There are several fine Bay Area hikes scheduled for this weekend. Check with the organizers in case of rain or with any other questions. All hikes are free and please be prompt.
- Berkeley Architecture: from Medieval to Modern with El Cerrito Trail Trekkers. Friday, February 8. 10 A.M. - 1 P.M.“Walk the UC campus, visiting unique historic and modern buildings: take in an unbelievable medieval village, a modern geometric concrete museum and Julia Morgan's Berkeley City Club. This near-level walk will cover 3 miles in 3 hours. Meet Bob Flasher at the downtown Berkeley BART Station plaza, Shattuck and Center streets promptly at 10 A.M. Bring light lunch or a snack. Info: Dave Weinstein, 510-524-1737, email@example.com
- Oakland Urban Paths. Saturday, February 9. 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. Meet in front of the Lakeshore Homeowners Association gates at the corner of Trestle Glen and Wesley near Lakeshore, Oakland. Stop for coffee along Park Blvd. Hike will be nearly four miles and involve plenty of climbing. (Allow time to find a neighborhood parking spot as we may not make it back within 2 hours [meter limits], return to starting point by 12:30.) Dogs OK! Read about last year’s walk on this route and see our approximate route for this year’s: Our Oakland.
- History & Nature Walk. Saturday, February 9. 10 A.M. - Noon. Stroll along the Shoreline Trail of Lake Solano Park with Solano Land Trust. Enjoy the beauty of nature – the lake and its surroundings; about the native trees and plants and some of their medicinal secrets passed down through the generations by Native Americans; perhaps spot a Great Blue Heron or a Snowy Egret.
Meet Cricket Kanouff and Kitty Van Newkoop at in front of the Nature Center, at the west entrance of Lake Solano Park & Campground, 8685 Pleasants Valley Road, just off Highway 128 near the town of Winters. Map here. Free presentation; parking $5 per vehicle, payable at the east entrance of the Park, on the other side of Pleasants Valley Road. No RSVP is necessary. Rains cancels. For questions in advance, call 707-432-0150 x200 or email. For same-day information, call 530-795-2990.
Be prepared for variable weather and trail conditions by bringing water, wearing sturdy closed-toe shoes, and dressing in layers. A camera and binoculars are also recommended.
- Experience the King Tide with Berkeley Path Wanderers Assoc./BPFP. Saturday, February 9. 10:00 A.M. Experience the King Tide with Berkeley Path Wanderers Association/BPFP firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer Susan Schwartz leads you on an easy walk at a moderate pace. Visit the bay shore during one of the year's highest tides and talk about what the future may bring: from rising sea levels to restoration. Meet at Sea Breeze Market & Deli, 598 University Ave., Berkeley. Transit: AC buses #51B. Bring cameras: you may want to snap photos for the King Tides Initiative. Rain or shine. No dogs; we cross areas where they are banned.
- Lynch Canyon Raptor Hike. Saturday, February 9. 10 A.M. – 2 P.M. Hike with Solano Land Trust; expert Larry Broderick will be your guide. Free, but reservations suggested. Approximately four miles hiking on uneven surfaces, sometimes off trail. Suggest bringing: binoculars; a backpack with plenty of water and snacks; boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain; long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty; protection from sun, wind, fog and rain; camera and hiking sticks.
Driving directions from website: Take I-80 East toward Sacramento. Take exit #36 American Canyon Road. At stop turn right, then take an immediate left onto McGary Road. Go 1.7 miles turn left on Lynch Road to Park.
Constant or heavy rain cancels the hike; call Mary Beth at 707-685-5908 if the weather is uncertain. Meet in the at the entrance gate to Lynch Canyon parking lot at 10 A.M. Lynch Canyon is otherwise closed, the gate will be locked except for the tour’s start time and end time.