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DECEMBER 16, SATURDAY: SAN BRUNO MOUNTAIN
Leader: Larry Stites (408)797-7088 Larry.Stites@gmail.com Meet: 9:00am under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores. Depart 9:15. Rating: Moderate, 11 miles, 1500 feet elevation gain. We'll meander through hills, ridges and secluded glens on the monolithic San Bruno Mountain on SF's southern edge. San Bruno Mountain still has much terrain covered with typical vegetation of the San Francisco area before Europeans arrived. It is an isolated and peaceful bit of wilderness at the edge of the City that surprisingly sees few visitors. We'll begin this Figure 8 trail from the parking lot and head out on the Saddle Loop and Old Guadalupe Trails to arrive back at the parking lot. From there we'll hike to the trail head for the Summit Loop Trail, and traverse the Eucalyptus Loop and Dairy Ravine Trails to reconnect with the Summit Loop Trail. Just before the top we will turn onto the Ridge Trail and head out and back along the Southeast Ridge, where we will be peering down the runways at SFO. Finally, we will descend from the top along the remainder of the Summit Loop Trail and return to the parking lot. Bring: Water and lunch; layers of clothing for sun, cold, fog, wind, good hiking shoes/boots, a hat; and trekking poles if you wish. Canceled in event of heavy rain. Driving distance 22 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $3.00 per passenger (includes $6 entrance fees). Alternate meeting place: 9:30am at the northern portion of the parking lot just inside the entry kiosk. From Bayshore Blvd in Brisbane turn onto Guadalupe Canyon Pkwy and head up the hill approximately 2.2 miles. Turn right into the parking lot. (Take caution, the parking lot comes up VERY fast!). Google: “San Bruno Mountain Ridge Trail”
DECEMBER 23, SATURDAY: MT. TAM COASTAL TRAIL SIMMONS LOOP
Leader: Ken Robin (510)926-9220 firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet: 9:00am under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores. Depart at 9:15 Rating: Moderate, 7 miles, 1100 feet elevation gain. A beautiful loop with spectacular views over the Pacific, including Stinson Beach, Bolinas, and (if clear enough) the Farallons and Point Reyes. About half the hike will be deeply forested, along Matt Davis Trail, Cataract, and Barth Creek. Except for a couple of short sections, most of the route is gradually uphill or downhill. Bring: Water, lunch, sturdy shoes, layers of clothing for a fall hike. Sunscreen and hat for the sunny portions.. Event will occur rain or shine. Driving distance 44 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $6.00 per passenger. (includes $7 tolls). Alternate meeting place: Meet 10:15 at Rock Spring on Mt. Tamalpais. From Hwy 101 take Route 1, a right onto Panoramic toward Mt. Tam, a right onto Pan Toll. Rock Spring parking is at the junction of Pan Toll and Ridgecrest.
DECEMBER 25, MONDAY: MISSION PEAK
Leader: Sam Kaufman (510)599-4056 email@example.com. Meet: 8:30am under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores. Depart 8:45. Rating: Strenuous, 11 miles, 2125 feet elevation gain. If you can put off opening the gifts under the tree, or are otherwise unoccupied, please join us on an early winter hike to the top of Mission Peak above Fremont, but starting from the seldom used east sides at Sunol Regional Park. This is not quite as steep an ascent as from the traditional Fremont entrance, but is just as pretty with much less crowding. This hike will provide a rigorous workout and pays off with terrific views of the East Bay Hills and all of the south Bay from the top. Bring: Bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, a hat, and a jacket to protect against a possible cold wind at the top. Canceled in event of light or heavy rain. Driving distance 100 miles round trip. Carpooling cost: $11.00 per passenger (includes $5 tolls and $5 per-car entrance fees). Alternate meeting place: Sunol Regional Park, just South of the Visitors Center at 10AM. I-80 E to I-580 E (toward Stockton, Hayward) to I-680 S (toward San Jose. Take CA 84 (Calaveras/Dumbarton Br) exit, 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". Please advise hike leader in advance if you plan to meet the group there.
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