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Urban Hike--Explore Tilden Park In Berkeley/Panoramic Hill/BART--Dinner & Drinks

Join us for a fun walk/hike & exploration through Tilden Park in Berkeley hiking along the Strawberry Canyon Loop & Panoramic Hill. This is a fun walking trail just off the Claremont Hotel & near the Rockridge Bart Station. This is a favorite weekend hiking spot. It has some amazing views of San Francisco, Oakland and the Bay seen from eucalyptus, pine and oak forests. Its steep valleys and dense stands of timber offer a rare wilderness experience so close to the city. Its high ridges and peaks give wide views over the San Francisco Bay and inland across preserved lands. Have a great time socializing while meeting new friends & enjoy lots of fun & laughter. Members in the group are always nice & friendly. We always have a lot of fun whenever we all get together with a couple of other meetup groups also invited. So join in on the fun! We look forward to seeing you there!

• No special shoes are required, but good supportive athletic shoes are advised. Even though the path is mostly on fire trails, there are some sections with loose gravel. Temperatures can change quickly & it can be cold, so layers of clothing is highly recommended. This is a family friendly area & a moderate hike that is steep in a few places. It is a section of the East Bay Regional Park District & well maintained.

We will meet at Bar Norcini, a charming little cafe inside the lobby of Villa Florence for coffee & a meet & greet. At 1:45 pm, we head to the bart station to catch the train to Berkeley (20 min) near the start of the trail loop. We will be walking to the trail head then going up Panoramic Hill along Panoramic Ridge via the upper Strawberry Canyon fire trail to Chaparral Peak, down the fire trail to the lower Strawberry Canyon trail. Around the perimeter of Strawberry Canyon, back to the upper fire trail, then back down Panoramic Hill on the north side of the canyon. This trail is especially nice at sunset or when there is thick fog down near the bay. It's quite a distance & a few hills, so you will get a pretty good workout. At around 6:00 pm, we will head to downtown Berkeley for some tasty Asian Food.

• NOTE: Before meeting up at Bar Norcini at 1:00 pm, be sure to grab your lunches, drinks & snacks or whatever you may need for our exploration at Tilden Park. Conveniently, there are plenty of stores, delis & Walgreens in the area.

• LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Moderate with some rest stops for photos.

AFTER URBAN HIKE: Dinner, dessert, drinks, karaoke &/or whatever the night brings!

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• ORGANIZER FEE: An advanced fee of $2 is required via Paypal to join this event. (Or please message me if you would like to pay in person.) Sorry no refunds -- Please send payment as GIFT under the "personal" tab to:

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REFUNDS: A refund is offered if the Meetup is cancelled or is rescheduled. Credit is given if the member changes their RSVP before the start of the event. Thank you!

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• BART FARE: $3.55 Per Adult Each Way (Pay at the ticket vending machines.)

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PARKING INFO: We usually get some late-comers because of parking issues. Parking is difficult in this busy area, especially on weekends. I would highly recommend public transportation. But, if you need to drive in, here is a link for parking garages in the area:

PARKOPEDIA: http://en.parkopedia.com/parking/garage/721_filbert_street/94133/san_francisco/

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  • A former member
    A former member

    There are new organizers for the group so members no longer can post meetups without their approval. If you like to check for upcoming weekly events in my group, please click my picture to find "SF Explore Fun & Food."

    January 19, 2014

  • Kelly

    stunning views, fun conversation with some interesting and super friendly folks! it was only too short but that's my fault for over-scheduling my day!! thanks so much cela for organizing and working out all the logistics!

    1 · November 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You're very welcome Kelly! It was really nice meeting you. Hope to see you at another meetup again sometime :)

      November 17, 2013

  • Randi

    didn't attend the dinner afterwards but enjoyed the hike and the route

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was really great meeting & walking with everyone today, We were blessed with such beautiful weather. The hike was somewhat challenging at points but lots of fun with a bunch of nice, friendly, fun people. The dinner was delicious too! Couldn't of asked for a better meetup for a great Saturday afternoon & evening.

    November 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      BTW, if you would like to connect with anyone from the meetup group today, you can find them in my group -- "SF Explore Fun & Food" or in the following groups I cross-posted in below:
      SF Random Adventurers
      Bay Area Anything Active
      Bay Area Adventures - Hiking...
      (Tip: Click my picture to find the groups easily)

      November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time! Nice meeting everybody, and thanks to Cela for organizing!

    1 · November 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You're very welcome Adam. It was great meeting you. Hope to see you again at another meetup again sometime :)

      November 16, 2013

  • Kelly

    Anyone know approximately how long the home will take? Also I have a funny question...anyone have an extra pair of size 8 athletic shoes lying around? I'm moving here in stages and all I brought with me are flip flops and some tall boots!! I'd be so grateful to wear something more suitable! :)

    1 · November 16, 2013

    • Kelly

      Thanks Cela! I committed to dinner at a relative's place at 6 so now I'm think I will park at the trail head, hike with the group for a little over an hour and then turn around and head back on my own so that I can be there on time. I hope this will be okay!

      November 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure, no problem Kelly. See you there!

      November 16, 2013

  • Randi

    Some of us want to meet in Berkeley at the Rockridge BART and get some coffee/tea. If you would like to join the East Bay pre-hike gathering, please meet at the Rockridge BART station entrance at 1:30 and we can walk a block or two to the nearest coffee place. I think there is one just across the street which is good but there's lots of choices. Looking forward to meeting and sharing the hike.
    my cell is[masked]-2285.
    Randi

    1 · November 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for organizing an East Bay meeting place! I'm in.

      1 · November 16, 2013

    • Kailah

      Yes, thanks for organizing! I'll see you there.

      November 16, 2013

  • Miranda B.

    Yay East Bay kids! I'd love to join you all for the pre-hike gathering! Can't wait to meet you all!

    Miranda

    1 · November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those who would like to meet at the trailhead -- Stonewall rd & Tangelwood path is the start point of the stonewall/panoramic trailhead. We will be arriving to start point 30-45 mins after we get to Rockridge Station (2:20-2:30pm).

    November 15, 2013

  • Randi

    Since the SF people are arriving around 2:20 at Rockridge BART we could plan to meet around 1:30 at a café near there in Rockridge. I can scout out places or if anyone has suggestions that's fine too. I'm in N. Berkeley and happy to offer some ideas. Randi

    November 15, 2013

  • Randi

    Maybe some of us from the East Bay could meet up before the event?

    2 · November 15, 2013

    • Kelly

      Great suggestion...I'd be up for that!

      November 15, 2013

  • Ed

    Would it be ok if I met the group at Tilden Park? If so, what would be the time and location?

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Members, Looking forward to meeting everyone Sat & to a fun day walking/hiking & exploring together!

    Note: Please be sure to change your RSVP if you cannot attend instead of doing a no-show (even if it is last minute) to let the group know. Thank you! :)

    November 15, 2013

  • daniele

    sorry. have to finish my community service-for-parking tx on saturday. :( have fun!

    November 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's ok & thanks for the msg! See you next time :)

      November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Members! This will be a fun meetup exploring Tilden Park in Berkeley. This is a popular weekend spot to walk/hike & to witness the beauty of nature in the S.F. Bay. Also, so far we have about 25 members who have RSVPd from various meetup groups invited. Looking forward to a fun day hiking, socializing & meeting new friends!

    November 14, 2013

  • daniele

    Hmm. Anyone in a dancing mood? I noticed that there is African music at Ashkenaz at 8:30pm.... http://www.ashkenaz.com/
    It might be too long a day, but just putting it out there just in case. :)

    November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you live in the East Bay, you can wait for us at Rockridge Bart Station. But, know that you will be missing the 1st part of the meetup, getting acquainted with everyone from various groups invited. We plan taking the PIttsburgh/Bay Pt train around 2pm. According to the schedule, we will arrive between 2:20--2:30pm. We will see you there!

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Kailah

    I'll meet you at the Rockridge BART station. Can we have a meeting point there? Sounds like a beautiful walk!

    November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Welcome Members! this will be a fun meetup walking & exploring Tilden Park together. It's a favorite place for many residents of the bay area to hike & witness the beauty of nature. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone Saturday!

    November 11, 2013

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