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Sunset hike in the Berkeley Hills

  • Sep 9, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Let's meetup for another after work hike in the Berkeley Hills! We will hike for about 2 hours through beautiful hidden paths, parks, and stairways.  On a clear evening, we'll have nice views of the Bay.  We'll take a dinner-and-sunset-show break at Grotto Rock (it's like Indian Rock but with fewer people).

This is an urban hike - meaning that most of the route is on paved paths and streets, through real neighborhoods. The paths offer great views of the Bay and of people's backyards, decks, and gardens :)  If you're interested, the route is mapped here: http://goo.gl/maps/c54j4.

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, picnic dinner, and snacks if you want. You can bring a flashlight or borrow one from me.

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 the top of Solano Ave.  Street parking is 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 - I am timing the hike to watch the sunset!

Here are some pictures of what to expect on this urban hike:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Yong

    Great hike as usual!

    September 10, 2013

  • Alina

    For those keeping track, my phone app said we went 2.8 miles and climbed 635 feet!

    4 · September 9, 2013

    • Don S.

      What app do you use?

      September 10, 2013

    • Alina

      Runkeeper. It's free and works well.

      September 10, 2013

  • Alina

    Thanks everyone for coming. I had a great time with you all despite the fog :) Nice group, fun conversations. See you all soon!

    2 · September 9, 2013

    • Laurie M.

      Thanks Alina for another great hike!

      September 9, 2013

  • Jeff

    No sunset, but it was great learning about the stairways!

    September 9, 2013

  • Alina

    The hike is still on, but FYI - A smoke advisory has been issued for Alameda and Contra Costa counties b/c of the fire in Mt Diablo (several miles away). I can see the Berkeley hills from my office and they look smoke-free for now. But winds may shift and the air quality may deteriorate later on. In that case we would shorten the hike so we don't breathe in too many particulates. But I'm hoping things will stay clear.
    If you're worried about the air quality and change your mind about the hike, please remember to change your RSVP. Thanks!
    http://www.baaqmd.gov/~/media/5...

    September 9, 2013

    • Christiane

      *but a headache is gonna...*

      September 9, 2013

    • Alina

      OK, Christiane. Hope you feel better and I'll see you Wednesday

      September 9, 2013

  • Yong

    I see u guys!

    1 · September 9, 2013

  • Yong

    Down the street will be there by 6:05. Hope u r still there!

    September 9, 2013

    • Alina

      Still here, but not for long

      September 9, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Anyone else dropping out? Would love to join, am driving close to there shortly

    September 9, 2013

  • Denise

    Running 5-10om late

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn. Forgot my wallet .. Can't make it sad face

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone planning on flaking.. Kinda want to go lol

    September 9, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Would love to explore the hills and challenge myself

    September 9, 2013

  • Alina

    Listen up waitlisters. I changed the waitlist settings to "manual".

    The RSVP limit for this event is 15 people. So when the number of sign-ups drops below 15, everyone on the waitlist will get an email. To snag the open spot, come to the event page as soon as you see the email and manually change your RSVP from "Waitlist" to "Attending". The spots are given out on a first-come first-served basis so if you come to the page but Meetup doesn't let you change your RSVP to "Attending" it means someone else got to it first. Be patient and check you inbox for more openings; multiple spots usually open the day of as last-minute obligations force many to drop out.

    This approach for assigning last-minute open spots 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.

    September 9, 2013

  • Alina

    Hi everyone. Our Berkeley sunset hike is coming up tomorrow. Hope to see you all there, but please update your RSVP if you can no longer make it. Thanks!!!

    1 · September 8, 2013

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