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, MAY 9, 2015 – Morning Hike 9:15 AM:  McNee Ranch State Park, Montara (rated DIFFICULT)

McNee Ranch State Park, part of Montara State Beach, is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains near the community of Montara.  It possesses extensive biodiversity within an exceptional undisturbed coastal mountain habitat.  The hike is an 8-mile partial loop with a strenuous climb to the North Peak, and an elevation change of about 1800 feet.  Weather in the park is unpredictable, so be prepared for sudden temperature changes.  There are no restrooms, and parking is somewhat limited.

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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, MAY 9, 2015 – Evening Program:  Film:  “Saving the Bay”

We will show Part Four of the documentary series, entitled “Bay in the Balance:  1960 – Present”, produced by KQED and narrated by Robert Redford, which aired nationally as a PBS special in 2011.  This episode highlights the efforts of three women who spearheaded a campaign to save San Francisco Bay from exploitation after being threatened with development during the post-War boom in the region. 


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 tentative list of the hikes and events currently planned:

June 13, 2015

·       Bay Trail (San Carlos) (rated Easy)

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