Let's celebrate summer and the super full moon with a hike to Slacker Hill. This is a very scenic hike with a gorgeous rest spot at the top - perfect for dinner and a sunset show. We will reach the top about an hour into the hike and then have dinner/snacks/wine while watching the sun set (8:35pm) and the full moon rise over the Bay (8:54pm). We may get fog or we may get views, I never know what the Bay Area weather gods have in store for us. Here's hoping for a clear night. We'll be back at the cars about 10:30pm. It will be a late night, but oh so worth it.
The hike is 2 miles each way (4 miles RT) with an elevation gain of about 600 ft. The way in is all uphill and it gets really steep the last 1/2 mile. The way back is all downhill.
Please bring flashlights/headlamps, but come anyway even if you don't have one. I have a few extras I can loan to folks. You should also bring dinner, snacks&drinks to share if you want, and 1L of water for the hike. Wear good hiking shoes and layers. Bring a blanket/tarp to sit and eat. The dinner spot is exposed and overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. It's usually very windy and chilly up there. I want you to be warm and comfy while we're hanging out at dinner - so bring a hat and gloves and a warm jacket or whatever you need to stay warm (your +1 and red wine works, too :) Bring bug spray if you have it.
FYI - this is a popular spot, we may not be the only group up there. We'll make new friends :)
As a favor to me, please don't ask to leave early. I'm not comfortable with folks taking off in the dark by themselves. If for whatever reason you can't stay until 10:30pm then this hike is not for you. If it's really cold and miserable we will all leave early as a group. Otherwise, please plan to stay the whole time. Thanks!!!
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. at night!
There are no restrooms at the parking lot or anywhere else along the route!
Well-behaved, LEASHED doggies are welcome to join.
MEETING SPOT AND DIRECTIONS
We will meet in a dirt parking lot, on the north (right hand) side of Bunker Hill Rd. There is no physical address for this lot. Please use the meetup map or this google map to get directions to the meeting spot: http://goo.gl/maps/GvCm0
Please note that a portion of Bunker Rd is closed. There are detour signs taking you to Cozelman Rd instead. Follow the signs, take Cozelman Rd. At the traffic circle, turn right onto McCullough Rd. In about a mile McCullough ends into Bunker Rd. Turn left onto Bunker Rd and go for 0.7miles to a dirt lot on the right hand side.
Please get directions ahead of time so you can be on time. Do not rely on your phone to navigate up there. This is a remote area with unreliable cell service. I will not wait at the trailhead for more than a few minutes past the posted start time. I am timing the hike to watch the sunset/moonrise at the top.
As a final note - many thanks to Shekar from the SFBay Cafe meetup for showing me this place. He's an awesome organizer and all-around good guy. Please check out his group http://www.meetup.com/sfbaycafe/