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Welcome to Urban & Bay Hikers ....  We tend to start our hikes later (10:00am - 11:30am), so you can get a few errands done, have a cup of tea or just sleep in... Come explore the wonders of the entire Bay Area both Urban hiking adventures and Hikes through the incredibly beautiful Regional Parks, State Parks, and Open Spaces. The group is open to adults (20's-40's) who are physically fit, committed and show up (Intermediate to strong hikers) who enjoy social hiking experience, and meeting new people from all over the Bay Area. We do a variety of hikes, so there is something for everyone, ranging from 6 to 12 miles in length (2 to 5 hours) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moderate, Intermediate to Advance skill levels are welcome, but you need to select the hikes that fit your level. Our hikes will be mostly Intermediate with a few Difficult (Hikes are identified at specific levels and posted as such). Dogs are welcome on most of our hikes where the parks/trails permit. This is an Adult not a Family Hiking group (Must be 18 and older) You Must have a clear Self-picture and a clear real name to be a member of the group.....
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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 and property. 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.
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Activity Waiver Release 
Indemnification Agreement
Releases of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Indemnification & Binding Arbitration Agreement and Assumption of Risk by signing the Participant is giving up certain rights, including the right to sue. In consideration for being allowed to participate in Guided Hiking and other Activities provided by Urban and Bay Hikers, the Participant(s) or Participants legal guardians (if minor), do agree to the fullest extent of the Law allowed the Following:
1. I Waive all Claimsand anyone claiming on my behalf release and forever discharge Releasee and its affiliates, successors and assigns, officers, employees, representatives, partners, agents and anyone claiming through them (collectively, the “Released Parties”), in their individual and/or corporate capacities from causes of action of any nature and kind, known or unknown, which I may have against Releasee or any Released Parties arising out of or relating to any injury, loss or damage to person and property that may be sustained as a result of participation in the Activity (“Claims”).
2. I Assume all Risk and understand that participation in the Activity involves inherent risks, including risk of physical or psychological injury, pain, suffering, illness, disfigurement, temporary or permanent paralysis and/or death, and I assume all related risks and voluntarily participate in the Activity.
3. I agree to indemnify Releasee against any and all claims, actions, lawsuits, damages and judgments, including attorney’s fees, arising out of or relating to my participation in the Activity. 
4. This Release for Participation in Event or Activity (“Release”) shall not be in any way construed as an admission by the Releasee that it has acted wrongfully with respect to me or any other person, that it admits liability or responsibility at any time for any purpose, or that I have any rights whatsoever against the Releasee. 
5. This Release shall be binding upon the parties and their respective heirs, administrators, personal representatives, executors, successors and assigns. I have the authority to release the Claims and have not assigned or transferred any Claims to any other party. The provisions of this Release are severable. If any provision is held to be invalid or unenforceable, it shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. This Release constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes any prior oral or written agreements or understandings between the parties concerning the subject matter of this Release. This Release may not be altered, amended or modified, except by a written document signed by both parties. The terms of this Release shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the California.
I have carefully read and fully understand all the provisions of this Release and am freely, knowingly and voluntarily entering into this Release and by signing the Participant is giving up certain rights, including the right to commence litigation against the Host(s) in a court of Law and the right to a Jury Trial.
By accepting membership in this group you acknowledge you have fully read, understand, and agree to the above.

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General Statement of Policy: The focus of the group is to enjoy an athletic semi-strenuous, faster pace Hike. This is not my job, I and the other guides are here to enjoy ourself, so those persons who are complaining, condescending, rude, disrespectful, disruptive or burdensome (which includes, but not limited to falling behind so group or guides have to wait, slow pace, takes a long time to finish the hike forcing the guide to wait for them, or have to be helped up or down hills, unprepared with water or equipment, showing up late for hikes, not showing up without cancelling, etc.… ), to myself or any other hiking guides will be removed immediately. 
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COVID-19 Liability Waiver Release 
I acknowledge the contagious nature of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and that the CDC and many other public health authorities still recommend practicing social distancing. I further acknowledge that Urban & Bay Hikers has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19. I further acknowledge that Urban & Bay Hikers cannot guarantee that I will not become infected with the Coronavirus/Covid-19. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to and/or infected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, Hike staff, and other Hikers and their families. I voluntarily seek services provided by Urban & Bay Hikers and acknowledge that I am increasing my risk to exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19. I acknowledge that I must comply with all set procedures to reduce the spread during an activity.
I attest that:
1. I am not experiencing any symptom of illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficult 
breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or 
new loss of taste or smell.
2. I have not traveled internationally within the last 14 days.
3. I have not traveled to a highly impacted area within the United States of America in the last 
14 days.
4. I do not believe I have been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of
the Coronavirus/COVID-19. 
5. I have not been diagnosed with Coronavirus/Covid-19 and not yet cleared as non-contagious
by state or local public health authorities.
6. I am following all CDC recommended guidelines as much as possible and limiting my 
exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
I hereby release and agree to hold Urban & Bay Hikers harmless from, and waive on behalf of myself, my heirs, and any personal representatives any and all causes of action, claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses and compensation for damage or loss to myself and/or property that may be caused by any act, or failure to act of Urban & Bay Hikers, or that may otherwise arise in any way in connection with any services received from Urban & Bay Hikers. I understand that this release discharges Urban & Bay Hikers from any liability or claim that I, my heirs, or any personal representatives may have against Urban & Bay Hikers with respect to any bodily injury, illness, death, medical treatment, or property damage that may arise from, or in connection to, any services received from Urban & Bay Hikers. This liability waiver and release extends to the Urban & Bay Hikers together with all Organizers, Leaders and Hikers.

Upcoming events (4+)

Redwood Dunn Trail Hike

11500 Skyline Blvd

In the Redwood Regional Park, East Bay Regional Park District's. A hidden redwood forest lies off Redwood Road just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland. A mainly shaded hike (80%). The forest's peaceful groves give little evidence of the park's bustling past – in the mid-1800s the area was the scene of extensive logging to supply building materials for the San Francisco Bay Area. The logging era has long since passed, and a stately forest of 150-foot coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) has replaced those cut down. In addition to a great forest of coast redwoods, the park's 1,830 acres also contain other evergreens, chaparral, and grasslands. Wildlife within the park includes rare species such as the golden eagle and Alameda striped racer. Deer, raccoons, rabbits, and squirrels are often seen.

Level: Intermediate
Total Distance: 8.2 mile loop
Hiking Time: 3.5 - 4 hours
Elevation total Change: 1100 feet.
Parking: Free
Information: Pit Toilet at Trailhead, fee for Leashed Dogs, bring snacks or lunch, we will stop around midpoint for a break. Water at least 2 liters.

GPS Coordinates for Trailhead:
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Meeting Point / Trailhead: Richard C. Trudeau Conference Center Parking Lot, 11500 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

Hike Route: Starting point, We will start at the edge of the parking area, near the picnic table and open grass area. We will take the Dunn Trail, then we will go left on Graham Trail, Right on West Ridge Trail, then Left on Madrone Trail, Left on Starflower Trail, Right on Tres Sendas Trail (Group Photo on fallen Tree), then Right on Stream Trail, (Break at Picnic tables), continue on Stream Trail, Right uphill on Fern Trail, slight left on French Trail, then continue you uphill on Fern Trail, Right on West Ridge Trail, then Left on Baccharis Trail, then Right on Dunn Trail and return back to Redwood Dunn Trailhead.

Map from EBRPD (download the pdf).
http://www.ebparks.org/parks/redwood/#trailmap

Directions:
Turn left onto Skyline Boulevard at its intersection with Redwood as you come uphill from Highway 13. You will first reach the 11500 Skyline Boulevard staging area on the right.

Carpooling Link: (Sign up here)
https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/n6stqj

Carpooling Procedures:
No negotiating your carpool in the comments, this would be sending multiple emails to everyone. Start your carpool request, by first adding yourself to the carpool link, then, use the contact info provided by the driver or rider in the link to contact them directly.

Thank you…….

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SF Presidio Exploration Hike

Crissy Field Center

Inside the Presidio Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a hiking loop through both the urban redevelopment of the Presidio. You will see the stylish architectural designs in the old historic buildings intertwined with wind swept marshlands, beach, historical batteries, while enjoying great views of the bay, Angel Island and the Marin headland and the Golden Gate Bridge shadows over your entire walk.

Level: Moderate
Total Distance: 7.2 mile, loop
Hiking Time: 2.5-3 hours
Elevation Change: 500 feet
Parking fee: Free Parking lot in Crissy Fields, East beach
Official Trail Use: leashed Dogs allowed, along water may roam freely, standard restroom and water (maybe closed)

GPS: Latitude: N[masked]° Longitude: W[masked]°

Map: http://www.presidio.gov/Trails-internal/Shared%20Documents/Presidio%20Trails.pdf

Trailhead / Meeting Point: Starting point, next to the benches in front of the Crissy Field center near East Beach Parking Lot. Crissy Field Center, 1199 East Beach, Presidio San Francisco, CA 94129

Hiking Directions:
Starting point, Crissy Field center, (go around construction) leave Crissy Fields, cross the street and walk past the Palace of fine arts, then cross Lombard, through Lucus Park in the Presidio, Left to the Yoda Statue (Group photo), Right Presidio Promenade, left Presidio Blvd. left over bridge and up Lovers Lane Trail, Right Mountain Lake Trail, Right on Ecology Trail around El Polin Springs and the Grassland Restoration. Continue on Ecology Trail to the Left then out and back to Inspiration Point, then Right on the Ridge Trail all the way to Immigrant Point overview, then continue on to Batteries to Bluff Trail to the Golden Gate Bridge over look (toll Plaza), then down the stairs to Fort Point, then take the Gate Promenade back to the East Beach and the starting point.

Driving Directions:
From Highway 101 north head into San Francisco, stay left on North 101 towards Golden gate bridge, Turn Right onto Market Street, then Left onto Franklin Street, Left onto Lombard St, then Right onto Broderick Street, Left onto Marina Blvd with a slight right onto Old Mason Street into the Presidio, Crissy Field parking lot is driveway on the right. Park and the Crissy Field Center is in the Parking lot on the Right side, you will see the large buildings.

Carpooling Link: (Sign up here)
https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/7yg2x4

Carpooling Procedures:
No negotiating your carpool in the comments, this would be sending multiple emails to everyone. Start your carpool request, by first adding yourself to the carpool link, then, use the contact info provided by the driver or rider in the link to contact them directly.

Thank you…….

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Lyon Street & Baker Beach Stairway Hike

Crissy Field

Near and Inside the Presidio Golden Gate National Recreation Area, we are going up several sets of historic and scenic staircases. We will enjoy the 'Wave Organ', an acoustic sculpture on the jetty in the San Francisco Bay. Working our way along the edge of the Presidio past the lovely and majestic palace of fine arts, we head up the steep and busy Lyon staircase to panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay. We enter the presidio and take the Mountain Trail where we have lush green and views on one side and million dollar mansions on the other. We make our way to Bakers beach, then the long steep climb up Bakers Beach stairs, we then enjoy historical batteries, while enjoying great views of the bay, Angel Island and the Marin headland and the Golden Gate Bridge shadows over your entire walk.

Level: Intermediate Plus
Total Distance: 10+ mile, loop
Hiking Time: 4 - 4.5 hours
Elevation Change: 322 stairs Lyon Street, 200 sand stairs Baker beach
Parking fee: Free Parking lot in Crissy Fields, East beach, leashed Dogs allowed, along water may roam freely, standard restroom and water.

GPS: Latitude: N[masked]° Longitude: W[masked]°

Map: https://www.presidio.gov/transportation-internal/Shared%20Documents/presidio-trails.pdf

Trailhead / Meeting Point: Starting point, next to the benches in front of the Crissy Field center near East Beach Parking Lot. Crissy Field Center, 1199 East Beach, Presidio San Francisco, CA 94129

Hiking Directions:
Starting point, Crissy Field center, Right on East-beach trail leave Crissy Fields, out the jetty to visit 'The Wave Organ', then back and cross the street and walk past the Palace of fine arts, then cross Lombard, Up Lyon street and continue on the steep staircase to the top Broadway street view, enter the Presidio at Broadway gate, then continue on Mountain Lake Trail, continue around Mountain Lake Lodge on Park Trail, left on Valley Trail and continue on Lobo's Trail, cross Lincoln Boulevard and enter Bakers Beach, break at Bakers beach, then walk along the beach and write up Bakers Beach sand stairway to the top Immigrant Point overview, then continue Left on to Batteries to Bluff Trail to the Golden Gate Bridge over look (toll Plaza), then down the stairs to Fort Point, then take the Gate Promenade back to the East Beach and the starting point.

Driving Directions:
From Highway 101 north head into San Francisco, stay left on North 101 towards Golden gate bridge, Turn Right onto Market Street, then Left onto Franklin Street, Left onto Lombard St, then Right onto Broderick Street, Left onto Marina Blvd with a slight right onto Old Mason Street into the Presidio, Crissy Field parking lot is driveway on the right. Park and the Crissy Field Center is in the Parking lot on the Right side, you will see the large buildings.

Carpooling Link: (Sign-up here)
https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/v56in8

Carpooling Procedures:
No negotiating your carpool in the comments, this would be sending multiple emails to everyone. Add yourself to the carpool link. then use the contact info provided by the driver or rider and contact them directly.

Thank you .......

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Whale Watching Montara Hike

1100 Le Conte Ave

Our hope is to see Whales:> Each year, about 20,000 gray whales make an epic 6,000-mile journey between Alaska and Mexico—and then back again. Montara State Beach/McNee Ranch is part of the San Mateo Coast State beaches. It is operated by the California State Department of Parks and Recreation under the San Mateo Coast Sector Office. The 690-acre McNee Ranch (Montara Mountain) encompasses coastal mountain habitat with sweeping coastal vistas. The ranch’s two-mile Pedro Mountain Trail connects to trails leading to Montara Beach and Gray Whale Cove. Montara State Beach. Bring food for a nice long break at Grey Whale beach, option on the way back for a return the same way Easy Plus and basically flat or up a mountain and a few more miles. Grey whales normally swim in a cycle of three to five blows, 30 seconds apart, followed by a three to six-minute dive. They often show their tail flukes just before they dive. If they're swimming just below the surface and you're high enough to see the water's surface, they may leave a "trail" of circular calm spots on the face as they pass, making them easier to track.

Level: Intermediate Plus (Very Steep hill)
Total Distance: 7.1 miles Semi loop
Hiking Time: 2.5 - 3 hours
Elevation: 450 feet (very steep)
Information: Free Parking Farallone View Elementary School and on the street surrounding, Restrooms near horse stables and at Grey Whale Cove Parking Lot, no water, Dogs on leash

Map:https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/532/files/SanMateoCoastBeachesParksWeb2016.pdf

Meeting Point / Trailhead: Farallone View Elementary School Parking Lot, 1100 Le Conte Ave, Montara, 94037

GPS; GPS: Latitude: N[masked] Longitude: W [masked]
Coordinates for Trailhead: Farallone View Elementary Parking Lot

Directions: From Highway 1 south Montara, take Left on Second Street, Left on 3rd street, and Left on Le Conte Ave, Elementary School Parking Lot, on the Left.

Hiking Directions: Starting Point, Left from parking Lot on Le Conte Ave, then Left on Le Conte Trail, stay left at fork and continue on Le Conte Trail, at T junction short Right on Farallone Trail, the immediate Left on Pedro Mountain Road Trail, Past through Sun Valley Equestrian, over bridge, Left at North Peak access Road, then take 2nd Right on Grey Whale Cove Trail, (Group Photo at Whale Lookout), then continue Left on Grey Whale Cove Trail to the parking lot (restrooms available), then safely cross the street and down the steps to Grey Whale Cove State Beach, Long break, then return up the steps across the street and up Grey Whale Cove Trail, at the top of the trail junction (hikers decision either return back the same way Flat and easy or up the mountain) up the steep mountain stop at plateau, then continue to junction, Left downhill on Pedro Mountain Road Trail, Left Grey Whale Cove Trail, Left North Peak access Road, Right over bridge, on Pedro Mountain Road Trail, Right Farallone Trail, the immediate Right on Le Conte Trail, then on Le Conte Ave and back to starting Point.

Carpooling Link: (Sign up here)carpooling: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/wgf0mx

Carpooling Procedures:
No negotiating your carpool in the comments, this would be sending multiple emails to everyone. Start your carpool request, by first adding yourself to the carpool link, then, use the contact info provided by the driver or rider in the link to contact them directly.

Thank you…….

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Twin Peaks/Mt Davidson & Glen Canyon Park Hike

2901 Diamond St

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