Stanford to the Sea

Thank you for joining us on the hike - Saturday, May 20.

From all of us at the Bill Lane Center for the American West we send our best.  We look forward to seeing you again on the trail next year! 

Below are resources to help you find your way around, whether you're hiking all day, or just the morning or afternoon.

Before You Go

Please fill out the Mandatory Release of Liability Form

Hike Day Itinerary - May 20, 2023

The full hike (17.5 miles) runs from Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve to the edge of the Pacific Ocean. There are two shorter options: a morning-only option (Jasper Ridge to lunch, 13 miles) and an afternoon-only option (4.5 miles), with a shuttle from campus to the trailhead). We celebrate with dinner at TomKat Ranch in Pescadero for all hikers, then return via shuttle to either Jasper Ridge or Y2E2 on campus. 

Morning-Only and All-Day Hikers

  • 6:45 a.m.: Please meet at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (Subject to change)  (4001 Sand Hill Road), rain or shine
  • We provide coffee and bagels to start the day along with a variety of trail snacks for you to pack.
  • Please bring plenty of water, dress in layers, and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.
  • All hikers must submit the release of liability form that was included in your confirmation email.
  • All-day hikers: If you parked at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, you'll be able to ride a shuttle bus back after dinner to pick up your car.
  • Morning-only hikers: You'll be able to ride a shuttle bus back after lunch to pick up your car.
  • Event day contacts Kate Gibson (559-392-0426) or Tina Lathia (425-533-3690)
Morning - Only and All Day Hikers Whole Hike - Hikers hiking both the first and second section of the hike (13 miles) 
Time Activity
6:45 AM Hikers Check-in at Jasper Ridge Biological Reserve
  Breakfast (coffee and bagels), grab snacks/water for the hike
7:00 AM Hike Begins
7:30 AM Speaker Talk by Chris Field
12:45 PM Lunch (sandwiches) at South Parking Lot Purisima Creek Redwood 
1:00 PM Speaker Talk by David Kennedy 
2:00 PM Second section of the hike begins (4.5 miles)  Morning only hikers board the shuttle back to Jasper Ridge Park
4:00 PM Speaker Talk by Alicia Seiger
4:15 PM End of Hike - Huddart Park Zwierlein Picnic Area
4:15 PM Hikers Board Shuttle to Pescadero State Beach
5:15 PM Hikers Arrive at Pescadero State Beach for Photos
5:45 PM Hikers Board Shuttle to TomKat Ranch
6:00 PM Hikers Arrival at TomKat Ranch
6:30 PM Greetings & Welcome Drinks
7:00 PM Buffet Dinner Starts
8:30 PM Hikers Board Shuttle back to Jasper Ridge Park
9:30 PM Hikers Arrive at Jasper Ridge Park

Afternoon-only Hikers

  • 11:45am: Please meet at the Y2E2 Building, (473 Via Ortega), rain or shine.

  • All hikers must submit the release of liability form.
  • Lunch will be served when we meet with the all-day hikers on Skyline Boulevard (Subject to change)
  • A variety of trail snacks will also be available for you to pack. Please bring plenty of water.
  • After dinner, you'll be able to ride a shuttle bus back to Y2E2 to pick up your car.
  • Event day contacts Kate Gibson (559-392-0426) or Tina Lathia (425-533-3690)

Afternoon Hike - Hikers hiking second section of the Hike (4.5 miles)
Time Activity
11:45 AM Hikers - Park your car at Via Ortega garage & Check-in at  Y2E2 Building at 11:45am and board a shuttle 
12:00 PM Hikers Shuttle Departs to Afternoon Hike Starting Point
12:45 PM Hikers Arrive at South Parking Lot Purisima Creek Redwood
12:45 PM Lunch (sandwiches) at South Parking Lot Purisima Creek Redwood 
1:00 PM Speaker Talk by David Kennedy 
2:00 PM Second section of the hike begins (4.5 miles) 
4:00 PM Speaker Talk by Alicia Seiger
4:15 PM End of Hike - Huddart Park Zwierlein Picnic Area
4:15 PM Hikers Board Shuttle to Pescadero State Beach
5:15 PM Hikers Arrive at Pescadero State Beach for Photos
5:45 PM Hikers Board Shuttle to TomKat Ranch
6:00 PM Hikers Arrival at TomKat Ranch
6:30 PM Greetings & Welcome Drinks
7:00 PM Buffet Dinner Starts
8:30 PM Hikers Board Shuttle back to Y2E2
9:30 PM Hikers Arrive at Y2E2

Tips for Hikers

  • Water and Snacks: Hydration, hydration, hydration. Please bring at least two 32-ounce bottles of water (or equivalent) and enough snacks to last until lunch. We will begin the day at Jasper Ridge with a light breakfast and a selection of snacks to pack away for later in the hike. We will have a late lunch at the south Purisima Creek Redwoods trailhead at about 1:00 p.m. where you will be able to refill your water bottles and snacks. It is approximately 12 miles to the Purisima Creek Redwoods – a long way to go – so please bring whatever you need to keep going until then. We encourage you to eat a substantial breakfast, high in proteins and fats if possible.
  • Gear/what to wear: 
    • Morning and all-day hikers are strongly advised to bring walking/hiking sticks for steep uphill segments of the Alambique trail. 
    • Sunscreen, hats, bug spray, insulating layers, rain/wind shell, long pants. Please bring sunscreen and hats. Comfortable, lightweight, long pants will serve as sound protection when we pass through areas with poison oak, which we will identify and seek to avoid. There are also ticks on the prowl this time of year. 
    • Weather: Coastal fog often reaches all the way into the western slopes of the Purisima Creek Redwoods and temperatures are typically cool, even during the summer. Please check the forecast for possible rain. The Half Moon Bay coast, where we will dine al fresco, will be in the low 50’s, so please plan your attire accordingly for the entire trip.
    • Feet: We will be walking over mixed terrain, about half paved and half unpaved paths, and some gravel covered surfaces. Please don't try to break in new shoes or boots on the day of our walk. Wear shoes that you are very comfortable in and have walked in prior to our trek. If you have some experience that makes you think you could get a blister, be sure to take proper precautions, with tape or moleskin, etc. We will also have first-aid supplies.
    • Only bring what you can carry for the entire hike.
    • Pit stops: Public restrooms are available at the Wunderlich park entrance (early morning), Purisima Creek Redwoods lunch spot, and the end of Purisima Creek trail (late-afternoon). We will make a few strategic pit stops for restroom breaks.

Expression of Interest

Request an Invitation

As stated above, we have extremely limited space on the hike each year and are unable to accommodate everyone who wants to join us. You may use this form to let us know you're interested in participating in Stanford to the Sea 2023 or future years.

 Photos from previous Stanford to the Sea Hikes