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MAY 26, SATURDAY: HERITAGE GROVE - PARKE GULCH
Leader: Larry Stites (408)797-7088 email@example.com. Meet: 8:30am under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores. Depart 8:45. Rating: Moderate, 10 miles, 2000 feet elevation gain. San Mateo County’s Sam McDonald Park and Pescadero Creek Park seem worlds away from urban Bay Area. This scenic loop passes through lush old growth redwood forests, traverses ridge top meadows with expansive views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, and drops into the primeval Pescadero Creek watershed, habitat of steelhead trout and the endangered marbled murrelet. As a bonus, we hike two new trails recently built by the volunteers of the Trail Center. The route follows Heritage Grove Tr to Brook Loop Tr and, after lunch in primordial Parke Gulch, returns via Ridge Loop Tr. Bring: Lunch, water (at least one liter), hat, sunscreen, sturdy hiking shoes, windbreaker; long pants strongly recommended as a precaution against poison oak. Canceled in event of heavy rain. Driving distance 95 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $10.00 per passenger (includes $6 entrance fee). Alternate meeting place: 10:00am at Sam McDonald parking lot: I-280S to CA-92 W (toward Half Moon Bay), 2 miles west then left onto CA-35/Skyline Blvd (watch carefully for on-coming traffic) and 12 miles to junction of CA-84. Right onto CA-84 and west 7 miles, left onto Pescadero Road and southeast 1.1 miles, then veer right at the junction of Pescadero Road and Alpine Road. In 0.6 mile, entrance to Sam McDonald County Park is on the right. Watch carefully for the entrance sign. It's easy to miss. Google: “Sam McDonald County Park, 9500 Pescadero Creek Road, Loma Mar, CA”
JUNE 2, SATURDAY: BAY AREA RIDGE TRAIL WORKDAY – CELEBRATING NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
Leader: Bill Farrell (650) 533-7284 bill. Meet: 7:30am under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores. Depart 7:45. Rating: Moderate, 4 miles, 500 feet elevation gain. Joint event: This is a joint event of the hiking club and the Trail Center. Trail Center and its volunteers give back to the land much needed care and maintenance of Bay Area trails. Trail work is the perfect blend of community service, outdoor awareness, conservation, physical exercise and camaraderie set in places of natural beauty. You too can be part of this effort. No prior experience necessary. Watch this space for the exact location in the Santa Cruz Mountain in San Mateo County, nestled in a grove of massive old growth redwood trees along the Bay Area Ridge Trail, an ultimately 550 mile loop that will eventually encircle the entire SF Bay. Work will finish by 3:00pm. Bring: 2 quarts/liters of water, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, lunch, and normal precautions against poison oak exposure (long sleeved shirts and long pants). The Trail Center provides tools, training, gloves, and refreshments after the workday. Event will occur rain or shine, though in heavy rain it may be shortened. Driving distance 70 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $6.00 per passenger. Alternate meeting place: Watch this space for exact location.
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