Natural History of the SF Bay Area
With Diane West-Bourke
DIRECTIONS TO HIKES - SPRING 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.
BEAN HOLLOW STATE BEACH, 1
Meet at Bean Hollow State Beach parking lot on Hwy 1, about 3 miles S of Pescadero Road. Bring binoculars.
CANADA DEL ORO OSP, 2
From Hwy 101 S in San Jose, exit W on Bailey. Turn LF onto McKean, skirting Calero Park. Turn RT onto Casa Loma Road; continue about 1 mile to parking area on LF.
HENRY COE STATE PARK (10:30**), 3
Take Hwy 101 S to Morgan Hill. Exit E on Dunne Ave. and continue E past Anderson Reservoir for 13 miles to Park Hdqrs. The road past the reservoir is steep, narrow and winding. Meet in parking lot by Visitor Center.
MEMORIAL COUNTY PARK, 2-3
Take Hwy 84 W to La Honda. Turn LF on Alpine just beyond the village. After 1 mile, make a sharp RT onto Pescadero Rd. Follow about 4 miles of winding road; turn LF at the main entrance to Memorial Park. Turn briefly LF then RT in the Bay Tree Flat Picnic Area. (If that is closed, continue ahead to meet at Tanoak Flat—park near where the road splits around large redwoods).
SAN BRUNO MOUNTAIN CO. PARK, 3
Take Hwy 101 to South San Francisco. Take Bayshore Blvd N from the Brisbane exit. Turn LF at the stoplight onto Guadalupe Canyon Parkway. In about 1.5 miles, turn RT into main park entrance. Meet near restrooms.
SANTA TERESA COUNTY PARK, 2
From Hwy 101/85 in South San Jose, exit S on Bernal Road Continue about 2.6 miles & turn LF into main park entrance. Park near main picnic area & trailheads.
SIERRA AZUL OPEN SPACE (Woods Trail/Jacques Ridge), 3
From Hwy 85, exit S on Camden Ave. & drive about 1.6 miles (from 85 S, turn LF on Camden; from 85 N, turn LF on Branham, then LF on Camden). Turn RT on Hicks Rd. & continue about 6.3 miles—turn RT up Mt. Umunhum Rd. & park in the lot on the RT. Brief car shuttle to trailhead parking.
UVAS CANYON COUNTY PARK, 2
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. The road ends in Uvas Canyon Park. Meet near restrooms.
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