I've been running this group for three years, so it's time for a hike and a party.
[OK, only slightly freak out about the number of people who have RSVP'd. Many will drop as it gets closer, and many will no-show. We'll may have around 50-60 people on the hike, which is bigger than usual. That being said, since this is an anniversary party, we may have a larger group, but I'm sure many will just do the shorter hike.]
We'll wander at a medium pace through UC Berkeley, looking at some of their hallway displays including (although some buildings may be locked on Sunday):
- a cross-section of a large redwood tree, showing dates in the rings;
- a T-Rex and "Lucy" at the Life Science building;
- rocks and crystals at the earth and planetary science building;
- a saber tooth cat statue.
Finally, we'll hopefully take a look at some earthquake safety features in the new UCB Memorial Stadium (I'll try to get us in, but not sure what if they'll be through with construction by then--the first game in the renovated stadium is scheduled for September 1st). In the neighborhood of the stadium, we'll explore evidence of tectonic creep on the Hayward Fault.Even if we can't find clearly visible signs of the fault, we'll at least be able to be excited about standing ON the fault!.
After we tour Memorial Stadium, we'll stop for a short picnic party/lunch near the stadium (30-40 minutes).
Then the "short" hikers can head back down through campus to BART, and "longer" hikers will start up a series of semi-hidden stairways to the "Upper fire trail" and up to a gorgeous view of Berkeley and the Golden Gate.The stairs and trail is a bit strenuous, but once we get to the upper firetrail the climb is much less steep.
The hike through campus will probably take about an hour, then it's about 15-20 minutes back down to Shattuck. Those hiking up the hill will take another 2-3 hours to complete the longer hike. Finishing times are always approximate.
You can see the complete trip here: http://goo.gl/maps/DoLG.
Meeting place is People's Cafe, where you can start the hike with coffee, tea, or other treats.
Our starting location is one block from the Downtown Berkeley BART station.Get off at the Addison Street exit (northmost), then head one block east to Oxford Street and UCB.
Check parking signs carefully; neighborhood parking is not enforced in (all?) areas on Sundays. I don't think meters run Sunday's either (I'll check again when we get closer to the date). There are parking garages on Center St and Addison St (both one block west of Shattuck) and we're only about one block from BART. I recommend BART over driving.
Kids are welcome, especially on the first two miles, but this is not one of my specific "kid" hikes.
No dogs please.