10, Pack 104 scouts met at the Sunol Regional Wilderness Preserve Visitor’s Center at 11 am to complete a 4.5-mile round trip hike through Little Yosemite, a scenic gorge along the Alameda Creek.
Please see below for some photos taken that day. Thank you Webelos Den Leader John Bowen for sharing these photos!
Join us at 9 am on Sunday, February 13th for a Pack 104 hike at Redwood Creek.
This is a wonderful loop hike up the Stream Trail along Redwood Creek through a magnificent second-growth redwood forest which is over a century old. The hike is completed by looping back on the East Ridge Trail, which gives access to different scenery and great views.
Uniform for the hike is the Pack’s Blue Activity T-shirt.
BRING PLENTY OF WATER.
Please check the weather forecast the day of the hike and dress accordingly.
LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED. Please pack a lunch and some trail snacks to eat along the way.
Wear comfortable, well-worn-in shoes to avoid your Cub coming home with blisters. We want this to be a good experience and memory.
An adult must accompany your Scout. Please make sure that your Scout has an adult to supervise them on the hike if you are not able to go with them.
Leave No Trace. Prepare to carry out any garbage or recyclables, as there may not be receptacles along the trail.
Hikers should come prepared with the 6 Cub Scout Essentials!! Do you remember what they are??
On Friday November 26th (Day after Thanksgiving), a number of Pack 104 scouts convened to complete a hike in conjunction with Troup 24. The whole group started out together & then split off along the way into 3 crews which did 3.6-mile, 7.2-mile and 10.1-mile hikes.
Here are a few photos from this hike
Very exciting for the pack, there was a siting of a coyote!!
Check out this YouTube Video to meet their furry friend.
On Sunday, October 17th, starting at 1 pm, the Pack 104 Webelos den 2 led a hike at the Sycamore Grove Trail. This moderately trafficked 4.8 mile loop trail is located near Livermore, California. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October.
This was an excellent alternate to the Flag Hill hike for the youngest Scouts or novice hikers, with only 200 feet of elevation gain.
After the Sycamore Grove hike, the Webelos den had a quick dinner and completed the Hoot Owl night hike. This is one of the hikes in the Trail Trekkers series, and perhaps the most unique of all. A park ranger led the group on a 1-1.5 mile night hike to look for owls and signs of owls within Sycamore Grove Park.
Photos from this day:
Starting point: parking lot
Time: Allow about 3-4 hours
Suggested age: Tigers through Webelos Suggested Season: Year round
Pack 104 Webelo den organized a moderately strenuous pack hike in the Sunol Regional Wilderness in California on October 9th. The hike consisted of a 3.9 mile loop trail and boasts a short, steep climb up Flag Hill with 994 feet of elevation gain.
There were two scouts from the Webelo den who attended this hike with their parents. Here is a photograph of a skull that was observed on the pathway during the hike.
Starting point: Visitor center / parking lot Distance: 3.5
Time: Allow about 3 hours
Suggested age: Bears, Webelos
Suggested Season: Fall, spring, summer.
Begin this hike by crossing Alameda Creek on the footbridge near park headquarters. Turn left (downstream). After a short distance, Flag Hill Trial will take off uphill, to the right. The trail zigzags up the face of the hill (make sure your hikers understand why it’s important not to shortcut switchbacks). After about a mile of rather steep uphill hiking, you’ll reach the top where you’ll probably want to take a good snack or lunch break. While on top, watch for red-tailed hawks (the red upper surface of the tail is visible when the hawk turns), turkey vultures (which hold their wings in a slight “V” and teeter in flight), and maybe even a golden eagle or falcon.
Continue your hike by dropping down the back side of Flag Hill, turning right when you reach High Valley Road. Return to the cars by way of Hayfield Road.
On Saturday, July 10th, the pack completed a Tennessee Valley Hike to the Beach, in Mill Valley, California.
The hike began at the parking lot and the scouts and families hiked to the beach, staying there for about 30 minutes to eat lunch.
The total mileage was close to 5 miles round trip. It was an overcast day, but the hike was quite beautiful, and well attended by some of the newer pack members.
Pack 104 convened for a short hike at Jepson Prairie reserve located in Dixon, CA on the morning of Saturday March 27, 2021. The site is about a 1 1/4 hr drive from the east bay. The hope was that Jepson Prairie would be a good place to see vernal-pools which are season pools found in wetlands. Unfortunately, the water level was low that day, so the vernal pools could not be observed during this visit.
Pack 104 met together at Briones Regional Park on Saturday, October 24th at 10 AM for some archery in the morning and a hike in the afternoon. Scouts (and parents!) did some orienteering training, and exercised their skills afterward by getting through five control points on a map provided by Scouts from Troop 24.
It was a beautiful day, great weather and good air quality, and all who attended had a fantastic time.
As always, we practiced social distancing and standard COVID safety protocols. Thank you all for attending and to Troop 24 for coordinating the activities.