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Home | 2014 BAO Hikes

2014 BAO Educational Hikes

Explore new open spaces while learning about the San Andreas Fault, waterfalls and watersheds, wine, redwood forest ecology, local mining history, Ohlone Indians, climate change and see wildflowers, breeding birds and butterflies. All hikes include a picnic lunch. Registration is required and space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible using the registration button below. Once you register, we will send details about the meeting location and other important information. To hear what others think of our events, click testimonials.

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Hike 1: Geology and the San Andreas Fault

BAO Sanborn Park Hike

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Join us for a guided, leisurely 3.2–mile walk to Indian Rock with a view of the local wineries and ocean below. Enjoy a group picnic among the rock formations overlooking the coast. Our hike leader will teach us about local geology and the San Andreas Fault. If there is moderate to heavy rain, we will reschedule the hike for the same time on January 29, 2014.

Location: Sanborn County Park in Saratoga

Hike 2: Waterfalls and Watersheds

BAO Uvas Canyon Park Hike

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Take a moderate, three–mile hike with one 200 foot ascent and descent along the waterfall loop. This is the prime time to see all three falls – Black Rock, Basin and Upper Falls. Learn about the importance of protecting our local watersheds including the impact on threatened steelhead trout and other fish populations. End with a social picnic in our specially reserved group area. If there is moderate to heavy rain, we will reschedule the hike for the same time on February 19, 2014.

Location:Uvas Canyon County Park in Morgan Hill

Hike 3: Walk Among Wildflowers at Rancho San Vicente

BAO Rancho Vicente Hike

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Enjoy a Spring hike at an open space that is famous for its spectacular wildflower display. The four–mile strenuous hike is in an area closed to the general public. Our guide has comprehensive knowledge of wildflowers, butterflies and other insects. Halfway through our hike, we stop for a picnic lunch and savor the scenery. If there is moderate to heavy rain, we will reschedule the hike for the same time on March 26, 2014.

Sponsored by: BAO thanks Joe Yoo from the 605 E. El Camino Real Sunnyvale Subway’s for his support of this hike. Please click here to visit his Sunnyvale store. Tell them BAO sent you.

Location: Rancho San Vicente in San Jose

Hike 4: Walk Among Wildflowers at Calero Lake

BAO Calero Park Hike

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Enjoy a moderate, 2.6–mile Spring hike on open fire roads with views of spectacular wildflowers and Calero reservoir. Learn about wildflowers and oak woodlands. We share a picnic lunch at the end of the hike by a pond and an observation deck with views of the colors. If there is moderate to heavy rain, we will reschedule the hike for the same time on April 23, 2014.

Sponsored by: BAO thanks Jeff Yee from the Lawrence Expressway Sunnyvale Togo’s for his support of our hikes. Please click here to visit his Sunnyvale store. Tell them BAO sent you.

Location: Calero County Park in San Jose

Hike 5: Coyote Lake and the Ohlone Indians

BAO Coyote Lake Park Hike

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Join us for journey on the Mummy Mountain Trail that climbs up 500 feet to the highest point in the park and offers panoramic views of the area. Along the way, we will learn about the Ohlone Indians and stop at the summit to taste some of the food they ate for thousands of years. We travel back down along Coyote Ridge Trail with views of the lake, Gilroy and San Martin. This is a four–mile strenuous hike on sunny fire roads and shady forested single track trails past sandstone boulders, meadows, oak trees, bay laurels and flowers. Socialize during a group picnic lunch at the end of the hike.

Sponsored by: BAO thanks Sunita from the Henderson Ave Sunnyvale Subway’s for her support of our hikes. Please click here to visit her Sunnyvale store. Tell them BAO sent you.

Location: Harvey Bear–Coyote Lake Park in Gilroy

Hike 6: Birdwatching Along Vasona Lake

BAO Vasona Lake Hike

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Take a leisurely three–mile walk along Vasona Lake to observe nesting Snowy Egrets, Great Herons and other wildlife. Binoculars are available for close–up views. We end with a picnic lunch by the lake.

Sponsored by: BAO thanks Kelly Nahal from the Mary Ave Sunnyvale Subway’s for her support of our hikes. Please click here to visit her Sunnyvale store. Tell them BAO sent you.

Location: Vasona County Park in Los Gatos

Hike 7: Journey through the Redwood Forest

BAO Sanborn Hike

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

On this four–mile moderate hike along the John Nicholas Trail, we learn about redwood forest ecology and the history of Lake Ranch Reservoir. Walk along the wide trail, among huge redwoods and pass small waterfalls. We will picnic by the reservoir which is the half–point of the hike.

Sponsored by: BAO thanks Jim Thorne from the Crossman Ave Sunnyvale Togo’s for his support of this hike. Please click here to visit his Sunnyvale store. Tell them BAO sent you.

Location: Sanborn County Park in Los Gatos

Hike 8: California’s Smallest Butterfly

BAO Alviso Hike

Wednesday August 20, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Alviso Marina County Park is the gateway to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. We are guided on a three–mile loop of the Alviso Slough Trail. Enjoy views of the wetlands, migratory birds and other wildlife, and the mountains surrounding the bay. Observe California’s smallest butterfly, the Western Pygmy Blue, during its breeding season. Learn how it thrives in a harsh, alkaline environment. Binoculars are available to share. We end the day with a social picnic.

Sponsored by: BAO thanks Kelly Nahal from the Mary Ave Sunnyvale Subway’s for her support of our hikes. Please click here to visit her Sunnyvale store. Tell them BAO sent you.

Location: Alviso Marina County Park in Alviso

Hike 9: Wander Up the Zinfandel Trail for Some Wine Tasting

BAO Picchetti Ranch Hike

Wednesday September 17, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Join us for a four–mile tour of Picchetti Ranch Open Space on the Zinfandel trail with views of Stevens Creek Reservoir. We will learn about the history of wine making in California on the gradual, two–mile uphill route to Picchetti Winery. At the winery, we will eat a leisurely lunch and partake in wine tasting (optional). Our return is a downhill stroll.

Sponsored by: BAO thanks Kelly Nahal from the Mary Ave Sunnyvale Subway’s for her support of our hikes. Please click here to visit her Sunnyvale store. Tell them BAO sent you.

Location: Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve in Cupertino

Hike 10: Explore Local Mining History

BAO Almaden Quicksilver Hike

Wednesday October 8, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

A Santa Clara County Park Interpreter will lead us on a four–mile, round–trip hike. Learn about the mining history that helped to shape the landscape of historic Almaden Quicksilver County Park. This park is a National Historic District because of its ruins from more than 130 years of mining. We start at the Woods Road entrance and walk gradually uphill (300-foot elevation change), visiting the rotary furnace that produced more than a million flasks of mercury. We leisurely hike down to the ruins at English Camp, where we will enjoy a social lunch, and an optional tour around the ruins, before heading back.

Sponsored by: BAO thanks Jim Thorne from the Crossman Ave Sunnyvale Togo’s for his support of this hike. Please click here to visit his Sunnyvale store. Tell them BAO sent you.

Location: Almaden Quicksilver County Park in San Jose

Hike 11: Discover Villa Montalvo

BAO Villa Montalvo Hike

Wednesday November 12, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Join us for a docent–led, moderate–to–strenuous, two–mile, 400–foot elevation change walk at the 137–acre, grand estate of Senator James Phelan. We travel through the shady redwoods, passing artwork along the way, and up to the Lookout Point for a panoramic view of the San Jose. Most of the walk will be in the shade. During the walk, we will learn about climate change and discover how small changes can lead to broad consequences, both globally and locally here in the Bay Area. Upon return, enjoy a social picnic in the garden. After lunch, join other group members for an optional self–led tour of the gardens and arboretum.

Location: Villa Montalvo County Park in Saratoga

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