Sierra Club, North Group: Lucille Lovingly Remembered by Community

August, 2016

 On May 22, a Celebration of the Life of Lucille Bartlett Vinyard was held in Arcata. North Group’s Sue Leskiw and Mary Gearheart of the Redwood Parks Conservancy planned the event at the request of Lucille’s sister, Ellicott. Nearly 150 people attended, traveling from near and far to honor Lucille, who passed away last December. 

Representatives from CalTrans and Redwood National Park, as well as those who collaborated with Lucille during the battles in the 60s and 70s to save North Coast ancient redwoods, were the featured speakers. 

Their presentations were followed by a long line of attendees who came up to the microphone to share their remembrances. Many spoke about how Lucille served as a mentor to them on coastal, forestry, and wilderness issues. 

Visual highlights were provided by Dave Van de Mark’s wonderful oversized photos of Lucille in the outdoors and a sample of Lucille’s journals, papers, and photos that are currently being archived by Humboldt State University.

If you would like to make a donation in Lucille’s name, there are two venues: 1) HSU Library Lucille Vinyard/Susie van Kirk Trust (supports archiving Lucille’s records),; and 2) North Group Environmental Education Fund (supports sending local children to camp). Send checks to PO Box 238, Arcata CA 95518 with “Camper Fund” in the memo line.


One need not be a Sierra Club member to participate in these outings. Please join us!

Sunday, Aug. 7—North Group Redwood National Park Skunk Cabbage Trail Hike. Join us for a summer hike in the cool coastal zone. The trail follows the length of Skunk Cabbage Creek, with good views of the beach and coastline when we reach a high point at Gold Bluffs. Bring water and lunch. No dogs.  Medium difficulty, 7.5 miles, less than 1000 ft. elevation change. Carpools: Meet 9 a.m. Ray’s Valley West, 10 a.m. trailhead. Leader Ned,, 707-825-3652.

Wednesday, Aug. 10—Prarie Creek State Park Miners Ridge Loop Hike. From Miners Ridge Trailhead off Beach Road, we gradually ascend through coastal rain forest into hillside redwoods. In two miles the Clintonia Trail connects north to James Irvine Trail and Fern Canyon. A mile south on the Coastal Trail closes our loop. Bring lunch, liquids, gear for wet woods, sun, wind. No dogs. Medium difficulty, seven miles, less than 1000 ft. elevation change. Carpools: 9 a.m. Ray’s Valley West. 9:45 a.m. at Elk Meadow day use parking area (off Davison Rd.) Leader Melinda 707-668-4275, Rain or high winds cancel.

Saturday, Aug. 13—North Group Drury-Chaney Loop Trail, Humboldt Rewoods State Park Hike. This is a great beginner’s hike on a lovely loop off of the Avenue of the Giants.  The trail twists through ancient redwood groves and California laurel trees (Pepperwood.)  Learn why a redwood grove was named after a man named Chaney. Bring water, lunch and good walking shoes. No dogs.  Easy hike, 2.3 miles, less than 1000 ft. elevation change.  Meet: 10:00 a.m. Elk River Road/Herrick Park & Ride lot, off of Highway 101 south.  Leader Allison 707-268-8767,

Sunday, Sept. 11—North Group Prairie Creek State Park Ossagon Trail Hike. We will take an old overgrown road from Elk Prairie Parkway through majestic redwoods, spruce and alder to Ossagon Rocks on a remote part of Gold Beach. We will explore the beach, tides permitting, before returning. Bring water and lunch. No dogs. Medium difficulty, 5 miles round-trip, less than 1000 ft. elevation change. Carpools 9 a.m. Ray’s Valley West Shopping Center, 10:30 a.m. Ossagon trailhead, or by prior arrangement. Leader Ned,, 707-825-3652.

Wednesday, Sept. 14—North Group Redwood National Park Emerald Ridge Loop Hike. We descend by Emerald Ridge Trail through lush forest to Redwood Creek, along gravel bars, with several shallow crossings, to reach the Tall Trees Area. After the one mile Tall Trees Loop we ascend by the main trail (700’)  to our cars. Bring water, lunch, sun protection, and footwear suitable for trail, loose rock, and water. No dogs. Medium difficulty, 5 miles, less than 1000 ft. elevation change. Carpools: meet 9 a.m. Ray’s Valley West parking area. Trailhead: meet at 10:30 a.m. Tall Trees Parking Area (obtain pass at Kuchel Visitor Center, Hwy 101). Leader Melinda, 707-668-4275,

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