Guided Hikes

“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.”

~Rachel Carson.


Upcoming Hikes

Sam McDonald County Park Family Hike

This hike is offered by the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter’s Family Explorers.

Saturday January 28, 2018, 10:00am-2:00pm

4 miles, (600 feet elevation gain)

The view from the Sierra Club’s Hikers Hut

Join the Loma Prieta Family Explorers in an interpretive walk through a lush redwood forest. We will hike up the hill through Heritage Grove, one of the few places on the Peninsula where it is still possible to see ancient redwoods, and pause often to explore the plants of the forest and learn about their Native American uses. We will stop for a picnic near the lovely Hikers’ Hut, where we can admire the view and perhaps even get a peek at the ocean, after which we will slowly make our way back down to the trailhead.

Meet at the Sam McDonald parking lot
  • 13435 Pescadero Creek Road, Loma Mar
  • There is no parking or entrance fee.
  • RSVPs appreciated. This hike is for families with children ages 5-12. All children must be accompanied by a parent. 

Bring: Hat, sunscreen, water, picnic lunch, picnic lunch, walking shoes and comfortable clothes for walking. Please consider bringing a warm layer or raincoat as it can get cold, depending on the weather that day.

Rain cancels, but we will still meet if it’s a bit drizzly.


Sigal Wilnai: sigalwilnai at gmail dot com

RSVPs required. Families with children only. All children must be accompanied by a parent. This hike is appropriate for children ages 5-12 or children who can hike 4 miles comfortably.



Schedule of Future Hikes:

1/20/2018 Family Bike ride at a TBD
2/17/2018 Family hike at Alum Rock Park
3/17/2018 Family hike at Almaden Quicksilver County Park


Learn more about the Loma Prieta Family Explorers or join our mailing list to receive future hike announcements.


Previous Hikes

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Saturday, May 20th 2017.

Rating: 1A1 (4 miles, 450 feet)Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve is a gem hidden in plain view, offering a unique opportunity to see Coyote Valley in all its splendor. We will follow the Arrowhead Full Loop around the park and enjoy wide open vistas of the Santa Cruz and Diablo ranges and the valley below. If we’re lucky, we could catch glimpses of soaring bald eagles, golden eagles and other raptors, and we may still see plenty of wildflowers and butterflies in the meadows. We will take our time talking about the history of the valley and its significance, bird watching, wildflower hunting, and noting other distinctive features of the park. This trail meanders over the hills, and there will be uphill and downhill sections. Bring water, a picnic lunch, hat, sunscreen, wind jacket (as the area can get windy), binoculars, and curiosity, and come ready to luxuriate for a few hours in the wild nature so near our homes. To carpool, meet at the Tamien Park-and-ride at 9:00am. Contact me to meet at the trailhead.

Photos from Ron’s and my scouting hike:

Photos from the hike:








Monument Peak Hike – Ed Levin County Park

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 10am to 4pm

The following description is from the Sierra Club Calendar:

Rating: 2C2 (9.2 miles, 2200 feet)

Monument Peak is just south of Mission Peak and east of Milpitas in Ed Levin County Park. It is not nearly as crowded as Mission Peak but has a similar lovely view of Silicon Valley spreading out below it. The display of flowers should be impressive this wet year. We’ll start our hike from the parking lot near the dog park at Ed Levin County Park hiking up the Agua Caliente Trail. From the Agua Caliente trail, we will take the Monument Peak trail to the top of the peak. There will be a short bit of steep trail hiking just below the peak so wear shoes or boots with good tread that you don’t mind possibly getting muddy (not required but a hiking stick would also be helpful). We will return on the Bay Area Ridge, Agua Caliente and Calero Creek trails to complete our loop.

Bring a lunch, plenty of water, sun screen, sun hat, boots or shoes with good tread, warm layers in the event it is foggy or cool, cash for the park entry fee, and good stamina for this long uphill but beautiful hike. Heavy rain the day before or the day of the hike cancels (it can get really muddy after rain).

Meet at the Tamien Park-n-Ride lot in San Jose for car-pooling at 9:00am. Contact Ron for information if you opt to meet at the trailhead.

Photos from the hike:







Mount Diablo Grand Loop Hike

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 9am-5pm

The following description is from the Sierra Club Calendar:

Rating: 2B2 (9 miles, 2000 feet)

It is said that hikers can see more of the earth’s surface from atop Mt. Diablo than any other peak in the world but Mt. Kilimanjaro. Although only 3,900 feet tall, Diablo rises very abruptly from its surroundings and it towers over the nearly flat Bay Area and the Central Valley. Come see how Diablo has recovered from the devastating fire of 2013. We’ll take a 9-mile circuit hike around the summit that affords awesome views that extend as far as the Sierras to the east and Mt. Lassen to the north and 25 miles out to sea to the west. At this time of year, wild flowers abound as well, and our loop around Diablo brings new colors at each turn.

Bring suitable clothing and sunscreen because a hiker is exposed at this altitude. Also bring lunch and plenty of water.

Meet at 9am at the Tamien Park and Ride, or at the park in the Laurel Nook Picnic Area in the wide turnout at the Diablo Valley Overlook at 10:15am, and contact the leaders if you intend to join the hike at the park. Rain cancels.

Photos from the hike:

Sigal Tzoore (650) 815-5109