July-Sept 2016 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 Jul. 2, Aug. 6 and Sep. 3 leader Al Lisin 408/252-8106
Big Basin Jul. 9,Aug. 13 and Sep. 10 leader Jeff Bleam 831/338-0774
Castle Rock Jul. 16, Aug. 20 and Sep. 17 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

July 2
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).

July 3
Sunday

Henry Cowell State Park About 9 miles and 1300 foot elevation gain. Bring water shoes for the multiple creek crossings. Meet for the carpool at 8:45 at the Los Gatos Park and Ride or the parking lot at Henry Cowell at 9:30. Hike leader is Mark Bowden. (408) 735-8736.

July 9
Saturday

Big Basin Trail Maintenance— Meet Jeff Bleam at park headquarters at 9:00 for some hands-on trail work. This group meets the second Saturday of each month. Call (831) 338-0774.

July 10
Sunday

Big Basin Redwoods State Park; From Park Hq. will take the Skyline to the sea trail to Berry creek falls, up the falls trail to Sunset trail back. The hike is moderate. Car-pool at the parking lot behind La Fondue restaurant, 4th St. Saratoga, at 8.30am or meet at Park Hq. at 9.30am Leader- Vivian Jung 408-238-3388

July 16
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.

July 17
Sunday

Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP, A moderate to strenuous 10-mile hike through redwoods from Skyline Boulevard down to Purisima Creek and back using the North Ridge, Whittemore Gulch, Purisima Creek, and Craig Britton Trails. Carpool from Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 9:00 a.m. or meet at 9:30 at the North Ridge Trail trailhead on Skyline Boulevard 4.5 miles south of Highway 92. Contact Candace Simpson cjsimpson1008@gmail.com.

July 24
Sunday

No SCMTA Hike planned for today

July 31
Sunday

This hike has been cancelled. San Francisco has many local events that will eliminate parking,create excess traffic and block some of our route.

August 6
Saturday

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

August 7
Sunday

Castle Rock State Park Starting at Waterman Gap trailhead ends at Martin's tree or walk back to Waterman Gap. Hike route will be Skyline to the sea, Saratoga toll Rd. and Michael's Summit Loop, ends at Martin's tree. For those we want to ends the hike at Martin's tree will car shuttle from Waterman Gap. The total miles will be around 8-9 miles. Cathy will bring snacks at Martin's tree. Car-pool at parking lot behind La Fondue Rest. at 8.45am OR meet at Waterman Gap at 9.15. Hike Leader:Vivian Jung (408)238-3388.

August 13
Saturday

Big Basin Trail Maintenance— Join Jeff Bleam again for some more enjoyable trail maintenance at Big Basin. See October 12 entry for details.

August 14
Sunday

Huddard Park Hiking Huddart Park in Woodside Take 280 to Woodside Road East and follow the signs to Huddart Park. $6.00 parking fee. Park at the Zwierlein Picnic area by big meadow and bathrooms. No host car pool at Page Mill at 9 and a second car pool in Woodside by the Pioneer Hotel where I will be; take a left at Whiskey Hill off Woodside Road and then turn immediately right into the parking lot, leaving at 9:10. Plan on a 8-10 mile hike with around 2,000 elevation. Nancy Davidson walkernan1@pacbell.net cell 650 575-5889

August 20
Saturday

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

August 21
Sunday

Portola Redwoods State Park We will start hiking on the Iverson Trail, Coyote trail,hike the Tarwater loop, Pomponio Trail, the hike will be approx. 10 miles. Hike leader , Mary Ellen Quinn 408 8850184

August 28
Sunday

Fall Creek unit, H. Cowell State Park Ten mile moderate loop in the shade, along the creek. We will plan fall hikes over lunch, so please bring your calendars and hike ideas for October / November / December. Leader is Cathy Howard. Car pool from municipal lot in Los Gatos at 8:45; or meet at Fall Creek parking lot 9:30. Please email any questions to my last name first initial 414 at gmail dot com

September 3
Saturday

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

September 4
Sunday

Butano State Park Hike 9 miles and 1900 feet in the beautiful and serene Butano State Park. Meet at the parking lot just inside the park gate next to the restrooms. We’ll hike up Jackson Flats trail and then on to Canyon Trail, Indian Trail and then briefly on Olmo fire road to connect to Doe Ridge trail and finish up on Six Bridges Trail. Carpool 8:30 am from Page Mill ParknRide or meet at the park at 9:30 am. Bring water, sunscreen, lunch. Finish by 3 pm or earlier. Questions - Shannon McEntee at shannonrmcentee....at....gmail.com or 650-704-4674.

September 10
Saturday

Big Basin Trail Maintenance— Meet Jeff Bleam (831) 338-0774 at park headquarters at 9:00.

September 11
Sunday

Montara Mt. from San Pedro Valley County Park 7.3 mile hike with 1700' elevation up to Montara Mountain. Could be warm or cool and foggy. Carpool from PageMill Park&Drive and 280, leaving at 8:40 a.m. or meet at San Pedro Valley County Park in Pacifica Leader: Toni Bassett 650-948-7344

September 17
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.

September 18
Sunday

Saratoga Gap and Beyond We will meet at Saratoga Gap parking lot at 9:30 and start hiking the Bay Area Ridge Trail to Grizzly Flat Trail, make our way back via Peters Creek, pass through Hickory Oaks and on. Moderate to strenuous, approximately 10 miles or a bit more. Carpool from parking lot behind La Fondue restaurant, 4th.St, in Saratoga at 9:00 Hike leader Mary Ellen 408.885.0184

September 25
Sunday

St.Joseph's Hill Here's a hike that not many from the group have likely taken before. St. Joseph's Hill is one of the southern-most preserves in the Mid-Pen Open Space District overlooking Los Gatos and the South Bay on one side and Lexington Reservoir on the other. Great views of same. 8 mile loop with moderate elevation gain, but nothing seriously strenuous. We will hike from the parking lot as the trail is only 2 blocks away. Hike is followed by craft beer tasting and consumption at the newly opened Loma Brewery in downtown LG for those interested. Heavy rain cancels. Meet at 9am at the Los Gatos Municipal North Side Parking Lot located on the north side of Hwy 9 between University Ave. and No. Santa Cruz Ave. in Los Gatos. Contact Jim Baker at (408) 354-4850 with any questions.

Activity page updated September 15, 2016

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