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Date Sent:      June 12, 2008
Subject:           2 Weekend Hikes plus a Telephone Call
From:               John Bondon
Our King's Canyon away hiking/camping trip is just over a week away now. For those interested in attending, please join a conference call taking place this Sunday at 8PM local time. This will be my first time hiking this particular trail as well but I'll try to answer questions you may have as best I can. The Conference number is 319-279-1015. Access Code is 314922. To add this call to your MS Outlook calendar as a meeting, click here. (Then click Open/Run and Save to calendar.

Andrew reports of his hike last weekend:
    We had 12 hikers yesterday on a beautiful day that kept getting hotter. The distance was about 7 miles because we took a slightly different but safer trail. It was my error that I didn't realize the distance would be greater. The GPS's had total elevation gain at 2,175 feet. About 1,400 of that in the last 2 miles.

    Judith did a great job. We are so proud of her. She had 3 co-leaders with maps and walkie talkies, but she could have easily done it unassisted. Thanks for stepping up Judith!
Evan filed this report regarding last Saturday's hike to the Danville Farmer's Market via Iron Horse Trail:
    Peaceful, calm, a beautiful day. That's how one hike participant described our outing. As we ate lunch by the farmers' market, we all told stories about picking fruits and vegetables from times past. The nectarines and cherries some of us ate made the conversation all the tastier. We were having such a good time eating and talking, we practically had to drag ourselves from the shaded benches to go back. As we returned on the Iron Horse Trail, we all enjoyed good conversation and laughter.

A Preview of our upcoming hikes, by the hike leader(s):

Evan says of the upcoming Redwood Regional Park (West Loop from Redwood Gate) hike on Saturday, June 14 at 11:00 AM: "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.

Andrew says of the upcoming Moraga Road to Reservoir Rim Trail hike on Sunday, June 15 at 10:00 AM: "This hike is one of my 5 favorites.".

Andrew says of the upcoming Nimitz Way (Paved) Trail - Inspiration Point hike on Sunday, June 22 at 9:00 AM: "I will be hungry after the hike. Pizza by the slice in Orinda Village?".

John says of the upcoming Panther Gap & Mehrten Meadow hike on Sunday, June 22 at 10:00 AM: "Did you know that the 8,200-foot deep chasm of Kings Canyon is the deepest canyon in North America? That's right. It's actually 2000 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon! ".

You'll find more details about each of these upcoming hikes, including starting time and directions to the trailhead, posted on the East Bay Casual Hiking website. In the event of rain, please check with the hike leader as to whether the hike will proceed as planned.

Happy Trails! :)

Happy Trails,


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