We will hike about 2.75 miles through the lower and upper park, doing a figure eight loop through open and wooded spaces, and making a short, side jaunt to feed the goldfish in the spring box. The hike is mostly flat, but includes a series of moderate ascents and one sort but sharp descent. The hike will take about 2 hours, plus carpool time.
Fish are wet. A moderate rain will not cancel this hike. Wear your rain gear and "take a hike!"
Due to limited parking at the Golf Club Drive entrance to the Pogonip we will meet in the Gateway Plaza parking lot, by the river levee in front of Pet Smart, and carpool a few blocks to the Pogonip.*
Here is a map.
From the Golf Club Drive entrance we will walk on the paved road and head west on the Pogonip Creek Nature Loop, which follows the watershed of Pogonip Creek through redwood forest. A moderate ascent will bring us out to the open meadow, where we will head east on the Prairie Trail to the ranger station. A short western jaunt on Brayshaw Trail with a turn north on Fern Trail will bring us to Ohlone Trail. Heading west on Ohlone Trail we will make a moderately steep ascent to the upper level of the park.
At Spring Trail we will head north, veer northwest onto Spring Box Trail, and pause at the spring box to feed the goldfish. Bring your fish food!
From here we will double back to Spring Trail and head south to Brayshaw Trail. We will make a short and sharp descent on Brayshaw Trail out to the open meadow, then follow Prairie Trail and the easternmost (straight) part of Pogonip Creek Nature Loop through the meadow back to Golf Club Drive.
What to bring:
- Rain gear
- Fish food
- Sun protection
- Tick repellent. There are ticks and poison oak on the trails. If you make it a habit to not brush against any plant (the most common way to get a tick) you will probably avoid both ticks and poison oak.
Dogs are not allowed on this hike.
RSVP etiquette: there may be a wait list. If you RSVP "yes" and change your mind, please change your RSVP to "no" so that someone on the wait list can take your place. No-shows who prevent wait-listed members from participating may be barred from hikes.
Please read the FAQ.
* I know about the Harvey West/Dubois no-carpool entrance, but I’m going to try it this way and see how it works. Limit 12 attendees divided by 4 persons per car equals 3 cars, which should fit the limited parking.