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Sawyer Camp Trail Field Trip: Friday, Jan 28 and Sat Feb 5, 2022

Richard Mirabella  | Published on 1/9/2022

Recent Photo taken on Sawyer Camp Trail but with a better sky

Summary of this Field Trip:

When Friday, January 28, 2022 and Saturday February 5, 2022.  Start time of 10:30am

 Where  Meetup at North Entrance to Sawyer Camp Trail. Street Parking is free.  No cost to enter.

 Length of Field Trip Depending upon your group of members, expect between 2 hours and 4 hours 

 Physical Effort to expect The trail is paved. For the few people who will go the full distance, round-trip, the hike is 5 miles.  I expect most people will hike 2 to 4 miles.  There are no steep sections, most of the trail is a gentle moderate incline.  If you did the full 5-mile hike, the max elevation change would be about 300 feet. 

Format Due to public health issues and how trips like this work best socially, I recommend forming group of 2 to 6 people. 
Registration  Required, so members can see who is going and form small groups to tour the trail by contacting each other directly

To Register use the links below to go to the Event Calendar Entry for the trip day you are interested in.  Then use the Registration Buttons on the far right of the page

To see who has already registered use the buttons below to pick the day you are interested in and you will see a button "Registrants" that will show you who is registered when selected.

Field Trip: Sawyer Camp Trail Photography, Social & Picnic - 1/28/2022

Field Trip: Saturday Sawyer Camp Trail Photography, Social & Picnic - 2/5/2022
What to see  Sawyer Camp Tail was part of the stagecoach route to go from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay in the mid to late 1800s.  While the trail is near Hwy 280, when on the trail, there in no perception that you are near an urban area.

It has lush old growth forest, many covered by interesting mosses, lichen and fungi.  These are also old growth trees that take many unusual and unexpected shapes.   There are many tree tunnels with the occasional biker or jogger to photograph.  There is also the San Andreas Lake. Local fauna include wild turkeys, hawks and small birds, and deer.

Don't expect to see many wild flowers.

What to bring  While the trail is paved, there can be sections where the surface has slippery mud, so wear footwear with a good tread and avoid flat soles.  Rain or a fine mist can be a possibility, so dress accordingly.

Carpools  PACC is not organizing carpools, but you can do this on your own.  Due to public health issues, it may be best to have your carpool and hiking group be limited to people you already are in contact.

Sawyer Camp Trail

Sawyer Camp Trail 2

Map Below Shows exit from Hwy 280,  where to  park and where to meet other members at start of the Field Trip

If traveling North on Hwy 280

Follow I-280 N to Skyline Blvd in Millbrae.

Take exit 40 for Millbrae Ave

  Continue on Skyline Blvd.

Drive to CA-35/Hillcrest Blvd

Turn left onto CA-35/Hillcrest Blvd

Sawyer Camp Trail North Trailhead