Ghosts of Grizzlies Past

The Midpeninsula Open Space District knows networking. This greenbelt bastion has 26 preserves, many of which are connected.…

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The Midpeninsula Open Space District knows networking. This greenbelt bastion has 26 preserves, many of which are connected. One of the best ways to explore this wild playground? A free docent-led outing; there are 76 this fall. This weekend: a grizzly bear ghost hike (sort of). Grizzly Adams, a real person fictionalized in a 1970s television series, used to roam the Bay Area in search of the grizzlies that lived here. Join volunteer docents Ed Lange and Benita Rashall on a 6-mile Grizzly Adams-themed hike on Long Ridge Open Space Preserve. Starting from Grizzly Flat you’ll climb through open meadows and dense woodlands to one of the best snack spots in the Santa Cruz Mountains—Stegner bench, where views of gold and green hills roll all the way to the Pacific. Along the way, hear stories of old grizzlies like “Samson,” “Lady Washington,” and the rest of the bear gang.

TIP: For a list of free docent-led hikes, bikes, and dog-friendly outings check out the Midpeninsula Open Space District’s calendar of activities.

The next Grizzly Adams hike is Saturday, Oct. 10. The group will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Grizzly Flat trailhead in Long Ridge Open Space Preserve. Expect to hike until 1:30 p.m. Visit their Web site for more information.

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