Meets the first Saturday of most months for a hike in one of the many Bay Area parks and open spaces. There are often options for shorter or longer hikes. This is not an official UUFRC event; Everyone is responsible for themselves, but no one is left behind.

Contact: Kaye Bonney

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Annual Bird Walk

12/07/2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Offsite/Other: Location listed in description (See event description, Varies)

Saturday, December 7, we’ll take our annual 3.5-mile bird-watching walk around the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. Expect to see hawks, grebes, pelicans, egrets, herons, avocets, curlews, dowitchers, godwits, stilts, willets, geese, and lots and lots and lots of ducks.

This one-way loop starts at Byxbee Hills Park, parallels Mayfield Slough, and winds around the Adobe Creek Loop trail on the levees to the Palo Alto Baylands.

Egret at Palo Alto Baylands

We’ll gather at Terminal Boulevard in Palo Alto at 9am and carpool to Byxbee Hills. We’ll take our time walking and probably return to Terminal Blvd. around noon.

Bring warm clothes (be prepared for rain, too), field guides, and binoculars.

(This is not an official UUFRC event. Everyone is responsible for themselves but no one is left behind.)

 

Past Events

Happy Trail Hike: San Francisco Stairway Hike

01/06/2018, 8:45 am - 3:00 pm. Carpool from UUFRC (2124 Brewster Ave, Redwood City)

Saturday, January 6, we’ll do a stairway hike in San Francisco. We’ll hit the high points from Twin Peaks to Buena Vista Park, including Tank Hill, Kite Hill, Corona Heights, and Mt. Olympus. On the way, we’ll climb up and down about 1,200 steps, walk six miles through picturesque neighborhoods, and enjoy fabulous views of the city and the bay. This is a fun, but strenuous, hike.

We’ll leave from UUFRC (2124 Brewster at Lowell) in Redwood City at 9am. Arrive early to arrange carpools. We’ll park on Clarendon Ave. at Twin Peaks Blvd. near Tank Hill where we’ll start the hike.

Bring lunch and water. Dress in layers, it will probably be cool in the morning but might warm up in the afternoon, especially for those of us climbing up and down stairs. Kaye Bonney

July 7 - Hike in Golden Gate Park to Hear Open-air Piano Concerts

07/07/2018, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Carpool from UUFRC (2124 Brewster Ave, Redwood City)

Saturday, July 7, we will hike from the Great Highway three miles through Golden Gate Park and into the Botanical Garden to enjoy live piano music. After eating lunch and listening to our heart’s content, we’ll return to our cars by another route.

Called Flower Piano, this event will transform San Francisco Botanical Garden into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. Visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky. On weekends professional pianists and a whole host of other musicians will perform throughout the garden as well.

We’ll leave from the UU Fellowship (2124 Brewster at Lowell) in Redwood City at 9am, Saturday, July 7. Arrive early to arrange carpools. If you want to meet us at the park, our hike starts from the Ocean Beach parking lot on the west side of the Great Highway northwest of the Murphy Windmill. We should arrive there around 9:45am.

Bring lunch and water and money for entry to the botanical garden:

  • Adults: $8.00
  • Ages 12 – 17 and over-65: $6.00
  • Age 5-11: $2.00

July 7 - San Francisco Botanical Garden Open-air Piano Concerts

07/07/2018, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Carpool from UUFRC (2124 Brewster Ave, Redwood City)

Flower Piano will transform San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. Visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky. On weekends professional pianists and a whole host of other musicians will perform throughout the Garden as well.

Saturday, July 7, we will hike around Golden Gate Park and into the Botanical Garden to enjoy the show.

Hike La Honda Creek August 4

08/04/2018, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Offsite/Other: Location listed in description (See event description, Varies)

Third time is a charm: On Saturday, August 4, we’re hiking at La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve. The complete trail in a recently opened area of the park is nine miles long but I think we’ll turn back after about three miles. If anyone is feeling particularly energetic and eager to see the whole trail, we can decide whether to continue at the turn-back point.

According to my map, we’ll climb about two hundred feet, descend another 200 to Harrington Creek, and then climb up 200 feet again. Same on the return trip. We will enjoy wide-open spaces, long views, late wild flowers, and the company of large but peaceful bovine.

We’ll leave from the UU Fellowship (2124 Brewster at Lowell) in Redwood City at 9am, Saturday, August 4. Arrive early to arrange carpools. If you want to meet us at the trailhead, the hike starts from Gate LH11 at the end of Sears Ranch Road. We should arrive there between 9:45 and 10am. There is a toilet at the trail head but not beyond.

Hike Land's End October 13

10/13/2018, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Carpool from UUFRC (2124 Brewster Ave, Redwood City)

Join us for a five-mile hike along spectacular Lands End at the northwestern tip of San Francisco. This is a gorgeous hike over the clifftops high above crashing surf and through windswept cypress woodlands with picturesque views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Point Bonita Lighthouse. We’ll even walk a labyrinth on a rock outcrop at the ocean’s edge.

We leave from the UU Fellowship (2124 Brewster at Lowell) in Redwood City at 9am, Saturday, October 13. Arrive early to arrange carpools. If you want to meet us at the trailhead, we’re parking in the lot at Lands End Lookout, on Point Lobos Avenue at El Camino del Mar in San Francisco. It’s just above Louis’ Restaurant. We expect to arrive there between 9:45 – 10am.

Bring lunch and water. If you have binoculars, you may want to bring them, too, as there are several well-placed lookouts along the trail from which we might spot something interesting.

Please note the date: October 13. This is the second Saturday of the month. We want to be sure to give all of you the opportunity to participate in our Fall Workday at UUFRC on October 6.

Kaye and Bobbi

Annual Bird Walk January 5

01/05/2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Offsite/Other: Location listed in description (See event description, Varies)

Saturday, January 5, we’ll go out for our annual 3.5-mile bird-watching walk around the Palo Alto Baylands. Expect to see grebes, pelicans, egrets, herons, avocets, curlews, dowitchers, godwits, stilts, willets, geese, and lots and lots and lots of ducks.

This one-way loop involves a short car-shuttle. We’ll leave some cars parked at Terminal Boulevard, just off the east end of San Antonio Road in Palo Alto, then carpool back along East Bayshore Road and out Embarcadero Road to Byxbee Hills Park. From there, we’ll start our walk along Mayfield Slough out toward the bay and around Adobe Creek Loop trail on the levees back to Terminal Blvd.

Bring warm clothes (be prepared for rain, too), field guides, and binoculars.

We’ll gather at Terminal Blvd. in Palo Alto at 9am. We’ll take our time and probably finish around noon.

kaye

Bird Walk February 2

02/02/2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Offsite/Other: Location listed in description (See event description, Varies)

I checked in with the Baylands Nature Center and they assured me that there are still plenty of birds wintering on the Bay. So we’ll try for a bird walk one more time: on Saturday, February 2, we’ll go out for a 3.5-mile bird-watching walk around the Palo Alto Baylands. Expect to see grebes, pelicans, egrets, herons, avocets, curlews, dowitchers, godwits, stilts, willets, geese, and lots and lots and lots of ducks.

This one-way loop involves a short car-shuttle. We’ll leave some cars parked at Terminal Boulevard, just off the east end of San Antonio Road in Palo Alto, then carpool back along East Bayshore Road and out Embarcadero Road to Byxbee Hills Park. From there, we’ll start our walk along Mayfield Slough out toward the bay and around Adobe Creek Loop trail on the levees back to Terminal Blvd.


Bring warm clothes (be prepared for rain, too), field guides, and binoculars.We’ll gather at Terminal Blvd. in Palo Alto at 9am. We’ll take our time and probably finish around noon.kaye

March 2 Hike above Tilden Park

03/02/2019, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. Offsite/Other: Location listed in description (See event description, Varies)

There is no telling what the weather will be like on Saturday, March 2, but we do know that the East Bay hills will be green and lush. So we’ll take a hike along the mostly-paved Nimitz Trail above Tilden Park from where we’ll look across rolling hills to San Francisco and San Pablo bays, and maybe spot some hawks, jays, and wildflowers, too.

This 3.8-mile trail is one way so we can turn around at any point. Elevation gain is minimal, about 330 feet.

We’ll leave from UUFRC (2124 Brewster at Lowell) in Redwood City at 9am, Saturday, March 2. Arrive early to arrange carpools. The trail head is at 750 Wildcat Canyon Road in Berkeley. Let me know if you want to meet us there, we should arrive by 10:15am.

Bring lunch, water, and binoculars if you are so inclined.

April 6 Hike Around Lake Chabot

04/06/2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Offsite/Other: Location listed in description (See event description, Varies)

On April 6, we’ll join Bob and Sandy Simoni for a 9-mile hike around Lake Chabot. We’ll skirt the shores of the lake with an occasional uphill climb; the highest elevation is 900 feet. We’ll see lovely views of the lake as well as wildflowers and birds. Some of the lake shore trail is paved, but the rest runs through quiet woods with more of a back-country feeling. The contrast between the two halves of the loop makes for an interesting and enjoyable hike.

We’ll start and end our hike at the Lake Chabot Marina. If you’d like to do a shorter hike, you can turn back at any time.

Meet at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City (2124 Brewster Ave. and Lowell) a little bit before 9am to form carpools. If you want to meet us at the park, we’ll gather at the picnic tables in front of the Marina building (17930 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley) between 9:45 and 10am.

Parking is $5 per car. Dogs are allowed but you’ll be charged $2 per pooch.

Bring lunch and water.

Kaye Bonney

Russian Ridge Wildflowers May 4

05/04/2019, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Offsite/Other: Location listed in description (See event description, Varies)

May’s hike will take us over the open hills of Russian Ridge above Skyline Blvd. We hope to see plenty of spring wildflowers and views of both ocean and bay from the ridge top.

The hike starts in the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve parking lot. We’ll hike north along the open ridge to a view point atop Borel Hill and out to a comfortable deck where we’ll eat lunch. Then we’ll head back on the lower west slope through shady oak woodlands.

Total distance is five miles but there are a couple of connecting trails where those who wish to take a shorter loop may turn back early.

Photo by QT Luong

Meet at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City (2124 Brewster Ave. and Lowell) a little bit before 9am to form carpools. If you want to meet us at the trail head, we’ll gather in the parking lot at the intersection of Skyline Blvd. and Alpine Rd. at 9:45am.

Bring lunch and water.

Kaye Bonney

Happy Trails Hiking Club

10/05/2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Carpool from UUFRC (2124 Brewster Ave, Redwood City)

October 5 Hike Through the Hayward Greenbelt

On October 5, we’ll join Bob and Sandy Simoni for a 6.5-mile hike along a creek and through a shady canyon in Hayward. We’ll climb 1,200 feet up through the canyon to a viewpoint overlooking the Bay. We’ll stop for lunch at East Avenue Park, which has picnic tables and flush toilets, before hiking back down to our cars.

Shady trail
Shady trail

We can arrange a car shuttle for folks that don’t want to hike the two miles down from the lunch stop. We’ll need to leave a car at East Avenue Park and then take the driver down to the Hayward Plunge where we start the hike.

Meet at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City (2124 Brewster Ave. and Lowell) a little bit before 9am to form carpools. If you want to meet us at the trail head, we’ll gather at the start of the Hayward Plunge Trail between the Hayward Plunge (24176 Mission Blvd. in Hayward) and the tennis courts between 9:30 and 9:45am. There is plenty of parking around the tennis courts.

Bring lunch and water.