San Lorenzo River Redwoods Hike (Castle Rock State Park)

Join veteran hiker, Sempervirens and San Fransicso Watershed docent, John, for a moderately strenuous and very educational hike along the Mike Myers trail, in the San Lorenzo River Redwoods. Over 10 years ago, the 1340 acres of Redwoods here were put up for sale by the San Lorenzo Valley Water District and in time acquired by the Sempervirens Fund with the generous support of conservation-minded citizens and hikers (maybe even you!).

The trail is a BEAUTY! A variety of sunny and shaded, lush paths, all winding through the redwood forest, and at points crossing streams.  If the fabulous views were not enough, there's lots of sight-seeing along the trail including the banana slugs, myriad ferns, wild mint, orchids, lichen, oak, California rose, fungus if it's been raining, and newts.  (Did you know that of all amphibians, newts and salamanders most closely resemble the earliest fossil amphibians, the earliest animals to have adapted to life on land?)

The Myers trail was established as a tribute to young man who was an avid outdoorsman, who died in a tragic diving accident. His family and friends spent many hours assisting the park rangers in building this trail to Lightening Peak. Lightening Peak is named for (care to guess?)... all the trees burnt out after being hit by lightening. You'll see a great combination of these trees, from charred, to hollowed out, and many re-sprouting trees from what was left of the original stump.

Distance: 6

Duration of Hike: 4 hours

Elevation Gain:800 feet

Approximate Pace of Hike: 2 miles per hour

Bring your own lunch and water. 

Wear broken in hiking shoes with good treads!!! Lots of ups and downs on this trail. No new shoes/boots or tennis shoes.

We will CARPOOL from Sempervirens Point location, approximately 3 miles to a tiny parking area near the trail head.

 

 

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  • Joan

    Beautiful trail! Great hike! Thanks, John!

    April 29, 2013

  • Amy Y.

    Very friendly group, well organized and well led-thank you John for leading!

    April 27, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Well organized and well led, in very pleasing terrain, in stimulating company!

    April 27, 2013

  • Sandra W.

    Excellent! John is a wonderful leader, the park is gorgeous, and the weather was perfect.

    April 27, 2013

  • Nieves

    Gorgeous hike. Beautiful trees. We were the only group hiking and was very peaceful.

    April 27, 2013

  • Jim S.

    I'm on the wait list and want to go, now that 2 spots have become available-- how do I get in? The only button I see to click on the event web page says "CHANGE YOUR MIND?", which I suspect would kick me off the wait list entirely.

    April 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Login and change you're RSVP to attending.

      April 26, 2013

    • Jim S.

      Thanks! I clicked on "CHANGE YOUR MIND?" and it let me get in, despite the way it's worded.

      April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in. Yay!!!! Looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow.

    April 26, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Hmm ... Looks as if several people have signed up for both this and the Butano hike on the same Saturday!

    April 24, 2013

    • Sempervirens F.

      Thanks for the heads up - we really appreciate your looking our for our group and making it a pleasant experience and help those who want to hike get a chance to do so. Your note prompted me to email each of the people who have double booked. I will review and update (manually if need be) the list on Friday morning. Again, many thanks for the assist!

      1 · April 25, 2013

    • DAVE

      hi, is the list correct as posted?

      April 26, 2013

  • Sempervirens F.

    Hi All! We sure appreciate your participation in our hiking community as we get this program up and running (or hiking, or nature walking!). It's been over a month now and we're delighted with your enthusiasm. Thank YOU!

    The ONE AREA where we could use some extra support involves RSVPs. Please make it a priority to change your RSVP from Yes to No, IF you are not able to attend. The more advance notice the better. This is a basic courtesy and allows us to offer 'spots' for those on the waitlist. We trust you understand. Thank you in advance for modeling the behavior we all want to see.

    Best wishes, and see you in the Santa Cruz Mountains!

    Your friends at Sempervirens Hiking MeetUp

    April 23, 2013

  • Jennifer

    If a spot opens up, should the right procedure to be going down the waiting list according to the order?

    April 17, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Thanks for the clarifications Nieves! I didn't know before. But now I made it!

      April 18, 2013

    • Nieves

      Nice!

      April 18, 2013

  • Denise M

    will try another time

    April 18, 2013

  • Nieves

    Hi,
    When are we getting the map and directions on how to get there? Also, is there any chance we can increase the number of RSVPs? Thanks!

    April 13, 2013

    • Nieves

      Thanks. Suggestion: You may want to send a reminder to people who sign up to change their RSVP before the date of the hike if they are not coming to the hike.

      April 17, 2013

    • Sempervirens F.

      Good idea - we'll include that specific "ask" when we send out our 2-day advance reminder. Thank you, Nieves.

      April 18, 2013

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