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.

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, MAY 10, 2014 - Morning Hike:  9:15 AM:  Sawyer Camp Trail (Crystal Springs Regional Trail) (Rated EASY)

The Sawyer Camp segment of the Crystal Springs Regional Trail extends from Hillcrest Blvd. on the north to Crystal Springs Road on the south.  More people know and use this length of trail than most all other trails in the San Mateo County Park System.

The trail is paved and marked for two-way traffic, and can be utilized by bicyclists, hikers, joggers, and equestrians.  It is wheelchair accessible.   It should be noted that there are no drinking fountains along this trail, and hikers should bring their own drinking water.  The Sawyer Camp segment has restrooms near its northern and southern access points and about halfway along its length (2.5 miles from the north end and 3.5 from the south end of the segment).  Picnic areas can also be found at the halfway point and near the parking lot off Crystal Springs Road.

The “Jepson Laurel” can be found at midpoint along the Sawyer Camp segment.  This California Laurel  tree (Umbellularia californica) has been established to be over 600 years of age, and is now the oldest and largest laurel in California.  It was named in honor of Willis Linn Jepson, a noted California botanist, in 1923.

Meet at 9:15 AM at the San Carlos Public Library parking lot to carpool.  We will leave at 9:30.  If you wish to meet at the trail head, contact the leader to obtain directions.  Leader:  Gladwyn d’Souza, (650) 804-8225,  RAIN CANCELS.  For more information, go to



Saturday, MAY 10, 2014 – Evening Program:  Presentation by Jim McGarry, Director of the Notre Dame de Namur University Sister Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement on Environmental Justice

Sister Dorothy Stang, a graduate of NDNU who was assassinated in 2005, is honored for her work of nearly four decades with the indigenous people of the Amazon Basin in Brazil.  The Sr. Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement was formed for the purpose of increasing awareness, dialogue and activism on environmental and social justice issues.  The Center provides leadership and opportunities for NDNU and the larger community “to develop an enhanced understanding of critical social issues, a deepened sense of civic commitment, and positive social change”.   


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Social time:  5:30 PM, Potluck 6-7:00 PM, Program 7-8:00 PM, Community issues discussion 8-8:30 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 outings, to encourage wider participation.  Our evening programs include both films and speakers.  Here is a list of the hikes and events currently planned:

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