Another after work hike? Yes, please! Join us for a 2-hour adventure through Berkeley's parks and staircases. We'll go at my usual leisurely pace, but be prepared to sweat - the hike is steep with several back-to-back staircases. Please bring a picnic dinner - we'll stop for dinner and a sunset show at Grotto Rock Park (think Indian Rock without the crowds).
Hike - A 3.5 mi urban hike on paths, city streets, and park trails. The route is steep and has LOTS of stairs. If you hate taking the stairs when the escalator is out, this hike is not for you. That being said, we tend to go slower than most exercise meetup groups so we can enjoy the scenery and the conversation. If you're a fast hiker, this hike may not be for you, either. There is no marked trail to follow. You can't just run ahead and meet us later... Like it or not, you're stuck with the group :)
Bring - water, dinner, layers/warm jacket for dinner spot.
Restrooms - Sorry but there are no restrooms by the meeting spot or anywhere else along our route. Plan ahead.
Dogs - you can bring dogs, but please keep Fido on leash at all times, not everyone in the group is comfortable around dogs. Plus this is an urban hike - I'd worry about the dog taking off into the street.
Kids - you can always bring kids on my hikes. I trust that you read the event description and can tell whether this would be a fun experience for them.
Attendance Note - if you sign up to attend, you will be counted on to show up. So please keep your RSVP up to date to reflect your intentions to join us. All members who do not show up will be recorded as a NO SHOW in the system. Members with 3 or more No Shows will be removed from the group.
Questions? - as always, my number is posted above under the event location. Please call/text/email should you have any questions about our hike.
[Side note: If you're interested in exploring these paths on your own, I mapped some routes here: http://goo.gl/maps/ceUUl. Feel free to print them out and explore. This meetup loosely follows the green route.]
MEETING SPOT AND DIRECTIONS
We will meet at the top of Solano Ave. There is street parking and metered parking (free after 6pm), but it can be a pain to find a spot. Give yourself a few extra minutes to find parking in this busy area. Please be on time and update your RSVP if plans change. We'll only wait a few minutes past the posted start time.