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Stanford to the Sea: May 6, 2017

Dear Friend of the Bill Lane Center,  

We are glad that you'll be able to join us on May 6th for our annual hike from Stanford to the Sea.

Below are resources to help you find your way around, whether you're hiking all day, just the morning or afternoon, or joining us at TomKat Ranch for dinner afterward.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Preeti Hehmeyer at preetih [at] (preetih[at]stanford[dot]edu) or (650) 723-1577.

Resources for the Hike

Mandatory Release of Liability Form

This web form must be completed for all participants.

Speaker Biographies

Jared Farmer, Stony Brook University (Morning speaker)

 Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University (Lunch)

The Honorable Mark DeSaulnier (Afternoon)

Directions and Special Instructions


For Morning-only and All-Day Hikers 

  Directions to Pre-Hike Meeting Point at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve

Please meet at 6am at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (4001 Sand Hill Road), rain or shine. We will have coffee and bagels to start the day along with a variety of trail snacks for you to pack.

Lunch is also provided. We do ask that you please bring plenty of water, dress in layers, and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. Morning only hikers will eat lunch with the group and depart for campus by shuttle at 2pm. 


For Afternoon-only Hikers

Please meet at 11:45am at the Stanford Faculty Club parking lot (439 Lagunita Drive), rain or shine. Contact Geoff McGhee (415-987-4830) with questions.

Lunch will be served when we meet with the all-day hikers on Skyline Boulevard.  A variety of trail snacks will also be available for you to pack. Please bring plenty of water.


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 1:15 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: Sunscreen, hats, 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.