The Trail Companion
The Gazos Creek Mountain Camp, a Field Research
by Rick Powers
How would you like to experience the beauty of redwood
trees, ferns, and waterfalls, while doing your part to
restore native habitat? Located a few miles south of
Pescadero at the end of Gazos Creek Road, the Pescadero
Conservation Alliance's Field Research Station at Gazos
Creek provides a beautiful setting for environmental
teaching and restoration projects. Tall redwoods and
Douglas fir surround the twenty small cabins, main lodge,
and two classrooms where teacher's workshops, children's or
other teaching programs can take place. The north and south
forks of Gazos Creek flow on either side of the facility.
The south fork has a lovely waterfall. Both the sounds of
nature, and the silence at night are magnificent.
The PCA Field Research
Station was formerly known as The Mountain Camp, a
wonderful camp for children from 1965 to 1989 run by Chuck
Taylor. Over 10,000 children enjoyed this camp during those
summers. The Sempervirens Fund purchased the camp in 1997.
PCA began a lease with Sempervirens in June of 2000 to
rehabilitate the buildings, restore the surrounding lands
and develop environmental programs suitable for this
stunning natural environment. The California Department of
Parks has recently acquired the site and has allowed us to
continue the lease arrangements.
Both within the camp
property and just beyond, hiking opportunities abound,
including the Gazos Creek Trail now under construction. Big
Basin State Park is only a 30-minute hike away. Butano and
Año Nuevo State Parks lie just down Gazos Road. Come
out for a visit and discover this wonderful resource for
For more info, contact David (Tex) Houston, Volunteer
Coordinator, 650-739-0009 or visit the web site:
Rick Powers (firstname.lastname@example.org ) is a PCA
volunteer extraordinaire who has put in countless hours to
restore and improve the Mountain Camp.
Editor's note: Trail Center volunteers spent a
number of days in 2001 working on improving a trail on
Gazos Creek and expect to return this summer. This project
is co-sponsored by the Pescadero Conservation Alliance
(PCA), who have generously hosted our crews, supplied food
and lodging, bridge materials, and unbounded
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