Portola Redwoods State Park Hike

  • January 25, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Hello All,

Portola Redwoods State Park contains a lovely natural basin with Douglas fir and oaks cloaking ridges while redwoods, accompanied by huckleberry and ferns, cluster at lower elevations in the canyon. This park preserves some majestic original growth giant coast redwoods interspersed among the second growth redwoods inhabiting the lovely canyons carved by several small creeks.

With a hike length of 9 miles and 1600 feet of elevation gain, our hike will be at our usual intermediate level. Please consider your physical condition and make sure you are able to handle an intermediate-level hike. *More details are listed below.*

SUMMARY OF KEY TIMES and LOCATIONS (details below):

8:30 AM at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 S. California Ave., Palo Alto: PALO ALTO CARPOOL POINT.

9:00 AM: Woodside Elementary School, 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA 94062: * PENINSULA CARPOOL POINT*.

10:00 AM: Portola Redwoods State Park. *STARTING POINT OF HIKE*

3:30 PM: Back at starting point of hike: ESTIMATED FINISH TIME


PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CARPOOL IN FULL CARS to minimize the impact of our large group on the parking lot at our destination and to reduce our carbon footprint. PARKING AT THIS PARK IS LOWER THAN USUAL SO CARPOOLING IN FULL CARS IS ESSENTIAL. Going to the designated carpool points in Palo Alto or Woodside is an easy and quick way to get into a carpool. No prearrangement of carpools needed. BEFORE SEEKING CARPOOLS FROM OTHER LOCATIONS, PLEASE SEE DETAILED COMMENTS ABOUT CARPOOLING BELOW.

RAIN CANCELS.... If the weather forecast looks uncertain for the time of the hike, I will send out an e-mail and leave an outgoing message on my cell phone (# listed below) with the latest hike status information posted by 9 PM on the night before the hike.

* FURTHER DETAILS POSTED BELOW*

I hope you can join us....

Your Organizer,

Julio M.

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Portola Redwoods State Park Hike, Jan. 25, 2014 - Sat

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DESTINATION: Portola Redwoods State Park (near La Honda)

DATE: January 25, 2014 (Saturday)

TOTAL LENGTH OF HIKE: 9 miles

TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 1600 feet

Further information about Portola Redwoods State Park at URL:  http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=53

DRIVING DISTANCE/ TIME FROM PALO ALTO: 30 miles / 1 hour approx. each way

COST: Mileage + Park Entrance Fee ($24 from Palo Alto or $16 from Woodside + $10 per car to be split by everyone in the car).  NOTE: The hike organizer will ask for a voluntary donation (suggested amount 5 dollars) at the end of the hike to help support the Meetup group.

ORGANIZER: Julio M.(contact info below)

RAIN CANCELS.... If the weather forecast looks uncertain for the time of the hike, I will send out an e-mail and leave an outgoing message on my cell phone (# listed below) with the latest hike status information posted by 9 PM on the night before the hike.

RSVP REQUESTED

CARPOOLING:

1. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CARPOOL IN FULL CARS to minimize the impact of our large group on the parking lot at our destination and to reduce our carbon footprint. PARKING AT THIS PARK IS LOWER THAN USUAL SO CARPOOLING IS ESSENTIAL.

2. As usual, CARPOOLS DEPARTING FROM THE DESIGNATED CARPOOL POINTS ARE NOT GENERALLY PREARRANGED and are formed at the carpool location on the morning of the hike. So you can just show up and take it from there! This has worked fine every time. See the official carpool point meeting location(s) and time(s) below.

3. If you prefer to pre-arrange a carpool from areas not near the designated carpool point(s), PLEASE *KEEP POSTINGS TO THE WHOLE MEETUP GROUP TO A MINIMUM*. Such postings lead to too much e-mail traffic on the list, and we have had lots of complaints. INSTEAD, PLEASE POST ONCE TO INDICATE IF YOU NEED A RIDE, CAN OFFER A RIDE, OR BOTH AND FROM WHAT CITY (FOR EXAMPLE: “CAN RIDE OR DRIVE, MENLO PARK”). Then contact drivers or riders directly through the person’s profile or otherwise. Thanks!


MEETING TIMES & LOCATIONS:

8:30 AM at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 S. California Ave., Palo Alto (meet at Calif. Ave. entrance to parking lot): PALO ALTO CARPOOL POINT.          Google Map of location:  http://g.co/maps/wq6yv     NOTE: Organizer will be at this carpool point

9:00 AM at the Woodside Elementary School, 3195 Woodside Road Woodside, CA 94062 (meet at end of parking lot near tennis courts): PENINSULA CARPOOL POINT.   Google Map of location: http://goo.gl/maps/vJLIF     NOTE: Organizer will make sure the carpool he is in stops at this  carpool point to help organize the carpools.

10:00 AM at Portola Redwoods State Park, 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda, CA (address of entrance). Meet in front of Visitors Center.  * HIKE STARTING POINT*

ESTIMATED FINISH TIME: 3:30 PM (back at hike starting point)


BRING: sunscreen, lunch, hiking boots, plenty of water, coat (in case it is windy and foggy), all the usual stuff.


ROUTE DESCRIPTION:

Portola Redwoods State Park contains a lovely natural basin with Douglas fir and oaks cloaking ridges while redwoods, accompanied by huckleberry and ferns, cluster at lower elevations in the canyon. This park preserves some majestic original growth giant coast redwoods interspersed among the second growth redwoods inhabiting the lovely canyons carved by several small creeks.

Our route will begin near the Visitors Center as well as we head out on the Tiptoe Falls Trail for a look at this waterfall. We will then proceed along the Iverson Trail and its look at some of the natural history of this area. The Coyote Ridge Trail will then take us to Slate Creek Trail and out to the Slate Creek Trail Camp. Partially retracing our steps along the Slate Creek Trail, we will then explore the Old Tree Trail and then return to our starting point.

DIRECTIONS from Palo Alto to Portola Redwoods State Park

Google Map showing route: http://goo.gl/maps/4AUuc

1. Head southwest on S California Ave toward Park Blvd

2. Take the 1st left onto Park Blvd (go 0.2 mi)

3. Turn right onto Sheridan Ave (go 446 ft)

4. Take the 1st left onto Birch St

5. Continue onto Oregon Expy/Page Mill Rd (go 2.7 mi)

6. Take the ramp onto I-280 N (go 5.3 mi)

7. Take the Woodside Rd exit (go 0.3 mi)

8. Turn left onto Woodside Rd (go 3.2 mi)

9. Slight right onto CA-84 W/La Honda Rd (go 3.4 mi)

10. Sharp left onto CA-35/Skyline Blvd (go 7.2 mi)

11. Turn right onto Alpine Rd (go 3.5 mi)

12. Continue onto Portola State Park Rd (go 3.6 mi)

Destination will be on the left

FOR THOSE WITH GPS the following street address can be used to get to the park entrance: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda, CA 94020‎ OR if you can input coordinates: Latitude:[masked], Longitude: [masked]

MEETING POINT: Beside the Visitors Center

Trip "leader":

Julio M.

jamzemail (at) gmail (dot) com

On the day of the hike only: 650(dash)906(dash)2594

Find out about coming hikes at my meetup.com group:

http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Outings/


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  • Mahnaz D.

    It was as usual great. Thank you Julio for organizing it and thank you Sammy for the photos you posted.

    January 26, 2014

  • Bruce

    Had a great time with a fun group!

    January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone.. I had a great experience with you..

    January 25, 2014

  • Frank

    Everyone was great, and so was the hike; as usual!

    January 25, 2014

  • John C

    great hike !

    January 25, 2014

  • Edith

    Great experience; love to join more often

    January 25, 2014

  • Mark

    Where is everyone meeting in the oaks shopping center? I am out in front of Togos

    January 25, 2014

  • Prashanth G.

    Is there anyone looking to car pool in Palo Alto , we are running late

    January 25, 2014

  • alma

    Any carpool from Dublin/Pleasanton area thanks.

    January 21, 2014

    • Chloe

      Hi Ken, can I possibly get a ride from you as well?

      January 25, 2014

    • ken

      Hi Chloe , I am not coming back tonight, but if you need a ride out let me know, I am leaving discovery bay at 7

      January 25, 2014

  • Vinay K.

    Seems like lots of fun ... i m interested in hiking though its far from Tracy. I 'll be more than happy to carpool with new friends.
    Lets go

    January 19, 2014

    • Pari

      Hey Vinay, are you still up for the meetup and if so, is there place for 2?

      January 24, 2014

    • Chloe

      I'm coming from Stockton and need a ride from Dublin

      January 25, 2014

  • Chloe

    Can I kindly get a ride from some coming from Dublin or Livermore? I can meet anywhere from there.

    January 25, 2014

  • Peter

    Anyone driving from San Jose/Cupertino area up for carpooling?

    January 5, 2014

    • dennis

      Hi Karenc and all,
      Sorry, it turns out that I have a family errand to run tomorrow, so I can't join you guys... perhaps next time. Have fun you guys!

      January 24, 2014

    • Nick C

      me too will meet you there at 8:50.

      January 25, 2014

  • clyde

    Carpooling from Cupertino (near Wolf/280). I'll meet folks at 9:00 am at the parking lot NEXT to Alexander's 10330 N Wolfe Rd Cupertino, CA 95014 to carpool. You can park at JC Pennys or in empty parking lot. We will be meeting at THE EMPTY LOT at 9:00 am. Text me your name and a message if you're interested in coming. We have 1 spot left. [masked]

    January 25, 2014

  • Vivian

    Anyone driving from Tri-city? Would like to carpool from Newark.

    January 19, 2014

    • Pari

      Hi Vivian, would you be able to accommodate two people, we are from fremont

      January 24, 2014

    • Vivian

      I'm going to take the ride with Shimei Cridlig. I'm not offering a ride.

      January 24, 2014

  • heidi

    Hi, after you get to the Latitude:[masked], Longitude: [masked] which takes you to a road per the above, do you just follow the road far to the park as I have not been to this park before. The park looks so beautiful and serene. Thanks, Heidi

    January 24, 2014

  • Sadie

    Hi- Anyone driving from the South Bay and have room for two? I live right off HWY 85 and Camden. Thank you!

    January 20, 2014

    • Sadie

      Thank you, Eric. Okay, I will be at 21275 Stevens Creek Blvd. to join the carpool.

      January 24, 2014

    • Eric E

      Scratch that. It looks like I'm going to carpooling with Minesh directly from Santa Clara. (The multi carpool from BlueLight Cinemas is still going on but I won't be among them)

      January 24, 2014

  • Shirley

    anyone carpooling from sf?

    January 15, 2014

    • Frank

      I'm coming from Belmont, so I can meet at the Belmont P&R, or the Edgewood P&R as well, both just off Hwy. 280; or anyone else?

      January 24, 2014

    • Salah M.

      Frank, I'll probably head straight to Woodside Elementary. See you tomorrow!

      January 24, 2014

  • Jenny

    sorry to miss this great event. I have to run some important errand. will join in next time.

    January 24, 2014

  • Bruce

    Anyone around South San Jose (Evergreen area or 101/Bernal) would like to meet to carpool? I can drive or share a ride with you.

    January 24, 2014

  • Shyam B.

    Hi if anyone needs a ride from the Berkeley/ Emeryville area let me know.

    January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone driving from Sunnyvale ?

    January 24, 2014

    • Saung L.

      I'm going from Sunnyvale. Anyone else want a lift?

      January 24, 2014

  • Jeff

    Anyone looking to carpool from around Los Gatos?

    January 22, 2014

    • Jeff

      Okay, thanks. I had no idea that there was a theater there...

      January 24, 2014

    • Jeff

      Thanks, Karen. Will meet you all at Bluelight tomorrow.

      January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    i'll be driving from the city tomorrow in case anyone needs carpooling (leaving from Pine St and Hyde St)

    January 24, 2014

  • Pari

    Hi all. I am new to US ..just 2 weeks, so still trying to know places. Is anyone driving from Fremont and up for a carpool?

    January 10, 2014

    • Vinay K.

      Hello Pari, First of all welcome to US ... if interested lemme know

      January 19, 2014

    • Pari

      Thank you, and yes still in for it. Need for 2 people, will there be space? pls let me knw

      January 23, 2014

  • clyde

    I love this part, Julio "RAIN CANCELS."

    1 · January 21, 2014

    • Jeff

      We can only hope ...

      January 22, 2014

  • Frank

    Anyone who wants to meet at this listed above:
    9:00 AM at the Woodside Elementary School, 3195 Woodside Road Woodside, - OR - the Woodside Park & Ride, (280 & Hwy. 84 -Woodside Rd.) contact me directly. I'm coming from Belmont, so I can meet at the Belmont P&R, or the Edgewood P&R as well; both just off Hwy. 280.

    January 22, 2014

  • Harshit I.

    Anyone up for carpool/cost-sharing from San Jose ??
    I can get my car....or hop in on ur ride n share costs =)

    January 12, 2014

    • Bruce

      Edith, I'm near 101/Bernal too! Want to meet at Lucky store on Bernal and San Ignacio?

      January 22, 2014

    • Bruce

      Anyone else want to meet there?

      January 22, 2014

  • heather w.

    If anyone could say anything about length of hike??? There was no description I could find?

    January 20, 2014

  • Joyce Y.

    I need a lift from Palo Alto

    January 20, 2014

  • Xiaojie

    I am at east bay and looking for a carpool from a BART station at San Leandro or Oakland. I will share the trip expenses.

    January 20, 2014

  • heather w.

    estimated elevation? Approximate mileage?

    January 19, 2014

  • heather w.

    How many miles do you expect to cover?

    January 19, 2014

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