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Long Walk: Berkeley to Orinda Hike 

Sunday, June 23 @ 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Leaders: Alina Constantinescu and Jacob Lehmann-Duke
Start: At the bottom of the UC Campus, at Oxford and Center, on the sidewalk near  Arnaldo Pomodoro's metal sculpture Sphere within Sphere.

Our 9th annual long walk is a wonderful 15-mile route from downtown Berkeley to Orinda BART. We'll start off through the Cal campus, climb up the new Derby Canyon staircase trails to Panoramic Hill, and then take the fire trails to Grizzly Peak Blvd and cross into Tilden Park. We'll follow Redwood Trail to the South Padre Picnic Area (mile 7: lunch, restrooms, water refill) and then the Arroyo Trail to the steam trains, where we'll pick up a short but lovely segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.

The best is yet to come as we meet naturalist and volunteer extraordinaire Glen Schneider for a tour of Skyline Gardens, an expansive area restored with native flora at the top of the Siesta Valley. Glen will also take us off the grid to Barberry Peak, for amazing views from a very special place. After this tour, we'll head to the De Laveaga Trail for the last 3.5 miles down into Orinda, where we'll walk to the BART station and head home to Berkeley. Depending on the group, we estimate to be at Orinda BART around 5 p.m. and back in downtown Berkeley about 5:30 p.m.

Please bring 2L of water, snacks, lunch, layers, sunblock, hat, hiking poles if you use them, and money or your Clipper card for the ride back on BART.