Here is a little extra info for anyone who prefers to meet the
group at the Rockridge BART station, either by BART or by car instead of
the Castro Valley Park & Ride lot where we will carpool to the Rockridge
BART station, leaving at 8:30 am.
If you want to arrive at Rockridge on BART, plan to connect
with the Pittsburg/Baypoint train that arrives at Rockridge at 8:57 am.,
departing Oakland 12th St. at 8:49 am. Meet us down below the station
near one of the stairs. (20 min. between trains.)
If you come by car (or other means), meet the hiking group in the
Rockridge BART parking area near a stairway that leads up to the station
by 8:55 am. Free parking on Sat.
Please let me know if you plan to meet us at Rockridge BART.
The only public restroom and water facilities that I found along
the way are in Tilden Park at the Steam Train area where we will stop for
lunch. However, we may be able to make a pit stop at a pub or gas
station along the Oakland streets on the way to the trail head. We will
be walking a little over a mile on College Ave. and an interesting part
of Claremont Ave. between Rockridge and the trail head.
The trail begins its assent through woods, then emerges into a
long open area with great views. Near the ridge the trail returns to
wooded areas that extend into Tilden Park and finally down the DeLaveaga
trail through EBMUD watershed to Orinda. Near the Orinda BART station is
a tempting ice cream parlor, Peets coffee shop, and a cafeteria that
serves beer by the pitcher (for sharing, of course). Any refreshment
stop is optional and needs to be coordinated with carpools. I have a
Group Leader permit to lead the group on the EBMUD trails. BART fare
from Orinda to Rockridge is $1.50.
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