August 27, 2013 · 6:15 PM
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Let's meetup for another after work hike! We will hike for about 2 hours through beautiful hidden paths, parks, and stairways in the Berkeley Hills. On a clear evening, we'll have nice views of the Bay. We'll be back before dark, no need for flashlights on this hike. ***This is NOT a dinner hike. No need to carry dinner/wine, we're not going to picnic this time.***
It's an urban hike - meaning that most of the route is 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 Tuesday's route is a combination of the orange and blue routes.]
The paths in the hills 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, we tend to go slower than most exercise meetup groups so we can enjoy the scenery and the conversation. If you're a fast hiker, this hike may not be 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.
Sorry but there are NO RESTROOMS by the meeting spot or anywhere else along our route.
Please no dogs on this hike.
MEETING SPOT AND DIRECTIONS
We will meet at corner of Euclid and Eunice in Berkeley. Street parking is plentiful and free. 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: