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Berkeley: Hayward fault and more; 3 or 7-8 miles; option to Orinda BART

  • People's Cafe

    2015 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA (map)

    37.872032 -122.267800

  • We'll be the big group hanging out on the sidewalk in front of the cafe :-)
  • Price: $1.00 /per person

    Refund policy

  • Caution: The Berkeley Half Marathon is this day. Access to Berkeley from the freeway will be limited. My suggestion if you are driving is to drive to a non-Berkeley BART station, and take BART downtown. Here is a map of the road closures, and here is a link to the web page with all the details.

    We'll start with a hike everyone seems to enjoy, with an optional extension to Orinda BART. For the first hour or so, we'll wander at a fairly leisurely pace through UC Berkeley, looking at some of their hallway displays (including a T-Rex), then explore evidence of tectonic creep on the Hayward Fault.

    The hike is about 3.5 miles uphill; with the option to return back down into Berkeley or to hike another 3/4 mile uphill (steep), then 3.5 miles downhill to Orinda BART.

    From 9:30-9:45 I'll give some background information on California geology; then we'll leave promptly at 9:45. If you've already heard my background talk, you're welcome to arrive by 9:45.

    My guess is we'll get to Orinda BART around 2:00, but guarantees are not give on finishing times.

    Wow, I can add videos now:

    If you poop out at Memorial Stadium, you'll have walked about 1-1.5 miles and seen most of the geology sites (so this is a good hike if you're not sure you're up for the entire 7 miles but still want to try it out).

    After the stadium, we have a half-mile or so of very steep climbing up Panoramic Hill, including about 200 stairs. Once we get to the "Upper Fire Trail" the hills become much more gradual.

    The total altitude gain is about 1,000 feet (starting around 200, climbing to 1,200 feet).

    At the bench at the top of the "Upper Fire Trail" we'll see some great sedimentary rock exposures (see the wavy water icon on the Google map).

    Here, those who want to return are welcome to head back down the hill into Berkeley. The main group will continue with me up about 3/4 mile to Grizzly Peak, then down fire trails to Orinda BART (some of this portion is on EBMUD that technically requires a Trail Use Permint--I have one that covers me plus three others, but I've never been stopped and asked for my permit--if anyone is able to, you can order an EBMUD Trail Use Permit here; the more we have the better off we'll be). It's about 4 miles from the Upper Fire Trail bench to Orinda BART.

    Meeting place is People's Cafe, where you can start your day with coffee, tea, or other treats. There is no limit for this hike, so people don't need to feel rushed to join. I suspect (and hope) we won't end up with too many, (we seem to average in the 20-30 range who actually show up). I'll send our emails during the last week reminding people who won't make it to change their RSVPs to No.

    People's Cafe is one block from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. It's on the far EAST side of Shattuck--Shattuck has a northbound section and a southbound section here, with a narrow block of buildings between them). Some folks have a difficult time finding this starting point because of this two-sided portion of Shattuck, so you might want to come by early. If you go further than 1/2 block from University Avenue, you've gone too far :-) Check parking signs carefully, but I'm pretty sure parking meters don't run in Berkeley on Sundays (and we're only about one block from BART).

    No dogs.

    Kids who are up for the hike are welcome.

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  • vicki

    I showed up at 9:30am at the people's cafe & found no one here. I did not receive any advance cancellation email. Please advise whether you did notify the participants by email for upcoming meetup cancellation, & if not, how do you expect us to plan & not have any wasted trip?? Thank you!

    November 24, 2013

  • VV

    I'd like to go if it's not raining. I'm assuming there won't be any mud though on the campus section.

    November 21, 2013

  • Katrin

    I would like to do the whole hike but I don't have a pass.

    October 24, 2013

    • Xiaojie

      I have signed up for whole hike. But I don't have a pass.

      October 24, 2013

    • Katrin

      Thank you Lee T.

      October 24, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Did the video help you decide about this hike? I'll try to keep making them if they are useful to people. Let me know below (hit the "Like" button or leave a reply).

    5 · October 23, 2013

    • Walker

      Which video? Thanks, in advance.

      October 24, 2013

    • Lee T.

      There's a video about a third of the way down through the description. On computers, it's embedded, but I think on phones it's only a link.

      October 24, 2013

  • Marie Antoinette L.

    I probably will be in Boston around this time, but it sounds absolutely awesome! I rsvpd "yes", just in case I am around for this event ;-) #wishfulthinking

    October 23, 2013

  • Lee T.

    If anyone wants to get an EBMUD permit, they are $10/one year, $20/three years, or $30/five years. Probably a good thing to have, they open up many other trails to you (and your immediate family plus up to three other guests). Here's the website to order one:

    1 · October 23, 2013

  • Debra G.

    I have an EBMUD pass, too. Looking forward to this geology hike, right up my alley!

    October 23, 2013


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