What we're about

Welcome to Urban & Bay Hikers .... We tend to start our hikes later (11am - 12noon), 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 any adult (normally 20's-40's) who are physically fit (moderate 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 4 to 10 miles in length (2 to 5 hours) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Easy Plus/Moderate to Advance skill levels are welcome, but you should select the hikes that fit your level. Our hikes will be mostly Moderate 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)
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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.

Upcoming events (5)

Lands End & Sutro Heights Park Hike (Social Distancing & Masks)

Inside the Golden Gate National Parks, in the northwestern corner of San Francisco, to mostly just be walking on flat terrain with slightly elevated areas and one uphill stairs. We will enjoy lovely stroll along the Ocean Beach Promenade and then up to explore Sutro Heights Park with its great views of the ocean and the Outer Sunset, and the remains of Adolph Sutro’s home. We will then make our way in to ruins of Sutro Baths ruins enjoying stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, old shipwrecks, ruins of Sutro Baths, pocket beaches, views of the city, views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Hike Route: Starting point, Starting at Ocean Beach across from the Beach Chalet, we head North along Ocean beach promenade, then Right on Balboa Street, then Left up the small stairway to Sutro Heights Park, then follow the sand path to the right and meander to the left and out onto the center of the Park, we will the go Left and head up to the top of Sutro Viewing Platform his old home location. (Group Photo), then down the opposite side and take the sand path down to the left, cross the street to Land End Look-out, (Restrooms), Right on up Lands End overlook, down towards Sutro Baths, head to point Lobos, out and back through the tunnel, then Left to take Sutro Baths Upper trail, Left on the Coastal trail for almost, then Left out and back to Mile Rock Lockout and Lands End and Mile Rock Beach (Break at beach), then Left back on the Coastal trail, to Eagles point Look Out, cross over the road and take trail parallel to the 18th Green, down and up Lincoln street stairs (Photo), then Left on the trail parallel to the 18th Green, then right up the Hill to visit Legion of Honor, return out and Left on El Camino Del Mar and the end of the Road, go on El Camino Del Mar Trail (Stay Left), at the USS San Francisco Memorial, Right down the stairs Left on to the Coastal Trail, then return to the starting point. Level: Moderate Total Distance: 7 miles loop Hiking Time: 2 1/2 - 3 hours Elevation: 187 feet Stairway Sutro Park, and 400 feet up and down to Lands End Beach. Information: Free Parking along Ocean Beach, Dogs on leash Restrooms (Closed) bottom Beach Chalet , and Lands End Look-out. GPS Coordinates for Trailhead: Latitude: N 37. 769487° Longitude: W -122. 510179° Meeting Point: Parking along the Great Highway, across the Great Highway from the Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant, 1000 Great Highway b/t Upper Great Highway & Lincoln Way. I will be directly across from the Beach Chalet. Map: http://www.parksconservancy.org/assets/visit-your-parks/park-sites/pdfs/image_1_2474.pdf Map:https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/pressreleases/2015/Muni%20Map%202015.pdf (SFMTA – includes all City Transit information) Directions: From 101 take exit 1B to merge onto US-101 N/Central Freeway toward Golden Gate Bridge, continue Octavia, then Left Fell street, Left at Stanyan street, Right on Lincoln Way and Right on the Great Highway, on the Right is the Beach Chalet, park across the street near Ocean Beach. Carpooling Link: (Sign up here) https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/2afe6r 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……. Legal Disclaimer: Under what we are about Section https://www.meetup.com/Urban-and-Bay-Hikers/

Golden Gate Park & Mosaic Stairs Hike (Social Distancing & Masks)

Sunset District is the largest district in the city and Irving Street and 9th Avenue is the center of all the action. It has a neighborhood feel with a variety of different cultural restaurants, bars, book stores, bakeries, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, clothes and shoe stores, a tattoo parlor, wine bar, the largest Video store, and even a Magic shop. After exploring Irving Street you travel up the majestic Moraga Stairway, then up several more stairways, visiting Grand View Park, Hawk Hill and Turtle Hill, east of 14th Avenue at Santiago. Views of the Sunset and Golden Gate Park and beyond. Travel into Golden Gate Park and out to Stowe Lake, Pagoda and waterfall and up to Strawberry Hill and the great views of the park and the city. Hike Route: Starting point, Enter Golden Gate Park JFK Drive, Left side of Beach Chalet, Dutch Windmill on Left (Queen Wilhelmina Garden), Continue on JFK Drive past the Buffalo paddock, then Spreckles Lake (Toy boats) Waterfall, (R) into Stowe Lake, towards the waterfall, up stairs to Strawberry Hill, down the same stairs, circle Island, out the same side of the park, then Right back on JFK Drive past and visit the Rose Garden, then continue on JFK Drive, then (R) De Young Museum (explore Music concourse & Academy of Sciences) and exit on the other side, pass Japanese Tea Garden, (L) Martin Luther King Drive, Go out straight on 9th Ave, then Right on Irving Street, then Left on 17th Avenue, then Left on Moraga then up the Mosaic stairway and visit Grand View Park, then back down the Mosaic stairway and continue straight on Moraga street, Right on 19th street, and enter Golden Gate Park, left on Martin Luther King Drive, past the Dutch Windmill, exit Golden Gate Park, then Right on Great Highway and return to the starting point. Level: Intermediate Plus / Advance Hike (10 plus miles) Total Distance: 10.2 miles loop Hiking Time: 3.5 hours Elevation: 398 feet Mosaic Stairway, 404 feet Strawberry Hill, Grand View Park 666 feet, Total Elevation over 1000 feet Information: Free Parking along Ocean Beach, Dogs on leash Restrooms bottom Beach Chalet (Assume Closed) GPS Coordinates for Trailhead: Latitude: N 37. 769487° Longitude: W -122. 510179° Meeting Point: Parking along the Great Highway, across from the Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant, 1000 Great Highway b/t Upper Great Highway & Lincoln Way. I will be directly across from the beach Chalet. Map:https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/pressreleases/2015/Muni%20Map%202015.pdf (SFMTA – includes all City Transit information) Golden Gate Park Map: https://goldengatepark.com/map.html Directions: From 101 take exit 1B to merge onto US-101 N/Central Freeway toward Golden Gate Bridge, continue Octavia, then Left Fell street, Left at Stanyan street, Right on Lincoln Way and Right on the Great Highway, on the Right is the Beach Chalet, park across the street near Ocean Beach. Carpooling Link: (Sign up here) https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/razp90 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……. Legal Disclaimer: Under what we are about Section https://www.meetup.com/Urban-and-Bay-Hikers/

Sanborn Park Hike (Social Distancing & Masks)

16055 Sanborn Rd

Sanborn County Park is a lushly wooded park of 3,453 acres public park with over 22 miles of trails that showcase the geographic features of the park. Situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains owned by the county of Santa Clara, California, adjacent to Castle Rock State Park. Nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Saratoga and Skyline Boulevard. This mountain park of redwoods and tan bark oak, that is shaded with a few panoramic views. Sanborn County Park is used also used for weddings and other family gatherings. Level: Moderate Total Distance: 5.4 miles Loop Hiking Time: 2 - 3 hours Elevation Change: 800 feet Parking: Fee for all cars Information: Restrooms and water, Dogs on leash. GPS Coordinates for Trailhead: Sanborn County Park Entrance, , 16055 Sanborn Road Saratoga, CA 95070 Latitude: 37°22'14.74"N Longitude: -122°06'69.86"W Meeting Point: Sanborn County Park, Costanoan parking lot, 16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga, CA 95070 Map:https://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/parkfinder/Documents/Sanborn%20Guide%20Map.pdf Directions: From 101 or 280 North or South Head towards Mountain View and take CA 85 south, Take the Saratoga Avenue exit, turn right onto Saratoga Avenue, continue on to California nine S. big basin Way, pass Wells Fargo bank on the left, turn left onto Sanford Road, turn right in 266 feet and then turn right into Sanborn County Park. Hike Route Starting point, From Costanoan parking lot, take Sanborn Trail, at junction continue on Sanborn Trail, at the next juncture turn right on San Andres Trail, left at the next Junction and continue on San Andres Trail, continue to the left and merge on the Pick Lab Road, visit Welsh Hurst House and Lake, continue right on Peterson trail, add junction continue writing on Peterson Trail, junction continue right on Peterson Trail, at junction left on Sanborn Trail, and return to the starting point main parking lot. Carpooling Link: (Sign up here) https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/y4ejxt 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……. Legal Disclaimer: Under what we are about Section https://www.meetup.com/Urban-and-Bay-Hikers/

SF Presidio Exploration Hike (Social Distancing & Masks)

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: 6.4 mile, loop Hiking Time: 2.5 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/mh8vyc 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……. Legal Disclaimer: Under what we are about Section https://www.meetup.com/Urban-and-Bay-Hikers/

Past events (61)

Sugar Loaf Peak Hike (Social Distancing & Masks)

3471 Glendora Dr

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