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CANCELED History Hike – Pioneers and Settlers

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

drawing of settlers in the mountains

Consistent with the CA Department of Public Health’s recommendation to cancel all non-essential gatherings for the month of March, SVC has made the very difficult decision to cancel all docent guided outings through the end of the month.

We believe that time spent outdoors is an essential for people’s health and welbeing, as such, we have chosen to allow self-guided hiking. If you have any respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, fever) please stay home.

Real life Solomon Miser will take you from his homestead into the hills of Deer Creek to reminisce about coming to California before the gold rush, the wagon train he led West and his neighbors and early settlers like Jared Sheldon, Bill Daylor and William Hartnell.

Join Deer Creek Hills historian David Scharlach as he tells of the amazing first owners of Deer Creek Hills including a cowboy Casanova, a drunken scoundrel and murderer, the intrepid teenage daughter (and survivor) of George Donner and the rancher whose fight with the government over this land went right up to the U. S. Supreme Court.

This outing will take you over a moderate 3-mile hike.  Gates open at 8:45, hike out by 9:00, back by noon.

Wear comfortable closed-toed hiking shoes, a hat, and dress in layers. Bring snacks and plenty of water for before, during, and after the hike. Portalets and hand-sanitizer are available at the trailhead but there is no running water on the Preserve.

Space is limited and this hike will reach capacity, so please register early.

We request that you heed the CDC’s guidelines for COVID-19 exposure and illness prevention.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. If you have any symptoms, think you have been exposed to someone with the virus or aren’t sure, please stay home.

Please choose to visit when you are well. The preserve has been protected in perpetuity.


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March 14
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Deer Creek Hills Preserve
Deer Creek Hills Access Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683 United States
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