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Two quick hikes: Mt. Davidson and Junipero Serra County Park

After a substantial break from hikes with travel and broken bones, we're starting up again with trails we find to be the most 'doable' without lots of slippery little rolling rocks, etc. We hope this combination of gentle hikes will work well for members from a wide (or long) section along 280.

First, a trek to the top of Mount Davidson, highest peak in San Francisco. However, since one parks pretty high up the hill anyway, the walk to the top is just the right amount of challenge for new or out-of-practice hikers. The reward at the top is tremendous: about a 300-degree view of the city and the bay. Also a 70-foot, once-controversial cross, seen in the original Dirty Harry movie, which now is a monument to the Armenian genocide of 1915. The trail has deeply-forested sections as well as sunny open ones. You might want to bring a sack lunch or snack to take a few moments to sit and enjoy the views.

Ron and Kathleen will pick up at least one passenger at the Park and Ride at 280 and Page Mill Road. Please let us know if you'd like to ride with us, or contact other members as some are coming from San Mateo and Hillsdale looking for carpool partners.

There are four useful websites about Mt. Davidson. The first two might be the most helpful. The Bay Area Hiker site tells us to meet at the bus stop, so we'll be right near there. The address above should get you in striking range. Please look at the map to see the location. (And don't worry much about getting lost on Mt. Davidson; with the 70-foot cross on top, it's pretty easy to see where you're heading for while hiking.)

http://www.transitandtrails.org/plan/trailhead/386 http://www.bahiker.com/sfhikes/davidson.html http://mtdavidson.org/mount_davidson_trail_map http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/MountDavidson_7362.asp

Mount Davidson is a pleasant hike but not terribly long; from there we will proceed south to Junipero Serra County Park. This San Mateo County Park also has pleasant trails through a variety of terrain, with easy paths and moderate amounts of incline. A couple of months ago we hiked the trail similar to the one found at

http://bahiker.com/southbayhikes/juniperoserra.html .

If time and inclination allow, we'll continue a little further or try out different side routes along the walk, as the group wishes.

We're aiming to be there at 1:30; we'll wait a few minutes (we are not always right on time ourselves, but we'll be aiming to be!) If you arrive late and it seems we've already gone, just follow the trail described at http://www.bahiker.com/sfhikes/davidson.html

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