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.
Potluck meetings: Call or e-mail the host to RSVP and obtain the meeting location. Bring food (main dish, salad or dessert) to serve about 6. We customarily contribute $2 per drink serving at the social time to defray costs. Visitors are always welcome.
Saturday, MARCH, 2014 – Morning Hike 9:15 AM: Edgewood Park and Preserve (rated CHALLENGING)
Edgewood Park, a small nature preserve and park adjacent to Interstate 280 off Edgewood Road, was protected from development in 1993 by San Mateo County. The preserve is a popular spot for viewing Spring wildflowers, and is home to many plant, insect, and animal communities. The 600-foot elevation gain within the park provides wide views of the entire Bay area. Its most-used trail, Sylvan Trail, is a 2.5 mile hiking-only loop winding through live oak and baytree woodlands, ascending to an open grassland plateau and then descending back down to the picnic area. Other minor trailheads offer a variety of loop hikes. Restrooms are located near the picnic area, south of the parking lot.
Saturday, MARCH 8, 2014 – Evening Program: Presentation by Nicki Irvin of the Beekeepers' Guild of San Mateo County
The Beekeepers Guild of San Mateo County was founded in 1979, and consists of an eclectic group of hobbyists, small-scale beekeepers and commercial beekeepers.
Nicki Irvin will discuss the Guild’s policy recommendations for San Mateo County. Currently there are seven cities that restrict the keeping of bees, and San Carlos is one of them. The restrictions in San Carlos are an administrative process by way of a nuisance ordinance. The Guild has prepared an Analysis and Policy Recommendations for removal of the restrictions in this County, and Ms. Irvin will outline that document and answer questions. We will discuss what might be done to support the Guild in its efforts in San Carlos. For more information about the Guild, go to www.sanmateobeeguild.org
Social time: 5:30 PM, Potluck 6-7:00 PM, Program 7-8:00 PM, Community issues 8-8:30 PM. To RSVP and get directions, call or e-mail the host, Camille King, (650) 593-9898, email@example.com. Parking is limited – join the carpool! For carpool information, contact Marilyn Brewer, (650) 596-2865, firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t hesitate to join us for the 7:00 program if you cannot attend the potluck.
Mark your calendars!! UPCOMING EVENTS OF THE SAN CARLOS/BELMONT GROUP
In the coming year, we will continue to alternate easy hikes with more difficult outings, to encourage wider participation. Our evening programs include both films and speakers. Here is a list of the hikes and events currently planned:
April 12, 2014
- Hike: New Devil’s Slide trail, Pacifica, rated MODERATE. Leader: Gladwyn d’Souza
- Program: In lieu of evening program, after the hike we will gather for lunch in Half Moon Bay, location to be determined
May 10, 2014
- Hike: Sawyer Camp Trail (Crystal Springs Regional Trail), rated EASY. Leader: Gladwyn d‘Souza
- Program: TO BE ANNOUNCED Host: Jean Taggart [to be confirmed]
June 14, 2014
- Hike: Burleigh-Murray Ranch State Park; rated EASY. Leader: Gladwyn
- Program: Presentation by representative of Mid-Peninsula Water District [Subject to be determined]. Host: Bonnie McClure