Natural History of the SF Bay Area
With Diane West-Bourke
DIRECTIONS TO HIKES - WINTER 2019
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.
LOWER STEVENS CREEK COUNTY PARK, 2
From Hwy 280 in Cupertino, take Foothill Blvd S, which becomes Stevens Canyon Road, & continue beyond the reservoir. Meet in the Cooley Picnic Area on the RT, just S of Mt. Eden Rd. Shuttle to nearby trailhead.
PESCADERO STATE BEACH & MARSH—bring binoculars, 1
Take Hwy 84 W (or Hwy 92) to Hwy 1 on the coast. Turn LF and continue S towards Pescadero. Meet in the northernmost paved parking area (N of Pescadero Road), at the base of the hill across from the N Pond, near the restroom.
SAM MCDONALD COUNTY PARK, 2
Take Hwy 84 to La Honda. Just W of town, turn LF onto Alpine/Pescadero Rd. for about 1 mile. Turn RT at the fork, following Pescadero Rd. uphill for another mile or so. Turn RT into park entrance. Shuttle up to trailhead.
SKYLINE RIDGE OPEN SPACE PRESERVE, 2
Park in the dirt lot for Russian Ridge (adjacent to Skyline Ridge), on the NW corner of the intersection of Hwy 35 / Skyline & Page Mill Road above Palo Alto, across the road from Alpine Pond.
WILDER RANCH STATE PARK, 1
Take Hwy 17 to Santa Cruz. Exit N on Hwy 1/Mission St. and drive N through town. About 2 miles N of the last stop light, turn LF into Wilder Ranch. Meet near restrooms.
WUNDERLICH COUNTY PARK—main entrance, 2
From Hwy 280 in Woodside, take the Woodside/Hwy 84 exit W. After passing through the village, watch carefully for a narrow entrance to the park on the RT. (If 84 branches off to the RT, you’ve missed it—try again).