Mon Sept. 1 @ 8:30 am Teague Hill OSP to the Kings Mountain Art Fair.

This will be a day to appreciate beauty in nature, get some exercise, and then see beautiful works of art for sale at the Kings Mountain Art Fair.
I've always been touched by both the beauty of Teague Hill and the works of art at the Fair – in fact I have a hard time not purchasing something – and don't usually really try too hard to resist. I still treasure the pieces that I've purchased there – they continue to touch and/or inspire me. The fair is one of the top-rated fairs in California. ( The Mercury News said it might have the most charm of Art Festivals in the Bay Area.
We will start hiking at a trailhead in Teague Hill, branching off to the Bay Area Ridge Trail and then some other trails toward the uphill part of Huddart Park. We will go about five miles and 1200 feet of elevation gain for the round trip unless people clamor for more!
Do bring plenty of water – I would suggest at least two liters – and food for either snacks or lunch or you can buy food and drinks at the fair. I'd suggest wearing layered clothing so you can adjust to hiking up hill, sitting, and hiking downhill. Also footwear with good deep tread would be helpful for the sometimes-primitive trails in Teague Hill. Hiking poles might also be useful if you use them – I have a pair I'd be happy to loan out.
I'm tentatively planning to spend about 3 hours at the fair. If you pay careful attention to the trails that get us there and want to return earlier that would be fine. In other words, I'd like to have it be a flexible and fun day depending on peoples' interests and inclinations. If you don't feel comfortable trying to find your way back, you're certainly welcome to wait for me or someone else that knows the way back. Also, if you choose to come back on your own you will need to sign out with the leader before you leave.
Meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot of the Woodside Elementary School NEXT TO THE TENNIS COURTS. If the parking lot is full, you can park on some streets in the area but do watch out for parking restrictions on some.
Take 280 to Woodside Road and then the exit going uphill, going 1.2 miles to and then through Woodside. The school will be on your left soon after the firehouse. If there is an activity in Woodside that day preventing access to the school, we will meet at the Woodside Town Hall back 0.6 miles (0.6 miles from 280).
Leader: Craig Keith, 408-227-0196, cell 408-833-0955 (day of the event only please), This will be co-listed with SOC (The Society of Outdoor Cardinals) If you try to call while we're hiking in Teague Hill it's likely I won't get reception on my cell phone.

Wed Sep 3 @ 6:00pm Mid-Week Hike Los Trancos/Monte Bello OSP
This week we will have the mid-week conditioning hike at Los Trancos and Monte Bello Open Space Preserves. These hikes are about 5 miles, with up to 1000 feet elevation gain. We move at a fast pace, needing to be out of the parks just after sunset, so these are not considered beginning hikes.
Heavy rain cancels.
Event covers 5-6 miles, with 700 feet of elevation.
Meet at carpool location at 280 and Page Mill Road at 6pm, or the OSP parking lot at 6:30pm
Leader: Denise Vann,,408-218-3911

Sat Sep 6 @11:00 am Teague Hill Hike.
Continue the year right with some great aerobic exercise to benefit your body and the beauty of nature to feed your soul (or ameliorate any nature deficit disorder you may be experiencing). Teague Hill is a unique Mid-Pen Open Space Preserve with the trails having been made by equestrians – lots of people in Woodside have horses. As a result, the trails are primitive in places. This OSP has no trail names, signs, or official maps, and is as near wilderness as you can get this close to civilization. It can also be challenging due to fallen trees (or falling trees as I have experienced here occasionally), trails turned into to creeks and regular creeks being tough to cross and slippery slopes if it's rained recently - look at this as possibly quite an adventure! This is NOT an easy hike - we'll be doing 7-10 miles and 1800-3000 feet of elevation gain cumulative with some REALLY steep trails both up and down in places.
Bring lunch and at least 2 liters of liquid. It would be advisable to wear layered clothing – cool for going up the hills, warm for lunch and going down the hills. In addition, footwear with good deep tread will help on the steep and possibly slippery sections. Have raingear or an umbrella available in case – although right now the forecast looks promising for little if any rain. Also, if you use hiking poles, this would be the place to use them (I have a pair I'm willing to loan out).
Hike goes rain or shine!
Meet 11:00 AM, parking lot of the Woodside Elementary School NEXT TO THE TENNIS COURTS. See below for alternatives in case of possible hitches.
From 280, take the Woodside Road exit, then Woodside Road going up hill to and through Woodside for 1.2 miles. The school will be on your left not too far after the firehouse. Turn into the parking lot right next to the tennis courts. If for any reason this parking lot is full and there is room to park on the streets, that should work - but do watch out for parking restrictions on some streets. If the parking lot is inaccessible due to a parade, etc., we will meet in the parking lot of the Woodside Town Hall that is back 0.6 mile (0.6 mile from 280).
Apparently there is no public transportation into Woodside, so I would like to offer a ride to anyone who can't or doesn't want to drive. I will be leaving from the vicinity of De Anza College at 10:20 AM or we could possibly negotiate another meeting point.
Also, if anyone would like to meet me at my home in south San Jose at 7:00 AM to do the De Anza Flea Market for a couple of hours before the hike, I'd be happy to have you ride with me, or you could meet me at De Anza College at 7:30 AM. Please call or email me to arrange any of these. There is usually some great hiking gear as well as other great stuff available at the flea market. There now seems to be one restroom open at the Woodside School, but definitely none in Teague Hill (except for the whole park). I now have a cell phone in case your need to contact me the day of the hike - 408-833-0955, but would appreciate you calling my home phone otherwise. Once again, this will be co-listed with SOC, GOC, and possibly other groups.
Leader: Craig Keith, 408/227-0196,

Wed Sep 10 @ 6:15pm Mid-Week Hike Baylands, Palo Alto
A mid-week fast paced conditioning hike on the Baylands of approx. 5 miles on a flat gravel path along the levees of Palo Alto. We will do a fast-paced hike from the trailhead at the dead-end of San Antonio and Terminal Blvd in Palo Alto. This hike is an out and back the same route. We must be out of the park by 1/2 hour after sunset so I plan to depart promptly at 6:15pm.
Bring water and layers since it tends to be windy out on the bay.
Optional post-hike dinner at Chipotle.
Meeting location: At trailhead at the end of San Antonio Rd and Terminal Blvd, Palo Alto
Heavy rain cancels.h^p^
Leader: Denise Vann,, 408-218-3911

Sat Sept. 13 @ 8:30 am Montara Mountain Trail Improvement Project

Join the Trail Center and LPSS members on the Trail Center's third and final workday of the year on beautiful Montara Mountain. Contact the leader for registration information and directions.
Leader: Marilyn Stockdale Green,, 650.218.9986

Sun Sep 14 @ 1:00 Welcome Walk, Shoreline park

This is our monthly walk to introduce prospective members to the Sierra Club's singles over 40 group. It is an approximately 4-5 mile flat scenic walk along the San Francisco Bay with excellent water and wild life views - binoculars recommended. All new, current and prospective members are welcome to join. Please DO tell your friends about it. After the walk we will retire to Michael's Cafe for food, drinks and more socializing.
If you're interested in joining the Sierra Club on the day of this hike at a discounted price please bring along your checkbook.
Dress to the weather and in layers, allowing for the bay breeze. Bring sun protection, water and a smile to share. Rain will cancel.
Location: 2960 N Shoreline Blvd Mountain View
Directions: From Hwy 101 take Shoreline Blvd exit and travel east toward the Bay. Continue on Shoreline for about 1 mile to the Park entrance (no entrance fee) and drive for less than a mile inside the park. Look for the signs for "Michael's Cafe".
Meeting location: In front of Michael's Cafe.
Parking is available in front of Michael's, the golf course or Lakeside Cafe.
Leaders: Meredith Leonard (408) 621-5544 and Bruce Lanyon (415) 297-0438

Wed Sep 17 @ 6:15pm Mid-Week Hike Woodside Horse Trails
This fast-paced hike will have us travel some of horse trails in Woodside. Meet at 6:15pm in the parking lot behind the Pioneer, and next to the Woodside Town Hall. We will walk from there to Mountain Home Road and come back on Whiskey Hill Road. We will be hiking the tree lined horse trails along the side of rural country roads, so some road crossings will be necessary. This hike will take about 2 hours, so bring a flashlight for the return, if you can.
Heavy rain cancels.
Event covers 5-6 miles, with 500 feet of elevation.
Meeting location: parking lot behind Pioneer at 2925 Woodside Rd, Woodside
Leader: Denise Vann,, 408-218-3911

Thursday, September 18th @ 7:00 pm Leaders' Dinner RVSP Required

Please join me and other leaders for dinner at PF Chang's for a (dutch treat) meal and conversation. The changing of the season to Fall (September 22!) is a great time to meet and discuss what is on our minds, share ideas for LPSS, get updates from ExCom and generally have a good time. I enjoyed our leaders' hike and picnic at Picchetti Winery last June and promised to continue with these opportunities to mingle and brainstorm so this is #2.
When Thursday, September 18th @ 7:00 pm
Where: PF Chang's Stanford Shopping Center 900 Stanford Shopping Center Bldg. W Palo Alto, CA 94304
For directions and menu options:
An Evite coming soon to rsvp to this event to leaders

Sat Sep 20 @ 7:30 am Clean up a Creek in San Mateo

As part of the City of San Mateo's Bayfront/Creek Cleanup Day, volunteers will be cleaning up the creek in Laurelwood Park and removing debris from the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain that run into the creek. In addition to having the satisfaction of a job well done, you will be treated to a BBQ lunch when the work day wraps up at about 11:30. Contact the leader for registration information and directions.
Leader: Marilyn Stockdale Green,, 650.218.9986

Thu Sep 25 @ 6:15 pm Stanford Campus Art Walk with a Twist

A little longer hike, a little art and a little dinner.
Please join us Thursday, for an art walk on Stanford Campus. We will meet at the Stanford Shopping Center, and do a little hike to the Cantor Art Center for a little art, a little sculpture and, lastly, (if it's good weather) have a little picnic dinner in the Rodin Sculpture Garden. We should have about 45 minutes or so to spend in the art museum. At 7:30 we'll meet in the foyer and walk over to the New Guinea Sculpture Garden (, come back to the Rodin Sculpture garden for a light picnic dinner. After dinner, we will return to our cars at the shopping center.
A couple of things to keep in mind: 1) the cafe closes at 7:30 and 2) we will have to check our backpacks.
To check out what's happening at the Art Museum go to:
Bring: Layers, water a picnic dinner (or you can pick up something at the cafe) and something to share for the picnic.
Meet: 6:15 pm at the Stanford Shopping Center parking garage at the corner of Arboretum and Quarry Road.
Hike will be about two miles of flat walking. Rain will not cancel, but will give us an excuse to drive to the museum.
Leaders: Bruce Lanyon (415) 297-0438 and Meredith Leonard (408) 621-5544

Wed Sep 24 @6:15 pm Mid-Week Hike Canada Road, Redwood City
This week will be a fast-paced hike along the trail beside Canada Rd in Redwood City. We will meet at 6:15pm at the corner of Canada and Edgewood Roads in Redwood City, just west of 280. We will follow the trail north that goes along Canada Road with views of valleys, the Pulgas Water Temple and the Crystal Springs Reservoir. We will go out about 3 miles, turn around and hike back. This hike will take about 2 hours, so bring a flashlight for the return, if you can.
Sorry, no dogs allowed on this trail.
Meet at 6:15pm at the stone pillars on either side of the Phleger Estate entrance.
Heavy rain cancels.
Event covers 5-6 miles, with 500 feet of elevation.
Leader: Denise Vann,, 408-218-3911

Sun Sep 28 @ 11:00 am Pantoll to Stinson Beach
Pantoll to Stinson Beach 8 mile hike from the redwoods and meadows to the ocean. We'll stop at Table Rock and Stinson Beach returning Steep Ravine Trail. $7 parking. Meet 11 am at the Pantoll Ranger Station parking lot near the restrooms. Call/email for carpool in Millbrae. Leader John Ferreira, 650-692-4337;

Sun, Sept. 28, 1:00pm, Sheep Camp to Temple Hike

If the name of this hike is confusing then you probably haven't been on this pleasant and scenic out-and-back 7.25 mile hike in Belmont & San Carlos. Expect approximately 900' of elevation gain over the course of this fairly mild exposed route.
Bring water, sturdy footwear, sun protection, layers for possible cool breezes and a snack to enjoy at Pulgas Water Temple.
Meet at the Edgewood Park `n Ride lot at the NE corner of the Edgewood Rd and 280 intersection at 1:00 pm for a very short drive/carpool to our starting point.
Rain cancels.
Leader: Marilyn Stockdale Green, , 650.218.9986

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