To explore, enjoy and preserve the nationís forests, waters, wildlife and wilderness

Come join us on our hikes. We love to have non-members join in.

We are Sierra Club members who explore the many trails in the SF Bay area every Sunday, with potluck dinners later in the evening. We have short 1A hikes and longer 2Bs that have lots of ups and downs. We also go backpacking, do mule trips, biking, and other events informally scheduled.

September Hikes 2013 --   August,  October


  • Sun Sept 1, 11 AM, Stanford University Campus - Mini Hike
  • Sun Sept 1, 1:30 PM, Baylands San Antonio Rd - 1A
  • Sun Sept 1, 10:30 AM, Alum Rock Park - 2B
  • Sun Sept 1, POTLUCK at the home of Patricia Hughes
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  • Sat Sept 7, Butano Trail Work
  • Sun Sept 8, 1:30 PM, Los Trancos OSP, Mini Hike
  • Sun Sept 8, 11:30, AMCoal Mine Ridge - 1A
  • Sun Sept 8, 9:45 AM, San Francisco Presidio - 2A
  • Sun Sept  8, POTLUCK at the home of Shirley Iverson
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  • Sun Sept 15, 12 Noon, San Jose Villages - 1A
  • Sun Sept 15, 10:30 AM, Fitzgerald Marine Preserve - 2A
  • Sun Sept 15, 10 AM, Monument Peak - 2B
  • Sun Sept 15, POTLUCK at the home of Helga Campbell
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  • Sat Sept 21, 9 to 12,Coastal Cleanup
  • Sun Sept 22, 11 AM, Corte de Madera OSP - Mini Hike
  • Sun Sept 22, 11:30 AM, Huddart County Park - 1A
  • Sun Sept 22, 8:30 AM, Basin Trail at Big Basin - 3C
  • Sun Sept 22 , POTLUCK at the home of Judy and Rudy Pugh
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  • Sun Sept 29, 1:30 PM, Sawyer Camp Trail - Mini Hike
  • Sun Sept 29, 12:30 PM ,Pulgas Ridge OSP - 1A
  • Sun Sept 29, 10 AM, Top of Montara Mountain - 2B
  • Sun Sept 29 , POTLUCK at the home of Alma Fletcher

See Hike Leaders for phone numbers. Contacts may have phone numbers of potluck hosts.

DIRECTIONS: In addition to the driving Directions below you can use the Google map links for the actual location of the hike's trailhead (and carpool lots). Use Google maps to get directions from your starting location:

  • Click the gray Get directions button (at the upper left)
  • Enter your address (or zip code) in the A box
  • Click the blue Get directions button to get Suggested routes
  • Pick one of the routes for Google's turn-by-turn directions, estimate of driving time and total distance.

Sun Sept 1, Stanford University Campus, 11 AM - Mini Hike

A 3.6 Mile Flat walk. On this walk we will start at the Cantor Museum, walk to the Knight Business Management School, then have a tree identification walk on the way to the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden, then to the Clark Building for a lunch/brown bag/coffee/snack before heading back. Over before 1:45 PM.

Directions:

  • From El Camino Real in Palo Alto take exit to Palm Dr /University Ave,
  • toward Stanford University, go 0.6 miles on Palm Drive and
  • turn right onto Museum Way parking area (Free Parking on Sunday).
  • Meet at the Rodin Sculpture Garden of The Cantor Museum

Carpool: Palo Alto 10:30, and Los Gatos 10 AM

Leader: Larry Stafford

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Sun Sept 1, Baylands San Antonio Rd, 1:30 PM - 1A

This is an after-lunch hike. A 3 hour walk, stopping to look at shore birds and wildlife, returning in time to pick up food for the potluck.

Directions:

  • From Hwy 101, take San Antonio Road North, to
  • Right on Terminal Blvd, and park there

Carpool: Los Gatos 12:30 AM, Woodside (New location) 1 PM, and Cupertino 1 PM

Leader: Bob Segalla

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Sun Sept 1, Alum Rock Park, 10:30 AM - 2B

10:30 AM 7.75 miles, 990 ft gain. Park Map

This is an easy 2B hike with a few strenuous slopes.

We will start from the entrance parking lot, and hike up to Woodland Trail, South Rim Trail which has spectacular views of the Santa Clara Valley, and down to the historical Hot Spring area where we will explore a recently re-opened trail, Mineral Springs Loop Trail. Then we will walk back through a part of South Rim Trail and Penitencia Creek Trail.

Rain Cancels.

Directions:

  • From Hwy 101, exit Julian/McKee Rd -- head East
  • From 680, exit McKee Rd -- head East
  • continue on McKee Rd towards hills
  • pass N Capitol Av and N White Rd
  • turn Left on Toyon Av
  • turn Right on Penitencia Creek Rd
  • continue till it dead ends at the main entrance parking lot.

Parking fees are $6.00 for regular and $2.00 for seniors but you have to pay at the entrance kiosk by cash and with your ID.

Carpool: Los Gatos 9:45, Palo Alto 9:30, East San Jose 10:00

Leader: Mieko Kawabata

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Sun Sept 1, POTLUCK at the home of Patricia Hughes

Potlucks are hosted in members' homes and are open to all Singleaires members. Nonmembers who attended a hike earlier in the day are welcome too. Hike leaders have further details and directions.

Saturday, Sep 7, Butano Trail Work

trail-workTreat yourself to a day in the redwoods. Learn new skills. Make new friends. Work at your own pace. Wear long sleeves, long pants, boots, and bring work gloves. Bring a lunch to eat on the trail. Please call at least one week in advance.

Leaders: Contact Gene Luna, Betsy Kogut or Ellen Hill

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Sun Sep 8, Los Trancos OSP, 1:30 PM - Mini Hike

Earthquake Trail, 1:30 pm, about 1.5 mi. 300 ft elevation gain. The Los Trancos Open Space Preserve is an ideal spot to learn about earth quake geology, its mechanisms and hazards.

The Preserve centers on the San Andreas Fault.

Restroom facilities and additional parking are available at the Monte Bello OSP across the road.

Directions:

  • The entrance is on Page Mill Road,
  • 7 miles west of Hwy 280 and 1.5 mi east of Skyline Blvd.

Carpool: Palo Alto 12:45 PM

Leader: Dieter and Suzanne Fellenz

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Sun Sept 8, Coal Mine Ridge, 11:30 - 1A

4+ miles in woodsy hills near Palo Alto/Menlo Park with 600 ft elev gain. No restrooms.

Bring water and snack/lunch.

Directions:

  • From Hwy 280, exit W on Alpine Rd
  • 3.3 mi to
  • Left at Indian Crossing (Portola Valley Ranch Sign)
  • to Corte Madera School parking lot

Carpool: Los Gatos 10:30 AM, and Palo Alto 11 AM

Leader: Larry Stafford

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Sun Sept 8, San Francisco Presidio to Stern Grove, 9:45 AM sharp - 2A

8 miles, 600 ft gain.

Meet near Stern Grove and take the Muni to the Presidio, Arguello Gate entrance. We then hike back to our cars while observing many scenic views and historical sites in Buena Vista Park, the geographical center of SF. We continue on to Twin Peaks.

Wear comfortable footwear for walking on concrete. Bring lunch, water, and layered clothing.

Bring exact bus fare: $0.75 for seniors or $2 for non-seniors.

Directions:

  • Take Hwy 280 to 19th Ave intersection but stay in right lane and
  • Go straight into Junipero Serra to
  • Left on Sloat Blvd
  • Cross 19th Ave
  • Left on 21st Ave
  • Park on street.
  • Note: These directions enable you to make legal turns in the Stern Grove area.

Carpool: Los Gatos 8:30 AM, and Palo Alto 8:35 AM

Leader: Jan Yelland

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Sun Sept 8, POTLUCK at the home of Shirley Iverson

Potlucks are hosted in members' homes and are open to all Singleaires members. Nonmembers who attended a hike earlier in the day are welcome too. Hike leaders have further details and directions.

Sun Sept 15, San Jose Villages, 12 Noon - 1A

Moderately paced group, something for all. We meet at the Villages, hike a few steep hills. Bring hiking sticks.

Great views, scenic lunch stop. The potluck will be at Helga Campbell's, near the hike.

Directions:

  • 101 South to Yerba Buena exit
  • Follow exit ramp to light on Yerba Buena
  • Left turn, pass under 101
  • proceed on Yerba Buena through five more lights
  • To right on San Felipe
  • Left at Villages traffic light
  • Pass through Security gate
  • Give security the sponsor name -- Joyce Slocum -- to be admitted
  • Proceed straight ahead to first stop sign
  • Make a U-turn and go back to parking lot at exit lane
  • Park in lot on right.

Carpool: Palo Alto 11 AM, and Los Gatos 11 AM

Leader: Dianna Klemmic

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Sun Sept 15, Fitzgerald Marine Preserve, 10:30 AM - 2A

About 6.5 miles total, mostly level, moderate pace.

After a brief look-see of the preserve, we'll hike along the bluff trail from Fitzgerald Marine Preserve to quaint Princeton-by-the-Sea. There will be a lunch option to either eat in one of the several small restaurants in Princeton, or to bring your own lunch.

We'll return with a short visit out to the end of Pillar Point Harbor, the location of the world-class surfers beach, Mavericks. Then back along the bluffs with spectacular views.

Any rain cancels.

Directions:

  • From 280, take Hwy-92/Half Moon Bay exit (exit 33 west)
  • Continue 8 miles into Half Moon Bay
  • In HMB, Right onto Hwy-1 (second light)
  • Proceed 7 miles north on Hwy 1 into Moss Beach
  • Left on California Ave in Moss Beach
  • Continue west a few blocks to the end of California Ave
  • Right at Lake Street
  • Parking lot is immediately on the right and is fairly limited.
  • Carpools are encouraged.

Carpool: Redwood City, 280 P&R 9:45 AM

Leader: Ginny Laibl

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Sun Sep 15, Monument Peak, 10 AM - 2B+

Sandy Wool Lake, Ed Levin Park, Milpitas. 8 miles, about 2000 ft. gain.

Mostly unshaded. We will begin at the Tularcitos trailhead located near the Ed Levin Dog Park. Difficulty: moderately strenuous.

Restrooms available at the start. Bring sunscreen, hat, shoes w/ good traction, and hiking poles if you use them. Bring lunch and/or snacks and a minimum of 2 Liters (2.5 qt.) of liquids.

Directions:

  • Take 237/Calaveras Blvd (East) toward the foothills of Milpitas
  • Turn left at Downing Rd
  • continue into the park -- entrance fee of $6.00
  • follow the signs to the Ed Levin Dog Park
  • Park in the Dog lot.
  • The Tularcitos trailhead is on the left.

Carpool: at Los Gatos 9 AM, Palo Alto 9 AM

Leader: Chuck Flores

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Sun Sept 15, POTLUCK at the home of Helga Campbell

Potlucks are hosted in members' homes and are open to all Singleaires members. Nonmembers who attended a hike earlier in the day are welcome too. Hike leaders have further details and directions.

Saturday, Sep 21, Coastal Cleanup, 9 AM to 12 Noon

We will join Sunnyvale in this effort. It will start at the end of Carl Rd near the Water Pollution Control Plant. Most equipment supplied but do bring your own garden gloves.

More information on the Singleaires Yahoo site as date nears. Pizza lunch as reward/incentive.

Leader: Caroline Houston

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Sun Sept 22, Corte de Madera OSP, 11 AM - Mini Hike

Mostly shaded.

Starting at gate CM01, to Fir trail, then Sierra Moreno trail, at gate CM04 we will cross Hwy. 35 to return on Skyline, Molder, Sierra Moreno, then Fir trails.

Meet at Skeggs Point, 11 AM. Should mushrooms be up, we will discuss generic characters. Weather may be cold. Hard Rain Cancels.

Directions:

  • From Hwy 280 going north
  • take Sand Hill Rd off ramp
  • proceed west 2.8 miles
  • Right onto Portola Rd (which zags Left at 0.2 mi)
  • continue 0.6 miles
  • take sharp Left onto Hwy 84
  • continue 3.6 mi to hilltop
  • Right onto Hwy 35
  • continue 4.0 mi to
  • Right into Skeggs Point parking lot.

Carpool: Palo Alto 10:20 AM

Leader: John Brown

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Sun Sept 22, Huddart County Park, 11:30 AM - 1A

We will hike over to the Toyon group camp area for lunch and then hike up the hill and loop back to Werder.

Directions:

  • From Hwy 280
  • take Hwy 84 through Woodside
  • Right on Kings Mtn Rd
  • continue 2 mi to park entranc.
  • Pay entrance fee of $6
  • follow signs to Zwierlein and Werder (second Right after Entrance Station)
  • Go past Zwierlein, all the way around past the playground area
  • To parking area just past the "Upper Werder" sign
  • Carpools Are Advised.

Carpool: Woodside (New location) 11:10 AM, Palo Alto , 10:45 AM, Los Gatos 10:15 AM

Leader: Steve Smith

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Sun Sept 22, The Basin Trail at Big Basin, 8:30 AM - 3C

Strenuous 12 miles and 2000 ft. Described by one guidebook as "one of the best all-day hikes in the Santa Cruz mountains, circling the rim of Big Basin's basin."

This loop hike includes Middle Ridge Fire Road and part of Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail. Highlights are a series of superb views over the basin and a particularly nice descent into a redwood-filled canyon.

Two liters of water minimum are required.

Rain cancels.

Directions:

  • Take Hwy 9 West from the City of Saratoga up 7 miles
  • cross Hwy 35 (Skyline Blvd)
  • continue 6 more miles on Hwy 9 at stop sign
  • go straight onto Hwy 236
  • continue 8 miles to park headquarters.
  • It is 40 minutes from Saratoga
  • Meet at Big Basin State Park HQ
  • Park entry $10 per car

Carpool: Palo Alto 7 AM, Los Gatos 7:15 AM

Leader: Dennis Gaushell

Saturday night Sept 21

For Sierra Club Singleaires (only) going on this hike, there is an optional car/tent camping on Saturday night Sept 21 at Big Basin State Park. Please reserve with Dennis by September 12 and he will provide camping details.

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Sun Sept 22, POTLUCK at the home of Judy and Rudy Pugh

Potlucks are hosted in members' homes and are open to all Singleaires members. Nonmembers who attended a hike earlier in the day are welcome too. Hike leaders have further details and directions.

Sun Sept 29, Sawyer Camp Trail, 1:30 PM - Mini Hike

This is a walk adjacent to Crystal Springs Reservoir. Path is paved and level, with a mixture of sunand shade. Bring water and snacks, and be prepared for cool foggy weather. Meet just inside gate entrance at Skyline & Crystal Springs.

Light rain OK. Heavy rain Cancels.

Directions:

  • From I-280 take Black Mountain Road/Hayne Road exit (Exit 36, not Bunker Hill Dr)
  • Go west, toward golf course
  • Turn left/south on Skyline Blvd for about 1.3 miles
  • Entrance is on the right near bridge construction
  • Meet just inside gate entrance at Skyline and Crystal Springs

Carpool: Woodside 12:45. Carpool highly recommended.

Leader: Suzanne Fellenz and Dieter Fellenz

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Sun Sept 29, Pulgas Ridge OSP, 1A , 12:30

A moderately hilly hike of about 4.5 mi. Good views, mostly wooded. May include Dusky Footed Woodrat Trail.

Late snack/lunch on trail. (Not a doggie hike.)

Directions:

  • I-280 to Edgewood Rd (Exit 29 East)
  • continue 0.7 mi to
  • First Left on Crestview Dr, then
  • Immediate left on Edmonds Rd
  • Parking in lot on right.

Carpool: Palo Alto 12 Noon

Leader: Caroline Houston

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Sun Sept 29, Top of Montara Mountain, 10 AM - 2B

7.3 miles, 1900 ft gain. Moderate pace, relatively steep. Rain cancels. Hike into and above the clouds on Historic Montara Mountain. At the top we will have 360 degree views of the entire bay area. Weather permitting, we should be able to view the San Andreas Lake and the Farallon Islands. Lunch at the summit. You will have a view of the ocean from beginning to end and the trail is open to the sky all the way. There may be a chilly wind, especially in the afternoon, so dress accordingly. We will meet at the Montara Beach parking lot and walk to the McNee Ranch Trailhead.

Directions:

  • From south:
  • Take I-280 north
  • Exit Hwy 92 West
  • continue 7.5 miles to Half Moon Bay
  • Turn Right on Hwy 1 (North)
  • continue on 7.9 miles, through Montara
  • to parking lot at the far (north) end of Montara Beach
  • Enter parking lot on the left, which is about 0.5 miles PAST the big La Costanera restaurant on the beach.
  • Alternate From north:
  • Enter Hwy 1 from Hwy 280 or Skyline Blvd
  • continue south (towards Half Moon Bay) about 7-8 mi
  • passing through the New Devils Slide tunnel
  • Upon exiting the tunnel continue 1.5 south miles to the Montara Beach parking lot on the right
  • Additional parking on the west side of Hwy 1 near the parking lot.

Carpool: Woodside (New location) 9:15 AM

Leader: John Hesse

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Sun Sept 29, POTLUCK at the home of Alma Fletcher

Potlucks are hosted in members' homes and are open to all Singleaires members. Nonmembers who attended a hike earlier in the day are welcome too. Hike leaders have further details and directions.

Do not park in front of Alma's house. Please bring required food/drink contribution. There are no businesses from which food/drink can be purchased near the potluck site.