What we're about

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 anyone who enjoys a 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. All skill levels are welcome, but you should select the hikes that fit your level. Our hikes will be from mildly easy, with most being moderate and some difficult (Hike are identified at specific levels and posted as such). Dogs are welcome on most of our hikes where the parks/trails permit.
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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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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:

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Upcoming events (5+)

Wildcat Canyon Loop Hike

Alvarado Staging Area

In the Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, part of the Eastbay regional park, This fun little hike I’ve been doing for years, you can move at your own pace, with both an easy relaxing stroll through trees, at the beginning to warm up. Then we go up the rolling hills, through pasture lands, with cows, no shade from this point till the end and a 1200 foot elevation climb for some good up hill exercise and of course amazing 360 views at the top. Do make sure you take in the full panoramic view, not just the golden gate. We will stop at the top for sneak/lunch break and enjoy the view and the company. Level: Moderate Total Distance: 6.2 miles loop Hiking Time: 3 hours Elevation: 1200 feet Parking: Free Information: Toilet and water at trailhead, Dogs should remain leashed in developed areas. If they are off leash, dogs must be under positive sight and voice command Map: from EBRPD (download the pdf). http://www.ebparks.org/parks/wildcat#trailmap Meeting Point: Alvarado Staging Area at the end of the road. We will meet at the swing gate at the end of the parking area, just as the hiking trails begin. 12 pm, Wildcat Canyon - Alvarado Staging Area 5874 Park Avenue, Richmond, CA GPS Coordinates for Trailhead: Alvarado Staging Area Latitude: 37°57'7.34"N Longitude: -122°19'6.30"W Directions: From eastbound Interstate 80 in Contra Costa County, exit Solano (exit 17). At the base of the ramp, turn left onto Amador. Drive 0.4 mile, and turn right onto McBryde. Move into the left lane, and after about 0.3 mile, at the stop sign, continue straight onto Park Avenue. Drive 0.1 mile, turn left into the park, and continue a short distance to the Alvarado Staging Area at the end of the road. From westbound Interstate 80 in Contra Costa County, exit McBryde (exit 17). Turn left (east) on McBryde and after crossing over the highway, get into the left lane of McBryde. After about 0.3 mile, at the stop sign, continue straight onto Park Avenue. Drive 0.1 mile, turn left into the park, and continue a short distance to the Alvarado Staging Area at the end of the road. Hike Route: (All trails are clearly signed) Will meet at Alvarado Staging Area at 12 noon, Hike Route: I like doing it counterclockwise… Taking Wildcat Canyon's main trail, approx 2 mile walk in the woods, At the water fountain (Not working), and picnic bench we arrive at Mezue Trail, we Turn left uphill onto Mezue Trail (it's the second gate on the left). After crossing through a cattle gate, you'll begin to ascend from 200 feet to the ridgeline at about 1200 feet, at the crest of the hill we will Turn left onto San Pablo Ridge Trail to we reach a peak with an old metal stand probably an old weather station, (Break and group photo) enjoy the 360 views, after we will continue on San Pablo Ridge Trail down and up and down the hills past and through the cattle gate and Turn right Wildcat Canyon's main trail and back to the starting point, Alvarado Staging Area at approximately 3:30pm. Carpooling Direction: Please sign up here. We will use this link for carpooling: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/koxwfa 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. Legal Disclaimer: Under what we are about Section https://www.meetup.com/Urban-and-Bay-Hikers/

Lands End & Sutro Heights Park Hike

1000 Great Hwy

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, then Left back on the Coastal trail, to Eagles point Look Out, then around the 17th green, and right up the hill on El Camino Del Mar, Left 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. Carpooling Request in the General Comments Area are NOT Permitted due to the large size of the Group… Thank You Please read below how to carpool. Level: Easy Plus / Moderate Total Distance: 6.2 miles loop Hiking Time: 2 1/2 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 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 Direction: Please sign up here. We will use this link for carpooling: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/27pydt 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. Legal Disclaimer: Under what we are about Section https://www.meetup.com/Urban-and-Bay-Hikers/

Mori Point Hike (Wild flowers & Views)

Pacifica Beach View Park

In The Golden Gate National Parks, is Mori Point 110 acre reserve with the 32-acre wetland park, red-legged frog ponds, and a revived habitat for the San Francisco garter snake, once North America’s most endangered reptile. You will go through Hillsides with gnarled trees, fields of scrub, cliffs, dark sand beach, ocean views way up the coast, rocks, waves, and wildlife. And in the springtime you behold beautiful wildflower are in their peak, windy on the bluffs so dress accordingly. Stroll down to Laguna Salada and listen for the croaking of the red-legged frog. During WWII, workers used a pulley system of long cables attached to cement anchors to pull buckets of sand ashore. Several of these crumbling blocks remain on the western hillside. do a spot of whale watching or simply enjoy the waves of the Pacific Coast washing up onto the shores. Level: Easy Plus Total Distance: 4.0 miles Semi-loop Hiking Time: 2 hours Elevation: 350 feet, total 700 feet Parking: Free Parking Information: No Restrooms at Trailhead parking lot, but lots of Cafes and restaurants near the parking area, Toilet at midway point, Dogs currently allowed on-leash on all trails GPS Coordinates for Trailhead: Latitude: 37. 611265 | Longitude: -122. 496926 Meeting Point / Trailhead: Pacifica Beach View Park 651 San Marlo Way Pacifica, CA 94044, I will parked near the trailhead. Map: http://www.parksconservancy.org/assets/visit-your-parks/pdfs/mori-point-trail-map.pdf Hike Route: Starting point, Trail: Pacifica Pier is located off-map parallel to Santa Rosa Avenue, walk along the beach trail at Rockway Beach Parking Lot, take the beach trail cross over a stream and climb up to the coastal bluffs, then go along the ridge and through a small canyon to a bluff, then take the high ridge trail all the way to Mori Point, (break and group photo) then, down old Mori point trail (toilet at bottom), then Left out on the beach Promenade straight to the end, then return back on the Promenade and Right up Old Mori point trail, then Left high Lower trail back to the bluff, then down through a small canyon return and head down Left stay on the trail left close to the Hill, then Right on the bike path and return to Rockway Beach Parking Lot, then back along the beach Pacifica Pier. Directions: From hwy 1, Right into Pacifica Pier, parallel to Santa Rosa Avenue, Pacifica Carpooling Directions: Please sign up here. We will use this link for carpooling: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/945qrh Carpooling Manners: Please be considerate of others Do Not negotiate your carpool in the comments, as it is equivalent to sending multiple "Reply All" emails to everyone. Use the Carpool Link above, then use the contact info provided by the driver or rider to contact them directly and privately. Thank you…. Legal Disclaimer: Under what we are about Section https://www.meetup.com/Urban-and-Bay-Hikers/

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. Carpooling Request in the General Comments Area are NOT Permitted due to the large size of the Group… Thank You Please read below how to carpool. 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. 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 Direction: Please sign up here. We will use this link for carpooling: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/6hc7yw 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. Legal Disclaimer: Under what we are about Section https://www.meetup.com/Urban-and-Bay-Hikers/

Past events (5)

Cataract Creek Waterfalls Hike (picnic)

Rock Springs

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