Hike to Oakland Nature Friends Club for Maifest

Directions/meeting point: (the meetup.com directions linked above are not always reliable) the meeting point will be at Palos Colorados Trailhead at the end of Joaquin Miller Ct in Oakland (Joaquin Miller Court, NOT Joaquin Miller Road or Skyline Blvd!).   I'd recommend using this link to find our meeting point.  I'll send out my cell to RSVPs (but as always there is no guarantee of reception).  There is limited parking at the trailhead, if it is full I would park along Mountain Blvd, be sure to obey no parking signs.

This week we'll be doing something a bit different, we are hiking to the Oakland Nature Friends club, an amazing location in the Oakland hills.  They are open to the public for their annual Maifest celebration.  The festival will feature polka band, traditional group dances in traditional dress, a menu of traditional foods and, of course, excellent beers complete a fun-filled day for all ages.  Tickets to the event are $10 and can be purchased at the club on the day of the event.  If you would rather just join us at the club rather than hike, Cliff is hosting the beer-drinking and polka part of the event for BABS.

We will hike through Joaquin Miller Park to the club.  We will circumnavigate Joachim Miller, via Palos Colorados, Chaparral, Big Trees, Sinawak, and Bishop's Walk, trails (see GPS recording of last October's hike for more details of route).

We'll then walk along Butters Drive to the club, the last mile or so has no side walk, so be careful of oncoming traffic and walk single file! As with all my hikes everyone signs up at their own risk, and you assume all liability associated with the hike and carpooling to it (by RSVPing you agree to our conditions of membership).

Walking back we'll probably take a shorter route, depending on how much beer drinking and/or polka-ing we've done.

Me and Micah would rather not drive to this one (as with all events like this DO NOT drive if you plan on partaking of the beer at the Maifest, something I'd quite like to do). If anyone has a couple of spare seats coming from SF that would be great, thanks. I live in NOPA but we could get to anywhere in SF to be picked up (or take BART and meet at the station).



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  • Amy P.

    I have been fighting off a cold all weekend, may have to cancel on this one :p will update RSVP if needed... !!

    May 3, 2014

  • Cliff

    I will see you guys there. I need to be at the grounds early to reserve a couple of tables. Look for the Bay Area Beer Socials Sign.


    May 2, 2014

  • Ed W

    Is there an estimate for total distance, elevation gain, and what manner does one get back to the trailhead where people may be parked?

    April 14, 2014

    • Gareth M.

      See Everytrail link above.

      April 14, 2014

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