Sunset hike in Tilden Park (reprise)

  • April 30, 2013 · 6:45 PM
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Let's have another go at this hike with hopefully better weather.  So far, the forecast says "77, sunny and clear."  For those who braved the fog with me this past Wed night, if you get waitlisted I will manually bump you to the "attending" column.

The hike is a 4-mile loop and includes a scenic portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. We'll go up a tough hill pretty much all the way to the top where we'll take a break to have dinner and watch the sunset over the Bay.  There are benches and a picnic table making this a good rest stop.  We'll enjoy panoramic views from the Golden Gate to Mount Diablo.  Keep your fingers crossed for a clear night!  We should be back at the cars around 9pm, depends how long we take at dinner.

Please bring a working headlamp or flashlight. But come anyway, even if you don't have one.  I have extras I can loan to folks.

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. during night hikes!

Please bring at least 1.5L of water, dinner, headlamp/flashlight, and snacks to share if you want.  Wear good hiking shoes and warm layers (may be windy at the top).  I want you to be warm and comfy while we linger at dinner - please bring an extra layer, gloves, hat, jacket... whatever you need to keep warm. Your sweetheart and red wine works, too :)

There are restrooms at the trailhead.

Trails are dog-friendly.  Woof!

MEETING SPOT AND DIRECTIONS

We will meet at the Padre Picnic Area -  a paved lot along South Park Drive.  I know Google says that South Park Drive is closed in April, but it's closed only up until April 1.  It is now open!

The Padre Picnic Area is labeled in Google Maps if you zoom in enough (and the big paved lot is clearly visible in satellite view).

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE look up directions ahead of time. It sucks getting lost in Tilden with no cell reception (been there, done that).  We will only wait a few minutes past the posted start time. I am timing this to watch the sunset at the top.

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  • joan O

    Thanks, Alina. We were fortunate to see such a beautiful sunset.

    May 1, 2013

  • Steve P.

    Thanks again Alina. Love your hikes!

    May 1, 2013

  • Alina

    Thank you for coming and sharing this beautiful evening with me :)

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • Lincoln

    The hike tonight was so much different than when we were last here!

    The stats from my gps if anyone's interested:

    http://www.mapmyhike.com/routes...­

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Franny

    Great hike, Alina. I'm glad I got to enjoy it both ways downright tornado conditions and calm and peaceful like tonight!

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Jeanne S.

    Awesome! Thanks Alina...glad I finally tried one of your evening hikes!!

    April 30, 2013

  • Becky

    Stuck at work. Sorry for the last minute change :-(

    April 30, 2013

  • Doug

    Arrgh. They hit us with Mandatory Overtime today.
    Really wanted to do this hike today.

    April 30, 2013

  • Jana

    Many apologies, Alina. I have an invitation out tonight, just...:(

    April 30, 2013

    • Alina

      No worries, Jana. I'll see you at another hike soon :-) Have fun tonight!

      April 30, 2013

  • Jana

    Alina, many apologies for last minute. Got invited out tonight, just....

    April 30, 2013

  • Nikki

    Sorry, I can't make it which is a shame.

    April 30, 2013

  • Dwalu K.

    Would love love to do this some other day...let's do it again :)

    April 30, 2013

  • Andrew

    Sorry, had a (minor) injury yesterday and I have to take it easy for a few days. I'd really like to do this another time though.

    April 30, 2013

  • David

    Turns out there's a Warriors playoff game on. Sorry!

    April 30, 2013

    • Alina

      I think this is it! 4-1 for the series win :) Have fun watching the game.

      April 30, 2013

  • Alina

    Hi everyone. I hope to see you all tomorrow in Tilden; please update your RSVP if you can no longer make it.

    I'm leaving from North Berkeley Bart at 6:15pm - let me know if anyone needs a ride.

    April 29, 2013

    • Alina

      Ok, Joan. Look for a grey Hyundai at the white curb just across from the bart exit.

      April 29, 2013

    • joan O

      Thank you, Alina. See you then.

      April 29, 2013

  • Jeni

    Will try to make this one but the evenings are so hard!

    April 27, 2013

  • Nicki

    oh for heavens sake I am guilty of Calendar Fail -- I'm d9ouble-booked and need to un-RSVP! next time I check both work and personal calendars before RSVPing (doohh!) ...well as you can see I am enthusiastic to hike again with you guys! :-D

    April 25, 2013

  • Nicki

    yay, glad I can make this one!

    April 25, 2013

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