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

Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve (rated DIFFICULT)


The Pulgas Ridge is a small preserve comprised of 293 acres formerly owned by the City of San Francisco, where it operated a tuberculosis sanitarium.  The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District purchased the property in 1983 and demolished the sanitarium buildings in 1985.  Most non-native plants have been removed.  There are three nice trails here, but the Dusky-Footed Woodrat Trail, opened by the MROSD in 2007, is considered one of the best hiking trails on the Peninsula.  This is a 2.2 mile loop hike with elevation change of about 400 feet.


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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, FEBRUARY 14, 2015 – Evening Program:  Presentation by John Fiske, “Sustainable Forestry:  Why Consider Clear Cutting?”


John Fiske’s presentation will discuss in depth whether the practice of clear cutting can be an acceptable practice.  He will focus on comparing clear cutting with the four other classic forms of “regenerating cutting” that he discussed in a paper published in 1986.  He will explain why he chose these comparisons, how they can be applied, and describe their significance.  A discussion will follow John’s presentation.


John Fiske has a BS in Physics from UC Berkeley, where he worked toward a PhD in Forest Ecology.  He had a long career with the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service from 1976 to his retirement in 2002.  His responsibilities included administering the Pacific Southwest Region Silviculture Certification Program and Timber Stand Improvement.  He has written numerous papers on forest management.


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, Nancy L’Heureux, (650) 593-8800,   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:

March 14, 2015

·       Hike:  Mori Point (rated Challenging)

·       Program:  How Sierra Club can select more environmentally responsible candidates

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