Canceled Meetup

Kid friendly: Hayward fault in San Pablo; Point Pinole Regional Park; ~ 5 miles


RSVPs open January 1.

This hike will be "kid friendly" (I'll have my eight year-old granddaughter with me). We'll probably walk a bit slower than normal.

I'm announcing this hike now, but RSVPs won't open until January 1st (I've found in the past that when I take RSVPs too early, I got huge sign up numbers but also many no-shows). I'll send out another announcement on January 1st to remind people that RSVPs are now open.

About the hike:

This "hike" will be a bit different. We'll start by spending 30-60 minutes exploring evidence of fault creep at the (now closed) El Portal School and the neighboring Contra Costa College in San Pablo. Then we'll jump in our cars and drive, roughly following the Hayward fault, to Point Pinole.

"Notes from last time:" About 50 minutes at the schools, lots of great creep. Didn't find fault creep evidence on 19th or other city streets. Leisurely stroll out to the Point. We started at 10:00 and we got back about 2:45. Here's a link to last time's hike page ( (April 2011).

Once we get to Point Pinole, we'll hike along the edge of the fault out into the park. The hike will be about 4.5 miles out and back. Point Pinole is described as:

The journey is as scenic as the destination at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, a 2,315-acre parkland right next to densely populated Pinole, Richmond, and San Pablo. Trails lead through breezy meadows with wildflowers in season, through aromatic eucalyptus woods, or along bluffs and beaches on San Pablo Bay.

There are beautiful views of Mt. Tamalpais, the Marin shoreline, and San Pablo Bay with its sailboat and shipping traffic.

Read more:

Here's a map of the hike and destination:


Time: About one hour of touring fault evidence at the schools and through the city; 2-3 hours hiking, so maybe 4-5 hours (last time we took 4 3/4 hours). If you need to get back early, you can always cut the hike at Point Pinole short--it's an easy return if you're on your own.

Weather: We'll certainly explore the schools rain or shine. If it's pouring, we may not hike out into Point Pinole.

Food: There are no stores/snackbars in Point Pinole, so bring enough food and water to keep you happy.

Kids: Kids are welcome.

GPS Coordinates: 37.967780, -122.338590 (El Portal school).

Gadgets: Bring binoculars for nice views at the park.

Dress: As always, dress warmly for our hikes along the bay.

Dogs: Due to prior bad experiences, dogs are not allowed.

Public Transit: If anyone's coming by BART, let me know and I and perhaps others can pick you up at El Cerrito Del Nort station (plan on being to the station by 10:31).

Other links:

This is where USGS did trenching:

Photos from USGS tour of Hayward Fault: