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Lake Chabot Walk in Castro Valley

The walk is about 3 to 4 miles and should take about an hour and a half. The northern side is a little more hilly than the southern side, but either is fine with me. We walk out then back on the same path no matter which way we go (the lake takes several hours to walk around). The path is mostly paved (there are some spots on the southern side that are just packed dirt).

After the walk we'll meet at Starbucks for coffee at the corner of Castro Valley Blvd and Santa Maria Avenue in Castro Valley.

PARKING: $5 to park in the lot or free to park on the street and walk in (it's not very far to walk in from the street to the parking lot attendant).

RESTROOMS: Several locations

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I should have turned around and went back with you folks but I wanted to walk around the entire lake. When I got to the little bridge there was another road to the right -- me being the guy who always likes the unknown, decided to go that way. I came out at Willow Park on the far side of the golf course then up the hill behind the clubhouse -- that was a long brutal climb! I got to the top and it's not really clear which way I was going. Few of the signs say 'You're right here' so I ended up taking the bike trail for a while, then found a sign that showed the Towhee trail going back down to the lake... Well, 2 hours later, a bad cramp in my right calf, and no more water, I could see the lake again, but I wasn't near it. I managed to finally get back down to the water by the dam via Columbine Trail, but they really need better signs! I estimated in the 5 hours I walked that I covered 13-15 miles. Fun, but I was a completely enervated by the time I made it to my bike. And my feet hurt.

    August 17, 2013

    • Diana L.

      Sorry to hear that! That happened to me once. So now I stay on trail. If I wanna go further, I make sure I have food and water in case get lost.

      August 17, 2013

    • Kay M.

      Wow! That is something I would have done too. I know your feet were already hurting. Hope you rested up the rest of the day. What an adventure!

      August 18, 2013

  • Ernestine C.

    Beautiful Day. Not too hot. Oddly muggy air.

    August 17, 2013

  • Kay M.

    Fast paced with good company!

    August 17, 2013

  • Candace W.

    Sorry, won't be coming this morning...headed to Sacramento.

    August 17, 2013

  • Angela E.

    I had to cancel. Just no way to get there on public transit.

    August 14, 2013

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