County announces schedule of docent-led hikes for Mount Konocti

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – A spring schedule for docent-led hikes on Mount Konocti has been set.

Lake County Public Services Director Caroline Chavez announced the schedule, which runs from April through the middle of June.

The hikes are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 11; Saturday, April 18; Saturday, May 9; Saturday, May 30; Sunday, June 7; and Sunday, June 14.

Docents under the direction of Tom Nixon, retired State Parks ranger and member of the Konocti Regional Trails Team (KRTT), will lead the hikes which will include visits to the historic Downen Cabin and the top of Wright Peak.

The docents are knowledgeable about the mountain and its geology, history, flora, fauna and even folklore.

There will also be an optional climb to the top of the Cal Fire lookout tower for hikers 18 years or older who sign a release of liability form.

This is a fairly rigorous hike with an elevation gain of 1600 feet that lasts approximately four hours and will cover six miles.

Hikers are encouraged to wear good and sturdy shoes, bring a lunch, and a sufficient amount of water, daypack and binoculars/camera. Minors are welcomed when accompanied by a responsible adult.

Hikers will meet at the main parking lot, right before the locked gate where restrooms and picnic tables are located, off the Mount Konocti Park at 8 a.m, which can be accessed from Konocti Road in Kelseyville. Hikes will be canceled if inclement weather occurs.

Reservations are required due to limited space and must be made by March 31 for the first scheduled hike.

April 10 is the reservation deadline for the remaining hikes, which can be made by calling the Public Services Department at 707-262-1618.

In a monumental 2011 acquisition, the county of Lake purchased 1,520 acres of land on top of Mount Konocti to create the new Mount Konocti Park. This land is now placed in public hands for perpetuity.

The county-owned land is contiguous with an additional 821 acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

See more information on Mount Konocti Park, or to access a downloadable map.