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Los Altos-to-the-Sea - August 6-10, 2014

What: Los Altos-to-the-Sea
When: August 6 - 10, 2014
Where: Location (include link to website)
Who: All Troop 33 Scouts
Cost: $40
Activity Coordinator: Tom Marchok


We are offering a 50 mile, 5 day, and 4 night backpacking trip from Los Altos to Waddell Beach near Davenport. We are calling it: Los Altos-to-the-Sea.

Los Altos-to-the-Sea dates are Aug 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. This will be challenging trip and we have classified it as an advance backpacking trip and this will be small group of 9-10 Scouts only. We are very restricted on the number of Scouts due to the size limits of the trail camps.

We will have several criteria for the trip and they are as follows:
  1. Attended at least one intermediate packing trip (Big Sur or Pt. Reyes) or attended a high adventure camp (Philmont or Northern Tier), or have Scoutmaster approval
  2. Age: >13 years old
  3. In good physical shape
  4. Attend prep meetings and do some shake down hikes in June and July.


  • Aug 6 - Meet at LAUMC 7:00am and hike to Black Mountain
  • Aug 7 - Hike to Slate Creek Camp
  • Aug 8 - Hike to Lane Camp
  • Aug 9 - Hike to Sunset Camp
  • Aug 10 - Hike to Waddell Beach


From Los Altos to the sea: Local Boy Scouts trek 55 miles over Santa Cruz Mountains
Los Altos Town Crier, published on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 01:04


  • Scott Ottoes (Crew Advisor & Assistant Scoutmaster)
  • John Cummins (Assistant Scoutmaster)
  • Gian Coolen
  • Bryan Webb
  • Cole Cummins
  • Zachary Ottoes (Crew Leader)
  • Nathaniel Wipfler
  • Rohan Suresh
  • William Stanley
  • Chris Webb (Scoutmaster)


Day 01 - Los Altos to Black Mountain

  • Start: Corner of El Monte Avenue and Springer Road, up Springer to 
  • Magdalena Road to 
  • Stonebrook Drive to 
  • Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve and Chamise Trail to 
  • Upper Rogue Vally Trail to 
  • Upper Upper High Meadow Trail to 
  • Quarry Tail to 
  • Black Mountain Trail to 
  • Finish: Black Mountain Camp 12.7 total miles 

Day 02 - Black Mountain to Slate Creek Camp

  • Start: Monte Bello Open Space Preserve and Indian Creek Trail to 
  • Stevens Creek Nature Trail to 
  • Skid Road Trail to 
  • Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve and Horseshoe Lake and Fir Knoll Trail to 
  • Tree Farm Trail to 
  • Chestnut Trail to 
  • Bay Area Ridge Trail to 
  • Long Ridge Open Space Preserve and Peters Creek Trail to 
  • Ward Road to 
  • Portola State Park and Slate Creek Trail 
  • Finish: Slate Creek Camp 11.8 total miles 

Day 03 - Slate Creek Camp to Lane Camp

  • Start: Slate Creek Trail to Portola Campgrounds to 
  • Iverson Trail to 
  • Portola Trail to 
  • Big Basin Trail Easement to 
  • Finish: Big Basin Redwoods State Park and Lane Camp 10.3 total miles 

Day 04 - Lane Camp to Sunset Camp

  • Start: Lane Camp to Basin Trail to 
  • Skyline to the Sea Trail to Big Basin Store to 
  • Sunset Trail to 
  • Finish: Sunset Camp 13.1 total miles 

Day 05 - Sunset Camp to Waddell Beach

  • Sunset Camp to Berry Creek Falls Trail to 
  • Skyline to the Sea Trail to 
  • Finish: Waddell Beach 7.9 total miles


  • 55.1 miles
  • 11,430' elevation gain (recorded by iPhone and Strava)

    Tracks (recorded by InReach)


    Scott Ottoes,
    Jul 3, 2014, 3:22 PM