2/9/2008 Mystery Hike #8: Big Basin McCrary Loop (15 mi/3500 ft)
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  • View 114 photos from the hike. View map of actual hike paths.
  • 1) 13 people went on this hike
    * 3 cars (4, 4, and 5 from 2 carpool locations: Sunnyvale Sports Basement and Saratoga Wells Fargo).
    * All were on-time, thank you so much, everyone!
    * Carpool fees: $8/person for cars of 4's, $7/person for car of 5. Drivers paid $6 for parking. SF carpool additional $7.
    * 11 hikers went to Saigon Honk Kong restaurant on Lawrence Expwy/101 afterwards (see pics for dishes)!

    2) Total distance: 15 miles, Total elevation gain: 3,500'
    3) Started hiking at 9:23 am, finished at 4:24 pm.
    * Total average pace: 2.03 mph (7 hrs)
    * Break time: ~ 1hr
    * Average pace (when moving): 2.5 mph

  • It's been quite a while since we've had a mystery hike. The sky finally cleared up this weekend and 13 hikers (including 5 newcomers) headed to Big Basin Redwoods State Park for a rigorous workout among the giant redwoods. This 15 mile hike starts from headquarters and traces the Sunset trail to Berry Creek Falls trail where we passed three sets of beautiful waterfalls: Golden cascades, Silver Falls, and the mos famous of the three: Berry Creek Falls. Most hikers would then take the Skyline to the Sea trail back to headquarters, making it an approx 10 mile hike, but our plan was to go further south towards Waddell beach, and then hike up the very steep and partially exposed (sunny) McCrary trail up to Wheat Overlook, then Hinh Hammond Rd back to the parking. 11 of us followed the plan (see map) while two took a slightly shorter loop after Berry Creek Falls through Howard King Trail and reunited with the main group at the Wheat Overlook. The newcomers were all on-time for the carpools (thank you again!) and were well-prepared (food, drinks, hiking poles, clothing), and endured the hike like old-timers. It was a really nice hike through beautiful scenaries and under sunny and warm conditions (high 50's to mid 60's).

Other Mystery Hikes:

1 - Monte Bello (1/6/2007).
2 - Skyline/Portola (1/13/2007).
3 - Sanborn/Netws (1/20/2007).
4 - Pt. Reyes/Alamere Falls (2/3/07).
5 - Pescadero Creek (2/17/2007).
6 - Lakes of Marin (3/10/2007).
7 - Wilder Ranch (3/25/2007).

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