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Exploring Sam MacDonald County Park

July 31, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

| $6

Join Greenbelt Alliance for a history and nature hike “beneath the lords of the forest!”

Sam MacDonald was born in Louisiana, son to a minister and grandson of enslaved people. From these humble beginnings, he went on to become superintendent of athletic grounds and buildings at Stanford University. During the course of his life and career, Sam earned the affection and respect of generations of students and faculty. He even received a personal visit from President Herbert Hoover!

Sam acquired a grove of coast redwood trees in the Santa Cruz mountains for use as a sanctuary and retreat. He built a cabin there and shared it with students and a children’s charity. Sam MacDonald left an enduring legacy when he bequeathed his land for the enjoyment of future generations.

Our hike takes us to Sam’s cabin (Chee-Chee-Wa-Wa) and under the redwood trees he called “lords of the forest.”

This is a moderate 4-mile round trip hike with about 700 hundred feet of elevation change. There are some steep sections of trail. We’ll assemble at the parking area by the ranger station in Sam McDonald County Park. There is a restroom near our meeting place.

Bring water and lunch. Dress in layers and wear good hiking shoes. Bring poles if you normally use them. If you have any questions about this outing, email Ken Lavin or phone him at 415-543-6771 x321.

Weather policy: Rain cancels
Cost: $6 per vehicle park entrance fee. Exact cash required.


Greenbelt Alliance
(415) 543-6771
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Greta Glasmeyer


Sam McDonald County Park
13435 Pescadero Creek Rd.
Loma Mar, CA 94021 United States
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