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, NOVEMBER 8, 2014 – Morning Hike 9:15 AM:   Cooley Landing, East Palo Alto (rated EASY)

Join us for an easy walk through this 9-acre waterfront parcel, located off Bay Road along San Francisco Bay.  Previous uses of the land include home to Ohlone Indians, a wharf, dairy and poultry operations, farmland, and garbage dump.  A decades-long effort by federal, state and local government agencies, private foundations and activists culminated in the 2012 opening of Cooley Landing Park.  After extensive cleanup, the park includes restored wetlands environment, and has numerous walking paths through native grassland and coastal plants.  The trails are flat and level.  For more information, go to .

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 8, 2014 – Evening Program:  Presentation on Bird Friendly Design – Architectural Design Specifications for Cities – Speaker:  Shani Kleinhaus, Ph.D., Environmental Advocate for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society

Birds fly into buildings at night and during the day.  At night migrating birds can be drawn off course by the bright lights of cities.  During the day reflections and other issues with glass create confusion.  Researchers have estimated that collisions with buildings kill many hundreds of thousands of birds every year.  Bird-friendly buildings include features that help to prevent bird deaths at residential windows, and cities have begun to enact building standards to eliminate the most deadly hazards to birds.  Many cities, including San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago and Toronto, have established architectural requirements to eliminate deadly hazards to birds.

The Sustainable Land Use Committee’s guidelines recommend Toronto’s Bird Friendly Design Ordinance.  As numerous cities on the Peninsula construct more high rise buildings, we urge that bird friendly requirements be included in their design criteria.

Shani Klainhaus, Ph.D., Environmental Advocate for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, works to protect avian conservation in local development plans.  She addresses issues of land use, birds, wildlife habitat and environmental impacts before local governments and decision makers.  She earned her Ph.D. in ecology from US Davis and has contributed to conservation research, advocacy and planning in a variety of ecosystems in the US and abroad.  For more information on bird-friendly design, go to

Social Time:  5:30 PM, Potluck 6-7:00 PM, Program 7-8:00 PM, To RSVP for the meeting and to get directions, and also for carpool information, call or e-mail the host, 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:

December 13, 2014

·       Hike:   Black Mountain (rated Challenging)

·       Holiday party, jointly with members of the Peninsula Regional Group

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