Our 8th Annual Long Walk April 29:
Two Ten-Milers Plus an Anniversary Party
Bring your walking shoes and party hat and join us in celebrating BPWA’s 20th anniversary with a long walk —or two, as it were — and cake!
For this special edition of our annual long walk, BPWA walk leaders Jacob Lehmann Duke and Alina Constantinescu will be our guides on this full-day of wandering. We will explore Berkeley and the nearby hills on two back-to-back, ten-mile walks. Both hikes will start and end in at the bottom of the UC Campus, at Oxford and Center, on the sidewalk near Arnaldo Pomodoro's Sphere within Sphere metal sculpture.
Come on one or both walks, but don’t miss our picnic and party in between, starting at 1 p.m. Bring your own lunch, or buy one from one of the many eateries on Center St. We’ll supply the cake.
The morning hike starts promptly at 8 a.m. and will explore the lower trails of Claremont Canyon, the beautiful Clark Kerr campus, Garber Park, and the paths and architecture in the Uplands and Claremont neighborhoods. We will return to the start point around 1 p.m.
After having refueled, we will take off at 2 p.m. for the second hike. We’ll take the Strawberry Canyon fire trails, passing a not-so secret redwood grove, and continue on a section of Selby Trail through Tilden Park and into the lovely Park Hills neighborhood. Fingers crossed for a clear evening, so we can enjoy the panoramic views. We return through the hills north of campus via paths and sidewalks. Our estimated finish time is 7:30pm.
Please note that each hike will be a strenuous: ten miles of walking at 2-2.5miles per hour with 1,500 feet of elevation gain — or 20 miles and 3,000 feet if you opt for both— on stairs, trails, and sidewalks. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat, and snacks, if you wish, to energize you along the way. Dress in layers and wear good hiking shoes.