Lake Del Valle bike+camp+raft+swim,­ easy fun

Meet at 9:15am Saturday on Civic Center BART platform or outside Dublin/Pleasanton BART at 10:20. We'll ride to Lake Del Valle along this route http://goo.gl/maps/qUTWM. It is about 20 miles, mostly paved trails and roads with a mile section of flat gravel at the end. It'll be easy on any bike. I've reserved the Hetch Hetchy group campsite which is right next the water. From there you can swim, hike, lounge under the trees, continue biking on dirt trails, rent a boat or canoe at the marina (1 mile south of the campsite). I'm bringing a raft. http://www.twodaytown.com/ is a concert happening down the lake, lets paddle down to it. We can buy ice, ice cream and wood at the marina store. Bring dinner that can be cooked on a campfire.

On Sunday I'll be returning at about noon following http://goo.gl/maps/An5q6, to be back in SF with time to shower before dinner.

There's loads of space at the campsite. If you want to come later or invite friends it won't be a problem. My permit does not allow alcohol. I won't complain about a light drink but if you get drunk and busted be ready to pay the deposit.

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  • Don W.

    So, I was over at the Two Day Town event across the lake. Hope everyone had a great time...I know I did!

    Hot 50 mile ride out though LOL!

    April 29, 2013

  • Frankie M

    Gosh darn, what a fantastic campground and lake. Nice short route (though realistically it would be far too hot later in the year). Thanks to Tom for organizing and bringing the raft!

    April 28, 2013

  • Laura L

    Just missed train! Will see you at Dublin Bart. Running 15 min behind.

    April 27, 2013

  • bliss88

    Hi I'll be leaving late afternoon start (leaving from Balboa BART at 2:30pm and starting the ride 3:30/4-ish from Dublin/P. BART)... pls give me a ring if you want to ride together![masked]

    April 27, 2013

  • Frankie M

    I'm bringing a 3-person tent. Willing to share with folks who help in carrying it/providing goodies :-)

    April 26, 2013

    • Frankie M

      Can you put me in touch with her? I have some errands to run so I'd like to head out a little later also. [masked]

      April 27, 2013

    • Tom B.

      I sent you a text with numbers. Perhaps 9:15am Saturday is outside reasonable starting time for most bike tourists. Oh well, we'll be sitting on our butts at Hetch Hetchy or the lake. See you there.

      April 27, 2013

  • Frankie M

    There was no mention of dinner plans - I bought sausages (non-veggie) in case we are planning to cook out. Tom, let me know via text whether i should bring them? will leave them in the freezer at home if you already have plans. I will be bringing graham crackers but Trader Joes had no marshmallows. Someone else will need to provide s'more filling :-)

    April 27, 2013

    • Tom B.

      Perfect. I have marshmellows but no crackers. I'm bringing some veggies and foil to roast them in.

      April 27, 2013

  • Laura L

    I will already be on the train at Civic Center a I'm coming from glen park. Will be in last car.

    April 27, 2013

  • Jean

    Will need to spend the weekend fixing my poor bike :-(

    April 24, 2013

  • Daphne C

    can't make it... :(

    April 22, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Hey guys, it looks like the weather will be really nice for being on or in the water and you shouldn't need a tent. http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?wfo=mtr&pil=AFD&sid=MTR&version=0
    There is loads of space, invite friends.

    April 22, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Here's the route I plan on taking to get there: http://goo.gl/maps/qUTWM and back http://goo.gl/maps/An5q6
    There is a shop at the marina, one mile from the campsite, where you can rent boats or canoes. I'm going to buy firewood there.

    April 22, 2013

  • Andy L.

    Sounds great. I'll meet you at Dublin/Pleasonton BART since I'm coming from Rockridge.

    April 20, 2013

  • Don W.

    In case you may not be aware, there's a very large camping/music festival happening at the Lake that weekend...paid entry. I'm not sure if access the water is separate from the music event (called Two Day Town), but you may want to check into it to be on the safe side.

    I'll be at the event, so may see you there. Biking my camping stuff in and out (about 45 mile ride each way for me).

    April 2, 2013

    • Tom B.

      I reserved (the massive) Hetch Hetchy site. The reservations folks said we'd have access to the water. The shore is ~10 miles long so they probably couldn't control access anyway :-)

      1 · April 4, 2013

    • Andrei

      I'm packing my floaties

      April 4, 2013

  • Daphne C

    tentative yes

    April 3, 2013

  • Torger J.

    I'll be out there Friday-Sunday for the festival.

    April 2, 2013

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