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Sunset hike in the Berkeley Hills

  • Mar 11, 2013 · 5:45 PM
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Let's spring forward and celebrate the late sunset with a short after work hike. We will hike at a leisurely pace for about 1.5 hours through beautiful hidden paths, parks, and stairways in the Berkeley Hills. It's an urban hike - meaning that we will walk on paved paths, through real neighborhoods. Most of the route follows charming pedestrian-only paths, but we will at times walk along neighborhood streets. Towards the end of the hike, we will rest and watch the sun set over the Bay from Indian Rock, a very pretty and romantic spot :) Sun sets at 7:15. Depending how long we linger at sunset, we should be back at the cars around 7:30-7:45. You won't need headlamps/ flashlights for this hike.

If you haven't explored the Berkeley Hills before, expect to be impressed. It's a great old neighborhood crisscrossed by beautiful pedestrian-only paths. The paths offer great views of the Bay and of people's backyards, decks, and gardens :) It's a really fun experience and a very different one from our usual routes on Tilden's trails. [For those interested, I mapped several routes here: http://goo.gl/maps/PVYGt Monday's route will be a modified, shorter version of the dark green route.]

Most paths are steep and have LOTS of stairs. It's a relatively short hike, but our glutes will get quite a workout. If you have trouble taking the stairs when the escalator is out, this hike is not for you. That being said, if you're a fast hiker, this hike is not for you either. There is no marked trail to follow. You can't just run ahead and meet us later... Like it or not, you're stuck with our leisurely-paced group :)

Bring at least 1L of water and snacks if you want. Wear layers - I recommend bringing a warm jacket so you're comfy when we'll sit around watching the sunset.

Sorry but there are NO RESTROOMS by the meeting spot or anywhere else along our route.

Leashed doggies are welcome to join.


MEETING SPOT AND DIRECTIONS

We will meet at the top of Solano Ave (Solano & Alameda).

Please give yourself 10 extra minutes to find parking. Be prepared to pay for metered parking (enforced until 6pm). The only advice I have about parking in this busy area is that it's usually easier to find parking on Alameda than on Solano proper.

Please be on time. We will start promptly at 5:45. I am timing this to watch the sunset at the end of the hike.

My phone number is posted above, by the event location. Please call/text/email or post a comment here if you have any questions about the meetup.

Please update your RSVP if your plans change.

Here are some pictures of what to expect on this urban hike:


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  • Jana

    Alina, as always, so thankful for your knowledge and taking us around. Wonderful way to spend my birthday....

    March 12, 2013

  • Lan

    Beautiful neighborhood and lovely hike!

    March 12, 2013

  • Will

    Awesome, first time at Indian Rock. I'll be back!

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm running late--should be there before 6. Don't leave without me!

    March 11, 2013

    • Alina

      Sorry daniel. It's a short hike. I will try to leave on time. I hope you make it

      March 11, 2013

    • Alina

      What I was trying to convey was that we only had 1hr30min to hike before the sun went down. So I couldn't delay the start time. Sorry you missed us, I hope to see you next time.

      March 11, 2013

  • Christina

    Something last minute came up. Hopefully I will be able to join next time. Have fun everyone!

    March 11, 2013

  • Alina

    Perfect 70+ weather for an after-work hike!!! I am so ready to get out of the office :) Hope to see you all there, but please update your RSVP if your plans change. I will keep track of no-shows. No shows will have low-priority at future events.

    March 11, 2013

  • Monica

    While rereading the driving instructions, I've decided to give up my spot to someone more willing to drive in rush hour traffic. Have a blast!

    March 11, 2013

  • Sotera C.

    Will have to work late today. My spot is now open for the taking! Enjoy!!!

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    is anyone driving from campus and can take 2?

    March 11, 2013

  • aimee

    I am pretty sure I will hav to work late today. Hope someone else can use my spot!

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My +1 has the flu so can't make it. I'll be there.

    March 11, 2013

  • Steve P.

    Sorry I can't make it. Last minute business came up. Hope you have a great time!

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute trip to Reno, happy hiking!

    March 10, 2013

  • Christina

    Looks fun!

    March 9, 2013

  • Alina

    For those signed up - please update your RSVP if plans change. I'm sure the folks on the waitlist would appreciate the courtesy.

    For those on the waitlist - don't lose hope and keep checking the event, especially on the day of. There are usually lots of last-minute cancellations on these after-work hikes.

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Monica

    Since it has been years since I've last been on these paths, it's a welcome hike. Looking forward to meeting you all!

    March 5, 2013

  • Christopher I.

    Yay! Afternoon/after-work hikes will be returning! woot!

    1 · March 5, 2013

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