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Landscapes of Green Hills

The primary objective of this meetup is to take landscape photographs of the green hills of the East Bay.  But we will also encounter spring wildflowers, such as California Poppies.  This meetup will involve some vigorous hiking, up and down hills, covering a total of 5 miles.

LOCATION:  The main entrance of Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Park, at the end of Garin Ave in Hayward.

WHERE TO MEET: Immediately after you pass the toll kiosk to enter the park, you will enter the parking lot.  Directly below the parking lot is a footbridge across the creek.  We will meet at the far side of the footbridge, near the Garin Barn Visitor Center.

THE PLAN: From the valley floor, we will immediately head uphill on the High Ridge Loop Trail.  This first part of the trail is the most difficult, but within 15 minutes we will have great views of the valley below and the hills on the other side.  We will continue on the same trail, which takes us to and along a high ridge on the east side of the park, providing lots of great views of grassy hills.  After 2 miles the trail begins to descend back down into the valley, and the terrain soon changes to forested slopes and valleys.  We return to our starting point by way of the Dry Creek Trail, for a total hike of around 5 miles.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Philip: Thanks for arranging perfect location and timing. Enjoyed the hike and group.

    March 30, 2014

  • Anil

    Philip - very well organized and executed. We learned a lot about different types of trees and plants from you today as well. The day was gorgeous, the light perfect and the weather incredible! Thanks everybody for making today's hike wonderful.

    March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great leader and welcoming friendly group. I couldn't stay for the full five hours. The hills and clouds were awesome. :)

    March 30, 2014

  • Trish

    Would love to carpool from the city.

    March 28, 2014

  • Brandon

    If a space opens up I would like to be there.

    March 28, 2014

  • Philip B.

    My weather app is predicting a mix of sun and clouds for Sunday, with a high of 62 degrees. If this means puffy white clouds in a predominantly blue sky, then this will be perfect weather for the Landscapes of Green Hills meetup! Keep your fingers crossed!

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • Philip B.

    The hills are showing hints of green in certain places, but they aren't the full green that I'm waiting for. If the hills finally green up, then I might schedule this meetup for Sunday, March 16.

    February 28, 2014

  • Philip B.

    Now that we are finally getting some rain, I have hope that we'll actually be able to schedule this meetup before the end of February. My best guess is that 3 weeks from now might be good -- around Feb. 23. But I won't post a precise date until I see that hills really are greening up.

    February 2, 2014

  • Philip B.

    Still no rain, and therefore the hills are still brown. Assuming that the rains eventually come, I will schedule this meetup as soon as we have some lush green hills to photograph.

    January 17, 2014

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