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Portola Redwoods State Park

Dear Bay Area Chinese hikers,

Thanks for signing up the 10/06 Portola Redwoods State Park hiking + Picnic at the park event. My name is Yvonne Chen, and I am the host for this hiking day trip. I am looking forward meeting each of you and have great time together.

We will meet at the park entrance at 10:00AM, please BE ON TIME so that other people don't need to wait for you, we will start hiking very soon...

After the hiking, we will sit around together to have picnic lunch mostly find a place closed to the visitor center where we can check out the little museum as well. Please prepare your own lunch, and welcome to bring some extra to share with your fellow hikers...

Also please e-mail me your name and your contact phone number so that I can give you a call on 10/06 morning when we meet at the park. I will only call when we can’t find you there on 10/06. There will be a sign-in sheet so that I don't miss anybody. Your respond is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

NO SHOW is unacceptable for respecting others and yourself. 

·  Use sunscreen and bring enough water and snacks to maintain your energy level.

·  Dress in layers with your hiking gears

*** One last thing to mention: when you are on your way driving to the park, and you may be suddently wondering the road seems leading you to nowhere, just have faith and keep going, it will lead you to the park at the end. ***

Best regards,

Yvonne Chen

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Below is the park information:

http://www.bahiker.com/southbayhikes/portola.html

Portola Redwoods State Park - day trip event: Hiking + Picnic at the park

*Bring your lunch and bring a little extra to share with others.

In brief:

5 mile loop through mixed woods, crosses Pescadero Creek several times.

Distance, category, and difficulty:

This 5 mile loop hike is one of the easiest in the parks, where elevation ranges from about 300 feet to just under 2000 feet. This hike begins at about 400 feet, descends to about 350 feet, climbs gradually to about 500 feet, then descends back to the trailhead -- total elevation change is about 500 feet.

Exposure:

Mostly shaded.

Trail traffic:

Moderate.

Trail surfaces:

Dirt trails and fire roads.

Hiking time:

2 1/2 hours.

Getting there:

From Interstate 280 in San Mateo County, exit #25 Woodside Road/CA 84. Drive west about 6 miles to the junction with CA 35 (Skyline Boulevard). Turn left and drive south about 7 miles to the junction with Alpine Road. Turn right and drive west about 3 tortuous and winding miles on this narrow road (be especially careful for bicycle and motorcycle traffic on weekends). Turn left onto Portola State Park Road, and drive on the tiny and unpredictable road the remaining 3 miles to the entrance kiosk. Continue another 0.4 mile to the parking areas near the ranger station. If possible park in the Madrone lot (to the left just before the ranger station), or in the spots past the ranger station and across the bridge, on the right side of the road. (NOTE: do not be confused or tempted by the Alpine Road exit on 280. That section of Alpine Road dead-ends east of Skyline Boulevard.)

Trailhead details:

$10 entrance fee (self-register at ranger station if facilities are unstaffed). Restrooms behind and to the left of the ranger station. Maps available (for $2) at the entry kiosk (when staffed), or at the ranger station. There is plenty of parking. Pay phone at ranger station. There are a few designated handicapped parking spots throughout the park, but Portola's trails are not well-suited to wheelchairs. There is no direct public transportation to this park.

Carpool at Milpitas Square @ 8:45am

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  • Yuchao

    It's a pretty good hike today. Glad to meet all the hiker! Hope to see you guys next time

    1 · October 6, 2013

    • Yvonne C.

      Nice meeting, our new hiker!

      1 · October 7, 2013

  • Owen M.

    Awesome Hike. Thank You Yvonne for organizing the event and Thank You everybody for the great company and good food.

    1 · October 7, 2013

    • Yvonne C.

      I am glad you enjoy it!

      October 7, 2013

  • Catherine X.

    I hurt my back yesterday. Seems still very stiff this morning. I won't be able to do the hiking today. Sorry about the late notice. See your guys next time.

    October 6, 2013

    • Alex L.

      Hi Catherine, sorry to have missed you. Many of us are new to the group, but we havd a great time. I hope your back gets better soon.

      1 · October 6, 2013

    • Yvonne C.

      Have a good rest and recover, see you the next hike.

      October 6, 2013

  • Yvonne C.

    Another happy day with our happy hikers...PTL indeed! :D

    October 6, 2013

  • Jason H.

    Oh well, it's full -- maybe I can join next time! . . . Wish everyone have a safe and fun time :)

    October 5, 2013

    • Yvonne C.

      Jason, go ahead and join us for hiking, bring your lunch too!

      1 · October 5, 2013

    • Jason H.

      Thanks, Yvonne - will absolutely positively join ya next time. Hope you all had a great time :)

      1 · October 6, 2013

  • sophia

    need carpool, anyone from foster city/san meteo?

    October 3, 2013

    • Joe

      If you still need a ride, you can e-mail me. I will cross the San Mateo bridge to get there.

      October 5, 2013

    • sophia

      thanks joe, looks like I can't make it tomorrow; hopefully to join your guys next time:=)

      October 5, 2013

  • Ann

    anyone interested in carpooling from mtn view area?

    October 4, 2013

    • Ann

      yep, Alex! there is room--> Yuchao recommended meeting at the Ranch 99 in Mtn View (1350 Grant Rd, Mountain View, CA 94040). There is a large parking lot and perhaps we can meet at the entrance at 9am and carpool over. is that ok, mark c?

      1 · October 5, 2013

    • Alex L.

      Will work. Thanks for the arrangement. Alex

      October 5, 2013

  • Alex L.

    Just signed up. Anyone want ride together off Lawrence expressway/280 Area?

    October 5, 2013

  • Yvonne C.

    Please try to park your car near the ranger station. If possible park in the Madrone lot (to the left just before the ranger station), or in the spots past the ranger station and across the bridge, on the right side of the road. We will meet at Madrone lot.

    October 4, 2013

  • Yvonne C.

    The two ladies in waiting list, go ahead and join us for this Sunday hike please. :)

    October 4, 2013

  • Yvonne C.

    Just a note: national parks are closed, but state parks are still open. Portola Redwood State Park is still open for camping and hiking. check out this link: http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2013/10/government-shutdown-vacation-travel-washington-dc-grand-canyon-new-york-100113

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Need carpool ride from Sunnyvale. If offered, please private message me with your name, contact number, location and time of meeting by Thursday evening.

    September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    love hiking.

    September 26, 2013

  • Yvonne Chen changed the date and time from Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM to Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    September 20, 2013

  • Yvonne Chen changed the date and time from Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM to Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    September 20, 2013

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