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Hike Tilden Park Vollmer Peak & Huckleberry Botanic (Berkeley)
As we have limited spots, please only RSVP if you are certain of attending and update your RSVP the week of the event. --- Some will say this hike is better than our last 2 Tilden hikes in 2015 & 2017. This is among the best Bay Area hikes, a 2-part hike to Vollmer Peak in Tilden Regional Park & to nearby Huckleberry Botanic Regional Park. Tilden has great panoramic views of the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay. One of the oldest East Bay parks, Tilden Park is the "jewel" in the East Bay Regional Park District. The first hike is a 6-mile designer hike on the Skyline National Trail with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay. The hike has a 250' climb in the first mile and a 650' climb near the end. The climbs are worth it as we will pass by several viewpoints, including Vollmer Peak and Briones Valley Viewpoint. At 1905 feet, Vollmer Peak is the highest point on San Pablo Ridge and in the Berkeley/Oakland Hills. We hope to see hawks and migrating California newts. There is also an opportunity for Bonus Miles to Lake Anza for Fall Colors. We will hike at a moderate pace & return to the cars to drive to the second hike. The second hike is a mellow 2-mile hike at the Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve. Shady throughout, we'll follow this "cool" numbered path amongst huckleberries, other berries and currants. Due to logistics, there isn't an option to do only one hike. Expect to be out all day. Hike details: We will pass by several interesting places: - Redwood Valley Railway - Briones Valley Viewpoint and several other viewpoints - Vollmer Peak and its swing (see photo) - South Park Drive (California newts) - Sections of the National Skyline Trail and Bay Area Ridge Trail - Grizzly Peak viewpoint - Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve - 1991 Oakland Firestorm memorial (1 of 2 sunset viewpoints) - Lake Anza (Bonus Mile) - Merry-Go-Round (Bonus Mile) - Nature Area & Little Farm (Bonus Mile) The lineup may be changed due to time & parking considerations. There are restrooms at Redwood Valley Railway (start/finish), but there are no restrooms, food or water elsewhere on the trail. Wear proper footwear & sunscreen. Carry water, lunch for yourself and some food to share if you like. There's also a restroom at Huckleberry. Links: Tilden Regional Wilderness (includes park map) (http://www.ebparks.org/parks/tilden.htm) (Tilden) Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve (includes park map) (http://www.ebparks.org/parks/huckleberry)(Huckleberry) https://oaklandgeology.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/vollmer-peak-and-the-bald-peak-basalt (https://oaklandgeology.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/vollmer-peak-and-the-bald-peak-basalt/) (Vollmer Peak) Gateway Emergency Preparedness Exhibit Center (http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/30324) (Gateway Memorial) https://localwiki.org/oakland/Firestorm_Memorial_Garden (Firestorm Memorial) http://www.ebparks.org/about/history/firestorm-20-years-later/The_Oakland_Hills_Firestorm___Forward (Firestorm article) Directions and Carpool: The meeting point is the Redwood Valley Railway (RVR) parking lot. You may use their restrooms while we congregate. Folks on the Peninsula, SF & East Bay should carpool. Please list your carpool location and time as an event comment. Meet in the RVR parking lot by 10:45AM. For South Bay folks, here's the recommended carpool spot to meet 1 hour before this Meetup at 9:45AM: Black Bear Diner 174 W Calaveras Blvd Milpitas, CA 95035 near Hwys 237, 880 & 680 Meet in the rear parking lot next to the carwash Then it's a 1-hour drive to RVR using this driving route: https://goo.gl/maps/AXf3Y5ESCYG2 Use this route from the South Bay as there's a race in Berkeley that morning that will affect Hwy 580 & Berkeley's University Ave exit. The race will not affect Hwy 13. Also note that South Park Drive is closed (http://www.ebparks.org/closure#Tilden). Costs: $10 gas money: Each passenger pays their driver free parking at Redwood Valley and Huckleberry Optional Race: Want to run the Berkeley 5K with us? Check out: https://www.meetup.com/AnythingFun/events/253628339/ Optional Dinner: After the hike, let's eat in Berkeley or Oakland. Suggest a place to eat. We'll figure out the place during the day. My suggestion: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ramen-shop-oakland Estimated Time: Hike: 3 hours (part 1), 1.5 hours (part 2) Carpool: 1 hour each way Dinner: 1 hour Please only RSVP if you will attend & update your RSVP at least 24 hours before the event. Try not to be late & do not no-show, crash or come unprepared. Be sure to answer the RSVP questions so we know whether to wait for you at the carpool. You don't want to be left behind. Thank you for being a responsible participant. Photos: View from Grizzly Peak Blvd View of Briones Reservoir from Vollmer Peak, (PC: Denise Wight) Vollmer Peak swing (PC: Laura)

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