January-March 2020 activities of the SCMTA

Support the Trail Maintenance Group -

"If you enjoy hiking our trails please help maintain them!"

Trail maintenance sessions for the quarter are listed below:




Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail Jan. 4, Feb. 1 and Mar. 7 leader Al Lisin 408/252-8106
Big Basin Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and Mar. 14 leader Mike bbvtc.org@gmail.com
Castle Rock Jan. 18, Feb. 15 and Mar. 21 leader Kevin McDevitt 408/733-3333



For all hikes: Bring lunch, liquid and clothing appropriate for the season (summer fog, winter rain).
Some hikes may be canceled or changed due to the weather; please see statement in each hike description.
Call the hike leader if you are not sure.
For trail maintenance: Wear long pants, boots, and long-sleeved shirt and bring gloves as well as lunch and liquid.

Trailhead parking lots are always busy — carpool if you can

Click on the blue highlighted links to visit the parks on the schedule. Then, click on your browser's "back" button to return to this schedule.

January 4
Saturday

Trail Maintenance - Skyline to the Sea Trail— Al Lisin, (408) 252-8106, leads a group that maintains the Skyline to the Sea Trail. This group now meets on the first Saturday of the month. The group meets at 9:00 am. Please call Al for meeting place (which changes).

January 5
Sunday

San Francisco Presidio Join me for a walk thru the Presidio in San Francisco. Planning on a 8 mile walk thru the Presidio, with lunch at Rob Roy Campground. Meet in the East Crissy Field Parking Lot, by the bathrooms. Heavy rain cancels. Host carpool at Edgewood Park and Ride at 8:30. Hike starts at 9:30. Organizer: Nancy Davidson walkernan1@att.net 650 575-5889

January 11
Saturday

Big Basin Trail Maintenance— This group meets the second Saturday of each month. Meeting place may change from time to time. Bring water, lunch, and work gloves. Contact Mike at bbvtc.org@gmail.com for more info.

January 12
Sunday

San Pedro Valley County Park Cathy's amazing 70th birthday bash!! Head up Montara Mt. Trail to Brooks Trail and down to Hazelnut Trail, cross the (probably no water) creek and take Valley View Trail back to the parking lot and picnic tables. 8 miles. Meet at Page Mill Park and Drive at 8:30 am. or parking lot just past Gatehouse at 9:30. $6 vehicle entry fee. Organizer: Toni Bassett 650-785-1916

January 18
Saturday

Castle Rock State Park Trail Maintenance— The third Saturday of every month Kevin McDevitt leads trail work in the Castle Rock area. Meet at Saratoga Gap parking lot at 9:00. Call Kevin at (408) 733-3333. Bring boots and gloves, lunch and liquid. Tools are supplied but bring your own favorites if you prefer.

January 19
Sunday

Sunol Regional Wilderness We will hike across the bridge on the Canyon view trail to McCorkle trail, then take the Cerro Este trail (.5 miles up and .5 miles back) to the view point and continue back on the McCorkle trail and return via Little Yosemite. Back to the parking lot via the canyon view trail for approximately 8-9 miles. Most of the trail is in the open. Moderate to heavy rain cancels. Where: Carpool 8.30am. at the west end of the Parkmoor Plaza parking lot in San Jose, or meet at the Sunol Regional Wilderness gate 9 am. Organizer: Jumana Latif jslatif@gmail.com 408-515-6334

January 26
Sunday

Uvas Canyon County Park The waterfalls are full and beautiful in the winter and spring, so entrance to Uvas is limited on weekends from now through June. We have reservations for three vehicles, and must enter the park together. Meet at the 85 and Cottle Park and Ride at 8:45 am; if you go directly to the park you will not be allowed in without a reservation. The reservations hold regardless of the weather, so heavy rain may shorten or alter the hike but does not cancel. Moderate 8 mile hike except for a very steep one mile optional spur towards Knibbs Knob. Mark Bowden markbowden10@gmail.com 4087358736

February 1
Saturday

Trail Maintenance - Skyline to the Sea Trail— Call Al Lisin at (408) 252-8106 for more information.

February 2
Sunday

Steven Creek County Park/Fremont Older OSP Starting from Stevens Creek County Park, hike to Fremont Older OSP via Coyote Ridge trail. Return to Stevens Creek on Tony Look trail. Heavy rain cancels. Where: Please find your own car-pool. Meet at parking lot at Baytree picnic area at Steven Creek C.P. at 9.30am. Organizer: Vivian Jung vawjung@gmail.com 408 238 3388

February 8
Saturday

Big Basin Trail Maintenance— This group meets the second Saturday of each month. Meeting place may change from time to time. Bring water, lunch, and work gloves. Contact Mike at bbvtc.org@gmail.com for more info.

February 9
Sunday

Almaden Quicksilver County Park (Woods Road/Trail entrance) Hike from the Woods Road/Trail entrance near Mt. Umunhum. We will hike a 9-10 mile loop hike around Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Great views of the South Bay and the Loma Prieta area. Carpool from regular Los Gatos parking lot at 8:30 am or meet at the Woods Road/Trail entrance near Mt. Umunhum at 9 am Contact Jim with any questions or concerns: Jim Baker bakers99@comcast.net 408 354 4850.

February 15
Saturday

Castle Rock State Park Trail Maintenance— Meet at Saratoga Gap parking lot at 9:00. Call Kevin McDevitt at (408) 733-3333.

February 16
Sunday

Four Open Space Preserves hike and planning for spring hikes We will start in Montebello OSP, hike through Skyline Ridge and in to Russian Ridge, where we'll have lunch amongst the beautiful ancient oak trees. Then we will loop back through Coal Creek to Montebello. This will be a moderate nine-mile loop with some ups and downs, sun and plenty of shade. Heavy rain, or moderate rain with heavy wind, cancels the hike. Where: 9:00 Carpool from Page Mill/280 park and ride; 9:30 hike from Montebello OSP parking lot. Organizer: Cathy Howard howardc414@gmail.com

February 23
Sunday

Mount Tam Hike - Pantoll to Muir Woods Roughly 10 mile 2000' hike from Pantoll station down to Muir Woods via BootJack, have lunch there, then take Ben Johnson, Dipsea, and Steep Ravine back to Pantoll parking lot. Hope to see a lot of waterfalls. Heavy Rain or Wind cancels hike. Where: Carpool at Page Mill Park and Ride 8:00am or Meet at Pantoll Ranger Station at 9:15am Organizer: Peter Tsui peterltsui@gmail.com 650 521 4165.

March 1
Sunday

Butano State Park We will take the Jackson Flats trail and Canyon trail, and then loop back on the Indian, Doe Ridge, and Six Bridges trails, hiking clockwise, about 9-10 miles. We will be looking for newts and the season's first calypso orchids along the way. Heavy rain cancels. Carpool from Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 a.m. or meet at the park visitor center at 9:30 a.m. Hike leader Candace Simpson, cjsimpson1008@gmail.com 650-575-8513

March 7
Saturday

Trail Maintenance - Skyline to the Sea Trail— Call Al Lisin at (408) 252-8106 for more information.

March 8
Sunday

To be determined.

March 14
Saturday

Big Basin Trail Maintenance— This group meets the second Saturday of each month. Meeting place may change from time to time. Bring water, lunch, and work gloves. Contact Mike at bbvtc.org@gmail.com for more info.

March 15
Sunday

To be determined.

March 21
Saturday

Castle Rock State Park Trail Maintenance— The third Saturday of every month Kevin McDevitt leads trail work in the Castle Rock area. Meet at Saratoga Gap parking lot at 9:00. Call Kevin at (408) 733-3333. Bring boots and gloves, lunch and liquid. Tools are supplied but bring your own favorites if you prefer.

March 22
Sunday

Joseph D Grant County Park We will hike uphill on Los Huecos trail, Pala Seca trail have lunch at the former Pala Seca cabin. Back on Halls Valley trail to the cars. The hike is about 10 miles, moderate. Heavy rain cancells. Organize your own car-pool. Park and meet at Grant Lake parking lot off Mt. Hamilton Rd., on the left, just passed the entrance of the park. Contact: vivian jung vawjung@gmail.com 408 238 3388

March 29
Sunday

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park Climb 1000' over two miles up the Courdet Trail past giant oak, bay, and sycamore groves to the ridge. Hike along the ridge, and then loop back through Kilkare Canyon. Views of Livermore Valley and Altamont Pass to the east, Diablo and Sunol Parks to the north and south, and a hidden canyon to the west. Hike is about 9 miles. Hopefully we'll see some spring wildflowers in the meadows! Heavy rain cancels. Please note that we are hiking from the Castleridge Trailhead, NOT the main Pleasanton Ridge entrance. Directions: From 680N take exit 26, Bernal Ave, toward Pleasanton. Turn left on Bernal Ave, then right on Foothill Rd. After 0.7 miles take a sharp left on Old Foothill Rd, which is one-way going south (don't be confused that you will have passed the exit of Old Foothill back to Foothill a few tenths of a mile back). Stay left on Old Foothill and park along the street. If the street spaces are full there are more spaces just a bit further on Old Foothill by the Alviso Adobe. Meet at the restrooms by the Castleridge Trailhead sign to begin hiking at 9:00. Carpool 8:15 from lot next to Hobee's, 800 W. Ahwanee Ave, Sunnyvale. Cathy Howard howardc414@gmail.com

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