Free Park Passes and Guided Hikes on Redwoods Friday! – 11/24/17

Come out and enjoy stunning scenery, exercise, fresh air, and the opportunity for connecting with family and friends in our spectacular parks on Redwoods Friday (formerly called Green Friday), the day after Thanksgiving. Check out the hikes below and click here to learn how to get a free park pass for the day.

Hike #1: Portola Redwoods State Park

Date: 11/24/17
Start: 8:45-9:00am at the Portola SP Visitors Center
End: 12:00pm
Bring:  Water, snacks, boots or good shoes, layers of clothes.

Join PCRF Board Member Eric Schmidt for an approximately 3-hour moderate hike on the Slate Creek trail. Depending on the group we’ll see how far we go. We will do a loop if time permits, or just out and back. Come enjoy the back-country redwoods of Portola!

 

Hike #2: Castle Rock State Park – Saratoga Gap

Date: 11/24/17
Start: 9:00am at the Saratoga Gap parking lot
Bring:  Water, snacks, boots or good shoes, layers of clothes.

Ex Castle Rock Ranger and PCRF Board member Miles Standish will lead this hike. First learn about Saratoga Gap (school, toll gate, the Saratoga Toll Road). Then the group will drive down to Oil Creek (the beginning of the Achistaca Trail) and hike down the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail to Red Mountain and cross over Highway 9. Here Miles will talk about how the logging industry used the ridge road, the proposed Hoe subdivision, the old corral, and how it was used by a concessionaire from Big Basin. The hike will continue down the Bay Laurel Trail (not on any map) to the Saratoga Toll Road, to learn it’s history before returning to the cars. The whole trip will be less than three miles.


Hike #3: Castle Rock State Park – Main Parking Lot

Date: 11/24/17
Start: 9:00am at the Castle Rock SP parking lot

Bring:  Water, snacks, boots or good shoes, layers of clothes

Join PCRF Board Member Mujtaba Ghouse for this hike down the Saratoga Gap trail to sweeping views of the San Lorenzo valley and beyond. We’ll talk about the history of the area, from Ohlone times through the attempts at farming here, until the present day.  The views are often spectacular, extending to the Monterey peninsula on a clear day! The hike is about 3 miles.

Free Park Passes on #RedwoodsFriday

Redwoods Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is a Black Friday alternative that encourages families and friends to connect with California’s beautiful outdoors for the first time or to rekindle their love for it by providing more than 5,000 free day-use vehicle passes to over 40 redwood state parks. Of course, Castle Rock and Portola are on the list!

Come out and enjoy stunning scenery, exercise, fresh air, and the opportunity for connecting with family and friends in our spectacular parks. Spending time outdoors is important for our health, both mental and physical. Outdoor recreation relieves stress, boosts creativity and imagination, and reinvigorates the mind while promoting active, healthy lifestyles. These benefits can be magnified by spending time with family and friends, strengthening the bonds between us and nature.

You can get more information and download your free park pass (while supplies last!) at RedwoodsFriday.org. We want to thank Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks for making Redwoods Friday possible, and we are excited to participate.

UPDATE: AS of 11/7/17 free passes for Portola and Castle Rock are SOLD OUT.

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