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New Meetup: Soquel Demonstration State Forest

From: charlie g
Sent on: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 4:44 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group!

What: Soquel Demonstration State Forest

When: Saturday, February 19,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Soquel Demonstration State Forest
4750 Soquel-San jose Road
Soquel, CA 95073

The Soquel Demonstration State Forest was dedicated in 1990, and is the first state forest to be added to the system since 1949. The forest is located along the east branch of Soquel Creek and includes portions of Amaya Creek and Fern Gulch Creek. It contains nearly 2,700 acres of redwood, mixed hardwoods, riparian, and chaparral ecosystems.
The State forest is geologically active. The San Andreas and Zayante Faults pass through the property. Associated with the forests geologic activity are several natural springs and small marshes found in closed depressions, known as sag ponds.

About the hike: This Hike is intended to be approx. 10 1/4 miles with substantial elevation gain over mostly dirt and graveled logging roads and some single track trails shared by mountain bikes. For those not up to the full, moderately strenous hike, we will be passing a picnic area with picnic benches at the 2.6 mile marker that adjoins a large open meadow. You could read a book and enjoy the solitude while we complete the loop and pick you up on our way back to the cars. From this point we head up the Sulpher Springs Trail to the Ridge Trail, turn left and follow it to the Corral Trail, which will take us back down to the Sulpher Spring Trail and the picnic area where we can eat lunch. Please allow 5-6 hours if you sign up for this hike, it's a beautiful area with lots of interesting wild life, mushrooms and forest delights if you take the time to enjoy them.

Facilities: There is no water in the park so you need to bring your own. There is an out house 1/2 mile up the trail from where we park, and we will come back by on the way out.

Directions: The Forest entrance is located 10 miles east of Highway 17 on Highland Way off of Summit Road. I will meet carpoolers from Los Gatos at the Elementary School parking area on the left side of summit Road approx. 3 miles from hwy 17

Carpool Directions: Meet at the Los Gatos Park and Ride off of Hwy 9 at 8:15, for a departure time of 8:30

Note: DO NOT use the forest adress! It is the Office buildings, not the forest entrance.

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