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OCTOBER 21, SATURDAY: SUNSET HIKE TO THE STARS, HALLS VALLEY

Leader: Dean Whitney (415)652-4496 deanbwhitney@gmail.com . Meet: 3:00pm under the Safeway sign at Market and Dolores. Depart 3:15pm sharp. Estimated return to SF: 11:00-11:30pm. Rating: Easy-moderate, 5 miles, 700 feet elevation gain. Join us on a sunset hike followed by stargazing party with the Halls Valley Astronomical Group. We will start off uphill the entire way to gain 700 ft elevation on Dutch Flat trail to reach the scenic overlook in time to enjoy dinner and sunset over the Santa Cruz Mountains. We will return to our cars in the dark to unload bags and don our autumn clothes before walking to Halley Hill Observatory to join the stargazing party, concluding our 5 mile hike. (Those interested only in the hike and who coordinate with their carpools are welcome to leave immediately at this point.) HVAG provides telescopes and welcomes all members of public, families, pets, and curious children. Check out http://www.hallsvalley.org/tr/tr.html. Bring: sturdy shoes or boots, water (at least one liter), dinner, extra WARM CLOTHING suitable for a COOL autumn night, flashlight with white lamp for the trail and preferably a red lamp in courtesy toward the stargazersí and their night vision. Binoculars work too. Canceled in the event of light or heavy rain. Driving distance 120 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $12 per passenger (includes exact change $6 entrance fee per car). Alternate meeting place: 4:45pm at Joseph Grant County Park, Woodland Youth Camp parking area on Grant Rd and Halls Valley Rd. Hwy 101 S to South. Take Alum Rock exit and head east on Alum Rock Avenue (aka Hwy 130) for 3.6 mi. Turn right onto Mount Hamilton Road (i.e., stay on Hwy 130, following sign to Grant Park). Continue on Mount Hamilton Road for 7.7 mi (please respect bicyclists on road). Turn right into main park entrance at the large "Joseph D. Grant County Park" sign, go 0.5 mi (past the entrance kiosk), turn right at turning circle, and go 0.5 mi and park in the triangular lot on the right. (https://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/parkfinder/Documents/JDGrantGuideMap.pdf or http://www.hallsvalley.org/schedule/) Please let leader know if you plan to meet the group there. Note: park entrance gate is closed at sunset. Do NOT, under any circumstances, attempt to enter the park through the EXIT gate!!! The exit gate is protected by a tire shredder, and it's a long walk back to SF.


OCTOBER 22, SUNDAY: MT. TAM - BALTIMORE CANYON TO LAKE LAGUNITAS

Leader: Gary Weiss (415)279-5570 garysfx@gmail.com. Meet: 8:45am By Starbucks under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores. Depart 9:00. Rating: Strenuous, 10 miles, 1500 feet elevation gain. This hike will cover some really gorgeous terrain. We'll start at the end of Crown Rd. in Kentfield - the part that's closer to Phoenix Lake (Google 147 Crown Rd.) Beginning on Windy Ridge we'll be going thru a short portion of a residential area before coming to Hoo Koo E Koo Trail which will descend into Baltimore Canyon, an astonishingly beautiful area with a zillion Big Leaf maple trees that should be turning. Near the end of the canyon we'll climb steeply up the short Barbara Spring Trail. From here we'll climb up to Blithedale Ridge and catch another portion of Hoo Koo E Koo. From here we'll go down a combination of Eldridge Grade and the East Peak Fire Trail, and eventually Pilot Knob. We'll then cut over to Lake Lagunitas, Pumpkin Ridge before heading down to Phoenix Lake. Then it's up a sneaky trail to Tucker Camp, down to Bill Williams Creek and up to the cars. There are a number of sections along the way where we could easily abbreviate or extend the hike. The weather should dictate what we do. With the exception of a few short sections when the trail opens up to beautiful views, we'll be in the shade for the majority of the day. Bring: Lunch, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes, layers and LOTS of water. Canceled in event of heavy rain. Driving distance 40.2 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $5.00 per passenger (includes $7 tolls). Alternate meeting place: For those coming from the east or north bay, we can meet you at the trailhead at 9:45am. Take US 101 to the San Anselmo/Sir Francis Drake Blvd exit. Take Sir Francis Drake until College Ave where you'll turn left. College is just before the brand new glass College of Marin building on the far left. After passing a big grocery store on your right, go a bit farther and turn right onto Woodland Rd. After 1/2 block or so, take another right onto Goodhill Rd. Continue on Goodhill all the way up to Crown Rd (one block after passing Treetop Way on the left). Take a left on Crown Rd and continue almost to the end of the road. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU PLAN ON MEETING US THERE. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/2020+Market+Street,+San+Francisco,+CA/147+Crown+Rd,+Kentfield,+CA+94904/@37.861566,-122.5725884,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x808f7e1e218d1ad3:0x6639c70b1e0659ed!2m2!1d-122.4283112!2d37.769106!1m5!1m1!1s0x808590ce30f294c7:0x7ae5e50eaaf598fa!2m2!1d-122.5702959!2d37.9472587


OCTOBER 28, SATURDAY: PT REYES HIKE

Leader: Richard Seaman (707) 720-3097, rtseaman@icloud.com. Meet: 8:00 am under the Safeway sign at Market and Dolores. Depart 8:15 sharp. Form an informal car pool, the leader will not be present at Safeway. Rating: Strenuous, 14 to 17 miles, 2,000+ feet elevation gain. We will be hiking some of the lesser travelled trails through meadows, mixed woodland and Douglas Fir forests, coastal scrub and along the Pacific Ocean coast. Exact route may vary depending upon size and speed of the group. Bring: lunch, water (2 liters or more), hat, sunscreen, sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing, including a windbreaker. Canceled in the event of rain, including light rain. Driving distance: 75 miles roundtrip. Carpooling cost: $8 per passenger (includes $7 bridge toll). Alternate meeting place: Meet leader in front of the Bear Valley Visitor Center in Pt. Reyes at 9:30 am. From U.S. Hwy 101 in San Rafael, take Sir Francis Drake Blvd. west to CA 1/Shoreline Hwy in Olema, turn right, after a short distance turn left onto Bear Valley Road, then after another short distance turn left on Bear Valley Visitor 's Center Access Road, which takes you to the visitor's center parking. See, Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bear+Valley+Visitor+Center/ @38.0411456,-122.800382,17z/data=!4m7!1m4!3m3!1s0x8085c6af0230f379: 0x7e757bf728fdfd81!2sBear+Valley+Visitor+Center!3b1!3m1!1s0x8085c6af0230f379: 0x7e757bf728fdfd81


OCTOBER 29, SUNDAY: COYOTE HILLS REGIONAL PARK

Leader: Kathy Diamond 650-740-9849 kdcsmbio@gmail.com. Meet: 9:00am under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores. Depart 9:15. Leader will not be present; form casual carpools. Rating: Moderate, 7 miles, 400 feet elevation gain. Coyote Hills Regional Park along the southeast side of San Francisco Bay is a wonderful place to see shorebird life and marsh habitats during autumnal bird migration. (Bring your binoculars!!!) We will start with a short walk through the inner marshes on boardwalks, then cross over Red Hill to the bayside of the hills before entering the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge along the salt evaporation ponds and breakwater near the open bay. We return to Coyote Hills, steeply climbing Glider Hill before ending at the Visitor Center. Leashed dogs are permitted with a $2.00 fee in Coyote Hills Park but are not allowed in the wildlife refuge. Bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, layers of clothing (the bayside can be windy), hat, sunscreen, and BINOCULARS. Canceled in event of heavy rain. Driving distance 78 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $9.00 per passenger. (includes $5 bridge toll and $5 entrance fees). Alternate meeting place: Meet leader at 10:15am at Coyote Hills Regional Park Visitor Center. Driving directions from SF: US 101 S to Marsh Rd/Dumbarton Br (Exit #406 in Redwood City) and turn left onto CA 84 eastbound; follow signs for Dumbarton Br; cross bridge and take first exit, Thornton Avenue/Paseo Padre Pkwy and turn left; continue on Paseo Padre Pkwy 1.2 mi, left onto Patterson Ranch Road to kiosk ($5 parking fee) and to visitor center parking lot at end of the road. From East Bay: I-880 to Decoto Rd/Dumbarton Br exit (Exit #21 in Fremont) and turn west onto CA-84 W toward Dumbarton Br; west 1.8 mi to Thornton Avenue/Paseo Padre Pkwy and turn right; continue on Paseo Padre Pkwy 1.2 mi, left onto Patterson Ranch Road to kiosk ($5 parking fee) and to visitor center parking lot at end of the road. (Or use: https://www.google.com/maps/place/8000+Patterson+Ranch+Rd,+Fremont, +CA+94555/@37.5539961,-122.0917822,17z)


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