Here is a note from the PR dept at MROSD. On October 3, expect heavy foot traffic in ECDM (skeggs) on Serra Morena, upper Methuselah, Manzanita, Timberview and Giant Salamander.
Dear Friends of the Giant Salamander Trail,
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is hosting a trail dedication event to officially celebrate the newly restored Giant Salamander Trail at El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve on Saturday, October 3, 2009, and we are pleased to extend an invitation to you.
The details of the event are as follows:
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2009
Time: 12:00 noon – 2:30 p.m.
(not including hike or ride to/from event site)
(allow 2 hours to hike to the event site and 30 minutes to ride* to the event site; allow 2.5 hours for the return hike to the parking location and 45 minutes for the return ride* to the parking location)
Location: Giant Salamander Trail/Timberview Trail Junction
El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve
Parking: Caltrans Skeggs Point parking area
(see directions below & attached map)
Event attendees may park at the Caltrans Skeggs Point parking area on the east side of Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard), about 4 miles north of Highway 84 (La Honda Road) and 8.6 miles south from Highway 92. (As another directional marker, the Caltrans Skeggs Point parking is 1.5 miles south of Kings Mountain Road.) (Please note: Caltrans prohibits a left turn into the parking lot when approaching from the north along Skyline Boulevard.)
District staff will be on-site to assist you with the event parking and the parking area will be marked.
**As parking can fill up quickly, please carpool if possible.
Event Location Logistics:
Hike or Ride to Event Site:
Participants will be required to hike or ride to the event site (on their own) due to the location of the event and the resulting logistics. The attached map highlights the suggested 6.8-mile route (total); to reach the event site (3.1 miles ~ allow 2 hours to hike and 30 minutes to ride*) and return to the parking location (3.7 miles). Directional signs will be posted along the designated hiking/riding route.
* The time for the bike ride assumes an average rider at an average speed of 7 miles per hour with no stopping.
To the Event Site: Beginning from gate # CM01, take the Fir Trail 0.2 miles to the Sierra Morena Trail, turn left onto the Sierra Morena Trail and travel 0.4 miles until you reach the Methuselah Trail junction, at this junction turn right onto the Methuselah Trail. Take this trail 0.7 miles until you reach the Manzanita Trail. At the Manzanita Trail, turn left to travel on this trail 1-mile until you reach the Timberview Trail, where you’ll turn right onto the Timberview Trail. You’ll travel another 0.8 miles to reach the event site at the Timberview and Giant Salamander Trail junction.
From the Event Site to the Parking Location: Travel on the Giant Salamander Trail until you reach the Methuselah Trail junction. Turn right on the Methuselah Trail and continue on this trail 2.1 miles until you reach the Sierra Morena Trail. Turn left on the Sierra Morena Trail and travel 0.4 miles until you reach the Fir Trail junction. Turn right on the Fir Trail and continue 0.2 miles until you reach gate # CM01 to return to your vehicle at Skeggs Point.
I’ve included a trail map for El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve with the parking and event location highlighted on the map. The trails to hike or ride on your own to the event site are also highlighted on the map.
This will be an informal event, but a few folks will say some brief words, including members of our Board of Directors, our General Manager, and District staff. Following the brief remarks, District staff will lead a ˝- mile (1-mile round trip) informative hike to the bridge location on the Giant Salamander Trail where we will officially ribbon-cut and dedicate the Giant Salamander Trail.
Light refreshments will be provided.
* Casual attire; dress in layers as the weather can be unpredictable (the weather can be cool in the redwoods).
* Wear appropriate hiking/riding shoes; bicyclists must wear helmets.
* Bring sun protection (hat, sunscreen).
Please R.S.V.P. to Jennifer Williams by Thursday, September 24, 2009 if you plan to attend the event. Please indicate with your R.S.V.P. if you will be hiking or riding to the event site. Jennifer can be reached at the District administrative office at 650-691-1200 or by email at email@example.com.
Due to the location and accessibility of the event, a shuttle will be provided to the event site only if an extenuating circumstance exists; please contact us to discuss further.
If I can answer any questions or if there is any additional information I can provide, please let me know. I can be reached at 650-691-1200 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
Public Affairs Specialist
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