Sunday, 25 February 2024

Anderson Marsh State Historic Park holds successful second annual 'First Day Hike'


LOWER LAKE, Calif. – A large group of more than 110 people came to Anderson Marsh State Historic Park New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes program. 

The First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on Thursday, Jan. 1, at a state park close to home. 

These hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the new year with friends and family. 

“Preliminary figures released by the state of California say that about 1,200 individuals participated in First Day Hikes in California State Parks,” said Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA) Board member and park docent Gae Henry. “It’s incredible to realize that almost 10 percent of the first day hikers in California were at Lake County’s own Anderson Marsh State Historic Park.”

Beginning at noon on Jan. 1, two different hikes were offered through the park.

Led by AMIA volunteers and park docents Henry Bornstein, Gae Henry, Tom McFarling and former State Park Ranger Tom Nixon, both walks went through grasslands, oak woodlands and willow/cottonwood habitats.


About 75 walkers took the McVicar Trail. This leisurely walk covered nearly eight miles of mainly flat terrain which passes along the edge of Anderson Marsh and ends up at the gravel beach on the lake across from Indian Island. 

The walk took between three and four hours, depending on how many times the individuals stopped to admire what was seen along the way. Participants were welcome to walk part way and make an early return at their own pace. 

Another group of about 35 walkers took a three and a half mile loop that included the Cache Creek, Marsh and Ridge Trails. Passing by a vernal pool near the end, this walk took about two to two and a half hours. 

“It was wonderful to see so many Lake County residents taking advantage of this opportunity to start off the year right by getting out into nature,” said Bornstein. “We hope even more people will join us on next year’s Jan. 1 walk.”

Anderson Marsh State Historic Park is located on Highway 53, between Lower Lake and Clearlake.

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