Excursion Locations

The CLASP 2014 Cohort has chosen their excursion locations! Below is the schedule:
Please refer to the calendar for more information, and see the Resources page for the student sign-up roster.
1. Big Basin
2. Oya Organics
3. Pinnacles National Park
4. Service Trip
5. Alamere Falls
6. TBD
Below are potential excursion locations for next year:
1. Castle Rock State Park-Perched high on the western slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains, among frequent fogs Castle Rock State Park offers dramatic rock formations and quiet forest paths. Castle Rock, the park's 3,214-foot high point, is a sandstone formation that appeals to rock climbers, geologists and photographers. A thick evergreen forest obstructs the view from Castle Rock.

2. Año Nuevo State Park - Año Nuevo State Reserve encompasses miles of San Mateo county coastline and a separate backcountry unit, but most people know the reserve as the northern California destination to see elephant seals. You can explore Año Nuevo's undeveloped coastline north of the protected area from a string of small trailheads along CA 1, where primitive trails wander through sand dunes to quiet beaches.

3. Uvas Canyon Country Park-This lushly wooded park of 1,133 acres, is nestled in upper Uvas Canyon on the eastern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Outdoor enthusiasts will find Uvas Canyon Park has much to offer. The park has six miles of hiking trails including a one mile Waterfall Loop that travels along Swanson Creek past many of the park's waterfalls.

4. San Pedro Valley Park-A vast area embracing the middle and south forks of San Pedro Creek, which are Steelhead spawning grounds, this park is nestled amongst the Santa Cruz Mountain range and the foothills of Pacifica. The park offers group picnic areas, family picnic sites with barbecue pits, a self-guiding nature trail, hiking trails, a visitor center, and views of a seasonal water fall.

5. Henry Coe State Park- Most people come to Coe Park to hike. The park has over 250 miles of hiking trails and old ranch roads that can be traveled in all seasons. Henry Coe State Park protects over 86,000 acres of wild lands in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. It is located southeast of San Jose in the Mount Hamilton Range, which separates Santa Clara Valley the San Joaquin Valley.

6. Joseph D. Grant County Park- It is the largest of Santa Clara County's regional park and recreation areas. This 9,560 acre park includes some of the County's finest open space resources, as well as rich environmental, cultural and recreational assets. The landscape is characteristic of the east foothills of the Santa Clara Valley with grasslands and majestic oak trees. As part of the park's tradition and history, cattle grazing currently takes place in some areas.

7. Monte Bello Open Space Preserve-From the top of Black Mountain, one can see an incredible view of Santa Clara Valley and over to the Mt. Hamilton range. The 3,177-acre preserve is one of the District's richest in wildlife and ecosystem diversity. The preserve encompasses the upper Stevens Creek watershed from Monte Bello Ridge to Skyline Ridge. The Stevens Creek riparian corridor is considered to be one of the finest in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

8. Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve-Diverse plant communities, miles of forest edge, and abundant springs make Russian Ridge an outstanding habitat for wildlife. Large numbers of raptors soar over the lush grasslands, and coyotes patrol the ridges. The steep forested canyons create a secure refuge for a tremendous variety of animals, including the elusive mountain lion. These beautiful animals have large territories that extend far beyond the preserve boundaries, up to 100 miles! The preserve is also one of the best places in the Bay Area to see raptors.

9. Big Basin State Park-Big Basin Redwoods State Park is California's oldest State Park, established in 1902. Home to the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco, the park consists of over 18,000 acres of old growth and recovering redwood forest, with mixed conifer, oaks, chaparral, and riparian habitats.

10. Portola Redwood State Park- Portola Redwoods has a rugged, natural basin forested with Coast Redwoods, Douglas Firs and Live Oaks. There are eighteen miles of trails, a 53 site campground, four group campsites and two beautiful creeks, the Pescadero and Peter''s Creek, that run throughout the park.

11. Henry Cowell State Park (Fall Creek Unit)- This park features 15 miles of hiking and riding trails through a variety of forested areas including redwoods, mixed evergreens, riparian, ponderosa pine, as well as rare ancient marine deposits called Santa Cruz sand hills. The Zayante Indians once lived in the area, where they found a land with plentiful natural resources. Henry Cowell Redwoods is home to a centuries old Redwood Grove that features a self-guided nature path.

12. Sam McDonald County Park- It is a unique and interesting 850-acre facility, is located approximately 3 miles west of La Honda on Pescadero Road. The park actually represents contrast between two separate natural environments. The northwestern half, near 400 acres between Pescadero Road and Highway 84, is principally a lush growth redwood forest. The 450-acre portion, southeasterly , is primarily open ridge, grassy knolls and patchy brush areas. From this ridge area, vistas of the Butano and Skyline Ridges, and the Pacific Ocean can be seen.

13. Marin Headlands-One of the most unique areas in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Marin Headlands covers various types of histories from the Miwok Indians to the Military, including historic Fort Barry and Fort Cronkhite, the NIKE Missile site and the 150 year-old Point Bonita lighthouse. Other attractions include varied hiking trails, dog friendly Rodeo Beach, and astonishing views of the coast and San Francisco. The explosion of wildflowers in the spring and raptor migration in the fall fills the headlands with year round excitement.

14. Mount Diablo State Park (Donner Canyon +Waterfalls)-This park is one of the ecological treasures of the San Francisco Bay Area. Every season in the park has its special qualities. Discover for yourself the mountain's beautiful wildflowers, its extensive trail system, fascinating wildlife and distinctive rock formations. View the stars from its lofty heights, bike ride to its 3,849 foot summit or explore the more remote trails by horseback. The park offers hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping.

15.  Quicksilver County Park-The Park is the site of over 135 years of mining activities and former home to more than 1,800 miners and their families. The park encompasses 4,152 acres, occupying a majority of Capitancillos Ridge. During early spring, the park offers one of the most spectacular wildflower displays in the region. Remnants of the mining era also offer an exciting look into the mining operations of the latter part of the 19th century.

16. Sunol Regional Wilderness-Bedrock mortars used by Native Americans for pounding acorns that were found in the area are reminders of Sunol's first inhabitants. For the past century, however, the land known today as Sunol Regional Wilderness was used almost exclusively as ranch land. Under the East Bay Regional Park District's multi-use land management policy, cattle continue to graze in the 6,859-acre wilderness.

17. Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge: experience our very own San Francisco Bay at its very southern tip, featuring shorebirds, native plants, and restoration from the salt flats. The Bay supported the salt industry at one time, which eliminated the natural coastline's habitats for migratory birds. Is it possible to restore the habitat- or has too much damage been done?

18.  Monterey Bay: Many options to consider one of the richest regions for wildlife, including marine mammals visible from shore ( e.g., California gray whale). example destinations include Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and Elkhorn Slough National estuarine Research Reserve.

19. Guadalupe River Park and Gardens: Can urban development and wildlife coexist? this park is a fantastic example of habitat restoration, thanks to the efforts of San Jose citizens. The zone around the river and the airport was too noisy for homes, so the land was restored to a river and a trail.
20. Muir Woods: A Tree Lover's Monument--When John Muir learned that William and Elizabeth Kent were naming a redwood forest near San Francisco in his honor, he declared, "This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world." The couple had purchased the land to preserve its beauty and restful wilderness; and in 1908, they donated it to the federal governent to protect it from destruction.