Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest

Please join us in celebrating the 75th anniversary of Boggs Mountain Demonstration State
Forest in Cobb. Enjoy a leisurely two to two and one half hour guided hike on trails restored by Friends of Boggs Mountain while Forester Richard Bucher relates the history and current
forest management practices utilized by Cal Fire. After the hike, enjoy a delicious lunch catered by “Fire and Feast”, a raffle for prizes, and music provided by local Cobb area musicians.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please no dogs. Lunch will be provided
free of charge and beverages will be for sale.

Date: June 22, 2024
Time: 9:00 am hike; 11:30 am lunch
Location: Calso Camp, Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest in Cobb

Must RSVP by June 12 for both the hike and the lunch so we know how much food to
prepare. Email RSVP at [email protected]. For more information contact David
Thiessen at 707-295-5972.

Bike Monkey Race 2024

May 4, 2024

For the 19th year Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest hosted the Bike Monkey Eight Hour Mountain Bike Race. Despite a cold rain that soon turned to snow, 200 riders started the race at 9:00 am Saturday morning. By the end of the race at 5:00 pm a bedraggled muddy group of riders sailed past the finish line. It was an eventful, highly memorable day for all who participated. 

FOBM, once again,  set up a booth to sell t-shirts and other merchandise as well as hosting the beer bar. The cold didn’t seem to dissuade the riders and other guests from enjoying a cold beverage after, and even during, the event helping us to generate enough money to fund a few more miles of trails. Thanks again to Bike Monkey for allowing us to participate and all who helped pull it off!

In picture from left to right: Linda Seropian-Miller, Mary Sutton, Kathy Blair and John Phelps.

Camille, Joel, Asher and Jessica Pyska

Bike Monkey Endurance Race

Boggs Mountain State Demonstration Forest will, once again, be hosting the Bike Monkey endurance race on Saturday May 4. Riders and guests will start arriving on Friday May 3. Bike Monkey has a long history of support for Friends of Boggs Mountain and has been an outstanding steward of the forest. All are welcome to come and enjoy the race. That said, if you’re seeking peace and solitude you might want to choose another weekend, or another trail. For more information and the race course click

Lady Bug (or beetle) sighting on Creek Trail by Darlene Hecomovich

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Here is an update to my posting in the Friends of Boggs Mountain News Letter of many years ago. You will note in the last paragraph of this article I stated that although I had seen Ladybugs in many areas of Cobb, I had never sighted them in Boggs Forest. Well, that was all changed this past Sunday when a group of us found a large contingent of them on the Creek Trail. One of the group members, Joe Fusek, offered a low estimate of 1 to 1.5 million. Ladybugs. Astounding, no? Other participants were David Thiessen and Peg Landini.

So, if you are interested in having an incredible ladybug sighting, I suggest you seek out a sunny winter’s day to trek down the Creek Trail where it intersects with Road 500 at Camp Calso. At the time we made the sighting, the colony was located approximately 100 yards down the trail. They were on the ground on the right side of the trail piled up in mounds, one ladybug on top of another and another and one mound after another and another. ~ a sizeable colony, indeed!

 I continue to sight Lady Bugs on Golf Road as well on those preferred sunny days after a rain to find them soaking up the sunshine as a welcome relief from hibernation.

 May you enjoy the Lady Bugs and all the wealth of nature that Boggs Mountain State Demonstration Forest continues to offer.

Here is a link to the original newsletter