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Ev Beuerman punches a boulder control on the Orange course at Coyote Hills, 2000 (Photo: Angelica Riley)

Huddart Park

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2005
Location: Woodside, CA
Event Directors: - 650-365-4275, - 650-851-5688
Course Setters: Nancy Lindeman, Mike Fleishman, Brian Kirshner
Event Type: C; "Come and Try It" event -- standard White course, "Western Massachusetts Rules" Score-O courses

Last Minute Update, Course Setters Notes

The weather will be great, so come out and enjoy the following courses at Huddart Park this Saturday.

Course               Distance    Climb      Controls     Navigation Challenge
White                 1.5 km      ~75m          8             Easy
Short Score-O          ~2 km     ~110m     Any 6 of 22        Easy
Medium Score-O         ~4 km     ~220m     Any 10 of 22       Easy
Long Score-O           ~6 km     ~260m     Any 15 of 22       Easy
Extra Long Score-O     ~8 km     ~375m     Any 20 of 22       Easy

We will have pre-printed maps for all, and will use manual punch on all the courses. A number of previously accessible (minor) trails have been blocked off by the rangers. The map has been revised (thanks Bob) to reflect these changes. The forest is beautiful -- quite green and lush from all the recent rain. Waterfalls were well distributed around the park as of two weeks ago. How many can you find? Despite all the precipitation, the trails should all be quite runnable.

Campgrounds/picnic areas where water is available are indicated on the map. Since we're restricted to the trails, poison oak should not be a problem. Restrooms are available near the registration area.

Hope you can join us -- see you Saturday!

--Brian Kirshner
  Nancy Lindeman
  Mike Fleishman

Original Announcement

Bring your family and friends and come out and enjoy orienteering at beautiful Huddart County Park in Woodside on Saturday, March 12th.

This will be a good event for families, scout groups, school teams, hikers, adventure racers wanting navigation practice, trail runners, and others who want to spend the day outdoors. Please invite your family, friends, and coworkers.

A competitor running under a huge fallen redwood tree at Big Basin State Park, 1996

There will be 2 courses offered; a White course for beginners and families with young children, and a special "Western Massachusetts Rules" Score-O course for those who want to get a little more exercise!

The format of the Score-O course is a little different than standard a Score-O. There will be 22 controls set out -- participants need to find any 6, 10, 15 or 20 controls, depending on how long they want to be out on the course. There are no bonus points for extra controls. And there is no time limit -- as long as you get back by 2:30 when the courses close.

In summary, here are the courses that will be offered:

   White point-to-point    1.5 K
   Short Score-O           Any  6 of the 22 controls     about 2.0 K
   Medium Score-O          Any 10 of the 22 controls     about 3.8 K
   Long Score-O            Any 15 of the 22 controls     about 5.7 K
   Extra Long Score-O      Any 20 of the 22 controls     about 8.5 K
Rules for all courses:
  1. You must stay on the trails at all times. We cannot go off the trails at Huddart Park!
  2. Everyone must check in at the finish by 2:30 (even if they don't finish their course).
  3. If a horse comes along, move to the side and wait.
  4. Have fun!

Additional rules for the Score-O:

  1. You don't need to decide which class you are running until you turn in your score sheet.
  2. There is no bonus for extra controls.
Schedule: Registration is open from 9:00 am to noon. Short clinics for beginners will be ongoing from 9:30 am. Starts are from 10:00 am to 12:30. Courses close at 2:30 PM.

The park charges a $5.00 entry fee per car. No dogs are allowed in the park -- not even in cars.

There are nice picnic areas, and a small playground for young children. Volleyball nets will be up. We have the covered Redwood Shelter reserved, so you can stay for a picnic even if it's raining (but it won't be!).

Groups of 6 or more should let us know ahead of time that they are coming, so we'll be sure to have enough maps and have enough clinic leaders for newcomer groups. School teams and scouts please let us know that you are coming, and if you want a special clinic for your group.

To volunteer to be a clinic leader, help with Starts, Finishes, or Results, or do control pickup, please e-mail or call one of the Event Directors. For further information, call or e-mail us.

Competitor running downhill at Calero Reservoir, 1997

Driving Directions

From Interstate 280, go west on Highway 84 (Woodside Road) towards Woodside. From the intersection of Mountain Home, Canada Road, and Highway 84 in Woodside Village, continue on Highway 84 for 0.7 miles to Kings Mountain Road. Turn right (northwest) at the tiny sign, and follow Kings Mountain Road for 2.1 miles to the park entrance. Pay your $5 entry fee, and then turn right and go down the hill as far as you can. Park your car and walk up to the Redwood Shelter for registration.