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East Bay Hills Thru-Hike

Top Ten Reasons to Join the East Bay Hills Trails Benefit Hike Sept 1-6
for one or more days:

10--Camp out under sparkling skies, then view the stars from the largest public telescope West of the Mississippi on Fri, 9/3

9--Spectacular views of the Bay, the Sierras, Mt. Diablo. Get lucky and see the Farallones!

8—Forage for wild huckleberries, blackberries and plums on the beautiful trails of the East Bay from Martinez to Castro Valley

7—Carry just a daypack each day—we move your tent, sleeping bag and gear so you don’t have to!

6— Hot, camp-cooked breakfast every morning, hearty hand-made sandwiches for lunch on the trail, and gourmet dinners at night with vegetarian options always.

5—It’s local—with pick-up and drop off at BART before and after the event!

4—Evening entertainment: EBRPD naturalist presentation Thursday, drill team performance Friday, slide show about long distance hiking Saturday night

3—Everyone guaranteed to win in our raffle Saturday—prizes include sleeping bags, mattress pads, backpacks, tent, walking sticks from REI, North Face, Mountain Hardwear, and so much more.

2—Only $50/day for 3 meals, trails and camping, yet our volunteers enable most of that to be used to support local trails

1—Make new friends on the trail, and make friends with new trails!

Hike the Bay Area Ridge Trail (the trail this group is hiking, bit by bit, thanks to super organizer Hugo) and help support the completion of the trail.

The East Bay Hills Hike is a 5-day hike from Wednesday, September 1 through Sunday, September 5, along the Bay Area Ridge Trail in the East Bay parks and open spaces. All proceeds benefit the Ridge Trail Council, the non-profit that works to plan, acquire, design, build, care for, and promote the Ridge Trail.

You may hike for the whole 5 days, or just 1, 2 or as many days as you like. Camp gear is shuttled for you, so you hike with only a daypack carrying your lunch. Volunteers cook great meals for you (dinner & breakfast) and lunch makings are provided. Entertainment is provided each night.

More details below: To register, visit the Ridge Trail Council website here

Enjoy 35 miles of the Ridge Trail with an additional 25 miles on nearby loops plus opportunities for as much extra distance as you care to trek! You will enjoy varied terrain, and the stunning views for which the Bay Area is famous. Daily hike mileage will range between 10 and 14 miles.

Fully Supported Event!

Your hike will be fully supported, with all meals and campsites included. Camping gear is shuttled between campsites for you, allowing you to hike each day with only a daypack. Trails and Camps

Camping is available the night before the hike begins.

Day 1 - Wednesday

The hike starts on the newest Ridge Trail section at Fernandez Ranch in Martinez, and crosses the Pinole Watershed, Sobrante Regional Preserve, Kennedy Grove Recreation Area, and Wildcat Park on the way to camping at Tilden Regional Park the first night.

Evening entertainment - surprises from Council staff member, Dena Justice.

Day 2 - Thursday

We will start at Tilden, cross EMBUD watershed high above the Caldecott Tunnel, travese Sibley Volcanic and Huckleberry Regional Preserves through Redwood Park to Joaquin Miller Park, where we set up camp.

Evening entertainment - presentation by EBRPD naturalist, Mike Moran.

Day 3 - Friday

Choose between short and longer hikes near Redwood Park. We will again camp at Joaquin Miller Park.

Evening entertainment - performance by the Diablo Lady's Rodeo Team followed by a trip to the Chabot Space and Science Center with a talk by Dan Saito.

Day 4 - Saturday

*If you only want to hike ONE DAY, we encourage you to come this day!*

The thru-hike continues through Redwood and Anthony Chabot Regional Parks to the next camp at Bort Meadow.

Evening entertainment - presentation by Garrett Christensen on thru-hiking plus this is the raffle/auction night!

Day 5 - Sunday

The final day of the hike, we head south from Bort Meadow and circle Lake Chabot. Camping is available this night, please inquire.

Evening entertainment - to be announced.

Shower tents wil be set up at all 3 campsites.

Suggested Packing List is available on the website.

Swimming will be available a short walk from our Tilden and Joaquin MIller campsites.


We will offer pick up and drop off at BART at the beginning and end of the hike or we can assist you in shuttling your car from camp to camp.


This event benefits the Bay Area Ridge Trail and other East Bay trail projects.

The $50/day fee (or $45/day for all 5 days) includes camping, food, and entertainment.

For visitors, dinner in camp will be $15/night.

We encourage you to solicit pledges from friends, neighbors and other trail supporters, but this is optional. Email friends and family asking them to sponsor you for each mile you hike. Direct them to make donations at Top fundraisers can win prizes from REI and Wilderness Press.

We encourage participants to bring raffle items for this year’s raffle.


Volunteers are needed to help with the important tasks that make this event a great one.


Contact Morris Older, at[masked] or at [masked] , or Bob Siegel at [masked] .

Reserve Now for this Popular Event

Space is limited. You may register for the 5-Day Thru-Hike, or for individual days.

For the full flavor, read last year's event Newsletter at

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  • Morris O.

    Truyly awsome event this year. About 35 hikers and 30 equestrians with dozens of volunteers who helpe over the course of the week. Excellent food, great trails, a great concept--a well-supported, catered hike--combined with the concurrent equestrian ride, camping at 3 locations, entertaining evening enlightenment, a very generous raffle and silent auction, and more. Of course I helped organize it, so I am biased, but everyone was happy, no one got anything worse than a blister in 5 days of hiking or 6 days of riding, and sprities wer high--on both the hot first 2 days, when the V-O-Cal showers were vastly appreciated the most, and on the cooler last 2 nights. Thanks again to everyone who joined us!

    September 13, 2010

  • Jg

    I've done most of this hike in the past. Excellent way to spend a few days. Great trails, great people and GREAT food (cooked by an amazing group of volunteers). If you aren't traveling over Labor Day weekend, check this one out!

    August 8, 2010

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