Natural History of the SF Bay Area
With Diane West-Bourke
DIRECTIONS TO HIKES - WINTER 2018
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.
COYOTE HILLS REGIONAL PARK, Newark —bring binoculars, 2
From Hwy 101 in Palo Alto, take Hwy 84 E across the Dumbarton Bridge. Soon after the toll plaza, exit N on Paseo Padre, turning LF. Soon turn LF again onto Patterson Ranch Rd to enter the park. Meet near visitor center.
ELKHORN SLOUGH RESERVE/CENTER, **10:30** — bring binoculars, 2
From Hwy 1 in Moss Landing, turn LF on Dolan Rd., just south of the PG&E plant. After several miles, turn LF on Elkhorn Rd. & continue to preserve entrance on LF. Meet near Visitor Center. Inland hike.
HIDDEN VILLA RANCH, 1/2 — (Wednesday only)
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.
LA HONDA CREEK OS, 2/3
From Hwy 84 in La Honda Village (13.6 miles from Hwy 280 OR 9.2 miles from Hwy 1), turn onto Sears Ranch Road, across from Apple Jacks tavern. Continue past school; park in lot at road's end.
NISENE MARKS STATE PARK, 2
From Hwy 17 in Santa Cruz, exit S on Hwy 1; continue about 6 miles. Exit E at the Seacliff/State Park exit, heading inland. Turn RT on Soquel Drive, then LF on Aptos Creek Road (just past train underpass). Continue about 3 miles into park. Drive in to park & meet near locked gate at Porter Picnic Area.
QUAIL HOLLOW RANCH STATE PARK, 2 — (Tuesday only)
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.
RANCH SAN ANTONIO OS, 1
From Hwy 280 in Cupertino, exit W onto Foothill Blvd. Immediately turn RT onto Cristo Rey Drive. Continue about 1 mile, following signs to park — do not enter the “Gates of Heaven”! Meet near restrooms in large NW parking area.