What we're about

Bay area is home of hundreds parks, open spaces and wilderness areas. We won't be limited by North Bay and will hike in Peninsula, South Bay, and East Bay. We prefer moderate hikes 8-15 miles

Our goal: explore new places, enjoy nature and meet new people.

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We all benefit through the wealth of open-access trails. Each time we adventure outside we recognize the trail system was put in place by volunteers and needs maintenance. Volunteering to maintain the trail system and keeping the trails clean is the minimum we can do in return.

We hike as a group, make sure members do not get left behind on our hikes. Please advise the group leader if you are a beginner or first timer.

See you on the Trails!

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Las Trampas Peak

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Las Trampas Peak,[masked] (Sat)
* Destination : Las Trampas Peak @ er, Las Trampas Wilderness / Park. Also Eagle Peak, Veil Peak.
* Stats : 10 miles, 2800' gain, 2.6 mph.
* Meeting Time : Aug 13, 2022 (Sat), at 6:30a (google maps :[masked], [masked])
* Estimated finish : 11:35a, back at the trailhead
* Organizer: DN (walks.nani at gmail dot com)

Check the park's website for parking fee and suchlike details. Bring an extra plastic bag for muddy shoes. Do not bring pets. Bring dollars for carpool, parking, etc. If you have any questions, try sending a meetup message; but I respond to email faster. If you want my help about carpool, send me a message with your contact number and I will try to help. Or check with other hikers or drive alone. The gate may not be open at 6:30a. An email (meetup-msg) about it will be sent to all the attendees before 8p Friday, and each attendee would do well to read it.

Las Trampas is one of the great parks in the area which is not much known among hikers. Most of the park is exposed, trails are steep, they are muddy in winter and can get oppressively hot in the summer months, but not at 6:30a. How about 8a? Coming weekend has a mild forecast, we should be fine. That said, we need to get back fairly early, so we will do all portions not very steep at 3mph, and there would be no breaks for lunch, etc. If this does not work for you, then just skip the hike. If a new-to-me hiker wants to join, send me a message so that I may have a word with him or her. We will do a clockwise loop and hit 3 peaks. We will start on Bollinger Creek Loop S-W fork and try to find the use trail to Vail Peak. I was 15 feet below it 3 years ago but did not try to find the route. Then hit Eagle Peak, turn back towards Las Trampas Peak. And continue on Madrone Trail, Del Amigo Trail, and Trapline Trail.

Golden Gate Group Hikes to Golden Gate Park, 12 miles, >500ft

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We meet at Fort Funston Parking near Funston Beach trailhead. Notice, you can turn to required parking lot only if you move South, there is not left turn if you are moving North.
It is picturesque area where you can see how delta plans and paragliders start.
It will be easy hike , primary flat and our pace will be[masked] miles per hour. I don't want to have challenge hike just before Sequoia trip. When I lived in Daly City I visited Fort Funston very frequently. But recently I realized that I haven't been there more than 10 years. Plus I haven't walked in Golden Gate park more than 6 years. Good time to refresh memory.
Our route: Funston Beach tr -> Funston Beach ( be ready to walk across sandy beach) -> Sunset tr -> Great Highway Extension -> San Francisco ocean beach ( 2 miles) -> Golden Gate Park Windmills -> Middle Lake -> North Lake -> Fulton tr -> Tulip Garden ( possible lunch stop) -> Return by Great highway ( closed on Sunday) -> Wawona st -> Sunset blvd -> Lake Merced blvd -> Cross Hwy 35 -> return by Horse tr .

Attendance limit - 16. First 11 RSVP + 4 based on hiker's points.
Hikers who cancel on meetup day will get 'NO SHOW' unless they provide reasonable excuse. I block hikers with 2 NO SHOWs.

SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NP

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I never hiked in SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON National parks, but planned to go there at least 10 years. It is absolutely unique place for hikers and nature lovers.
We'll stay in Three Rivers, I booked Airbnb there. It is 4.5 hours to drive there from SF. So far there is big selection of rentals and hotels in Three Rivers.
My trip plan is the following:
--- Wed - arrival day , we may have dinner in Three Rivers Pizza Factory at 6PM.
--- Thu - Challenge hike. 8:30am Wolverton Picnic Area, Sequoia National Park. 1 hour drive from Three rivers.
I'm considering 2 hiking options:

  • Out and Back Alta Peak (11277 ft), 14.7 miles 4200 ft elev. gain
  • Loop hike: Alta tr - High Serra tr 14.9 miles 3350 ft elev. gain

Option 2 is preferable for bad and/or cloudy weather. But we can discuss what to pick.
--- Fri - Moderate tr. King Canyon Roads End Wilderness Permit Station. Drive 2h 30min. 10:30am Mist Falls 9 miles 900 ft elev. gain. Scenic drive back to Three rivers with stops.
--- Sat - Challenge hike. 9:30am. Sawtooth Path Trailhead parking area, 0.8 miles after Mineral King Ranger Station
Our Hike 10 miles >4000 ft elev.gain. Monarch Lakes -> Sawtooth pass (11700 ft) -> return by Sawtooth Pass tr. If weather won’t be good or we’ll feel too tired then we’ll use cutover trail to reach Sawtooth Pass tr. As result our hike will be 9 miles with 3500 ft elev. gain.
--- Sun Giant Forest Museum 9:30am, 1 hour drive from Three Rivers.
After museum tour Easy hike – Trail of Sequoias 5,5 miles 1000 ft elev.gain. Hike meeting point – Parking Crescent Meadow/High Serra Trailhead 9:30am
After hike scenic drive with multiple stops and short hikes

Everybody will go on waiting list first. Trip will be limited by 12-16 hikers ( 3-4 cars). I'll give priority RSVP to hikers who hiked with me before. To get RSVP you need to inform me about your lodging/camping reservations and if you prefer to be carpool driver or passenger or drive alone.
Feel free send me meetup private messages or contact my cell[masked] for any questions.

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COE Drift Fence

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COE Drift Fence,[masked] (Sat)
* Destination : Drift Fence Trail @ Henry Coe Park
* Stats : 12 miles, 2800' gain, 2.4 mph.
* Meeting Time : Aug 20, 2022 (Sat), at 6:15a at Hunting Hollow TH
* Estimated finish : 12:50p, back at the trailhead
* Organizer: DN (walks.nani at gmail dot com)

Check the park's website for parking fee and suchlike details. Bring an extra plastic bag for muddy shoes. Do not bring pets. Bring dollars for carpool, parking, etc. If you have any questions, try sending a meetup message; but I respond to email faster. If you want my help about carpool, send me a message with your contact number and I will try to help. Or check with other hikers or drive alone.

Hikes at Henry Coe are tough at the best of times. In June-to-September window, they can be brutal. There is very little shade on our route, and the temps can be in the early 80s. Temps of 95 or 100 are not unknown in the summer. So, only experienced hikers, please, and preferably those who have hiked with me before. This park is not for those softies who like shaded hikes and expect volunteers providing lemonade every 200 feet. As for the hike route, the pine ridge assoc's park website used to host Bill Levey's maps 15 years ago which showed a trail named Drift Fence Trail. It was omitted from the 2006 official map, and the next edition from 2013 also does not show it. But I know from some park volunteers that the park wants the trail to be used. It is likely to be overgrown and some bushwhacking might be needed. If the weather is mild, we will traverse Drift Fence Trail. Else, we will save it for a later day. The likely route is : Hunting Hollow TH - Steer Ridge Trail to Willson Peak - Serpentine - rt Grizzly Gulch Rd to Rodeo Pond - lt Wagon Rd - rt Drift Fence Tr - rt Vazquez Rd to Willson Camp - Bowl Tr - Lyman-Willson - Hunting Hollow Rd.

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Coal Mine Ridge & Windy Hill , 11.5 miles , >2100 ft elev. gain

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