For some reason, we haven't tended to have hikes in this particular area, which features nicely-forested hills, an interesting creek, and the Hikers' Hut. We might even see a bat lurking in a sign, pretending to be a nature exhibit. This hike covers about 10 miles, with 1600 feet of elevation gain, most of it gradual. Most of the route is shaded. We'll pass through the Heritage Grove, stop at the Hikers' Hut, then take the Brook Trail Loop down through Pescadero Creek Park, with a creek stop for photography and optional foot-soaking. (All the creeks on this one have bridges.) Bring lunch, plenty of water, carpool/parking money, and a sense of adventure. Meet at carpool point #6.
Directions to LPSS carpool point #6 (Page Mill / 280 Park 'N Ride): Exit 280 onto Page Mill Road west (Los Altos Hills) in Palo Alto. The lot is next to the freeway. If looking for overflow parking, beware of the "No Parking" signs along Arastradero. Map: http://tinyurl.com/2tq9rk