Oct-Dec 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 Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7 leader Al Lisin 408/252-8106
Big Basin Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14 leader Mike bbvtc.org@gmail.com4
Castle Rock Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 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

October 5
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).

October 6
Sunday

Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve So many hikers were out of town for the first Bear Creekhike, that Cathy and Jim decided to try again! This will be a moderate hike of 7 to 8 miles, with elevation gain 1500', in this new open space preserve. Beautiful redwoods and a bit of local history!The trails are mostly shaded, and mostly fire roads. 8:40 carpool from Los Gatos North Side Municipal Lot, on the north side of Highway 9 between University and North Santa Cruz. 9:00 hike from Bear Creek parking lot. To reach the park, take the Bear Creek exit from highway 17, turn left on Bear Creek, and drive 1 mile to the parking lot on the left. Organizer: Cathy Howard and Jim Baker howardc414@gmail.com

October 12
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

October 13
Sunday

Coyote Ridge Trail We will hike Coyote Ridge trail, Gaviota trail and Mummy Mountain trail. It's about 9 miles, moderate hike. Heavy rain cancels, but not light rain. Car-pool at park & ride lot off Cottle & Hwy 85 at 9.00am. Or meet Mendoza Ranch Entrance parking lot at 9.30am, which is off Roop Rd. Organizer: Vivian Jung vawjung@gmail.com 408-238-3388.

October 19
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.

October 20
Sunday

Sunol Regional ParkWe will hike approximately 9 miles from Sunol to Mission Peak and return. We will eat lunch at Mission Peak. Please note: In addition to the park entrance fee (per car), there is an additional $2 per person fee for the required permit and regional map for the Ohlone Wilderness Area. Heavy rain cancels as this is a very exposed area. Carpool from Parkmoor/280, near Food Max at 8:30 am, or meet at Sunol Regional Park at 9:00 am. Mary Ellen mrylln@aol.com 408 885 0184

October 27
Sunday

Mount Tamalpais Hike - Old Mill Park to Stinson BeachFrom Old Mill Park, take the famous Dipsea trail to Sun and Fern Canyon to Muir Woods where we will have lunch. After lunch, take Ben Johnson and Dipsea trails to Stinson Beach and catch the 3:15p bus (61) to take us back to Panorama Hwy and Bayview to take the Dipsea steps back down to Old Mill Park. About 10 miles, 2000' hike with lots of steps. You can find (all-day) free parking on Throckmorton ave, Old Mill Street, or Olive Street. Please prepare to pay bus fare of $1 for seniors. Carpool at Page Mill Park and Ride 8:15am or meet at Old Mill Park (352 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley) near public bathroom area at 9:30am. Organizer: Peter Tsui peterltsui@gmail.com 6505214165

November 2
Saturday

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

November 3
Sunday

Upper Stevens Creek C. Park & Skyline Ridge Open SpaceStarting from Grizzly Flat left on to Canyon trail. Cross over Skyline Blvd. to Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve Chestnut trail back to the cars. Moderate hike about 10 miles. Heavy rain cancel. Car pool at parking lot behind La Fondue Restaurant at 8.45am. or NO Host at Page Mill/Hwy280 at 9.00am Or meet at Grizzly Flat at 9.30 to start the hike. vivian jung vawjung@gmail.com 408-238-3388.

November 9
Saturday

Big Basin Trail Maintenance— MThis 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

November 10
Sunday

to be determined

November 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.

November 17
Sunday

Montebello OSP, potluck and hike planning Eat, drink, hike, and plan future hikes on our annual potluck winery picnic! Beautiful views as we hike up Black Mountain and along the ridge on this moderate, ten-mile, out-and-back hike to Ridge Winery. Anyone who is interested is invited to participate in a potluck lunch; bring your choice of finger food to share. Also bring some money if you would like to participate in buying a bottle of wine to share. Bring your calendar and your ideas for winter hikes as we will sign up for hikes over lunch. The hike, and lunch), are completely out in the open, so heavy rain, or rain and wind, cancel the hike. Carpool at 9:05 from Page Mill / 280; start hiking at 9:30 Montebello OSP parking lot. Organizer: Cathy Howard howardc414@gmail.com

November 24
Sunday

To be determined.

December 1
Sunday

Los Altos Hill/Hidden Villa Meet at Toni's house at 9:15 a.m. to carpool to Altamont @ St.Joseph in Los Altos Hills. My address is 667 Palm Avenue, Los Altos. Organizer: Toni Bassett 650-785-1916

December 7
Saturday

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

December 8
Sunday

to be determined

December 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

December 15
Sunday

Stanford Campus Around a nine mile walk around the Stanford Campus including the Dish. Walk starts at 9:30. Will have lunch at Tresidder Union, bring your own or buy there. Heavy rain cancels. No host carpool at Page Mill at 9:10. Meet in the parking lot next to Tresidder Union ( use 459 Laqunita Dr) for the parking lot on gps. Parking free on weekends. Nancy Davidson walkernan1@att.net (650)575-5889

December 21
Saturday

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

December 22
Sunday

Black Mountain from Hidden Villa This hike is 10.5 miles round-trip; medium difficulty and steep at the end. Plan on 5 hours at steady pace. Elevation gain— 2,280’ Hike to the highest peak in the northern Santa Cruz Mountains. Incredible 360° views. Take Creek Trail to the end; it becomes Ewing Hill Trail. Turn right at Black Mountain Trail and continue the steady uphill climb. Bring lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen and layers. Carpool 9:00 am from Page Mill ParknRide. Hike starts at 9:30 am from the Hidden Villa Education Center parking lot. Note there is a parking fee at Hidden Villa (they teach environmental education so it's a VERY good cause). Questions: shannonrmcentee AT gmail

December 29
Sunday

to be determined

Activity page updated September 28, 2019

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