Hikes with Tykes
Hit the trail with your little, adventuring in nature and building community with other parents. The hikes will range between 2-4 miles, will be appropriate for the season (shaded/exposed, etc.)
The group meets at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays for all hikes unless otherwise noted, like Black Friday.
"Mommy" is meant to be all-inclusive and universal. We've had outings with dads and grandparents; if you're caring for a child, you are welcome. Older siblings are also invited to join, too. The pass covers one family, including a relative or two. If you have many relatives visiting, please purchase additional passes as needed.
Note: Miranda is CPR certified, carries a first aid kit that’s baby/toddler specific, and has extra hiking poles, a front-facing baby carrier and a jogging stroller for participants to use.
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Thursday, March 24, 9:30 a.m. - Swimming Raccoons! Wild Turkeys! Wildflowers! Great Egrets! Honking Geese! Water! Butterfly Garden!
Coyote Hills ... it seems like just some hills with rocks next to the Dumbarton Bridge, and then you discover all, I mean ALLLLLLLLL, it has to offer! My little gal and I went scouting last week and we watched a raccoon bound down a hill and jump into the water and start swimming with the ducks!!! We saw so many gaggles of geese honking and zooming overhead. We watched great egrets elegantly stroll along the shore. We saw a rafter (also known as a flock) of wild turkeys zig zag uphill and downhill, while gobble-gobbling to one another. My little also played in a pile of rocks, scooted around on her scooter, climbed a beautiful oak and played in a bed of white-and-purple wildflowers. And then ... we checked out the beautiful butterfly garden! No butterflies right now but tons of water fountains to splash, splash, splash in! In sum, there is so much to see and explore for our littles!
Distance: 1.5 miles
Elevation gain: Minimal
Kid-friendly features: Watching all of the wildlife, visiting the butterfly garden, climbing on trees, scooting or biking on the paved portion of the trail, playing in the wildflowers
Bring: Snack, blanket for picnic, hat/sunscreen
Sun? Mostly exposed
Parking: Street parking
Drive: 25-30 minutes from Mountain View
Meeting point (parking lot): Coyote Hills Visitor Center https://goo.gl/maps/ryeoBDcAsQrDVYVKA
Vaccination requirement: Please provide proof of vaccination to Miranda
Equipment to loan: Baby Bjorn infant carrier, binoculars, hats (limited supply; pls give 24 hours advance notice)
PLEASE NOTE: If we need to switch to another trail, the alternate is nearby Tennessee Valley, where a 2-mile hike takes you to an incredible beach (R/T 4 miles).
What to expect:
We'll stop mid-hike, or at the end of it, for a picnic, chat and check-ins. Kid-friendly features include story time, simple art projects like sunprints and flower press kits, and water play, where available.
In addition to exercise, the group is meant to provide a support space (especially for new parents or soon-to-be parents) where you can ask questions about — or commiserate and celebrate — the parenting journey. I'll offer a short mindfulness practice at the beginning of our hike and encourage you to set goals, such as training for hiking or walking competitions, as well as for self-care.
Any updates to this schedule will be shared in the Mommy & Me Hiking WhatsApp chat, on the Facebook page and website.