Announcing a new Meetup for Walking thru the Valley of Heart's Delight & Hiking Around!
What: Portola Redwoods State Park (Hike rescheduled)
When: June 28, 2009 11:00 AM
Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)
"Most people living on the Peninsula recognize Page Mill Road as a major east/west arterial running through Palo Alto and west to Skyline Boulevard. What many do not know is that the ?Page? in Page Mill is William Page?a merchant, a politician, and a lumberman, and the ?Mill? refers to two sawmills he developed in what is now Portola Redwoods State Park," wrote Tom Davids of Weekly Walker.
For carpool, I will be departing Palo Alto at 9:45 and can pick up riders at the park and ride at Page Mill and 280. [Open to other pickup spots at your suggestion.] I hope to be back in Palo Alto by 3:30.
Bring food for sharing somewhere along the trail.
We will be taking a slightly-modified version of the hike described on the park's website. The bridge across Pescadero Creek is down, but rangers will give us alternative routes on arrival. This will be a moderate hike, about six miles.
Join Sequoia Nature Trail, which begins behind the park visitor center. Tramp through the redwood forest, cross Pescadero Creek, and loop around Louise Austin Wilson Grove, site of the Shell Tree.
Next join Iverson Trail, which meanders along Pescadero Creek. A short side trail leads to diminutive, fern-framed Tip-Toe Falls.
Iverson Trail visits the ruins of Iverson Cabin as it meets a park service road. A right leads to Old Haul Road which in turn leads to San Mateo Memorial County Park. You turn left, cross Pescadero Creek, and soon arrive at a signed junction with Summit Trail. [This is the point at which we'll vary somewhat from this published description]
True to its name, Summit Trail ascends some 600 feet in elevation to a rather undistinguished summit. It then dips briefly to a saddle and a signed junction with Slate Creek Trail. It?s another mile east to the park?s trail camp, a pleasant, though waterless, rest stop.
From the saddle, Slate Creek Trail descends a pleasant mile west, then contours south to Old Tree Trail and the park?s campground. Walk through the campground, then join the park road for a brief walk back to the park visitor center.
A little more history on Page's Mill:
William Page lived in Searsville, where he operated a general store and served as postmaster, courtesy of none other than President Abraham Lincoln in 1861 (The History of Jasper Ridge by Dorothy Regnery, Stanford Historical Society). Page was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1864.
??????????? While commercially and politically involved on the east side of the Skyline ridge, Page hunted out good stands of timber west of the ridge and built two sawmills in the area of what is now Portola Redwoods State Park. He built his first mill in the Peters Creek Basin. In 1875 this mill was moved to Rock Creek (now Slate Creek), and that is the destination of this week?s hike. (?Sawmills in the Redwoods? by Frank Stanger, published by the San Mateo County Historical Association, 1967.)
Learn more here:http://www.meetup.com/Walking-thru-the-Valley-of-Heart-s-Delight-Hiking-Around/calendar/10718048/