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BMHS Hike at Villa Montalvo County Park and Art Center

2/9/2014              Villa Montalvo County Park and Art Center                        Sun 2B

~3-8.5 miles,[masked] ft

Our much needed rain is finally in the forecast. After a few days of rain, hope we can have our hike at the tail end of the rain Sunday afternoon.

Villa Montalvo is not big, but with several twisted figure eight paths, we can get quite a bit of workout on more sheltered trails with easy access to retreat in case of rain or early out. The trails are mostly covered with pine needles and leaves, and hopefully will not be too muddy.

Meet 12:30 PM at the first parking lot as you enter the Villa. Villa Montalvo is at 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga, CA 95071

Bring rain gear, snack and water.

Heavy rain cancels (light rain does not).

Built in 1912, Villa Montalvo was the country home of James D. Phelan, the three-term San Francisco mayor and first popularly-elected senator from California. Named in honor of the 16th-century Spanish writer Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo who coined the name “California,” this beloved estate was frequented by poets, writers, artists and performers during Phelan’s lifetime. Today, Montalvo has an extensive performing art program including concerts, exhibitions of Sculpture on the Grounds and a resident artist program. Besides hiking trails, it has beautiful gardens and arboretum.

Info on the current exhibit is at

Some trail info at

Leaders: Sharon Chuang, sharonsierra AT gmail DOT com

The events posted here are only some of the events we run each month. Find out about events offered by Black Mountain Hiking Section and, if you desire, join us by going to

All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver at the beginning of the event. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, go to
CST[masked]-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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