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, DECEMBER 13, 2014 – Morning Hike 9:15 AM -- Sam McDonald County Park (rated MODERATE)

Sam McDonald County Park is perhaps the least known of the three county parks on the western slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  It is open to hikers and equestrians; no bicycles are permitted.  Redwood forests are prominent, and trail networks join steep fire roads with more gentle trails; winter can create muddy conditions in certain areas.  The 4.8 mile loop hike is moderately easy, with about 900 feet in elevation gain, and takes about 2.5 hours.


Bring a lunch to eat at the Hikers’ Hut – one of McDonald’s special features.  The hut is operated by the Sierra Club and is perched near the high point of Towne Ridge.  The rustic A-frame building has accommodations that can be enjoyed by groups. 

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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, DECEMBER 13, 2014 -- ANNUAL YEAR-END PARTY  

Come and talk over food and drink.  This year, we are pleased to join with members of the Peninsula Regional Group.  We will be  having a Gift Exchange; if you choose to participate, bring a wrapped gift (value not to exceed $10, or which can be a white elephant "re-gift").  There is no other agenda except for socializing and getting better acquainted with fellow Sierra Club members!  Join in the fun!  

Social Time:  5:30 PM, Potluck 6-8:30 PM.  To RSVP for the meeting and to get directions, call or email the host, Camille King, (650) 593-9898,  Bring food (main dish, salad or dessert) to serve about six.  We customarily contribute $2 per drink serving at the social time to defray costs.




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:

January 10, 2015

·       Hike:  “Area H”, Redwood Shores (rated Easy)

·       Program:  Nicole David, Environmental Scientist with San Francisco Estuary Institute, discussing Bay pollution generated by Belmont and San Carlos sourcesl

February 14, 2015

·       Hike:  Pulgas Ridge (rated Challenging)

·       Program:  Panel discussion on the pros and cons of clear cutting

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