Natural History of the SF Bay Area
With Diane West-Bourke
DIRECTIONS TO HIKES - WINTER 2017
Meet at 10AM at trailhead unless noted otherwise. Hikes conclude by 3PM. Distances approximate —check local maps. Hikes are ranked 1, 2, or 3, from easiest to more challenging in terms of length, elevation &/or terrain.
In response to El Nino conditions, this 6-week session will feature centrally located or milder coastal destinations; well-drained, paved, sandy or firmer trail surfaces; & emphasize special seasonal features (fungi, butterflies, waterfalls, birds...).
ALUM ROCK COUNTY PARK — 2
From Hwy 680 N in San Jose, exit E on McKee. Turn LF on White Rd. At Penitencia Creek Rd., turn RT & follow it to the end. Park free in first lot near entry kiosk.
HIDDEN VILLA — 2
From Hwy 280 in Los Altos, exit w on Moody Rd. (at El Monte). Wind behind Foothill College, following Moody for about 2 miles. Turn LF at signs for “Hidden Villa Ranch” & “Youth Hostel”. Meet in first parking lot near Visitor Center. Donation required.
PT. LOBOS STATE RESERVE (10:30)—bring binoculars; 1-3
Take Hwy 1 S to Carmel. About 2 miles S of Carmel Valley Road, turn RT into park entrance. Park in Piney Woods Picnic Area if possible. Meet there OR at Allan Memorial Grove trailhead. Parking limited—if necessary, condense carpools before entering park (leave extra cars along highway).
QUAIL HOLLOW RANCH STATE PARK — 2, 3
Take Hwy 17 to Scotts Valley. Exit at Mt. Hermon Rd; turn RT. Continue through Scotts Valley to Felton. At the stop sign, turn LF briefly onto Graham Hill Rd. At the next signal light, turn LF onto Zayante Road. After 2 miles, turn LF on Quail Hollow Road, just past the fire station. Turn RT at ranch entrance; meet near Nature Center.
SAN PEDRO VALLEY COUNTY PARK — 3
Take Hwy 92 or Hwy 1 to Half Moon Bay. Turn N onto Hwy 1 and drive to Pacifica. Turn RT on Linda Mar Blvd. and continue inland about 2 miles. Turn RT briefly on Oddstad Rd., then LF into the park. Meet near the Center.
UCSC ARBORETUM —bring binoculars; 1
Take Hwy 17 to Santa Cruz. Turn RT on Mission St./Hwy 1. Immediately turn RT again onto Highland St. (a brick church stands on the corner). In 1 block, turn LF onto High St. & continue to the university. Continue straight at the Bay St. signal near the Barn Theater. Turn RT into the Arboretum within a mile. After morning tour, drive to nearby Natural Bridges State Park for lunch & another outing....
NATURAL BRIDGES STATE PARK —binoculars; 1
From the Arboretum, turn LF on Empire Grade. Turn RT on Western Drive, heading downhill to Mission St. Continue straight to road's end at Delaware & the Park boundary. Park along the street.
UVAS CANYON COUNTY PARK — 2, 3 CLOSED!!!
From Hwy 101 in south San Jose, exit at Bailey Rd. & turn RT. Continue W uphill on Bailey; turn LF on McKean, which becomes Uvas Rd. Turn RT on Croy Rd.; continue W thru Sveadal village. In about 4 miles, the road ends in Uvas Canyon Park. Meet near restrooms.