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Brushy Peak Regional Preserve - Brushy Peak Preserve
Sunday, December 30, 2007 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: We will expand this hike to do two different loops totaling 5.6 miles. Total elevation gain will be about 800'. I will pass out trail maps with our route highlighted at the start. We also have the walkie-talkies.

Iron Horse Regional Trail - Danville to Alamo (paved)
Tuesday, December 25, 2007 @ 11:00 AM
NOTE: We will enjoy a few hours on the beautiful paved portion of the Iron Horse Trail. The air should be fresh and crisp. This is a wonderful time of the year to be on the trail. Dress warmly. Also, make sure to bring water, a snack, and an umbrella. Heavy rain cancels/light rain does not. Dogs must be kept on a leash as the Iron Horse Trail is part of East Bay Regional Parks.

Morgan Territory - Volvon Loop
Sunday, December 23, 2007 @ 10:15 AM
NOTE: Allow a little extra time to drive to the trailhead.

Lafayette Reservoir - Moraga Road to Reservoir Rim Trail
Sunday, December 16, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is one of my 5 favorite hikes. You will get a workout.

Briones Reservoir - Briones Overlook to Inspiration Pt.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is an exploratory hike.

Howe Homestead Park - Shell Ridge
Sunday, December 09, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a relatively easy hike over rolling hills. Picnic tables and restrooms at the trailhead. I just have to find out where they are.

Briones Regional Park - MOTT PEAK LOOP--Old Briones Road
Saturday, December 08, 2007 @ 9:45 AM
NOTE: RAIN CANCELS.

Lime Ridge Open Space - Arbolado Park
Sunday, December 02, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This hike is in Walnut Creek Open Space. No EBMUD hiking permits needed. We will meet in the second parking lot where the buildings are. Flush toilets and water here. This hike is not dog friendly. Howard discovered this hike, as he has the last 2 hikes we have done.

NOTE: This hike explores a part of Mount Diablo State Park that is unique and offers a different vantage point from many others. A strenuous hike for experienced hikers only. Trekking poles recommended. Also bring water, a snack/lunch, and rain gear if weather warrants it.

NOTE: This is a relatively easy hike over rolling hills. Bring snacks. Weather should be dry this week, so let's take advantage.

NOTE: This is not an easy hike. No services in the park. It is dog friendly. About 8 parking spots. After that, you park in the street.

NOTE: Two Bridges and a Lighthouse. I've led this trip for my local club a couple of times and it is well liked. We will walk across the new Al Zampa Bridge and back, then take a short hike to the Pt. Bonita Lighthouse where we will eat our bag lunches, then top off the day with a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and back. We will meet at the south east corner of the North Berkeley BART Station at 10 AM and carpool to our multiple trailheads. Expect to return to the BART station around 4:30 PM. Bring water, lunch, and dress for probable breezy coastal weather.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Las Trampas Peak
Friday, November 23, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a post Thanksgiving hike. I know I will stuff myself thursday, and this is a chance to to work it off.

Mt. Diablo State Park - Wall Point hike (Macedo Ranch)
Sunday, November 18, 2007 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: I know we did this 7 weeks ago, but this is one of my top 5. Howard discovered this hike several years ago. There are restrooms (flush), water and picnic tables at Macedo. Bring snacks. I will bring fuji apple slices to share.

Point Reyes National Seashore - Tomales Point
Sunday, November 11, 2007 @ 11:15 AM
NOTE: This hike is along the ridgeline of Tomales Point in the Pt. Reyes National Seashore. It features dramatic ocean views and a resident herd of Roosevelt Tule Elk. A moderately long (9.5 miles) hike over fairly easy terrain. We will hike from the Pierce Ranch to the tip of Tomales Point where we will eat our lunches before returning over the same route. Note that this is an all day event, expect to return to the carpool point around 6 PM. Please choose to join us for dinner at a local restaurant afterward. I will be leading this trip for both the "Casual Hikers" and the "Lawrence Berkeley Lab Outdoors Club". A CARPOOL will be set up to leave from the North Berkeley BART Station at 9:30 AM sharp. If carpooling, be prepared to share gasoline and toll costs. Parking at this BART station is permitted on weekends. The weekend weather forecasts are in flux, currently rain is forecast for Saturday, but Sunday looks good. Rain will cancel. Bring water, lunch, and expect cool weather on the coast so dress in layers.

NOTE: This is a long hike - 13.1 miles - that follows along the beautiful Briones Reservoir. We will start out on the Oursan Trail (which allows dogs) and finish up on the Bear Creek Trail (which does not allow dogs). Be sure to meet at the correct staging area: Briones Reservoir Overlook Staging Area. Hike has an elevation gain of about 500-600 feet, but this hike is for experienced hikers only because of the length of the hike. We plan to stop for one snack break about mid-way. EBMUD Permits must be carried on the holder of the permit since the Park Rangers sometimes patrol the trails and ask to see it. Each permit allows up to 4 people. If you don't have a permit, please get to the staging area early to be assigned to a permit holder. There is a flushable restroom at the trailhead. After that, there are no other services until we are at the Bear Creek staging area (approximately mile 9). Bring plenty of water because of the distance. PLEASE ONLY ATTEMPT THIS HIKE IF YOU ARE AN EXPERIENCED HIKER. If in doubt, please don't attempt as inexperienced or slower hikers have become lost in the past. Hike should take between 4-4.5 hours to complete.

NOTE: Remember to set your clocks back one hour on saturday night. I need Pleasanton residents for our carpool to the staging area (one per vehicle, and does not have to be the driver.). Carpool site is Mexico Lindo parking lot (Orange Bldg.) From 680S, exit at Bernal and go right under 680 for two traffic lights to Koll Center Dr. Go left a short distance to Koll Center Pkwy. Turn right and an immediate right into the ML parking lot.

EBMUD - Pinole Watershed hike
Saturday, November 03, 2007 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Two hiking options will be offered -- a short 1.5 mile hike to trailhead and back, and a longer 6 mile hike to the ridgeline and back, with a rest stop at the ridgeline itself. Dedication ceremony (at 9AM) will happen rain or shine, however, rain cancels the hikes (at 9:30am).
UPDATE! Dogs are NOT permitted at this event.


Mt. Diablo State Park - Mitchell Canyon/Burma Road Loop
Saturday, November 03, 2007 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Meet at Mitchell Canyon Staging Area. This hike is co-sponsored by the MDIA. This is a strenuous hike. Experienced hikers only, trekking poles recommended. Starting from Mitchell Canyon Road, pass Deer Flat and continue on Deer Flat Road. Turn onto Burma Road. Loop around Burma Road to turn left on Angel Kerley Road, and then take another left on Mothers Trail. From Mothers trail, return to Deer Flat Road, then back down to Murchio Gap and Back Creek Trail.

NOTE: Hike will last approximately 2 - 2.5 hours.

NOTE: This is a dog friendly hike. It's OK to hike in your Halloween costume.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area - Castle Rock
Sunday, October 28, 2007 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a fairly easy hike. Out and back about 6.5 miles, but we can go farther. Bathrooms are about .25 mile in from the parking lot near the park. We will go through the park and take the trail over the streams up towards the BBQ Terrace Trail. Hike is mostly sun.

NOTE: This is a relatively easy hike through rolling hills and also some forest. Weather should be ideal. Bring water, no services at the staging area. This is a dog friendly hike.

Briones Reservoir - Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, October 21, 2007 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: TIME CHANGE!
This dog friendly, 8 mile hike goes clockwise from the Briones Overlook staging area. It is an out and back hike and is 100% sun. Restroom but no water at the staging area. EBMUD hiking permits needed. This is a moderate hike.


Briones Reservoir - Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, October 14, 2007 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: While I am notorious for doing the entire Briones Reservoir loop, this hike will be an abbreviated hike. We will take the Bear Creek trail to the first gate and back - for a total of about 6.5 miles. The majority of this hike is on a single track trail with a canopy of trees. While the trail is gentle rolling hills, the inclement weather may make the trails slightly slippery. I'd like to get an earlier start to take advantage of the early morning wildlife before the trails become too crowded. EBMUD Permit Required. No dogs are allowed on the Bear Creek Trail.

NOTE: This hike is co-sponsored by the MDIA. Meet at the end of Regency Drive in Clayton. Parking is free. Recommend parking in the residential area rather than the dead end, since there have been break-ins in the past. Well take the grassy trail from Regency Gate to Murchio Road, then cross over to Mitchell Canyon Road. Follow Mitchell Canyon trail to Deer Flat, turn left (east) at the junction and continue steeply up to Murchio Gap. At Murchio Gap, descend on the Back Creek Trail and return to where we started from. This hike has just about everything the mountain park has to offer: lush wildflower-strewn meadows, narrow canyons with characteristic streamside vegetation, magnificent groves of Coulter pines, some of the greatest birding areas, rugged mountain scenery, and endless sun-swept panoramas. Its 7-8 miles, with a 1600 foot elevation gain.

Mt. Diablo - Borges Ranch
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We will hike from Borges and go over the hill to Castlerock. From there we will hike up Pine Creek to Little Yosemite trail. Up that trail to Briones Mt. Diablo and back to Borges. We can snack at Little Yosemite. Park in the first lot on the right. Water and restrooms. No parking fee. About 6 miles and ~500' of elevation gain. Not a difficult hike. 30% shade. No doggies.

EBMUD - King Canyon Hike
Sunday, October 07, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We borrowed this hike from Mz. Diane. It is one of her favorites. Not difficult. I need EBMUD hiking permit holders for this hike. You can also purchase one online. John has the address. Thanks John.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Ringtail Cat
Wednesday, October 03, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Yes, this hike is for this wednesday,10/3. We can decide at the staging area how far we want to go. The exit from 680 is El Cerro, and then go west to Danville Blvd. I neglected this in previous directions. Yes, I got feedback from the hikers over this.

Mt. Diablo State Park - Wall Point hike (Macedo Ranch)
Sunday, September 30, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This will be a loop hike that is rated moderate for difficulty. We will take the dusty trail down the ravine to stage coach trail and take that to the

Lafayette Reservoir - Moraga Road to Reservoir Rim Trail
Sunday, September 23, 2007 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is a strenuous 6 mile hike around the Reservoir. It's all ups and downs. No services at the start, but there is in the Park. Doggie friendly (leashed).

Tilden Regional Park - Inspiration Point
Sunday, September 16, 2007 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Anyone who has been hiking with us this summer can do this. 8 miles total of mostly flat terrain over a paved trail. Doggie friendly (leashed). No water at the trailhead. We will not be hiking the Conlon Trail. We will stay on Nimitz all the way.

Mt. Diablo State Park - Meridian Ridge to Eagle Peak Trail
Saturday, September 15, 2007 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Meet at the end of Regency Drive in Clayton. Parking is free. Well take Donner Canyon Road to Meridian Ridge and Murchio Gap, then climb Eagle Peak, descending Eagle Peak Trail and returning back to Donner Canyon from there. This hike has everything, starting with a good climb up Donner Canyon and Meridian Ridge, followed by the craggy rock formations of Murchio Gap. Eagle Peak Trail is an exciting hogback, often only a few feet wide, with sharp drop-offs on each side. Eagle Peak is a rocky belvedere from which to admire the expanse of Contra Costas

NOTE: This is a relatively easy hike that is starting early because of the heat. Bring fluids. No services at Livorna.

Lime Ridge Open Space - Arbolado Park
Sunday, September 02, 2007 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: The real purpose of this hike is to harvest oak tree acorns for a reforestation project. No skill or materials needed. Should only take a few minutes. This is a less than moderate hike. Lots of sun, but some shade.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Las Trampas Peak
Sunday, August 26, 2007 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will meet at the main staging area at the end of Bollinger Canyon Rd. This is a 5 mile loop hike, with ~1,000' of elevation gain. We start up the Chemise Trail to the Las Trampas Ridge Trail to Las Trampas Peak. And return via the Ridge Trail to the Bollinger Creek Trail to the Loop Trail and the staging area parking lot. Hike is ~ 75% sun. Water and restrooms at the staging area. This hike is dog friendly and should take about 2 1/2 hours. Great views from the Peak.

Redwood Regional Park - Skyline Gate
Sunday, August 19, 2007 @ 10:30 AM
NOTE: Meet by payphone near toilets.

NOTE: Meet at the end of Regency Drive in Clayton. Advise parking in the residential section of the street rather than the end, since there have been some breakins there. This is a predominantly shady hike, which is a desirable characteristic for August. We'll see just about every feature Mount Diablo has to offer -- rock formations, chapparal, pines, meadows, oaks, and the venerable Mount Diablo Manzanita. This hike is co-sponsored by the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association.

Morgan Territory - Morgan Creek Trail
Sunday, August 12, 2007 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will hike from Finley Rd to Morgan Creek trail. We go to Morgan Territory Rd and return via Finley Rd. This is a relatively easy hike. We often see wild turkeys in this park.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park - Pleasanton Ridge
Sunday, August 05, 2007 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: I have been requested by several hikers to do more hills and miles. Here you are. This is like Lafayette Res. (upper rim), only longer. The hike is a loop. No fees or permits. I wish I wrote the description. It is accurate and good.

Lime Ridge Open Space - Cowell Rd.
Sunday, July 29, 2007 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: 3 years ago this month, I took my first hike with this group. What a wonderful trip, and now I am even co-leading them. I am so impressed with the diversity and abilities of these hikers. Plus, they are fun to be with. Remember, no services on this hike.

NOTE: This is not an easy hike. I call it moderate. 6.1 miles and 1,500' of total elevation gain. The net gain is 1,200', but there are ups and downs. Restrooms, water and shaded picnic tables at Macedo. We can snack there after we finish. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed.

NOTE: Meet at the end of Regency Drive. There are many things to attract your attention on the way and to let you catch your breath - wildflowers well into summer, grotesquely eroded rock formations reminiscent of the American Southwest, the sequence of gradually expanding views. The climax view, of course, is from the summit itself. Stop at the summit for a snack/lunch. Mt. Olympia is one of the park's prime destinations, a rugged outcrop with fantastic views of dizzying canyons, particularly with the mists of winter. Mostly shady, this is particularly desirable in July. Approximately 9 miles, with a 2900 foot elevation gain.

Sky Ranch - Dutra Loop Trail
Sunday, July 15, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Exploratory hike. Some shade, but mostly open sun. Extremely limited parking. Please carpool!

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Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area - Castle Rock
Sunday, July 08, 2007 @ 9:05 AM
NOTE: Plan for about a 2 hour leisure hike in and back .. Some shade but lots of sun too!

NOTE: This is an ~8 mile hike over a gradually higher fire road. There is a steep descent about the mid point. I plan to stop just before this and have snacks under a tree. Recommend hiking poles. I plan to rest before this descent and snack in the shade of a tree. NO SERVICES in this part of the park. Take care of business before you get here. Parking is limited to about 10 spaces on the side of the road, so carpool if you can. Pleasanton/Dublin residents contact me and I will try to accomodate. I only have room for one more, but perhaps a bigger vehicle will work. Trader Joes is a good meeting spot. It's primitive, but I think you will like the hike. From 580, exit Tassajara Rd. north. About 10 miles to Finley Rd on your right. About 2 miles to the vehicles parked on the right side of the road.

Briones Reservoir - Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, June 24, 2007 @ 9:15 AM
NOTE: This is a long hike that Will and I are co-leading - 13.1 (give or take) miles in 50% sun/50% shade - that follows along the beautiful Briones Reservoir. We start out on the Bear Creek Trail and finish up on the Oursan Trail. Part of the trail will be on the Bear Creek Trail which does not allow dogs and the rangers frequently patrol the area. Be sure to meet at the correct staging area: Briones Reservoir Overlook Staging Area. If you get to Happy Valley Road off of Bear Creek Road, you've gone too far. The staging area is the first LEFT once you turn right onto Bear Creek Road (approximately 2 miles) from Highway 24 and Camino Pablo. Minimal elevation gain, but this hike is for experienced hikers only because of the length of the hike. We only stop for a couple of 5 minute breaks and about 10-15 minute lunch at mid-point. The Briones Reservoir Overlook Staging area requires the EBMUD permit. Each person with a permit is permitted to have 4 people on their permit. Permits must be carried on the holder of the permit since the Park Rangers sometimes patrol the trails and ask to see it. There is a bathroom at the trailhead, and a port-a-potty at the next staging area (about 3.5 miles). After that, there are no other facilities. Bring plenty of water since it may be hot. Please only attempt this hike if you are an experienced hiker because of the length of the hike. If in doubt, please don't attempt.

NOTE: This is another relatively easy hike in the rolling hills behind Alamo. No services at the staging area! If anyone would like to carpool from San Ramon Central Park, please email me (2 openings).

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Ringtail Cat
Saturday, June 16, 2007 @ 9:30 AM

NOTE: This is one of my favorite hikes that is not that difficult. We can split into 2 groups at the summit. One will do a shorter hike and the other a bit longer. Here's the deal. I need one Pleasanton resident in each vehicle that goes to the trailhead. Doesn't have to be the driver. We will carpool to the trailhead. If you have a school bus, that would be perfect. Please contact me by email if you are a participating Pleasanton resident.

Mt. Diablo State Park - Olofson Ridge
Saturday, June 02, 2007 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a very nice hike on Mt. Diablo that is really being lead by Helene. I am willing to co-lead. I am posting this so it will reach a wider audience. It starts at Mitchell Canyon staging area. Total of 6 miles, and 1,000' of elevation gain. Mostly sun. Flush toilets, picnic tables and water at the staging area. $3 (exact change) parking fee.

Mt. Diablo - Green Valley to Rock City
Sunday, May 20, 2007 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Expect temps in the 80's. If you have never done a Diablo Summit hike, but would like too, this hike or Paul's hike on saturday is an excellent prep. If there is interest, Howard and I will lead it in June.

NOTE: This hike should last about 5 hours. Most of the hike is fairly easy except the last 40 minutes. At this point we will climb out of Mitchell canon to Deer Flat. There will be a bathroom stop after approximately 45 minutes. hopefully we will catch some leftover spring flowers and a butterfly or two. If you have questions call Paul at 925-705-3262.

Diablo Foothills Park - Diablo Foothills
Sunday, May 13, 2007 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Loop hike through varied terrain... a little bit of everything...from open grassy ridges along fire roads to hidden single track trails, along with some interesting rock formations and a few creek crossings. Lunch in quiet, secluded picnic area next to Pine Creek. Figure on about 8 mi total distance. There is a bail out point for those who wish to only do about half the loop. Some climbs on the way out and on return after lunch but not that difficult. Walking sticks/hiking poles recommended as well as good gripping boots. . Bring something for stop at picnic area, water & layered clothes. Great views of Mt Diablo and valleys to the north and south. Return by around 1:30 pm.

NOTE: Celebrate spring with a beautiful hike to the waterfalls of Mount Diablosome up to 100 high! A Save Mount Diablo / Sierra Club sponsored hike.

EBMUD - King Canyon Hike
Sunday, May 06, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 6.2 mile hike with about 500' of elevation gain in a short distance in the middle of the hike. Parking is free, but no services at the staging area. Bring water and snacks. Lots of sun on this hike. I need hikers with EBMUD hiking permits to attend this hike so we can legally bring the non permit hikers into the park. A full year permit for $10 is available on the EBMUD website. I leave my landline phone at 9:00 AM.

Mt. Diablo State Park - Mt Diablo WaterFall Trail
Saturday, May 05, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Prepare for muddy conditions. Bring lunch or a snack.

NOTE: This is a 6 mile up and down hike on the upper rim trail. Not easy. We can split into 2 groups; those that want to do the easy lake level trail, and the rest of us rim hikers. At the halfway point, we will pause at the Ranger station for snacks, while Howard and I renew our EBMUD hiking permits. $10 for one year; a bargain. We will not park at the main entrance, but at Via Granada (right) from Moraga Rd. (Street parking - see directions below) Water and restrooms on the trail. Hike is all sun. Hike is doggie friendly (leashed). Free parking.

NOTE: This is a 6 mile up and down hike on the upper rim trail. Not easy. We can split into 2 groups; those that want to do the easy lake level trail, and the rest of us rim hikers. At the halfway point, we will pause at the Ranger station for snacks, while Howard and I renew our EBMUD hiking permits. $10 for one year; a bargain. We will not park at the main entrance, but at Via Granada (right) from Moraga Rd. (Street parking - see directions below) Water and restrooms on the trail. Hike is all sun. Hike is doggie friendly (leashed). Free parking.


NOTE: CHANGE IN MEETING LOCATION: Due to Earth Day activities in Mitchell Canyon, park at Pine Hollow Middle School (17 miles / 30 minutes from Walnut Creek) and take the complimentary County Connection Shuttle to the Mitchell Canyon trailhead. Hike co-Sponsored by Save Mount Diablo and Sierra Club (SF Bay Chapeter - Mt. Diablo Group).

Round Valley Regional Preserve - Miwok Trail
Sunday, April 15, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is the time of year to visit this beautiful valley (definitely not in July/August). It is planned as an easy 6 mile total, out and back hike to the Los Vaqueros entrance gate. Elevation gain is about 300'. 90% sun and no doggies. Restroom only at the staging area. Bring your own water. Free parking.We will stop at a shaded grove with several picnic tables on the way back. Bring snacks. From WC/Concord, take Ygnacio Valley Rd.about 9 miles to Clayton Rd (light). Right about 15 miles to Round Valley on the right. Name changes to Marsh Creek Rd after Clayton. About 2 miles past Deer Valley Rd. From points south of San Ramon, take 580 to Livermore and Vasco Rd. North about 15 miles to Camino Diablo (light). Left about 5 miles to RV on the left. Name changes to Marsh Creek. Allow at least one hour of travel time to get to RV. I leave my landline phone at 8:45.

Del Valle Regional Park - Del Valle
Saturday, April 07, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This hike is from the north end of Lake Del Valle. It's a bit far from Concord/W.C., but it's mostly highway. Planning ~7 miles total, with about 1,000' of elevation gain. 600' comes in the first half mile, but it rolling hills after that. We will rest and snack at the top of the hill and enjoy the views of the Lake. This hike is doggie friendly and 99% sun. Dogs are allowed in the Lake. It is an

NOTE: We will meet at the Bear Gulch Visitors Center at the East entrance. Participants to arrange their own carpools/transportation, food, and lodging. Additional information available here.

Cell Phones & 2-way Radios
Cell phones will not work within Pinnacles or the Pinnacles Campground area. Use of a 2-way walkie takie is advised. Prachi and I will be carrying Motorola TalkAbout FRS/GMRS type 2-way radios (model SX800R). You are not required to purchase or use such a radio, however, while at camp and hiking we will be monitoring the following channel:

      Channel/Frequency:                      1 (462.5625 MHz)
      Privacy Code (PL/CTCSS):       11 (97.4 Hz)

Please note that other 2-way radio brands and models should be compatible with the SX800R we will be carrying, however, do not trust that the channel number or privacy codes to be exactly the same. Your radio may require a slightly different configuration from ours. Always check your user manual ahead of time for the proper settings.


Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Las Trampas Peak
Sunday, April 01, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We will meet at the main staging area at the end of Bollinger Canyon Rd. This is a 5 mile loop hike, with ~1,000' of elevation gain over the first 2 miles. We return via Las Trampas Ridge trail to the Chamise trail. Chamise is a steep descent over 0.75 miles. Hiking poles would be helpful. Hike is ~ 75% sun. Water and restrooms at the staging area. This hike is a bit more difficult than Howe Homestead because of the greater elevation gain, but it is 2.5 miles shorter. Should take about 2 hours. Great views from the Peak. This hike is dog friendly. From 680, exit west at Crow Canyon Rd. 1 mile to Bollinger Canyon Rd. (light). Right 5.5 miles to the end of the road. Staging area on the left.

Pinnacles National Monument - Traverse the Caves (Loop)
Saturday, March 31, 2007 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will meet at the Bear Gulch Visitors Center at the East entrance. Participants to arrange their own carpools/transportation, food, and lodging. Additional information available here.

Cell Phones & 2-way Radios
Cell phones will not work within Pinnacles or the Pinnacles Campground area. Use of a 2-way walkie takie is advised. Prachi and I will be carrying Motorola TalkAbout FRS/GMRS type 2-way radios (model SX800R). You are not required to purchase or use such a radio, however, while at camp and hiking we will be monitoring the following channel:

      Channel/Frequency:                      1 (462.5625 MHz)
      Privacy Code (PL/CTCSS):       11 (97.4 Hz)

Please note that other 2-way radio brands and models should be compatible with the SX800R we will be carrying, however, do not trust that the channel number or privacy codes to be exactly the same. Your radio may require a slightly different configuration from ours. Always check your user manual ahead of time for the proper settings.


Howe Homestead Park - Shell Ridge
Sunday, March 25, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 7 mile loop hike on Shell Ridge, starting from almost downtown Walnut Creek at 10:00. About 500' of elevation gain. No services at the start, but all at the mid point. Hike is mostly sun. From 680, take Ygnacio Valley east one mile to Walnut Blvd. Right turn and 1/2 mile to Howe Homestead Park on the left.

NOTE: This is a strenuous hike, about 12-14 miles roundtrip, with an elevation gain of approximately 3800 feet. Bring: trekking poles, lunch, water, sunscreen, rain gear. Light rain does not cancel the hike. Torrential rain does cancel the hike. Meet at end of Regency Drive in Clayton. We'll stop at the Summit for 45 minutes to eat lunch, and take breaks along the way, depending on the temperature.

various - Chaparral Spring hike
Sunday, March 18, 2007 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike is being offered to us by the East Bay Trail Dogs.
Founded in 1999 the East Bay Trail Dogs are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that designs, builds, maintains and repairs hiking trails in public lands throughout the East Bay area. Its members are from every walk of life and each shares the common bond of being a hiking trail enthusiast. Concerned about the degraded condition of numerous trails and the lack of hiking trail building in newly acquired public lands, the “Dogs” turned their hiking trail enthusiasm into hiking trail “constructonism” Since 1999 the East Bay Trail dogs worked for 6-six different public agencies in 3-three Bay Area counties, and donated over nine thousand eight hundred (9800) man-hours. They did over one hundred eighty (180) different projects. Using conservative labor cost estimates, East Bay Trail Dogs saved these agencies over $180 thousand dollars. Join us on the Chaparral Spring hike and enjoy their latest trail building project.


NOTE: This is would be a difficult hike with a distance of around 15 miles roundtrip and 3200 elevation. Will meet at the end of Regency Drive in Clayton at 7:00 AM and start hiking at 7:15 AM. Take lunch and snacks, water, walking sticks, good boots, hat, etc&..

NOTE: This is approximately 7-8 miles, with about a 2200 foot elevation gain. Pretty steep up the Meridian Ridge portion to Murchio Gap, but downhill all the way after that. We'll start at Regency Gate in Clayton, follow Donner Canyon Road to Cardinet Oaks, then Falls Trail to Middle Trail to Meridian Ridge. Highest Point is Murchio Gap, from whence we'll descend down Back Creek Trail. The falls are quite gorgeous right now, but we should stay dry on the trails. Bring lunch or a snack, since it's a longer hike -- about 4 hours (maybe a little longer if you're just mosying along).

Mt. Diablo - Borges Ranch
Sunday, March 04, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a 6 mile hike with ~500' of elevation gain. Much easier than Eagle Peak. This will be a loop hike going to Macedo Ranch via the Briones/Mt Diablo trail and returning via Little Yosemite and Stage Road. Services at both Borges and Macedo. Bring snacks or lunch. Hike starts at 10:00AM. Only heavy rain cancels. I depart 925-484-4205 at 8:45 (not a cell phone). We will meet at the Ranger Station, end of the road (where the farm animals are). From Ygnacio Valley, go south on Walnut Ave or Oak Grove Rd about a mile to their juncture. A quick right on Castle Rock Rd and about one mile to Borges Ranch Rd (right) and take it to the end (about 1/2 mile). Free parking. This is an easy fun hike.

Mt. Diablo - Borges Ranch
Sunday, February 25, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Due to heavy rain, this hike has been postponed until next Sunday, March 4th.


Mt. Diablo State Park - Meridian Ridge to Eagle Peak Trail
Saturday, February 17, 2007 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Meet at the Regency Gate in Clayton at 9:00am. We'll hike up the Meridian Ridge Trail (think nice steep climb). I recommend trekking poles for this hike, since there's quite a bit of gravel on Meridian Ridge. We'll hike to Murchio Gap, from which we'll descend on Eagle Peak trail, traversing Eagle Peak on the way. This is a slightly longer hike -- it takes 4 - 4 1/2 hours, so you might also want to bring lunch or a snack. I estimate our mileage to be in the vicinity of 7 to 8 miles, approximately. To get to Regency Gate, take Clayton Road into the town of Clayton. You'll pass Mitchell Canyon Road and the Diablo View school. Regency Drive is a private residential street that dead-ends right before the gate. You'll turn right at the light. There's parking on the street, no charge.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area - Castle Rock
Sunday, February 11, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We'll go about 3 miles in and back for a round trip of about 6 miles.

Briones Regional Park - Briones Peak
Sunday, February 04, 2007 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: Briones Peak Loop Hike Hike Outline: Here's a hike to enjoy before your Super Bowl festivities begin. Briones Regional Park is the location for this six mile loop through rolling hills. The route extends one of my favorite training hikes that includes a fairly steep ascent to Briones Peak where we'll briefly stop and regroup. Most of the total elevation gain (1850 feet) gets done within the first two miles and at a steady pace it'll quickly get your attention. But the rewards are excellent views of central county and Mount Diablo. A light jacket could be useful as it can be breezy at the peak or along the ridge. Rain does not cancel the hike, but come prepared if it does rain. Trailhead Directions: Reliez Valley Trailhead is at the intersection of Reliez Valley Road and Gloria Terrace on the west side of the street. The trailhead has a small parking lot with room for only a few vehicles, but there is additional parking available on the street. Be careful, the entrance to the trailhead is small and easy to miss. There are no parking or access fees and no trailhead facilities. A regional park map is available at the trailhead. Use the trail map link to obtain specific Mapquest directions and travel times to the trailhead.

Mt. Diablo State Park - Olofson Ridge
Sunday, January 28, 2007 @ 10:45 AM
NOTE: Exploratory hike!

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - Las Trampas
Sunday, January 14, 2007 @ 10:45 AM
NOTE: Rain cancels. We'll start by hiking up the paved trail up to the gate, then if it's not too muddy cut across the ridge and back down, in a loop pattern. Andrew asks you to bring your EBMUD hiking permit as he would like to take us BEHIND the communication tower for views of King Canyon in Moraga. If it's too muddy, we'll just return back down the paved trail.

Las Trampas - Camille Lane
Sunday, January 07, 2007 @ 10:45 AM
NOTE: re-scheduled - pending good weather. Rain cancels.

We will hike approximately 3 miles in along the Madrone Trail, then turn around and head back once we hit the Las Trampas Ridge / Calaveras Ridge Trail. Figure about 6 miles round trip.


EBMUD - Briones Reservoir Loop - Oursan Trail
Monday, January 01, 2007 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: The Briones Reservoir Loop is an approximately 14 mile loop around the entire Briones Reservoir. This will take about 5+ hours and should only be attempted by experienced hikers. We will take one 15 minute break for a snack, but will not take many stops. There is an outhouse 1/3 of the way around the reservoir, and at the trail head. Part of the trail will be on the Bear Creek Trail which does not allow dogs and the rangers frequently patrol the area. The Briones Reservoir Overlook staging area requires the East Bay MUD permit.

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