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Phil Kaplan's Cabrillo Extension Summer 2015 Hiking Class

Explore the greenbelts and State Parks of Santa Cruz County in this fun and challenging hiking class. You will become familiar with parts of the Santa Cruz Hiking system, learn a little natural history, identify some flora and fauna, and at the same time get some great exercise. The main emphasis is on movement and fitness. Participants should have at least average fitness levels and be able to hike 5-8 miles on moderately steep terrain. We move at a fairly fast pace, about 3 miles per hour. This class is not for beginning hikers. Each week will feature a different hike on trails not commonly known. If you are new to hiking contact Phil before enrolling in the class. Many questions can be answered in the FAQs.

Schedule (9:30 am to 12:30 pm)

If rain is in the forecast you will recieve an email from the instructor about the status of the hike.

June 20: Nisene Marks State Park (meet at Cabrillo Tennis Courts, Parking Lot K). We will be hiking in the park near Cabrillo, not from the main entrance of Nisene.

June 27: Wilder State Park (carpool from Cost Plus/World Market Shopping Center on River St. in Santa Cruz. Meet in middle of parking lot between Cost Plus and Ross. If you would like to meet us at Wilder, meet at the main parking lot inside the park at 9:45 am. There is a $10 parking fee.)

July 4: No Class

July 11: Henry Cowell State Park (carpool from Cost Plus on River St. in Santa Cruz. Meet in middle of parking lot between Cost Plus and Ross). We will be hiking from Graham Hill Road.

July 18: Lime Kilns at Wilder Ranch (carpool from Cost Plus on River St. in Santa Cruz. Meet in middle of parking lot between Cost Plus and Ross). If you would like to meet us at Wilder, meet at the main parking lot inside the park at 9:45 am. There is a $10 parking fee.)

July 25: Pogonip (meet at 9:30 am in the middle of parking lot at Cost Plus/Ross).

August 1: San Lorenzo River (Meet in middle of parking lot between Cost Plus and Ross).


If you would like to meet us at the hike site rather than carpool or if you have any questions, email Phil

Adequate hiking shoes, water, energy snacks, sunblock, hat and insect repellent are required. Layers of light clothing are recommended as temperatures can be very cool within redwood forests. Be sure to use the restroom before arriving as there are very few "official" bathrooms where we are going. Go light on the coffee the morning of a hike.

Caution: We will be near poison oak, ticks and yellow jackets on some of our hikes. Be sure to use an insect repellent, check yourself over for ticks and shower and wash your clothes (including shoes) after each hike. Effective insect repellents can be found at local health food stores and places like Outdoor World. Avoid Deet-based repellents (like "Off") since they are toxic.

Special note: If you have had acute allergic reactions to insect bites be sure to carry a device like an EpiPen with you on each hike. Please also inform the instructor.

See our Class Photo here.

Registration takes place through the Cabrillo Extension Office or by calling them at 831-479-6331

 

Wilder Hiking Picture

 

 

We are accepting (working or not plus accessories) cellphones, iPods, MP3 Players, laptops, digital cameras, all small computer accessories, inkjet printer cartridges, energy bar wrappers (foil inside) and corks to help raise funds for the Orangutan Conservancy, Santa Cruz SPCA and Save Our Shores. Over 3200 cell phones, 50,000 corks, and 29,000 energy bar wrappers have been kept out of the landfill and refurbished or recycled in environmentally-safe ways through our program. They can be given to Phil. Read about the increasingly sad plight of the Orangutan (which is Malaysian for "person of the forest"). orangutan baby


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