The Spring 2015 meeting of the Board of Directors of the Western Cave Conservancy will be at 1 PM on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at at the Western Cave Conservancy Weller Preserve, Sutter Creek, California
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO WELLER NATURAL PRESERVE
Approximately 2.5 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area)
- From US-99 north of Stockton, exit east on CA-88 (Waterloo Rd).
- Head east on CA-88 for about 5 miles; CA-12 will join in from the north in about 12.5 miles.
- Just about a mile east of Clements, CA-88 breaks off left from CA-12. Make this left turn (north) and follow CA-88.
- Follow CA-88 for about 20 miles to CA-104; a short bypass around the small community of Martell.
- Follow CA-104 to CA-49 in “north” Martell. There is a Starbucks coffee shop and other shops in this small plaza at the traffic light.
- Turn left and head north on CA-49 a very short distance to a right turn-off down the steep hill into Sutter Creek Canyon to the town of Sutter Creek. Once in town the initial several hundred feet of roadway are split with a center median.
- As you enter the uphill, split part of Main Street in Sutter Creek, turn right after about 200 feet onto Church Street. Thus will quickly turn into Sutter Creek-Volcano Road.
- Follow Sutter Creek-Volcano Road east for approximately two miles to Pine Gulch Road and turn left uphill.
- Follow Pine Gulch Road up a steep grade to its intersection with Gopher Flat-Shake Ridge Road.
- Merge right and follow Shake Ridge Road east, past Quartz Mountain Road, for 3.8 miles to Sokes Springs Ranch Road on the right. There is a road sign on the near side and numerous mailboxes on the far side.
- Turn right and follow the pavement (such as it is) past the sign with all the addresses (stay to the right) and proceed slowly downhill about 0.4 mile.
- The preserve gate will be on your right with the address of 15861 Sokes Springs Ranch Road. (Across Sokes Springs Ranch Road is a steep dirt road leading left uphill past a gate; this is not the road you should take.) As you look through the gate on your right you will see the new Field House, painted grayish blue and fresh looking at the top of the driveway.
NOTE: There is a public parking lot along Sutter Creek itself between the corner church and the fire department building with a public bathroom available; this lot can be entered via a narrow alleyway east of the intersection with Badger Street to the west–please fee free to utilize this facility as the restroom facilities at the Preserve are very limited.