The meeting location for this month's hike is a bit complex so please make sure to read this carefully and follow the directions both here and on the milage counts for GoogleMaps' "Get directions".
Also, starting this month I'm asking for a $1 donation per person for hike attendance to pay for my Meetup fees to keep the group going on here. I'll pass around a hat at the beginning of each hike and you can pay in cash. Thanks ahead of time!
The above address (49 Sky Oaks Rd) is for the toll entrance to the Watershed Park, and you will need to pay $8 per automobile (debit or credit card only) to enter the park via automobile. Sky Oaks Rd., which is the entrance to this park, will be seen on the left while coming from Fairfax on Bolinas Road, with a sign that says "Lake Lagunitas" at that intersection. Drive into the park about a minute or so and you will get to the above address, which is the toll entrance. Clicking on the above address on this page will connect you to the google map which you should use so that you reach the correct park. You can try to park out on Bolinas Road to avoid the $8 parking fee and then walk into the park, but the distance you'll have to walk to get to where we are meeting would take you 30 minutes or so.
However, this toll entrance address is not where we will be meeting. It is just the entrance to the park. Once you have paid, continue driving into the park on Sky Oaks Road for another minute or so until you get to Bon Tempe road on your right, which is a gravel road. Take a right on Bon Tempe Road and drive about a minute or two and park at the first parking lot you will see on your left. We will all meet here at the restrooms and lake area entrance. Here's a google map to the trailhead meeting location:
Use the above link to get directions from wherever you are coming from if it is easier than following my written directions above.
We'll hike up and over the damn and then the loop trails we'll take are the Bon Tempe Trail to the Stocking Trail to the Kent Trail down and back to the parking lot. Most of this is redwood forested, but there is some open hillside hiking as well, with some great views of both Alpine and Bon Tempe Lakes. For those that care, the loop is 5.2 miles.
We'll take the full time allotted, so if you need to be back at your car before 4:30, please plan to depart from the group early or consider another hike.
**PLEASE NOTE*** We/I have no idea if cells will work here, so please take the time to get directions (both what I wrote above and using "get directions" from google) and milage markers before you leave so that you can meet us at the designated place and time. We'll wait 10 to 15 minutes for everyone and then will begin the hike. Let me know if you have any questions.
Also, don't forget: The period of my paid membership as organizer of this group will end on February 24th. Rather than continuing to pay, I'm going to transfer the group over to Face book since it will be free to run the group there. I figure the group is large enough that it can continue to grow by word of mouth.
So if you are interested in continuing in the group and you haven't yet joined the FB group, please search for "Bay Area Gay Men's Hiking Meditation" group on FB or use the following URL and join the group! Here's the FB URL:
We will continue to use Meetup for the organizing of the February hike . But I wanted to do the switch over with a month overlap to avoid confusion. So again, MEETUP WILL BE THE ORGANIZING SITE FOR THE FEBRUARY HIKE, NOT FB. We won't actually use FB until the March hike.
Still amazed that so many guys are interested in this. Glad to have you all aboard and hope to see you on FB as well.
Let me know if anyone has any questions.