What we're about

THIS MEETUP IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO NEW MEMBERS. Our hikes are for adults only and no dogs please (thank you for your understanding). The South Bay Ramblers is a Bay Area hiking group that was formed in the South Bay with the goal of gathering people together to have fun, while getting plenty of exercise and making new friends. The South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group has been in existence since 2005 and we have been offering community hikes at least twice monthly since that time. Information about some of our past hikes and events can also be found on the South Bay Ramblers Blog (http://www.southbayramblers.com/) or on Instagram at SouthBayRambles.

Our hikes generally cover six to ten miles and can be fairly strenuous. Our group has many wonderful organizers who are avid hikers who post regular hikes on our schedule. RSVPs open two weeks prior to the scheduled hike. We welcome and encourage all our members to help us lead hikes for the group.

Our hikes frequent the local Santa Clara County Parks, Open Space Preserves and Santa Cruz Mountains. Occasionally, we venture to Marin or the East Bay and sometimes organize other fun outings such as kayaking, day trips to places like Pinnacles, Ano Nuevo State Park, Redwood Zip Lines and other local attractions.

We have a mandatory $12 membership dues to cut down on non-participation and to assist us in the cost of running our meet-up site, paying for essentials at our picnic and other events and the time and effort involved in running an active group. If you would like to lead at least one hike a year, or help in planning hikes/events, your membership dues can be waived.

Please read our Hiking Disclaimer (https://www.meetup.com/SouthBayRamblersHikingGroup/pages/South_Bay_Ramblers_Hiking_Disclaimer/) before joining the South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group. By joining this group, you agree to all the terms and conditions of this waiver (https://www.meetup.com/SouthBayRamblersHikingGroup/pages/South_Bay_Ramblers_Hiking_Disclaimer/). We also recommend you explore our About (https://www.meetup.com/SouthBayRamblersHikingGroup/about/) page to discover a little more about how we run our group.

Upcoming events (4+)

Tarwater Creek

Tarwater Trailhead Parking

Fully Vaccinated Hikers Only.

Distance: 7.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet

We start by hiking southwest/downhill near the western boundary of Portola Redwoods and into Pescadero Creek Park. Then we turn west and begin our uphill trek that eventually takes us into an unusual canyon full of very young redwoods. More climbing and back to our cars.
The trail intersections have clearly marked posts, a wonderful feature of the San Mateo County parks!

Start: Shingle Mill Trail, 1.9 miles. Down to post 73.
Pomponio Trail to post 66, 1.3 miles, pausing at posts 70, 71 and 67.
Bravo Fire Road to post 44, 1.0 mile, pausing at 60 and 56.
Canyon Trail to post 53, 1.6 miles, pausing at 50.
Tarwater Trail back to cars, 1.6 miles.

MAP: https://parks.smcgov.org/sites/parks.smcgov.org/files/PescaderoComplexMap-Nov2018-FINAL-web-formatted.pdf

GETTING THERE
Carpooling is recommended because the parking is limited. I don't know how busy it is on a Saturday. So here are your carpool possibilities: Page Mill Park & Ride, big lot at 9 and Skyline, or somewhere in Saratoga.
To get here you'll be heading down Alpine Road as though going to Portola Redwoods, but NOT take the turnoff to that park. Continuing down Alpine, it's less than a mile to Camp Pomponio Road, but easy to miss! Use Google Maps for your best chance of getting there!

Disclaimer: The South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group and its event organizers are not responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. By signing up for these events, you agree to release the South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group and its event organizers from any responsibility, liability, or claim in law or in equity. If you don't agree to these terms, DO NOT join this meetup event. The South Bay Ramblers does not certify the expertise of its event organizers - we are all volunteers. You are responsible for yourself. Please come prepared with appropriate hiking shoes, gear and water.

Vaccinated Hikers - Presidio San Francisco

Crissy Field

NOTE: To attend you must be fully vaccinated, i.e., at least 2 weeks out from your second Pfizer or Moderna covid vaccination or two weeks out from the single Johnson and Johnson covid vaccination, and have a mask/face covering to put on when passing others on the trail.

Distance: Approximately 8 - 9 miles

Elevation Gain: Approximately 700 feet

Meet: by the Crissy Beach parking lot bathrooms. Free Parking at Crissy Beach (also maps as East Beach)

Description: From Crissy Field we’ll walk over to the Presidio and take a circuitous route of dirt trails, paved paths and sidewalks through the Presidio. The Presidio is part of the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. We'll see the Palace of Fine Arts, Yoda, the Woodline, the Spire AND the intention is to walk down to Fort Point and have about 30 minutes to walk around on your own through the interior of Fort Point. If you're not interested in looking around the inside of Fort Point, you can walk back to Crissy Field ahead of the group.

Carpool: You can arrange carpooling in the comments

Disclaimer: The South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group and its event organizers are not responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. By signing up for these events, you agree to release the South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group and its event organizers from any responsibility, liability, or claim in law or in equity. If you don't agree to these terms, DO NOT join this meetup event. The South Bay Ramblers does not certify the expertise of its event organizers - we are all volunteers. You are responsible for yourself. Please come prepared with appropriate hiking shoes, gear and water.

Wunderlich County Park (longer one)

Wunderlich County Park

Length: ~10.7 miles

Level: Strenuous

Elevation: about 2700 Ft.

Hike Description (tentative): The connecting trail between Alambique trail and Skyline trail is now open so we can climb up to Skyline.

We will view the Carriage House and the Folger Stables then head towards the Alambique Trail. We will stay on the Alambique for 4.8 miles heading up to Skyline Blvd. We will return via the Skyline Trail retracing .6 miles of the Alambique to get to the Bear Gulch Trail then head for the parking lot on the Loop Trail.

There are bathrooms at trail head.

History: The first users of Wunderlich Park were the Costanoan Indians who were numerous in the area. Woodside Valley entered current recorded history on November 6, 1769, when the first Portola expedition camped in the valley.

One of the first prominent settlers was John Copinger, who was granted the Canada de Raymundo Rancho on August 4, 1840 by Governor Alvarado. This rancho consisted of most of the eastern slopes and valleys in the Woodside area, including Wunderlich Park. In 1846 Charles Brown received from Copinger a formal deed to 2,880 acres of timbered slopes and valley range, which contained Wunderlich Park.

In 1872 Simon Jones purchased 1,500 acres of the western portion of the property and named it "Hazel Wood Farm". He went on to prove that it had value beyond its lumber. Under his guiding hand the mountainside bloomed. Utilizing Chinese labor, he cleared the matted natural growth, built rock retaining walls, planted grapes and fruit trees and developed the property into a working ranch. Some of the buildings still remain and some of the planting is still evident to this day.

Jones died in 1890 and his son Everett sold the property to James A Folger II on October 12, 1902, Folger came to California in 1850 and had gone into the coffee business in San Francisco. Under Folger's ownership, the land changed roles, becoming a recreation area, suited to the family's taste. Wagon trails and old skid roads became riding and carriage trails. Weekend campouts were quite common in the area of Alambique Creek.

In 1904 Folger developed the first hydro electrical power system in this part of California. Waters from Alambique Creek were used to develop this power.

The next owner of the property was contractor Martin Wunderlich, who purchased the property from the Folger's in November 1956. In 1974 he graciously tendered it for public recreation by deeding 942 acres to San Mateo County for use as park and open space. Read more about the the park here ( http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/portal/site/parks/menuitem.f13bead76123ee4482439054d17332a0/?vgnextoid=648bc8909231e110VgnVCM1000001d37230aRCRD ).

Directions:

When coming to Wunderlich Park from the north (San Francisco) or the south (San Jose), use Highway 280. Turn off at the Woodside Road (Highway 84) exit. Turn westbound (towards Woodside). Proceed approximately 4 miles through the Town of Woodside. The main park entrance will be on the west (right) side of the roadway.

When coming to Wunderlich Park from Highway 1 (the coast side) or Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard), turn onto Highway 84 eastbound. Proceed towards the Town of Woodside. Proceed approximately 1/2 mile past the intersection of Portola Road. The entrance to the park will be on the west (left) side.

Car Pool: Please work out a car pool for those of you in the South Bay. Arastradero Park and Ride seems like a great spot.

Disclaimer: The South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group and its event organizers are not responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. By signing up for these events, you agree to release the South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group and its event organizers from any responsibility, liability, or claim in law or in equity. If you don't agree to these terms, DO NOT join this meetup event. The South Bay Ramblers does not certify the expertise of its event organizers - we are all volunteers. You are responsible for yourself. Please come prepared with appropriate hiking shoes, gear and water.

Joseph D. Grant Ranch County Park

Joseph D. Grant County Park

Vaccinated Hikers Only

This 8.3 mile hike begins with a climb on Dutch Flat Trail to the ridge top along southwestern edge of park. We'll hike along the top with views of southern end of Santa Clara valley to the right and eventually make a gradual descent to an intersection with Brush trail. We'll follow Brush trail across grassland area to Eagle Trail and follow that to Lower San Felipe Trail to make our way back. The latter portion of this hike is largely flat and exposed with slight elevation gain as we proceed back towards start point. Total elevation gain is ~1550 ft.
The entrance fee is $6. Once past the entry kiosk, take the park road to the end, at the traffic circle, and park on the left near the restrooms.

Two routes are available from San Jose to Grant Ranch: Quimby Road is steep and twisty but short, and Alum Rock to highway 130 is a bit longer and not steep.

Disclaimer: The South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group and its event organizers are not responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. By signing up for these events, you agree to release the South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group and its event organizers from any responsibility, liability, or claim in law or in equity. If you don't agree to these terms, DO NOT join this meetup event. The South Bay Ramblers does not certify the expertise of its event organizers - we are all volunteers. You are responsible for yourself. Please come prepared with appropriate hiking shoes, gear and water.

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