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SEPTEMBER 30, SATURDAY: LANDSEND AND SUTRO BATHS

Leader: Richard Fey pagliaccio_500@hotmail.com. This is a Discovery Community sponsored event, a retreat/social gay social organization (http://discoverycommunity.org/) - SFHC members are invited to attend. Meet: 11:00am at gazebo in the center of Sutro Height Park above the Cliff House at Point Lobos Avenue & 48th Avenue (#38 Geary bus stops there.) Rating: Easy-moderate, 3 miles, 200 feet elevation gain. We値l hike from the park, past Sutro Baths remains and along the coastal trail. Features are ocean views and historic landmarks. Leader will have photos and discuss Adolph Sutro, San Francisco attorney/miner, and mayor. Among the things we値l see is the park where we値l meet with magnificent views and a few remnants of Sutro's colorful life. We値l then continue past the ruins of the Sutro Baths and along the former path of Sutro痴 railroad to the baths & the Coastal Trail for lunch break at Sea Cliff. Then we'll continue up a moderate slope to the Legion of Honor for what the Germans might call a "pinkler pausa," or restroom stop. We値l stop halfway for lunch, then return to where we started. Hope you can make it. Bring: lunch, water, layers, hiking or comfortable boots/shoes, and sun screen; there can be some muddy spots along the way. Rain but not fog will cancel.


OCTOBER 1, SUNDAY: COWELL-PURISIMA COASTAL TRAIL

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: Easy, 6 miles, 80 feet elevation gain. Once upon a time, hikers wanting miles of level coastal bluff trails had to travel to Sonoma or Mendocino County. Cowell-Purisima Coastal Trail, opened in the summer of 2011, now provides this in our backyard. Tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the western slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains, it offers spectacular views of the ocean, offshore rocks, inaccessible beaches favored by harbor seals and shorebirds. Lunch will be at a bluff-top promontory. Sorry, no dogs are allowed due to adjacent fields of artichokes, Brussels sprouts, and mustard. Bring: Lunch, water (at least one liter), hat, sunscreen, and the usual layers for beach weather. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this well groomed trail. Canceled in event of heavy rain. Driving distance 60 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $5.00 per passenger. Alternate meeting place: Meet leader at Cowell Ranch Beach Trailhead parking lot at 10:15am. NOTE: this is NOT Purisima Creek Redwoods in the hills near Skyline Blvd; it is the relatively new trail along the bluffs south of Half Moon Bay. I-280 S to CA-92W (toward Half Moon Bay). Go west 7 miles, left onto Highway 1, south 3 miles to parking lot on right. Lot is small, but there is plenty of parking along Highway 1.


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