Wilder Ranch State Park Hike Meetup Details Posted (July 24)

From: Julio M.
Sent on: Monday, July 19, 2010 4:37 PM
Hello All,

We will be exploring the lovely Wilder Ranch State Park on a moderately strenuous hike of about 8 miles. This lovely park on Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay offers lovely close-up views of the ocean from towering cliffs and, further east, a good workout and lovely scenery on Wilder Ridge.

Afterwards, we will head over to the charming Duarte's restaurant in Pescadero for an optional dinner and, for some, their famous ollalieberry pie.

Details are posted below....

Note that you can take Caltrain to our carpool point in Palo Alto, and I have also set-up a self-organizing carpool point in Los Gatos.

I hope to see you on Saturday July 24...

Your Organizer,
Julio M.

San Francisco Bay Area Outings

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Wilder Ranch State Park, July 24 (Sat.)
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Destination: Wilder Ranch State Park
Date: July 24, 2010 (Saturday)
Total length of hike: about 8.5 miles
Total elevation gain: About 800 feet
Further information on Wilder Ranch State Park at URL:
http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=549

Driving distance/time: 50 miles / 60 minutes each way
Cost: Mileage $32 per car (to be split by carpoolers in car) + $10 parking fee
per car
NOTE: The hike organizer will ask for a voluntary donation of 1-2 dollars at the end of the hike to help cover Meetup?s charge for creating his Meetup group.

Organizer: Julio M.(contact info below)

RAIN CANCELS.... In case of doubt, call my cell phone # (listed below) after 9 PM on the night before the hike. I will leave an outgoing message with any notices about hike cancellation due to weather.

NO NEED TO RSVP

Meet: 9:30 am at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 California Avenue,
Palo Alto (meet on platform side of parking lot near middle where
underpass is located) to carpool. NOTE: Caltrain southbound and
northbound trains arrive soon before our meeting time.

10:15 AM: Self-organizing carpool at Los Gatos Park & Ride lot on
Los Gatos-Saratoga Road (Hwy. 9) between Univeristy Ave. and Santa
Cruz Ave.

11:00 am at Wilder Ranch State Park parking lot (edge near the restrooms)

Estimated finish time: 4:30 PM (back at trailhead)

OPTIONAL DINNER in Pescadero at Duarte?s Restaurant (known for its
charm, food, and ollalieberry pie)

bring: lunch, sunscreen, plenty of water, coat, all the usual stuff.

We will be exploring the lovely Wilder Ranch State Park on a moderately strenuous hike of about 8.5 miles. This lovely park on Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay offers lovely close-up views of the ocean from towering cliffs and, further east, a good workout and lovely scenery on Wilder Ridge. In addition, the park preserves a historic dairy ranch built in the 1800?s.

We will start our hike by going under Highway 1 through a hiker tunnel. We will then join the Wilder Ridge Loop Trail which will take us to a lovely vista at the top of the ridge. Our route will then continue along this trail until we reach the Zane Gray Cutoff Trail which will take us along Sandy Flat Gulch. Next we will follow Horseman?s Trail back toward the coast.

Our route will then take us past brussels sprouts fields to the stunning bluffs along the ocean where we will join the Ohlone Bluff Trail. As we admire the lovely views from these bluffs, our route along the bluffs will take us to the Old Cove Landing Trail, which is famed for its its views, a seal rookery, spectacular pocket beaches, and a hidden fern cave. Enjoying these unique features of the trail, the trail will then take us back to our starting point at the Wilder Ranch historic buildings.

DIRECTIONS from Caltrain California Avenue Station to Wilder Ranch State Park:
- Take I-280 South to Highway 85
- Exit onto HIGHWAY 85 SOUTHBOUND (toward Gilroy)
- Go about 8 miles
- Exit onto HIGHWAY 17 SOUTHBOUND (toward Santa Cruz)
- Go about 22 miles
- Merge onto HIGHWAY 1 NORTH (towards Half Moon Bay)
- Note: In Santa Cruz Highway 1 North is Mission Street
- Go about 3.5 miles to entrance to Wilder Ranch State Park (on left)
- TURN LEFT onto COAST ROAD
- Drive to parking area
- Park and pay for parking
- MEET at the edge of the parking lot near the restrooms


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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