Start: Rose Garden (1200 Euclid)
Come with us on another after-work hike with Alina. This time, she will lead us on a three-mile loop through the area north of campus, including the Rose Garden; nearby paths and staircases; and, for an extra treat, the storybook architecture of Normandy Village. We'll keep up a moderate clip, taking breaks as needed to enjoy the views and conversation. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. If the evening is clear, we will get some sunset vistas. (The sun will set at 7:30 p.m.) We'll be back by about 8 p.m., depending on the pace of the group.
Start: Rose Garden (1200 Euclid)
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Leader: Sandy Friedland
Start: Steps of Sproul Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Calling all sharp-eyed bear lovers between the ages of four and eight: Come find bears — plus a few other critters — in the wilds of the UC campus. Back by popular demand, this version of Sandy’s Bingo walks for kids will cover about two miles and last 90 minutes with frequent stops, including one for refreshments. An adult must accompany every young bear spotter. The route is paved, with some gentle hills and a few streets to cross. Optional lunch in Lower Sproul Plaza or on Bancroft. Walk limited to 20 children. Please rsvp to Sandy by September 15 to reserve your child's spot for this creative activity.
The Great Path Walk V, Sunday, September 24th, 2017
Leaders: Jacob & Zeke
Now an annual tradition, the Great Path Walk is an attempt at walking every path in Berkeley in one day, and we welcome anyone crazy enough to try the whole 33.5 miles or walkers who plan to come only for part. So that people can easily meet us mid-walk, we've split the route into 6-7 mile segments with checkpoints between them listed below.
Start: the Marin Circle between Los Angeles and Del Norte (by the mailbox) promptly at 7:00am on September 24th.
In the first segment we will walk most of the paths north of Marin. This segment takes 22 paths, including several multi-block ones and the newest addition, John Muir Path. The pace will be very fast, about 3.5 miles an hour, because we need to make good time while we have energy.
Checkpoint one: SW corner of Euclid Ave and Grizzly Peak Blvd, 7 miles into the walk. We will be there around 9:15.
In the second segment we will walk the paths between Spruce and Arlington and the descend into the flats where we will take the three paths there before continuing up Allston and Bancroft to the next checkpoint. This segment takes 14 paths. I don't recommend this one if you plan on coming on only one segment since a lot of it is a long connecting stretch in which we will cross most of Berkeley, covering fewer paths than any other part of the walk.
Checkpoint two: North side Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave, 14 miles into the walk. We will be there be there by noon.
In the third segment we will cover 23 paths: first those in the Claremont area and then those near the top of Bancroft. We'll also stop for a bring-your-own picnic lunch in Monkey Island Park around 12:30.
Checkpoint three: North-west corner of Bancroft Way and Piedmont Ave, the 21 mile mark. We will be there by 3:00, having taken a rather indirect route between this checkpoint and the last, three blocks away.
In the fourth segment we will cut through UC Berkeley and then climb to Grizzly Peak. We will next walk the paths near Tilden and return for good to lower side of Grizzly Peak. This difficult segment takes 21 paths.
Checkpoint four: NW corner of Grizzly Peak Blvd and Latham Ln, near the 27 mile mark. We will be there by 5:45.
In the final segment we will walk the paths between Marin and Shasta (and there are a LOT of them) and will be exhausted. We will end with Oak Street Path and return to the Marin Circle by 8:30pm, ideally closer to 8:00 or 8:15. Only 23 paths in this segment but it will feel like many more. The pace will be slower, hopefully still about 2.5mph, and there will be more rest stops.
We will finish with a grand total of 13 1/2 hours of walking, 103 paths, and 33.5 miles.
***If you plan on walking the third segment, please bring your own lunch to eat in a park. Water and snacks are also essential for any participants. There will be spots to refill water bottles and use the bathroom every couple hours.
If anyone has questions about the walk they can email me at jld78910@gmail.
The route we plan to follow is available here: The Great Path Walk V.
This is not a BPWA sponsored walk.