A first of it's kind networking while out in nature.
Why network in boring dingy halls and hallways and not in beautiful nature? Try spending a Saturday morning meeting Fintech folks and making new friends while out on an iconic California trail!
We have organised for you an absolutely stunning hill side hike above Claremont Canyon and UC Berkeley. Hike is about 4 miles long, should take 2 hours, and, while steep at times, is mainly on wide fire trails through wooded groves.
Michael van Steen has volunteered to lead the hike. He has hiked these hills for decades so them very well. The hike will provide unmatched views of the bay area, 95% of hike in nature (!), multiple options to shorten or extend hike, and numerous food options near campus at the end. Just keep in mind it is really steep at points yet very much worth it.
About The Park
Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve is nestled in the Berkeley and Oakland hills behind the historic Claremont Hotel. This scenic, 208-acre preserve protects two parcels of land located on both sides of upper Claremont Avenue. Panoramic Ridge rises steeply to the north, and Gwin Canyon extends south. In addition to East Bay Regional Park District land holdings in Claremont Canyon, other undeveloped portions in the upper canyon are managed by the University of California and the East Bay Municipal Utility District. The City of Oakland owns Garber Park, a 13-acre oak/bay woodland south of Claremont Avenue.
More info : https://www.ebparks.org/parks/claremont_canyon/
Please note : Everyone is responsible for their own safety. Please walk in groups. Keep an eye out for each other. Only join hike if you are physically fit and able to complete the hike comfortably.
Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Wear hiking shoes and hat.
Any questions please email or imessage Michael ([masked]/[masked])
More details of the trail:
1) Very nice view of massive old Claremont Hotel
2) Stunning 3 bridge (GGB, Bay, Richmond) view from top of trail
3) Very nice view of almost the entirety of UC Berkeley campus
4) Entry point to an extensive East Bay trail system that enables one to hike on dirt trails all the way to Richmond, south to Hayward, and over the hills to Orinda.
5) Nature writ large. you will be among tree groves and grasslands within minutes of start on city street.
6) Plenty of food options at end near Berkeley campus
7) Finally, once you hike this trail, every time you travel on highway 24 towards Orinda, you will look up and to the left as you near Rockridge Bart to see the well defined trail you climbed up. You will be impressed, as from the freeway, the trail looks almost vertical.