This hike will start in Castro Valley at the Nike Classroom parking lot across from EB Park Police Headquarters. This is a repeating Monday hike, so the route will vary. The distance is typically between 6 and 7 miles. I'll vary the exact route from week-to-week.
If your dog is at all interested in swimming, you may need to leash up along a few trails since Lake Chabot is prone to toxic algae. This hike will leave PROMPTLY at the start time and we will always be done no later than 11:45 am.
This hike will leave promptly at the start time. If you run into trouble the morning of the hike you can try to reach me at[masked], but most parks have poor cell service.
HIKE RATING: Moderate
HIKING PACE: 2.5 - 3 mph. We will wait at Trail junctions to keep the hike together. It is recommended that you obtain a map at the beginning of the hike in case the group is separated.
DOGS ALLOWED? YES! Off-leash
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: This is a great staging area, but a little tricky to find. If you're coming from the San Leandro side of Lake Chabot Road, this road is just 50 feet past the main entrance to the Lake Chabot Marina on your left. From Castro Valley, it's just 50 feet before the Marina entrance on your right. You'll see a sign "East Bay Regional Park District, Public Safety Headquarters." Turn onto this road and drive up the winding road to the top of the hill. The parking lot will be on your left. Note: THIS IS NOT the entrance to the marina where you must pay a dog fee. If you end up there by mistake, ask for directions to the Nike Classroom.
Please use the Google Maps link above to familiarize yourself with the trip and explore various route options from your home. It is good practice to confirm the night before that any app you use takes you to where you expect by comparing the destination with what is posted above. Print out the driving directions. Many parks are in areas with poor cell service, so DO NOT rely completely on your smartphone's GPS.
BATHROOMS: At the staging area and at least one other along the route.
GRAZING ANIMALS: None likely
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