What we're about

Welcome to the most popular hiking group in the Bay Area. We like meeting new people and respect the environment at all times. Bay Area Hiking and beyond.

Interested in spending more time on the weekends in nature? Want to explore more of the Bay Area? Are you an afternoon person? Like to walk at a moderate pace? This may be the group for you! This Meetup is great for beginner or intermediate hikers. We will host a hike most Saturdays and Sundays. The hikes will average about five miles -- some shorter; some longer. Some of the hikes are dog-friendly. Most hikes will be in the Bay Area within 90 minutes of Palo Alto in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey and Marin counties, although some will be farther away, e.g., Yosemite and Lake Tahoe.

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LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers and event hosts in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/ or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers and event hosts of this Meetup group from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities. Our hike organizers are not responsible for your safety, these are always “Hike at your Own Risk” events.

By accepting membership in this group you acknowledge you have fully read, understand, and agree to the above.

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Upcoming events (4)

Mt. Tamalpais - Dipsea, Steep Ravine, Matt Davis 7.5 mi Moderate Hike

Stinson beach parking

WAIVER: For us to hold our large events at local parks, the local parks require us to carry insurance for our events. To participate in our events, please sign this waiver (required by our insurance underwriter) for each event. Please do so online prior to arriving (works on mobile):
https://www.sleeplateandhike.com/waiver-signing-form/

HIKING TIME: 4-5 hours

DISTANCE: 7.5 mile loop

ELEVATION GAIN: Approx. 1750 feet

DIFFICULTY: Moderate

RULES: No dogs. Vaccinated hikers only please.

FACILITIES: There are restrooms at Stinson Beach parking lot. There will also be restrooms at the mid-point, Pantoll Ranger station.

RECOMMENDED MAPS:
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/mt-tam-s-matt-davis-steep-ravine-loop
https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/471/files/MountTamalpaisSPFinalWebLayout110816.pdf

Parking: Stinson Beach is always popular on weekends, so parking can be a bit hard to come by. The saving grace is that we are in October, but be prepared. Meet at the Stinson Beach parking lot, behind Parkside Cafe.

MEETING PLACE:
Parking at trailhead. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early to find parking, and walk to the trailhead.

• Please use the Google Maps link below to familiarize yourself with the trip and explore various route options from your home. Zoom in all the way.
• The GPS locations below and the map link above are accurate enough to find us by looking around when you get there.

GPS Degrees Decimal Format:[masked], [masked]https://goo.gl/maps/pdPhJzcfebAt1ktt9

If you have the Waze app installed on your phone, click this link. It will open Waze and start navigating to the trailhead.
waze://?ll=37.8973971,-122.6402555&navigate=yes

• As always, it is good practice to confirm the night before that any app you use takes you to where you expect by comparing the destination with what is posted above on your PC/Mac
• Most street addresses provided are approximate, and may be up to a couple of miles from the hike location. Use GPS coordinates when driving, if possible.

CARPOOLING:
We will use this link for carpooling. Please sign up here.
https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/j5hy0g

Please refrain from trying to negotiate your carpool in the comments, as it is equivalent to sending multiple "Reply All" emails to everyone. Please start your carpool quest, by first adding yourself to the carpool link above. Then, use the contact info provided by the driver or rider in the link above to contact them directly and privately. Please be considerate of others and resist the urge to "Reply All". Thank you for understanding.

HIKING SUMMARY:
Steep Ravine is a real jewel in Marin County's crown. Cutting deep into the landscape over millennia, the water rushing through Webb Creek has created a spectacularly steep sided and lush canyon shaded by towering redwood trees and populated with a wide variety of local flora and fauna. There are two significant waterfalls along Webb Creek in Steep Ravine. The upper one is interesting because you have to climb up the waterfall via a 10 ft. high ladder. There is always some water in the creek, but obviously we will not seeing them in their glory in October. We will take a short break at Pantoll Ranger Station.

HIKING DIRECTIONS:
Stinson Beach parking lot -> Matt Davis trail -> Steep Ravine Trail -> Dipsea Trail -> Stinson Beach parking lot.

PLEASE READ THE EVENT DESCRIPTION ABOVE BEFORE POSTING A MESSAGE.

King Mtn, Baltimore Cnyn & Blithedale OSPs - 12 mile MODERATE to DIFFICULT hike

ALWAYS USE THE LINK OR GPS COORDINATES IN THE DRIVING DIRECTIONS SECTION BELOW. THE MAP ICON/LINK ABOVE IS NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE DUE TO MEETUP SOFTWARE'S LIMITATIONS.

CARPOOL REQUEST COMMENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED DUE TO THE LARGE SIZE OF THE GROUP. Please read below on how to carpool.

Distance: 12 miles loop
Hiking Time: 6.5 hours
Total Elevation Gain/ Loss: 1,600 feet
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Facilities: None
Official Trail Use: No Dogs
Shade: Shaded but bring sun protection anyway

FEES: NONE

WHAT TO BRING:
1. 3 liters of water + Lunch/snacks
3. Hiking poles
4. Light jacket

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:
https://goo.gl/maps/7S3kiET6vtR2

Click on the link above or use the following GPS coordinates.

(Most Cars) GPS Degrees Minutes Seconds Format:
37°55'45.6"N 122°32'25.1"W

(Google Maps) GPS Degrees Decimal Format:[masked], [masked]

Most street addresses provided are approximate, and may be up to a couple of miles from the hike location. Use GPS coordinates when driving, if possible.

Parking: There is no official parking spot. Park on Piedmont Rd or on the neighboring streets where parking is permitted.

MEETING PLACE: At the end of Piedmont Rd - GPS coordinates:[masked], [masked]

Carpooling: We will use this link for carpooling: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/0zjcp2

Please sign up here.

CARPOOLING MANNERS:

Please refrain from trying to negotiate your carpool in the comments, as it is equivalent to sending multiple "Reply All" emails to everyone.

Please start your carpool quest, by first adding yourself to the carpool link above. Then, use the contact info provided by the driver or rider in the link above to contact them directly and privately.

Please be considerate of others and resist the urge to "Reply All". Thank you for understanding.

SUMMARY:

On this hike we explore three different parks - King Mountain OSP, Baltimore Canyon OSP and Blithedale Summit OSP. We will get to see a couple of creeks (Larkspur Creek and Corte Madera Creek), a waterfall (Dawn Falls) and hike along trails with fun-to-say names like Ladybug Trail and Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail, all the while getting a good workout with an expected total elevation gain of 1,600 feet.

And if we're lucky, we get to see some Fall Colors too (or what passes for Fall Colors in California)!

RECOMMENDED MAP:

http://www.marincounty.org/~/media/images/departments/pk/open-space/baltimore-canyon/map-3-baltimore073114.pdf

HIKING DIRECTIONS:

Start at the end of Piedmont Road and get on to the Piedmont Trail -->
Piedmont Trail (1.0 mile) →
Dawn Falls Trail (0.5 miles) →
Ladybug Trail (0.6 miles) →
King Mountain Loop (1.9 miles) →
Ladybug Trail (0.6 miles) →
Dawn Falls Trail (0.7 miles) →
Southern Marin Line Fire Rd (1.0 miles) →
H Line Fire Rd (0.3 + 0.7 miles) →
Old Railroad Grade Fire Rd (0.5 miles) →
Horseshoe Fire Rd (0.1 miles) →
Corte Madera Creek Trail (0.3 miles) →
Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Trail (0.5 + 0.4 + 0.5 miles) →
Southern Marin Line Fire Rd (0.2 miles) →
Dawn Falls Trail (0.7 miles) -->
Piedmont Trail (1.0 miles) -->
Parking spot

BREAKS: We will take a lunch break around the mid-point. We will also take short breaks as needed.

NOTES:

1. Please try your best to carpool. There is no designated parking lot and so parking is on the streets and is tight.

2. If your journey takes you via the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, please add sufficient time buffer for travel. Traffic is always backed up in these places.

Wildcat Canyon San Pablo Ridge 7.2 Mile Moderate Hike

Wildcat Canyon - Alvarado Staging Area

WAIVER: For us to hold our large events at local parks, the local parks require us to carry insurance for our events. To participate in our events, please sign this waiver (required by our insurance underwriter) for each event. Please do so online prior to arriving (works on mobile):
https://www.sleeplateandhike.com/waiver-signing-form/

HIKING TIME: 3-4 hours

DISTANCE: 7.2 miles, Loop.

ELEVATION GAIN: Approx. 1400 feet

DIFFICULTY: Moderate terrain and elevation.

RULES: Dogs allowed

FACILITIES: Restrooms and water at trailhead.

RECOMMENDED MAPS:
https://www.ebparks.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=24425

https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/wildcat-creek-trail-havey-creek-trail-san-pablo-ridge-trail-and-belgum-trail

MEETING PLACE:
Parking lot at trailhead. Free. 66 spots available. Some street parking available as well. Meet by the bathrooms.

• Please use the Google Maps link below to familiarize yourself with the trip and explore various route options from your home. Zoom in all the way.
• The GPS locations below and the map link above are accurate enough to find us by looking around when you get there.

GPS Degrees Decimal Format:[masked], [masked]https://goo.gl/maps/JD4SUuFZeJNPdiDP8

If you have the Waze app installed on your phone, click this link. It will open Waze and start navigating to the trailhead.
waze://?ll=37.951920,-122.317232&navigate=yes

• As always, it is good practice to confirm the night before that any app you use takes you to where you expect by comparing the destination with what is posted above on your PC/Mac
• Most street addresses provided are approximate, and may be up to a couple of miles from the hike location. Use GPS coordinates when driving, if possible.

CARPOOLING:
We will use this link for carpooling. Please sign up here.
https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/w4t8ig

Please refrain from trying to negotiate your carpool in the comments, as it is equivalent to sending multiple "Reply All" emails to everyone. Please start your carpool quest, by first adding yourself to the carpool link above. Then, use the contact info provided by the driver or rider in the link above to contact them directly and privately. Please be considerate of others and resist the urge to "Reply All". Thank you for understanding.

SUMMARY:
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park encompasses 2,427 acres along the Wildcat Creek watershed and the surrounding hills and ridges. The park extends from the Tilden Nature Area above the Berkeley hills in the south to historic Alvarado Park at the north end in Richmond.
https://www.ebparks.org/parks/wildcat/

HIKING DIRECTIONS:
Starting at Alvarado Staging Area, head northeast on Wildcat Creek Trail for 0.23 miles. Pass Bonita Trail on your left and continue straight on Wildcat Creek Trail for 0.21 miles. Pass Belgium Trail on your left and continue straight on Wildcat Creek Trail for 1.57 miles. Pass Mezue Trail on your left and continue straight for 0.10 miles. Pass Leonards Trail on your left and continue straight for 0.18 miles. Cross a creek and pass Rifle Range Road Trail on your right (0.04 miles), then take Havey Canyon Trail on your left for 1.50 miles. Turn left onto Nimitz Way (paved road) for 0.68 miles. Turn left onto San Pablo Ridge Trail for 0.07 miles, pass Mezue Trail on your left again, and continue straight/right on San Pablo Ridge Trail for 1.21 miles. Pass Green Ridge Trail on your right and continue for 0.15 miles. At the four-way intersection, continue straight onto Belgum Trail for 0.20 miles. Pass Monte Cresta Trail on your right and continue straight/left on Belgum Trail for 0.65 miles. Turn right back onto Wildcat Creek Trail for 0.21 miles, then pass Bonita Trail on your right and continue for 0.23 miles back to the trailhead.

PLEASE READ THE EVENT DESCRIPTION ABOVE BEFORE POSTING A MESSAGE.

**RESCHEDULED for 11/19** Full Moon Mission Peak Hike

Ohlone College

****RESCHEDULED FOR 11/19/21***

LEADER: Shashi,[masked]
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Synopsis: Moonlit hike from Ohlone College to Mission Peak summit on the Peak Trail. Headlamps or flashlights are recommended for short sections of the trail but the objective is to enjoy hiking in the moonlight with no or very limited artificial illumination. Level: Moderate ++. Not a beginner’s hike as this hike will be difficult for new hikers. We will stop on a regular basis but must complete the hike by 10 p.m. when the park closes.

Estimated Distance of Hike: Seven + miles
Gross Elevation Gain: 2100 ft.

Parking Cost: $ 4.00 parking fee if you park in the Ohlone College multistory garage. Free if it is a school holiday or if you park on Mission Blvd. and walk onto campus. If you park off-campus, walk up Pine Street until you see the multi-story garage on your left. It is a building that has multi-floors and looks like a parking garage. We meet across the street at the trail head under the large electric power towers.

Bring: Two liters of water, lamp

Assume everyone hiking has Covid so practice social distancing, limit face-to-face interaction and use hand sanitizer

Meet: We will meet across the street from the parking garage at the Peak Trail entrance which is under multiple, large, power towers. The trailhead is located on the right hand side of the street above the tennis courts. The trail entrance is across the street from the multi-floor parking structure located at the end of Pine Street.

Directions: Ohlone College is located Fremont on Mission Blvd. Use the Pine Street entrance to minimize drive time.

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