This will be a 3.5-mile loop hike with 800 feet elevation gain to the top of Claremont Canyon for dinner & exercise and nighttime views of the Bay. Keep your fingers crossed for a clear fog-less evening.
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. There's usually live music, too. Tonight's offerings are listed here: https://www.facebook.com/events/222013974665258/
PLEASE if at all possible, stay with the group throughout the hike, the dinner, and the walk back to the cars. The end time for the outing is posted as 9pm. 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 view is great and makes 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.
Sorry but there is no restroom along our route. Please plan accordingly.
Trails are dog-friendly. Please keep Fido on leash, not everyone in the group is comfortable around dogs.
Kids - you can always bring kids on my hikes. I trust that you read the event description and can tell whether this would be a fun experience for them.
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.
Attendance Note: if you sign up to attend, you will be counted on to show up. So please keep your RSVP up to date to reflect your intentions to join us. Members who do not show up will be recorded as a NO SHOW in the system. Members with 3 or more No Shows will be removed from the group.
View from the ridge (fingers crossed for a clear evening)
Staircase on Panoramic Hill