Sep 16, 2013 · 6:15 PM
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Because of the long waitlist, I posted the same hike (sans food trucks) again for Tuesday. Please sign up for only one of the two days. Thanks!
This will be a 3.5-mile loop hike with 1,000 feet elevation gain to the top of Claremont Canyon to get some exercise and enjoy evening views of the Bay. On the way back we'll detour to the Off-The-Grid food trucks in the South-of-Campus area where 6-7 trucks rotate through every Monday night. PLEASE if at all possible, stay with the group throughout the hike, the dinner, and the after-dark walk back to the cars. The end time for the outing is posted as 9:15pm. Either come and plan to stay for the whole thing or don't come at all. (I know we're all adults so I can't stop you from leaving early if you need to; I'm just hoping to discourage you from doing so.)
The uphill on this hike is VERY STEEP. It is the most challenging hike in Berkeley, IMHO. It starts off steep and it gets steeper, with no flat part to give us a respite. We tend to go slower than other meetup/exercise groups so we can enjoy the scenery and the conversation but this hike will challenge even the fittest amongst us. But who doesn't love a challenge?! Plus, the panoramic views at the top are amazing and make the climb totally worth it. Keep your fingers crossed for a nice evening with clear views. The walk down the hill is more manageable - a combination of staircases and pedestrian paths through beautiful Panoramic Hill neighborhood. I mapped the route here for those interested: http://goo.gl/maps/T5dOx
Bring lots of water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring an extra warm layer since it may be windy on the hill and chilly at the outdoor food trucks. The trucks take cards or cash. Bring a flashlight/headlamp or borrow one from me; I always carry several extras for the group.
There is no restroom along our route.
Trails are dog-friendly. Your dog must be people-friendly and stay on leash at all times. I know the trails in this park are off-leash, but not everyone in the group is comfortable around dogs so please keep yours leashed.
As always, my number is posted above under the event location. Please call/text/email should you have any questions about our hike.
MEETING SPOT AND DIRECTIONS
The street address is 2700 Belrose Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705. Click on Derby St & Belrose Ave under the event location and a map will open up so you can get directions. Free street parking is usually plentiful in the neighborhood.
Please look up directions ahead of time so you can be on time. We will only wait a few minutes past the posted start time.