OLD GROWTH REDWOODS are indisputably majestic. Even when a highway or paved trail is built right alongside them, or when they are hemmed in by fences, the big trees retain their profound dignity and grace. Gazing at the ancientredwoods, wildcats inevitably feel humbled. But seeing a grove of old-growth redwoods that isn't accessible by car or an easy walk makes the experience even more compelling. That's why a trip to Peters Creek Grove may be the most awe-inspiring hike in the Bay Area. Simply put, the sanctity of the grove will move you. It is blissfully pristine and unspoiled!
TREE HUGGING WILDCATS, prepare for a long & strenuous hike that will take you to the Holy Grail of Redwood Groves! WARNING: You may return from this hike feeling highly increased levels of inspiration, joy & rejuvination!
Start time: 9:15 A.M.
Distance: 13 Miles.
Pace: 2.5 mph.
Elevation: 1500 ft.
Type: Mostly out & back but partial loop.
Difficulty: Strenuous (for regular, conditioned hikers!)
Hike Time: 7+ hrs.
Hike Fee: $1 cash suggested donation.
Entrance Fee: $10 Parking fee.
Dogs: Not on this hike.
Guests: Sorry no, must be a Wildcat member.
Peters Creek Grove Map Link (http://www.redwoodhikes.com/Portola/Peters%20Creek.html)
WHAT TO BRING: Sturdy hiking boots/shoes, layered clothing, wind & sun protection, LUNCH, hat, sun-block, hat, camera, EXTRA WATER (*Please don’t be one of the people I often meet on hikes who run out of water and, expect other people to save them!**) You may also want to bring hiking/trekking poles.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND : Fit hikers who can handle a 13 mile hike with approximately 1500 feet of elevation gain.
HOW TO ATTEND : Join like any other hike and answer the RSVP questions. Attendees are required to answer the RSVP questions. Members who have a history of last minute cancellations or a record of "No-shows" may be excluded from this hike. Attendence is at the discretion of the organizer.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THIS HIKE : Short breaks will occur including a longer lunch break. The organizer requires that all participants stay with the group and wait at trail junctions.
RESPONSIBILITY: Please be aware that we expect you to take responsibility for your safety while we are out on the trails. This means arriving ON TIME to leave with the group, being prepared with adequate hiking gear, hike fee and making sure the difficulty level of the event IS NOT beyond the limits of your health & conditioning. In addition, please show COURTESY to fellow members by changing your **YES* RSVP to a **NO** if your plans change.
CARPOOLS: If you have a ride to offer or need a ride state so in your RSVP or use the discussion board.
Woodside Park-n-Ride Carpool Link (http://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=37.43459,-122.244401&hl=en&ll=37.433951,-122.242588&spn=0.003608,0.00515&sll=37.435037,-122.244514&sspn=0.00285,0.004334&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=18&t=h&z=18). Those coming from SF or Marin, this is an ideal spot for carpooling. Leave here no later than 8:05 to get to Portola on time.
Saratoga Carpooling Link (http://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=37.270236,-122.016113&hl=en&ll=37.26949,-122.013667&spn=0.003616,0.00515&sll=37.270335,-122.01555&sspn=0.002954,0.004109&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=18&t=h&z=18). Good meeting point at Saratoga Library for people coming from South. Leave here no later than 8:05 to get to park.
DIRECTIONS: From the junction of Highways 35 and 9 at Saratoga Gap, drive seven miles North on Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard). Turn left (west) on Alpine Road, drive 3.2 miles and turn left on Portola State Park Road. Drive 3.3 miles to park headquarters.
Or, from 1-280 in Palo Alto, take the Page Mill Road exit. Turn West and drive 8.9 miles to Highway 35. Cross Highway 35 and continue on Alpine Road as above.
ALPINE AND PORTOLA STATE PARK ROADs ARE STEEP AND WINDY!! ALLOW EXTRA TIME!!
GOOGLE LINK THAT DEAD ENDS AT THE PARK. (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=portola+state+park+rd,+La+Honda+,+CA+94020&hl=en&ll=37.292082,-122.194748&spn=0.163606,0.32959&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=33.489543,59.414063&t=h&z=12&vpsrc=0)
Meeting Point is the main parking lot on the left, just before the Ranger Station!
Parking Fee is $10 to be paid inside the Ranger Station if open, if closed exact change for the envelope at the door is needed.