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.
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.