Guided hike at Rancho Corral de Tierra in Montara, Sat May 15

Press release

Posted by on Wed, May 5, 2010

Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) is offering a free hike of Rancho Corral de Tierra in Montara on Saturday, May 15. Explore one of the most dramatic landscapes along the San Mateo CoastThe hike is open to the public and will begin promptly at 10:00am. Space is limited, and advance registration is required.

POST President Audrey Rust and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) Acting General Superintendent Frank Dean will help lead the hike along the lower portions of this majestic 4,262-acre property, currently owned by POST and destined to become the southern gateway into the GGNRA. Learn about Rancho Corral de Tierra’s rich history and extraordinary natural features, including its rare and endangered plants and animals, vital wildlife habitat, critical watershed and valuable agricultural resources.

Protected by POST in 2001, the vast majority of Rancho Corral de Tierra is not yet open to the public and accessible only by requesting a permit from POST. The property is slated to transfer from POST to National Park Service ownership within the next year as an addition to the GGNRA. POST and GGNRA staff will be present at the hike to answer questions about the protection of this magnificent Coastside landscape located just 7 miles south of San Francisco.

Reservations required. Details after the jump.



  To RSVP and for directions, please call POST at (650) 854-7696, x.313, and provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your phone number and email address
  • The number of people in your vehicle

Also, please take note of the following:

  • Hike is moderately difficult.
  • Hike will last approximately two hours plus additional time for a lunch break and Q&A with POST and GGNRA staff.
  • Children are welcome, but strollers cannot be accommodated on the trail.
  • No pets allowed.


Just following up on the walk w GGNRA,POST staff yesterday.
What a fantastic turnout , I counted approx 55+ people attending the walk.
Bird Watchers,Equestrians,Botany afficianato’s,Walkers+Mountain Bikers were all scoping out the terrain w great excitement.
A big Heartfelt Thanx to the organizers on making this walking event easy on my old rickety bones.
Audrey Rust(POST), who admirably spoke even though her canine companion ,who, on hearing her voice from the car, kept letting her know he(she?) wanted to tag along w all attending on the walk.(WOOF!)
Great seeing such a showing from all staff attendee’s, a few are named here:
Frank Dean, GGNRA acting Superintendent,Chris Powell(New DC Liason for the GGNRA) George Durgerian(GGNRA Ocean District Sector Ranger),Dana Hutcheon,POST coordinator for this event,Sara Cavallaro, GGNRA Ranger Extraordinaire!!
While walking this delightful area, many ooh’s+ahhh’s were evident, even though our “liquid Sunshine”(coastal fog) obscured the high peaks of Montara Knob,North Peak,Ox Hill, Scarpers Peak+vista’s that us Coasty’s enjoy most every day.
I look fwd to seeing this 4000+acres of coastal terrain transition into the National Park system.
Best Wishes to All+ I’ll see you out on the Trail

I also participated on the trip and was happy to see the big turnout, both from the Coastside and from other Bay Area communities.

It was a great opportunity to see our back yard through the eyes of folks from the other side of the hill. It made me appreciate how lucky we are to be living here. The turnout from the National Park Service was also good to see.