Friday Hiking Class Schedule
Fall 2017
Cabrillo College Kin 44 ABC

Instructor: Phil Kaplan
Naturalist: Bill Perry

***In the event of rain or other adverse conditions, the instructor will send an email to all members of the class with instructions for the day.***

Plan on arriving at 9:30 am at our meeting area. Do not be late as we leave in carpools at 9:30 am sharp! If you are meeting us at the hike site you will need to contact me ahead of time as to the location and time. “Cost Plus” as a meeting place refers to the Gateway Plaza Shopping Center at 450 River Street in Santa Cruz, not “Costco”. For the Cost Plus hikes, we meet in the middle of the parking lot between Cost Plus and Ross. Some of the hikes have very limited parking so carpooling is important. You can contact me via email:

Sept 1: Orientation at Cabrillo gymnasium classroom (Rm 1117 Dance Room) at 9:30 am

Sept 8: The Coast at Wilder Ranch State Park (meet at Cost Plus at 9:30 am or main lot inside Wilder at 9:40 am. $10 parking fee per car)

Sept 15: UC Santa Cruz (meet at Cost Plus at 9:30 am or top of Spring St. at 9:45 am)

Sept 22: Henry Cowell State Park (meet at Cost Plus at 9:30 am or Probation Center on Graham Hill Rd. at 9:45 am)

Sept 29: Nisene Marks State Park (meet at Cabrillo tennis courts at 9:30 am)

Oct 6: Pogonip (meet at Cost/Plus at 9:30 am)

Oct 13: Wilder Ranch State Park (meet at Cost Plus at 9:30 am or main parking lot inside Wilder at 9:45 am. $10 parking fee per car)

Oct 20: Moore Creek (meet at Cost Plus at 9:30 am or Delaware St. near Antonelli Pond at 9:45 am)

Oct 27: DeLaveaga Wilderness Area (meet at Cost Plus at 9:30 am or DeLaveaga Park main restrooms at 9:45 am)

Nov 3: Baldwin Loop (meet at Cost Plus at 9:30 am or 4-Mile Beach parking lot at 9:50 am). Do not park along the berm inside of the parking lot at 4-Mile Beach.

Nov 10: School Holiday. No hike.

Nov 17: San Lorenzo River from Golf Club Drive. Meet on Golf Club Drive approximately one mile from Cost Plus on River Street/Highway 9.

Nov 24: School Holiday. No hike.

Dec 1: Optional Hike: River Levee to SC Yacht Harbor and Arana Gulch (meet at Cost Plus at 9:30 am). Attendance is not required and can be used as a make-up for a previously missed class.

We may encounter poison oak, stinging nettle, ticks, wasps and mosquitoes on many of our hikes. Light-colored lightweight long pants and insect repellent are advisable. Always check for ticks and shower and wash clothes to avoid poison oak after each hike. Depending on the time of the year, expect muddy or dusty conditions. Bring plenty of water and energy snacks and wear sunscreen. Good footwear is required. Arrive early to use the restroom as we will be in areas without facilities.

Special Note: Extensive hiking resources along with Frequently Asked Questions, nearly all of our course handouts and class photos can be found on this web site. We are collecting old cell phones, printer cartridges, any small electronics and energy bar wrappers (foil inside) to raise funds for the Orangutan Conservancy and Native Animal Rescue.