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JANUARY 27, SATURDAY: BLACK MOUNTAIN - MONTE BELLO OPEN SPACE PRESERVE

Leader: Bill Farrell (650)533-7284 williamjfarrell@yahoo.com. Meet: 9:00am under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores. Depart 9:15. Rating: Moderately easy, 6 miles, 1200 feet elevation gain. If you're looking for a relatively easy mid winter hike with plenty of variety, this hike fits the bill. Black Mountain, namesake of Mountain View, CA, forms the headwaters to Adobe, Permanente, and Stevens Creeks and is the former home to loggers, dairy cows, orchards, vineyards, WWII industrialists, and back-to-the-land hippies. Recently arrived after a 100 million year road trip from the Sea of Cortez, it has perched itself aside the San Andreas Fault at 2,800 feet to afford spectacular views of SF Bay, Santa Clara Valley, the Pacific, Mt Hamilton, and the East Bay Hills. The hikes gradually ascends the rolling grasslands of Old Ranch Trail and aptly named Buena Vista Trail to Black Mountain and its expansive views.A quick descent down Indian Creek Trail drops into the cool, oak shaded riparian canyon of Stevens Creek Nature Trail which returns to our starting point. Sorry, no dogs allowed on these preserves. Bring: Lunch, water (at least one liter), hat, layers (expect fog, wind, and/or bright sun), sunscreen. Hiking shoes recommended. Canceled in event of heavy rain. Driving distance 90 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $8.00 per passenger. Alternate meeting place: 10:15am at Monte Bello Open Space Preserve parking lot. I-280 S to Page Mill Rd exit (Exit 20 in Los Altos Hills), then immediate right onto Page Mill Rd. Go west 7 miles to parking lot on left. Page Mill Rd is steep and winding; please respect bicyclists and share the road with them.


JANUARY 28, SUNDAY: ALAMERE FALLS HIKE, POINT REYES

Leader: Dean Whitney (415)652-4496‬ deanbwhitney@gmail.com Meet: 8:00am under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores. Depart 8:15. Rating: Moderate, 10 miles, 700 feet elevation gain. We will hike the Palomarin Trail through lush forest and beautiful ocean views. The Falls should really be flowing after all of the rain. We will have lunch at Alamere Falls for lunch. There will be spectacular views of the coast, some cool Douglas fir forest and a short, steep descent down to the beach and the bottom of the falls where it flows into the sea.Bring: water, food, appropriate clothing and footwear to protect from sun, fog, wind, poison oak, etc. Cancelled in event of heavy rain.Driving distance: 70 miles RT. Carpooling cost $8.00 per passenger (includes $7 toll). PLEASE DO YOUR SHOPPING BEFORE YOU ARRIVE. We will leave promptly at 8:15. Alternate meeting place: 10:00am at the Palomarin trailhead north of Bolinas at the end of Mesa Road - one mile down the gravel road from the Point Reyes Bird Observatory. Please let the hike leader know if you are going to meet the group at the Trailhead. Google Maps link to the trailhead: https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Palomarin+Trail+Head-Alamere+Falls,+Palomarin+Trail+Head,+CA+94924/@37.9341492,-122.7495147,17z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x8085eb1c31c852bd:0x5c3816162c46a608!2m2!1d-122.747326!2d37.934145!3e0


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