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Because of the times we're in I've scheduled all my favorite hikes, "Best of 2021" for the entire upcoming year. Review the list and take heart and sign-up. Dream of the good times ahead. Look at some of the over 3000 photos and picture yourself right there. I know a lot of us are very cautious about getting together in groups of any kind, anywhere. But this will end, stay in shape and look ahead to better days, sign-up for some hikes in the future while you are here.

The group is for walkers and hikers who love to be immersed in some of the gorgeous, special places California offers. And while in that immersion, connect not only emotionally to these places, but learn about the natural science and human history of the locations. And to do this with kindness, patiently and open heartedly. And best of all to make friends with those we get to know.

I've been leading hikes on Mt.Tam since 1995. So I know some of the areas very well. I also love walking and doing architectural tours of areas of Berkeley, Albany and El Cerrito.

These are very doable hikes for everyone who can hike. If you can manage walking up some very steep hills, can maintain your balance on very rocky, root covered uneven surfaces and have the stamina to walk about five miles you'll do fine. I think the best thing is to have a routine where you are walking everyday including going on these hikes. Please let me know if I can answer any questions?
If the above concerns you let me say this. You have to start somewhere. Walking is very gentle. Come do as much as you can and then come again and do a little more. If you have to stop and go back just be aware of the return route. There is so much to gain don't let negative concerns stop you.

(During the Pandemic we will abide by the public health guidelines necessary to protect the health of participants.)

Upcoming events (5)

Forest Therapy Walk-Come Into the Calming of Nature

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park , Kenwood, CA 95452


For a Calming Sense of Gratitude... Extending an invitation to a unique quality of walk in the woods. Karen Sapper will be hosting two 'Forest Bathing' walks at Sugarloaf State Park on: Saturday November 28th choose from 9:30 to 12:30 or the afternoon walk from 1:30 to 4:30. (These are the last of the season and will resume monthly in the springtime.) Come to experience this calming and restorative practice, and to honor your connection with nature and it's healing capacity. The park staff and walk guides are being attentive to the added safety measures to offer the opportunity to have a bit of 'time out'. The Sugarloaf Forest Therapy Walk Series is hosted by specially trained ANFT certified guides. This month Karen Sapper will be the guide. What to Expect: A leisurely walk of less than 3/4 mile ~ A series of invitations to awaken our senses and a receptivity to the beneficial aspects of this immersion in nature ~ Pausing along the way for noticing what we’re experiencing, as an opportunity to enrich the practice ~ A tea ceremony to drink in ‘the medicine of the forest’. What to Bring: Bottle of water, and a snack if desired. Comfortable shoes, extra layers, temperature varies. Hat, and/or sunscreen, the trail is primarily shaded. BRING A FACE MASK. *****PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED Proceeds will go towards Sugarloaf Fire Recovery. (this trail and the public areas are as beautiful as usual) Register Here Limited to 8 guests to allow for social distancing. Pre-registration required. (face masks will be required during the opening circle) There will also be time to wander on your own. www.sugarloafpark.org To sign up for this Event: Click above and scroll down to the calendar and click on 11/28, then click Forest Therapy Walk, then the ticket icon. That will open up to further details and a second walk at 1:30, Here you can pre-register. The second walk at 1:30, option, will show up during ticket purchase. For more information regarding the 'Forest Bathing' Practice: www.natureandforesttherapy.org www.shinrin-yoku.org Or Google: Magazine articles on "Forest Bathing", Shinrin Yoku (to get a sense of the practice and science of Forest Bathing) I look forward to sharing this quality of time together on the trail, Karen Karen P.K. Sapper Forest Therapy Walk Series Coordinator [masked] Sugarloaf Ridge State Park www.sugarloafpark.org [masked] Note from Jordan: This event takes place at Sugar Loaf State Park under the auspices of the volunteers there and led by Karen Sapper. This is a very special event particularly in these times when we all need to stay centered and mindful of what is happening to us and not be afraid. You will need to access the Sugar Loaf State Park web site, www.sugarloafpark.org , to pre-register/RSVP there for this event. Cost is $20.00 and helps the Sugar Loaf park recover from the recent Glass Fire. If you are interested in carpooling, I've left space for some Meetup RSVPs here, to RSVP for carpooling. But you must pre-register with Sugar Loaf volunteers for this event first. Then you can see who are carpooling possibilities and make your own arrangements for carpools if you so desire. I'll be there all day so I'm not going to be able to offer carpooling.

Thanksgiving Holiday, End - Full Moonrise/Sunset Hike Atop Mt.Tam (& Mushrooms?)

Pantoll Campground Parking


We'll hike about 4.5 miles, with an elev.gain of about 750'. Dress in light to very warm layers. Bring a wrap or small blanket, it will get very cool. We'll be stopping for about 45 minutes to watch the sunset (4:51pm) and full moon-rise (4:37pm) from the promontory at Trojan Pt. So bring some hearty food, snacks and something to drink. A thermos of something hot will hit the spot. Also bring something to sit on, like a small blanket, mat or whatever. (I may bring a little beach chair, strapped to my pack.) It would be a good idea to bring a blanket to wrap up in too. It is the end of Nov. Photographers will love this hike. Don't forget to pay for parking at Pantoll. (For this particular hike it is not recommended to park along the side of the road or in pull-outs.) Please offer a dollar at the start of the hike to offset organizer expenses. Thanx, Jordan PS We'll take a stab at trying to find some mushrooms, maybe recent rains will bring them out? I note about being on time. It takes a half hour to go from the Hwy.101 exit to Pantoll. This causes many to be late. But we leave on time. If you are running late skip this hike and sign-up for another when you are not running late. If you belong to a lot of Meetup groups and sign-up for many events that's great, but please remember to cancel when you make your final decision on what event you will attend. It would be a lot better just to surprise us and show up, then to RSVP and forget to cancel. To me hiking with a group is like free speech or the right to vote. Everyone is welcome, always!

Let's Go See the Mushrooms

Rock Spring Trailhead


Hopefully the mushrooms on Mt.Tam are waiting for the rain as we are. It should just take a good soaking rainstorm to bring out the fungi. If we catch it, the variety, shapes and colors are amazing to see. Will the hunt be on? Or will it be just another beautiful hike in nice weather? Can't lose! In any event we'll hike about five miles with an elev.gain of about 700'. Pack a good lunch and water. Please contribute $1.00 at the beginning of the hike to offset expenses.

Albany Hill Walking & Hiking

Creekside Park

Above photo: Sunset looking out to the Gate, from atop Albany Hill. This will be about a three mile walk and hike up and over Albany Hill, down Katherine's path/steps and returning along the streets of Albany Hill. Wear sturdy footwear and bring a bottle of water. We'll all wear masks and keep the six foot distance. Start this fun journey to fitness, have a good time, making new friends and establishing a healthy sustainable routine, right here on beautiful Albany Hill. Meeting place is in Creekside Park. Near the tot lot.

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Mt.Tam - Friends From the Past, Hiking Buddies Hike, #2

Muir Beach Parking Lot

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