San Carlos & Belmont Group

The San Carlos/Belmont Regional Group meets monthly (except July and August), usually on the 2nd Saturday. We emphasize hikes rated at 1A (less than 5 miles and less than 1000 feet change in elevation, that are usually on the Peninsula. Our events are open to all; membership in the Sierra Club is not required.

Hikes: Usually we meet in front of the San Carlos Library, 610 Elm Street. You may use the public parking garage in the basement of the building. Bring water, day-hike items, and gas money for driver. Drivers and riders should know that the Club's liability insurance does not cover transportation to or from a Club event. You will be asked to sign and note emergency information on a Sierra Club liability release form. Be sure to call the leader to confirm meeting time and location.


Saturday, OCTOBER 10, 2015 – Morning Hike 9:15 AM:  Wunderlich Park, Woodside (rated MODERATE – 1B)


Join our group’s October morning hike in Wunderlich Park on Woodside Road, Woodside.  Our hike will take us through varied terrain with views of redwood groves, open meadows and native oaks; benches in the meadow provide viewing.  We will ascend on the Bear Gulch Trail to the Meadows Trail, and descend on the Alambique Trail.  The distance will be approximately 4.5 miles.


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Meet at 9:15 AM at the San Carlos Public Library parking lot to carpool.  We will leave at 9:30 AM.  If you wish to meet at the trail head, contact the leader to obtain directions.  Leader:  Pam Miller, (650) 631-1341,  RAIN CANCELS



Saturday, OCTOBER 10, 2015 – Evening Program:   “Starting a Community Garden” – presentation by Najiha al-Asman of Collective Roots

Collective Roots seeks to cultivate a healthier, stronger, more connected community through the communal growing, sharing, and eating of nutritious foods. Through programs like the Backyard Gardener Network and weekly farmers' market, the organization works with East Palo Alto to build a more robust local food system. 

Collective Roots started in 2000 by planting school gardens at Belle Haven Elementary. The organization has since expanded its reach to focus more on community and backyard gardens through the establishment of the Backyard Gardener Network, and also founded East Palo Alto’s first farmers' market and the Fresh Checks program, which provides a monetary incentive for people to use their food stamp funds on healthy produce at the market.

Najiha al-Asmar is the coordinator of the community gardens program in East Palo Alto.  She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, and is pursuing a Master’s of Science Degree in Integrative Eco-social Design.

Social time:  5:30 PM, Potluck 6-7:00 PM, Program 7-8:00 PM. To RSVP for the meeting and to get directions, call or e-mail the host, Bonnie McClure, (650) 591-5057  For carpool information, please contact Marilyn Brewer, (650) 596-2865,  Don’t hesitate to join us for the 7:00 program if you cannot attend the potluck.



Sunday, OCTOBER 18, 2015, 1:00 PM

There will be a Memorial Service for Harold Drake on Sunday, October 18, at 1:00 PM at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1106 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Carlos.  Harold’s family would like to meet his Sierra Club friends.  Harold was a long time member of the San Carlos/Belmont group, who led the building and maintaining of trails at Big Canyon and Eaton Park for over 30 years, and recently was working on Edgewood Park trails.  He disappeared in July while hiking in Big Sur.  Many searches failed to find him.  We shall miss him very much.