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, MARCH 14, 2015 – Morning Hike 9:15 AM

Mori Point, Pacifica (rated DIFFICULT)


After having been threatened with development for over 30 years, Mori Point was purchased by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 2000.  Since then the Coastal Conservancy has undertaken numerous restoration projects.  The terrain in the 105-acre site is varied; we will be following the trail leading from the Bradford Way parking area near the end of Mori Park and returning along the ridge line, which should afford some spectacular views if the weather is clear.  The round trip is approximately 4 miles.  Be sure to bring water.

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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:  Gladwyn d’Souza, (650) 804-8225,  RAIN CANCELS



Saturday, MARCH 14, 2015 – Evening Program:  Panel Discussion:  “Electing Environmentally Friendly Candidates”

The panel will consist of Mike Ferreira, Chair of the Chapter Conservation Committee, Bob Black, and Camille King, moderated by Gladwyn d’Souza.  Bob will talk about the group declining to endorse candidates who cannot demonstrate their environmental track record, and methods we can use to enlist candidates who do have an environmental record to run for positions such as those in Parks and Recreation or the Planning Commission.  Camille will discuss two or three specific examples where we completely failed with our endorsed candidates: the Climate Action Plan, zoning parks as open space, and Transit Village.  Mike will give an overview of the new Pol Com reorganization at the chapter level, and state why that should result in better candidates for the environment. Each panelist will have 5-7 minutes, after which Gladwyn will moderate a discussion with questions from the audience.

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, Gladwyn d'Souza, (650) 804-8225,  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.




In the coming year, we will continue to alternate easy hikes with more difficult settings, to encourage wider participation.  Our evening programs may include both films and speakers.  Here is a tentatve list of the hikes and events currently planned:

April 11, 2015

·       Hike:  Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge (rated Easy)

·       Program:  San Carlos Climate Action Plan update

May 9, 2015

·       Hike:  McNee Ranch State Park (rated Challenging)

·       Program:  Update on activities of Save the Bay

June 13, 2015

·       Bay Trail (San Carlos) (rated Easy)

·       Programs:  Options for green waste in multi-family and commercial settings