Hey guys, first time posting here so hopefully I do everything right! I run into the problem that a lot of my trips are often spur of the moment and find these trips fill up quickly so figured I would give it a shot.
This weekend I am going to do an easy backpack into Sam McDonald Park - it is roughly 5 miles in 5 miles out and not any serious up or down but one of my favorite local quick trips this time of year. You get to see a lot of different terrain and I hardly ever see anyone on the trail. We will be starting at the Sam McDonald trail head and taking the right side of the Brook trail to the Shaw Flat Camp. This is a cool campsite above a creek and only once have I not had the whole place to myself, and unusual for this area you are allowed to have fires. The next day we will head out the other side of the Brook trail, and if people are up for it we can drop into Memorial Grove (I will have to see if the bridge is up) which is a cool old growth area.
The campsites are first come first served but as I said I have only ever seen one other person there so not a worry! We drive in past the Sam McDonald Park entrance to the Memorial Park ranger station to let them know we will be out there - $10 per campsite (4 per) but I typically grab the big one at the end which can hold 10 people easily. We then drive back to the trail head (less than a mile) and get going.
I can handle all food assuming it is not more than 8 or 9 people, just bring a trail lunch for Saturday. It might rain on Saturday so as usual bring layers. There is no spigot at the campsite but there is a toilet. The stream is .25 miles away and I have water purification equipment and bladders. We usually get to camp early so bringing some tevas/watersocks to explore down there is fun.
Some background on me - I have been backpacking around here since being a kid, and am now a Scoutmaster and have lead groups of kids on this hike many times before, and it is sort of my goto spot to take friends to also - taken a lot of first time backpackers here. I have also lead 3-5 day adult treks and am certified in wilderness first aid. I have tons of gear if anyone needs to borrow anything, just ask.
I live in Redwood City, so it is pretty close for me, but planning on getting on the trail by 10 on Saturday and should be back not too far after noon on Sunday. I like to get lunch at Alice's on the way back :)