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Date Sent:      September 09, 2009
Subject:           Hike Oakland Hills Thursday or Walnut Creek Sunday
From:               John Bondon
Andrew reports of his Pleasanton Ridge hike last Saturday:
    We had 14 hikers and 1 dog for our hike on a really nice day. Everyone got back safely. This weather is so unusual. Several new faces, which is nice.
Howard reports of his Shell Ridge hike last Wednesday:
    There were 13 hikers and 1 dog on our Wednesday morning Twin Ponds Loop hike to Borges Ranch. We were joined by some friendly out-of-state hikers who were visiting one of our fellow hikers. They had hiked along the Appalachian Trail and now were able to experience a short hike here in the East Bay. Friends and visitors are always welcome.
For me, last Sunday marked my first time back out on the trails in a long time and it felt good, though it was more taxing than I had expected. And that view was shared by everyone, not just me! Turns out my advertised 8 mile trek was actually closer to 10 miles round trip. Whatever description I had taken was clearly not the same route we took last Sunday. Needless to say I will be updating the trail notes for that hike accordingly! But a good time overall for the 12 hikers, 2 dogs, and one very special baby who participated in that hike!

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

Howard says of the upcoming Redwood Regional Park (Skyline Gate) hike on Thursday, September 10 at 9:30 AM: "Let's return to Redwood Regional Park with its 2nd growth redwoods for a pleasant, hot-weather 5-mile hike. Dogs are allowed, off-leash OK on most trails.".

John says of the upcoming Ygnacio Canal Trail to Contra Costa Canal Trail Loop (paved) hike on Sunday, September 13 at 9:00 AM: "This is a tried and tested route. No more than 8 miles round trip this time, I promise!!".

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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