Pack 104 Webelos den 2 invites the rest of the pack families to hike the Sycamore Grove Trail on Sunday, October 17th starting at 1 pm.
This moderately trafficked loop trail is located near Livermore, California, is 4.8 miles long, and offers the chance for hikers to see wildlife. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October.
This is an excellent alternate to the Flag Hill hike for the youngest Scouts or novice hikers. Hikers can anticipate approximately 200 feet of elevation gain.
Starting point: parking lot
Time: Allow about 3-4 hours
Suggested age: Tigers through Webelos Suggested Season: Year round
Every inch of this park is alive with life – in the air, in the grass, and even in puddles. Begin your search for signs of wildlife at the Wetmore Road entrance. Follow the paved path until you come to the first sign designating the Nature Area. Turn left onto the broad trail that crosses the usually dry Arroyo. Follow this nature trail through the sycamore grove until you reach the park boundary. While you are here, be sure to pause often and listen for the sounds of reptiles and rodents in the grass. If you are lucky and very patient you might even see an animal. Near the wet areas be sure to look for great blue herons. Don’t forget to look up.
Cross the bridge and return to the park entrance via the paved path. Insects are very visible as they cross the road. Be sure to take your time and appreciate beetles, grasshoppers and ants up close. Don’t forget: no collecting.
Logistics & Details
We’ll meet in the main parking lot on Wetmore Road and begin the hike promptly at 1:00 pm. Please eat lunch beforehand, but bring snacks and plenty of water for the trail. Scouts should all have their “6 Essentials” with them.
Our hike will follow an almost entirely flat 4.8-mile route. After the hike, we should have at least an hour and a half to grab dinner before the Hoot Owl hike begins.