2015 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
Caution: The Berkeley Half Marathon is this day. Access to Berkeley from the freeway will be limited. My suggestion if you are driving is to drive to a non-Berkeley BART station, and take BART downtown. Here is a map of the road closures, and here is a link to the web page with all the details.
We'll start with a hike everyone seems to enjoy, with an optional extension to Orinda BART. For the first hour or so, we'll wander at a fairly leisurely pace through UC Berkeley, looking at some of their hallway displays (including a T-Rex), then explore evidence of tectonic creep on the Hayward Fault.
The hike is about 3.5 miles uphill; with the option to return back down into Berkeley or to hike another 3/4 mile uphill (steep), then 3.5 miles downhill to Orinda BART.
From 9:30-9:45 I'll give some background information on California geology; then we'll leave promptly at 9:45. If you've already heard my background talk, you're welcome to arrive by 9:45.
My guess is we'll get to Orinda BART around 2:00, but guarantees are not give on finishing times.
Wow, I can add videos now:
If you poop out at Memorial Stadium, you'll have walked about 1-1.5 miles and seen most of the geology sites (so this is a good hike if you're not sure you're up for the entire 7 miles but still want to try it out).
After the stadium, we have a half-mile or so of very steep climbing up Panoramic Hill, including about 200 stairs. Once we get to the "Upper Fire Trail" the hills become much more gradual.
The total altitude gain is about 1,000 feet (starting around 200, climbing to 1,200 feet).
At the bench at the top of the "Upper Fire Trail" we'll see some great sedimentary rock exposures (see the wavy water icon on the Google map).
Here, those who want to return are welcome to head back down the hill into Berkeley. The main group will continue with me up about 3/4 mile to Grizzly Peak, then down fire trails to Orinda BART (some of this portion is on EBMUD that technically requires a Trail Use Permint--I have one that covers me plus three others, but I've never been stopped and asked for my permit--if anyone is able to, you can order an EBMUD Trail Use Permit here; the more we have the better off we'll be). It's about 4 miles from the Upper Fire Trail bench to Orinda BART.
Meeting place is People's Cafe, where you can start your day with coffee, tea, or other treats. There is no limit for this hike, so people don't need to feel rushed to join. I suspect (and hope) we won't end up with too many, (we seem to average in the 20-30 range who actually show up). I'll send our emails during the last week reminding people who won't make it to change their RSVPs to No.
People's Cafe is one block from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. It's on the far EAST side of Shattuck--Shattuck has a northbound section and a southbound section here, with a narrow block of buildings between them). Some folks have a difficult time finding this starting point because of this two-sided portion of Shattuck, so you might want to come by early. If you go further than 1/2 block from University Avenue, you've gone too far :-) Check parking signs carefully, but I'm pretty sure parking meters don't run in Berkeley on Sundays (and we're only about one block from BART).
Kids who are up for the hike are welcome.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.