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Ventana Chapter Schedule of outings, meetings & other activities

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Ventana Chapter Hikes and Outings for Monterey/Carmel and Santa Cruz,
May and June 2019
(Please contact leader to reserve a space)

Tuesday, April 30
Senior Saunter: Bean Hollow and Wilbur's Watch
A moderate 2 mile round trip climb to Wilbur's Watch near Pigeon Point followed by a saunter through a blooming paradise on ocean bluffs south of Pescadero. Alternative walk just on ocean bluffs. 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 Pets mart. Restrooms. Bring lunch, water, $5 carpool ($3 from Gateway). Leaders: Irene Lennon, 831-457-2690 and Brooke Swollen, 831-475-6188.

Thursday, May 2, 2019
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 Starbucks at 9:30 am. Please RSVP . Leader: Gisela Nobinger.

Friday, May 3
Hike: Henry Coe
It's a long-ish drive to Henry Coe State Park, which is in the hills east of Morgan Hill. But it's worth it for the green rolling hills, oak studded meadows, wildflowers and interesting visitor center. We'll hike a leisurely 5 mile loop to include the Spring and Forest trails. Bring lunch, water and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at 9.00 am at the far end of the REI parking lot, next to the wall, in Marina. Santa Cruz area hikers may meet at 41stAve Sears, no leader, at 9.00 am and make their own way to the park. Take the East Dunne Ave exit from Hwy 101 and follow signs to the Park's main entrance. We should be at Henry Coe parking lot (fee) by around 10.30 am. Leaders: Cath Farrant and Mary Dainton, 372-7427.

Sunday, May 5
Hike: Big Creek Preserve/Canogas Falls
The UCSC Landels-Hill Big Creek Preserve, which is 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 Camp; Canogas Falls. It's 3 falls combined and 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, then downhill over open meadows with shimmering ocean views, to return to our vehicles. Our day will be relatively strenuous with about 13- 14 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 10 so RSVP required. Meet at Rio Road Park & Ride by 8 am. No RSVP's as of 24 hours before meeting time cancels hike. Texting preferred. Leader: Steve Jackson, (831) 320-4561.

Tuesday, May 7
Senior Saunter: Wilder Cove
3 mile walk on the Old Cove Landing Trail followed by lunch at the historic ranch complex. A shorter walk is available. 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, 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. Leaders: Steve Bakaley, 831-612-6575 and Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.

Thursday, May 9
Hike: Wildflowers and Trails 42 and 43, Fort Ord
Our 7+-mile loop takes us out to two lovely trails in Fort Ord, Trails 42 and 43, where we'll likely see the gorgeous One-Leaved Onion flower. We climb about 1000 feet total and enjoy beautiful wildflowers and views along the way. Bring water and lunch. Meet at the end of Toro Hills Drive. Exit Hwy 68 at Portola Drive, drive west about 50 feet and turn right onto Toro Hills Ave. Take the first left onto Toro Hills Drive and drive to the end. Arrive before our 9:30 am departure time. Please RSVP. Leader: Dorothy Denning,

Sunday, May 12
Hike: Point Lobos
We'll start this 5+ mile "walk & pause" 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 to Whalers Cabin and 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 see. 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 the outing. Bring $1 walk-in fee, snack, water, and binoculars. Call to reserve a space. Leader: Martha Saylor, 372-9215.

Tuesday, May 14
Senior Saunter: Point Lobos South
We will park at the picnic spot called Piney Woods and make a loop around this beautiful Park to the south of Carmel, about 3 miles, returning there for lunch. Some of the terrain is hilly but not strenuous. 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.

Thursday, May 16
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 near 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, May 18
Hike: Mitteldorf Preserve
Join me on this wonderful hike around the Mitteldorf Preserve, administered by the Big Sur Land Trust. Moderately strenuous with about 9 miles and 2000 feet elevation gain and loss. Expect great views and gorgeous old trees (the largest redwood in Monterey County). Bring lunch and water, wear good shoes, bring a hat and sun protection. Meet at the San Carlos Ranch Gate, 2 miles on Carmel Valley Road at 9 am. Call me for more information; as today, the Land Trust has still groups working to clean up after last winter. I'll have an alternative outing in case we have to wait longer for the opening. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467.

Saturday May 18
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 10AM. $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 or 831-612-6575.

Sunday, May 19
Hike: Mal Paso Wildflower Walk
Let's celebrate Bear Awareness Week with a meander up Mal Paso Canyon. We'll walk up the dirt road, hopefully see many wildflowers, and eventually cross the Creek, and proceed upwards from there, depending on trail conditions.. Maximum 5-6 miles with 1000' of elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, and good hiking boots. Call early for reservations, meeting time and place. Leader: Larry Parrish, 622-7455

Tuesday, May 21
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 23
Hike: May Wildflowers in Fort Ord
Our 6-mile loop takes us along trails where we should see Spineflower, Eriastrum, Clarkia, and many other beautiful flowers. 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,

Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day)
Hike: West Andrew Molera State Park
Starting from park headquarters, ascend the Ridge Trail to a dramatic viewpoint, then return along the coast on the Panorama and Bluff trails. Moderate, about 9 miles and 1200'.Meet at the Rio Road Park & Ride at 7:45 am. Bring lunch, 2-3+ liters water and rain/wind protection. Be prepared to wade across the Big Sur River, as the plank bridge will probably still be out. Poison Oak likely on the narrow Panorama trail, so long sleeves and pants are recommended. Limited to 12 hikers, so please reply to . Leaders: Carol Greenstreet & Randy May.

Tuesday, May 28
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. Walkers start straight on the canyon path. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. If going direct, contact the leader beforehand for directions. Primitive restroom. Dress for weather. Bring lunch, water, $6 carpool. Leaders: Irene Lennox 831-457-2690; Brooke Ewoldsen 831-475-6188.

Thursday, May 30
Coast loop: Pt. Pinos, Asilomar and Pt. Joe
Our 5-6 mile hike with minimal elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us from Pt. Pinos along the coast through Asilomar State Park out to Point Joe. On the way back, we will stop for lunch at Asilomar, and then walk back along the former railroad corridor. Bring water and lunch. Meet across the street from the gulf club at 77 Asilomar Ave. at 9:30 am. Extremely strong winds cancel. Please RSVP . Leader: Gisela Nobinger.

Sunday, June 2
Walk: Carmel River Beach Saunter
How about a Sunday morning saunter, with steps, from Carmel River Beach to Monastery Beach, returning via some bluff trails. Enjoy views of Point Lobos and watch the surf. 2 to 3 miles. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather; wind breaker recommended. Bring water and a snack. Meet at 9:30 am at the Park & Ride on Rio Road for carpool to start of hike. Rain cancels. Call me to let me know you will be there. Leader: Martha Saylor, 372-9215.

Sunday, June 2
Bicycle Ride: Corralitos/Aptos/Seascape/Corralitos
About 20-25 mile round trip, at a comfortable non-competitive pace. Our ride will pass through beautiful "estate" apple orchards outlined and back dropped by Redwood forest. We'll then descend through golf course neighborhoods to Seascape Village; returning to our cars in the Corralitos Market area via up and over White Rd. The course is an abstract figure eight, so there are 2 or 3 places where participants who start feeling like they have had enough, can sign out and head back to their cars. Total elevation gain/loss 800 to 900 feet. Helmet and bright reflective clothes, tire patch kit or extra tube and bike tools and lock recommended. Bring water, lunch. No parking fees. Meet 9 am at the Corralitos Market area, Corralitos Rd.; Hames Rd., Corralitos. For questions call me. Texting preferred. No RSVP's as of 24 hours before meeting time cancels ride. Leader: Steve Jackson, (831) 320-4561.

Monday, June 3
Hike: Kahn Ranch
This quiet part of Garland, tucked in the southeastern corner of the park, boasts beautiful vistas and diverse plant life. We'll traverse the Fern, Manzanita and Hitchcock trails for around 4 miles and 1100 feet of elevation gain. Our leisurely pace will allow us to scout for wildflowers in preparation for Garland's wildflower show the following weekend. Please phone for a reservation by Wednesday May 29 so we know how many permits to get. Meet at Rio Rd park and ride at 9 am with lunch and water. Leaders: Cath Farrant and Mary Dainton, 372 7427.

Tuesday, June 4
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. A shorter walk will be available. 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. Leaders:Steve Bakaley, 831-612-6575 and Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.

Thursday, June 6
Hike: Wildflowers in Northern Fort Ord
Our 6-7-mile loop takes us along trails that are likely to have wildflowers. We'll climb about 400-600 feet total. Bring water and lunch. Meet in the parking lot on Inter-Garrison Rd. at the Jerry Smith Trail near Schoonover Rd. Arrive before our 9:30 am departure time. Please RSVP. Leader: Dorothy Denning,

Saturday, June 8
Hike: West Pinnacles – High Peaks Trail
Ascend the Juniper Canyon Trail to the steep and narrow section of the High Peaks Trail for spectacular views and the possibility of sighting a condor. Drop to the east side via the Condor Gulch Trail, then return via Bear Gulch Cave and Reservoir, and High Peaks and Juniper Canyon Trails. Strenuous 6-7 hour hike of about 10 miles and 2700'.Meet at the Park & Ride at Highway 68 and Laureles Grade by 7:30 am or at the trailhead by 8:45.Bring lunch, 3+ liters water, headlamp (for cave) and rain/wind gear. To participate, you MUST be sure-footed and comfortable with heights and steep exposed drop-offs, but the steepest sections are generally protected by handrails. Limit 12 hikers, so please reply to with your name and phone number, and I will call you. Leader: Randy May.

Sunday, June 9
Hike: Brazil Ranch
For a change, just a short drive to the trailhead near Bixby Bridge for this 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. Hopefully lots of summer flowers. 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.

Tuesday, June 11
Senior Hike: Henry Cowell River Loop
This loop walk is along the river through a redwood forest. 3 miles w/slight uphill. A shorter walk is available. 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. Leaders: Perry Brohmer 650-793-3987; Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.

Thursday, June 13
Hike: Terrace Trail and Redwood Canyon
Our 4-mile hike takes us up the Terrace Trail and back on the Redwood Canyon and Garzas Canyon Trails. We climb about 900 feet total on trails that are mostly in the shade. Bring water and lunch, which we'll eat along the creek. Meet on East Garzas Rd. by the meadow just after the left turn from Boronda Rd. at 10:00 am or at 9:30 am at the Rio Rd. park & ride lot for self-organized carpooling. Please RSVP. Leader: Dorothy Denning, .

Sunday, June 16
Hike: Jacks Peak, Another Way
Let's approach Jacks' Peak from Carmel Valley. A short but delightful hike of 6 miles and 1000' of elevation gain. Through a meadow and up a fairly steep trail through the pines and oaks. Possible poison oak, so come prepared. Meet at Save Mart/Bagel Bakery. Call for time. Rain cancels. Leader: Larry Parrish, 622-7455

Tuesday, June 18
Senior Hike: Big Basin
This will be a 5 mile loop from park headquarters, to the Sequoia trail, down Slippery Rock (only slippery when it rains) to Sempervirens Falls, along the Shadowbrook trail, back to the Sequoia trail and park headquarters. Since this is a longer hike please do not make plans to leave early unless you take your own car and are able to navigate by yourself. There are restrooms at the park headquarters. Please bring water & lunch. Walkers will be using the Pogonip Spring St trail instead, with parking at the top of Spring St. Meet at 41st Ave. before 9:30 am; or before 10:30 am at Park Headquarters, up Highway 9 to Highway 236; or Spring St before 9:50 am. $5 hikers/$2 walkers car pool fees. Leaders: Beverly Meschi 831-359-9961;Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.

Thursday, June 20
Hike: Skyline with Trail 44, Fort 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 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,

Friday, June 21
Bicycle Ride Coyote Creek Recreation Trail
The intent of this bike ride is to look around and enjoy the scenery, at non-competitive pace 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 just east of Depaul Dr. and Cochrane Rd., Morgan Hill 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 me, texting preferred. Leader: Steve Jackson, (831) 320-4561

Tuesday, June 25
Senior Saunter: Sunset Beach
We'll walk both the bluffs and the beach. 4 miles with two short climbs. A shorter walk will be available. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41stAve. or at Sunset Beach kiosk parking lot by 9:50 am. Bring water, lunch, $4 carpool and share of parking fee. Restrooms. Leaders: Steve Bakaley, 831-612-6575 and Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.

Thursday, June 27
Hike: Ollason Peak, Toro Park
If the weather is not too hot, we'll hike up to Ollason Peak for fabulous views and lunch. We hike about 7 miles and climb about 1800 feet total, some on steep and rutted sections of trail. If it's hot, we'll do a shorter hike with more shade. Bring water and lunch. Sturdy boots and hiking poles are also recommended. Meet in the parking lot on the right just after driving into Toro Park and paying the entry fee ($2/person; seniors free). Arrive before our 9:30 am departure time. Please RSVP. Leader: Dorothy Denning, .

Saturday June 29
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 Trail head across from Visitor Center at 10AM. $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 or 831-612-6575.

 


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