East Bay Hiking Meditation

The place to meet is the McDonald Staging Area. Here's a link to a map: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/anthony_chabot#trailmap

Directions:

In Oakland on Highway 13, take the Redwood Road exit and go east (uphill). At the top of the hill you will cross Skyline Boulevard and pass the Skyline Ranch Equestrian Center on the right. Farther along you will pass Piedmont Stables on the left. Big Bear Staging Area will be on the right about one and one-half miles from Skyline Boulevard, followed by MacDonald Staging Area on the right. Park there.


From 580 in Oakland, take the 35th St. exit heading east (uphill) - 35th St. eventually turns into Redwood Rd., continue going east (uphill). At the top of the hill you will cross Skyline Boulevard and pass the Skyline Ranch Equestrian Center on the right. Farther along you will pass Piedmont Stables on the left. Big Bear Staging Area will be on the right about one and one-half miles from Skyline Boulevard, followed by MacDonald Staging Area on the right. Park there.

Here's the google map zoomed into the location where we will meet:

https://maps.google.com/?ll=37.797687,-122.150846&spn=0.002527,0.002114&t=h&z=19

The Meetup map appears to be accurate as well.

We will then start the hike on the MacDonald Trail to Bort Meadow where we can stop and eat lunch. From there we can either continue further into the park down the Brandon or Grass Valley Trails or head back to the MacDonald Staging area. The further we go into the park, the more beautiful the scenery and the more wooded it becomes. The trail starts off on a steep uphill climb but eventually levels out somewhat and from there its rolling hills. Its very peaceful and serene with not a lot of other hikers.

**PLEASE NOTE*** We/I have no idea if cells will work here, so please take the time to get directions (both what I wrote above and using "get directions" from google) and milage markers before you leave so that you can meet us at the designated place and time.  We'll wait 10 to 15 minutes for everyone and then will begin the hike.  Let me know if you have any questions. 

Looking forward to seeing and hiking with you all!


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  • Carlos B.

    Looking forward to join the group and hike again! Happy 2014!

    1 · December 30, 2013

  • Steve M.

    Thanks everyone for making the hike so welcoming and fun. Hope to see you all soon!

    1 · December 30, 2013

  • Ryan O.

    Great event with great people! I really enjoyed it! Thanks, all!

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Stephen V.

    Sorry that I couldn't make it to the hike today.

    December 29, 2013

  • Victor E.

    Would love to attend, but need a ride from SF. In the mission but can meet somewhere easily too.

    December 29, 2013

  • Joe

    Sorry I will not be able to attend.

    December 29, 2013

  • Matthew

    I still have room for 1. I can pop over to Noe Valley. email:
    [masked] or[masked]

    December 27, 2013

  • Ryan O.

    This sounds like a great event! Does anyone still have space in their vehicle? I live in Noe Valley, but am open to meet you in the City or BART over to Oakland.

    December 26, 2013

  • Steven

    I can also give a lift. I live in Diamond Heights, and could pick someone up in the Castro or Noe Valley.

    December 17, 2013

    • Steven

      I decided to take my phone number off here, but you can contact me at zetlan at hotmail.com

      December 18, 2013

    • Carlos B.

      Thanks Steven! I have already a ride.

      December 22, 2013

  • Steve M.

    I live near Alamo Square and can give someone a ride...

    December 18, 2013

  • Matthew

    I have room for one in my crappy truck, but leaving from Hunter's Point/ Bayview. You can text me[masked] to set up a ride.

    December 17, 2013

  • Carlos B.

    interested here but I also need a ride from San Francisco.
    Thanks!

    December 17, 2013

  • Davie

    I am looking for a ride from San Francisco - if anyone is driving from San Francisco and has room!
    Thanks!

    December 15, 2013

  • Dave

    Hi Tim, I know for a fact there is cell service, at least if one has Sprint.

    1 · November 24, 2013

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