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   Ventana Chapter Schedule of outings, meetings & other activities

Sierra Club Ventana Chapter Hikes and Outings for
Monterey/Carmel and Santa Cruz
April 26 through June 2016
(Please contact leader to reserve a space)

Tuesday, April 26
Senior Saunter: Neary Lagoon
4 mile loop from Lighthouse Field to Neary Lagoon to Santa Cruz Wharf. A shorter walk will be available. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or by 9:50 am in the parking lot at Lighthouse Field on West Cliff, just left of the bathrooms, across from the Lighthouse. Bring lunch or eat at one of the wharf's restaurants. Restrooms. $2 carpool. Leaders: Jean Harrison, 425-5447; Brooke Ewoldsen, 475-6188.

Tuesday, April 26
Hike: Point Lobos
Point Lobos at peak wildflower season….wow!! Besides numerous wildflowers, we will enjoy magnificent views, a variety of wildlife and a walk through a quiet Monterey pine forest. 4 miles with minimal elevation gain. Bring water, lunch and $ for State Park fee. Arrive early; we depart at 10 am from Rio Road Park & Ride in Carmel. Call for a reservation—limit of 8. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.

Saturday, April 30
Hike: Kirk Creek to Twitchel
Kirk Creek Campground to Vicente Flat is the first part of the hike with fantastic vistas from high above Hwy. 1. Expect steep slopes covered with spring flowers. From Vicente Flat we continue along Stone Ridge Trail to a point with an exceptional view for lunch. Then we continue along Stone Ridge for a steep descent to Twitchel Flat (a late 1800 homestead). From there on to our shuttle near Rain Rock, a recently completed rock shed on Hwy. 1. Those who are interested in carpooling will meet 7:30 at Rio Rd. P & R in Carmel. Strenuous for distance and elevation gain (total 2800 ft., around 13 miles, time approx. 7 hrs.) Bring 2 -3 liters of water. We meet across the campground gate of Kirkwood, east side of the road. Rain cancels. Call for reservation 831-920-1803. Leader: Burk Siedhoff.

Saturday, April 30
Hike: Henry Coe S.P. Hunting Hollow Entrance
We saw lots of butterflies in late April last year in the Hunting Hollow meadows. We can hope for the same this year and wonderful wild flowers. The length is about 7 miles and will be perhaps 700 ft of elevation gain. We'll meet on Main St in Soquel at 9:30 to carpool. Bring water and lunch. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, (831) 462-3101.

Sunday, May 1 - Note new date, was April 24
Hike: Garrapata to Palo Corona Traverse
From Garrapata State Park, ascend the Rocky Ridge Trail over Doud Peak, continue over the shoulder of Palo Corona, down through the redwoods of Seneca Creek and eventually out to Route 1 near the mouth of Carmel River. Strenuous 9+ hour hike, 15 miles and 3300’. Meet at the Rio Road Park & Ride by 7:30 am to arrange car shuttle. Bring lunch, 3+ liters water, and rain/wind protection. Limited to 14 hikers, so please reply to with your name and phone number, and we will call you. Rain cancels. Leaders: Randy May and Stanley Dudek.

Sunday, May 1
Hike: Big Sur, East Molera Trail
7.2 miles total, 2400 foot elevation gain. Trail is steep for 1.6 miles where it connects with an old dirt road. This levels out along a ridge but it also has its steep parts. We'll go to the State Park/USFS boundary just below Post Summit and above Captain Cooper School. Expansive views of the Big Sur River Valley and Village, Pfeiffer Ridge, Pt Sur rock & lighthouse, open grassland & oak ridges and canyons of redwood & bay trees. Possible poison oak and ticks. Bring 2 litters of water, lunch and snacks. Meet at Carmel Rio Road P&R at 8:30 am for carpooling. Please RSVP. Leader: Steve Jackson, (831) 320-4561.

Tuesday, May 3
Senior Hike: Bean Hollow/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 to Wilbur's Watch near Pigeon Point, before the flower walk. 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 5
Hike: Point Lobos Bird Island/Geology Discovery
Join Jerry Loomis on a "questions encouraged" CNPS/Sierra Club discovery walk in Point Lobos. Our focus will be on birds, native plants, Native American history, geology, marine biology and anything else we might find along the trail. Jerry was a park ranger at Point Lobos for 22 years and currently is a docent there. About 2 miles with minimal elevation gain. Bring water and lunch. Arrive early; we depart at 10:30am from Rio Road Park and Ride in Carmel. Call me for a reservation, limit of 8. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.

Saturday, May 7
Hike: Boronda/De Angulo Loop
This loop is a classic route of Big Sur. It runs along a prominent grassy ridge that rises steeply from the ocean with magnificent vistas of the Ocean and reaches just over 3,000' at the summit Timber Top. It packs a punch in terms of rate of elevation gain per mile; the distance is only 3 miles. The terrain is almost entirely grass and offers very little shade. After a well-earned rest at Timber Top we take the Coast Ridge Road south to the De Angulo trail to descend on the spine of Partington Ridge down a series of steep switchbacks through burned and live redwood and oak forest with nice views north of Boronda Ridge and the rugged coast. Finally we get to an old fire road that leads us back to our cars on Hwy 1. Bring a minimum of 2-3 liter of water, also sun protection and trekking poles. We meet 8 am at Rio Rd. P&R in Carmel for the 32 miles drive. Leader: Burkhard Siedhoff, 831-920-1803.

Sunday, May 8
Hike: Big Creek Reserve/Canogas Falls
The USCS Landess-Hill Big Creek Reserve gave us a reservation to hike on their property. We'll hike up to High Camp for a short snack, then further up and steep down 1,000' to Canogas Falls, the largest waterfalls deep inside the Ventana Wilderness. Back out to High Camp to get fresh water and down over the meadows with millions of wildflowers and with the ocean shimmering beneath us. Just wonderful! A strenuous day with about 15 miles and 3,000' elevation gain/loss. Bring a hearty lunch and water, a hat and sun protection, hiking poles and $3.25 for entrance fee and $ carpool gas help. Call definitely for a reservation. Meet at Rio Road Park & Ride at 7:30 am. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467.

Tuesday, May 10
Senior Hike/Walk: 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. To go direct, Soberanes is 7.3 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel, on Hwy 1. Look for barn on left side of road and a grove of cypress trees on the right. There is parking along the road on the ocean side. Primitive restroom. Dress for weather. Bring lunch, water, $6 carpool. Leaders: Irene Lennox, 831 457-2690; Brooke Ewoldsen, 831- 475-6188.

Thursday, May 12
Hike: Carmel Beaches
Leader: Gisela Nobinger, or 408-406-9650. This hike was tentatively planned and has been CANCELLED.

Sunday, May 15
Hike: Asilomar-Pebble Beach Loop
4 mile hike loop through Pebble Beach neighborhood, sand dunes and then to the coast trail. We'll go out and back to Point Joe and back along the beach boardwalk to Asilomar Blvd. Beach wild flowers, possible wildlife to be seen. Meet across from the Fishwife Restaurant on Sunset Drive and Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove at 9:00 am. Back about noon, bring snack and water. Call me to reserve a space. Leader: Martha Saylor, 831-372-9215.

Tuesday, May 17
Senior Saunter: Upper UCSC
A fairly flat walk on trails at 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 road. Bring lunch, water, $3 carpool. Leaders: Perry Brohmer, 650-793-3987; Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.

Wednesday, May 18
Hike: Santa Lucia Preserve
Chris Hauser, botanist and director of land stewardship for the Santa Lucia Conservancy, will lead a CNPS/Sierra Club field trip in the Santa Lucia Preserve. We'll walk along the Williams Canyon dirt road to observe the beautiful plant communities and to see what's blooming. Bring water, lunch and wear good walking shoes. We'll meet by 9:30am at the Santa Lucia Conservancy office at 26700 Rancho San Carlos Road, a quarter mile south of Carmel Valley Road. Call me for a reservation—limit of 15. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.

Sunday, May 21
Hike: Soberanes Canyon/Rocky Ridge Loop
This is a mostly strenuous loop hike of 6 miles with an elevation gain of 1600'. Our route ascends through the shaded Creekside redwoods of Soberanes Canyon in Garrapata State Park up into open grassy hillside (and possibly, depending on our inclination, a side trip of 0.7 miles and 300' elevation to Doud Peak). We will return via the rugged sage scrub of Rocky Ridge Trail. Bring 2-3 liters of water, sturdy boots, trekking poles, hat, sunscreen, and lunch. Meet at Rio Road Park and Ride in Carmel at 9:00 AM. Heavy rain cancels. Leader: Stanley Dudek, or 831-726-6200.

Sunday, May 22
Hike: Big Sur, Salmon Creek Trail to Estrella Camp
Rained out 3 times already, but I persist. 6.4 miles up and back, 1500' elevation gain. This will be an all-day event due mainly to the long 70 mile each way drive. If time allows, perhaps a short side hike to the possibly "thunderous" Upper Salmon Creek Falls (2.5 miles up a side trail) will be in order. Trail is exposed and steep at the start but levels out as it enters forested canyon terrain. It's in good shape except for one small stretch due to loose soil and previous slides. Bring at least 2 liters of water, lunch and snacks. Meet: Carmel Park n ride, 7:45 AM. Suggest $6 for Carpool. Please RSVP. Leader: Steve Jackson, (831) 320-4561.

Tuesday, May 24
Senior Saunter: Mt Madonna
This Santa Cruz County Park is located high above Watsonville on Hwy.152. Moderate 2.5 mile hike in lovely forest and meadows. Shorter walk available. We'll return home via Gizdich Farms for pie. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or by restrooms just beyond the Park's kiosk entrance about 10:00 am. Bring lunch, water, $4 carpool. Leaders: Perry Brohmer, 650-793-3987; Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.

Thursday, May 26
Hike: Point Lobos
Leader: Gisela Nobinger, or 393-4983. This hike was tentatively planned and has been CANCELLED.

Saturday, May 28
Hike: Russian Ridge, Mindego Hill
This is a new trail in the Mid Peninsula system following its acquisition of Mindego Hill itself, an ancient seamount. The length is probably 5-6 miles and maybe 1000 feet of elevation gain. We'll meet at the Government Center on Ocean Street in Santa Cruz at 9:30 to carpool. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, (831) 462-3101.

Sunday, May 29
Hike: Fort Ord National Monument
Let's explore some of the eastern trails of Fort Ord. Wildflowers may 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.

Sunday, May 29
Walk: Point Lobos State Reserve
With sunny and shady shoreline, this walk gives us beauty and variety as we meander along cliffs and through woods. We'll start at the north end with a visit to a Rumsien summer village site, and mosey south. Dress in layers, bring snack and water, and binoculars if you like to see the critters up close. Meet at Rio Road P&R at 9 am and expect to be back about noon. To reserve a space, call me. Leader: Mary Gale, 626-3565.

Tuesday, May 31
Senior Hike/Walk: Loch Lomond
This is a beautiful hike thru the woods with lunch at the water's edge at the picnic area. Some steep hills. An alternative shorter route will be 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, meet at the boat launch/pay station in Loch Lomond Park. From there a minimum number of cars will drive everyone to the trailhead. Bring lunch, water, $4 carpool ($3 from Gateway) and share of entrance fee. Hike leader: Perry Brohmer, 650-793-3987; Walk leader: Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475- 6188.

Wednesday, June 1
Meeting of Sierra Club Ventana Chapter
Please come to our Chapter Meeting, only every second month, at the Monterey Public Library at 4:45 pm. Please be on time! We'll talk about new hikes/outings and tell each other how many people participated at the last hikes and what should be changed maybe. If you can't make it, please send in your write-ups by e-mail to Martha Saylor at as soon as possible.

Friday, 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 Tuesday, May 31 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.

Sunday, June 5
Hike: Big Sur, Hwy 1 to Timber Top via Coast Ridge Road
Starting and ending at the Ventana Inn. 13.4 miles Round Trip, 2100 foot elevation gain, 7 to 8 hours includes driving time. Walking along the ridge affords us miles and miles of expansive panorama views of the ever impressive Big Sur Coast on one side and the rugged and deep South Fork of the Big Sur River Valley on the other. The first 4 miles to Terrace Creek Trail is relatively steep, but levels out with gentle ups and downs from there. The graded road is wide open; therefore, free of poison oak and ticks. No reliable water sources, so bring at least 2 liters. Bring lunch and snacks. Meet 9 am at the Carmel P & R on Rio Rd. Please RSVP. Leader: Steve Jackson, (831) 320-4561.

Tuesday, June 7
Senior Hike: Cowell River Loop
This loop walk is along the river through a redwood forest. 3 miles w/slight uphill. Shorter walk 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 9
Hike: Del Monte Forest
Our 4-5 mile loop with about 500 feet elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us along forest trails. Bring water and a snack. Meet at the parking area along highway 68 at the Haul Road between Skyline Forest and Forest Hill at 9:30 am. Leader: Gisela Nobinger, or 408-406-9650. This hike is tentatively planned, since I have some medical stuff coming up, so please check in with me.

Sunday, June 12
Hike: West Andrew Molera State Park
Starting from park headquarters, ascend the Hidden and Ridge Trails 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. Poison Oak likely on the narrow Panorama trail, so long sleeves and pants are recommended. Limited to 12 hikers, so please reply to CarolAndRandyHike@yahoo.com with your name and phone number, and we will call you. Leaders: Carol Greenstreet & Randy May.

Tuesday, June 14
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.

Wednesday, June 15
Hike: Carmel to Pebble Beach
This nice lollypop loop begins in Carmel and leads into the quiet Monterey pine forest of Pebble Beach. Lunch gives us the option of purchasing a Poppy Hills sandwich. 6 miles, 750 ft. elevation gain with flora & fauna stops. Arrive early; we depart at 10 am from the Rio Road Park & Ride in Carmel. Call me for a reservation—limit of 8. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.

Saturday, June 18
Hike: Blue Rock
This is a moderate to strenuous hike from Los Padres Reservoir via Big Pine Trail to Blue Rock, about 10 m, 2000', 6 hours. Bring plenty of water und lunch. You will meet the Big Four: brush, deadfall, poison oak and ticks! Dress accordingly: light colored long pants and shirts with long sleeves. Great views of Mt. Elephant, Mt. Carmel, Puerto Suelo and more await us. We have lunch atop the serpentine rock outcrop of Blue Rock with geology info. Meet at 8 am at P&R on Rio Road in Carmel for car pooling. Leader: Burkhard Siedhoff, 831-920-1803.

Saturday, June 18
Hike: Sanborn County Park/J. Nicholas Trail
This is a moderate walk that we've done before to one of Santa Clara Water Districts' reservoirs near Los Gatos. It's maybe 5 miles and only 4-500 feet of elevation gain. We'll meet at the Government Center on Ocean Street in Santa Cruz at 9:30 to carpool. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, (831) 462-3101.

Sunday, June 19
Hike: Kahn Ranch
For those who haven't visited this eastern most portion of Garland Park, this will be worth the effort. Exploring the outer limits of the little jewel that is Kahn Ranch, we will encounter some small waterfalls, abundant wildflowers (hopefully still), and elevated views of the Carmel River. Also expect some poison oak and possible ticks. About 8 miles with 2500' of sometimes steep elevation gain/loss. Limit of 20 hikers. Call for a reservation. Leader: Larry Parrish, 622-7455.

Sunday, June 19
Walk: Little Sur River
This woodsy trail takes us from the Old Coast Road to a spot by the river, and back, in less than 5 miles with gentle elevation changes. Unless El Nino has been hard on the trees, we'll enjoy beautiful redwood groves and possibly see clintonia in bloom; if El Nino was a baddy, we'll do a bit of clambering. With an early start to beat the traffic (!?!), we'll want to dress in layers, wear good walking shoes, bring water, snack to and poles for tricky spots on the trail. For time and meeting point, call me. Leader: Mary Gale, 626-3565.

Tuesday, June 21
Senior Saunter: Sunset Beach
We'll walk both the bluffs and the beach. Moderate 4 miles without steep hills. A shorter walk will be available. 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. Leaders: Denise Lucy, 728-6552; Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.

Thursday, June 23
Hike: Nisene Marks State Park
Our 6-8 mile loop with about 800 feet elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us through Redwoods and Oak forest. We will walk along the old railroad trail past the Hoffman Historic Site 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. Leader: Gisela Nobinger, or 408-406-9650. This hike is tentatively planned, since I have some medical stuff coming up, so please check in with me.

Sunday, June 25
Hike: Skinner Ridge Trail to Mount Carmel
This is a strenuous out-and-back hike of 9.6 miles through shaded forest and open ridges. Beginning at Bottchers Gap (parking fee required), we will ascend a total of 2500' elevation gain to amazing views of Pico Blanco, Ventana Double Cone, and the Big Sur Coast with wildflowers galore along the way. Bring 2-3 liters of water, sturdy boots, trekking poles, hat, sunscreen, and lunch. Meet at Rio Road Park and Ride in Carmel at 9:00 AM. Heavy rain cancels. Leader: Stanley Dudek, or 831-726-6200.

Sunday, June 26
Walk: Carmel River Beach
How about a morning saunter from Carmel River Beach over the high path with steps to Monastery Beach, returning via the bluff trail. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Point Lobos and listen to the surf. Approximately 3 miles. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather; wind breaker recommended. Bring water and a snack. Meet at 9 am at the parking lot at Carmel River Beach at the lagoon (south end of Carmelo in Carmel.) Call me to reserve a place. Leader: Martha Saylor, 372-9215.

Tuesday, June 28
Senior Saunter: Asilomar South
Easy 3+ mile walk from Asilomar to Point Joe and return along sandy paths and beach boardwalk. A shorter walk will be available. 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. Leaders: Bev Meschi, 831-359-9961; Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.


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