Ventana Chapter Hikes and Outings for Monterey/Carmel and Santa Cruz
September and October 2017
(Please contact leader to reserve a space)
Sunday, September 3
Walk: Point Lobos
We'll start this 5+ mile hike around beautiful Point Lobos at the highway, walk down to the South Shore, go north to Cypress Grove, then on to the top of Whaler's Knoll and return the Whalers Cabin and Whalers Cove. There will be some stops along the South Shore to look at geologic features recently pointed out by Docent Ed Clifton. There is usually wildlife to look for. Meet at the Rio Road, Carmel "Park and Ride" just east of Hwy 1 at 9:30 am. Back about 1:30 pm. There will be a short carpool to start of the outing. Bring $1 walk-in fee, snack, water, and binoculars if you like for close-ups of the animal life. Call me to reserve a space. Leader: Martha Saylor, 372-9215.
Tuesday, September 5
Senior Saunter: Rio del Mar
Nice casual walk, with one hill, through neighborhoods of Rio Del Mar, then along the beach trail to the sunken ship. A shorter, level walk will be available. Restrooms. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or go direct Hwy.1 to Rio del Mar exit, to beach parking lot. Bring lunch, water, $2 carpool. There's a deli if you want to buy lunch. Leader: Bev Meschi 831-475-4185.
Thursday, September 7
Hike: Point Lobos
Our 5-6 mile loop with minimal elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us along beaches and steep coastal cliffs along open and forested trails with varied views of the ocean and bays. Bring water and lunch. Meet at the Rio Road "Park and Ride" parking lot near Bank of America at 9:30 am. Please let me know if you are coming. Leader: Gisela Nobinger,
Thursday, September 7
Walk: Rana Creek Nursery
Rana Creek Nursery sits on 25 acres of land in the verdant Carmel Valley. They told us: "We grow and supply western native and water-efficient plants for homes and gardens. Our plants are naturally grown without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. Rana Creek plants are ideal for intimate gardens, ornamental landscapes, grassy meadows, living roofs, and ecological restoration projects. They also provide refuge for local fauna and flora. In addition, we are also a renowned ecological design firm specializing in landscape architecture, environmental planning, native plant propagation, landscape construction and habitat restoration with numerous projects in the U.S. and abroad." Arrive early, we depart at 10 am from 7495 Williams Ranch Road, Carmel. Call for a reservation. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.
Tuesday, September 12
Senior Saunter: Levee to Wharf
Casual 4 mile walk along the levee to Beach Hill and Santa Cruz Wharf. Return along the beach to other side of river and San Lorenzo Park for lunch. A shorter walk will be available. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or at Gateway Plaza on River St. by Ross, before 9:50 am. Bring lunch, water, $2 carpool. Leaders: Irene Lennox 831-457-2690; Brooke Ewoldsen 831-475-6188.
Saturday, September 16
Hike: Fall Creek State Park
This is a walk on the trail that begins off Empire Grade near the Big Ben tree and runs northwest, more or less parallel to Empire Grade. It will probably be 5-6 miles with about 900 ft elevation gain. Meet at the Govt Center in Santa Cruz at 9:30 am to carpool. Call for more information. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, 831 462-3101.
Saturday, September 16
Hike: Mt. Defiance, Pinnacles Nat. Park
This is a moderate to strenuous out-and-back hike of about 6 miles beginning at 1707' elevation and rising to 2657' at the summit. We start at Peaks View parking area (on the east side of the park), we hike briefly along the well-maintained South Wilderness Trail to our departure point. Then we proceed on an unmarked, unnamed, and unmaintained trail upward through mixed forest, prickly chaparral, and crumbly bare rock to the summit. Some sections are dense brush, so wear long pants for leg protection. Expect panoramic views not usually seen elsewhere in the park and maybe a few condors soaring overhead. Bring 2-3 liters of water, wear sturdy boots, trekking poles, sun hat, sunscreen, and bring lunch. Meet at the Nob Hill Foods parking lot on the corner of Hwy 68 and Blanco Road in Salinas at 8 am to carpool to the east entrance of the park. RSVP Leader: Stanley Dudek,
or call or text: 831-726-6200.
Sunday, September 17
Hike: Mount Madonna County Park
This beautiful more than 3000 acre park has several different landscapes from redwood forest to oak woodland, chaparral and grassy meadows.
We'll walk about 8 miles with 1300 feet of elevation gain. Bring food and water. Meet at Home Depot in Seaside or on Main Street in Soquel when coming from Santa Cruz at 9 am to carpool. Call for more info. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467.
Tuesday, September 19
Senior Saunter: Wilder Bluff North
Three mile walk on the more northern part of the cove trail. A shorter walk will be available. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or at Shen's Gallery at King and Mission St. before 9:50 am. To go direct, meet group in Wilder Ranch State Park parking lot one mile north of Santa Cruz on Hwy. 1. Bring lunch, water, $2 carpool plus share of entrance fee. Leader: Irene Lennox 457-2690.
Tuesday, September 19
Walk: Point Lobos Hike
Our 3 to 4 mile loop with minimal elevation gain takes us along tree-clad headland trails with magnificent views and through a quiet Monterey pine forest. We are certain to see a variety of wildlife and a few wildflowers. Bring water, lunch and $ for state park fee or a park pass. Arrive early; we depart at 9:30 am from Rio Road Park & Ride in Carmel. Call for a reservation—limit of 8. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.
Thursday, September 21
Hike: Elkhorn Slough with Stanley Dudek
Our 5-6 mile loop with minimal elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us along the tidal marshes of the slough. We should see birds and other wildlife, so bring your binoculars and be prepared for stops along the way. Also, bring water and lunch and a credit card for the entrance fee (last time it was $4.12). Meet at REI parking lot near Highway 1 and Imjin Pkwy at 9:30 am or at 10:00 at the Elkhorn Slough visitor center. Please let us know if you are coming. Leaders: Gisela Nobinger and Stanley Dudek,
Hike, September 23
Happy Trails & Fort Ord Natl Mon.
We'll explore the lands adjacent to the Fort Ord National Monument known locally as 'Happy Trails'. And we'll venture into the FONM and visit some of the vernal ponds and other sites along the way. Expect 6-8 miles of easy sloping oak woodlands with less than 1000' of elevation gain. We can adjust according to the temperature and group sentiment. Map included. Call for meeting time and place.
Leader: Larry Parrish 622-7455.
Tuesday, September 26
Senior Hike / Saunter: Point Lobos
Two routes for different abilities will be available in this beautiful Park to the south of Carmel. Hikers will park at Whaler's Cove and make a loop around the park, about 3 miles, to a picnic spot called Piney Woods. After lunch we'll continue back to Whaler's Cove. Terrain is hilly but not strenuous. Walkers will park at Bird Island and follow a more level route. Scenery is spectacular. Dress for windy cool weather. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. Bring lunch, water, $6 carpool and share of Park fee. Restrooms. Leaders: Perry Brohmer 650-793-3987; Brooke Ewoldsen 831-475-6188.
Thursday, September 28
Coast Walk: Pt. Pinos to Asilomar and Pt. Joe.
Our 6 mile hike with minimal elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us along the coast from Point Pinos along Asilomar State Park and Spanish Bay to Point Joe. On the way back we will have lunch on the patio at Asilomar, then walk back along the former railroad tracks and add a visit to the Pacific Grove Light House. Bring water and lunch. Meet at 9:30 am on the parking strip across the street from the Point Pinos Grill on 77 Asilomar Blvd. in Pacific Grove not far from the Pacific Grove Light House. Please let me know if you are coming. Leader: Gisela Nobinger,
Friday, September 29
Bicycle Ride (Non-Competitive Pace): Coyote Creek Recreation Trail
The intent of this bike ride is to look around and enjoy the scenery. Average speed will be 8 to 9 mph. Total time: 4.5 to 5 hrs. This is an amazingly beautiful country ride considering the proximity to suburbia and Silicon Valley. Mostly level riding, paralleling Coyote Creek with a total cumulative elevation gain of 305 feet spread over this 30 mile round trip. Meet me just east of N/B Hwy 101 and Cochrane Rd. by 9:30 am. I'll lead us to the trail head from there. Lunch will be on the banks of Cottonwood Lake in Hellyer County Park (15 miles). We'll return on the same path back to our cars. No parking or park fees. Bring water, lunch and sunscreen. Various parks along the route provide restrooms and extra water.
If no one calls by Thursday evening, the ride is cancelled. Leader: Steve Jackson, (831) 320-4561.
Saturday, September 30
Walk: Oak Woodlands at Hastings Reserve
Join Vince Voegeli, the Resident Director of the Hastings Reserve, on a very educational field trip. Hastings is a 2,500 acre biological field station located in upper Carmel Valley, and is part of the California Natural Reserve System. It is operated under the University of California Berkeley—Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. The drive will be picturesque and at Hastings we will learn about the property's history and some of the current research, including work on oak woodlands, acorn woodpeckers, California deer mice and geology. About 3/4 mile with minimal elevation gain. Bring water and lunch or snack. Meet at the lower parking lot of Garland Ranch before our 9:45 am departure time. Carpooling is encouraged! Call for a reservation. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.
Tuesday, October 3
Senior Saunter: Chaminade
2 + miles fairly easy walk through the redwoods, some uphill. Hikers may add a hike down into the canyon. A shorter walk will be available. Lunch at the picnic area. Beautiful views. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave or go direct and park behind tennis courts at Chaminade before 9:50 am. Bring lunch, water, $2 carpool. Restrooms. Leaders: Perry Brohmer 650-793-3987; Brooke Ewoldsen 831-475-6188.
Wednesday, October 4
Meeting at the Monterey Public Library at 5 pm
We will talk about hiking and outings for November and December 2017.
Please come and tell us about your summer experiences. Otherwise, please send your write-ups to
no later than Sunday, October 15.
Thank you in advance.
Thursday, October 5
Hike: Jacks Peak
Our 6 mile loop with about 700 feet elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us along the quiet forested trails with some views of Carmel and Monterey Bay. Bring water and lunch. Meet near the Whole Foods store at 9:40 am for carpooling or at the West Parking Lot at Jacks Peak at 10 am. Bring water and lunch. Please let me know if you are coming. Leader: Gisela Nobinger,
Saturday, October 7
Hike: Santa Lucia Creek
From the Arroyo Seco "Gorge" parking lot, the start of the Santa Lucia Trail, we hike to the Historic Adobe and from there on the Arroyo Seco Indians Road to the Santa Lucia Connector, enjoying excellent views of the Soberanes fire burn area and the Arroyo Seco Canyon. At the connector we hike down to the Santa Lucia Creek, crossing the creek approx. 8 times and follow it back to the Adobe. From there we can hike back to our cars on the Santa Lucia Tr. or on the Arroyo Seco Indians Road. Total miles 13.9. Bring food, 2 to 3 liters of water and/or water filter. For crossing the creek you might want to bring appropriate foot wear! Prepare for poison oak and ticks! Meeting time: 8:00 am at McDonalds in Soledad. Please RSVP latest by Oct. 5 for reservations and carpooling! Leader: Burkhard (Burk) Siedhoff, 831-920-1803, leave phone # and name!
Sunday, October 8
Saunter: Carmel River Beach
How about a morning saunter with trails, roads & steps from Carmel River Beach via the Carmel Meadows high point, to Monastery Beach, returning by way of bluff trails. Some walking on sand and along bluff edges. Enjoy views of Point Lobos and listen to the surf. We'll see if we can identify local bird life. Approximately 3 miles. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather; wind breaker recommended. Bring water and a snack & binoculars, as desired. Meet at 9:30 am at the parking lot at Carmel River Beach at the lagoon (south end of Carmelo in Carmel.) Call to reserve a space. Leader: Martha Saylor, 831-372-9215.
Tuesday, October 10
Senior Saunter: Palm Beach
Pleasant 3 mile walk along the slough by Pajaro Dunes community of vacation homes, then down to the beach and walk on hard sand along the ocean's edge back to the beginning. A shorter walk will be available. We'll lunch at the end of the hike in the picnic area. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. To go direct, drive past main Watsonville exit on Hwy 1 and take Riverside exit, turn right and right again. At West Beach traffic light take a left, drive to the end of the road and park. We'll meet on the road near the entrance to the parking lot. (Lot requires a fee.) Bring lunch, water, $3 carpool. Leader: Denise Lucy 831-728-6552.
Thursday, October 12
Hike: Toro County Park
This will be another Thursday walk. I'm going to pick one of the trails accessible from the Main Entrance of Toro and go a total of approximately 6 miles with perhaps 1000 feet of elevation gain. We'll meet at 9:30 on Main St just inland of Soquel Drive in Soquel to carpool. Call for more information. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, 831 462-3101.
Saturday, October 14
Hike: Palo Corona from the East Side
Let's walk from Baja Cantina restaurant at Carmel Valley Road through the Golf course and along the green meadow to the East gate of Palo Corona. Through the park and up the steep but comfortable road to Inspiration Point for a look out. Then further to Animation Pond for lunch. Back the same way. A moderate hike of about 7 miles with 1,500' elevation gain/loss. Meet at Baja Cantina on Carmel Valley Road at 9:00 am. Bring lunch and water. Call for more information. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467.
Sunday, October 15
Afternoon Walk at Carmel River SB
This hike is cancelled until November
Leader: Mary Gale
Tuesday, October 17
Senior Hike: Nisene Marks/ Hoffman
Approx. 4 mile shady hike starting at the Porter Picnic area, the last parking lot before the iron gate. Narrow trails, with some uphill, to Hoffman site. A shorter, more level walk will be available. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or at the dirt parking lot before park entrance. Primitive restroom. Bring lunch, repellent, $2 carpool and share of entrance fee. Leaders: Bev Meschi, 831-475-4185; Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.
Saturday October 21
Hike: Butano State Park
Take a leisurely moderately paced, 11 miles with approximately 1500 feel elevation gain, day hike through varied terrain (giant redwoods, pines, oak, and manzanita) in this lovely coastal park. Meet at Park Entrance kiosk at 10 am. Return to cars approximately 6:00 pm. For full hike details including carpools please register at https://www.meetup.com/Santa-Cruz-Sierra-Club/events/242347314/ Leader: Steve Bakaley
Saturday, October 21
Hike: Chalone Peak Trail, Pinnacles Nat. Park
This is a strenuous 9 mile loop hike (elevation gain: 2040') to the highest point in the park: North Chalone Peak (elev. 3304'). Expect incredible geology, panoramic views of surrounding peaks and valleys, and maybe a few condors soaring overhead. Bring 2-3 liters of water, wear sturdy boots, trekking poles, sun hat, sunscreen, and bring lunch. Meet at the Nob Hill Foods parking lot on the corner of Hwy 68 and Blanco Road in Salinas at 8 am to carpool to the east entrance of the park. RSVP Leader: Stanley Dudek,
or call or text: 831-726-6200.
Sunday, October 22
Hike, Palo Corona back country.
We'll begin our jaunt at the San Jose Creek trailhead on State Park property. Hiking up the road along San Jose Creek we soon arrive at the old Whisler Ranch cabin. Then up to the San Jose Creek overlook and eventually down to San Jose Creek. We'll lunch at nearby Natalie's Grove and then take the main road back to our starting point. About 9 miles and 1,500'+ elevation gain. A longish hike, but not difficult. Call for reservation (20 maximum) and meeting info. Leader: Larry Parrish 622-7455
Tuesday, October 24
Senior Saunter: Pleasure Point
A pleasant 2+ mile walk along the cliffs at Pleasure Point to Lake Moran Park, returning by a route through the neighborhood. A shorter walk will be available. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. To go direct, park in the small surfers' parking lot at the bottom of 41st Ave or at the roadside on Opal Cliff Dr. Bring lunch, water. Leader: Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.
Tuesday, October 24
Hike: Garzas Creek
The Garzas Creek loop is always a lovely hike with its serene oak and redwood forests. Unwind with a few other hikers and some very quiet woodrats beside the peaceful creek in Garzas Canyon. 4 miles, 800 feet elevation gain with flora & fauna stops. Bring a snack or lunch & water. Arrive early; we depart at 10 am from Garland Ranch's lower parking lot. We should return around 2 pm. Call for a reservation, limit of 8. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.
Monday, October 30
Hike: PG Shoreline and Monarch Sanctuary
Have the Monarch Butterflies returned to Pacific Grove? Let's find out on this easy 6 mile coastal walk. Meet at 10 am outside the Fishwife restaurant, 1996 ½ Sunset Drive. We'll walk around Spanish Bay and along the coast to Rocky Shores, looking for birds and sea mammals. Then we'll head up to the Butterfly Sanctuary, returning via the old railroad trail. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the leaders' back yard (or indoors if it's cool) near the end of the walk. Heavy rain cancels. Leaders: Cath Farrant and Mary Dainton, 372 7427.
Tuesday, October 31
Senior Saunter: Costanoa & Franklin Point
This is a 4 mile hike on trails around the beach and over the dunes near Costanoa Resort. A shorter hike will be available. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave or near Shen's Gallery at Mission & King St. before 9:50 am. To go direct, take Hwy 1 to Costanoa and park in the lot by the General Store. Restrooms. Bring lunch, water, $5 carpool ($3 from Shen's). Leaders: Perry Brohmer, 650-793-3987; Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.
Sunday, November 5
Walk: Mission Trails
This hike is 2 - 3 miles long with 300' elev. gain. We start at the bottom of the canyon on Rio Road across and downhill from the Carmel Mission. We will make an elongated loop with possibly some city streets as part of the route. If there is no fog, there will be a nice view of the Mission dome. We will make a stop by the controversial Flanders Mansion. We will also visit the Lester Rowntree Native Plant Garden and pass by the Outdoor Forest Theater. Meet at 9:30 am at
the trailhead. Call to reserve a place. Leader: Martha Saylor, 372-9215.
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