Point Reyes: Mt. Wittenberg- Sky Trail- Sculptured Beach Hike

  • June 14, 2014 · 10:15 AM
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Hello All,

From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers a rich diversity of memorable hikes and natural beauty. Our loop hike will allow us to sample the full range of this natural beauty and spectacular views, and the proximity to the Pacific will keep us cool on a summer day.

With a hike length of 12.7 miles and 2600 feet of elevation gain, our hike will be somewhat tougher than our usual intermediate level. However, the stunning natural beauty revealed by this hike is worth the extra effort. Please consider your physical condition and make sure you are able to handle an intermediate-level hike at a tougher level than we usually do. *More details are listed below.*


SUMMARY OF KEY TIMES and LOCATIONS (details below):

7:30 AM at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 S. California Ave., Palo Alto: PALO ALTO CARPOOL POINT.

8:05 AM: Redwood Shores Public Library Parking Lot, Redwood City: NORTH PENINSULA CARPOOL POINT.

8:45 AM: Southwest corner of Anza St.& Funston Ave, San Francisco: SAN FRANCISCO CARPOOL POINT

10:15 AM: Bear Valley Visitor Center Area, Point Reyes National Seashore *STARTING POINT OF HIKE *

6:00 PM: Back at starting point. ESTIMATED FINISH TIME

* Optional dinner in the Point Reyes area after the hike.

PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CARPOOL IN FULL CARS to minimize the impact of our large group on the parking lot at our destination. The parking lot at our destination has limited capacity so carpooling in full or nearly full cars is especially important for this hike. Going to the designated carpool points in Palo Alto, North Peninsula, or San Francisco 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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Point Reyes: Mt. Wittenberg- Sky Trail- Sculptured Beach Hike, June 14, 2014 – Sat.

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DESTINATION: Point Reyes National Seashore

DATE: June 14, 2014 (Saturday)

TOTAL LENGTH OF HIKE: 12.7 miles

TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 2600 feet

Further information on Point Reyes National Seashore at URL:

                                         http://www.nps.gov/pore

DRIVING DISTANCE/ TIME FROM PALO ALTO: 75 miles / 2 hours approx. each way

COST: Mileage + Golden Gate Bridge Toll ($60 from Palo Alto + $7 per adult to be split by carpoolers in car) [Mileage amounts from other carpool points: $48 from Redwood Shores Library, $27 from SF].

NOTE: The hike organizer will ask for a voluntary donation (suggested amount 5 dollars) at the end of the hike to help keep the Meetup group going.

ORGANIZER: Julio M. (contact info at end of description)

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. Since the parking lots at the Bear Valley Visitor Center are of limited capacity, carpooling in full or nearly full cars is especially important for this hike

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 and LOCATIONS:

7:30 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

8:05 AM: Redwood Shores Branch of Redwood City Public Library [399 Marine Pkwy, Redwood City, CA 94065]. This site will serve as our NORTH PENINSULA CARPOOL POINT. Carpools with excess capacity leaving Palo Alto will stop at this carpool point on the way to SF. The hike organizer will make sure the carpool he is in briefly stops at this location to help organize the carpools. MEET at corner of parking lot near intersection of Marine Parkway & Bridge Parkway.

                Google Map of meeting point location: http://goo.gl/maps/OgXMu

8:45 AM: Southwest corner of Anza St.& Funston Ave. (SAN FRANCISCO CARPOOL POINT). Carpools with excess capacity leaving Palo Alto and Redwood Shores carpool points will stop at this carpool point on the way to San Francisco. The hike organizer will make sure the carpool he is in briefly stops at this location to help organize the carpools.

                Google Map of location: http://g.co/maps/yn8ju

10:15 AM at Bear Valley Visitor Center Area, Point Reyes National Seashore (HIKE STARTING POINT). MEET in front of the bathrooms at the Earthquake Trail trailhead (eastern edge of parking lot). Google Map of location: http://goo.gl/maps/Kl5hN

ESTIMATED FINISH TIME: 6:00 PM (back at trailhead)


* OPTIONAL DINNER IN THE AREA after the hike.

BRING: sunscreen, coat, plenty of water, lunch, hiking boots or rugged walking shoes, all the usual stuff. NOTE: This hike is moderately exposed to the sun so make sure you wear a hat and/or plenty of sunscreen.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION:  From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers a rich diversity of memorable hikes and natural beauty. Our loop hike will allow us to sample the full range of this natural beauty and spectacular views, and the proximity to the Pacific will keep us cool on a summer day.

From our meeting point we will walk over to the Bear Valley Trail/ Mount Wittenberg trailhead and follow the Bear Valley Trail for a short distance until the beginning of the Mount Wittenberg Trail. This trail provides a route through deep forest, a climb with a steady grade, and then magnificent lookouts of Drakes Bay and other areas. Mount Wittenberg is the highest point in the park.

Next we will join the Sky Trail which is known for its top-rated stunning panoramic views. The Sky Trail will take us down to Sculptured Beach via Fire Lane Trail and the Coastal Trail. We will return by following the Woodward Valley Trail, Sky Trail, Meadow Trail, and Bear Valley Trail.

* OPTIONAL DINNER IN THE AREA after the hike.


DIRECTIONS from Palo Alto to Bear Valley Visitor Center at Point Reyes National Seashore. Google Map showing route:   http://goo.gl/maps/2LQOR

1. Head southwest on S. California Ave toward Park Blvd (go 108 ft)

2. Take the 1st left onto Park Blvd (go 0.3 mi)

3. Turn right onto Page Mill Rd (go 404 ft)

4. Continue onto Oregon Expy (go 1.7 mi.)

5. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for San Francisco and merge onto US-101

N (go 10.2 mi. if stopping at carpool point)

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NORTH PENINSULA CARPOOL POINT

- Take the Ralston Ave/Marine Pkwy exit (go 0.3 mi)

- Turn right onto Marine Pkwy (go 0.7 mi)

- Turn left onto Bridge Pkwy

- Redwood Shores branch of Redwood City Library will be on your left

MEET at corner of parking lot near intersection of Marine Parkway & Bridge Parkway.

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6. Continue on US-101 N (go 10.7 mi)

7. Take the Interstate 380 W exit toward San Bruno/Interstate 280 (go 1.0 mi)

8. Merge onto I-380 W (go 0.9 mi)

9. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Interstate 280 N/San Francisco and

merge onto I-280 N (go 6.0 mi)

10. Keep left to continue on CA-1 N, follow signs for California 1 N/19th

Avenue/Golden Gate Bridge (go 5.8 mi)

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SAN FRANCISCO CARPOOL POINT:

- After leaving Golden Gate Park, go 3 blocks to Anza St. and turn right.

- Southwest corner of Anza St.& Funston Ave.

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11. Continue onto Veterans Blvd (go 1.1 mi)

12. Take the ramp onto US-101 N (go 10.8 mi)

13. Take exit 450B toward San Anselmo (go 0.5 mi)

14. Merge onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd (go 20.4 mi)

15. Turn right onto CA-1 N/Sir Francis Drake Blvd (go 0.1 mi)

16. Take the 1st left onto Bear Valley Rd

17. Take the 1st left onto Bear Valley Visitor Center Access Road (go 0.2 mi) 18. Slight left to stay on Bear Valley Visitor Center Access Road

MEETING POINT: In front of the bathrooms at the Earthquake Trail trailhead (eastern edge of parking lot).

FOR THOSE WITH GPS the following coordinates can be used: Bear Valley Visitor Center:

1 or 76 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

DD:[masked], [masked]

DMS: 38° 2' 26" N, 122° 47' 59" W


Trip Organizer:

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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  • Scott

    Best hike yet! Point Reyes is a great hiking destination. Thank you Julio & all who attended the hike.

    June 16, 2014

  • Scott

    Best hike yet! Point Reyes is a great hiking destination. Thank you Julio & all who attended the hike.

    June 16, 2014

  • Patricia W.

    Another great hike. Thanks for the lead Julio. I appreciate that you assign a person to wait at each junction and manage a big group so well. No wonder your hikes are always so popular.

    2 · June 14, 2014

  • Frank

    A couple of tough long climbs, but a great day w/ nice peeps.

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • Thomas C.

    One last spot for ride open this morning leaving 8:15am from Mountain View. Call my cell[masked] to confirm. Thanks.

    June 14, 2014

  • Rechea

    Is anyone driving from Pleasanton? I would like to carpool and share the cost for gas.

    June 13, 2014

    • Mark R.

      Yes Rechea I'm driving from Pleasanton and have room for 1 more.

      1 · June 13, 2014

    • Mark R.

      Will be leaving Pleasanton at 7:15am...text/call[maske­d]

      1 · June 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning to drive from Stevens Creek- Lawrence intersection. And i have 2 seats available. Anybody want to join for Carpool from Santa Clara/Sunnyvale?

    June 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Priti,. Please call me on my mobile 408*598*6163. We can wait at Safeway: 5146 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA

      June 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      We will wait for you at Safeway until 7.10 AM. Please reply your confirmation here or by text message so that we can wait.

      June 13, 2014

  • John C

    Ugh sorry to say I have to miss this one, was really looking forward to it....enjoy all !

    June 13, 2014

  • Julia

    Driving from Oakland (near hwy 880). Can carpool or take 3 people.

    June 2, 2014

    • Meiyen T.

      Thank you so moch Mark but unfortunately I won't be able to make it this time. Enjoying the hike!

      June 13, 2014

    • Mark R.

      Cham I have room please send me a direct message tonight if you still plan to go.

      June 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'd love to come but cannot drive. Anyone available to give me a ride from Belmont (right off 101 by the CalTrain station)? I can pitch in for gas.

    June 7, 2014

    • Veronika

      I'm sorry, but unfortunately I won't be able to go. I have to interview potential roommates.

      June 13, 2014

    • Frank

      OK, thanks for letting me know...

      June 13, 2014

  • Thomas C.

    Last chance to catch a ride from my office in Mountain View near 101 and 237. Meet at 8:15am. e-mail me through my profile and I will reply with detail to confirm. Thanks.

    June 13, 2014

    • Thomas C.

      I got 3 confirmed riders now. Thanks.

      1 · June 13, 2014

  • Ilse G.

    Hi Everyone,
    I just signed up and was wondering if anyone has still space left in their car? I am in San Francisco and would like to carpool and share expenses. Thanks

    June 13, 2014

  • Bobbie

    Hi Nik, see you tomorrow for carpool at AMC Mercado at 8am. Thanks Bobbie

    June 13, 2014

  • nik

    Carpool from Santa Clara:

    Lets meet @ AMC mercado in front of the In-n-out burger @ 8 am SHARP.

    3111 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara

    I have space for one more (and possibly 2, if three people in the back seat). Please post a note here that you will be there so I know to stop by.


    Ps for all: Protest BIG OIL/BP. There is a naked bike ride in SF tomorrow. I hope you will join in the spirit w/ them. Naked hiking? I will pack extra sunscreen just for you ;)

    June 13, 2014

  • Virginia H.

    I have a meeting I need to get to in the city at 2:30pm. How long is this hike?

    June 10, 2014

    • Carolyn

      Last year it was close to dinner time when we ended the hike, probably around 4!

      June 12, 2014

  • Lee

    Anyone driving from South Bay? Will pitch in for gas and parking fee (if any). Thanks.

    June 12, 2014

  • Louisa H.

    Is anyone driving from Fremont? I'd like to carpool and share expenses. Thanks.

    June 10, 2014

    • Basanthi P.

      hi I can join u guys and share expenses if anyone is driving

      June 10, 2014

    • Louisa H.

      Is anyone driving? If possible, I'd like to avoid driving.

      June 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody driving from Santa Clara, Sunnyvale or Cupertino? I would like to carpool and pitch in for gas...

    June 10, 2014

    • Jojo V.

      Are you driving?

      June 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jojo, I am trying to avoid driving as mine is old car but if i dont find any option, I will drive. And i live near Stevens Creek-Kiely Blvd intersecton.

      June 11, 2014

  • victoria s.

    Is anyone driving from San Francisco?I would love to carpool.

    May 26, 2014

    • Susanne

      Thanks Jason! Just tell me which location works and I'll be there.

      June 10, 2014

    • Justine

      thanks michael. i am in nob hill & can meet on polk or van ness on the way.

      June 10, 2014

  • Preeti

    Hi, anyone driving from Sunnyvale? I'd like to carpool. Will pitch in for gas. Thanks.

    June 10, 2014

  • Asha d.

    If anyone is going from North San Jose, would love to car pool.

    June 3, 2014

    • Hubert

      Hi Basanthi.. I can drive... I live near oakloand road and murphy.. Let me know if you would like to car pool ...

      June 10, 2014

    • Basanthi P.

      Hi Hubert sure i would like to carpool and pitch in, i have another person with me ,my number is[masked] , let me know if there is enuough space and about the meeting place , thanx

      June 10, 2014

  • S J W

    Hi, if anyone going from Benicia /Vallejo or Novato, would like to carpool. I can either drive or ride with someone and share the cost. Thanks.

    June 9, 2014

  • yanxi

    Finally, I can make to this hike after several months of time conflict, anyone could give me a ride -- near San Antonio (El Camino Real intersection) shopping district?

    June 8, 2014

    • Espie

      Hi Cody, can I join your carpool? I live in downtown MV. Will pitch in, of course. Thanks.

      June 8, 2014

    • Cody R.

      Hey, sorry - I cannot attend anymore

      June 9, 2014

  • Smita G.

    Anyone driving from or via Fremont? Woll share the cost. Thanks.

    June 9, 2014

  • Shiri

    Hope to join - appetizing event in Fairfax 1-6pm if we make it on way back - "1/2 PRICE TIX Fairfax Ecofest Organic Wine Tasting and Beer" http://meetu.ps/2nZg9T

    June 9, 2014

  • nan-susan b.

    Sorry, still out of town...

    June 8, 2014

  • priti

    Anyone driving from Campbell or Saratoga ? I can meet you and share gas expense[masked] 3177. Please message me. Thanks.

    June 7, 2014

  • Jojo V.

    Anyone carpooling from West San Jose? I am interested to ride with a carpool and share expenses. Thanks

    June 7, 2014

  • Siva K.

    Anyone carpooling from stevens creek, San Jose? I would like to join

    June 5, 2014

  • priti

    Is anyone going from south San Jose ? I would like to carpool. Thanks.

    June 3, 2014

  • S J W

    If anyone going from Benicia/Vallejo or Novato, would love to carpool. I can either drive or ride and share the cost. Thanks.

    June 2, 2014

  • Rebecca E.

    Anybody want to swing by and come get me in the People's Republic of Berkeley? :-) Thanks.

    May 26, 2014

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