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South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group
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Feb 10 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Difficulty: Moderately strenuous
Distance: 10-11 miles (approx. 4-5 hours)

This brisk hike will take us on parts of every trail in Pogonip. We will pass all the main attractions in the park including, the great meadow, the Clubhouse, the rock statues, the Lime Kilns, the fish filled spring box, with a side trip into Henry Cowell Redwoods and the San Lorenzo River. Lunch break at "Thong Beach". Total distance will be 10-11 miles with 1,300 feet of accumulated elevation of moderate difficult to a regular hiker. We will pass through serene redwood groves, oak forests, and large meadows. One of the meadows was once used as Polo Grounds and the Historic Club house is still standing. Some of the vantage points have fantastic views of Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay on fog free days.

About Pogonip: Pogonip is a native American word believed to mean icy fog. How this name came to be used in Santa Cruz is unknown. Once occupied by Ohlone triblets for 5,000 years before the arrival of Europeans, few survived after the founding of the Santa Cruz Mission in 1791. Although the park is perceived to be undisturbed, logging production left only three virgin redwoods that remain in Pogonip today. Redwood logs were also used to fire the Lime Kilns for the conversion of Limestone into Lime. The Kilns are still in existence and will be part of our hike. Pogonip was once part of the extensive Cowell Ranch. In 1961 the western portion of the ranch was sold to the University of California and the remaining acreage eventually became known as Pogonip.

Lunch afterward at Kelly's. https://www.yelp.com/biz/kellys-french-bakery-santa-cruz

Or West End Tap and Kitchen right behind Kelly's if anyone prefers a beer over a latte. The burger there is quite tasty (and believe it or not, it's cheaper than Kelly's!)

https://www.yelp.com/biz/west-end-tap-and-kitchen-santa-cruz?osq=lunch

Carpool Info: Meet at 8:15 am at the Los Gatos "park and ride". From Hwy 17, exit on Saratoga/Los Gatos Road. The lot is located between University Ave and Santa Cruz Ave. It's the northeast lot. You should see other people there and cars.

Directions to Trailhead: We will meet at 9:00 am at the end of Harvey West Blvd in Santa Cruz. From Hwy 17, take Hwy 1 North to Hwy 9 (approx. 1/2 mile) and turn right. Approximately 1 block up, turn left on Fern, left on Limekiln, and then right on Harvey West, just past Costco. There is plenty of on street parking along Harvey West Park. We'll meet up by the picnic tables where the trailhead starts.

Disclaimer: The South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group and its event organizers are not responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. By signing up for these events, you agree to release the South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group and its event organizers from any responsibility, liability, or claim in law or in equity. If you don't agree to these terms, DO NOT join this meetup event. The South Bay Ramblers does not certify the expertise of its event organizers - we are all volunteers. You are responsible for yourself. Please come prepared with appropriate hiking shoes, gear and water.

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