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 13, 2016 – Morning Hike 9:15 AM:  Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve/Searsville Lake (rated MODERATE)

This month’s hike will be a docent-led tour of the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and Searsville Lake on Stanford University property.  This area has been the center of a long-standing controversy concerning the future of the Searsville Dam and its role in habitat protection and the protection of flood-prone communities downstream.


There is no admission charge for the guided tour, but the number of persons permitted on the tour is limited to eight (8), so prior reservations are a must, and will be accepted FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.  To reserve your space, contact Camille King, (650) 593-9898,   The hike will involve 2 to 2.5 hours of walking on hilly terrain.  Participants should dress in layers and bring water; no food is permitted on the trail.  There are restroom facilities at the starting point, but none on the trails.


Meet at 9:15 AM at the San Carlos Public Library parking lot to carpool.  We will leave promptly at 9:30 AM, to arrive at the Preserve gate at 10:00 AM, when the tour will commence.  RAIN CANCELS



Saturday, FEBRUARY 13, 2016 – Evening Program:  Presentation by Camille King on the Searsville Dam Controversy and its Future


For many years Stanford University has been deliberating the fate of this obsolete structure, built in 1892 to divert rain water from the Santa Cruz Mountains to Crystal Springs Reservoir.  Over time, due to the build-up of millions of cubic yards of silt, the lake is no longer useful for storing water.  Several approaches have been considered, including complete removal of the dam, or alternatively, allowing it to fill with silt and creating a new route for the water.  Learn about the history and current environmental concerns that will affect decisions on the future of this sensitive area.


Long-time Sierra Club member Camille King is the former Chairperson of the San Carlos/Belmont Regional Group and currently serves on the Events and Political Committees.  She is active in local environmental and political issues and is a core member of San Carlos Green.


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, 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.




Check here often, as hikes and evening programs are subject to change.  Please note there will be no meetings of the San Carlos/Belmont Group in July and August; monthly events resume in September.  Following is a tentative list of programs for 2016:

March 12, 5016:

Hike:  Rancho San Antonio, Los Altos Hills, rated EASY TO MODERATE

Evening:  “Water in California” – use of ground water and related concerns; speaker Peter Dreickmeier, Executive Director of Tuolumne River Trust

April 14, 2016:

Hike:  Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, Portola Valley, rated MODERATE

Evening:  Kristen Pringle will present an update on San Mateo County Community Choice Energy

May 14, 2016:

Hike:  Edgewood County Park, Redwood City, rated EASY

Evening:  Presentation by Kurt Newick of Horizon Energy regarding solar installations

June 11, 2016:

Hike:  Pulgas Ridge, San Carlos, rated EASY TO MODERATE

Evening:  Presentation on status of San Carlos Parks Dept. after recent budget cuts, and new challenges; speaker to be announced