What we're about

Original from previous Organizer Nikki (This is a group that likes to be outside. Experienced hikers recommended. These hikes will be considered strenuous to most so you want to be in good shape and able to move at a quick pace, even up hills and stairs, which these hikes will have. I do request that you be able to keep up with the group.
I started this meetup to meet other people who love to be outdoors, who are active and enjoy the beautiful area we live in. This group allows others to join me in my love of exploration. Hikes can be in Marin County, Oakland Redwood Regional Park, Marin, Tahoe, Yosemite or anywhere in San Francisco. Please know I will not organize transportation, just the hikes. We'll get great exercise, see beautiful sights and even learn a little about the area. Remember stairs and hills are my favorite! You will get serious exercise on these hikes!)

Will keep it much as we can in terms with the original content.

All knowingly responsible for your own actions and this group is not responsible for any actions you take. You agreed that we are not liable and you make the choice of joining this group.

Upcoming events (4+)

Hike at Alviso Marina County Park, ~4.5mi, 1.5-hour, easy hike

Needs a location

We invite all curious Bay Area Hikers to join our Saturday early morning South Bay hikes (that happen regularly) and explore the serene and colorful area of Alviso Marina. We will hike along salt ponds, channel of the Guadalupe river and a network of levees. These easy hikes can be a way to train ourselves for longer hiking trips, and to meet your group members in person.

We will take Alviso Slough Trail and make sure we are done by 9:30-9:45 am as the latest. This is a flat, fast-paced hike and it can serve as a warm-up for your other activities later on this day. But if everybody in the group wants to do a longer hike, there are choices of trails at Alviso to extend our activities ))

Please, bring:
* layered cloths/windbreaker,
* shoes appropriate for a rough trail,
* water,
* hat,
* sunglasses
* sunscreen.

The weather forecast in the area:
http://bit.ly/3qhmXih

Please be aware that in the case of precipitation in the area the day before the hike - the trail can get muddy here and there. So, put on appropriate shoes, do not wear nice textile shoes..

No parking fee is charged currently at Alviso.

The Park is 100% open space and a good setting for cognitive respite by relaxing and restoring the mind ))

We plan to complement these hikes with networking time AFTER a hike, 9:30am-10:00am-ish, so that group members could connect more directly. This can be happening either at the picnic tables in the park, or at a eating place nearby. Here are some options:
El Taco de Oro , opens 9am
Vahl's Restaurant , opens 11am
Rosita's De Basilio Deli & Market , opens 11am.

We found out that El Taco de Oro is a suitable place for after hike networking 👍‍ ($3.25/taco, friendly staff and plenty of space.) Here is a photo of the menu: https://www.meetup.com/u-s-national-parks-quest-group/photos/32530046/#[masked] (click to enlarge.)

Depending on the group's mood, we can go on networking or not (it's up to everyone to decide to go on or not, no obligations/expectations.)

This event is cross-posted with tech pro's Meetup groups: Silicon Valley Indian Professionals Association (SIPA), California Software Professional Association (CSPA), Global Online Tech & Startup Networking & Training Meetup and others.

Let's see each other at Alviso!

Lunch-break hike at Baylands Nature Preserve, 5.3mi/1.5 h, easy hike

Needs a location

For members working on the Peninsula this mid-day hike in an urban-waterfront park located within 3 mi of Palo Alto city center can be a use of lunch time or an activity to switch to for those who work from home and, of course, meeting your fellow group members.

This hike will be organized regularly. People with limited time do not need to finish the whole trail, but can hike up for some time and return on their own - the trail is well designated, and the first half of the trail is rewarding enough.

The trail is quite flat but with fast pace it provides a good workout with scenic view of waterfront and plenty of wildlife.
* Length: 5.3mi
* Elevation gain: 49 ft
* Dogs are allowed but must be on leash at all times
* The Park is 100% open space and a good setting for cognitive respite by relaxing and restoring the mind ))
* Often freshly breezy.

Here is weather forecast to check on: https://bit.ly/3MUOySD
Please, bring:
* shoes appropriate for an unpaved trail,
* layered clothes (for season),
* hat,
* water,
* sunglasses,
* sunscreen.

We can complement this hike with networking time AFTER the hike, 1:30pm-2:00pm-ish, so that group members could connect more directly. This can be happening at a nearby coffee shop:
Starbucks, 6 min drive
Philz Coffee, 9 min drive
Palo Alto Coffee, 12 min drive.
Depending on the group's mood, we can go on networking or not (it's up to everyone to decide to go on or not, no obligations/ expectations.)

Where we meet:
Parking lot at Terminal Dr, nearby North Bayfront Loop Trail - marked with purple arrow on this map:
https://www.meetup.com/u-s-national-parks-quest-group/photos/31208600/504384896/#[masked]
(click the photo to enlarge.) The meetup link leads to a close spot too.

The Park's info: https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/Departments/Community-Services/Open-Space-Parks/Neighborhood-Parks/Baylands-Nature-Preserve
Parks map and brochure:
https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/files/assets/public/community-services/parks-and-open-space/baylands/baylands-map.pdf

Meet each other at Baylands Nature Preserve!

Lunch-break hike at Baylands Nature Preserve, 5.3mi/1.5 h, easy hike

Needs a location

For members working on the Peninsula this mid-day hike in an urban-waterfront park located within 3 mi of Palo Alto city center can be a use of lunch time or an activity to switch to for those who work from home and, of course, meeting your fellow group members.

This hike will be organized regularly. People with limited time do not need to finish the whole trail, but can hike up for some time and return on their own - the trail is well designated, and the first half of the trail is rewarding enough.

The trail is quite flat but with fast pace it provides a good workout with scenic view of waterfront and plenty of wildlife.
* Length: 5.3mi
* Elevation gain: 49 ft
* Dogs are allowed but must be on leash at all times
* The Park is 100% open space and a good setting for cognitive respite by relaxing and restoring the mind ))
* Often freshly breezy.

Here is weather forecast to check on: https://bit.ly/3MUOySD
Please, bring:
* shoes appropriate for an unpaved trail,
* layered clothes (for season),
* hat,
* water,
* sunglasses,
* sunscreen.

We can complement this hike with networking time AFTER the hike, 1:30pm-2:00pm-ish, so that group members could connect more directly. This can be happening at a nearby coffee shop:
Starbucks, 6 min drive
Philz Coffee, 9 min drive
Palo Alto Coffee, 12 min drive.
Depending on the group's mood, we can go on networking or not (it's up to everyone to decide to go on or not, no obligations/ expectations.)

Where we meet:
Parking lot at Terminal Dr, nearby North Bayfront Loop Trail - marked with purple arrow on this map:
https://www.meetup.com/u-s-national-parks-quest-group/photos/31208600/504384896/#[masked]
(click the photo to enlarge.) The meetup link leads to a close spot too.

The Park's info: https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/Departments/Community-Services/Open-Space-Parks/Neighborhood-Parks/Baylands-Nature-Preserve
Parks map and brochure:
https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/files/assets/public/community-services/parks-and-open-space/baylands/baylands-map.pdf

Meet each other at Baylands Nature Preserve!

Yosemite Fall Foliage Car Camp

Needs a location

October is a great time to visit Yosemite Valley with a chance to catch the peak of its fall colors! In addition, the crowds are not that large already and peace and quiet are returning.

We plan to tent-camp in Upper Pines campground and have room for 6 people in each of 2 adjacent campsites.

Although this is an 6 day event, you can stay as long or as short as you want. When signing up, please designate which nights you plan on attending and any guests.

The cost should be $6 per person, per night, payable at the campsite.

This is to be an all inclusive, nondiscriminatory event.

After unloading at the campsite, parking will be in the overflow lot nearby. If you plan on sleeping in your car, you may be able to park at the campsite. Just let me know when you sign up.

Activities will be dependent on weather. Temperatures average around 70°F (40°F at night.) Check on the weather forecast here:
https://bit.ly/3x4cHiO (weather.com)
https://tinyurl.com/cn6vce87 (weather.gov)

If needed, we could provide tarp shelter in case of rain.

A partial list of possible endeavors:
Mirror Lake Loop - 5mi, 200ft el. gain, easy to moderate.
Valley Loop Trail - 6.5mi, flat, easy.
Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall Trail, out & back, 7 mi, 2200ft el. gain, moderate to strenuous.
Yosemite Falls Trail, out & back, 7.2mi, 2700ft el. gain, moderate to strenuous.
Columbia Rock via Upper Yosemite Falls trail, out & back, 3 miles 1000 ft el. gain, moderate.
Depending on weather, there may also be hiking options available on the South Rim (Taft Point, Dewey Point, Sentinel Dome.)

For participants who want easier hikes:
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, loop, 1mi, 50ft el. gain, easy
Cook's Meadow Loop, 1mi, flat, easy
Sightseeing loop - 1 - 5 mi, mostly flat. We'll see Indian Caves, Indian village, cemetery, Superintendents house, Yosemite Chapel, explore the Ahwahnee Hotel.
Happy Isles, 1 mile, flat, easy.

Everyone is free to join an organized hike or activity or do their own thing.

Yosemite Valley Shuttle availability for Oct will be updated later.

We will all meet at the Ahwahnee Hotel for cocktails/refreshments one evening.

Regarding dining options, Degnan's Deli, Basecamp Eatery, The Mountain House Lounge and The Ahwahnee Dining Room and Bar are expected to be open.

The Yosemite Village Store should be open 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. The Ahwahnee Gift Shop and Lodge Gift Shop should be open.

Cell service is spotty at the campsite but generally reliable at the Village. Wi-Fi is available at the Village and library only.

Photo Album from our December 2021 car camping at Upper Pines: https://www.meetup.com/u-s-national-parks-quest-group/photos/31969351/

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