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