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New Meetup: 7-Mile Hike -- Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

From: JohnR
Sent on: Sunday, June 6, 2010 8:04 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Bay Area Everything Outdoors Club for 20,30,40 year olds!

What: 7-Mile Hike -- Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

When: Saturday, June 19,[masked]:00 AM

Price: $1.00 per person

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness (Ringtail Cat Staging Area)
561 Hemme Ave
Alamo, CA 94507

Trailhead location in Alamo, south of Walnut Creek, west of I680.
This 7-mile loop to the top of Las Trampas Peak has a 1400' elevation gain, but most of the trail is gradual. It should take 4 hours, depending upon how much sightseeing we do. We'll start at the trailhead at the end of Hemme Ave; off Danville Blvd. The parking is limited to 8 spaces, yet there's parking along the street in front of residences too.

I believe dogs are allowed off leash once we're out of the parking lot.

The feeder trail starts along a shaded creek, then gains 600 feet fairly quickly. From there it joins up with the Madrone Trail which takes you to the peak. This trail is wide, fairly gradual and wooded, with many majestic madrone trees, oaks and buckeye. The view from the 1827' peak is worth it. From the peak, the trail rambles along the ridge for a ways before it drops back down through the Corduroy Hills (some interesting rock formations to scramble through). This part of the loop is "single track," and meanders tightly between some bushes. Further down we join back up with the Madrone Trail again, and work our way back to our starting point along the creek. At certain points along here you can see the historic property/ ranch of writer Eugene O'Neill.

There's pretty good shade mostly along the trail, except for the ridge (of course) and the end of the Corduroy HIlls trail. I expect the weather to be fairly decent by this weekend (for a change!). Could be a little cool at the start, yet should be sunny and warm by mid-day. Bring ample water and a snack for the trail.

I've hosted this same hike in past summers and it's a lot of fun!

Directions--From Walnut Creek (or Hwy 24), take 680 South and exit at Stone Valley Blvd (westbound is the 1st exit). Turn right on Stone Valley (all that's allowable), go one long block and turn left at the light for Danville Blvd. Continue south for about 3/4 mile, and turn right at the light for Hemme Ave. The small trailhead parking lot is tucked on the right at the very end of Hemme Ave (about one-half mile). You'll pass Rancho Romero school, and the Westminster Retreat Center both on the right. The parking lot is next to some large, fancy homes on the left.

From San Ramon (or Hwy 580), take 680 North and also take the Stone Valley Blvd exit (westbound is the 2nd exit). Turn right on Stone Valley (all that's allowed), pass under 680, and go one long block and turn left at the light for Danville Blvd. See above for the Hemme Ave. directions.

After the hike, those that are interested can gather nearby in Alamo for an enjoyable lunch "afterglow."

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