Sunset & full moon hike in Tilden Park

  • May 13, 2014 · 6:45 PM
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Let's do another 'dinner and sunset show' hike in Tilden Park.

Hike - a 3.5-mile loop with 800ft elevation gain.  We will head up beautiful but challenging Laurel Canyon and come back via the Wildcat Peak trail.  The distance is short, but I consider this hike moderately strenuous because of the steepness.  We will reach the top about an hour into the hike and then have dinner/snacks/wine while watching the sunset (8:11pm) with a full moon above.  We'll enjoy panoramic views from the Golden Gate to Mount Diablo.  We may get fog or we may get views, I never know what the Bay Area weather gods have in store for us.  Here's hoping for a clear night. We should be back at the cars by 9:30pm, depends how long we take at dinner.  If you hiked with me before, you know we tend to go slower than most meetups so we can enjoy the scenery and the conversation. Fast-pace hikers are welcome to join and run ahead - all I ask is that you please wait at all trail intersections esp. during night hikes!

Bring - water, dinner, warm layers, scarf, hat, gloves (it's usually windy and chilly at the dinner spot), and a headlamp/ flashlight/ flashlight app. The full moon will help us, too.

Restrooms - there's a restroom at the parking lot.  No other restrooms on the trail.

Dogs - Sorry no dogs allowed on this route :(

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 or post a comment here should you have any questions about our hike.

MEETING SPOT AND PARKING

We will meet in a dirt parking lot, where Lone Oak Road deadends.  Once you turn onto Lone Oak from Central Park Dr, go past the first parking lot, keep going as Lone Oak becomes a dirt road, and park at the end of the dirt road.  Some maps show this part of the road as Loop Road. Whatever the name, you should be driving on a dirt road until it ends in a locked gate. Park in the lot right before the gate.  Even though it's a dirt road, Lone Oak/Loop Rd is in good condition.

Please look up or ask me for directions AHEAD OF TIME. It sucks getting lost in Tilden with no cell reception (been there, done that).  We will only wait a few minutes past the posted start time. I am timing this to watch the sunset at the top.

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  • Virginia W.

    Stuck in SF, won't make it in time, but will connect Suzanne & Shiela for carpooling... So sorry to miss this!! :(

    May 13, 2014

    • Alina

      Bummer... Sorry you missed, Virginia. See you next time.

      1 · May 14, 2014

    • Virginia W.

      Sorry to miss it, too. A meeting that usu ends at 5pm went till 6:15pm! Never happened before... Hope to join you guys if there's an extra spot on this hike in the future. Glad you guys had such excellent weather this time! :)

      May 15, 2014

  • Laurie M.

    Such a beautiful clear evening to view the sunset and full moon. Great company and snacks made the hike the complete. Thanks, Alina!

    1 · May 13, 2014

    • Lan

      So glad you made it!

      1 · May 14, 2014

    • Laurie M.

      Thanks so much, Lan!!! Me too! Nice to see you!

      May 14, 2014

  • Suzanne V.

    Sorry I missed you all Alina. Got a little lost and made it by 6:50 but you all were already gone.

    May 13, 2014

    • Alina

      :( Sorryyy Suzanne... There'll be another one for sure. It's one of my fave hikes.

      3 · May 14, 2014

  • Giuseppe

    Great!

    May 13, 2014

  • Corena H

    Alina: I wanted so bad to join in but was on the bottom of the waiting list. Will you make a same hike on next full-moon (in June)?? I am sure lots of friends are looking forward to it.

    May 13, 2014

  • Sunit

    John and i are Running like 5-10 min late.

    May 13, 2014

  • Giuseppe

    Yeaaah! Marin avenue! I am going to be too early....

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Chris S.

    Been trying to cross the Dumbarton Bridge for 25 mins now. Don't think I will be able to make the trailhead in time. Damn traffic!

    May 13, 2014

  • Denise C

    Can you give me directions? The directions I'm receiving from the link in the confirmation take me into Contra Costa County, and Berkeley is in Alameda County.

    May 13, 2014

    • Denise C

      From Oakland

      May 13, 2014

    • Alina

      Oakland is big..... But OK. Whichever way you're coming from, you need to get to Central Park Drive. Then turn onto Lone Oak Road. Pass the first parking lot, keep going as it turns into a dirt road, and park at the end of the dirt road. It ends in a gate. Can't miss it.

      May 13, 2014

  • Virginia W.

    Also interested in carpooling from Berkeley/BART. If enough people are interested, I can also get a Zipcar, pick folks up from BART & we can all split the cost.

    1 · May 5, 2014

    • Virginia W.

      Shiela - You can meet us at Ashby BART at 6:10PM to carpool. Just emailed you my #. See you then!

      May 13, 2014

    • Virginia W.

      Just FYI for the group that Shiela & I connected & will carpool tonite w Suzanne. See you guys soon!

      1 · May 13, 2014

  • Doan D.

    I am interest in carpooling, anyone drive?! North berkeley bart? Thanks.

    May 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would like to carpool from North Berkeley Bart Doan. I just left you a email with my phone number

      May 12, 2014

    • Doan D.

      Cool, you're in. 2 spots left.

      May 12, 2014

  • Alina

    Hi all. Our Tilden hike is coming up tomorrow (Tue) evening. Hope to see everyone there but please remember to update your RSVP if plans change. Thanks!
    It will be a hot one tomorrow. The route is mostly shaded, but I doubt the shade will provide much respite. It is a steep, relatively strenuous uphill hike. Exercising in the heat is not always fun; please come prepared and carry lots of water. The dinner spot is totally exposed. So besides hat/ sunglasses/ sunscreen you also need layers - it can get windy and chilly even on the warmest nights.
    Remember we'll walk down in the dark - bring a headlamp/ flashlight/ flashlight app.

    May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Alina - is it a potluck dinner? Should we bring food to share? Thanks - looking forward to it!

    May 5, 2014

    • Alina

      No, it's not potluck. Just bring smth to feed yourself. You can also bring snacks to share (cookies, crackers, chocolate, wine, etc.) but that's totally optional.

      May 5, 2014

  • Roxie S.

    I live in the city and don't have a car. Anyone heading there from this direction that I can carpool with? Thanks!

    May 5, 2014

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