[Postponed to 12/25] A THOUSAND STEPS in BERKELEY

  • 12/03/2022
  • 9:10 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Hikeleader: Leonard Gabriele


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This hike has been postponed to Sunday, 12/25.  If you have already registered for this hike and would like to join on the new date, please go to the new listing on the website and re-register.

Hike Date:  Saturday, December 3, 2022

Leader:  Leonard Gabriele

Leader Email:  leonardgabriele@sbcglobal.net

Leader Phone:  (415) 309-0337

SF Meeting Location:  Whole Foods @ 2001 Market Street.  Meet on the Dolores Street side.  (There's parking on the street or below the building).

SF Meeting Time:  9:10 AM

SF Departure Time:  Shortly after 9:10 AM

NOTE:  Please only show up at Whole Foods if you've arranged for a ride ahead of time.

East Bay Meeting Location:  Rockridge BART station.  Meet at the bottom of the escalators.  (There's free and ample parking).

East Bay Meeting Time:   9:25 AM

East Bay Departure Time:  Shortly after 9:25 AM

NOTE:  Please only show up at the Rockridge BART station if you've arranged for a ride ahead of time.

Hike Rating:  Level 2 or Level 4

Hike Mileage:  3.9 miles (first loop), 8.1 miles (both loops).

Elevation Gain:  794' (first loop), 1,778' (both loops).

Description: We will be exploring the streets, public stairways & paths, and eclectic architecture of the Cragmont neighborhood in the Berkeley Hills in two loop hikes beginning at the Berkeley Rose Garden.  The first loop is 3.9 miles, 794 feet total elevation gain (Level-2 hike) and will take us back to the Berkeley Rose Garden for a lunch break where you can enjoy a view across the bay and see the last roses of the season.  For those who want to continue (and I'm sure you will), the second loop will add 4.2 miles to our hike and 984 feet total elevation gain for a total for the day of 8.1 miles and 1,778 ft of elevation gain (Level-4 hike).  Extra credit for anyone who can count all the steps.  

Although it is all urban, the topography is varied with redwood groves in canyons and ridges with surprising views.  I will be providing everyone with a map showing our route (in case you decide to leave early and need to plot an escape route or get lost on the way) and more importantly, parks with public bathrooms since unlike our usual hikes, micturating in public is a misdemeanor.

Bring / Wear:  Wear sturdy hiking boots, since not all the stairs and pathways are well maintained.  Hiking poles are recommended for those who find them generally useful when climbing or descending sometimes tricky paths.  Bring water and dress in layers.  

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Rain Policy:  Heavy rain cancels.

Dogs: Dogs on leash are welcome to join us.

Trailhead Meeting Location:  At the top of the Berkeley Rose Garden (on Euclid Avenue).

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NOTE There is a 2-hr parking limit near the Berkeley Rose Garden...but if you keep driving up Euclid until it bends to the right parking becomes unrestricted. 

Trailhead Meeting Time:   9:45 AM

Trailhead Departure Time:  10:00 AM

Total Driving Distance (round trip):  16 miles (SF),  4 miles (Rockridge BART).

Ride-Share Carpool Fees (per passenger):  $4* (SF), $1 (Rockridge BART).

*Includes bridge toll.

NOTE:  I'll reach out to those registered who have indicated that they need/want a ride or can take passengers.  If you need to contact me for whatever reason, please do so before Friday @ 3:00 PM the day before the hike.

Level-2 Level-3 Level-4 Level-5

< 5 miles
< 500' gain

moderately easy
5-7 miles
< 1000' gain
7-9 miles
< 1500' gain

9-12 miles
< 2000' gain 

very strenuous
12-15+ miles
  >2000' gain
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