July-September 2019 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. 6, Aug. 3 and Sep. 7 leader Al Lisin 408/252-8106
Big Basin Jul. 13, Aug. 10 and Sep. 14 leader Mike bbvtc.org@gmail.com
Castle Rock Jul. 20, Aug. 17 and Sep. 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

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July 6
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 7
Sunday

Portola Redwoods State Park We will hike Slate Creek Trail towards Ward Truck trail and return on the same trail. The trails are shaded. Please bring mosquito repellent! Car pool at park & ride lot off Hwy280/Page Mill at 8.15am. Or meet at Park Headquarters at 9.00am. Organizer:Vivian Jung vawjung@gmail.com 4082383388

July 13
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.

July 14
Sunday

There will be no hike scheduled for today.

July 20
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 21
Sunday

Sprig Lake entrance to Mt Madonna County Park A moderate 9 mile hike with approximately 1800' elevation gain. Ed La Pointe is the official leader and Toni is the bringer of the hikers and refreshments. Carpool from Park and Ride at 85 and Cottle Road at 8:15 a.m or meet at Mt. Madonna parking lot just off 152 at 9 a.m.

July 28
Sunday

Sweeney Ridge/Mori Point Approximately 9 mile hike starting at 9:00 at Sweeney Ridge, Shelldance Nursery parking lot. We will hike Mori Ridge trail to Baquiano Trail to some city streets in Pacifica to Rockaway Beach for lunch. Then we will proceed to Mori Point and return to the Shelldance parking lot. An opportunity to visit the Orchid greenhouses/store is optional. Carpool from 8:00 Page Mill/280, or meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Sweeney Ridge Parking lot in Pacifica at Shelldance Nursery. Organizer: Mary Ellen mrylln@aol.com (408) 885-0184.

Aug 3
Saturday

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

Aug 4
Sunday

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve (Razorback Trail) Razorback Ridge and Hamm's Gulch trails. This 9.8 mile hike is always a perfect hike but especially in summer as it is almost completely shaded. 1800 ft. elevation gain, moderate difficulty. Carpool will meet at 9:10 am at 280/Page Mill Road Park & Ride. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and your lunch. Organizer: Shannon McEntee shannonrmcentee AT gmail.com 650-704-4674

Aug 10
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.

Aug 11
Sunday

Pescadero Creek County Park From the Tarwater trail head, hike the Tarwater trail, Canyon trail, East brook trail, and Pomponio trail. Eat lunch at Shaw Flat trail camp. Continue on Pomponio trail and Shingle Mill trail back to the cars. Moderate hike of about 10 miles. Heavy rain/wind cancels. Carpool at Page Mill & 280 Park & Ride 8:40. Directions to Pescadero Creek Park: from Page Mill park and ride, take Page Mill to Alpine Road, left on Pomponio road to Tarwater Trailhead parking. Organizer: Mark Bowden markbowden10@gmail.com (408) 735 8736

Aug 17
Saturday

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

Aug 18
Sunday

Big Basin - Berry Creek Falls and hike planning Beautiful redwoods and waterfalls on this moderately strenuous, ten-mile plus loop hike. From Park HQ we will take the Skyline to the Sea trail to Berry Creek falls, up the falls trail to Sunset trail back. We will plan hikes for October, November, and December over drinks and treats after the hike. 8:00 am car-pool at the parking lot behind La Fondue restaurant, 4th St. Saratoga; or meet at Park HQ. at 9:00am. Organizer: Cathy Howard

Aug 25
Sunday

Presidio Take Coastal trail towards the Bridge, passing by Crissy field, Palace of Fine Arts and lunch near Lettermen Square and tour Presidio in the afternoon. Car Pool at Page Mill Park and Ride at 8:30am or meet at 9:30am at Baker Beach bigger parking lot. Organizer: Peter Tsui peterltsui@gmail.com 6505214165.

Sept 1
Sunday

Huddart Park to Kings Mountain Faire I plan on hiking up to the Faire thru Huddart Park and back since Phleger Estate trails are closed. I will spend about an hour and a half tat the Faire so hikers can have time for a bite to eat, have a craft beer and look at the art. If you don't wish to stay at the Faire, organize your carpools to accommodate this. Around ten miles and 1500 feet elevation gain and loss. If you do't wish to go to the Faire the hike is 8 miles.No host carpool at Page Mill Road at 8:35, host carpool behind the Pioneer Hotel in Woodside at the intersection of Woodside Road and Whiskey Hill Road in the upper parking lot closer to Whiskey Hill at 8:40. Or meet in Huddart Park at the Zwierlein Picnic area at 9. Nancy Davidson walkernan1@att.net (650)575-5889

Sept 7
Saturday

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

Sept 8
Sunday

Sam Mc Donald County Park We will hike the West Brook trail, East Brook trail to Hiker's Hut, and then on to Heritage Grove. About 10 miles moderate hike. The trails are part sun and shade. If on that day the temperature is predicted to rise above 85 degrees, the hike will be cancelled. Please bring plenty of water! Car-pool from park & ride lot off Page Mill and Hwy 280 at 8.45am. Or meet at 9.30am at Sam Mcdonald Park. Organizer: Vivian Jung vawjung@gmail.com 408.238-3388

Sept 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.

Sept 15
Sunday

Bear Creek Redwoods OSP Note early start time in order to get parking spaces and beat the heat. This will be a moderate hike of 7 to 8 miles, with elevation gain 1500', in this new open space preserve. The trails are mostly shaded, and mostly fire roads. Meet Jim at 8:30 at the preserve. Take the Bear Creek exit from highway 17, turn left on Bear Creek, drive 1 mile to the parking lot on the left. No Host Carpool 8:15 from Los Gatos North Side Municipal Lot, on the north side of Highway 9 between University and North Santa Cruz. 8:30 hike from Bear Creek parking lot. Organizer: Jim Baker bakers99@comcast.net 408 854 4850

Sept 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.

Sept 22
Sunday

Castle Rock State Park A moderate 9-mile loop on the Skyline and Saratoga Gap Trails, starting at the new park entrance. We will check out the interpretive displays before starting the hike. Interesting rocks and the people who climb them, a waterfall, and views of Monterey Bay. Please bring your state park parking permit, if you have one. Note: this hike can be shortened to 6 miles using the Loghry Trail, an option if the weather is too hot, or if some desire a shorter hike. Extreme heat cancels. 8:40 a.m. carpool from parking lot behind La Fondue in Saratoga, or meet at the new main entrance to the park on Skyline at 9:00 a.m. Contact: Candace Simpson cjsimpson1008@gmail.com.

Sept 29
Sunday

Gazos Creek We will hike up Gazos Creek Road for approx 2 miles through Redwood forest and elevation gain 600 ft. At the 2 mile junction where a surprise awaits we will head towards Big Basin up to Silver Falls and return via the same route for a total of 10 plus miles. Most of the hike is shaded with intermittent open areas. Carpool 8 am Page Mill Park and Ride, 9.00 am trail head (approximately 6 miles after you turn on Gazos Creek Road from Hwy 1) Organizer: Jumana S Latif jslatif@gmail.com 4085156334

Activity page updated June 3, 2019

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