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, OCTOBER 11, 2014 – Morning Hike 9:15 AM

Bay Trail San Carlos (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, including over 130 parks.  Portions of the trail exist in all nine Bay Area counties. 

We will follow the section starting behind the Marriott at the corner of Twin Dolphins and Redwood Shores Parkway, and east past the treatment plant for about 1-1/4 hours before retracing our steps.  The trail is mostly flat and level, about 4 miles.   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, OCTOBER 11, 2014 – Evening Program:  “Community Choice Aggregation” (“CCA”) – Speaker:  Gladwyn d’Souza

Community Choice Aggregation (“CCA”) is a system enabling local governments to purchase and/or generate energy for its residents and businesses rather than the traditional model based on monopolizing energy supply.  Cities and counties are allowed to aggregate the buying power of individual customers within a defined jurisdiction in order to secure alternative energy supply contracts on a community-wide basis, allowing customers to opt out who do not wish to participate.   CCAs now serve nearly 5% of Americans in over 1300 municipalities as of 2014.  They are de facto public utilities in a new form that aggregate regional energy demand and negotiate with competitive suppliers and developers.

Gladwyn d’Souza has an engineering background and is well known in the community as a local champion of the environment.  He is a former member of the Belmont Planning Commission and is the Chairperson of the San Carlos/Belmont Regional Group of the Sierra Club

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, Bonnie McClure, (650) 591-5057,  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:

November 8, 2014

·       Hike:  Cooley Landing (rated Easy)

·       Program:  Transit Village (San Carlos) Update

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