Sierra Club Ventana Chapter Hikes and Outings for Monterey/Carmel and Santa Cruz
for October 15 to January 2014
(Please contact leader to reserve a space)
Tuesday, October 15
Senior Saunter: Asilomar South
Easy 3+ mile walk from Asilomar to Point Joe and return along sandy paths and beach boardwalk. Lunch at tables just south of Point Joe. Meet before 9:30 a.m. at Sear's on 41st Ave. To go direct, meet at 10:40 a.m. by Fishwife Restaurant & Asilomar in Pacific Grove. Bring lunch, water, $5 carpool. Leader: Bev Meschi, 475-4185.
Saturday, October 19
Hike: Big Basin Redwoods SP
Starting from China Grade on the northern boundary of Big Basin, we'll go down Johansen Rd to the old Sandy Point fire station (we've come up to it from Gazos Creek below in the past). It will be about 8 miles and 1400 ft elevation change. Call me for more info, and meeting time and place. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, (831) 462-3101.
Sunday, October 20
Walk: Soberanes Point/Creek
Down to the point or up the creek? Either way we'll enjoy a beautiful scene of ocean or redwoods, with little elevation gain and a fairly slow pace for a moderately easy outing. Bring lunch and water, dress in layers, and meet at P & R on Rio Road at 9:30 a.m. Leader: Mary Gale, 626-3565.
Tuesday, October 22
Senior Hike: Harvey West
4 miles with some uphill (some steep) from Harvey West parking lot by baseball fields. We'll walk by Sacred Tree and the old clubhouse. Meet before 9:30 a.m. at Sear's on 41st Ave. or at Harvey West parking lot at 9:50 a.m. Bring lunch, water, $2 carpool. Restrooms. Leader: Joan Brohmer. 462-3803.
Wednesday, October 23
Hike: Maple Falls
On this 8 mile Nisene Marks hike with 700 ft. elevation gain, our path takes us through a lovely forest along beautiful creeks and eventually to serene Maple Falls. If our timing is right, we will enjoy gently falling maple leaves all around us as we relax for lunch at the falls. Stops to enjoy flora and fauna. Agility is required. Bring water & lunch. Arrive early; we depart at 8:40 am 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. Contact me for a reservation. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.
Friday, October 25
Walk: Asilomar to Bird Rock and back.
About 5 miles out and back, moderate pace. We will walk along the board walk and trail along Spanish Bay and the coast to Bird Rock and return the same way with lovely views of the ocean. Bring Water and a snack. Meet across from the Fish Wife Restaurant at 9:00 am. Please, let me know if you are coming: Leader: Gisela Nobinger, 393-4983 or
Saturday, October 26
Hike: Timber Top/Terrace Creek Trail
The climb to the top is steep and strenuous! (2,500 ft in 2,5 miles). After a rest at Timber Top we hike along the Coast Ridge Rd. to the Terrace Creek Trail, descending through a redwood canyon (shade!). We have lunch at Terrace Creek Camp after which we hike back on the Pine Ridge Trail to the Big Sur Ranger Station. It is going to be a sweaty 8 hr+, 12 mile day with a total elevation gain of 4,300'. Dress in layers. Bring a minimum of 2 to 3 liters of water. This hike is point to point. We'll meet at P & R on Rio Road in Carmel at 7:30 am. Rain cancels! Bring $ for car pooling. Call for reservations. Leader: Burkhard Siedhoff, 831-920-1803.
Tuesday, October 29
Senior Saunter: Neary Lagoon and Wharf
4 mile walk from Lighthouse Field to Neary Lagoon to Santa Cruz Wharf. Meet before 9:30 a.m. at Sear's on 41st Ave. or at 9:50 a.m. at the Lighthouse Field parking lot to the left of the restrooms. Bring lunch or eat at one of the wharf's restaurants. Restrooms. $2 carpool. Leader: Jean Harrison, 425-5447.
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Hike: Nisene Marks State Park
7 miles, 800 ft elevation gain, moderate pace. We'll hike 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 at 9:45 near the Epicenter Bicycle Store at the turnoff to the Park. Please, let me know if you are coming: Leader: Gisela Nobinger, 393-4983 or
Friday, November 1, 2013
All Day Hike: Someplace in Big Sur
Let`s get together and decide which date works for all of us to do an all day hike. You must be an early bird. Please do not call, if you are going to complain about the getting up so early. All my hikes start very early in the morning. You must be willing to drive quite a distance for that is where the beautiful hikes are. Usually my hikes involve a car shuttle. You must bring a flashlight in case it gets dark on us. I suggest no shorts and wear long sleeves. November is a cold month, so we must dress in layers. Call for more information; I definitely screen my calls, so please leave your name and phone # . Leader: Esperanza Hernandez, (831)678-8538).
Saturday, November 2
Hike: Holt Road to Snively's Ridge
Let's get in a good hike the last day before the clocks change. We will carpool from Mid-Valley to the trailhead at the Western extremity of Garland Park. Then up a moderate incline about 5 miles to our lunch spot atop Snively's Ridge. Possible side trip to higher elevations. Views should be gorgeous during our Indian Summer. About 10 miles total, perhaps 1500' elevation gain. Meet at Mid-Valley shopping center. Call for reservations. Leader: Larry Parrish, 622-7455.
Saturday, November 2
Hike: Long Ridge Mid Peninsula Open Space District
This is a ridge and forest walk that most of us have done before and which should be good this time of year. It is probably 6-7 miles with 1000 feet of elevation gain. Please call Nick for meet time and place. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, (831) 462-3101.
Sunday, November 3
Hike :Garland Ranch Park
We'll hike up to the Mesa via foothill trails, Buckeye and Waterfall, come back via Fern, Mesa, and Lupine Loop trails. About 4 miles with modest elevation gain. Nice valley views, maybe still some wildflowers. Meet at the Park & Ride on Rio Road at 9 a.m. for carpooling. Please call me to reserve space or if wanting to meet at Garland Park. If there has been rain, the trails may be muddy and there might even be some water over the waterfall. Bring snack/lunch and water. Rain cancels. Leader: Martha Saylor, 372-9215.
Tuesday, November 5
Senior Hike/Saunter: Waddell Creek
Approx. 5 mile hike on tree lined dirt roads in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Sun and shade. Some uphill. We'll go along the Marsh Trail to the newly redone Nature Center for tour and lunch. Alternative shorter 2+ mile walk available along the Marsh Trail to the Organic Gardens, back along the Marsh Trail to the Nature Center. Prepare for sun/heat/fog. Meet before 9:30 AM at Sear's on 41st Ave. or at Shen's Gallery at Mission & King St. before 9:50 AM. To go direct turn right off Highway 1 just before the Waddell Creek Bridge at the sign for Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center. Restrooms. Bring lunch, water, $4 carpool and share of park fee. Leader: Perry Brohmer, 1-650-793-3987.
Saturday, November 9
Hike: Old Coach Road to San Juan Bautista
We'll start on Crazy Horse Road, drive for a while on the Old Coast Road, park, and finally hike all the way over the hills and down to San Juan Bautista. After lunch and exploring the Mission and old town, back the same way. With about 12 miles and 1,000 feet elevation gain/loss at a leisurely pace, this is a good work-out. Bring a hat, water and lunch, or $ for a sit-down in a café, wear good shoes and bring your hiking poles. Meet at Home Depot in Seaside near the gas station at 9:00 a.m. Heavy rain cancels. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467.
Sunday, November 10
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. Bring lunch, water, an extra layer in case it gets windy, and a park pass or entry fee. Meet at the Wilder parking lot at 9:00 a.m. Hike starts at 9 15, return at about 1:15 p.m. Please sign up on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Santa-Cruz-Sierra-Club/ . Call for more information. Leader: Allan Neymark, (831) 457-2505.
Tuesday, November 12
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 AM at Sear's on 41st Ave. or about 10:00 AM at Mt. Madonna County Park on Pole Line Rd off Heckler Pass, by the restrooms just beyond the Park's kiosk entrance. Bring lunch, water, car pool $4, share of entrance fee and 'pie' money. Leader: Joan Brohmer, 462-3803.
Thursday, November 14
Walk: Soberanes Canyon Winter Walk
Join Leader Lynn Bomberger and ornithologist Chris Tenney for an easy walk in Soberanes Canyon of Garrapata State Park. We'll enjoy great diversity of riparian plants, coastal scrub, a redwood forest with an albino redwood and we might see clustering ladybugs. The cascading water of the creek and wintering birds will enhance our journey. A 2 to 3 mile walk with up to 400 feet elevation gain. Arrive early; we depart at 9:30am from the Rio Road Park & Ride. Bring water and a snack. Call for a reservation. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.
Friday, November 15
Coastal Walk: Carmel Beaches
Hike from Carmel Beach at the end of Ocean Avenue over to Carmel River Beach to Monastery Beach. If the sand berm at Carmel River Beach has been opened, we will walk back through Mission Park. About 4 miles, mostly in sand. Bring water and a snack. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking lot at the bottom of Ocean Ave in Carmel. Please, let me know if you are coming. Leader: Gisela Nobinger
Saturday, November 16
Hike: Simas Peak (Toro Park)
Enjoy expansive views toward Skinner Ridge, Salinas Valley and Chalone Peaks on this 6-7 hour fairly strenuous hike of about 12 miles and 3000'. Meet at the dirt parking area outside Toro Park at 8:45 a.m. Bring lunch, 2-3 liters water, and rain/wind gear. Limit 16 hikers, so please reply to
with your name and phone number, and we will call to confirm. Leaders: Randy May & Carol Greenstreet.
Sunday, November 17
Walk: Carmel River Mouth
Has it rained yet? Let's meet at the Rio Road P & Ride at 10 a.m. to decide whether to start our stroll from the State Beach or the Little Red Schoolhouse. Either way, we'll walk on both beach and trails to check out life in the lagoon and offshore. Dress in layers with good walking shoes, bring water and a snack to tide you over to late lunch. Rain Cancels. For more information call me. Leader: Mary Gale, 626-3565.
Tuesday, November 19
Senior Hike/Saunter: Pogonip Emma McCrary Loop
This will be a 4 mile loop up the new Emma McCrary mixed use trail at Pogonip. (It connects with the Rincon and Ucon trails.) From the McCrary Trail we will join the Spring Trail to the Brayshaw Trail, and from there we will walk to the clubhouse to enjoy lunch or snacks. A shorter Senior. Saunter for walkers will be available. Meet before 9:30 AM at Sear's on 41st Ave or go direct to Golf Club Drive off Highway 9 (4th left after turning on to Hwy 9 from Hwy 1), drive to the end and park. Parking is very limited so car pool. Bring lunch, water, $1 car pool. Leader Perry Brohmer, 1-650-793-3987.
Friday, November 22
Hike: Jacks Peak
Our 4-5 mile 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 & a snack. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at NW corner of Whole Foods parking lot in the Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey or after 10 a.m. in the West Parking lot at Jack's Peak. Please, let me know if you are coming. Leader: Gisela Nobinger
Saturday, November 23
Hike: Santa Teresa County Park
We'll drive to South San Jose to get to this park. While quite a steep walk up from the eastern entrance to the top, the length is only 6 miles with maybe 1200 feet of elevation gain. Please call Nick for meet time and place. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, (831)462-3101.
Tuesday, November 26
Senior Saunter: West Cliff
4-mile roundtrip walk from Lighthouse Field to Natural Bridges. Walkers can walk just 2 to 3 miles if they prefer. Meet before 9:30 AM at Sears 41st Ave. or by 9:50 AM in the parking lot at Lighthouse Field to the left of the restrooms. Bring lunch, water, $2 carpool. We'll lunch at Natural Bridges. Leader: Jean Harrison, 425-5447.
Saturday, November 30
Hike: Little Sur River
From the Andrew Molera parking lot we'll drive a stretch on the Old Coast Road. Park and enjoy a beautiful views up and down the coast. Hike further up to the Gate and walk down to the Little Sur. We may have lunch there or cross and walk a while on the trail to Pico Blanco, depending on how overgrown it is. A total of about 8-10 miles and 800 elevation gain/loss. Bring lunch and water, good shoes and poles (if you like them). Meet at P & R on Rio Road in Carmel at 9 a.m. for carpooling. Call me for more info. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467.
Sunday, December 1
Hike: Pico Blanco Public Camp
4 strenuous miles from the Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp over Launtz Ridge (1300' climb over Cardiac Hill) to Pico Blanco Public Camp and return. The trail was just re-worked by Ventana Wilderness Alliance volunteers but there are still some trees in the trail which require some bush wracking to get around. Pico Blanco Public Camp is a beautiful camp with views of Mt. Pico Blanco and a wonderful pool with waterfall on the Little Sur River. This is a strenuous eight mile hike. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Rio Road Park and Ride at 8:30, there is a fee of $8.16 per vehicle at the Boy Scout Camp which I will need to send vehicle info in advance so let me know if you will drive. Also, let me know if you are coming so I can set up parking at the Boy Scout Camp. Leader: Steve Benoit, 831-394-4234 or
Sunday, December 1
Walk: Carmel River Beach
How about a Sunday morning saunter with steps 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 to reserve a place. Leader: Martha Saylor, 372-9215.
Tuesday, December 3
Meet at 12.00 at Severino's in Best Western Seacliff Inn, Aptos. Contact Pat Herzog 458 9841 or Brooke Ewoldsen 475-6188 for details.
Wednesday, December 4
Sierra Club Outings Meeting at 6:30 Monterey Public Library
Hikes for January & February 2014
Saturday, December 7
December is a cool month to take this 10 mile hike, with 2200 feet of elevation gain. We will go up Juniper Canyon, over the High Peaks, and down to the Bear Gulch reservoir for lunch. We'll loop back over the High Peaks to return. Look out for condors, unique volcanic rocks, and bats if the Bear Gulch cave is open. Bring lunch, water, an extra layer, and a park pass or entry fee. Heavy rain cancels. Meet at Sears 41st Avenue, Capitola, at 8 a.m. to carpool. Or at the Chaparral parking lot, on the West side of the park, at 9:30. Return to Chaparral at about 3:30 p.m., and Capitola at about 5:00. Please sign up on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Santa-Cruz-Sierra-Club/ or call Maggie for a reservation. Leaders: Maggie Dickson, (831) 688-6252 and Allan Neymark, (831) 457-2505.
Sunday, December 8
Hike: Garzas Creek Complex
Let's explore the portions of East Garland Ranch in and around Garzas Creek. That includes Terrace Trail, Veeder, Garzas Creek, Redwood Canyon, and part of the East Ridge Trail. 7-8 miles with 2500' elevation gain.
Great for newcomers to this area or those looking for a good workout before Christmas. Shorter and longer versions possible. Bring water and lunch. Meet at 9 a.m. Call for meeting place. Leader: Larry Parrish, 622-7455.
Friday, December 13
Hike: Monterey History & Holiday walk
We will start at Colton Hall and walk from there around town with stops at the Royal Chapel and Custom House. 3-4 miles, not much elevation gain, moderate pace.
Let's see how many of the Monterey Angels we can spot. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Colton Hall at Pacific and Madison in Monterey. Unrestricted parking is on Pacific Ave above the library or on one side of Van Buren above the Police department. Please, let me know if you are coming. Leader: Gisela Nobinger
Saturday, December 14
Hike: Elkhorn Slough, Ca Fish and Wildlife
So this is a mild and quite flat walk of about 5-6 miles, but it is near the ocean, should have migrating ducks this time of year and will be sunny if the sun is out. Please call Nick for meet time and place. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, (831) 462-3101.
Sunday, December 15
Afternoon Stroll: Monterey History
We'll meander along above Pacific Street to see where Pelon sat in jail, the cavalry galloped along the beach, and who knows what else? Meet on the front steps of Colton Hall on Pacific St. at 1 p.m. Lots of free parking uphill behind the building. Rain cancels. For more information call me. Leader: Mary Gale, 626-3565.
Tuesday, December 17
Hike: Fly Agarics in Del Monte Forest
We'll zig and zag through the serene pine forest of Pebble Beach hoping to find beautiful hallucinogenic or deadly Fly Agaric mushrooms (red with white polka dots). Bring water and lunch. 5-1/2 miles, 750 ft. elevation gain with flora & fauna stops. Arrive early; we depart at 9:30am from the "Haul Road" gate on Highway 68 in Pebble Beach. Call for a reservation. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.
Sunday, December 22
Walk: Fort Ord Ramble
We'll explore some of the trails in the northern section of Fort Ord National Monument. Meet at 9 a.m. in REI parking lot, Marina, for a short carpool to the Jerry Smith access point on Intergarrison Road. We'll walk at a leisurely pace for around 5 miles through hilly oak chaparral terrain. Bring water and a snack, we should be done by 1 p.m. Leaders: Cath Farrant and Mary Dainton, 372 7427.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
New Year's Day Hike: Holt Road/Garland to my Place
Our traditional New Year's Hike takes us from the parking lot at Safeway's Mid Valley, carpooling to Garland Ranch, climb up to Snifely's Ridge, although at a very moderate pace, and still a little higher to a sunny spot for lunch. Then we'll turn west all the way high up through Carmel Valley, down to Hold Road and back to most of our cars. But wait a minute, you are all invited to "Kaffee und Kuchen" at my place, Mid Valley Garden Homes #53, to celebrate the New Year. About 8 miles and 1,500' elevation gain/loss. Bring water and a light lunch, hiking sticks and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at Mid Valley parking lot opposite Chase Bank at 10 a.m. Call to confirm. Heavy rain cancels. Leader: Anneliese Suter, 624-1467.
[ top of page ]