Forecast for 10/17 says "77 deg. Bright sunshine". Of course this being the Bay Area things may change, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed...
This is a repeat of last week's Tilden hike to Wildcat Peak, except I'm asking everyone to bring along dinner. It's a beautiful hike with a gorgeous spot at the top - perfect for dinner and a sunset show. Check out more pictures here: http://www.meetup.com/anythingactive/events/84897922/
It is a 3.25 mile loop, we will head up beautiful Laurel Canyon (steep and challenging, but we all made it last time, including yours truly, so how hard can it be? :), and come back via the peak trail and lake road. Total elevation gain is just about 1000 feet.
The loop will take us about 2.5 hours - depends how long we linger at dinner. We should be back at the cars around 8:30 pm. Please bring a working headlamp or flashlight. (But come anyway, even if you don't have one. I have a couple of extras I can loan to folks.)
My hikes tend to be at a slower pace 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. if you're not familiar with the route.
Please bring 2L of water. Wear sturdy shoes and layers (may be windy at the top). We'll be going on narrow trails. Please wear long pants to minimize exposure to poison oak. You may also want sunglasses/sunscreen/hat. Also, bring bug spray - the mosquitos were a little pesky last week.
Restrooms are available at the trailhead parking lot.
No dogs on these trails :(
MEETING SPOT AND DIRECTIONS
We will meet in a dirt parking lot, just to the right of the gate into the paved parking lot at the end of Central Park Drive. Please park in the small dirt lot before the gate - don't go past the gate as it closes early each evening and I don't want our cars to be locked in overnight. To get directions, click on the link "Dirt Lot at Canon Drive & Central Park Drive" under location at the top of the event description. A map with GPS coordinates will open up.
Please get directions ahead of time so you can be on time. Do not rely on your phone to navigate up there. The Berkeley hills are notorious for unreliable cell service. I will not wait at the trailhead for more than a few minutes past the posted start time.
I will send everyone an email with my number a couple of days before the hike, but please try to be on time. My phone has spotty reception up there so you can try reaching me if you're running late, but I may not get your message.