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FEBRUARY 25, SATURDAY: MT. TAM - BIG TREES CAMP TO CARSON FALLS

*** NOTE LOCATION CHANGE FROM EARLIER POSTING *** Leader: Gary Weiss (415)279-5570 gary@ixia.com. Meet: 8:30am By Starbucks under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores. Depart 8:45. Rating: Strenuous, 10 miles, 2500 feet elevation gain. This hike is relocated from the earlier posting due to continued blocked access to the trailhead caused by a couple of huge landslides and trees in the road. This is a stunning route with every possible terrain Mt Tam has to offer. The route we take will be a combination of a few hikes I致e led before. There will be a couple of mile long stretches of fire roads. The rest will be on unofficial trails for the most part - all of them quite respectable. We値l start by going up Carey Camp Trail to Oat Hill. We値l take the fire road for about 1.5 miles with views of Bolinas Ridge and beyond. We値l drop down the spectacular Nail Trail to the Big Trees Camp, then follow Little Carson Creek up to the Falls. They should be quite amazing after all the rain we致e had. We値l then go up Carson Gulch to the Saddle, take Repine trail to San Geronimo Ridge which we値l follow for a little over a mile before dropping down the Split Rock Trail. We値l take a peek at the Ink Wells waterfall but instead of taking my preferred over-the-waterfall route, we値l go the safe way down. We値l then climb back up to Happersberger Point and up to the ridge near the cars. Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes with good grip soles in case it's slippery, lunch, snacks, lots of water!, and several options for a change of clothes since the temperature will vary considerably from place to place. Canceled in event of heavy rain. Driving distance 49 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $7.00 per passenger (includes $7 tolls). Alternate meeting place: 9:45am at the trailhead. Take Sir Francis Drake Blvd into the town of Fairfax. After passing the giant Good Earth health food store on your left, you値l see a tiny gas station, also on the left. Right after that take a left and an immediate right passing the movie theatre. At the next corner turn left again, onto the beginning of B-F Road. Follow it for 2.95 miles (you値l see mileage markers periodically on the right on small white metal signs). This 菟arking area is at the first hairpin turn past the Meadow Club Golf Course. You will notice that, despite how bad the road may be, and despite how often they close the rest of B-F Road, access to the golf course is never hindered! https://www.google.com/maps/dir/2020+Market+Street,+San+Francisco,+CA/37.9730617,-122.6262223/@37.8773122,-122.5998328,11z/am=t/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x808f7e1e23e41645:0x541de232e6475117!2m2!1d-122.42803!2d37.769132!1m0!3e0


MARCH 4, SATURDAY: SUNOL - OUTLAW'S HIDEOUT

Leader: Sam Kaufman (510)599-4056 geogrman@yahoo.com. Meet: 9:30am under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores. Depart 9:45. Rating: Moderate, 7 miles, 800 feet elevation gain. Enjoy this late winter hike to a recently publicized 19th century outlaw hideaway among the lush hills of Sunol Regional Park. Starting at the main entrance, we will climb moderately up the Indian Joe Trail to the McCorkle Trail, and down Backpack Trail to the Hideaway for lunch. The return takes us by "roaring" Little Yosemite along Alameda Creek. WE should be back to the cars before 2pm. Most of the hike will be exposed so a hat is advised in case of strong late winter sun. Bring: Please bring water, lunch, layered clothing in case its cool, and sturdy shoes. Canceled in event of light or heavy rain. Driving distance 110 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $12.00 per passenger (includes $5 tolls and $5 per-car entrance fees). Alternate meeting place: 10:45am at Sunol Regional Park parking area on lefthand side of road just past the Visitors Center. I-80 E to I-580 E (toward Stockton, Hayward) to I-680 S (toward San Jose. Take CA 84 (Calaveras/Dumbarton Br) Exit 21A, at end of off-ramp turn left onto Calaveras Rd (under freeway), proceed 4.4 miles, left onto Geary Rd, then 1.8 miles to Visitors Center. Google "1895 Geary Rd, Sunol, CA".


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