Hike to Oakland Nature Friends Club for Oktoberfest

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.   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 limiting 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 Oktoberfest 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, or online in advance.  If you would rather just join us at the club rather than hike, I am hosting the beer-drinking and polka part of the event for BABSNOTE that the club is cash only and has NO ATM.

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.

We'll then walk along Butters Drive to the club (the last 3/4 mile 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).

A GPS recording of the route we'll take to the club is here.  Walking back we'll probably take a shorter route, depending on how much beer drinking and/or polka-ing we've done.

I 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 Oktoberfest, something I'd quite like to do). If anyone has spare seats for me and Micah coming from SF that would be great, thanks. I live in NOPA but could get to anywhere in SF to be picked up (or take BART and meet at the station).

 

 

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  • Eric Mongo R.

    Thanks y'all for making that our best fest yet! Please share a review on our Yelp page: http://www.yelp.com/biz/tourist-club-oakland-branch-oakland

    1 · October 6

  • Gil

    Thanks for a great hike, and organizing the Meetup at theTourist Club!

    October 6

  • John C

    Nice hike on a gorgeous day !

    October 5

  • Gareth M.

    I have one extra ticket as Micah can't make it. If anyone wants to buy it email me via meetup.

    October 5

  • RZ

    Guys, anybody going from SF and having a spot willing to give a ride? Will appreciate it, share expenses, please send message or post here. I'm at 12 st and Folsom, SOMA.
    OR
    anybody knows a way to get there (Trailhead or Nature Friends House) on public transportation? That would be great for a lot with no car or willing to drive.
    Thanks in advance, be well, Rafael.

    October 4

  • Eric Mongo R.

    79 tickets left last time I checked and we just sent out a club-wide warning. Non-member guests....get tickets before midnight Friday or come early. Gate opens at noon on Sunday Sunday Sunday!

    October 2

  • Matt B.

    Hey everyone, Eric is right about ONF probably selling out/being at logistical capacity at some point in the day. However, show up early if you can and it won't be a problem. Those who come together with Gareth as a group on the hike will get in w/o any problem. If you think that you might be showing up later in the day (like after 1PM or later even), then I would definitely buy a ticket online. I want to make sure that everyone here gets in and has good time. Currently at 10:49 AM there are 101 online tickets left.

    October 2

  • Eric Mongo R.

    Oktoberfest at Oakland Nature Friends (ONF) is projected to be sold out! If you are not an ONF member but have RSVP'd, we strongly encourage you to buy tickets today or arrive early. ONF is committed to providing an authentic, first-class Oktoberfest experience so we may limit non-member attendance once capacity is reached. Berg Frei!

    Ticket sales close Friday at midnight: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9qjt41n82209b51&llr=nyn8w4pab

    1 · October 1

  • john

    Hi I don't drive and was wondering if anyone from SF had an extra seat? I will gladly chip in for gas:)

    September 27

    • John C

      Hi John, I'm waiting to get confirmation from a friend as to whether she's coming or not, so I can't offer rides to anyone else at this point.

      September 28

    • john

      Thanks john I appreciate that. Let me know .

      September 28

  • Liz S.

    I bought a bunch of tickets because the other one sold out so fast. If people need tickets as it gets closer, let me know

    September 15

    • Liz S.

      By a bunch of tickets, I mean 5. That was the limit. I need 2 or 3. I did this in case they sell out, so I suggest getting them if they're still available

      September 22

    • Gareth M.

      No worries. They are still available online. Just got mine and Micah's.

      1 · September 22

  • kate

    I would be interested in carpooling with someone from San Francisco - will help with gas and tolls.

    September 20

  • Rachel C.

    I was thinking about getting an uber or uber xl from fruitvale if anyone wants to coordinate. I have one other person coming with me.

    September 15

  • Matt B.

    Hey Everyone. Thought I'd pass along the latest info. The Oakland Nature Friends now offers online ticketing for the upcoming Oktoberfest:

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=nyn8w4pab&oeidk=a07e9qjt41n82209b51

    1 · September 11

  • Liz S.

    Hey Gareth,
    First off, I'm so excited for this, because the Muir Woods one was so much fun! On that note, I was looking on the website and it said that tickets are only available at the gate. Is this something you can look into? Maybe they'd make an exception for a group or something? As much as I loved it, waiting two hours again isn't exactly what I'd like to do if it can be helped. Thanks!

    August 12

    • Matt B.

      Gareth is correct, our fests rarely are over 700 total (as opposed to 2K+ at Muir Woods) and our usable public space is 5 times larger which means we do not face crowding issues which causes artificial lines for entry. No lines, no hassles, cheaper entry, food and beer=winner winner chicken dinner!!!

      August 12

    • Eric Mongo R.

      we're serving chicken now? I must bawk at that.

      August 17

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