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   Ventana Chapter Schedule of outings, meetings & other activities

Ventana Chapter Hikes and Outings for Monterey/Carmel and Santa Cruz
December 15 to March 11, 2018
(Please contact leader to reserve a space)


Friday, December 15
Point Lobos Fungi Field Trip with Chuck Bancroft
Chuck Bancroft, state park ranger retired, will join Sierra Club leader Lynn Bomberger on a walk to explore the forest for fungal friends. On our ±2-mile walk, we will search for and photograph both fungi and mushrooms and any other unique observations. Bring a point & shoot camera, water, snack, and wear good walking shoes. Arrive early; we depart 9:45am from the Rio Road Park and Ride. Call Lynn for a reservation at 375-7777, limit of 10.

Saturday, December 16
Hike: Old Coach Road to San Juan Bautista
We'll start on Crazy Horse Road, drive for a while on the Old Coast Road, park, and finally hike all the way over the hills and down to San Juan Bautista. After lunch and exploring the Mission and Old Town, back the same way. With about 12 miles and 1,000 feet elevation gain/loss at a leisurely pace, this is a good work-out. Bring a hat, water and lunch, or $$ for a sit down in a café, wear good shoes and bring your hiking poles. Meet at Home Depot in Seaside near the gas station at 9:00. Heavy rain cancels. Let me know if you are coming. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467.

Sunday, December 17
Afternoon Walk: Carmel River SB
We'll take the hill route to Monastery Beach, hear a tale of murder at the B&B (no worries—it happened a century ago!) and then return via the low road, with the actual beach as an option for those fond of sand in their boots. If the river has already broken through we'll start from further south. We'll carpool from Rio Road. For more info and sign-up, call me. Leader: Mary Gale, 626-3565.

Sunday, December 17
Hike: Falcon Tree
Come and discover this relatively unknown jewel which is also a 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. Then down to a small creek for lunch - probably still dry. A short but rewarding 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 for more information. Leader: Larry Parrish, 622-7455.

Monday, December 18
Hike: Fly Agaric Mushrooms
We'll zig and zag through the serene pine forest of Del Monte Forest searching for the beautiful, hallucinogenic and/or deadly Fly Agaric mushrooms (red with white polka dots). Bring water; lunch gives us the option of purchasing a Poppy Hills sandwich. 5 miles, 750 ft. elevation gain. Arrive early; we depart at 10:00am from the “Haul Road” gate on Highway 68 in Pebble Beach. Call for a reservation—limit of 8. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.

Tuesday, December 19
Senior Hike: De Laveaga Park
We'll hike to the Top of the World and back. 3 miles with some uphill. A shorter walk will be available. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or at DeLaveaga Park at Twisted Tree picnic area off Branciforte Drive (not Avenue) by 9:50 am. Bring lunch, water, $2 carpool. Rain cancels. Leaders: Perry Brohmer, 650-793-3987; Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.

Thursday, December 21
Walk: Monterey History and Holiday walk
Our walk with little elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us through town with stops at the Royal Chapel, Colton Hall, the Custom House, and several of the old Adobes. Bring water and a snack. Meet at the Monterey City Hall near the corner of Pacific and Madison at 9:30 am. Only extremely heavy rain cancels. Please let me know if you are coming. Leader: Gisela Nobinger,

Thursday, December 28
Hike: Fort Ord, Three Sisters
Our 7 mile loop takes us out to Three Sisters and along ridges with magnificent views of Fort Ord and Toro Park. We climb about 1000 feet total, some on steep 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,

Monday, January 1st, 2018
New Year's Day Hike: Holt Road/Garland to my Place
Our traditional New Year's Hike takes us from the parking lot at Safeway's Mid Valley, carpooling to Garland Ranch, climb up to Snifely's Ridge, although at a very moderate pace, and still a little higher to a sunny spot for lunch. Then we'll turn west all the way high up through Carmel Valley, down to Hold Road and back to most of our cars. But wait a minute, you are all invited to "Kaffee und Kuchen" at my place, Mid Valley Garden Homes #53, to celebrate the New Year. About 8 miles and 1,500' elevation gain/loss. Bring water and a light lunch, hiking sticks and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at Mid Valley parking lot opposite Chase Bank at 10 a.m. Call to confirm. Heavy rain cancels. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 831 624-1467.

Tuesday, January 2
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. ascent with flora & fauna stops. Arrive early; we depart at 10:00 am from the Rio Road Park & Ride in Carmel. Call for a reservation—limit of 8. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.

Tuesday, January 2
Senior Saunter: Watsonville Slough
Watsonville Wetlands – A mostly flat walk around Watsonville and Struve Sloughs. We'll see egrets, herons, mallards, etc. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or at the Nature Center, 20 Harkins Slough Rd. by 9:50 am. No restrooms. Lunch at Ramsay Park. Bring lunch, water, $3 carpool. Rain cancels. Leader: Bev Meschi, 831-359-9961.

Thursday, January 4
Walk: Veterans Cemetery
Our 6 mile loop is on paved but closed roads in undeveloped areas around Parker Flats at Fort Ord. The walk takes us past the new Veteran's Cemetery and up to Eucalyptus with splendid views. We pass by some of the burn areas and munitions clean-up work and climb about 400 feet total. Bring water. Meet in the parking lot on the NW corner of Gigling and 8th Ave. before our 9:30 am departure time. We should be back by noon. Please RSVP. Leader: Dorothy Denning, .

Saturday, January 6
Hike: Mt Diablo Necklace
Climb above the winter fog on a strenuous leisurely to moderately paced hike around the mountain. Meet in the Juniper Campground Parking Lot at 10 am. $10 parking fee. 8 miles with nearly 2000 ft of elevation gain. Any rain cancels. 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, January 7
Hike: Asilomar-Pebble Beach Forest & Coast Loop
4 mile loop inland of Spanish Bay and through Pebble Beach neighborhood to sand dunes horse trail to beach trail. We then go out to Point Joe and return along the beach boardwalk back to Asilomar Blvd. Beach wild flowers and wildlife to 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

Tuesday, January 9
Senior Saunter: Antonelli Pond
We will start our approx. 3 mile walk along the west side of Antonelli Pond to Terrace Point and then visit the Seymour Center. We will stop for lunch at the De Anza gazebo or back at Natural Bridges State Park. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or on Delaware Ave. by the entrance to Natural Bridges State Park by 9:50 am. Bring lunch, water, $2 carpool. Rain cancels. Leader: Jean Harrison, 831-425-5447.

Thursday, January 11
Hike: Toro County Park
Our 6-7 mile hike with about 800 feet elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us through a forested valley along the Ollason Trail to oak dotted grasslands for lunch. We return along the Myers Loop. Bring water and lunch. Meet at the dirt parking lot outside Toro Park at 9:30 am. Heavy rain cancels. Leader: Gisela Nobinger, . Please RSVP.

Saturday, January 13
Hike: 3 Parks and one Campus Traverse
This will include Cowell, Pogonip, UCSC and Wilder Ranch. My wife and I commented numerous times to each other during our scouting of this hike about what a pleasant no pain and pretty hike this is. Statistically, it's just under 9.5 miles round trip; elevation: 981' up/926' down. Most of the elevation gain is in the first 1.5 miles, and then it's pretty level in a gentle up and down sort of way, but even the steepest part isn't really that steep as this trail appears to have been specifically designed for bicycles. Yes, on the Sunday that we scouted it, we must have encountered 50 or more bicyclists. All were respectful and polite to us as we were to them. The environment is standard Cowell SP to Wilder SP - redwoods to meadows. Meet and start at a HWY 9 turnout exactly 2 miles up from the HWY 1 intersection. Look for my 2008 dark blue Buick Lucerne. It took us just 2 hrs to get to the lunch spot at the eucalyptus grove in Wilder SP. Total time about 4.5 hours. Meet at above described location by 10 am. Leader: Steve Jackson, (831) 320-4561.

Sunday, January 14
Hike: Simas Peak (Toro Park) via Black Mountain Trail
Enjoy expansive views toward Skinner Ridge, Salinas Valley and Chalone Peaks on this 6-7 hour strenuous hike of about 12 miles and 3000'. Meet at the dirt parking area outside Toro Park at 8:30 am. Bring lunch, 2-3 liters water, rain/wind gear and headlamp. 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.

Tuesday, January 16
Senior Saunter: Pinto Lake
Approx. 3 miles through an oak and madrone forest, mostly on level ground with some low rolling hills. We'll lunch in the picnic grounds. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. To go direct, take Hwy 1 south to Airport Blvd exit. Continue on Airport Blvd, crossing Freedom Blvd to 2nd traffic light, Green Valley. Go left and continue on Green Valley past Pinto Lake City Park to Pinto Lake COUNTY Park on the left. Park at the end near the Gazebo. Rain cancels. Bring water, lunch, $3 carpool. Leader: Perry Brohmer, 650-793-3987.

Thursday, January 18
Hike: Buzzards Roost at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
If you don't like hiking along fern lined trails through a redwood forest with beautiful views along the way then this hike is not for you. On the other hand, if you love all of the above, call me! We'll see lots of wildfire devastation and lots of fresh regrowth. ±4 miles with ±800 feet ascent at a leisurely pace. Meet at the Rio Road Park and Ride. Arrive early, we depart at 10:00 am. Bring water and lunch. Limit of 8. Call Lynn Bomberger at 375-7777 for a reservation.

Thursday, January 18
Hike: The Bunkers, Fort Ord
Our 6 mile loop takes us along Crescent Bluff and up trail 24, where we hike along a ridge and pass by the Bunkers. We climb about 500 feet total, some on a steep and rutted section of trail. Bring water and lunch. Sturdy boots and hiking poles are also recommended. Meet at the corner of East Garrison Dr./Rd. 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, January 20
Hike: Pt Reyes National Seashore
This is a strenuous 13.5 mile 2000 ft of elevation gain loop in Central Pt Reyes. Leisurely to moderate pace. Meet at 8:30 am at the Bear Valley Trailhead. Any rain cancels. Hike is 118 miles from Rio Del Mar. Suggest staying at an AirBNB the night before. 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, January 21
Hike: Jacks Peak
We'll walk around Jacks Peak clockwise, starting at the elementary school on Olmstead Road (near Monterey airport). A moderate hike of about 7 miles with less than 1,000' elevation gain/loss but with some beautiful views of Monterey and Point Lobos. Bring water and lunch. Heavy rain cancels, dribble doesn't count. Wear clothes for the winter weather. Confirm by calling a few days before. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467.

Sunday, January 21
Walk: Toro Park
In mid-winter, temperatures inland can be quite pleasant, and we might even see some early flowers if it's been warm. Let's meet at the entrance to Toro Regional Park at 9 am, with water, a snack, and boots or shoes good for mud in case it has rained by then. Hard rain cancels. Be sure to call leader to sign up, as she might not show up if folks don't tell her they're coming! Leader: Mary Gale, 626-3565.

Tuesday, January 23
Hike: Fetid Adder's Tongue and Land of Medicine Buddha
It's a stinky little flower but an exciting one since it's one of our first each year! Andy Werner will help us find the elusive flower. Bring water, snack and $3 to $5 to contribute to the LOMB to show our appreciation for our use of their land. ± 6 miles ±700 ft. ascent. Arrive early; we depart at 7:55 am from the south far end of the parking lot in front of REI in Marina. Or be at Center Street's diagonal parking next to the Congregational Church of Soquel before 8:50 am. Carpooling is mandatory. Call for a reservation—limit of 8. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.

Tuesday, January 23
Senior Hike: Wilder, Bike Path and Hill
Approx. 3 mile walk to Wilder ranch buildings and then up the hill beyond. Return to horse corral, cowboy cabin and lunch at the orchard before returning on the bike path. A shorter, level walk will be available. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. or before 9:50 am at the trailhead just off Hwy. 1 at Shaffer (last left turn as you leave Santa Cruz, just after Natural Bridges/Western Drive.) Bring lunch, water, $2 carpool. Rain cancels. Leaders: Perry Brohmer, 650-793-3987; Jean Harrison, 831-425-5447.

Thursday, January 25
Hike: Point Lobos
Our 5-6 mile loop with about 150 feet elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us to Whaler's Knoll and along beaches and steep coastal cliffs on 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. Heavy rain and strong winds cancel. Please RSVP. Leader: Gisela Nobinger, .

Monday, January 29
Hike: Buzzards Roost and Valley View
These popular trails in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park have recently re-opened after closures due to fire and flood. Midweek in January will be the quietest time to enjoy hiking slowly up through redwood and oak forests to lovely viewpoints. We'll picnic by the Big Sur river in between the two climbs. Total distance 7 miles with elevation gain about 1300 feet. Bring lunch, water and $ for your share of the park entrance fee. Meet at the Rio Road Park and Ride at 9 am. Heavy rain cancels. Leaders: Cath Farrant and Mary Dainton, 372-7427.

Tuesday, January 30
Senior Saunter: Asilomar North
A 3 mile loop from Asilomar, north along the coast to Pt. Pinos. Lighthouse returning on the grassy ‘dog run' near the residential area. Possible diversion to Monarch butterfly preserve. Walkers group will follow a similar route. Bring lunch to eat at Asilomar. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. To go direct, take Hwy 1 south and exit at 68 West off ramp and meet at Fishwife Restaurant by 10:30 am. Bring lunch, $6 carpool. Rain cancels. Leaders: Irene Lennox, 831-457-2690; Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.

Thursday, February 1
Hike: Soldiers Memorial Field, Fort Ord
Our 6-7 mile loop takes us on unmarked trails through oaks and chaparral around the north side of Fort Ord near Gigling Rd. We pass by Soldiers Memorial Field and hike along ridges with views of the recent burn and munitions cleanup work. We climb about 500 feet total over rolling hills. 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, .

Sunday, February 4
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 is 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.

Tuesday, February 6
Hike: Del Mesa to Jacks Peak
Join me in a new hike that begins at Del Mesa Carmel in Carmel Valley. From Del Mesa we'll hike into a seldom visited area, then into Jacks Peak Park and back. We'll have a peaceful forest walk with great views along the way. About 5-½ miles with ± 600 feet ascent. Bring water & lunch. Arrive early; we depart at 10 am from Del Mesa. Call for a reservation and directions to the meeting location—limit of 8. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.

Tuesday, February 6
Senior Hike: New Brighton Beach
This walk is along the beach in front of New Brighton State Park to Sea Cliff State Park. We'll return to New Brighton, go up the cliff, steep but not too long, then back to New Brighton Park for lunch. A shorter walk will be available. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. To go direct, take Hwy. 1 exit at Park Ave., go right to Kennedy Ave. and turn right for parking along the street to meet before 9:45 am. Bring water, lunch, $2 carpool. Rain cancels. Leaders: Irene Lennox, 831-457-2690; Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.

Wednesday, February 7
Sierra Club Ventana Chapter Meeting
Hike leaders (and interested hikers) from Monterey, Carmel and Santa Cruz are all invited to our bimonthly meetings at the Monterey Public Library, Pacific Street in Monterey at 5 pm. Let's talk and see what we'll do in the months to come.

Thursday, February 8
Hike: Jacks Peak
Our 6 mile loop with about 700 feet elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us along the quiet forested trails with some views of Carmel and Monterey Bay. Bring water and lunch. Meet near the Whole Foods store at 9:40 am for carpooling or at the West Parking Lot at Jacks Peak at 10 am. Bring water and lunch. Heavy rain cancels. Please RSVP. Leader: Gisela Nobinger, .

Saturday, February 10
Hike: Eagle Peak and Mt Diablo Falls
This is a strenuous 10 mile 2500 ft of elevation gain loop in the wild northern side of Mt Diablo State Park. Fantastic views and waterfalls. Leisurely to moderate pace. Meet at Mitchell Canyon Staging Area at 10 am. $6 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.

Saturday, February 10
Hike: Fort Ord Dunes
An easy hike through the Dunes and along the ocean, about 4 miles. We'll go straight out from the parking on Fort Ord through an old tunnel to the ocean. We may climb a bit onto a high dune for a better view. Then along the shore to see birds and high waves. Up to the large parking lot where a picnic table is reserved for us. (also bathrooms). We might find already a few blooming sand flowers. Bring water and a sandwich, hiking sticks, binoculars and wear layers; it may be windy and clod from the ocean. Meet in Seaside at Home Depot near the gas station at 10 a.m. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467.

Sunday, February 11
Hike: Timber Top
This out-and-back strenuous hike offers outstanding views of the Big Sur coast and at the top rewards your efforts with 360 degree views out to the remote reaches of the Santa Lucia range. Strenuous 5-6 hour hike of 7 miles and 2600' elevation gain. Meet at Rio Road Park & Ride at 8:15 am. Bring lunch, 2-3 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.

Tuesday, February 13
Senior Hike: Manzanita Park
This is a moderately hilly 3.25 mile hike in North Monterey County. See ocean and Fremont Peak on a clear day. Lunch at picnic tables in park. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave., or at Manzanita Park. Call leader for directions. Restrooms. Bring lunch, water, $5 carpool. Rain cancels. Leader: Bev Meschi, 831-475-4185.

Thursday, February 15
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, .

Friday, February 16
Hike: Andrew Molera River
This is a lovely in-and-out hike along the Big Sur River on the Bobcat Trail. We'll see nice meadows, gorgeous sycamores, spectacular redwood trees and have plenty opportunities to admire the Big Sur River. ±5 miles with minimal ascent but with some irregular rocky terrain. Meet at the Rio Road Park and Ride. Arrive early, we depart at 10 am. Bring water and lunch. Limit of 8. Call for a reservation. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.

Sunday, February 18
Walk: Fort Ord
We'll revisit an old favorite, a route up old Reservation Road to Engineer Canyon, and then up to a mesa that offers great views to the east and south. Bring water, a snack, and boots or shoes with good traction for a short but steep climb to the mesa. Hard rain cancels. Meet at the Creekside trailhead, near the intersection of Hwy 68 and Reservation Road, at 9 am. Call leader to sign up, and get better directions if needed. Leader: Mary Gale, 626-3565

Tuesday, February 20
Senior Saunter: Carmel Circle
3 mile loop in Carmel. We begin at the Carmel Mission, walk on the Mission Preserve Trail to the historical Flanders House. Restrooms at Sunset Center and lunch on benches there. Return via Scenic Tour near beach & 13th Ave. and back to Mission. A shorter walk will be available. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. To go direct, take Hwy 1 South to Carmel Crossroads, turn right on Rio Rd., go one mile to park at Carmel Mission. Bring water, lunch, $6 carpool. Rain cancels. Leaders: Bev Meschi, 831-475-4185; Brooke Ewoldsen, 831-475-6188.

Thursday, February 22
Hike: Del Monte Forest
Our 5 mile loop with about 500 feet elevation gain at a moderate pace takes us along quiet forested trails that are pretty even in fog. 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. Heavy rain cancels. Please RSVP. Leader: Gisela Nobinger, .

Monday, February 26
Hike: Pinnacles Juniper Canyon Loop
This spectacular but steep trail climbs along switchbacks to the heart of the High Peaks. At the top, we'll circle through rock formations along the steep and narrow section of the High Peaks Trail and return via the Tunnel Trail. We'll look for condors and early wildflowers. 4.3 miles with 1215 feet elevation gain. Bring lunch and water. Meet at MPC parking lot A at 9 am (where the farmers market is, small fee) or at Pinnacles Chaparral day use area, west side, at 1030. Heavy rain cancels. Leaders: Cath Farrant and Mary Dainton, 372 7427.

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, .

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, or 408-406-9650.

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.

 


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