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APRIL 21, SATURDAY: LAS TRAMPAS RIDGE REGIONAL PARK
Leader: Sam Kaufman (510)599-4056 firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet: 8:30am under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores. Depart 8:45. Rating: Strenuous, 9 miles, 1500 feet elevation gain. Enjoy a journey through the oak studded Corduroy Hills, around Eugene O'Neill's old backyard, and up to Las Trampas Ridge to Las Trampas Peak. Along the ridge line are great views of Mt. Diablo and most of the East Bay Hills and valleys in all directions. We'll descend from the ridge through the pasture and woodland back to our starting point, shooing stray cows off the trail. Should be great wildflower viewing. Bring: Water, lunch, sturdy shoes, hat, and sunscreen.. Canceled in event of light or heavy rain. Driving distance 120 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $12.00 per passenger. (includes $5 tolls). Alternate meeting place: Take Bay Bridge to 580 East to 24 to 680 South to the Stone Valley Rd West exit. After 1/4 mile, turn left on Danville Blvd and after approx 1.1 mi. turn right on Camille Ave. Drive to the end of Camille and park in the last block. The trailhead will be on the left. Meet the group at 9:45am
APRIL 28, SATURDAY: SUNOL REGIONAL WILDERNESS, MAGUIRE PEAK
Leader: Dave Ellison (510) 684-6506 email@example.com. Meet: 9:45am at Sunol Ranger Station, 1895 Geary Rd, Sunol https://www.google.com/maps/place/Old+Green+Barn+Visitor+Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org,-121.8332262,16z/data=!4m17!1m11!4m10!1m3!2m2!1d-121.9088383!2d37.571778!1m5!1m1!1s0x808fc53ddfcbdf03:0xb920ac052eeb134f!2m2!1d-121.8319902!2d37.5153599!3m4!1s0x808fc53dc3bb402f:0x56ef3e46a5e6e40a!8m2!3d37.5160703!4d-121.8318236 . While this is not a SFHC event, Loma Prieta GLS (Gay and Lesbian Sierran Club) have most graciously invited us to attend. Rating: 2C2 (9 miles, 2,200 ft. elevation gain) – Dog-friendly hike. Sunol Regional Wilderness, part of the East Bay Regional Park District, is a jewel, providing a sense of true wilderness despite its proximity to I-680 and Livermore. We’ll meander up Hayfield Road to High Valley, lunch atop the peak at 1688 feet (after an aggressive, steep final ascent), and savor the panorama that includes Mount Diablo, San Antonio Reservoir, and Mission Peak. We’ll return via Welch Creek Road and the Hidden Trail. (All on the hike will be sworn to solemn secrecy.) We can expect abundant wildflowers, soaring turkey vultures and red-tailed hawks, and, of course, breath-taking vistas. Bring: Dress warmly with layers, wind breaker and a hat. Don’t forget lunch, liquid, sturdy boots and a smile. Rain cancels everything but the smile. Alternate meeting place: There will be a no-host carpool at the Tamien Light Rail Station at 9 a.m. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Tamien+Light+Rail+Stationemail@example.com,-121.8846381,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x5a89923e2ce27092?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwijoLbw5Y3ZAhXlwlQKHeGtAysQ_BIIhwEwCg Otherwise, meet at the park at 9:45 a.m. in front of the ranger station. (Turn left immediately after the entrance kiosk.)
APRIL 29, SUNDAY: BOREL PEAK - RUSSIAN RIDGE MIDPENINSULA OSP
Leader: Bill Farrell (415)740-9888 firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet: 9:00am under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores. Depart 9:15. Rating: Moderate, 10 miles, 800 feet elevation gain. Few hikes in the Bay Area offer so many panoramic vistas for so little climbing. This moderate ridgetop hike is in fact two moderately easy, mostly level 5-mile loops, combined in a figure eight – a handy feature for families (sorry, no dogs) or for those with late afternoon plans who may want to abbreviate the hike. (Check with your passengers if carpooling.) The hike follows Ancient Oaks, Hawk Ridge, and Bay Area Ridge Trails to Borel Hill, robed in wildflowers and San Mateo County’s highest at 2600 ft, for a 360 degree view of the Bay, the Pacific, forests and grasslands of the Peninsula, Big Basin, the San Andreas Fault, and raptors galore. Back at the parking lot, it’s Butano View Tr to Alpine Pond and lunch at Horseshoe Lake before returning on Sunny Jim and eye-popping Ipiwa Trails. Bring: Lunch, water (at least one liter), hat, sunscreen. Hiking shoes recommended. Canceled in event of light or heavy rain. Driving distance 90 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $8.00 per passenger. Alternate meeting place: Meet leader at Russian Ridge OSP parking lot at 10:15am. I-280 S to Page Mill Rd exit (in Los Altos Hills), then immediate right onto Page Mill Rd. Go west 8.6 miles, cross Skyline Blvd onto Alpine Rd for 100 yd and turn right into parking lot. Page Mill Rd is steep and winding; please respect bicyclists and share the road with them.
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