There were 8 votes on the poll (beach or Wilder Ranch): 8 for beach, 0 for Wilder. So here it is: Rio Del Mar beach walk (7 to 8 miles). Starts at 10, since it's New Year's Day and is out of town. Lunch near end of hike at Seascape Resort. I've told them we'll arrive at 1 PM with a group of 20 - I expect that not everyone will join us for lunch. This year they offer buffet and that's what we're doing - cost will be $20 plus tax and tip. No unpleasant waits for the waiters and no hassles with the check!
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Hike: we start at Rio Del Mar beach and walk south for 3.5 to 4 miles, reaching Manresa State Beach in the town of La Selva Beach. On the return, we stop at Seascape Resort, about one mile short of Rio Del Mar. If it's been raining we may have to ford some streams along the beach - fun!
Directions: Hwy 1 south to Rio Del Mar exit. Right turn and follow the winding road all the way to the beach - about 2 miles. Park in the oval at the beach front. We'll meet near the bathrooms. Should take about 45 minutes from Los Gatos.
CARPOOL: 9:15 A.M. at the Los Gatos Park and Ride. From Highway 17, exit on Saratoga/Los Gatos Road and go two blocks. The park and ride is just past University Avenue (but before Santa Cruz Ave.) on the right.