Friday: Sunset hike to Panoramic Hill

  • March 15, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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***Because of the small group limit, I am doing this hike two days in a row: Thursday and Friday. Please choose only one hike.***

This is a beautiful, but challenging 3.25 mile hike. The trail goes from Centennial Drive to the top of Panoramic Hill. It's a tough uphill pretty much all the way until it's time to turn back, but the amazing views at the top are very much worth it. Keep your fingers crossed for a clear day. As a little bonus, on the way up we'll go through a secret and most peaceful redwood grove.

We'll go at my usual relaxed pace so it will take us about 2 hours, depends how long we linger at sunset. We should be back at the cars by 8pm.  Bring headlamps/flashlights; I have extras if you need to borrow one.

Wear good hiking shoes for the steep, rocky trails. Bring water, layers, and snacks, if you want.

My hikes tend to be at a slower pace than most meetups so we can enjoy the scenery and the conversation. Fast-pace hikers are welcome to join and run ahead - all I ask is that you please wait at all trail intersections esp. if you're not familiar with the route.

Sorry but there are NO RESTROOMS at the trailhead or anywhere else along the hike.

Leashed dogs are welcome to join, too.

MEETING SPOT AND DIRECTIONS

Please use this google map for the parking lot where we're meeting: http://goo.gl/maps/cnGQX Click on the blue marker to get directions. For those interested, the GPS coordinates are 37.872646,-122.241745. This is a dirt lot on Centennial Drive, between Memorial Stadium and the UC Botanical Gardens. The lot is signed in google maps if you zoom in enough. It simply says "Parking Lot for Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail".

From Memorial Stadium, drive up Centennial Drive. Go slowish - the parking lot will sneak up on you on the right hand side of the road. I don't recall it being signed, but you will see cars there. If you reach the light at the Botanical Gardens you've gone too far.

This is a small dirt lot, with room for maybe 10 cars. And it's usually very busy. It's also full of potholes and there is no rhyme or reason to the way people park there. It's just jammed and everyone tries to squeeze in best they can. So please carpool if you can.

If you can drive and can offer rides, post a comment with where you're coming from or where you can pick up people. If you need a ride, same thing - post a comment with where you're at or where you can meet up people.

As usual, please be on time - I will not wait at the trailhead more than a few minutes past the start time.

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  • Alina

    Thank you all for coming and sharing this gorgeous place with me. I had a blast! Hope to go back soon and find those turkeys! :)
    'Til next time...

    March 15, 2013

  • Andy U

    I'm so sorry. I'm tied up in an unexpected business meeting and don't know when it will end. Have fun

    March 15, 2013

    • Alina

      Sorry, Andy :( See you next time.

      March 15, 2013

  • Alina

    All: please try to carpool so we minimize the number of cars at the trailhead. Parking is tight and we may not find parking for all our cars. The fewer cars we bring, the better.
    If you can drive and can offer rides, post a comment with where you're coming from or where you can pick up people.

    There are 2 spots in my car if anyone wants a ride. Meet at North Berkeley Bart at 5:35pm (don't be late, I will not wait) or I can pick up by the Cal Campus (Euclid and Hearst around 5:50pm).

    March 14, 2013

    • Alina

      Vicky - yes, I'll pick you up :) see you tonight!

      March 15, 2013

    • Alina

      Vera - I think there's construction by the pool so that lot may be closed. Our best bet is the Botanical Garden lot, but it's up the road and there's no sidewalk to get back to the trailhead from there. Walking on the road can be dangerous - cars fly down on that road. It's definitely my plan B, but I hope we don't need to resort to it.

      March 15, 2013

  • Sook R.

    I just received a call; needs to be some place this evening...

    March 15, 2013

  • Alina

    3 things I learned from last night's version of the hike: 1) carpool! 2) bring insect repellent if you got it 3) carpool!

    March 15, 2013

  • Sook R.

    does any one share ride with me?

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wouldn't need parking sicne I'd be cycling there ;-)

    March 14, 2013

    • Alina

      OK, Vera :) You're in! I'm not concerned with the number of people, just the number of cars since the lot is so small. Not sure where you can leave your bike but if it comes down to it, it will probably fit in my car :)

      March 14, 2013

  • Alina

    Folks on the waitlist - I really wish you could all come, but unfortunately there's not enough parking for all of us :( So please don't crash this event.
    I will do more Friday hikes, promise. I didn't realize it would be such a popular hiking day. We'll be back at Panoramic Hill soon.

    March 14, 2013

  • VV

    Hope you guys see the comet, at about 8:15 in the direction where the sun went down, maybe a bit to the left. (Or let me know if the city lights are too much in the way.)

    March 13, 2013

    • Alina

      Thanks for the tip, Violet. We'll be done, by then.... but now I'm going to look it up and see what other nights is showing up :)

      March 14, 2013

  • Hong

    Coming from Richmond. Can pick up along the way.

    March 13, 2013

  • Alina

    Christina and Sook - please pick only one day. Don't sign up for both. I'm trying to make the hike available to as many people as possible. Thanks for understanding!

    March 12, 2013

  • John H.

    ANY CAR POOL FROM A LOCAL bart??

    March 12, 2013

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