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Sunset hike in the Berkeley Hills

  • Jul 1, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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***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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • cristina

    Fantastic!

    July 2, 2013

  • maz

    Brilliant! Great weather, very fun people (and one grumpy lad:(), incredible vistas - who could ask for more? Alina, thank you very much for being such a good leader. Your navigational skills are remarkable! Truly! More pix uploaded. Enjoy!

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Ganesh

      Thank you for the ton of pics, Maz.

      July 2, 2013

  • Janet O.

    Thank you, Alina, for showing me new gems in the Berkeley Hills!

    July 2, 2013

  • Alina

    Thank you all for coming and sharing this most beautiful evening with me :-) Had a great time. Hope to see you at another event soon.

    1 · July 1, 2013

    • Denise

      Thank you for another wonderful urban hike!

      July 2, 2013

  • Skyla

    Sorry everyone. Traffic is aweful & I couldn't get to

    July 1, 2013

    • Skyla

      ... Can't get to Berkeley in time

      July 1, 2013

  • Alina

    Leaving soon. Try to make it!!!

    July 1, 2013

  • Ganesh

    Last minute RSVP. On my way...

    July 1, 2013

  • Shaquam

    Can't swing it. Enjoy the evening.

    July 1, 2013

  • Lamont

    Won't be able to make it thru the BART traffic in time.

    July 1, 2013

  • Hana

    Tired from a busy weekend, and trying to beat the heat. Next time!

    July 1, 2013

  • Farshid K.

    BART strike is on. It is gonna be a mess of a commute.

    July 1, 2013

  • Alina

    Listen up waitlisters. I changed the waitlist settings to "manual" - if a last-minute spot opens up everyone on the waitlist will get an email. To snag the spot, come to the event page and manually change your RSVP from "Waitlist" to "Attending" (first come first served). This approach cuts down on unintentional no-shows and ensures that people who sign up are still interested and can make it even at the eleventh hour.

    July 1, 2013

  • Alina

    Hi all. Our Berkeley hike is coming up this evening. Please review your plans and make sure you can still make it. Prepare for extra crazy rush hour traffic in case the Bart strike is not resolved. If you don't think you can make it or would rather not deal with the roads at all, please change your RSVP. Thanks!!!!

    July 1, 2013

  • Alina

    Hi all. Because of the high probability of rain tomorrow 6/24, I postponed this event to the following Monday 7/1. Hope to see you all then. Please change your RSVP if the new date doesn't work for you. Thank you!!!

    June 23, 2013

  • Jessica

    Looking forward to meeting some new people!

    1 · June 20, 2013

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