October Hikes 2013 --   September  November 

Note - Some Directions on this page are not yet fully complete/verified for a few hikes.

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 Oct 6, Ardenwood Historic Park, Active Farm in Fremont, Mini - 12:30 PM

All level walking surfaces and mostly paved paths.

Bring your lunch to eat first, at shaded picnic tables and then we'll meander through the farmyard & many shaded gardens. We'll try to catch the 2 p.m. docent led tour of the 16 room Victorian Patterson home (about 45 min). We'll visit the aviary, barnyard, blacksmith, and country kitchen w/baked goodies.

You can pickup a pumpkin for Halloween. Park fee $6 per person. Meet near entrance gate.


  • From Hwy-880 in Fremont, take the Decoto/Road/Dumbarton Bridge/Highway 84 West exit
  • proceed west on Hwy. 84 toward the Bridge
  • take the Ardenwood/Newark Blvd exit
  • turn right (north) onto Ardenwood Blvd
  • The park entrance is ahead, on the right

Carpool: Los Gatos 11:45 AM, Palo Alto 11:45 AM,

Leader: Lizette Kelleher

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Sun Oct 6, Purisima Creek Trail, South Entrance, 1A - 1 PM.

4.5 miles, 800 ft gain. We will hike from Skyline Blvd to the Dean Trail and then up steep hills from McGarvey Flat, but there will not be a snack break at the former picnic table at McGarvey Creek. It washed away in the December rains.

Meet at the SOUTH parking lot of Purisima Creek Preserve on Skyline Blvd.


  • From Hwy 92 take Hwy 35 south (Skyline Blvd)
  • conmtinue 6.2 miles to the parking lot on the right.
  • From Hwy 280 take Woodside Rd. (Hwy 84) west to
  • right on Kings Mountain Road.
  • Turn right (north) on Skyline Blvd. 0.5 mile to
  • SOUTH parking loparking lot, on the left.

Carpool: Woodside (New location) 12:40, Palo Alto 12:30, Los Gatos 12:15 PM

Leader: Alma Fletcher

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Sun Oct 6, San Pedro Valley, 2B - 10 AM

Hike San Pedro Valley County Park near Pacifica. Mostly unshaded.

Hike leader's choice to be revealed on day of hike, and may include hike to Montara Mt.


  • From Hwy 280 Take Hwy 92 west to Half Moon Bay
  • Right on Hwy 1 North (passing through the new tunnel) for 11.5 miles
  • Right on Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica
  • continue 1.9 miles
  • Right on Oddstad
  • Left into county park (entrance fee of $5).
  • Or park near entrance on Oddstad and no fee walk in.
  • Meet at Bathrooms on right after entrance.

Carpool: Palo Alto 9 AM, San Mateo - west side 9:15 AM

Leader: Mike Abeles

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Sun Oct 6, POTLUCK at the home of Anne Mayo

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.

Oct 7-9, Mon-Wed, Easy Backpack at Pt Reyes National Seashore

On Monday we hike on a short 1.7 mile, 300 ft gain, trail to a base camp at Sky Camp for 2 nights.

A medium or short day hike is planned for the next day. On Wednesday we hike out after breakfast.

Suggested for those who want to develop their backpack skills and/or prepare for the May 2014 Sunol Backpack. Bring your own food for the 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners and 2 lunches. Leader will bring camp stoves to make hot water.

Cost of the event is estimated as being between $5 to $10 each and will be assessed at the end of the event. Contact Leader, Larry Stafford to reserve.


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Leader: Larry Stafford

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Sat Oct 12, 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 bring work gloves. Bring a lunch to eat on the trail. Please call at least one week in advance.

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Sun Oct 13, Corte de Madera OSP, Mini - 11 AM

Mostly shaded. Starting at gate CM01, to Creek Trail, return on Tafoni Trail. Meet at Skeggs Point, 11 AM. Should mushrooms be up, we will discuss generic characters.

Weather may be cold. Hard Rain Cancels.


  • From Hwy 280 going north
  • take Sand Hill Rd off ramp
  • continue west 2.8 milez
  • 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
  • Right into Skeggs Point parking lot.

Carpool: Palo Alto 10:20 AM

Leader: John Brown

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Sun Oct 13, Arastradero Preserve, 1A+ 11 AM

5.5 miles, 600 ft gain. A hike with a few small hills, part in shade, part open meadow. Bring your lunch and water.

We will walk to the Arastradero Visitors Center for a restroom stop and water, then hike up to the big oak for lunch. The hike continues to Meadowlark Trail and loops back on Arastradero Creek Trail.


  • Everyone meet at the Palo Alto Park & Ride Carpool lot at intersection of Hwy 280 and Page Mill Road
  • We will walk to the Arastradero Visitors Center for a restroom stop and water
  • then hike up to the big oak for lunch.

Carpool: Palo Alto 11 AM, Los Gatos 10:15 AM

Leaders: Katharine Kleinke and Jim Fox

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Sun Oct 13, Chalk Mountain, 3C - 9:15 AM


  • The carpool location is changed to Woodside 280 P&R (NOT the Pioneer Hotel) at 8 AM sharp.
  • The driving Directions (below) are changed to avoid the severe Hyw 92/Pumpkin Festival traffic in Half Moon Bay.

This is a 13 mile hike.

Located just inside the western boundary of Big Basin State Park, "The Chalks" and Chalk Mountain overlook Ano Nuevo State Preserve, Franklin and Pigeon Points.

From Whitehouse Canyon Rd. we'll take our time ascending 4 miles/1,000 ft on the connecting trail to Chalk Mountain. Lots of challenging, strenuous elevation loss and gain.we'll take our time ascending 4 miles/1,000 ft on the connecting trail to Chalk Mountain. Lots of challenging, strenuous elevation loss and gain.

Then it's 9 miles downhill on the beautiful and seldom used Westridge Trail to Waddell Beach.

"Please be aware that this is a very strenuous 13 mile hike with lots of elevation, so you need to be a strong hiker to come along. Bring lots of water. Looking forward to a great hike." - Monica

"Please make sure you wear sturdy hiking boots. There are a lot of steep ups and downs with loose gravel and dry sand over slippery rocks. Hiking poles are strongly recommended! It's a long hike so you will also need to bring plenty of water, probably more than usual." - Mary

This hike has lots of varied, interesting terrain, and some beautiful views! It is well worth the effort.

It would be wise to carpool since it takes about one hour to Davenport. Meet at Waddell Beach for short carpool to trailhead.


  • From Palo Alto, go North on Hwy 280
  • West on Hwy 84 (Woodside Rd) to Hwy 1 
  • Go South on Hwy 1 about 19.4 miles to
  • Parking across from Waddell Beach, near Big Basin Park entrance.

Carpool: Woodside 280 8 AM, Los Gatos 8 AM

Leaders: Mary Facchetti and Monica Lodge

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Sun Oct 13, POTLUCK at the home of Jack Beebe

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 Oct 19, Excom Meeting, 12 Noon to 1:30 PM

At the home of Larry Stafford and Kit Kennedy. This meeting is open to all members but please reserve with Larry by Jan 18 (?)

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Sun Oct 20, Skyline Trail in Sanborn County Park, 1 PM - Mini

About 3 miles. A pleasant walk that's mostly level, but with some uneven rocky places, on a forest trail along Skyline Ridge.

This is an after lunch-time hike, but we will stop for a snack on the trail. Boots recommended.

Rain cancels.


  • West on Hwy 9 from Saratoga
  • continue 7 miles to Skyline Blvd (Hwy 35)
  • Left on Skyline
  • continue 2.7 miles on Skyline
  • Parking is on the Left in front of trail head.
  • If full, park on the Right in front of the entrance to Castle Rock Park.
  • Please Carpool.

Carpool: Palo Alto 12 Noon, Los Gatos 12:30 PM

Leaders: Bob and Nancy Nagel

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Sun Oct 20, Dry Creek, Garin Regional East Bay Park, 1A - 11:30 AM

Sun About 4 Miles, with small ups and downs through open grassy hills.

Rain Cancels--mud! Bring lunch, plenty of water and sun protection.


  • From West bay,
  • cross East on Dumbarton Bridge. (Return trip: $6 toll),
  • continue straight on Hwy 84
  • which becomes DeCoto Rd. at the Hwy 880 overpass.
  • Continue straight 3 miles to
  • Left on Mission Blvd.
  • At 1st signal, Right onto May Rd (left side is Whipple Rd),
  • to parking lot at end of road.
  • We'll convene there.
  • From south bay, go north on Hwy 880,
  • past Thornton Rd, to
  • DeCoto Rd exit Right.
  • Then follow directions above.

Carpool: Palo Alto ???? AM, San Jose E. San Jose 10:30 AM, Milpitas 10:45 AM

Leaders: Christine Potter and Bobbie Burri

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Sun Oct 20, Mt Diablo State Park, 2B - 11 AM

This loop trail to the summit of Mt Diablo uses Juniper and Summit trails. The trail is steep in places with loose shale.

Wear hiking boots and long pants. On a clear day it provides unrivaled views of the Bay Area, Central Valley & the Sierra Nevada.

Heavy rain cancels.

Directions (this might not be correct):

  • From Interstate 680 in Danville
  • take Diablo Rd/Danville exit #39
  • follow Diablo Rd 3 miles east to
  • Mt Diablo Scenic Blvd.
  • Turn left this soon becomes South Gate Rd
  • go 3.7 miles to the entrance station.
  • This is a fee area $9.00 day permit seniors.
  • Continue another 3.2 miles to Park Headquarters
  • turn right on Summit Rd.
  • Go 2.3 miles to Diablo Valley Overlook and a large parking lot at the entrance to Juniper Campground.
  • This takes about 1 hour from Fremont.

Carpool: Fremont Park & Ride by McDonald's North Mission Blvd exit and 680 Mission Rd meet at 9:30 AM

Leader: Mieko Kawabata

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Sun Oct 20, POTLUCK at the home of Judy Ogle

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 Oct 27, Los Gatos Creek Trail, Vasona Lake County Park, Mini - 1 PM

We'll have lunch first then hike on a level, easy paved trail in and around Vasona Lake. About 3 miles.


  • Going South on Hwy 17
  • exit Right on Los Gatos/Saratoga Rd (Hwy 9)
  • Turn Right onto University
  • Right onto Blossom Hill Rd
  • Left at the signal (2nd entrance), which is Vasona Lake County Park
  • $6 parking fee or use your senior pass, but go to carpool first to pay.
  • Meet at the end of the parking lot closest to the gatehouse (near restrooms)

Carpool: Los Gatos 12:45, Palo Alto 12:10, Milpitas 11:55 AM

Leader: Bob and Nancy Nagel

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Sun Oct 27, Los Gatos Creek Trail, Vasona to Camden, 2A - 11 AM

6 mi, mostly level.

Heavy rain cancels.


  • Hwy 17 South to Los Gatos/Saratoga Hwy 9 exit.
  • Right at University,
  • Right at Blossom Hill
  • Left into park entrance at signal
  • $6 fee or Senior pass, but go to carpool first to pay.
  • Meet at first lot on Left (near restroom)

Carpool: Los Gatos lot 10:45 AM. Lot is on Right just past University signal.

Leader: Caroline Houston

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Sun Oct 27, Priest Rock and Limekiln OSP, 2B - 10 AM

9.9 miles and 1980 ft. This is a hiking tour of the Los Gatos back country starting at Lexington Reservoir and ending at Lexington Reservoir. After a short .25 mi walk on the road we will go up the Lime Kiln trail, aka “Overgrown,” up to the “Woods” trail. Then continue back the same way until we get the chance to pop over to the Priest Rock trail.

We can explore two Creeks, one that is a trickle but never dries up.

Nice views, 70% canopy, critters, fauna and flora. This trail is steep in places and if you struggle on easy 2B's, you will want to avoid this one.


  • Meet at and leave from the Los Gatos Car Pool at 9:45.
  • Parking is limited at the Lexington trail head so we will use car pools to minimize parking at trail head.
  • If you want to meet us at the trail head, park near the Priest Rock trail head.
  • Contact leader for directions.

Carpool: Los Gatos 9:45 AM(leader attended), Palo Alto 9:20 AM

Leader: Jim Huffman

Trailhead GPS: 37.200225,-121.980212

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Sun Oct 27, 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.

Monday - Thursday, Oct 28 - 31, Alpine Lodge, Panoramic Drive, Mt. Tamalpais

Reservations Required. Limited to 26 people on frst come-first served basis.

Enjoy a few days of exploring Mt. Tam's trails and staying at the rustic Bavarian-style private Chalet. The setting is pristine, surrounded by redwoods and other beautiful evergreen trees. We are surrounded by trails, and our hostess Jennie has offered to lead some hikes. The lodge offers a large family room, fireplace, indoor dining area and a huge deck -- all that's perfect for our Happy Hour and dining. It's ideal for relaxing conversations, playing games and/or reading.

Thanks to Jennie Bruyn for making this event possible. Jennie, a Member of the Alpine Lodge and an expert trail leader, has offered to be our gracious hostess and one of our hike leaders. On the first night Jennie will sponsor a complimentary wine reception and Rita will provide appetizers.

We offer commissary breakfast and dinner. You will be responsible for your own lunches, beverages and for Happy Hour snacks to be shared. The kitchen is large and well equipped. We will have a couple of refrigerators and lots of storage places. We'll divide into groups who will prepare breakfasts and dinners. Commissary leaders are Helga Campbell, Rita Hayden, Dianna Klemmick, Monica Lodge, Irene Miller and Larry Stafford.

Sleeping quarters are either double, quadruple, or dormitory style rooms (a beautiful solarium sleeps six), or cabins. Bring your own bedding and towels. Blankets and pillows are available at no cost.

We'll be there for 3 nights. The cost for lodging plus food (3 breakfasts and 3 dinners) is $143, non-refundable. Should you have to drop out please try to find a friend to take your place. If you want to join for just a couple of days we can work that out too.

To Reserve: Call or e-mail Larry Stafford. Send your check to him, payable to "Sierra Singleaires" before Oct. 15, 2013. Final details and maps will be sent then. For further information call or email the leader, Rita Hayden.

Leader: Rita Hayden

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