Ventana Chapter Hikes and Outings for Monterey/Carmel and Santa Cruz
May and June 2018
(Please contact leader to reserve a space)
Tuesday, April 24
Senior Saunter: Neary Lagoon
4 mile loop from Lighthouse Field to Neary Lagoon to Santa Cruz Wharf. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41 st Ave. or by 9:50 am in the parking lot at Lighthouse Field on West Cliff, just left of the bathrooms. Bring lunch or eat at one of the wharf's restaurants. Restrooms. $2 carpool. Leader: Jean Harrison 831-425-5447.
Thursday, April 26
Hike: Garland Ranch
Our 5 mile loop with about 800 feet elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us along the waterfall trail up to Mesa Pond. From there we will walk along forest trails and come back across the Meadow. Bring water and lunch. Meet at the Rio Road “Park and Ride” parking lot near Starbuck's at 9:30 am or at the Garland Ranch parking lot near the western-most bridge at 9:50 am. Heavy rain cancels. Please RSVP. Leader: Gisela Nobinger,
Sunday, April 29
Hike: Mal Paso Wildflower Walk
We'll meander up a private road above Mal Paso Creek, eventually crossing the Creek, and then up a steep ridgeback, and finally through some redwood groves to the Rocky Ridge Trail. We'll end our circuit near Soberanes Creek, depending on availability. A beautiful, rugged 5-6 miles with 1000' of elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, and wear good hiking boots. Call early for reservations, meeting time and place. Leader: Larry Parrish, 622-7455.
Tuesday, May 1
Senior Hike/Saunter: Bean Hollow and Wilbur's Watch
A 2 mile saunter through a blooming paradise on ocean bluffs south of Pescadero. There is the option of a moderate 2 mile round trip climb, before the flower walk, to Wilbur's Watch near Pigeon Point. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or at Shen's Gallery at Mission & King St before 9:50 am. Restrooms. Bring lunch, water, $5 carpool ($3 from Shen's). (Some may choose to have lunch nearby at Duarte's in Pescadero.) Leaders: Janet Schwind, 831-425-3845; Irene Lennox, 831-457-2690.
Thursday, May 3
Hike: One-leaved Onion at Fort Ord
Our 7-8-mile loop takes us past many wildflowers, up a trail where with luck we'll see a gorgeous one-leaved onion plant, and to a ridge with great views. We climb about 1100 feet total, some on rutted trails. Bring water and lunch. Meet at the Fort Ord Creekside Terrace Trailhead off Reservation Rd. near Hwy 68. Arrive before our 9:30 am departure time. Please RSVP. Leader: Dorothy Denning,
Friday, May 4
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 10 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. RSVP to Leader: Steve Jackson, (831) 320-4561. If no RSVP's as of 24 hours before meeting time cancels ride.
Saturday, May 5
Carmel River Beach Saunter
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.
Saturday, May 5
Hike: Los Padres Reservoir via Pine Ridge to Blue Rock
Trailhead: 36.387156-121.667675. Distance: 9 miles, 2,500 ft., 5 hours.
We hike from the Los Padres Trailhead for a short distance around the reservoir to the Big Pine trail and follow it to Blue Rock, enjoying magnificent vistas and also see the Jamesburg Earth Station, originally built in 1968 to support the Apollo 11 moon landing. The major part of the hike takes us along the edge of parts of the massive burn area from 2 years ago. Some info. on Blue Rock: “Blue Rock is made of California's Rock, Serpentine, which originated as part of the earth's upper mantel 20 mi. below the surface. It is very likely that we will encounter the Two Big Ones: Poison Oak and Ticks. Be prepared! Don't forget to bring 2-3 liters of water, sun lotion and lunch! Meeting place: Carmel, Rio Road P&R-next to Starbucks, at 8:30 AM! Heavy Rain cancels! Leader: Burk Siedhoff, 831 596 1319.
Sunday, May 6
Carmel River Beach Saunter
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, 372-9215.
Monday, May 7
Hike: Pacheco State Park
Near the top of Pacheco Pass is a windswept area of rolling hills, secluded meadows, and in the spring hopefully wildflowers. We were rained out in April so this is the rescheduled date. Let's hope it's not too hot. We'll walk a leisurely loop of 5 or 6 miles with some steep ups and downs. Bring lunch, water (there is no drinking water at the trailhead,) sturdy shoes and maybe your camera. Meet at 9am at the far end of the parking lot in front of REI (next to the wall) in Marina. Santa Cruz area hikers may meet at 41st avenue Sears, no leader, and make their own way to the park. Take Hwy 152 east to Pacheco Pass, turn right on Dinosaur Point Rd then soon the park entrance is on your right. We should be at Pacheco State Park parking area (fee) by 10.30 am. Leaders: Cath Farrant and Mary Dainton, 372 7427.
Tuesday, May 8
Senior Saunter: Wilder Cove Walk
Docent led 3 mile walk on the Old Cove Landing Trail followed by a tour of the historic ranch complex. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or at Shen's Gallery at King & Mission St. before 9:50 am. To go direct, meet group in the parking lot for Wilder Ranch State Park one mile north of Santa Cruz on Hwy.1. Bring lunch, water, $2 carpool and share of parking fee. Leader: Janet Schwind, 831-425-3845.
Thursday, May 10
Hike: Elkhorn Slough Nature Walk with Stanley Dudeck
Stanley is not only a Sierra Club hike leader; he is also a docent at Elkhorn Slough. He will guide us for about 3 miles and show us birds, animals, plants, and other sights. This will most likely be quite slow. Bring your binoculars as well as water and lunch and a credit card for the entrance fee (last time it was $4.12). If we feel like more walking, we can do that after lunch. Meet in front of REI near highway 1 and Imjin Pkwy at 9:30 am or at 10:00 at the Elkhorn Slough visitor center. Heavy rain cancels. Please let me you if you are coming. Leader: Gisela Nobinger,
Thursday, May 10
Hike: Hunting Hollow at Henry Coe SP
Wildflowers will be growing and may be attracting butterflies. We'll see. It will be about 7 miles and 600 feet of elevation gain We'll meet to carpool at 9:30 on Main St in Soquel. Call for more information. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, (831) 462-3101.
Saturday, May 12
Hike: Hills above Brazil Ranch
For a change, just a short drive to the trailhead near Bixby Bridge. A lollipop loop of about 6 miles, 1000' elevation gain/loss. We'll walk up on a trail, partly very steep; then cow trails over the meadows high above the Big Sur coast with the Big Sur lighthouse. We hope for many flowers what the cows have left us, otherwise, just wonderful wide views, or coastal fog which is also exciting. Lunch at a stand of redwoods. Back on trails. Meet on Rio Road at Park & Ride in Carmel at 10 a.m. Call for more info. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467.
Sunday, May 13
Hike: 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 (before they dry up) 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, May 15
Senior Hike/Saunter: Point Lobos South
Two routes for different abilities will be available in this beautiful Park to the south of Carmel. Hikers will park at the picnic spot called Piney Woods and make a loop around the park, about 3 miles, returning there for lunch. Some of the 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: Irene Lennox 831-457-2690; Brooke Ewoldsen 831-475-6188.
Thursday, May 17
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 RSVP. Leader: Gisela Nobinger,
Saturday, May 19
Hike: Butano State Park
Take a leisurely - moderately paced day hike through varied terrain (giant redwoods, pines, oak, and manzanita) in this lovely coastal park. Return to cars approximately 6:00 pm. Meet at main entrance kiosk at 10 AM. $10 parking fee. For full hike details including carpools please register at https://www.meetup.com/Santa-Cruz-Sierra-Club/events. Hike will be listed there 2-3 weeks prior to the event. Leader: Steve Bakaley,
Sunday, May 20
Hike: Terrace Trail
We've enjoyed wonderful flowers already—let's go see what's blooming now along the Terrace Trail above Garzas Creek! This premier flower-lover's trail is always beautiful, though narrow. Bring plenty of water, poles for balance if you have them, snack or light lunch, and plan on about 2-3 hours as we will keep a slow pace. Some steep uphill and downhill, but not a mountain climb. For meeting time and place, call leader: Mary Gale, 626-3535.
Tuesday, May 22
Senior Hike/Saunter: Garrapata Soberanes
For the hikers, a scenic walk along the bluffs followed by a climb up the canyon to enjoy the wild flowers. Lunch in a copse along the route before returning down the canyon. Walkers start straight on the canyon path. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. If going direct contact the leader beforehand as it is unclear when the Park will be open. An alternative hike may be substituted. Primitive restroom. Dress for weather. Bring lunch, water, $6 carpool. Leaders: Perry Brohmer 650-793-3987; Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.
Thursday, May 24
Hike: Skyline with 44 and Wildflowers, For Ord
Our 7-8-mile loop takes us up to Skyline and along trail 44. We climb about 1000 feet total and enjoy spectacular views and wildflowers along the way. Bring water and lunch. Meet in the paved parking lot at the Badger Hills Trailhead off Hwy 68 across from the Toro Café. Arrive before our 9:30 am departure time. Please RSVP. Leader: Dorothy Denning,
Saturday, May 26
Hike: Pinnacles National Monument
Take a leisurely-moderately paced but strenuous day hike up to and through amazingly beautiful rock formations. Not for speed demons. 11+ miles 2500+ feet elevation gain. You need to be in good physical condition, have well fitting hiking boots, not have foot/ankle/leg problems, and not have a morbid fear of heights. The route has sections where there are cables to hold on to. $25 use fee if you don't have a NPS pass. Meet at 9 AM at visitor center for carpool or shuttle to trail head. For full hike details including carpools please register at https://www.meetup.com/Santa-Cruz-Sierra-Club/events. Hike will be listed there 2-3 weeks prior to the event. Leader: Steve Bakaley,
Sunday, May 27
Hike: East Molera State Park with Post Summit
After nearly 2 years, East Molera has recently re-opened!. From the East Molera trail and Post Summit (3455') itself, you can enjoy dramatic views of the Big Sur Coast, and of the interior Ventana Wildnerness ranging from Pico Blanco to Ventana Double Cone to Junipero Serra Peak. This is a strenuous 6-7 hour hike of about 10 miles and 3500'. Meet at the Rio Road Park & Ride to carpool by 8:00 am. Bring lunch, 3+ liters water, and rain/wind gear. The last section before the summit is steep and loose, so if you have hiking poles you may want to bring them. Limit 12 hikers, so please reply to
with your name and phone number, and we will call you. Leaders: Randy May & Carol Greenstreet.
Tuesday, May 29
Senior Hike: Upper UCSC
A fairly flat walk on trails on upper USCS lands off Empire Grade Rd. A shorter walk will be available. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st. Ave. To go direct, take Mission to Bay Ave. Turn left at top of Bay and follow road past twin gates on Empire and Chinquapin Roads to parking areas on both sides of road. Park on shoulder on left side of the road. Bring lunch, water, $3 carpool. Leaders: Perry Brohmer, 650-793-3987; Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.
Thursday, May 31
Hike: May Wildflowers in Northern Fort Ord
Our 6-7-mile loop takes us along trails lined with oaks, chaparral, and wildflowers. We climb about 600 feet total. Bring water and lunch. Meet in the parking lot on Inter-Garrison Rd. at the Jerry Smith Corridor near Schoonover Rd. Arrive before our 9:30 am departure time. Please RSVP. Leader: Dorothy Denning,
Thursday, May 31
Hike: Ft. Ord Nat'l Monument
Let's see what wildflowers might be growing at this late date at Ft Ord. I hope Andy will help guide us though newly accessible trails on the east side of the Monument. I want to do 5-7 miles. We'll meet to carpool at 9:30 on Main St in Soquel. Call for more information. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, (831) 462-3101.
Tuesday, June 5
Senior Hike: Fall Creek
Shady 3 mile hike in redwood forest partly along a creek. Some moderate uphill, rocky in places. Lunch at limestone kilns. After lunch, we'll do another mile or so. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or before 9:40 am in the Gateway Shopping Mall by the levee, between Ross and Petsmart. To go direct, cross from Graham Hill Rd to Felton Empire Rd in the center of Felton and drive half a mile to the Fall Creek parking lot on the right. No restrooms. Bring water, lunch, repellent, $4/$3 carpool. Leader: Bev Meschi, 831-359-9961.
Thursday, June 7
Hike: Meyers Ridge, Toro Park
Our 7-mile hike takes us around the back of the Meyers Trail and up to a ridge with splendid views. After lunch, our all-downhill return takes us back on the Ollason Trail. We climb about 1100 feet total, some on steep and rutted trail sections. Bring water, lunch, and a few dollars for park fees. Sturdy boots and hiking poles are also recommended. Meet in the dirt parking area outside the main gate at Toro Park. From there we will carpool into the park. Arrive before our 9:30 am departure time. Please RSVP. Leader: Dorothy Denning,
Saturday, June 9
Hike: Boronda – De Angulo Loop
This is a classic Big Sur route of 8 miles, 3'300 ft elevation, about 7 hours. It runs along a prominent, grassy ridge that rises steeply from the ocean with magnificent vistas of the Pacific Ocean and reaches at just over 3;000 ft the summit Timber Top. It packs a punch in terms elevation gain per mile, 3 miles with over 2'500 ft. The terrain is almost entirely grass and offers very little shade. After a rest at Timber Top we take the Coast Ridge Rd. south to the De Angulo Trail and descend on the spine of Partington Ridge, down a series of steep switchbacks through burned and live redwood and oak forest with nice views of Boronda Ridge and the rugged coast. The final stretch is along an old fire road back to Hwy. 1 to shuttle back to where we started. We meet 8:00 AM, Carmel, Rio Road P&R, near Starbucks for carpooling. The trailhead (where we have to shuttle some cars) is 31.2 mi. south on Hwy. 1, at an old cattle loading gate on the east side of the road. Bring a minimum of 3 liters of water, and what you need to protect yourself against poison oak and ticks. Limit 12 hikers, please reply to
with your name and phone number, and I will call you. Leader: Burkhard (Burk) Siedhoff.
Saturday, June 9
Hike: Asilomar-Pebble Beach Coast & Forest Loop
4 mile loop starting along the coast boardwalk beside Asilomar & Spanish Bay beaches to Pt. Joe. Then returning thru sand dunes between golf course fairways and through Pebble Beach neighborhoods to start of hike. Beach wildflowers and shorebirds may be seen. Meet across from the Fishwife Restaurant on Sunset Drive and Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove at 9:30 am. Back about noon. Bring snack and water. Call to reserve a space. Leader: Martha Saylor, 372-9215.
Sunday, June 10
Hike: Big Creek Preserve/Canogas Falls
The UCSC Landels-Hill Big Creek Preserve, about 45 miles down the Big Sur Coast, has given us a reservation to hike on their property. We'll hike up to “High Camp” for snack/lunch; then, continue up a short ways before dropping steeply down about 1000' to Big Creek & Canogas Falls. It's 3 falls combined are reputed to be the largest waterfall within the Ventana Wilderness. We'll make the steep climb back up out of the gorge to “High Camp” where fresh drinkable water is usually available if needed, after which we'll enjoy an easy downhill walk over open meadows with shimmering ocean views, to return to our vehicles. Our day will be relatively strenuous with about 13 miles and 3000' total elevation gain. Bring snacks, lunch, at least 2 liters of water, hat, sun protection and sturdy boots. The “prickers” from dried grasses will penetrate mesh type hiking shoes. Also bring $3.25 (exact change) entrance fee and $5.00 for carpool gas help. Limited to 12 so RSVP required. Meet at Rio Road Park & Ride by 8 AM. Leader: Steve Jackson, (831) 320-4561.
Tuesday, June 12
Senior Hike: Henry Cowell River Loop
This loop walk is along the river through a redwood forest. 3 miles w/slight uphill. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave or beside the levee in the Gateway Center on River St, between Ross and Petsmart, before 9:40 am. To go direct, take Hwy 17 exit at Mt. Hermon Rd. to Felton. Take left at Hwy. 9 to Henry Cowell Park entrance. Pay at kiosk and take first right into camping/parking area. Bring lunch, water, $4 carpool ($3 from Gateway) and share of entrance fee. Leader: Perry Brohmer, 650-793-3987.
Thursday, June 14
Hike: Fort Ord West
Our 6-7 mile loop with about 700 feet elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us uphill on one of the many trails to a bench with an overlook. The area has some shade, but also open trails, so bring a hat as well as water and lunch. Many of the trails have deep water channels, so good shoes are recommended. Meet at the parking lot for the Jerry Smith Access Corridor on Inter-Garrison Rd, near Schoonover Rd. at 9:30 am. Please RSVP. Leader: Gisela Nobinger,
Saturday, June 16
Hike: Palo Corona from the East Side
Let's meet at the backside of Baja Cantina restaurant at Carmel Valley Road. We'll walk 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 lunch. We may even go further to Animation Pond and back. A moderate hike of about 7 miles with 1,500' elevation gain/loss. Only heavy rain cancels. Meet at Baja Cantina on Carmel Valley Raod at 9:00 am. Bring lunch and water. Call me for more information. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467.
Sunday, June 17
Hike: Soberanes Creek
At last! The trail has been rebuilt, and we can again enjoy this short but lovely meander up from the dry hills covered with prickly pear into the cool redwoods with several stream crossings. We'll need an early start to beat the traffic and parking mess, and should be back to town before the cars pile up in the afternoon. For meeting time and place, call leader: Mary Gale, 626-3565.
Tuesday, June 19
Senior Saunter: Asilomar South
Easy 3+ mile walk from Asilomar to Point Joe and return along sandy paths and beach boardwalk. Lunch at tables just south of Point Joe or at Asilomar. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. To go direct, meet before 10:40 am at Fishwife Restaurant & Asilomar in Pacific Grove. Bring lunch, water, $5 carpool. Leader: Bev Meschi, 831-359-9961.
Thursday, June 21
Hike: Manzanita and Sandy Ridge, Fort Ord
Our 6-mile loop takes us over to the Manzanita fire road and back along Sandy Ridge with splendid views of Fort Ord. We climb about 800 feet total. Bring water and lunch. Meet at the Fort Ord Creekside Terrace Trailhead off Reservation Rd. near Hwy 68. Arrive before our 9:30 am departure time. Please RSVP. Leader: Dorothy Denning,
Sunday, June 24
Hike: Fort Ord National Monument
Let's explore some of the eastern trails of Fort Ord. Wildflowers should
still be in bloom and if we're lucky, maybe we'll catch sight of some of the abundant wildlife on these public lands. Expect 6-8 miles with ample elevation gain. Bring water, lunch, etc. Call for meeting time and place. Leader: Larry Parrish, 622-7455.
Tuesday, June 26
Senior Saunter: Sunset Beach
We'll walk both the bluffs and the beach. Moderate 4 miles without steep hills. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or at Sunset Beach kiosk parking lot by 9:50 am. Bring water, lunch, $4 carpool and share of parking fee. Restrooms. Leader: Irene Lennox, 831-457-2690.
Thursday, June 28
Hike: Nisene Marks State Park
Our 7-8 mile loop with about 800 feet elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us through Redwoods and Oak forest. We will walk up along the old railroad trail past the Hoffman Historic Site, then down to the Bridge Creek for lunch. We return along the creek. Bring water and lunch. Meet at REI near Highway 1 and Imjin Pkwy at 9 am or at 9:30 behind the Epicenter bicycle store. Please RSVP. Leader: Gisela Nobinger,
Saturday, June 30
Hike: Big Basin State Park
Hike through giant redwoods, along babbling brooks, and around impressive falls. Good trail conditions. Optional 1/2 mile post-hike walk on interpretive trail to see mother and father of the forest and other redwood attractions. 11 Miles 1200+ feet elevation gain. Leisurely - moderate pace. Meet at Redwood traihead across from Visitor Center at 10 AM. $10 parking fee. For full hike details including carpools please register at https://www.meetup.com/Santa-Cruz-Sierra-Club/events. Hike will be listed there 2-3 weeks prior to the event. Leader: Steve Bakaley,
Sunday, July 1
Hike: Point Lobos
We'll start this 5-6 mile hike around beautiful Point Lobos at the highway, walk down to Whaler's Cove, go north to Ixchenta Point and the bedrock mortars, back to visit the Whalers' Cabin, then on to the top of Whaler's Knoll and return via south coast trails. There will be wildflowers to see and wildlife to watch. Meet at the Rio Road "Park and Ride" just east of Hwy 1 at 9:30 am. There will be a short carpool to start of the outing. Bring snack, water, and binoculars if you like for close-ups of the animal life. The park requests a walk-in fee of 1$/person. Their maps cost $2. Call to reserve a space. Leader: Martha Saylor, 372-9215.
Thursday, July 5
Hike: Red Tail Canyon, Toro Park
Our 6-mile hike takes us up the Red Tail Canyon Trail through a wooded ravine and back via the Whale Trail and Cougar Ridge Trail with splendid views. We climb about 1400 feet total. Bring water, lunch, and a few dollars for park fees. Wear sturdy boots. Hiking poles are also useful. Meet in the dirt parking area outside the main gate at Toro Park. From there we will carpool into the park. Arrive before our 9:30 am departure time. Please RSVP. Leader: Dorothy Denning,
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