Hike in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve

Hike Date: 12:40 pm, Thursday, April 20, 2017
7.3 miles, 3.00 hours, 1280 feet

Ridge Trail/Borell Hill “This preserve is known for its showy display of wildflowers in spring. In summer, the hills turn to gold with the late evening sunlight. Autumn, when the fog recedes, is the ideal time to enjoy the ridge views of San Francisco Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains through the crisp, clean air. Winter storms occasionally dust the top of the hills with snow.” (text source: mrosd)

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Hike in Los Trancos Open Space Preserve

Hike Date: 01:00 pm, Friday, July 28, 2017
4.7 miles, 1.45 hours, 1090 feet

Lost Creek Loop Trail “Los Trancos Open Space Preserve is an ideal spot to learn about earthquake geology. The San Andreas Fault, one of the world’s longest and most active faults, splits the preserve. In the preserve, visitors will find a pleasant environment of rolling grassland knolls alternating with oak woodland and cool shaded forest.” (text source: mrosd)

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Hike in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

Hike Date: 10:50 am, Sunday, August 6, 2017
7.0 miles, 2.5 hours, 1060 feet

Purisima Creek “The centerpiece of this 4,711-acre preserve is Purisima Creek Canyon with its towering redwoods, rushing creek, and an understory of ferns, berries, and wildflowers. Magnificent views of the coast and Half Moon Bay are visible from the northern part of the preserve.” (text source: mrosd)

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Hike in Wunderlich County Park

Hike Date: 10:00 am, Wednesday, August 2, 2017
6.27 miles, 2.5 hours, 1247 feet 

Meadow Trail “Wunderlich Park is a hillside area of redwood forest, open meadows, and beautiful oaks and madrones. This area was donated to the County by Martin Wunderlich. It contains what was once the Folger family ranch, and the estate stable and surrounding buildings have been restored to provide a historic treasure to the community.” (text source: smcgov)

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Lake Tahoe – Road Trip from San Jose

Ski Run Marina

Lake Tahoe is all about beaches. Well, mostly! All you need to do is park yourself at one of them and you’re set for the day/afternoon/evening. In summer months, as everyone flocks to the cool waters of the lake, all beaches and Vista points close to water can get pretty crowded and it can become nearly impossible to get an official/decent parking spot. Some folks do manage to park on the side of the highway and walk miles with their entire beach gear (tents, chairs, food) to their spot of choosing. Probably best to visit Lake Tahoe in an off season to steer clear of the crowd.

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