Santa Rosa
Sunday, April 16, 2000

by Gary Kraght, 415-383-4429

Come join us at the Bay Area's best orienteering venue, site of the 1989 U.S. Championships. Outside of the Sierras, Annadel State Park offers the best combination of intricate and not-so-hilly orienteering terrain we have in the Bay Area - a plateau of forested rolling hills and broad meadows, with sections of intricate contours reminding us of long-ago extensive mining activity. There is a wide variety of vegetation here, including oak savanna, pine and redwood forest, and meadows that are at the height of blooming season.

The course-setter is Panu Haaramo, one of BAOC's best orienteers, whose technical excellence matches the technical challenges of the terrain. George Minarik is the vetter.

Course stats

	          Length    Climb
	White     2.1 km    150 m
	Yellow    2.7 km    170 m
	Orange    3.2 km    200 m
	Brown     3.7 km    215 m
	Green     5.2 km    300 m
	Red       6.7 km    330 m
	Blue      8.5 km    480 m   (with one 2 km leg!)


The starts and finish will be close to registration and the parking lot at the end of Channel Drive. Since it looks like we will have a heavy white/yellow turnout, we will be organizing a shuttle from the Spring Lake parking lot.

Take U.S. Highway 101 north to Santa Rosa to Highway 12. Go east. Follow Highway 12 as it makes a left onto Farmers Lane. Continue on Farmers Lane to Montgomery and turn right (east). Continue on Montgomery to Channel Drive, and on to the ranger station, where a $2 per car fee is due. Continue to the end of Channel Drive and the parking lot.

NOTE: Please carpool! We will have a big article in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat the weekend before the event, so with normal good spring weather I anticipate lots of first-time and local participants. The parking lot at Annadel is not large and needs to accommodate non-orienteers as well. Spring Lake County Park has a large parking lot, so if you do not already have three or four orienteers in your car, we may ask you to park at Spring Lake and consolidate into one car.