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   Ventana Chapter Schedule of outings, meetings & other activities

Sierra Club Ventana Chapter Hikes and Outings for Monterey/Carmel and Santa Cruz for June 24 to August 30, 2014
(Contact leader for reservations)

Tuesday, June 24
Senior Hike/Walk:
Henry Cowell State Park (note: change from Loch Lomond) Henry Cowell State Park from Graham Hill Road to Observation Tower. Meet before 9:30 am at Sears on 41st Ave. Trailhead is on Graham Hill Road across from Graham Hill Plaza Market on a side street where parking is allowed. Bring lunch and water. Hike leader: Perry Brohmer, 650-793-3987.

Wednesday, June 25
Hike: Nisene Marks State Park
We'll hike 6-7 miles, 800 ft elevation gain at a moderate pace. Mostly through redwoods from Porter Family Picnic Area along the former railroad tracks past Hoffman Historic Site to the Bridge Creek and return along the creek. Bring water and lunch. Meet at 9:00 am at the parking lot in front of the REI Store in Marina or about 9:40 behind the Epicenter Bicycle store in Aptos. Please, let me know if you are coming. Leader: Gisela Nobinger, or 393-4983.

Sunday, June 29
Hike: Kirk Creek to Twitchel (Limekiln State Park)
We will start our Hike at Kirk Creek Campground and hike to Vicente Flat Camp with amazing vistas of the coastline well above Highway One. From Vicente Flat we will follow the Stone Ridge Trail where we have a very steep decent to Twitchel Flat (an old homestead from the late 1800s) and back to our shuttle near the new ‘Rain Rock' highway structure. This is a strenuous fifteen mile hike. Bring lunch and at least two liters of water. Call for reservations, meeting time and place. Leader: Steve Benoit (831)394-4234.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Senior Saunter: Mt Madonna
This Santa Cruz County Park is located high above Watsonville on Hwy. 152. Moderate 2.5 mile hike in lovely forest and meadows. We'll return home via Gizdich Farms for pie. Meet before 9:30 a.m. at Sears off 41st Ave. or at restrooms just beyond the Park's kiosk entrance, about 10:00 a.m. Bring lunch, water, $4 carpool, share of entrance fee and 'pie' money. Leader: Joan Brohmer, 462-3803

Saturday, July 5
Hike: Julia Pfeiffer Burns to Tin House
I would like to take serious hikers from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park up and through the Park, then over on newly opened trails to the Tin House for lunch. It is a beautiful way high through the hills with gorgeous views down the coast. After lunch we'll walk down to the Highway outlook where some of our cars are parked, pick up the first cars from Pfeiffer Burns and drive back. About 10 miles with about 1,400' elevation gain/loss in a moderate pace. Bring lunch and lots of water, some $ for park entrance share. Don't forget a hat and your hiking poles. Reserve time for a long day. Meet at Park & Ride on Rio Road in Carmel at 8:00 a.m. For more info, call me. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 831 624-1467.

Tuesday, July 8
Senior Saunter: Rio del Mar
Nice casual walk through neighborhoods of Rio Del Mar, then along the beach trail and past the sunken ship. Restrooms. Shorter walk available. Meet before 9:30 a.m. at Sears on 41st Ave. or go direct on Hwy. 1 to Rio del Mar exit, to beach parking lot. Bring lunch, water $1 carpool. There's a deli if you want to buy lunch. Leader: Bev Meschi, 475-4185.

Wednesday, July 9
Hike: Jacks Peak
Our 5-6 miles moderately paced hike has about 700 ft. elevation gain. Jacks Peak offers quiet forested trails with some views of Monterey and the Bay and Carmel Valley. Bring water & lunch. Meet at 9:45 am at NW corner of Whole Foods parking lot in the Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey or after 10 am in the West Parking lot at Jack's Peak. Please, let me know if you are coming. Leader: Gisela Nobinger at or 393-4983.

Friday, July 11
Hike: Williams Canyon
Chris Hauser, Santa Lucia Conservancy's botanist, will join us on this easy walk of about 2½ miles. The trail winds along Williams Creek through a serene redwood forest with very little elevation gain. We'll see a nice variety of ferns and flowers and possibly spectacular Leopard Lilies. Bring water and a snack. Meet at the Santa Lucia Conservancy office parking area, 26700 Rancho San Carlos Road, Carmel by 10:00 am. Call for a reservation. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.

Saturday, July 12
Hike: Huddart County Park (San Mateo)
We haven't been there in quite a while. It's an interesting redwood forest that is about the Phleger Estate and Prohibition circa 1930s. It's also not foggy like the coast. Probably 7 miles or so with 1200-1400 feet of elevation gain? Also a pretty long carpool over Hwy 17 to the Woodside area. We'll meet at the Santa Cruz Gov't Center at 9:30 a.m. to carpool. Call me for more information. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, (831)462-3101.

Saturday, July 12
Hike: Mal Paso Canyon
This 10 mile hike to the highest point of Garrapata State Park via Mal Paso Canyon loop to the Coal Mine is moderate to strenuous and point to point. Total elevation gain ~2800 ft. Bring plenty of water and wear long pants. We will meet 7:30 am at Rio Rd. Carmel, P&R. The drive to the trail head is 5 miles. Max. 7 hikers. Leader: Burkhard Siedhoff, 831-920-1803.

Saturday, July 12
Walk: Mission Trails Park
This walk is 2 - 3 miles and 300' elev. gain. We start at the bottom of the canyon on Rio Road across from the Carmel Mission. We will make an elongated loop with possibly some city streets as part of the route. If there is no fog, there is a nice view of the Mission dome. We will make stops at the controversial Flanders Mansion and its neighboring Lester Rowntree Native Plant Garden and the Outdoor Forest Theater. Meet at 9 a.m. at the trailhead. Call me to reserve a place. Leader: Martha Saylor, 372-9215.

Sunday, July 13
Walk/Lunch: Moss Landing
Fish Fry anyone? Let's hike over to Phil's at Moss Landing, and back again. There, we've got the most important objective established. Now for some minor detail: we'll walk from the lot on Potrero Road north along the beach to the island, mosey around the downtown, and return by an inland route. Level and slow on the beach, and not terribly far (unless the high tide forces a detour around the Pacific Ocean). Wear layers, bring water, binoculars if you like, and $$ for gas and chow. (Or you could bring a PB&J to eat on the beach--but why??) Call me before Sunday if you want to carpool from Monterey; otherwise meet us in the parking lot at the end of Potrero Road in Moss Landing by 10:30 a.m. or so. Leader: Mary Gale, 626-3565.

Sunday, July 13
Hike: Big Basin to the Sea via bus
Enjoy this 13 mile, mostly downhill hike from Big Basin headquarters to Waddell Beach. There are a couple of short up-hills, with 700 feet total of elevation gain. See lots of redwood trees, beautiful waterfalls including our lunch stop at Golden Falls, and a flat stretch the last five miles. We will meet at the Santa Cruz Metro Station, downtown Santa Cruz, before 8:30 a.m. to board the #35 bus to Big Basin. Fare is $2. The Waddell Beach bus returns to downtown Santa Cruz just before 6 p.m. Thank you to Peter Scott and Les White of the SCMTD, for helping to restore the bus service to Big Basin! Phone me for more info. Leader: Maggie Dickson, 831-688-6252.

Tuesday, July 15
Senior Saunter: Levee to Wharf
Casual 4 mile walk along the levee to Beach Hill and Santa Cruz Wharf. Return along beach to other side of river and San Lorenzo Park for lunch. Shorter walk available. Meet before 9:30 a.m. at Sears on 41st Ave. or at Gateway Plaza on River St. by Ross's at 9:50 a.m. Bring lunch, water, $1 carpool. Leader: Irene Lennox, 457-2690.

Wednesday, July 16
Bike/Hike: Camel Valley and Palo Corona
Who would like to join me for an easy 6 mile bike ride on quiet streets or bike trail, and, after changing to hiking, locking the bikes and entering through the South Gate to Palo Corona, on a moderate hike? We may walk up to Inspiration Point for lunch, about 700' at a leisurely pace. We may walk further if we are curious about the park. Back the same way. Bring water and lunch, wear a helmet and bring a bike lock; for the hike, bring a hat and reclining poles. Meet at Baja Cantina Restaurant 3.5 miles on Carmel Valley Road, outside the parking lot at 9:a.m. Call for more info. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467.

Friday, July 18
Hike: Ewoldsen Trail
Starting at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, we'll hike a 5 mile loop up fern-lined McWay Canyon, passing redwood groves to a view point high above the ocean. Last time we saw California Condors from this spot. The trail is steep but we'll take it at leisurely pace. Afterwards we'll take a short stroll along the scenic waterfall trail. Bring lunch and water, and $ for your share of the park entrance fee. Meet at the Rio Road Park and Ride lot in Carmel at 9 a.m. for the hour long drive down the coast. Leaders: Cath Farrant and Mary Dainton, 372-7427.

Tuesday, July 22
Senior Saunter: Capitola Stairs
An approx. 3 mile walk takes us through the “Jewel Box” of Capitola, down steps to the Esplanade with a walk through the Venetian condos and up and round Depot Hill and back to the Esplanade. Shorter walk available. Meet before 9:30 a.m. at Sears on 41st Ave. where walk begins. Restrooms. Bring water and lunch or buy lunch at one of the yummy restaurants. Leader: Denise Lucy, 831-728-6552

Wednesday, July 23
Walk: Asilomar to Bird Rock and back
4-5 miles out and back, moderate pace. We will walk along board walk and trail along Spanish Bay and the coast to Bird Rock and return the same way with lovely ocean views. Bring water and a snack. Meet near the Fish Wife restaurant at 9:00 am. Please, let me know if you are coming. Leader: Gisela Nobinger at or 393-4983.

Tuesday, July 29
Senior Hike: Lower Nisene Marks
This is an approx. 3.5 mile nature walk among the redwoods, the largest tree in the park and the twisted trees. Some uphill. Park at the first kiosk. Meet before 9:30 a.m. at Sears on 41st Ave or go direct. Primitive restrooms. Bring lunch, water, $1 carpool and share of entrance fee. Leader: Perry Brohmer, 1-650-793-3987.

Wednesday, July 30
Hike: Maple Falls
This 7 mile Nisene Marks hike with 700 ft. elevation gain takes us through a lovely forest along beautiful creeks and eventually to serene Maple Falls. Agility is required as there are 'awkward' spots along the trail to the falls. Stops to enjoy flora & fauna. Bring water & lunch. Arrive early; we depart at 8:40 a.m. from the far end of the parking lot in front of REI in Marina or depart from the parking lot behind Aptos Station at 9:30. Call for a reservation. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.

Saturday, August 2
Hike: Portola or Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Save the Redwoods recently acquired property which allows 6 mile access to the Peters Creek grove in Portola SP. If STR will allow us to walk it, that's what we'll do. I'm limiting access to 15 people just in case they want a limit, so call to reserve a space. If no permission, we'll do a Big Basin walk, 7 miles+ and no more than 1500 ft uphill. In any event, we will meet at the Santa Cruz Govt Center at 9:30 a.m. to carpool. Call me in the week before to find out the detail. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, (831)462-3101.

Saturday, August 2
Walk: Carmel River Beach Saunter
How about a Sunday morning saunter with steps, some sand, a hill with a cross, from Carmel River Beach to Monastery Beach, returning via the bluff trail. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Point Lobos and listen to the surf. Approximately 3 miles. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather; wind breaker recommended. Bring water and a snack. Meet at 9 a.m. at the parking lot at Carmel River Beach at the lagoon (south end of Carmelo in Carmel). Call me to reserve a place. Leader: Martha Saylor, 372-9215.

Tuesday August 5
Senior Saunter: Salvia Gardens
Tour Salvia Gardens with Cathy at Cabrillo Horticultural Center. We'll lunch at tables in front of gardens. Great views! Optional short hike. Meet before 9:30 a.m. at Sears on 41st Ave. Bring lunch, water, $1 carpool. Leaders: Mary Stabler and Brooke Ewoldsen, 475-6188.

Wednesday, August 6
Sierra Club Outings Meeting at Monterey Public Library at 5:00 p.m.
Hikes for September and October 2014 will be collected. Everybody interested is welcome!

Friday, August 8
Hike: Del Monte Forest
4-5 miles, with 500 ft elevation gain, moderate pace. Del Monte Forest offers quiet forested trails that are even pretty in fog. Bring water & lunch. Meet at parking area on highway 68 between highway 1 and Forest Hill Area at 9:00 a.m. Please, let me know if you are coming. Leader: Gisela Nobinger at or 393-4983.

Sunday, August 10
Hike : Terrace Creek
From the Big Sur trailhead, we'll climb up the Pine Ridge Trail to beautiful Terrace Creek camp. Then, we continue up the Terrace Creek Trail to the Coast Ridge Road for our lunch. We'll finish by walking down to our shuttled cars at the Ventana Inn. 11 miles and 2000' of elevation gain qualifies this as a strenuous hike. Call for meeting time/place. Leader: Larry Parrish, 622-7455.

Tuesday, Aug 12
Senior Hike/Walk: Fall Creek
Shady 3 mile hike in redwood forest partly along a creek. Some
moderate uphill, rocky in places. Lunch at limestone kilns. After lunch, we'll do another mile or so. Alternative shorter walk available. Meet before 9:30 a.m. at Sears on 41st Ave. or at Felton Faire near Safeway on Graham Hill Rd. To go direct, cross from Graham Hill Rd to Felton Empire Rd in the center of Felton, drive half a mile to the Fall Creek parking lot on the right. No restrooms. Bring water, lunch, repellent, $3 carpool. Leader: Bev Meschi, 475-4185. Shorter Walk: Brooke Ewoldsen, 475-6188.

Wednesday, August 13
Hike: Carmel to Pebble Beach
This nice lollypop loop begins in Carmel and leads into the quiet Monterey pine forest of Pebble Beach. Lunch gives us the option of purchasing a Poppy Hills sandwich. 6 miles, 750 ft. elevation gain with flora & fauna stops. Arrive early; we depart at 10:00 a.m. from the Rio Road Park & Ride in Carmel. Call for a reservation. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.

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Saturday, August 16
Hike: Wilder Ranch Bluffs
See the waves, wildlife and wildflowers of the Wilder Ranch coastline on this 8-mile, nearly flat hike. Starting at the parking lot near the bathrooms, we will hike along the Ohlone Bluffs to 4-mile beach, for lunch. Return is the same way. Moderate pace. Bring lunch, water and an extra layer, in case it gets windy. Meet at the Santa Cruz Government Center at 9 a.m. to carpool. Call for more info. Leader: Maggie Dickson, 831-688-6252.

Sunday, August 17
Hike: Terrace Creek
We'll hike up the Pine Ridge Trail for about 5 miles. Then go up the beautiful Terrace Creek trail to our lunch spot. Afterwards, we'll walk down the old Coast Road via the Ventana Resort back to some cars to return to the other cars at the first parking lot. About 11 miles and 1600' elevation gain/loss at a moderate pace. Bring lunch and lots of water. Don't forget a hat and hiking poles. Reserve time for a long day. Meet at Park & Ride on Rio Road in Carmel at 8:00 a.m. For more info, call me. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 831 624-1467.

Monday, August 18
Hike: Buzzards Roost and Molera Headland
Starting in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, we'll hike up through redwood forest to Buzzards roost viewpoint, 5 miles round trip and 700 ft elevation gain. This trail has been closed since the Dec 2013 Pfeiffer fire, but trail crews are reportedly planning on having it open “in a rustic fashion” by July. After a picnic lunch by the Big Sur river we'll drive a few miles back up the road to Andrew Molera State Park. Here we'll walk the easy trail through the campground and out to the headland, 2 miles round trip. Bring lunch, water and $ for your share of the park entrance fee. Meet at the Rio Road Park and Ride at 9 a.m. Leaders: Cath Farrant and Mary Dainton, 372 7427.

Tuesday, August 19
Senior Saunter: Seabright/Arana Gulch
3 to 4 miles along the cliffs in Seabright, across a beach, around the marina, through Arana Gulch and back. We'll lunch at Frederick St. Park. Shorter walk available. Meet before 9:30 a.m. at Sears on 41st Ave. or at 9:50 a.m. at the beginning of East Cliff Dr.at the junction with Alhambra Ave. Restrooms. Bring lunch, water, $1 carpool. Leader: Irene Lennox, 457-2690.

Wednesday, August 20
Hike: Mill Creek Redwood Preserve
This 5½ miles moderately paced hike has about 300 ft. elevation gain. In and out along a terraced trail through redwoods to a scenic coastal overlook. Bring water & lunch. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at 'Park & Ride' on Rio Road in Carmel, near Bank of America. Please, let me know if you are coming. Leader: Gisela Nobinger at or 393-4983.

Saturday, August 23
Fort Ord Bus Tour Open to Public
The Fort Ord Environmental Cleanup staff will host free, 90 minute guided bus tours of the Fort Ord munitions cleanup sites on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Buses depart at 10:00 a.m. and at 11:45 a.m. from Building 4522 Joe Lloyd Way, Former Fort Ord.

Each tour is the same, so pick a time that works for you. There are no reservations. If you have any questions, call the Fort Ord Community Relations Office for more details at (831) 393-1284.

Go to the NEWS section of www.FortOrdCleanup.com for a map to the tour departure location and other details.

Sunday, August 24
Walk: West End Stroll
How about a leisurely walk from the long-ago trash dump beach to the modern / funky West End? Sand City is not just pavement covered with Big Boxes! We'll meander from sea waves to sound waves at the annual Celebration, taking time (starting about 10 and back whenever...) to enjoy the music and excitement. Bring a snack or $$ to buy one at the fair. For time and place to meet, call me before Sunday. Leader: Mary Gale, 626-3565.

Tuesday, August 26
Senior Saunter: Wilder Bluffs North
Three mile walk on the more northern part of the cove trail followed by lunch at the old farm buildings. Shorter walk available. Meet before 9:30 a.m. at Sears on 41st Ave. or at Shen's Gallery at King and Mission St. before 9:50 a.m. To go direct, meet group in Wilder Ranch parking lot one mile north of Santa Cruz on Hwy. 1. Bring lunch, water, $2 carpool plus share of entrance fee. Leader: Irene Lennox, 457-2690.

Wednesday, August 27
Hike: Mill Creek
This 5½ mile in-&-out hike with 250 ft. elevation gain takes us along a beautifully terraced trail through a shady forest to a scenic coastal overlook. Stops to enjoy flora & fauna. Bring water & lunch. Arrive early; we depart at 9:30 am from Rio Road Park & Ride in Carmel. Call for a reservation. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.

Saturday, August 30
Hike: Mt Madonna County Park
We'll go up the Sprig Trail from the Spring Lake entrance to see how the huckleberries are doing in this marginal weather year. It is probably 8 miles with about 1300 feet of elevation gain. We'll meet on Main St in Soquel at 9:30a.m. to carpool. Call me if you want more information. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, (831)462-3101.

Saturday, August 30
Hike: Timber Top (aka Boronda Trail)/de Angulo Trail
The climb to the Top is steep and strenuous! (2,500 ft in 2.5 miles). After a well-earned rest at Timber Top we hike along the Coast Ridge Rd. to the ridge trail head of de Angulo Trail, descending through burned and live redwood and oak forest back to Hwy. 1. It is ~7 miles with a total elevation gain of ~3,000 ft. Dress in layers. Bring a minimum of 2 liters of water. This hike is point to point. We will meet 7:30 am at Rio Rd. Carmel, P&R. The drive to the Timber Top trail head on Hwy. 1 is 32 miles from Rio Rd. Leader: Burkhard Siedhoff, 831-920-1803.


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