SAM MCDONALD AND PESCADERO COUNTY PARKS
Hike Day & Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Leader: Larry Stites
Leader Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leader Phone: 408-797-7088Meeting Location (ONLY IF you've arranged for a ride in SF): Whole Foods;
2001 Market St. @ Dolores (on the Dolores St. side); parking on the street or below.
Meeting Time: 8:30 AM
Departure Time: 8:45 AM
Mileage: 10 miles
Elevation Gain: 2000'
Description: San Mateo County’s Sam McDonald and Pescadero Creek Parks seem a world away from the 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. The route follows Heritage Grove Trail to the western portion of Brook Loop Trail and, after a short diversion on the Pomponio Trail for lunch in primordial Parke Gulch, returns via the eastern portion of Brook Loop Trail then the Ridge Loop and Big Tree Trails.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED A RIDE AND/OR CAN TAKE A PASSENGER, AND WHAT YOUR COMFORT LEVEL IS REGARDING PASSENGERS.
Bring / Wear: Bring your lunch, water (at least two liters), hat, sunscreen, sturdy hiking shoes, windbreaker, insect repellant as there can be mosquitos where we have lunch (even in the drought); long pants are strongly recommended as a precaution against poison oak. While a mask is not required at the time of this posting, conditions can change so you may want to bring one.
Weather Policy: Canceled in the event of heavy rain.
Alternate Meeting Place: Sam McDonald County Park 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, 13435 Pescadero Creek Road, Loma Mar, CA 94021”
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Alternate Meeting Time: 10:00 AM
Alternate Meeting Departure Time: 10:15 AM
Total driving distance, there and back: 96 miles.
Passenger Carpool Fees, including entrance fee: $14
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