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Twin Peaks!

San Francisco Rec & Park
August 19-21, 2016

Project Background
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.

Trail Description

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.

Level of Effort
Hiking: moderate
Manual Labor: mixed

Camp
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.

Driving Directions

Preliminary Schedule
Friday
5pm - Registration and camping opens
Saturday
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.
Sunday
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

.What to bring and wear
For your safety and protection from hazards, please be prepared with the following items:

  • Water, sun hat, and sunscreen. You will NOT be allowed on the trail without a water container.

  • Plates, utensils, coffee mug and a cup.
  • Work Gloves (if you do not have work gloves V-O-Cal can provide a pair to use).
  • Sturdy shoes or boots with tread. Working in sandals or open-toed shoes will not be permitted.
  • Day pack to carry water and lunch.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Insect repellent, allergy medicine, etc.
  • A change of clothes for each work day and for lounging at camp to minimize the spread of poison oak.
  • IF CAMPING: bring a tent, sleeping bag, folding chair, flashlight, and other camping gear. A coffee mug is also necessary. Also bring a change of clothes.
  • Meals
    V-O-Cal provides all meals for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. Vegetarian options are available for all meals.

  • Please bring your own reusable plates, coffee mug, cups and utensils. To minimize waste from our projects, we ask that you bring your own dishes. Hot water and soap are provided.
  • A continental breakfast is served Saturday morning.
  • Lunch is prepared before hitting the trails. You break for lunch on the trail around 12:30.
  • Please arrive at camp by 7:40am to register, eat breakfast and prepare your lunch.
  • Appetizers and beverages will be available at 4pm after the work day on Saturday. Dinner will follow at 6:15pm.
  • Hot breakfast is served Sunday.
  • Hazards
    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.

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