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, NOVEMBER 14, 2015 – Morning Hike 9:15 AM:  Bay Trail – Coyote Point to San Mateo Bridge (rated EASY)

The San Francisco Bay Trail is a bicycle and pedestrian trail which, when completed, will ultimately extend over 500 miles connect to allow travel around the entire shoreline of San Francisco Bay. The trail provides access to various points of historic, natural and cultural interest as well as numerous recreational areas.  Portions of the trail exist in all nine Bay Area counties. 


We will start at Coyote Point Park and follow the trail along the bay and marshes, to the San Mateo Bridge and back.  The trail is mostly flat and level, with a small hill at Coyote Point Park.  Distance is approximately 2.5 miles.


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, NOVEMBER 14, 2014 – Presentation by Cecily Harris on “Water Trails in the San Francisco Bay”


Cecily Harris will give a presentation on “Water Trails in San Francisco Bay” for sea kayaking, an increasingly popular recreational activity in this area.  In addition to working for and with conservation groups and public agencies, Cecily enjoys sea kayaking, telemark skiing, hiking and backpacking throughout the many parks and open spaces in California.  She will share with us her knowledge of the many local resources available for kayaking and related water sports.   Currently, Cecily serves on the San Francisco Bay Trail Project Board of Directors, San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Advisory Committee and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board of Directors.

For further information, go to the Bay Area Sea Kayakers’ website,


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.



Check here often, as hikes and evening programs are subject to change.  Please note there will be no meetings of the San Carlos/Belmont Group in July and August; monthly events resume in September.  Following is a tentative list of programs for 2015-2016:

December 12, 2015:

Hike:  McNee Ranch to Pillar Point, Daly City/Montara, rated MODERATE TO DIFFICULT

Evening:  Holiday Party

January 9, 2016:

Outing:  Carpool to Martinez for no-host lunch, tour of John Muir House, then to Alhambra Creek to observe beaver colony (no evening program)

February 13, 2016:

Hike:  Docent led tour of Searsville Dam, Stanford

Evening:  Update on “Take Down Searsville Dam”, speaker to be announced

March 12, 5016:

Hike:  Rancho San Antonio, Los Altos Hills, rated EASY TO MODERATE

Evening:  “Water in California” – use of ground water and related concerns; speaker Peter Dreickmeier, Executive Director of Tuolumne River Trust

April 14, 2016:

Hike:  Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, Portola Valley, rated MODERATE

Evening:  Kristen Pringle will present an update on San Mateo County Community Choice Energy

May 14, 2016:

Hike:  Edgewood County Park, Redwood City, rated EASY

Evening:  Presentation by Kurt Newick of Horizon Energy regarding solar installations

June 11, 2016:

Hike:  Pulgas Ridge, San Carlos, rated EASY TO MODERATE

Evening:  Presentation on status of San Carlos Parks Dept. after recent budget cuts, and new challenges; speaker to be announced