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New Meetup: El Corte de Madera Open Space Preserve Hike

From: Julio M.
Sent on: Thursday, January 14, 2010 10:57 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for San Francisco Bay Area Outings!

What: El Corte de Madera Open Space Preserve Hike

When: Saturday, January 23,[masked]:45 AM

California Avenue Caltrain Station
101 California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

We had a wonderful group of people for our first hike of 2010 at Castle Rock State Park. You can see a group picture posted in the picture album of this hike!

For our group's second hike of 2010, I have scheduled a moderately easy hike among the lovely redwoods of El Corte de Madera Open Space Preserve next to Skyline Boulevard. This hike is one of my favorites at the open space preserves along Skyline.

More details below....

Let's continue our hiking in 2010 among these fine redwoods.....

I hope to see many of you on Saturday January 23....

Your organizer,
Julio M.

El Corte de Madera Open Space Preserve, Jan. 23 (Sat.)
Destination: El Corte de Madera Open Space Preserve
Date: January 23, 2009 (Saturday)
Total length of hike: 6 miles
Total elevation gain: About 1000 feet
Further information on El Corte de Madera Open Space Preserve at URL:

Driving distance/time: 16 miles / 30 minutes each way
Cost: Mileage $10 per car (to be split by carpoolers in 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.


Meet: 9:45 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

10:30 am at Skeggs Vista Point Parking Lot

Estimated finish time: 2:30 PM (back at trailhead)

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

El Corte de Madera Open Space Preserve is located on the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains and offers a lovely mix of evergreen and redwood forests, creekside trails, coastal and forest views, rare sandstone formations (Tafoni), and an original old growth stand of redwood trees.

We will begin our hike at the Skeggs Vista Point Parking Lot. After a short walk on Skyline Boulevard to the trailhead, we will start by hiking along the El Corte de Madera Creek Trail where we can enjoy the charming El Corte de Madera Creek. Transitioning onto the Resolution Trail, we will go near the site of a 1953 DC-6 plane crash. We will then follow the Fir Trail and take a left turn onto the Methuselah Trail. The Methuselah Trail offers lovely forests along its path and will take us back up the to the ridge where we will join the Sierra Morena Trail. This trail and a short segment on the Fir Trail will retun us to our starting point.

DIRECTIONS from Stanford to the Skeggs Vista Point Parking Lot:
- Take Highway 280 North to the Woodside Road (Highway 84) Exit
- Head west on Woodside Road until you reach Skyline Boulevard
(Highway 35) [about 6.6 miles]
- Turn right (north) and go 3.9 miles to Skeggs Vista Point Parking Lot on the right.

Trip "leader":
Julio M.
jamzemail (at) gmail (dot) com
On the day of the hike only: 650(dash)906(dash)2594
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