|Posted by Shirley on January 22, 2015 at 11:00 PM|
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The Pack Hike for January will be at Redwood Regional Park.
Date: Sunday January 25th, 2015
Meeting Time & Place: 11:00 am Park in Large parking lot at the end of park road
Meeting Location: Redwood Regional Park 7867 Redwood Rd. Oakland, Ca 94619
Hiking time: Hike will last 3 hours Rain/Shine
What to Bring: snacks, water, light sweater/jacket, sunscreen
Note: Suggested Age for this hike is Tigers to Webelos
Begin your hike at the Canyon Meadow Staging Area. Take either the Steam Trail (actually a paved road at this point) past the Orchard picnic area and play area, or, for a more peaceful start, cross the creek and head upstream on the Bridle Trail. When the two trails rejoin, you'll probably want to continue on the Stream Trail. At the Old Church picnic area, ask the kids if they can tell why this site was given that name (the kids should be able to find the foundation of the tiny old church).
If you're wondering why the "trail" is actually a paved road, you should know that many years ago the road was open for cars as far as Trail's End, but was gated closed to protect the redwood groves along this stretch.
Continue up Stream Trail, stopping to admire the small cascades in the creek and the redwood trees, as you work your way up to Fern Hut. The boys will enjoy exploring the stone shelters at Fern Hut and Mill Site. These were built in the 1930's and are great for a Webelos overnight.
After Mill Site, the hike begins in earnest. The redwoods continue for a while longer, then the trail begins a gentle climb. You might wish to take a break at Girl's Camp before beginning the steep climb up to Skyline Gate. Your last change for a restroom stop is at Skyline Gate. Continue the hike along East Ridge, where you'll go through an extensive eucalyptus and Monterey Pine forest. The vegetation soon opens up and you'll have some nice views of San Leandro Reservoir to the east and of the hills to the south. Don't miss the turnoff to Canyon View trail, as this is the way back to the parking lot.
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Alberto Kralj @ [email protected]