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New Meetup: Tuesday Evening Hike: Redwood Canyon at Garland Ranch (~3.5 Miles, ~600 Feet)

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Sent on: Monday, September 27, 2010 3:31 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group!

What: Tuesday Evening Hike: Redwood Canyon at Garland Ranch (~3.5 Miles, ~600 Feet)

When: Tuesday, October 12,[masked]:00 PM

Price: $1.00 per person

Where: Garland Ranch Regional Park
39 E. Garzas Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Since Maria and I will be out of the country on our Himalayan trekking expedition, Marilyn & Susan Smith have graciously volunteered to lead this after-work / evening hike to Redwood Canyon at Garland Ranch Regional Park. This hike will yield about 3.5 miles of distance with roughly 600 feet of elevation gain.

Starting at the Garzas Canyon Trail and working our way up along the Terrace Trail to Redwood Canyon, we'll enjoy the sights & smells of nature as we hike along shady oaks, buckeyes, bay laurel trees, and towering redwoods. Additionally we'll be crossing the Garzas Creek no less than 6 times over rustic bridges, both permanent and seasonal. Also lots of ferns and possibly even some poison oak encroachment on the trail, but nothing to dampen the mood nor spoil the views as we traverse one of the more scenic areas of this beloved county park.

WHAT TO BRING: Sturdy hiking shoes or boots (sorry sneakers NOT recommended for this event), layered clothing for protection against wind and cool temperatures, food/snacks for extra fuel, at least 2 liters of water, & long pants and long sleeve shirt (for poison oak protection).

NOTE: The sun will be setting at 6:35 p.m. with civil twilight ending at 7:01 p.m. This means it will LIKELY be dark as we near the end of our hike. Please bring headlamps and/or flashlights so that you may safely illuminate the foot path ahead of you as we make our way back to the cars.

If you're coming from the Santa Cruz or Monterey area, head south on CA-1 towards Carmel. The freeway ends just past Exit 399A (Hwy. 68 to Pacific Grove), but continue on Hwy 1 south for another 4 miles until you get to Carmel Valley Road. Turn left (East) onto Carmel Valley Road and continue for 10.2 miles. Turn right onto Boronda Road and proceed 0.6 miles until you reach E. Garzas Road. Turn left onto E. Garzas Road and proceed 0.3 miles to the trail head.

Driving Directions to Garzas Creek Trail Head

Ample curbside parking is available. We'll hit the trail promptly at 6:15 p.m.

For information about Garland Ranch Regional Park:
Garland Ranch Regional Park Home Page

Please be aware that we expect you to take responsibility for your safety while we are out on the trails. This means being prepared with adequate hiking gear and making sure the difficulty level of the event IS NOT beyond the limits of your health & conditioning. We understand that your "Yes" RSVP to this event means you accept this. For more information regarding safety, please refer to the Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group "About" section for more details.

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