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Mt. Diablo State Park: Deer Flat from Mitchell Canyon
Saturday, December 27, 2008 @ 12:15 PM
NOTE: We'll hike 3.5 miles at a leisurely pace to Deer Flat and take a short break before returning.

Optional stop after at A Sweet Affair Bakery ( in Walnut Creek. If it is crowded, we will go to Peet's Coffee and Tea. Both are in Ygnacio Plaza Shopping Center, 1815 Ygnacio Valley Rd., corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and San Carlos Dr.

Note: If you like to hike fast and don't like taking rest breaks with a group, this hike is not for you.

Regional Trails: Iron Horse @ Stone Valley Rd
Thursday, December 25, 2008 @ 12:00 PM
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.

Starting time will be 12:00 PM and round trip mileage is 5.5 miles. When we get to the main part of Danville (2.75 miles), we'll have coffee at Starbucks.

The Iron Horse Trail is all pavement and completely flat so all you need to bring is water, sweater/jacket, and umbrella in case it rains.We should be back around 3 pm. There are restrooms at the railroad museum in Danville, Starbucks and at the Safeway in Alamo. Note:This is not a dog friendly hike.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Foothill Staging Area
Sunday, December 21, 2008 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is really a 5+ mile hike because I am changing the the route to stay on the sunny trails. This way it will be drier. It is supposed to be a dry W/E. It will be cold. Dress accordingly. After the hike I would like to eat at Stephanie's Cafe (it's a Deli). It's right next to the freeway entrance. Please join me. Call me by 9:00 sunday if you are not sure of the hike. This park is dog friendly. Several stock ponds. Park where you want, it's a daytime hike.

NOTE: Want an easy hike with spectacular scenery and a secret staircase? Secret staircase you're thinking. What is that? Well to find out come along on this easy 6 mile round trip hike on one of Marin County's lesser known bike paths!

We'll hike south from Ross along the bike path by Corte Madera Creek and enjoy views of the bay wetlands and Mt. Tam. Then when we get to Larkspur we'll stop for either pizza at Picco or some genuinely Italian pastries at Emporio Rulli. But you'll probably want to take an optional walk up the secret staircase before or after we eat. Or both. An experience not to be missed!

Meet at the south end of the post office parking lot in Ross by the beginning of the bike path.

NOTE: Yes, it's time for my birthday hike, rain or shine. Dress for the weather conditions. Paved trail, porta potty at the start. Bring water. This hike is dog friendly. Best to keep them leashed because there is a lot of traffic on this trail. You can get fantastic photos on this hike if the weather cooperates. Lets snack at the mid point (Nike missle site).

Shell Ridge Open Space: Sutherland Dr
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: A loop hike to Borges Ranch via a new route and trailhead. Approx 5 miles and 750 feet elevation gain. Dog off-leash friendly. Water at trailhead, full facilities at Borges Ranch where we will relax and snack before return.

NOTE: We won't do the waterfall part because there isn't any water yet. We will hike 5 to 6 miles. We will take Donner Canyon to Back Creek for the return. After the hike there is a Christmas pot luck at Peggi's place (nearby). We will caravan there. Peggi will hand out directions at the staging area. Bring finger food to share (cookies, fruit, cheese, etc.). Let's get into the Christmas spirit.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Howe Homestead Park
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This will be a 5+ mile hike. We will hike Fossil Hill, Indian Creek and wherever else we want to go. There may be fog early, but it will clear. This hike is from Walnut Blvd, not Walnut Ave. WB is close to 680. WA is close to Concord. This hike is very dog friendly, (they are allowed off leash). This hike is in EBRP not EBMUD. No permits needed.

NOTE: Between 5 to 6 mile loop hike to Borges Ranch and return. We will rest and snack at Borges before returning to Livorna. Rain will cancel.

Annadel State Park: Lawndale Trailhead
Saturday, November 29, 2008 @ 12:00 PM
NOTE: The hike starts at noon so you can sleep in and still have time to drive there. However, you'll have to give yourself at least 90 minutes for driving. Carpooling is encouraged.

The trails in the park are well graded so as long as you are in shape, you'll do fine. However, be prepared to sweat as the first three miles are uphill (900 foot elevation gain). We'll hike at a leisurely pace with rest breaks at the various benches along the way. Bring a camera and a snack; dress in layers.

Note: If you like to hike fast and don't like taking rest breaks with a group, this hike is NOT for you.

Our mileage will be around nine miles, plus or minus a mile depending on how we feel. The last mile and a half will be on a country road as we backtrack to the parking lot.

Our hike will take us to the junction of the Marsh and Two Quarry trails. Then depending on how we feel, we'll continue on to Buick Meadow or turn around and explore Ledson Marsh. Then, we'll descend the Schultz Canyon Trail and stop at the scenic vista halfway down before walking back to the cars on beautiful Schultz road.

We should be back to the parking lot no later than 4:45 pm. After the hike, there will be an optional stop at either The Vineyards Inn Restaurant in Kenwood for chips and salsa or Yeti Restaurant in Glen Ellen for Himalayan appetizers.

Regional Trails: Iron Horse @ Stone Valley Rd
Thursday, November 27, 2008 @ 12:00 PM
NOTE: Who says you can't go hiking on Thanksgiving? Spend a few hours working up an appetite for the big meal with a fun hike on the paved portion of the Iron Horse Trail in Alamo and Danville.

Starting time will be 12:00 PM and round trip mileage is 5.5 miles. When we get to the main part of Danville (2.75 miles), we'll relax in the picnic area near the railroad museum or have coffee at Starbucks.

The Iron Horse Trail is all pavement and completely flat so all you need to bring is water, sweater/jacket, and umbrella in case it rains.

We should be back around 3 pm. There are restrooms at the railroad museum in Danville and at the Safeway in Alamo. This is not a dog friendly hike.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve: Brushy Peak Preserve
Sunday, November 23, 2008 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: We will hike a different route. The loop trail just opened. It is beautiful. You have to see it. Howard and I previewed it today. Almost 5 miles and 800 feet of elevation gain. A moderate hike. The scenery is spectacular. It is dog friendly, and also very sunny.

NOTE: This is a moderate hike over hilly terrain. 1,000+ feet of elevation gain. 5+ miles. It is dog friendly. 25% shade. This is a very doable hike that most hikers in this group can do. Dress for the weather. There is water and restrooms at the parking lot. If you have an EBMUD hiking permit, please bring it.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Mitchell Canyon
Sunday, November 09, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: We will meet at the parking lot. Starts out easy, but soon changes to difficult. Shade early but then all sun. It is a difficult hike. Bring your cameras for the group photo at the summit. Call me before 7:30 if you have questions.

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve: Black Diamond
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: meet at the trail head on FREDERICKSON LANE in ANTIOCH near the entrance to Contra Loma Park. We will be doing a clockwise loop through the park. Will take a rest and snack stop near the old Stewartvill town site. There are tables and facilities there. Figure on a 900 ft elevation gain on this hike. There is one hill about 3/4 miles after our rest stop that might get your attention as we climb up to the ridge trail. Its all pretty easy after that one. Total miles APPX: 6 1/2 plan on 3 hrs including our rest stop. ( please disregard the following posted trail notes here)

EBRPD: Hardy Canyon (Round Valley Regional Park)
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 10:30 AM
NOTE: Give yourself plenty of time to traverse the windy roads out to the trailhead. We will be departing the trailhead on time. For those arriving late, we will cross the bridge and follow the Miwok Trail then left onto the Hardy Canyon Trail. Total distance for this hike should be closer to 5 miles not 8. Rain cancels, so check my cell phone for a msg if unsure about weather conditions.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Earle's Diablo Endurance Hike
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 6:30 AM
NOTE: Earle and Diane are going to co-lead this hike. We will meet at dawn (which will be at 6:36 a.m. on 11/2) at the East Bay Parks staging area located at the end of Livorna Road in Alamo. This is a 26 mile 'marathon' hike and should only be attempted by hikers comfortable with 10+ miles. We plan on going at a comfortable pace - slow and steady. Our route will take us to Borges Ranch for our first pit and water stop. We will lunch at Mt. Diablo Summit. There will be other pit and water stops along the way. Make sure your hiking shoes are well-fitting and bring plenty of water (at least 2 liters) and quick energy foods (fruit, gu, energy bars, etc.) If you have walkie-talkies and GPS devices, please bring them. Safety is important to us and therefore we want people to know their ability. The weather will be cooler - so think layers - but rain cancels.


Shell Ridge Open Space: Corral Springs to Deer Lake
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a fun hike on a part of Shell Ridge you are probably not familiar with. It is not difficult.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Wall Point hike (Macedo Ranch)
Sunday, October 26, 2008 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: This is one of our favorite hikes. Thanks to Lucy, it will be a pot luck hike. Bring something to share. Cookies, fruit, drinks, whatever. Let's socialize a bit.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, October 26, 2008 @ 8:15 AM
NOTE: 13.2 miles in 75% sun with lots of hills. This is not an easy hike, so please be aware of your ability and stamina. Haven't decided whether to go clockwise or counter-clockwise yet, but will make that decision on Sunday. No dogs are allowed on the Bear Creek trail. An EBMUD permit is required. Please plan on arriving by 8:00 a.m. to sign in. If you do not have a permit, please make arrangements with someone who does. We will start hiking at 8:15 a.m. Please bring plenty of water as this hike can be difficult especially if it is very warm next Sunday. The staging area has a bathroom with a flush toilet, but no other services until we reach the Bear Creek staging area.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Twin Ponds Loop
Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We will do the Twin Ponds Loop in the reverse direction as last time to make it different. We stop at Borges Ranch at the mid point. Bring your dogs. They may have to be leashed at Borges. You must drive to the END of Rockspring to get to our staging area.

NOTE: Yes, we lead difficult hikes and this is one of them. It is the Riggs Canyon loop. 7 miles and 2,000 feet of elevation gain in 2 miles. The elevation gain in a mile section is very steep. Do not attempt this if you are not capable of hiking steep slopes. Please ignore the trail notes. We are hiking north, not south. Next time I will submit a new hike. The directions to the site are accurate.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Dr/Indian Valley School
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is a very pleasant hike in the sun. There is only one hill and it is just before Borges, where we will rest and snack. We return a different way, so no more big hills. We hike on fireroads all the way. This park is dog friendly, so bring them. They are even allowed off leash, although they might have to be leashed at Borges because their animals roam the property at times. Borges is a fantastic place to visit.

NOTE: We will be starting out on the California Riding and Hiking Trail then doing a loop using the Woodlands Trail. Dogs are permitted on this hike.

Redwood Regional Park: Skyline Gate
Thursday, October 09, 2008 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: This is really a 6 mile hike through beautiful Redwoods. I get lost in time every time I come here. It is so beautiful. A great place to hike in hot weather.

Lafayette Reservoir: Moraga Rd to Lower Rim
Sunday, October 05, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This hike is an easy alternative to the main hike. It is not competition. We are trying to attract more hikers. The Trail Notes are accurate.

Lafayette Reservoir: Via Granada
Sunday, October 05, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: We will take a short break at the top of the hill close to Rheem Blvd. next to the water tank (Drinking water) and then close to the park main entrance (water and toilets). Plan on about 2½ hours to complete this trail.

Regional Trails: Iron Horse @ Stone Valley Rd
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 11:00 AM
NOTE: Autumn is here and the weather forecast says it might rain this Saturday. So let's celebrate the change of season with an umbrella walk to Danville Farmers Market!

Starting time will be 11:00 AM and round trip mileage is 5.5 miles. When we get to the farmers market (2.75 miles), we'll stop for some food and eat in the picnic area by the trail across the street.

The Iron Horse Trail is all pavement and completely flat so all you need to bring is your umbrella, water, and something to carry fruits and vegetables with.

We should be back around 2 pm. There are restrooms at the farmers' market in Danville and at the Safeway in Alamo. This is not a dog friendly hike.

NOTE: We are trying to get back into mid week hikes. Lots of sun. Should take 2.5 to 3 hours. Dog friendly. There are at least 15 parking spaces at the staging area.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Twin Ponds Loop
Sunday, September 28, 2008 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Please join us for this hike. It is relatively easy. We will have a special guest that I want you to meet. I will investigate the staging area for how much parking is there. Bring snacks to share with all at Borges Ranch. This is a different route to Borges.

NOTE: This is a very pleasant hike, mostly through grasslands but also a nice forested section. It's just a bit more than a walk in the park. Borges used to be a working ranch around 1900. It's a nice place to rest and refresh. No services at Livorna. Come prepared. This hike is dog friendly, and they love it. No fees. There are actually 16+ parking spots.

Lafayette Reservoir: Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail
Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: You all know I am not creative enough to come up with a moonlight hike in a full moon. I will introduce the creative co-leader at the start. We will meet next to the entrance station to the $6 parking lot. This hike will take longer than 2 hours. We will rest at the top of killer hill and enjoy the sunset. We will then continue on in twilight and then darkness. Bring a light. If the low clouds don't show up you won't need it. This is a strenuous hike.


Lime Ridge Open Space: Arbolado Park
Sunday, September 14, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: We will hike to the Ridge via the Ohlone and Blue Oak Trails. Then after a short rest/snack stop we will continue along the Lime Ridge Trail to the Paraiso Trail and down to the Ohlone Trail to return to Arbolado Park. There are rest rooms and water at Arbolado Park.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Sunday, September 07, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: See Trail Notes for a description of the hike. Mostly shaded on the Bear Creek Trail and not much elevation gain. Please arrive early for EBMUD sign in. There are toilets but no water at the Overlook staging area. No dogs are allowed on this trail.

EBRPD: Diane's Castle Rock Loop
Monday, September 01, 2008 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE: This loop is about 10 miles, meanders on about 4 or 5 different trails, and because of some significant elevation gain -- about 1300 feet -- it is recommended for EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY who know their ability. If you have never been to Castle Rock Park, please allow plenty of time to find the staging area. We will begin our hike at 8:30 a.m. SHARP! The staging area is past both horse stables at the end of the road. I anticipate this hike taking approximately 3.5 to 4 hours. Please pay attention to the weather and bring adequate water and snacks. I recommend about 2 liters of fluids since much of this hike is in full sun.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas Peak
Saturday, August 30, 2008 @ 9:00 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 approximately 1,000' of elevation gain. We start up the Bollinger Creek Trail to the Las Trampas Ridge Trail to Las Trampas Peak. A short rest/snack stop and return via the Ridge Trail to Chamise Trail to the staging area parking lot. Hike is approximately 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.

Black Diamond Mines: Stewartville/Oil canyon loop
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 8:45 AM
NOTE: Black Diamond Mine out and back 4.6 mile hike on the Stewartville trail with an exploratory 2.82 mile loop in Oil Canyon. For a total 7.4 miles. This is a pretty easy hike for those hiking regularly. There is one hill appx 550 ft gain and loss each way to be traversed twice. Not sure the elevation changes for the loop. Map indicates following mostly canyon land.

NOTE: Kim is leading this hike, I am just assisting. Short notice, but bring a friend or two. I rate it easy+ (through my eyes). All the regular EBCH hikers can do this. No fees.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Marshall Drive Entrance
Saturday, August 23, 2008 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: Dogs are allowed off leash. If it is hot, it will be under two hours, about 1 hour and 45 minutes. On difficulty I would suggest this for experience hikers who like to maintain an aerobic pace.

NOTE: This is a loop hike taking the Ridge Top Trail to Borges Ranch where we will stop for a short rest/snack. Return will be via the Briones Mt Diablo Trail. Approx a 6 mile, 3 hour hike. This is a dog friendly area.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area: Castle Rock
Saturday, August 09, 2008 @ 10:15 AM
NOTE: This will be an in and back type hike, approximately 2 hours round trip. Please plan to arrive early as we depart on time.

Rancho Laguna Park: Moraga to Las Trampas
Sunday, August 03, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: The Trail Notes say it all. If you like to explore, please join me. I do not know what to expect. The hike is relatively easy. Since I am back into trail running, I cannot explore during the week. So this is my solution. Do it on the W/E.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Saturday, August 02, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: There are no Trail Notes, so I will include them in the event notes. This is a hike to San Pablo dam from Briones Overlook. 8 miles and 500 feet of elevation gain. The gain is in the last mile of the hike, which makes it more tiring. We go downhill 500 feet in the first mile. Flat for 3 miles to the public parking lot. All shade in the flat section. Perfect for a hot day. We will find a spot to snack at the parking lot , which is the turnaround spot. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits. No water that I know of on this hike. Restroom at the Overlook. No dogs. OK for kids over 10.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park: Pleasanton Ridge
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: Join me for a moderately-challenging mid-week


EBMUD: King Canyon Hike
Sunday, July 27, 2008 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE: This is about a 6 mile hike and for the most part, just gradual inclines (mostly gently rolling hills), although there is a pretty tough 1 mile climb between miles 4 and 5. A hiking permit is required for this trail. In the interest of those hikers who arrive early and/or on time, we will be starting promptly at 8:30. If you aren't sure where the trailhead is, please allow extra time to arrive, park, and register your vehicle. If you do not have a permit, make arrangements before you arrive to share someone's permit or go online to obtain your own. Since I am a fast hiker, I will try and bring flour to mark the trail. Although this is a very easy trail to follow, there are a couple of areas that might be confusing.

Lime Ridge Open Space: Arbolado Park
Saturday, July 26, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a very scenic hike and it is not difficult. There are many crossing trails and false trails. If you know the Park and would like to help keep track of the hikers, I certainly welcome it. It is supposed to be warm saturday, so the early start will help. We want to enter the Park at the second entrance on your left. The Park is Walnut Creek Open Space (Lime Ridge). From 680S you want to exit left at Ygnacio. From 680N you want to exit right at Ygnacio.

NOTE: From the restroom meeting spot we will be taking the Montara Moutain Trail up to the North Peak Summit. Depending on the weather, we may return via the Brooks Falls Trail to make this a partial loop otherwise it will be an out an back. The hike will be 7 to 8 miles with an approximate total elevation gain of 1800 feet. This hike will be somewhat strenuous due to elevation change and some of the trail can have some steep grades getting to the summit. We will be passing through a forest of eucalyptus as we gain elevations. On clear days there will be some views of the ocean and the town of Pacifica as we ascend. I have seen many small rabbits in this park along the trails. At the summit, there can be views of Mt. Diablo, the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco. Parts of the trail can narrow to a single track with an abundance of poison oak. The weather can vary greatly, so dress in layers and bring at least 2 liters of water as there will be no water available on the trail. There are restrooms at the parking lot only. No dogs are allowed in the park.

Shell Ridge Open Space: Howe Homestead Park
Sunday, July 20, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: We will hike to Borges Ranch where we will stop for lunch/snack. Return will be via Indian Creek Trail. Distance approx. 6+ miles with elevation gain of about 750 feet. Dog friendly. Free but limited parking at Howe Homestead. Additional street parking available nearby.

NOTE: Experienced fit hikers only. Meet at Mitchell Canyon Staging Area. Bring $3 exact change for parking and plenty of fluids, expect hot dry weather with very little shade

NOTE: This is a fairly easy hike but still a good work out to prepare for those July 4th BBQs. We will go out and back about 8 miles roundtrip...maybe more if people are game. Bathrooms are about 1/4 mile from the parking lot near the park. We will go through the Castle Rock park and take the trail over the streams up towards the BBQ Terrace Trail. Hike is 50% sun. Because Castle Rock is a very popular park for BBQs, please arrive early to secure parking as it is limited. Carpools are encouraged. We will start hiking at 8:30 sharp!

NOTE: We are now into summer, so we must anticipate hot weather. The early start will make the hike more enjoyable. This is not an easy hike. I rate it a moderate plus. There is a 1,000 ft elevation gain in the first mile. That is a 19% slope. This part of the hike is difficult. Once we get to the ridgetop, it is relatively easy and soon is all downhill through forest. Restrooms and water at the parking lot.

NOTE: Meet at the Wolverton parking lot. We will hike at a casual, touristy pace, sticking together as a group. Touristy means we will pause often to snap photos and enjoy the beautiful scenery around us! So bring your camera, as there will be plenty of photo opportunities! For those that wish to venture faster, bring your own 2-way radio as well - REQUIRED!

NOTE: I am ready for something easier. Here it is. The views are more than nice, They are outstanding. Bring a camera. There is no water on this trail. It is usually cool. 8 miles total and 500 ft of elevation gain. We can snack at the turnaround point. The old missile site. This is a very popular trail. Not advised to hike 4 abreast.

NOTE: This hike is all ups and downs. A good workout with great views. We will hike the Upper Rim trail. Total distance will be a little over 6 miles. It is Fathers Day. Tell me about your kids. I would like to know.

Redwood Regional Park: West Loop from Redwood Gate
Saturday, June 14, 2008 @ 11:00 AM
NOTE: The weather is warming up and summer is almost here. So let's go to Redwood Regional Park this Saturday for a spectacular hike. This 7 to 8 mile round trip loop has it all. Towering redwoods and douglas firs. Views of the San Francisco Bay and East Bay Hills. Microclimates varying from shady and cool breezes in the redwood forest to hot and sunny along the ridge.

We will be hiking at a leisurely pace and taking lots of breaks including a stop for lunch at Redwood Bowl. So if you are a fast hiker and don't like taking breaks, this hike is not for you. The elevation gain from the parking area to the highest point on the hike is 900 feet. It's actually a little more since the West Ridge Trail goes up and down in some places. For this reason, you should be in good shape. Total time to complete the hike should be around 4 hours, possibly more depending on the group.

Make sure to bring a liter of water and a non-perishable snack as well as a sun hat and sun block. There are drinking fountains and flesh toilets at the parking area and Redwood Bowl. Also, there are vault toilets and drinking fountains at other points along the way.

Parking is $5 per vehicle. We will meet at the Canyon Meadow Staging Area parking lot. This is not a dog friendly hike.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Grand Loop on Diablo
Sunday, June 08, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Hey my friends, I am just the facilitator. The hike will be lead by Judith. This is her first hike as the Leader, so please come out and show your support. She will be supported by co leaders. This is a doable hike. My tendency is to make it sound too difficult. It isn't. If you can hike up to Deer Flat, you can do this. Please contact me with your questions. Contact Judith with your congratulations. After the hike we will snack at Juniper Camp. Bring goodies to share.

Regional Trails: Iron Horse @ Stone Valley Rd
Saturday, June 07, 2008 @ 11:00 AM
NOTE: What's more fun than a hike on the Iron Horse Trail to the Danville Farmers' Market! We will hike 2.75 miles from Alamo to Danville on the Iron Horse Trail. We will then eat together and enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. If you want more information on the Danville Farmers' Market, click here: Roundtrip mileage is 5.5 miles. There are restrooms at the farmers' market in Danville and at the Safeway in Alamo. Make sure to carry at least 1 liter of water, a hat for the sun, sunblock, and a daypack for fruits and vegetables. This hike is on a paved bike path and will take approximately two to three hours depending on the group. This is not a dog friendly hike.

NOTE: Howard discovered this hike several years ago. It is one of my top 5 hikes. 50% shade and sun. Covered picnic benches at the staging area. It's easier than what we have been doing recently. Flush toilets at the staging area.

EBMUD: King Canyon Hike
Monday, May 26, 2008 @ 8:30 AM
NOTE: The Valle Vista staging area is located between the cities of Moraga and Canyon on Moraga Road. This hike is approximately 6 miles and is fairly easy for experienced hikers. However, there is a steep climb from mile 4 to mile 5 that is very tough. I would advise people to not attempt this hike unless they have hiked before and feel comfortable with their ability to handle hills, distance and heat. Bring plenty of water and a snack that you can eat while hiking as there really isn't any place to stop. There is limited parking, so come early as I am leaving right at 8:30. Port-a-potty in the parking lot. EBMUD permit required. Because of the permit requirements and limited parking, I'm offering a carpool option at Trader Joe's in Concord (Concord Avenue/John Glenn Drive).

EBMUD: Briones Reservoir to Inspiration Pt.
Sunday, May 25, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a difficult hike with a dangerous Road crossing. Make sure you can and do want to do it. If you are unsure, please contact me and we will figure it out. The Road crossing is safe, but you have to do it my way. Restroom at Briones and Inspiration, but no water. Bring lots of fluids. No dogs. You need to bring your EBMUD hiking permit. Each permitted hiker can have 3 guests, so that is not a show stopper if you don't have one. Please bring your camera and send me your best picture.

Mission Peak Regional Preserve: Stanford Ave
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 @ 6:30 PM
NOTE: Full Moon Hike! This is a short but tough 3 mile in/3 mile back hike. Approximately 2000 ft elevation gain in those short 3 miles! Come prepared with plenty of water and a snack. We'll hang out at the top for a bit to enjoy the sunset and scenery. Bring a flashlight!

NOTE: This week marks the 10 year Anniversary of the opening of the Iron Horse Trail Overcrossing across Ygnacio Valley Road. Join us for a walk across it and hear of plans for a proposed similar crossing over Treat Blvd in the coming years.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Loop
Sunday, May 18, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a long hike - 13.1 miles in 75% sun / 25% shade. Because of the distance and some elevation gain - significant in areas - this hike should only be attempted by experienced hikers. Bring lots of water (at least 2 liters). We will stop for a quick snack at about mile 8 (Hampton Trail/Oursan Trail junction). The hike usually takes me 4 hours, but allow up to 6 hours if you are a slower hiker. Make sure you go to the correct staging area off of Bear Creek Road - Briones Reservoir Overlook. An EBMUD permit is required. Permits must be carried on the trails at all times since the Park Ranger patrols the trails and/or staging areas and will ask to see your permit. If you don't have a permit, you can go online and get a permit. The cost is minimal and you can print it out immediately. The staging area has a bathroom with a flush toilet. In addition, at the next staging area (Bear Creek - ~3.5 miles) there is an outhouse/port-a-potty. Once we proceed on the Oursan Trail, there will be no more facilities until we return to the Briones Reservoir Overlook staging area. We will leave the staging area at 9:00 a.m. SHARP. Since the staging area is easy to miss, I will be standing near the road. From Bear Creek Road (off of Camino Pablo) if you get to Happy Valley road, you've gone too far and will need to turn around.

Depending upon finishing times, some of us are going for pizza after the hike.

NOTE: The wildflowers are in full bloom and the weather is great. So come out to beautiful Mitchell Canyon in Mt. Diablo and enjoy them before they're gone. After hiking up to Deer Flat, we'll take a short half mile walk to look at the flowers. Then we'll take a break at the picnic benches and enjoy views of Eagle Peak and the canyon below. Meet in front of the Mitchell Canyon Interpretive Center. Parking is $3 (exact change) and you will need a pen to fill out the self-parking envelope. Bring at least 1 liter of water, sweater, hat, sun block, and snack. Plan on spending about 4 hours. Dogs are NOT permitted on Mt. Diablo State Park trails.

Mt. Diablo State Park: 3 Peaks on Diablo
Sunday, May 04, 2008 @ 10:00 AM
NOTE: We start from Juniper Camp on Mt Diablo. We will hike to Diablo Summit, North Peak, and then Olympia. It is an out and back hike. This is a very difficult hike because of the elevation gains and losses. The distance of 6+ miles is not the tough part. Experienced hikers only. I will reserve a campsite at Juniper. Parking will be limited. Carpools encouraged. No dogs.

Lake Chabot Regional Park: Marina
Sunday, April 27, 2008 @ 10:30 AM
NOTE: Pack a lunch or snack as we as explore the various trails that wind around the shoreline of Lake Chabot

Big Basin Redwoods SP: Four Falls
Sunday, April 20, 2008 @ 11:00 AM
NOTE: This is an EXPLORATORY HIKE. Bring snacks or lunch. Dress in layers. Allow extra travel time. Sunset occurs earlier than you may be used to in the park - you are advised to carry a flashlight as a safety precaution. Carpool departs at 8:45AM

Point Reyes National Seashore: Alamere Falls
Sunday, April 13, 2008 @ 10:45 AM
NOTE: UPDATE! 4/10/2008 Spoke to a Ranger at Point Reyes and turns out the trail to the falls is not a park maintained trail but something visitors have created. That trail normally is dangerous and folks have had to be rescued. Anyhow that trail currently is inaccessible. The official trail to get to the falls is to go to the campground and then walk down the beach to the falls. This makes the hike about 12 - 13 miles long versus 8 miles as advertised. Depending what folks want to do wil determine the total distance and time for this hike. Either way it will still be a beautiful hike.

This is an EXPLORATORY hike of another popular Bay Area waterfall hike. Bring a lunch or lite snack. Dress in layers. Allow ample time for travel. CArpool leaves at 9AM SHARP!

NOTE: Car pool if you can, get there by 7:45 am for an 8am departure.

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve: Black Diamond
Saturday, April 12, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Fairly easy hike. Similar to this past Wednesdays hike with the exception of the starting location (please see direction notes). We are avoiding the main park entrance fee with the trail head on Frederickson in Antioch. Its going to be hot today so bring plenty of water/fluids as there is little shade on the hike. There are short cut trails along the way if you need to turn back before the main group. Dog friendly , 7.5 hike

NOTE: Come join our resident meteorologist and photographer MARS for a mid week hike in the east county. Lets get out on the hills before they turn brown (this will be the last week they are green)due in part by a very dry spring.

Ohlone Regional Wildnerness: Murietta Falls
Sunday, April 06, 2008 @ 10:30 AM
NOTE: This is a tough hike. I understand it is steeper than the Mt Diablo Waterfall hike, though I have never done this hike myself, so this will be an EXPLORATORY hike. Bring snacks or a lite lunch for our rest stop. Walnut Creek Carpool will be leaving at 9:30AM sharp.

Ohlone Regional Wildnerness: Murietta Falls
Sunday, April 06, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: The elevation gain mentioned on the 10:30 hike is correct. That's for getting to Murrietta Falls. We still have return to the start point. My best guess at total elevation is 6,000+ feet. This is a very difficult hike. It's like hiking Half Dome or Diablo Summit (twice) in one day. Please be honest about your capabilites. I want to arrange a carpool site for the 9:00 hike. Carpool option available (see below). I will be there as a beacon.We will caravan from there to Del Valle. Everyone needs $2 for the Ohlone permit and every vehicle needs $6. Work it out. Please hydrate beforehand and bring food and fluids.

SPECIAL NOTE:NON-CARPOOLERS SHOULD NOT PROCEED TO THE PARKING LOT DESCRIBED IN THE TRAILHEAD DIRECTIONS SECTION BELOW. Instead, we will all meet at the parking lot just past the lake inflow. It's on the right. It is approximately 1/2 mile from the entry kiosk. Do not continue on Del Valle Rd. It will deadend in a quarter mile at another kiosk. I will act as a beacon at the parking lot entrance.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Deer Flat from Mitchell Canyon
Saturday, April 05, 2008 @ 10:30 AM
NOTE: Meet in front of the Mitchell Canyon Interpretive Center. Parking is $3 (exact change) and you will need a pen to fill out the self-parking envelope. Bring at least 1 liter of water, sweater, hat, sun block, and snack. Dogs are NOT permitted on any of the Mount Diablo State Park trails.

NOTE: Hiking to Little Yosemite Falls and then beyond. This is a tough hike, in the sense that it is steep in spots. But beautiful scenery! Bring snacks or a lite lunch for our rest stop.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Mt Diablo WaterFall Trail
Sunday, March 23, 2008 @ 10:15 AM
NOTE: We are kicking off a month long waterfall hiking theme, starting with one of my favorites. Hopefully there will still be some water trickling down!

Round Valley Regional Preserve: Miwok Trail
Sunday, March 16, 2008 @ 10:30 AM
NOTE: Allow extra time to navigate the windy Marsh Creek Road. RAIN CANCELS!

EBMUD: King Canyon Hike
Sunday, March 16, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a moderate hike because of the hill climb. 80% shade,and one restroom. No dogs on the trail we are taking. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits and water.

NOTE: A paved hike great for this rainy season. Expect little to no mud. This is a dog/pet friendly hike. Kid friendly as well in the sense it is relatively flat, but beware of a few road crossings, including once across Ygnacio Valley Road (at light). Heavy rain cancels.

EBMUD: Briones Reservoir
Saturday, March 08, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a beautiful hike that all of us can enjoy. I would rate it easy+. It is through rolling hills. I will arrange for both the shorter and longer versions. It is 100% sun. Wouldn't that be nice. Bring your EBMUD hiking permits. We have room for guests if you don't have one.

NOTE: This is a difficult hike. 2,400 feet of elevation gain and a round trip 11.4 miles. This is for experienced hikers who know they can do this. I estimate a 6 hour hike. There are restrooms, water and picnic tables at Juniper. There are also restrooms, water and picnic tables at the Mitchell staging area. The views from Juniper are awesome. Bring a camera.

Briones Reservoir: Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
Saturday, March 01, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: This is a moderate hike through beautiful woodlands. It is not a walk in the park. If you are not a regular hiker who can do 6 to 7 miles, it is not for you. There are hills. We have to stay together because there are many crossing fireroads that are not trails. A map will not help you. Please bring your EBMUD hiking permits with you. It really is a fun hike.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas Peak
Saturday, February 23, 2008 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: I know we have done this hike many times, but you have never done it with Cat Taylor, the naturalist from EBRP. You will be entertained. She knows everything about these parks, and she is a fun girl. Please join me for lunch at Eriks Deli after the hike. The Park is dog friendly. Water and restrooms at the staging area.

NOTE: Experienced Hikers Only. This hike is co-sponsored by the MDIA. This hike offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the Clayton side of Mount Diablo and Morgan Territory. Not for the faint-hearted. Recommend trekking poles. Bring liquids, lunch/snack, layers, and rain gear. Torrential rain cancels, light rain does not. Meet at the end of Regency Drive in Clayton.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve: Brushy Peak Preserve
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: This hike is led by EBRP. I am not the leader. I am very familiar with the park and thought you might enjoy it. Yes, it starts at 8:00 this saturday. From 580 in Livermore, exit north at Vasco Rd and immediately turn right onto Northfront Rd (light). After about 0.8 miles, turn left onto Laughlin Rd and go about 2 miles to the staging area on your right at the end of the road. Look for the red Civic hatchback. One restroom here. No water. No parking fee or permits. It will not be a difficult hike.

Mt. Diablo State Park: Oyster Point from Curry Point
Sunday, January 27, 2008 @ 9:00 AM
NOTE: Experienced Hikers Only. This hike is co-sponsored by the MDIA. This is a stenuous hike, traversing 8.8 miles, with a 1750 foot elevation gain. Contact [email protected], (w) 415-974-2209. Oyster Point is notable for its ancient oyster shells, dating back millions of years to a time when Mount Diablo was beneath the ocean floor.

Del Valle Regional Park: Del Valle
Sunday, January 20, 2008 @ 8:00 AM
NOTE: Hey guys, parking is only $2. Bring exact amount. One porta potty and water at the staging area which is at the left end of Arroyo Rd. Start time is at 8:00 because we have time constraints. Not all of us enjoys Andrew's 7 day weekend. I love that phrase, given to me by a hiker. If we have a sunny day (yes) the views are astounding! I know it's a long drive, but you won't be disapointed. Yes, it's dog friendly for a $1 fee. We cross a pond that they will not be able to resist. The hike is in the country. And it's beautiful country. I know so many of these beautiful places that I would like to share with the hikers.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness: Las Trampas
Saturday, January 19, 2008 @ 9:30 AM
NOTE: Las Trampas - Rocky Ridge. A good climb out of the valley will provide great vistas of Las Trampas Ridge and Mt. Diablo to the east, and of the East Bay hills to the west. We will start at the staging area at the end of Bollinger Canyon Rd, hiking up the paved road/trail to the ridge. The climb is challenging but the road makes it easy! From the top of the ridge well head south on the Rocky Ridge View Trail, taking a side trip on the Sycamore trail for up close views of weathered rocks that give the ridge its name. From a vista point on the Sycamore trail we will turn around and head back the way we came. There should be little if any mud on this route, but light hiking boots are recommended for good footing on the trails. The hike is approximately 4 miles, with about 1000 total feet of climbing. Leader: Peter Cartwright, mobile 925-360-6405 before 9:00 PM

NOTE: This is a relatively easy hike through rolling hills and woodlands. It is dog friendly, and do they love it. No services at the staging area, but there are at Borges Ranch. The staging area is at the end of Livorna, on your left. This is a wednesday hike.

NOTE: This is a hike over rolling hills. It should dry out quickly from all this rain. We will have trail maps and several hike leaders for this hike. The hike leaders will have 2 way radios. Please join us after the hike for a light lunch at Stephanie's Cafe in Pleasanton. 6654 Koll Center Pkwy. #310 if you want to do a Mapquest. Hikers can caravan from the staging area.

NOTE: Experienced Hikers Only. Meet at Mitchell Canyon Staging area. Parking is $3 -- exact change needed. This is a strenuous hike - we will be climbing approximtely 3,000 feet and traveling 12-14 miles. We are starting a little earlier than usual to ensure we return before dark. Hike is co-sponsored by the MDIA. Arrange your own car pools with members of the group. Torrential rain cancels/light rain does not.

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