Postponed from Fri 4/25 due to rain. Fingers crossed for better weather in May.
Let's go on another after work hike - this time in the beautiful Rockridge neighborhood. We'll also check out Lake Temescal and its newly restored cascade.
Hike: 2 hours, ~4mi, with ~700ft elevation gain.
It's an urban hike - meaning that most of the route is on paved paths and streets, through real neighborhoods. 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. So 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 us :) Side note: for those interested, my Oakland routes are mapped here: http://goo.gl/maps/V3zf8. Feel free to print them out and explore on your own. This hike is roughly following the blue route.
Bring- water, comfy walking shoes, layers, flashlight or headlamp if you have one. I'll bring extras for the group, but I hope we'll be back in daylight and we won't need them.
Restrooms - There's a restroom at the meeting point.
Dogs - you can bring dogs, but please keep Fido on leash at all times, not everyone in the group is comfortable around dogs. Plus this is an urban hike - I'd worry about the dog taking off into the street.
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.
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. All 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.
Questions? 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 PARKING
We'll meet at Lake Temescal, in the big parking lot at the North end of the lake. The address is 6500 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618. Parking is free.
Please look up directions ahead of time. Lake Temescal gets people and map apps confused. The park has 2 entrances: one is off Broadway and the other is off Broadway Terrace. We'll meet by the entrance off Broadway, NOT Broadway Terrace. Pay attention and program your map app correctly. Don't assume that it will pick the right entrance without your input.
If you click on "Lake Temescal North Entrance" at the top of the event, a map will open up so you can get directions.
Here's the street view if it helps. You can see the big parking lot on the right hand side as you drive down Broadway.
Here are some pictures of what to expect on this urban hike: