Grateful Dead Peak (camping optional)*

April 23: Grateful Dead Peak (camping optional)*

Leader: Cathy Koehler
Rating: Strenuous, 3 miles, < 1k ft elevation gain

This Lake County hike is at a beautiful location few people ever visit. The area has been variably burned by fires in 2015 and in 2020, allowing us to consider the effects of fire on the landscape. The loop begins at the McLaughlin Reserve where we hike down slopes overlooking Hole Creek and across to the rock outcropping we call Grateful Dead. We’ll appreciate the spectacular views, and possibly some Peregrine Falcons, then head on a steady up-hill loop back to the start. It’s a steep ascent to the top of the rock, with possible loose scree slopes.


*Optional Overnight Campout at private McLaughlin Reserve primitive campground.

This package includes the April 23 Grateful Dead Peak & April 24 Oak Woodland Restoration Workparty events with overnight camping and a group potluck at the McLaughlin Reserve. Please sign up for each event individually, then email Cathy Koehler ( to make reservations and get details on reserve access, campsites, nominal overnight use fee, cooking facilities, etc. Overnight option is open to participants of one or both events.


Field Trip registration closes three (3) days prior to the event date.

Please note that minors will need to be accompanied by an adult, and will need to provide a signed minor waiver to participate.

Registration for this event is now closed.