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Evening hike in Tilden Park (easy pace)

  • Oct 17, 2012 · 5:30 PM
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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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for finding the news coverage Alina...it was quite the spectacular sight!

    October 18, 2012

  • Alina

    VERY cool. Some of us stragglers saw this on the way down from Wildcat Peak. I hope SF Gate or Chabot or somebody outthere on the internets has some pictures... http://blog.sfgate.com/stew/2012/10/17/likely-meteor-seen-heard-in-bay-area/

    October 17, 2012

  • Joe

    Yes, good time! Thanks everybody. :)

    October 17, 2012

  • Alina

    What a beautiful, beautiful night... Thanks everyone for coming! :)

    October 17, 2012

  • Rene

    Great group. Good food.

    October 17, 2012

  • Jana

    Still stuck in hot Martinez; dont like to rush...im so sorry wont be there to enjoy everyone's company!:( next time---

    October 17, 2012

    • Alina

      awww :((( come to hot berkeley instead! we'll miss you.

      October 17, 2012

  • Joe

    Looking forward to joining tonight! It'll be my first time meeting up via meetup.com :)

    October 17, 2012

    • Alina

      Welcome to meetup and to BAAA, Joe! See you tonight.

      October 17, 2012

  • Stephanie

    Alina thanks for the reminder to just go up Fish Ranch Road. I'm still not sure if I can get there in time, so if I am a no-show due work & commute time, then hopefully the next hike! As to food, oh my, I think it will have to be something that can sit in the car all day so I might opt for wine?

    October 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Leslie, did you find a ride? I can meet you at Rockridge if you are still interested. I think we would need to meet there around 445pm.

    October 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Laurie- thanks for the offer!! I'm not sure I'll be able to make out of work on time. Are you going regardless? If so, can I let you know for sure tomorrow?

      October 16, 2012

  • Rene

    If I can make it, I'll bring brownies and white wine.

    October 16, 2012

  • Alina

    Heather, Erika, and Pilar - can you meet at NBB at 5pm instead of 5:15? Thanks!

    October 16, 2012

    • Erika

      Alina, I can't make this hike after all, but I'll see you when I get back from Portland next week!

      October 16, 2012

    • Alina

      awww :( we'll miss you. have fun in portland!

      October 16, 2012

  • Alina

    Everyone - in case you missed the email, this meetup is now at 5:30. Sorry for the change to an even earlier time, but sun sets at 6:28 so we have to start at 5:30. I hope you can still make it. Go in early to work tomorrow so you can leave early :)
    Forecast says 84 and sunny - we should have a great time.

    October 16, 2012

  • Stephanie

    Hello All,

    I am new to this group, but often hike in Tilden. I'd love to come but have meetings in Brentwood/Oakley CA for work...I might not make it through the Caldecott in time. Is it best to cancel or can I play it by ear? I'm happy to text or call the group leader.

    October 15, 2012

    • Alina

      Hi Stephanie. You can play it by ear. I'm not limiting the number of people for this event, so your RSVP is not taking anyone's spot.
      If you're comfortable driving the park roads, you can skip the tunnel - get off at Fish Ranch, go R at Grizzly Peak, R at S Park Dr, L at Wildcat, and R at Central Park Dr.

      October 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone car pooling from rockridge? or want to rent a Zip car together?

    October 11, 2012

  • Alina

    I am leaving from North Berkeley Bart at 5:15pm and have room for 3 more. Let me know if you need a ride.

    October 11, 2012

    • Alina

      So there's room for only 1 more in my car.

      October 11, 2012

    • Alina

      Yes, Heather. Look for a grey Hyundai. I'll email my number a couple of days before the hike.

      October 11, 2012

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