San Francisco Rec & Park
August 19-21, 2016
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Twin Peaks is 922 feet in elevation, second only to Mt. Davidson in height, offers spectacular views of the Bay Area, and is a world-famous tourist attraction. Its two adjacent peaks provide postcard views and a treasure trove of animal and plant diversity. The vegetation is primarily a mix of grassland and coastal scrub. Expect strong winds as you hike among plants such as coyote brush, lizard tail, pearly everlasting and lupine. The endangered Mission Blue Butterfly has adapted to the strong winds and flies low to the ground from lupine to lupine. Native plants provide habitat for brush-nesting birds like the white-crowned sparrow and animals such as brush rabbits and coyotes.
The City of SF recently closed off a section of the road at the peak to cars,with only bicycles and pedestrians allowed here now. V-O-Cal will be helping to improve the “walkability” of Twin Peaks with improvements in several areas to support this remake of this iconic SF landmark.
We will remove old wooden stairs, reroute two sections that lead up to the peaks, and create a new section of trail along the roadway to create a protected walkway for pedestrians.
Camping is open to volunteers Friday and Saturday nights. We will camp in Glen Canyon Par and hike the short distance to Twin Peaks each day. Food is provided for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. While camping is optional and participants are able to participate for one day, this will be a unique opportunity to relax after the work day and camp in a festive atmosphere with other volunteers.
Carpooling, Public transportation and Parking
We encourage participants to carpool and take public transit. The Glen Canyon BART station is close by and several Muni routes stop within 1/4 mile of Center Camp.
5pm - Registration and camping opens
7:30am - Registration, light breakfast, and lunch prep begin.
8am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
12:30pm - Break for lunch on trail.
3:30pm - Head back to camp.
4pm - Drinks, appetizers and socializing. Showers available.
6:15pm - Dinner and entertainment.
8am - Registration, hot breakfast, and lunch prep.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
11:30am - Break for lunch on trail.
1:30pm - Head back to camp to pack gear and truck.
2pm - Celebrate the work and say goodbyes
HYDRATION/SUN EXPOSURE: The work site is exposed and it may be WINDY. Wear layers for comfort. Please drink plenty of water throughout the work day. If you feel tired or weak, let your crew leader know and take a break.
POISON OAK: There is a risk of exposure to poison oak at at the work site. Have your crew leader point some out to you if you don't know what it looks like. Clean with Tecnu after the workday and be cautious when handling your dirty clothes. Recommended: Bring a plastic bag for dirty clothes!
SHARP TOOLS: Please listen to your crew leaders tool safety talk and observe proper tool use throughout the day.