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.

August Hikes 2013 --   July,  September,  October


  • Jul 29-Aug 4 - Canadian Rockies Nat Parks
  • Sun  Aug  4 - Mini Hike, Sanborn Skyline - Suzanne Fellenz
  • Sun  Aug  4 - 1A Skyline Huddart to Teague - John Brown
  • Sun  Aug  4 - 3C Portola SP Peters Creek - Jim Huffman
  • Sun  Aug  4  - POTLUCK at the home of Jim Huffman
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  • Sat  Aug  10  - Butano Trail Work
  • Sun  Aug  11 - 1A Teague Hill - Larry Stafford
  • Sun  Aug  11  - 2B Wunderlich - Jason Spiller
  • Sun  Aug  11 - POTLUCK at the home of Irene Miller
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  • Sun  Aug  18 - Mini Hike, Corte de Madera OSP - John Brown
  • Sun  Aug  18  - 1A Fall Creek - Dieter and Suzanne Fellenz
  • Sun  Aug  18  - 2B Castle Rock State Park, Change - Jan Yelland
  • Sun  Aug  18 - POTLUCK at the home of Vijay Kumar
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  • Aug 18 - 25  - Mule Pack  Dinkey Lakes - Beverly Politzer and Steve Smith
  • Sun  Aug  25 - 1A Golden Gate Park - Caroline Houston
  • Sun  Aug  25  - 2B Pescadero Creek Co Park - Steve Conaway and Barbara Dahl
  • Sun  Aug  25  - POTLUCK at the home of Monica Lodge

See Hike Leaders for their 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.

CANADIAN ROCKIES NATIONAL PARKS, July 29 to August 4, 2013

Sponsored by the Sierra Club Angeles and Loma Prieta Chapters.

Join us for a spectacular trip in the Canadian Rockies, visiting 3 National Parks. Known for their beautiful glacial lakes, glacially carved mountains, and large glaciers. We will visit Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks. Jasper and Banff National Parks are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Most of our accommodations are 2 or 3 Diamond AAA rated sites. This trip is jointly sponsored and led by the Loma Prieta and Angeles Chapters.

Our bus tour includes easy hikes and sightseeing stops from our bus, to: Columbia Icefield and the Athabasca Glacier Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Emerald Lake and a more than a dozen other beautiful lakes Sunwapta Falls, Athabasca Falls, Takakkaw Falls, Johnson Canyon Falls and many more. Tramway Ride and Dinner a top The Whistlers Mountain overlooking Jasper. Canadian Wildlife such as moose, elk, big horn sheep, bears, and many other animals. Beautiful views of many mountains, lakes, and ecosystems.

Cost includes park, admission fees, excursion fares, Canada bus transportation, 6 nights motels in Banff and Jasper, bus refreshments, most lunches and a couple of dinners, and more.

Group Airfare will be available. Airfare is extra. Prices: $1,895 per person, double occupancy, $100 Non-member Sierra Club Fee.

email questions to lptrips@yahoo.com.

View Gary Bailey’s July 2012 photos.

The Loma Prieta leaders are Sharrie and Gary Bailey.

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Sun. Aug. 4, Sanborn Skyline, Mini Hike, 10:30 am CHANGE

A leisurely walk through coastal redwoods, including the nature trail.  Hopefully we’ll see some newts.  Bring water and snacks, boots recommended, dress for variable weather.  Light rain OK. 

Directions:

  • From Saratoga take Hwy 9 west about 2 miles to
  • Left on Sanborn Rd(just past Saratoga Springs Resort sign)
  • Then 1 mile to Sanborn-Skyline County Park on Right. 

Parking $6, or use County Senior Sticker. Take immediate R to lower parking lot, near Peterson Grove.

Carpool: No-host at Cupertino at 9:45.

Leader: Suzanne Fellenz  Co-leader: Dieter Fellenz.

Trailhead GPS: 15555 Sanborn Rd, Saratoga, CA, 37.239246,-122.069464

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Sun Aug 4, Skyline Trail from Huddart to Teague Hill, 11:00 AM - 1A

Mostly shaded. Trail route will be Skyline Trail to Teague Hill, return on Skyline Trail. Meet at Purisima Redwoods Parking Lot on Hwy 35 at 11:00 AM. Should mushrooms be up, we will discuss generic characters. Weather may be cold. Heavy Rain Cancels.

Directions: 30 minutes travel time from Palo Alto Park n Ride.

  • From Hwy 280 going north
  • take Sand Hill Rd off ramp
  • go west 2.8 mi to Right onto Portola Rd
  • in 0.8 mi take a sharp Left onto Hwy 84
  • then 3.6 mi to top of hill and Right onto Hwy 35
  • Go 6.2 mi to Left into Purisima Redwoods parking lot.

Carpools: Palo Alto 10:30 AM.

Leaders: John Brown.

Trailhead GPS: 14300 Skyline Blvd, Redwood City, 37.430224,-122.313453

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Sun Aug 4, Peter's Creek, 9:00 AM 12 miles, 2100' - 3C

Hike to Peters Creek starting at Portola State Park straight up and back on same trail. Some challenging elevation changes. Lots of canopy. Moderate to faster pace hike.

Bring lunch and lots of water, 32oz recommended. There is one bathroom (no TP) about 2.5 miles in at the walk in camp site. Lunch will be on Peter's Creek.

Hike leaves on time at 9. Any rain cancels.

Directions: Portola Park map

  • From Saratoga, go up hwy 9 to R on Skyline Blvd
  • then L on Alpine
  • From Woodside, go West up Hwy 84
  • then L on Skyline Blvd, R on Alpine
  • After Alpine go 3.5 miles to L on Portola Park Rd
  • Meet at Portola SP in first parking lot on left.

Carpools: Los Gatos 8:00 AM (Leader attended), Woodside (new location) Pioneer Hotel 8:00 AM.

Leader: Jim Huffman

Trailhead GPS: 37.252382,-122.217883

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Sun Aug 4, POTLUCK at the home of Jim Huffman

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.

Sat Aug 10, Butano Trail Work

Treat 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 work gloves and bring a lunch to eat on the trail. Please call one week in advance.

Call Gene Luna, Betsy Kogut or Ellen Hill

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Sun Aug 11, Teague Hill OSP, 11:00AM - 1A

A 3 to 5 mile hike (route is dependent on trail conditions) through shady forest with 300 to 900 ft. elev gain. Lunch about 1 PM. We may be back early if we use the shortest route. Trail is not maintained, is steep in places, with some brush, and has NO trail signs so follow leaders. Hiking sticks are very helpful. You need boots, long sleeves and long pants. Meet at parking lot near the tennis courts at the Woodside School at 3215 Woodside Rd. to carpool to trailhead.

Directions: Teague Hill Park Map

  • From Hwy 280 take Woodside Rd. (Hwy 84)
  • West to parking lot on left (about 1/4 mile from Roberts Store).

Carpools: Palo Alto 10:30 AM.

Leaders: Larry Stafford

Trailhead GPS: 3215 Woodside Rd, Woodside, CA. 37.427879,-122.259814

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Sun Aug 11, Wunderlich County Park , 10:00 AM - 2B+

About 11 mi with gradual 1400' elevation gain through mostly wooded areas. We will have short rest stops and lunch at the crossroads. Ascend on the Bear Gulch trail and return down on the Alambique trail. Bring boots, lunch and plenty of liquid. Parking limited. Light Rain OK, Heavy Rain Cancels.

Directions: Wunderlich County Park Map

  • Hwy 280 to Redwood City Woodside Rd exit
  • W on Woodside Rd (Hwy 84) through Woodside
  • Wunderlich will be on your R in the 40 mph zone after you leave town. If you come to fork with Portola Rd you've gone too far.

Carpools: Los Gatos 9:15, Palo Alto 9:30, Woodside (new location) 9:40.

Leader: Jason Spiller

Trailhead GPS: 3901 Woodside Rd. Woodside, 37.412479,-122.261708

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Sun Aug 11, POTLUCK at the home of Irene Miller

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 Aug 18, Corte de Madera OSP 11:00 AM - Mini Hike

Mostly shaded. Trail route will be from gate CM01, to Creek Trail, return on Tafoni. Meet at Skeggs Point at 11:00 AM. Should mushrooms be up, we will discuss generic characters. Weather may be cold. Heavy Rain Cancels.

Directions: 30 minute travel time from Carpool. Corte de Madera Map

  • From Hwy 280 going north, take Sand Hill Rd off ramp
  • go west 2.8 mi to Right onto Portola Rd
  • in 0.8 mi take a sharp Left onto Hwy 84
  • then 3.6 mi to top of hill and Right onto Hwy 35
  • 4.0 ml to Right into Skeggs Point parking lot.

Carpools: Palo Alto 10:30 AM.

Leader: John Brown

Trailhead GPS: 37.410952,-122.30602

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Sun Aug 18, Lower Fall Creek Park, 10:30 AM - 1A

Meet at Trail Head Parking Lot. The trail is forested with second- growth Redwood, Bay, and Fir trees. Approx 5 ½ mi., Follow Fall Creek Trail, continue on South Fork, visit the Lime Kiln area. Continue over Cape Horn-, and North Fork trails for Lunch and Visit at Barrel Mill. Return over North Fork-, and Bennett Trails, with an optional excursion over S-Cape-, and Ridge Trails. Bring boots, water and lunch.

Directions: Fall Creek Map

  • Take Hwy 17 South to right on Mt. Hermon Rd, (2nd exit in Scotts Valley)
  • Follow Mt Herman Rd until it ends in Graham Hill Rd
  • Turn right on Graham Rd
  • Cross Hwy 9 at Felton (where Graham becomes Felton Empire Rd)
  • Continue about. 0.7 mi. to turn into the poorly marked Trail Head Parking Lot on the right.

Carpools: Palo Alto 8:45 AM, Los Gatos 9:15 AM - changed

Leaders: Dieter Fellenz and Suzanne Lowd Fellenz.

Trailhead GPS: 800 Felton Empire Rd. 37.049149,-122.083749

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Sun Aug 18, Castle Rock State Park, 10:45 AM - 2B, Change

6.6 miles, 1300 ft gain. Interesting rock formations, largest black oaks in Santa Cruz Mountains. Interpretive area, great views. Moderate hike. Short sections of trail rocky and rough.

Trail on sheer cliffs and narrow at some points. Boots advisable.

Directions:

  • From Saratoga (Big Basin Way)
  • go 7 miles west on Highway 9,
  • go left on Skyline Blvd (Hwy 35) 3 miles to Castle Rock
  • Park past the Castle Rock entrance on road shoulder or at Park entrance lot (fee).

Carpools: Palo Alto 9:30, Los Gatos 10:00

Leader: Jan Yelland. Co-leader: Christine Farrell

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Sun Aug 18, POTLUCK at the home of Vijay Kumar

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.

Aug 18 to Aug 25, Sun to Sun Mule Pack Trip - Dinkey Lakes Wilderness

The 2013 mule pack will explore the Dinkey Lakes area. Current weather

Overnight on Sunday Aug 18 at Clyde Pack Outfitters, elev 8100 ft, or at the Trapper Springs Forest Service Camp, elev 8300 ft, the night before we go in.

Update: The bunkhouses where we are going to meet are at the Headquarters on McKinley Grove Road, just after the turn to Courtright Reservoir. The gates will be open after 6 PM. See this map and the Trailhead GPS  for an approximate location.

Located northeast of Fresno, we hike from Courtright Reservoir to Rock Lake (9,600 ft), 6.5 miles, 9,930 ft pass, 1,800 ft elevation gain.

Some people may want to go a day or two early to acclimatize. We will leave our gear for the mules to carry in and start hiking in at about 7:00 AM on Monday morning Aug 19. We'll have a central hot water commissary.

On Saturday afternoon, August 24, we will leave our gear for the mules to pick up and start hiking out at 12 Noon. Spend Saturday overnight at a motel in Clovis  before heading home on Sunday.

Limit 45 pounds per person, tentative cost is $300. Final cost to be determined after packer contract is done. The Sunday and Saturday accommodations are on your own.

Currently the trip is full, but to be placed on a waiting list send $100 check made out to Sierra Singleaires to Beverly Politzer. Following cancellations fees apply: less than 60 days before trip start, entire deposit of $100; 60-90 days, 50% of deposit; more than 90 days, entire deposit refunded.

Leaders: Beverly Politzer and Steve Smith.

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Sun Aug 25, Golden Gate Park 1A/2A, 11:00 AM - 2A

Meet at Dutch Windmill. 1A Meet at Spreckles Lake. We will walk on Kennedy Dr to Stowe Lake for lunch (fast food available). Walk around Strawberry Hill (within Stowe Lake) then back to Spreckles Lake or Dutch Windmill.

Directions:

  • Hwy I280, Pacifica exit to Hwy 35 (Skyline)
  • Follow Skyline to LEFT on Sloat Blvd
  • RIGHT on (Upper) Great Hwy
  • RIGHT on John F Kennedy Dr (just past Beach Chalet)
  • Dutch Windmill is on left
  • Drive 1 mile further on Kennedy Drive to Spreckles Lake.

Dinner options: Pacific Fresh (Geary and 34th), Beach Chalet, or not.

Carpools: Palo Alto 9:45.

Leaders: Caroline Houston, coleader Sheila Castagnetto

Trailhead GPS: Spreckles Dr near the lake. 37.770216,-122.493912

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Sun Aug 25, Pescadero Creek County Park, 11:00 AM - 2B

This is a fabulous 7 mile loop (1400 foot climb) which combines trails from Pescadero and Portola parks and showcases the slightly different characters of the two parks. The route is entirely wooded and shaded so it’s perfect for a hot summer day. We’ll start at the Tarwater Trailhead. Parking is adequate and free. RAIN CANCELS.

Directions: Pescadero Creek Park Map

  • From Saratoga, go up Hwy 9 and turn right on Skyline Blvd
  • Left on Alpine
  • From Woodside, go up hwy 84 to left on Skyline Blvd
  • Left on Alpine
  • On Alpine, go West on narrow, twisty Alpine Road about 3.8 miles
  • Go past the turnoff to Portola State Park
  • Keep right on Alpine and at the next intersection turn LEFT onto Camp Pomponio Rd (You may also see signs for men's correctional facility)
  • The Tarwater Trail head parking will be about 1.0 mile on the left at the dead end gate

Carpools: Woodside (New location) 10 AM, E. San Jose 9:15 AM, Los Gatos 9:45 AM, Palo Alto 10 AM

Leaders: Steve Conaway and Barbara Dahl.

Trailhead GPS: 37.270996,-122.233901

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Sun Aug  25,  POTLUCK at the home of Monica Lodge

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.