***New date: Monday July 1st***
Let's take advantage of the long days and do another after work hike. We will hike at a leisurely pace for about 2.5 hours through beautiful hidden paths, parks, and stairways in the Berkeley Hills. Towards the end, we'll watch the sunset and have dinner on top of Indian Rock, a Berkeley landmark with amazing views of the Bay. This being the Bay Area, we may get views or we may get fog. I never know what the weather gods have in store for us. Keep your fingers crossed for a clear evening. We'll be back before dark, no need for flashlights on this hike.
It's an urban hike - meaning that we will walk on paved paths and streets, through real neighborhoods. 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 :) [Side note: if you're interested, I mapped several routes here: http://goo.gl/maps/PVYGt Monday's route will roughly follow the dark green route.]
Most paths are steep and have LOTS of stairs. If you hate 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, dinner, and snacks/drinks to share if you want. I recommend bringing a jacket/hat/scarf/gloves... whatever you need to stay warm and comfy while we sit around for 30 minutes or so having our dinner al fresco (your sweetheart and some red wine works, too :)
Sorry but there are NO RESTROOMS by the meeting spot or anywhere else along our route.
Leashed doggies are welcome to join. Please know that many sections of the route are along the street pavement as some streets up in the hills are narrow and without sidewalks. Please be mindful of cars and keep dogs leashed at all times.
MEETING SPOT AND DIRECTIONS
We will meet at the top of Solano Ave (Solano & Alameda).
This is a busy neighborhood. Please give yourself 5 extra minutes to find parking. Meters are free after 6pm.
Please be on time and update your RSVP if plans change. We will only wait a few minutes past the posted start time.
Here are some pictures of what to expect on this urban hike: