This hike is pretty civilized, what with one part having park benches and the paved trail with a dashed yellow line down the middle (there's even a speed limit!).
Despite the civilized location, the Sawyer Camp trail is quite lovely. It brings you right up to the gorgeous Crystal Springs and San Andreas lakes -- you know, the ones you see along I-280. Even for the Bay Area, this area is exceptionally beautiful.
What to Bring:
The usual: water, lunch, and a snack. Rain gear and warm clothes, and/or a sunhat may be advisable depending on the weather.
See http://tinyurl.com/bhc2t3y for a Google map.
Take 280 north or south to exit 36, Black Mt. Rd/Haynes Rd, and turn west. At T junction, follow sign pointing left to Sawyer Camp Trail. Proceed 1.3 mi to trailhead on the right. Park along the street and meet inside the gate.
Carpooling is always a good idea. The https://www.groupcarpool.com/ site might be worth using.
I have personally set up a site to coordinate carpooling, but this is not officially endorsed by any of the sponsoring organizations: https://www.groupcarpool.com/
This being a paved path, light rain does not cancel. If it's forecast to rain significantly, the hike is off and we will send out an email no later than 8 AM the morning of the hike to all persons who have RSVP'ed.
Joining any hike is entirely voluntary and participants assume any and all risks associated with the activities. By registering or attending this event, participants agree to the conditions posted HERE