Details posted: Wilder Ranch State Park Hike (Sat. Sept. 17)

From: Julio M.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 9:58 PM

Hello All,

We will be exploring the lovely Wilder Ranch State Park on a moderately strenuous hike of about 9 miles with 700 feet of elevation gain. This lovely park on Highway 1 just north of Santa Cruz offers lovely close-up views of the ocean from towering cliffs and lovely secluded beaches 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.

Note that in addition to our usual carpool point and meeting time of 9:30 AM in Palo Alto, we have established a carpool point in Los Gatos at which carpoolers can meet at 10:15 AM. We will be meeting at Wilder Ranch at 11:15 AM.

Afterward, we will go to Santa Cruz for an optional dinner.

Details are posted below.

I hope you can join us....

Your Organizer,
- Julio M.

P.S. Checkout my meetup.com group at:
              http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Outings/

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Wilder Ranch State Park, Sept. 17 (Sat.)
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Destination: Wilder Ranch State Park
Date: September 17, 2011 (Saturday)
Total length of hike:  about 9 miles
Total elevation gain: About 700 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: $30 per car round trip from Palo Alto or $15 from Los Gatos (to be split by carpoolers in car)+ Park Entrance fee ($10 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)
Get the latest updates on upcoming hikes at my Meetup.com site:
                http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Outings/

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. 

RSVP REQUESTED

Meet: 9:30 am at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 S. California
           Avenue, Palo Alto to carpool (meet by the station building). NOTE:
           Caltrain southbound and northbound trains arrive soon before our
           meeting time.

        10:15 AM at Los Gatos Public Parking Lot. Lot is on the right side of
            Hwy. 9 when driving from Hwy. 17 between University Ave. & North
            Santa Cruz Blvd. This is a self-organizing carpool point, but cars with
            excess capacity leaving the Palo Alto carpool point will stop here too.

       11:15 am at Wilder Ranch State Park parking lot (edge near the restrooms)                 
   
Estimated finish time: 5:00 PM (back at trailhead)

* Optional dinner at a restaurant in Santa Cruz
   
bring: lunch, sunscreen, plenty of water, coat (in case it is foggy), all the usual stuff.

We will be exploring the lovely Wilder Ranch State Park on a moderately strenuous hike of about 9 miles. This lovely park on Highway 1 just north of Santa Cruz offers lovely close-up views of the ocean from towering cliffs and lovely secluded beaches 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 through the historic ranch and then under Highway 1 through a hiker tunnel. We will next join the Wilder Ridge Loop Trail and follow its lower branch to a lovely vista. Horseman’s Trail will take us back toward the coast.

Our route will then take us past brussels sprouts fields which, interestingly, produce over 10% of the nation’s sprouts, and along a railroad line to lovely 4-Mile Beach. Moving on to the stunning bluffs along the ocean, we will stop at 3-Mile Beach and then 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 Palo Alto 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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