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Saturday hikes: no reservations needed

Hiking in Las Trampas Regional Park: vista
Hiking in Las Trampas Regional Park: vista
Susan Alcorn

While some other hikes require reservations or require some advance planning, with the following hikes you can just show up on time, hopefully in good spirits, and with your water bottle, sunscreen, and hat.

Entering Las Trampas
Susan Alcorn

Saturday, June 14, 10 AM to 12:30 PM.: Oakland Urban Paths will be exploring West Oakland and its history. Meet at Oakland's historic train station at 16th and Wood for a flat, most city sidewalks tour of approximately 4.5 miles (although the plan is to do the 4.5 mile loop from the train station to Lake Merritt and back, timing and weather may shorten the route to a 3.6 mile loop.)

The group will be joined by architects Philip Banta and Norman Hooks, who envisioned a West Oakland Walk (W.O.W.) as as a network of “Parks, Places and People.” Dogs on leash are welcome. It’s an exposed walk, so be sure to bring water, sunscreen and a hat.

Saturday, June 14, 2014. 9:30 AM start at the Fairfax Parkade in Marin County (parking lot across from the Fairfax theater) with the Marin County chapter of the Sierra Club. The group will be doing a Mt. Tamalpais 3 Lakes Loop. This hike is rated 2, which means 6-10 miles in length and 1,000-2,000 feet elevation gain. Contact leader James Bonsey at 510-527-5345 or for more info. Carpooling possibilities: leaving at 8:30 AM from the North Berkeley BART station loading zone.

Saturday, June 14, 2014. 9:00 AM. Meet at 560 Hemme Avenue, Alamo. This hike, the Las Trampas Explore will be a more strenuous hike in Contra Costa along Ringtail Cat Trail up to Las Trampas Peak, then along Las Trampas Ridge Trail, Sulphur Springs and Virgil Williams trails back to Ringtail Cat. Rated 3C, which means 10-15 miles and 2,000-3,000 feet elevation. Explore Las Trampas Regional Park with Sierra Club San Francisco group led by Lutz Heinrich at 925-364-0888 or Bring: Lunch, two liters of water and snacks.

Directions: From I 680 southbound take exit 42B in Danville, turn right onto Stone Valley Road, then turn left onto Danville Blvd south. Hemme Ave will be 4th on your right. Go up Hemme to Ringtail Cat Staging Area. - From I 680 northbound take exit 40 in Danville and turn left on El Cerro Blvd. Then turn right onto Danville Blvd. After 1.4 miles turn left onto Hemme and follow instruction above.