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A Sampling of Current GLS outings in January and February

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As a participant, you have the responsibility to:
  1. Acquaint yourself with the outing and decide if it is within your capability and experience.  (If unsure, please contact leader.)
  2. Pay the carpool driver for expenses.
  3. Show up for the outing properly clothed and equipped.
  4. Stay with the group unless you sign out.   Stop at trail crossings and wait for the leader to show the route.

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Saturday, December 25
Redwood Regional Park East to West Trails with Dogs!

Prudence Carter 510-435-1501 prucarter@comcast.net
Rating: 3A

This is a short and fun 4.0-mile loop in which there will be many dogs, red bark Madrone, oaks and grasses and some views if it is clear. Any rain cancels. Your well-behaved canine friend can join, bring a leash no more than 6 feet long, a snack for both of you, sturdy shoes, and water for your dog. We will be on the Steam trail very briefly where your dog needs to be leashed then off they go after that. Meet at the Skyline Gate at 12N
Directions: From SF take Hwy. 24 East towards Hgwy.13 S take the Park Blvd. exit and turn left, take another left onto Mountain and then a right on Snake Road. You will wind through some neighborhoods, Snake changes to Shepard Canyon, which ends at Skyline Blvd where you make a right turn and then in ½ mile a left into the Skyline Gate Staging Area.



Saturday, January 1, 2011,
John Wilkinson Memorial Hike at Mission Peak

Cathy Roberts 650-521-6490 cdrdash@gmail.com
Lynne Formigli lformigli@sbcglobal.net
Rating: 2C2

Start the new year off with a Loma Prieta GLS tradition, Mission Peak on New Year’s Day. We'll honor and remember John Wilkinson on our hike. John led this hike many times for GLS and we'll do a route he loved. John passed away in August 2010. He was a long time Loma Prieta GLS hike leader, a former Loma Prieta GLS GovCom member, a passionate environmentalist, and a very good friend to many of us. John co-led the Death Valley camping trip for years, enabling so many Bay GLS members to share his love of both the desert and of mountain climbing. Mission Peak overlooks Fremont and the South Bay with great views on a clear day including Mount Hamilton to the south, the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west, Mt. Tamalpais to the north, and Mt. Diablo and the Sierra Nevada to the northeast. Wildlife includes Turkey Vultures, Hawks, wild turkeys, deer and cow We'll be doing a loop hike, going up the Horse Heaven trail, which is far less crowded than the more direct Hidden Valley trail which will be our descent route. Horse Heaven is a little longer, but not as steep. It can be quite muddy in places, especially if there has been recent rain. The total distance for the loop is between 5.5 and 6 miles, with an elevation gain of about 2,300 feet. The way up is a combination of fire road and trail, the descent mostly fire road. The summit area is steep and rocky with little wind protection. While hiking up, you’ll generate plenty of heat, so dress in layers. The top is almost always windy and cold, no matter how nice it is at the base. Bring layers to keep warm, especially a wind layer for the summit, a warm hat, plenty of water, sunscreen, sturdy boots, snacks and a lunch. Optional items include a thermos with something hot to drink, binoculars, trekking poles, and a camera to document your accomplishment.
Directions: Take Highway 87 (Guadalupe Expressway) going South, get off at the Alma exit. Turn left after you exit and the Park-and-Ride will be on your immediate left. Or meet at the Stanford Ave trailhead off of Mission Blvd. Carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking at the trailhead.
Carpool: Tamien Park and Ride, San Jose at 9:45 a.m. Tamien Light Rail Park and Ride is located about a mile southwest of downtown San Jose. It is well serviced by Light Rail, CalTrain and Santa Clara County bus connections.



Sunday, January 2
San Pedro County Park (Pacifica)

Rating: 1A
Russ Hartman 650-355-2243

Start the year with this approx. 6-mile hike in San Pedro County Park in Pacifica. Meet at Russ’s house at 9:15 for coffee, juice and bagels and then we’ll walk 15 minutes to the trailhead. Bring water, sturdy shoes, rain gear. Steady rain cancels. Please RSVP so I know how many to prepare for.
Directions: From San Francisco, take 280 South past Daly City BART, merge onto Hwy. 1 towards Pacifica and continue 7 miles to 4th stoplight (Denny’s Restaurant on left); Turn left onto Linda Mar Blvd, go approx. 1.5 miles to stop sign at Alicante Dr.; Turn left onto Alicante and go approx. 2 blocks to #1280 on left side of street.
Carpool: Meet for leaderless carpool (leader not present) under Safeway sign by Starbucks at Market and Dolores Sts. in San Francisco at 8:45 am.



Sunday, January 2
Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont

Rating: 2A


Saturday, January 8
An Afternoon in Golden Gate Park: Part 1 - East End

Jenna Slovis jslovis@gmail.com
Paget Valentzas 415-271-2945 pagetsf@hotmail.com
Rating: 1A

Did you know Golden Gate Park is larger than New York City's Central Park? Join us on this afternoon brisk stroll to explore one of our city's greatest treasures, and learn some fun trivia and little known facts. We’ll be covering about 4 miles on sidewalks and trails. Rain or shine, Golden Gate Park is the perfect winter destination. Bring snacks or money to enjoy some of the park fare- yes, they do have veggie sausages at the hot dog stand! If time permits, those interested may want to stay for tea and cookies at the oldest public Japanese tea garden in the United States (*additional fee.) To begin our adventure tour, meet at the bottom of the stairs in front of the Conservatory of Flowers at 12:30.
Directions: For directions by car or transit, go to: http://www.sfcityguides.org/directions.html?lat=37.77216&lon=-122.46015&tour=Golden Gate Park: East End Tour&tourn=103
Carpools: Informal carpools (no leader present) can depart from the Safeway (at Market in Castro) at noon.



Sunday, January 9
East Bay Stairmaster

Sylvie Hessini shessini@hotmail.com  
Marion Stainbrook 510-673-7408 andnature@comcast.net  
Rating: 2A

We’ll explore Berkeley’s pathways and staircases above Codornices Park. We’ll climb approximately 600 stairs from Codornices to Grizzly Peak Boulevard, as we wind our way through quaint and hidden pathways. Our loop will take us down past Glendale-La Loma Park and back to the Rose Garden which is across the street from Codornices Park. This hike will run approximately 2 hours long. Wear sturdy shoes and carry water. Hike leader will send an update the night before the hike, if rain threatens. Meet at the corner of Eunice St. and Euclid Ave. in Berkeley on the east side of Euclid in Codornices Park. We’ll assemble at 12:45 pm, for a 1 pm departure.



Friday, Jan 14 - Monday, Jan 17
Yosemite Winter Weekend Get-Away

Ratings: Varied Pam LoPinto pamlo@att.net
Jenna Slovis jslovis@gmail.com  
Ather Hussain sagsfo@yahoo.com  
Ratings: Varied

This trip is currently full. Please contact Pam to be placed on the waiting list. If you can't join us in 2011 we'll see you next year!



Saturday, January 15
Briones Hills

Ruth Lorenz (510) 451-4867
Rating: 2A

Come enjoy an invigorating 6-8 mile hike through the rolling hills of the East Bay. We will hike up to the Briones Crest and take in the panoramic views and fresh greenery. Please be prepared for some steep hills and a moderately brisk pace (i.e. not intense, but moving along). Wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch and water. Heavy rain cancels; bring rain gear and avoid cotton in case of light showers. Meet in Newt Hollow at the Bear Creek Staging Area for a 10:00 departure. (Newt Hollow is a landscaped hollow to the right of the driveway before the entrance kiosk.)
Carpools: Meet at Rockridge BART station at 9:15 a.m. near the bottom of the escalators.



Saturday, January 22
Presidio: Off the Beaten Path

Nais Raulet namara@earthlink.net
Paget Valentezas 415-271-2945 pagetsf@hotmail.com  
Erica Tucker 413-244-5633 etucker72@yahoo.com
Rating: 1A

Join us on a 5ish-mile loop as we explore some of the Presidio’s newest trails. Along the way, we’ll check out the “Presidio Habitats” art exhibition as well as Andrew Goldsworthy’s “Spire”, catch views of SF Bay and the Mighty Pacific, and visit the newly renovated Rob Hill campground. We’ll be walking along sidewalks, historic paths, roadways and trails. Bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, sun, rain and fog protection. Torrential downpours will cancel but… Call a leader in the morning if in doubt. Meet at 10 am by the Officers’ Club at 50 Moraga Avenue at the Main Post of the Presidio.
Directions: For directions go to: http://www.presidio.gov/event/rental/officersclub/oclub.htm
Carpools: Leaderless carpools from the East Bay: Meet at Rockridge BART at the foot of the elevator for a prompt 9am departure



Saturday, January 29
Jog with the Dogs

Rating: 1A


Saturday, January 29
Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Workparty, San Francisco

Rating: Conservation


Sunday, January 30
Windy Hill Open Space Preverse, Portola (So. Peninsula)

Marion Stainbrook 510-673-7408 andnature@comcast.net  
Rating: 2C

Windy Hill was once an early Mexican land grant when the land was used for cattle grazing and hayfields. Beautiful forests now clothe the many slopes and fill the canyons. Windy Hill is popular for kite flying, hang glinding paragliding and remote control gliding. We’ll take the 10-mile loop trail through the woody trail of Razorback to the summit of Windy Hill for a view and loop back to the parking lot along Spring Ridge trail slope. Bring lunch. Meet at 10:15 a.m. in parking lot. Leave at 10:30. Approx. 5-51/2 hr. hike. Rain cancels, if in doubt contact hike leader.
Directions: From Highway 280, exit Alpine Road in Portola Valley. Go south on Alpine Road about 2.9 miles to Portola Road (the first stop sign). Turn right on Portola Road and travel 0.8 miles to the parking lot on the left side of the road. If you are coming from east bay, take San Mateo Bridge to I-280 and go south.



Saturday, February 5
San Francisco Staircase and Canyon Hike

Rating: 1A


Sunday, February 6
Lynch Canyon Open Space

Rating: 2B


Sunday, February 13
Black Diamond Mines - Nortonville Loop

Chris Coan ChrisCoan123@comcast.net
Rating: 1B

Meet at 10 am at the trailhead, marked by logs at the end of Somersville Road. We will take a 5.5 mile loop up past Rose Hill Cemetery and down into the site of Nortonville. We'll go up Coal Canyon to have lunch at the top of the mountain with a nice central valley view. We'll continue on the Black Diamond trail back to the start. Please bring lunch, water and wear hiking shoes. Dress in layers because the weather could change. Rain the day before cancels as it gets very sticky with mud after a rain.
Directions: From Highway 4 in Antioch, take the Somersville Road exit and go to the right towards the hills. Continue on Somersville Road, cross James Donlon Blvd. and go straight still on Somersville Road. You will pass the entrance kiosk (fee $5.00) , park office. Continue another 0.9 mile to the large parking lot on the right.



Saturday, February 26
Tomales Point– Point Reyes National Seashore Hike

Ather Hussain sagsfo@yahoo.com
Eric Jones jonesericmichael@gmail.com
Rating: 2B

This 9 mile hike offers many pleasures along the stunning Tomales Point Peninsula - Tule elk roam free, and many varieties of birds can be spotted along the coast. Panoramas of the distant Marin Coast and unusual formations along the peninsula likewise are a crowd-pleaser. Total elevation gain on this hike is around 900 feet. At the hike conclusion, we may add a short extension down to McClure's Beach. Bring water, snacks, lunch and sturdy hiking shoes. This hike can be very windy so dress in layers and bring a wind breaker. Rain cancels this hike. Meet at the trail head around 10:15am.
Directions: From US 101 in Marin County, exit Sir Francis Drake/San Anselmo. Drive west on Sir Francis Drake Road about 20 miles, to the junction with CA 1, turn right, drive 0.1 mile, and then turn left onto Bear Valley Road. After about 2 miles, Bear Valley Road ends at Sir Francis Drake Blvd; turn left. Continue on Sir Francis Drake Blvd about 5.5 miles, then turn right onto Pierce Point Road. Drive about 9 miles on Pierce Point Road to the signed Tomales Point Trailhead, a short distance from McClures Beach, at the end of the road.
Carpools: Meet at Starbucks under the Safeway sign at Market & Dolores at 8:00am for a prompt departure at 8:15am.



Saturday, February 26
Corona Heights Habitat Restoration Workparty, San Francisco

Rating: Conservation


Sunday, February 27
Estero Trail to Sunset Beach

Prudence Carter 510-435-1501 prucarter@comcast.net
Rating: 2A

This out and back trail is quintessential Point Reyes, with nearly non-stop views of estuary, bay, and ocean, and access to pristine Sunset Beach. As we pass through grasslands, pine forest and sand we may see deer, cows and other wildlife, and if not, the ever-changing views of the bay will offer peaceful solitude. Meet at trailhead at 10:00am. Bring lunch, water, and sun block. Wear sturdy shoes and wind layer, the trail may be muddy. Rain cancels, if in doubt contact hike leader.
Directions: Driving directions: From SF, cross GG Bridge and drive north on 101 for 7.5 miles. Take Sir Francis Drake Blvd exit west toward San Anselmo, and drive 20 miles to Olema. Turn right (north) on Hwy 1 for about 150 yards, then left on Bear Valley Road. Drive 2.2 miles on Bear Valley Road until it rejoins with Sir Francis Drake Hwy. Bear left on Sir Francis Drake and go 7.6 miles to Estero Trailhead on left, then about 1 more mile to the actual trailhead.



Saturday, January 1, 2011,
John Wilkinson Memorial Hike at Mission Peak

Cathy Roberts 650-521-6490 cdrdash@gmail.com
Lynne Formigli lformigli@sbcglobal.net
Rating: 2C2

Start the new year off with a Loma Prieta GLS tradition, Mission Peak on New Year’s Day. We'll honor and remember John Wilkinson on our hike. John led this hike many times for GLS and we'll do a route he loved. John passed away in August 2010. He was a long time Loma Prieta GLS hike leader, a former Loma Prieta GLS GovCom member, a passionate environmentalist, and a very good friend to many of us. John co-led the Death Valley camping trip for years, enabling so many Bay GLS members to share his love of both the desert and of mountain climbing. Mission Peak overlooks Fremont and the South Bay with great views on a clear day including Mount Hamilton to the south, the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west, Mt. Tamalpais to the north, and Mt. Diablo and the Sierra Nevada to the northeast. Wildlife includes Turkey Vultures, Hawks, wild turkeys, deer and cow We'll be doing a loop hike, going up the Horse Heaven trail, which is far less crowded than the more direct Hidden Valley trail which will be our descent route. Horse Heaven is a little longer, but not as steep. It can be quite muddy in places, especially if there has been recent rain. The total distance for the loop is between 5.5 and 6 miles, with an elevation gain of about 2,300 feet. The way up is a combination of fire road and trail, the descent mostly fire road. The summit area is steep and rocky with little wind protection. While hiking up, you’ll generate plenty of heat, so dress in layers. The top is almost always windy and cold, no matter how nice it is at the base. Bring layers to keep warm, especially a wind layer for the summit, a warm hat, plenty of water, sunscreen, sturdy boots, snacks and a lunch. Optional items include a thermos with something hot to drink, binoculars, trekking poles, and a camera to document your accomplishment.
Directions: Take Highway 87 (Guadalupe Expressway) going South, get off at the Alma exit. Turn left after you exit and the Park-and-Ride will be on your immediate left. Or meet at the Stanford Ave trailhead off of Mission Blvd. Carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking at the trailhead.
Carpool: Tamien Park and Ride, San Jose at 9:45 a.m. Tamien Light Rail Park and Ride is located about a mile southwest of downtown San Jose. It is well serviced by Light Rail, CalTrain and Santa Clara County bus connections.



Friday, March 4 – Monday, March 7
Anza Borrego Desert State Park Campout

Erica Tucker 413-244-5633 (yup, it's 413) etucker72@yahoo.com
Ather Hussain sagsfo@yahoo.com
Rating: Varied

Join GLS for our spring camping trip to Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Located about 2 hours east of San Diego, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California, which provides an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California Desert. The park is named after Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish name borrego, or bighorn sheep. The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. You may also have the chance to see roadrunner, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer, bighorn sheep and other wild life. We have reserved a group campsite at Borrego Palm Canyon campground at Borrego Springs and can accommodate up to 25 happy campers. Our campground features flush toilets and showers. We plan to offer hikes during our stay there. The cost for three nights of camping is $40 for members and $50 for non-members (including a discounted annual membership). Carpooling is strongly encouraged. To sign up for this trip, contact Erica Tucker, etucker72@yahoo.com .



Friday, March 11- Monday 14
Death Valley Camping Trip

Rating: Varied

Join Loma Prieta GLS for our fourteenth annual Death Valley Campout. We have reserved a group campsite at Furnace Creek and can accommodate up to 25 campers. Death Valley offers countless opportunities for exploration and adventure. Hike Golden Canyon, climb a peak, explore old mining sites, take a starlight stroll through the dunes or just hang out at the pool. We plan to offer a variety of hikes from easy to strenuous. The cost for three nights of camping is just $30. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Members of all GLS chapters are invited to join us. Certified hike leaders from any GLS chapter are welcome to lead or co-lead hikes.
To sign up for this trip, contact Tina Schiffman, bschiffty@yahoo.com .



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