Ventana Chapter Hikes and Outings for Monterey/Carmel and Santa Cruz
March and April 2018
(Please contact leader to reserve a space)
Sunday, February 25
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 pines and oaks. Possible poison oak, so come prepared. Meet at Save Mart/Bagel Bakery at 10:00 am. Rain cancels. Leader: Larry Parrish, 622-7455.
Tuesday, February 27
Hike: Toro Park Early Wildflowers
This hike of ±5½ miles and ± 600 feet ascent has a delightful variety of wildflowers: Indian warriors, footsteps of spring, shooting stars are just a few. Bring water and lunch. Arrive early; we depart at 9:45 am from the dirt parking area outside Toro Park. Call for a reservation—limit of 8. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.
Tuesday, February 27
Senior Hike: Henry Cowell Sand Hills
We'll explore Sandhill/Upper Henry Cowell area. This is a rolling hills semi wilderness hike. A shorter walk will be available. We will have lunch at the baseball park near the parking area. 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. We will be parking at the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Facilities, 3650 Graham Hill Road, Felton, CA 95018. Bring water, lunch, $3 carpool. Leaders: Perry Brohmer, 650-793-3987; Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.
Thursday, March 1
Hike: Ollason Peak, Toro Park
Our 7-mile hike takes us up to Ollason Peak for fabulous views and lunch. We return via the Ollason and Gilson Trails. We climb about 1800 feet total, some on steep and rutted sections of trail. 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,
Sunday, March 4
Hike: Palo Corona from the East Side
We'll walk around the now green meadow to the East gate of Palo Corona. Through the park and up the steep but comfortable road to Inspiration point and further to Animas pond for lunch. A moderate hike of about 7 miles with 1,500' elevation gain/loss. Drive on Carmel Valley Road until San Carlos, just after crossing the river drive right onto the parking lot where we will meet at 9 am. Only heavy rain cancels. Bring lunch and water. Call me for more information. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467.
Sunday, March 4
Hike: Point Lobos
We'll start this 5 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 wild flowers 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 leader, Martha Saylor, 372-9215 to reserve a space.
Monday, March 5
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, early wildflowers and interesting visitor center. We'll hike a leisurely 5 mile loop on the Corral, Spring and Forest trails, with stops for wildflowers. 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 41st Ave 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. Heavy rain cancels. Leaders: Cath Farrant and Mary Dainton 372 7427.
Tuesday, March 6
Senior Saunter: UCSC Arboretum and Farm
Three mile educational, leisurely tour of gardens and farm. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or by 9:50 am at the Arboretum on Empire Grade Rd. Bring lunch, water, $2 carpool. Rain cancels. Leader: Irene Lennox 831-457-2690.
Thursday, March 8
Hike: Fort Ord
Our 6 mile loop with about 800 feet elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us up on Oilwell Road and back to the parking lot along Guidotti Road. The area is wide open with minimal shade, so bring a hat as well as water and lunch. Meet at the Fort Ord National Monument parking lot on highway 68, across the street from the Toro Café on Hwy 68, at 9:30 am. Heavy rain cancels. Please RSVP. Leader: Gisela Nobinger,
Saturday, March 10
Hike: Santa Teresa County Park
We'll do the Manila Dr entrance at this Santa Clara County Park. The distance will be approximately 5 miles with probably 1000 feet of elevation gain. We'll meet to carpool at 9:30 at the government center in Santa Cruz. Call for more information. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, (831) 462-3101.
Sunday, March 11
Hike: Hitchcock Canyon (the hard way)
Because of access restrictions, the Kahn Ranch addition of Garland Park is only lightly visited. We begin at the Garzas trailhead and take the Saddle, Gabilan, Vasquez and Cougar Ridge (down) trails to Kahn Ranch. Then we climb the Hitchcock Loop trail and descend the Manzanita trail back to the ranch and return via Cougar Ridge (up) to visit Vazquez saddle and finally descend the East Ridge and Veeder trails. Rather strenuous 7+ hour hike of 12 miles and 4200' elevation gain. Meet at Garzas trailhead at 9:00 PDT -- note time change the night before! Take Carmel Valley Road 1.6 miles past the Garland main parking lot, turn right on Boronda, then left at T-junction onto W. Garzas Road for about 300 yards. Bring lunch, 3 liters water, and rain/wind gear. Heavy rain cancels. Limit 12 hikers, so please reply to
with your name and phone number, and we will call you. Leaders: Randy May & Carol Greenstreet.
Sunday, March 11
Day Hike: Arroyo Seco
This is a loop hike out on the Cawatre Trail and back on the Santa Lucia Trail. It is a quite strenuous (650' elevation gain) five mile loop with a short side hike to the Santa Lucia Creek Falls once we reach the historic Camp Cawatre Adobe. We will meet at the Laureles Grade Park and Ride @ 0800 (Hwy 68 at Laureles Grade Rd.) and car pool to Arroyo Seco (there is a $10 fee for each vehicle) Bring water and lunch. Contact me before. Leader: Steve Benoit (831)394-4234 or
Tuesday, March 13
Senior Hike: De Laveaga Park
We'll hike to the Top of the World and back among trillium and yellow violets. 3 miles with some uphill. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or at De Laveaga Park at Twisted Tree picnic area off Branciforte Drive (not Avenue) by 9:50 am. Bring lunch, water, $2 carpool. Rain cancels. Leader: Janet Schwind 831-425-3845.
Thursday, March 15
Hike: March 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,
Friday, March 16
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. RSVP to Leader: Steve Jackson, (831) 320-4561. If no RSVP's as of 24 hours before meeting time cancels ride.
Saturday, March 17
Hike: Chalone Peak, Pinnacles Nat. Park
This hike has been rescheduled to March 24.
Tuesday, March 20
Senior Hike: Quail Hollow
This is a 3 mile loop through the sandhills above the main ranch house. There's a moderate 500-plus foot climb up the Woodrat Trail to the top with great views, and a dwarf redwood forest, returning on the Sunset Trail. Meet before 9:30 am. at Sears on 41st Ave. or by the levee near Ross in the Gateway Mall at River St. before 9:40 am. To go direct, hikers will meet the group at 800 Quail Hollow Road in the parking lot by the main house by 9:55 am. Bring lunch, water, $3 carpool. Rain cancels. Leader: Bev Meschi 831-475-4185.
Thursday, March 22
Hike: Elkhorn Slough with Stanley Dudek
Our 3-5 mile loop with minimal elevation gain at a moderate to slow pace takes us along the tidal marshes of the slough. We should see birds and other wildlife, so bring your binoculars. And we will stop often to observe wildlife and flowers. Also, bring a credit card for the entrance fee (last time it was $4.12). They don't take cash. And bring water and lunch and a hat. Meet near REI away from the store near highway 1 and Imjin Pkwy at 9:30 am or at 10:00 at the Elkhorn Slough visitor center. Heavy rain cancels. Please RSVP. Leaders: Gisela Nobinger & Stanley Dudek,
Saturday March 24
Hike: Henry Coe Madrone Soda Springs and China Hole
This is a moderate-strenuous 10.3 mile hike with 1400 feet of elevation gain to Madrone Soda Springs and then on to China Hole. All but 1.6 miles of the hike is narrow trail with wonderful views, the rest is fire road. Meet at Henry Coe Ranch Visitor Center at 10 am. $8 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
Saturday, March 24
Rescheduled Hike: Saturday, March 24, Hike: Chalone Peak Trail, Pinnacles Nat. Park (East Entrance, Bear Gulch Day Use Parking Area)
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 or sitting on the outhouse roof. Bring 2 liters of water, sturdy boots, trekking poles, sun hat, sunscreen, and lunch. Meet at the Nob Hill Foods parking lot on the corner of Hwy 68 and Blanco Road at 8:30 AM to carpool, or meet at 9:30 AM at the Bear Gulch Day Use Area parking lot at the east entrance of the park. RSVP Leader: Stanley Dudek,
or call or text: 831-726-6200.
Sunday, March 25
Let's mosey around the grounds to admire such palaces as Stuck Up Inn and the Pie Rats Den, and then step up the pace with a brisk walk to and along the beach and return. Bring water and snack, or opt for a treat at Phoebe's. Call me for meeting place and time. Leader: Mary Gale: 626-3565.
Sunday, March 25
Hike: Falcon Tree
Come and discover this relatively unknown jewel which is also a minor John Steinbeck point of interest. We'll drive up one of those beautiful County canyon roads a few miles, and then stroll up a dirt road to the Falcon Tree. And then down to a small creek for lunch - probably still dry. A short hike of about 4 miles with less than 1000' of elevation gain. Hopefully, the surrounding hills will have started to green up by then. Call me for more information. Leader: Larry Parrish, 622-7455.
Tuesday, March 27
Senior Hike: Pogonip Harvey West
4 miles with some uphill (some steep) from Harvey West parking lot by baseball fields. We'll walk by the Sacred Tree and the old clubhouse. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41 st Ave. or at Harvey West parking lot near the ballpark before 9:50 am. Bring lunch, water, $2 carpool. Restrooms. Rain cancels. Leader: Irene Lennox 831-457-2690.
Thursday, March 29
Hike: Three Sisters, Fort Ord
Our 7-mile loop takes us out to Three Sisters and along ridges and trails with magnificent views and wildflowers. We climb about 1000 feet total, some on steep and rutted sections of 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, March 30
Hike: Limekiln State Park Trails
The drive is a long one but oh so beautiful! The in-and-out trails are along gorgeous creeks with numerous waterfalls, clear pools, redwoods, sycamores, maples, ferns, redwood sorrel, huckleberries, etc. ±3 ½ miles with minimal ascent. Stops to enjoy flora and fauna. Bring water, lunch and a few dollars for park entrance (state park passes won't work here). Meet at the Rio Road Park & Ride. Arrive early; we depart at 9:30 am. Limit of 8. Call for a reservation. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.
Saturday, March 31
Hike: Butano State Park
This will be a delightful hike of 9 to 10 miles. We'll visit
magnificent old-growth redwoods, the headwaters of Butano Creek, and the
north ridge with its fine views. Last year we got rained out for this good
walk. We should see many wildflowers, including, if we're lucky, a colony
or two of the uncommon Calypso orchids (John Muir's favorite wildflower).
Meet at 8:45 am at the Santa Cruz County Government Center parking lot to car-pool. Bring lunch and water. Call me for details. Leader: Peter Scott, (831)-423-0796 or write to
Sunday, April 1
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. Now we should find spring flowers all over. We'll walk about 8 miles with 1300 feet of elevation gain, the steep part through the pine and redwood forest in the beginning. After lunch in a comfortable hut with picnic tables we walk down in a large circle around the whole park. Bring food and water. Meet at Home Depot in Seaside or on Main Street in Soquel when coming from Santa Cruz to carpool, no leader. Meet at the Sprig parking lot to start the hike at 9 am. Call for more info. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467.
Tuesday, April 3
Senior Hike: Toro Park
We'll hike the Oliason Trail and hopefully see great flowers. 3.5 miles with one uphill section. We'll take it slowly. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or at Toro Park at the next to last parking lot near restrooms. Toro Park is off Hwy.68 between Monterey and Salinas. Bring lunch, water, $5 carpool. Rain cancels. Leader: Bev Meschi 831-475-4185.
Thursday, April 5
Coast loop: Pt. Pinos to Asilomar and Pt. Joe and back
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. At the end of the hike we can stop at the Pacific Grove Lighthouse. Meet across the street from the gulf club at 77 Asilomar Ave at 9:30 am. Heavy rain and strong winds cancel. Please RSVP. Leader: Gisela Nobinger,
Friday, April 6
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'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
Sunday, April 8
Mission Trails Walk
This hike is 2 - 3 miles and 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 is a nice view of the Mission dome. We will make a stop by the historic 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 Leader: Martha Saylor, 372-9215 to reserve a place.
Tuesday, April 10
Senior Hike: Garland Ranch
We'll head up the waterfall trail to the Mesa Pond, with some hills and stairs, for lunch at the benches, and back down the Mesa trail, about 3.5 miles. There is an approximately 600 foot gradual climb. For those who want to visit the nature center at the end of the hike, the round trip adds another mile. Meet at 41st Ave. at Sears by 9:30 am or go directly to the new visitors' center, in Garland Ranch Park about 8 miles up Carmel Valley Rd., by 10:45 am. Restrooms available. Bring lunch, water and a $6 share of cost for car-pooling. Rain cancels. Leader: Bev Meschi 831-475-4185.
Tuesday, April 10
Hike: Garzas Creek Broomrape
Our ±4 mile awesome wildflower loop with ±800 feet elevation gain takes us through a redwood canyon and along Garzas Creek with six picturesque crossings. If we're lucky, we will see some naked broomrape in bloom. Bring water and lunch. Arrive early; we depart at 10 am from the lower parking lot in Garland Ranch in Carmel Valley. Call for a reservation—limit of 8. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.
Thursday, April 12
Hike: Sandstone Ridge, Fort Ord
Our 7-mile loop takes us along Crescent Bluff and up to trail 22 and Sandstone Ridge in a less-used area of Fort Ord with splendid views overlooking the area. We climb about 700 feet total, some on steep and rutted sections of trail. Bring water and lunch. Sturdy boots and hiking poles are also recommended. Meet at the corner of East Garrison Drive and Watkins Gate Rd. in the East Garrison development off Reservation Rd. This is a new housing development, so check recent map. Parking available on street. Arrive before our 9:30 am departure time. Please RSVP. Leader: Dorothy Denning,
Saturday April 14
Hike: Tomales Bluff Point Reyes National Seashore
This is a 10 mile moderate hike with almost 1000 feet of elevation gain. The bells toll as bay meets sea at land's end. See the Bay Area's best Douglas iris display and tule elk. Meet in lower parking lot of McClures Beach at 11 am. 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
Saturday, April 14
Hike: Kirk Creek to Vicente Flat, Stone Creek Trail, Twitchell elevator, to Rain Rocks Rock ShedWe hike and climb a total of 11.4 miles with an elevation gain of 3400’, Time 7-8 hrs. The views are stunning! To the east we see the majestic “Cone Peak Range”, to the south and west the Big Sur coast and the Pacific.
Wild flowers should be at their best! Viewing Condors is definitely a possibility! We meet 7:30 Rio Road, P&R-Carmel. Trailhead is opposite Kirk Creek Campground gate (east side of Hwy.1), 54 mi. south on Hwy. 1 from Rio Rd, Carmel, 1hr, 20 min.
Will shuttle cars between Rain Rocks Rock Shed and Kirk Creek campground. Bring lunch, 3 liters water! Be prepared for rain/wind/sun/heat! Heavy rain cancels. Limit 12 hikers, so please reply to
with your name and phone number, and I will call you. Leader: (Burk) Burkhard Siedhoff
Photos of this particular hike: https://photos.app.goo.gl/WIsWjI5E5fIlUxEJ3
Sunday, April 15
Walk: Wildflowers !
Beware the Ides of April! Escape those taxing calculations to enjoy a day in the open. We'll find a good flowery place to take our minds off the world. Maybe Garzas Creek, or perhaps Fort Ord NM or someplace we've never been! Call the leader to see if she knows what she's doing. Leader: Mary Gale: 626-3565.
Tuesday, April 17
Senior Saunter: Paradise Park
We'll take a leisurely walk through the Park alongside the San Lorenzo River. Many flowers in the Park. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. We'll lunch at the picnic area. Restrooms. Bring lunch, water, $2 carpool. Leaders: Perry Brohmer 650-793-3987; Pat Herzog 831-458-9841.
Thursday, April 19
Hike: Ollason-Gilson Loop, Toro Park
Our 6-7-mile hike takes us on the Ollason and Gilson Trails, where we should see many beautiful wildflowers. We climb about 800 feet total. Bring water and lunch. Meet in the dirt parking area outside the main gate at Toro Park. Arrive before our 10 am departure time. Please RSVP. Leader: Dorothy Denning,
Thursday, April 19
Hike: Fort Ord Nat'l Monument
Let's see what wildflowers might be growing in April at Ft Ord. It will be about 5-6 miles and 800 feet of elevation gain. We'll meet to carpool at 9:30 on Main St in Soquel (100 yards inland of Soquel Dr). Call for more information. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, (831) 462-3101.
Saturday, April 21
Hike: Los Padres Dam/Carmel River
Let's start at Princes Camp up on Cachagua Road, walk to the Los Padres Dam and around the reservoir, further, hike up the Carmel River as far as we like to go, maybe Bluff Camp. The wildflowers should be wonderful. We'll hope the creek crossings are easy at this time. About 7 miles, some elevation, at a moderate pace. Bring lunch and lots of water. Meet at Mid Valley Shopping Center in Carmel Valley at 8:30 a.m., park opposite of the Chase Bank. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467
Saturday, April 21
Hike: Garzas Creek Wildflower
Escape your daily grind; slip into serene oak and redwood forests. Unwind with a few other happy hikers and some very quiet woodrats along the Garzas Creek, Garzas Canyon Trail and the Terrace Trail. ±4 miles, ±800 ft. elev. gain with flora & fauna stops. Bring a lunch and water. Arrive early; we depart at 10 am from Garland Ranch's lower parking lot. Limit of 8. Call for a reservation. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.
Saturday, April 21
Hike: North Wilderness Trail Loop, Pinnacles National Park
We will use the West entrance, Chaparral Trailhead. This is a moderately strenuous 9.3 mile hike with an elevation gain of 1020'. We should see a broad range of wildflowers and blooming shrubs on this unmaintained trail along ridgetops and descending into the west fork of Chalone Creek (which hopefully may require several wet crossings) and returning along the Old Pinnacles and Balconies Cave trails. Bring 2 liters of water, sturdy boots, trekking poles, hat, sunscreen, and lunch. Also bring a headlight for the caves, a change of socks, and $$$ for carpool gas contribution and a share of the $15.00 entrance fee. Meet at the Nob Hill Foods parking lot on the corner of Hwy 68 and Blanco Road in Salinas at 8:30 am to carpool, or meet at the Chaparral Trailhead parking area in the park at 9:30. Heavy rain cancels. RSVP Leader: Stanley Dudek,
Sunday, April 22
Hike: Henry Coe/Hunting Hollow
The entrance is near Gilroy Hot Springs, the Hunting Hollow entrance is quieter and a little shorter drive than the main entrance. By special request, we will ascend the relatively new Jim Donnelly trail to gain views of the area, then follow Steer Ridge (fire) Road. We will make a short detour up to Wilson Peak, then follow the road to Wilson trail camp before we descend back to Hunting Hollow. Moderate/strenuous hike with some steep sections, 1800' gain and 7 ½ miles. Meet at REI in Marina parking lot, at 8:00 am; or at the Hunting Hollow parking lot at 9:00 am. Bring lunch, 2-3+ liters water, and rain/wind gear. Limited to 12 hikers, so please reply with your name and phone number to
, and we will call you. Leaders: Carol Greenstreet & Randy May.
Sunday, April 22
Bicycle Ride: Corralitos/Aptos/Larkin Valley Exploration
About 25 miles round trip, a comfortable non-competitive pace focusing on a heads up, looking around at scenery, not the bike wheel in front of you, attitude. The first part of our ride will pass through beautiful "estate" apple orchards outlined and back dropped by Redwood forest. We'll then descend into the rolling grassy hills and valleys common to the southern Santa Cruz County; returning to our cars in the Corralitos Market area. The course is an abstract figure eight, so there are 2 or 3 places where participants who start feeling that they have had enough, can sign out and head on their own back to their cars. Total (spread out over the entire ride) elevation gain/loss is basically a 50/50 split, (974' up/976' down). Helmet and bright reflective clothes, tire patch kit or extra tube and bike tools and lock recommended. Bring water, lunch. No parking fees. Meet at 9 am at the Corralitos Market area, Corralitos Rd. & Hames Rd., Corralitos. For questions and to RSVP, Leader: Steve Jackson, (831) 320-4561. If no RSVP's as of 24 hours before meeting time cancels ride.
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.
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,
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, 831-372-9215.
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