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Hikes from Berkeley to Pescadero

The Claremont Hotel overlooks the Bay Area
The Claremont Hotel overlooks the Bay Area
Susan Alcorn

The San Francisco Bay Area has so many different micro-climates that it’s usually a simple matter to find a hike that matches your comfort zone. When it’s hot in Brentwood, you can head for the coast; when it’s foggy on the peninsula, you can head for Livermore. Here are some upcoming hikes that demonstrate the wide variety of choices that residents and visitors can enjoy.

On Saturday, July 12, 2014. Oakland Urban Paths leads its monthly walk from 10:00 A.M. to about 12:30 P.M. —this one to explore Oakland’s Golden Gate district. Meet at the Golden Gate branch library at 5606 San Pablo Avenue. This is also "Love Our Neighborhood Day" and some streets will close to auto traffic and be opened to pedestrians and cyclists. Parking will be limited and public transit is recommended. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Also on Saturday, July 12, Lafayette Hiking Group leads a hike in the Trestle Glen & Crocker Highlands neighborhood in Oakland. Enjoy hills, pathways, stairsteps, and views. Moderate, about four miles walking. Carpools (donate $3 for gas) to the trailhead meet in the parking lot out from Lafayette BART’s main entrance at 8:30 A.M.

On Saturday, July 19, the Mount Diablo chapter of the Sierra Club and Bay Area Young Sierrans explores the Butano State Park in Pescadero, San Mateo County. 10:30 A.M. to 6:00 PM. Meet at the park’s kiosk at 1500 Cloverdale Road in Pescadero. $10 parking fee. Because of the length of the hike, two liters of water, lunch and snacks are recommended.

An opportunity to hike in the redwoods and take in ocean vistas. Moderate pace and terrain, but not for beginners. Email questions to leaders Ben Alvers or Steve Bakaley. Rain cancels.

Carpools through our Meetup site. Register as a Meetup member and you can either request or offer a ride. Hike will be posted on Meetup approximately two weeks prior to hike.

Directions from East Bay: Go south on I 880 then merge onto CA 92 West towards the San Mateo Bridge. Take 92 all the way to Half Moon Bay. When 92 ends in Half Moon Bay make a left on Highway 1 South to Pescadero Creek Road. Turn left on Pescadero Creek Road through town, then go right on Cloverdale Road and proceed south about five miles to park entrance.

Directions from San Francisco: Go south on Highway 1 to Pescadero Creek Road. Turn left on Pescadero Creek Road through town, then go right on Cloverdale Road and proceed south about five miles to park entrance. Allow 30 minutes for parking!

On Sunday, July 20, 2014 Berkeley Path Wanderers is celebrating their 11th Annual Path-a-thon by having three walks, each at a different challenge level, and one party with carrot cake and lemonade served afterward. Each walk will start in the park in front of John Muir School, 2955 Claremont Avenue near Ashby. Transit stop: AC Transit #51B

Claremont Hills Power Walk leads off at 9:45 A.M. to climb hills and steps above the Claremont Hotel. Most of the walk will be on pavement; the final section will be on paths. Moderately fast and medium difficulty—lasts approximately two hours. No dogs, please.

The Claremont Path Safari will be a more moderate walk and is designed for all ages. However, because of the terrain, strollers are not recommended. The search will be on for whimsical animal art. Start time is 10:15 A.M. Medium terrain, moderate pace, one and one-half hours. Well-behaved dogs on leashes welcome.

Money Park, a "Manet" Mural, and More will start at 10:45 A.M. and will focus on the stately homes in the Claremont and College area. Some stairs, medium-easy, pace leisurely. One hour. Well-behaved dogs on leashes welcome.

Keep in mind that it can be hot out there, so for all hikes, don’t forget water and snacks, sun protection, layers of clothing, sturdy trail runners or hiking boots, hats and hiking poles when warranted.

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