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PS - Russian Ridge Shakedown Hike - January 26, 2020

What: Russian Ridge Hike
When: January 26, 2020
Where: Redwood City
Who: Philmont Crew & other Troop 33 (subject to scoutmaster approval to sign up)
Cost: N/A
SMIC: Tom Poppitz
Activity Coordinator: Jessica Chang
How: Click here to sign up  This hike requires Scoutmaster approval to sign up - Talk to Mr. Poppitz first.


More details later. The goal of the hike is to:
  1. Learn to hike together as a crew
  2. See how your backpack fits
  3. See how your boots fit
  4. Check fitness level of crew members


Both Crews

  • 8:00am - Meet at LAUMC
  • 8:30am - Depart
  • 9:00am - Arrive at ?? parking lot
  • 9:30am - First crew Start hiking
  • 9:45am - Second crew Start hiking
  • 11:30am - Lunch on the trail
  • 3:00pm - Off the trail
  • 3:30pm - Arrive at LAUMC

Map of Russian Ridge Trail

Russian Ridge Main Parking: Located on the northwest corner of the Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and Page Mill / Alpine Road intersection (across Skyline Boulevard on the right). Additional parking is located at the Caltrans vista point opposite Russian Preserve gate #RR01 on Skyline Boulevard.

Mindego Gateway Lot: Parking is available for 20 cars, a restroom, and access to trails that link Borel Hill, the Bay Area Ridge Trail and Alpine Pond. Mindego Gateway features the Audrey C. Rust commemorative site.

What to bring

  • Packed backpack that weighs ~20 lbs.
    • The weight of the backpack is included in the total
    • I recommend including a sleeping bag and other gear in your pack, rather than weights
    • You want to distribute the weight and not have a hunk of metal pounding your lower back
  • Hiking boots
    • Tennis shoes are NOT allowed
    • Low hikers are NOT recommended
  • Ten essentials are a must, especially:
    • Sack lunch
    • Trail snacks
    • 2-3L of water (there is NO water on the trail)
  • Synthetic clothing
    • NO cotton t-shirts
    • NO cotton hoodies
    • Nylon shorts/pants, polypro shirts, fleece jacket
  • BSA Activity Consent Form (see below)


Jessica Chang,
Jan 18, 2020, 10:21 PM
Jessica Chang,
Jan 18, 2020, 10:50 PM