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New Meetup: Portola Redwoods State Park this Sunday 8/16

From: Kathleen
Sent on: Friday, August 14, 2009 3:08 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Walking thru the Valley of Heart's Delight & Hiking Around!

What: Portola Redwoods State Park this Sunday 8/16

When: August 16,[masked]:15 AM

Portola Redwoods State Park
9000 Portola State Park Road
La Honda, CA 94020

"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 Sunnyvale at 9:00 and can pick up riders at the park and ride at Page Mill and 280 around 9:15-9:20. [Open to other pickup spots at your suggestion.] I need to be back by 4:00. I have a prepaid pass for the park and can carry up to 7 people in my car.

Bring food for sharing somewhere along the trail.

We'll plan on following as closely as possible the 6.5-mile walk described by "Weekly Walker" author. Click here for a detailed description. Our first stop at the park will be at the ranger station or visitor center to see if any alterations need to be made due to broken bridges, etc. There MIGHT be a small amount of wading involved.

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.)

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