Summer Solstice Long Ridge Open Space Preserve Hiking Meditation

  • June 21, 2014 · 12:30 PM
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Long Ridge Open Space Preserve is in the South Bay, near Los Gatos. We'll meet at the Hickory Oaks Trailhead at Skyline Blvd. Don't use the Meetup map.  Instead use this Google map:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Skyline+Blvd+%26+Hickory+Oaks+Trail/@37.2693458,-122.1413326,19z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x808fb2ef42e11e17:0xa6f2fcda1d8299

There's plenty of parking along the road there usually. From here we'll hike east on Hickory Oaks Trail, taking that to the Ward Road Trail.  This eventually turns into the Slate Creek Trail once we enter the Redwood Forest.  We'll hike a bit in the redwoods and then take a break there on the fire road.  Then we'll return via the same route we took in, back to the trailhead and our cars, so this is not a loop trail. We'll also probably take a break on the way back since it is almost entirely uphill for the return.

This is a beautiful but arduous hike. It's only 4 miles in total, but the first half is all downhill and the 2nd is all uphill, so be prepared for a work out. Three fifths of the hike is in grasslands and scrublands, so bring sunscreen.

We'll for sure 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. 

Look forward to seeing you guys there!

**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. Using google maps while on route results in some wonky, incorrect directions due to the sketchy reception for portable devices in these remote areas.  So again, it is best to get directions BEFORE you leave, at a place that has good internet access (such as a computer).  We'll wait 10 to 15 minutes for everyone and then will begin the hike. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  • Carlos B.

    Sorry I was not able to make it again, looking forward to the next one. Hope you enjoyed the hike !

    June 21

  • Keyes L.

    I can probably pick folks up at the train station in Santa Clara to get them to Hickory Oaks Trailhead at Skyline Blvd. I have a Honda CRV. So I can take three others with gear easily.

    June 10

    • Keyes L.

      Since no one has contacted me I will not be going to the train station in Santa Clara.

      June 21

  • jeff f.

    John,
    I am also coming from North Berkeley and would like to carpool.
    Jeff F.

    June 19

    • John K.

      i going to the east bay mens hike that day

      June 19

  • Stuart H.

    Sorry to miss this hike and seeing you all. I have a Garden Conservancy event in SF on this day. Enjoy your hike and see you all in July...

    June 17

  • Andy B.

    Hello, I live in SF and don't have a car. Is anyone from the city planning on going? Would be great to carpool (I'd chip in for gas of course!)

    June 6

    • Baruch

      Probably meet at Balboa BART at 11:15. It takes 1 hr or 1 hr 15 minutes to drive there. Another guy Carlos is meeting me at Balboa BART same time also. [masked]

      1 · June 15

    • Andy B.

      Sounds good, I will text you later this week!

      June 17

  • Baruch

    I live in SF. Can drive & prefer to drive with others.

    June 15

    • Carlos B.

      Great! I can go to Balboa Bart station and meet you there. At what time and your phone #? Thanks!

      June 15

    • Baruch

      I guess it takes about an 1 hr or 1 hr and 15 minutes. Be at Balboa BART at 11:15. [masked]-9990. What's your cell?

      June 15

  • John K.

    Andy, I'm sure you will get a better offer but if all else fails you can take BART to North Berkeley and I can give you a ride.

    1 · June 6

  • steve i.

    how far from sf?

    June 6

    • Tim J G

      Welcome Steve, I'm going to leave it to you to use google maps to determine how far the hike is from where you are. That way you can also determine directions to the location. Hope that helps.

      June 6

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it will be house setting that weekend.

    May 25

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