Special December outings for hikers
|New section of the Bay Bridge|
Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Green Connections Open House in San Francisco. Held at the San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street. San Francisco. See conceptual designs for six neighborhoods and the network of 24 walk/bike paths across the city. You can get access to the citywide map, a design toolkit, and learn about steps for implementation in your community. More info visit greenconnections.sfplanning.org. or click here.
Saturday, December 7, 2013. 6:30 -8:00 p.m. Candlelight Tour. Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. See Fort Point by the light of candles and stars on this evening tour. Reservations required; phone (415) 556-1693.
Location: Fort Point in San Francisco. NOTE: The park is having technical difficulties with the Fort Point phone line; if you get a busy signal at (415) 556-1693, please call the Presidio Visitor Center at (415) 561-4323 to make reservations. Tour fills quickly, so please call early.
Saturday, December 14, 2013. 6:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m. The Candlelight Tour will be repeated. San Francisco, Fort Point. Reservations required; phone (415) 556-1693.
Saturday, Dec. 14. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk and Shop IV: Oakland Urban Paths (OUP) returns to Lakeshore, Grand and Piedmont Avenues for the fourth annual Walk and Shop. A break on Piedmont Avenue for some shopping and snacking. Return to the starting point via the path and stairway network that connects these shopping districts.
This 4-mile urban walk includes hills and steps, please come prepared with weather appropriate clothing, footwear and water. Friendly dogs OK. Meet at Mandana Plaza, corner of Lakeshore and Prince. Heavy rain cancels, light rain does not. Free, donations appreciated.
Lake Solano Park & Campground is located at 8685 Pleasants Valley Road, just off Highway 128 near the town of Winters. Meet in front of the Nature Center, at the west entrance of the Lake Solano Park, 8685 Pleasants Valley Road Winters, CA. Guided walk is free; Parking is $5 per vehicle payable at the east entrance of the Park, on the other side of Pleasants Valley Road. No RSVP is necessary.
Be prepared for variable weather and trail conditions by bringing water, wearing sturdy closed-toe shoes, and dressing in layers. A camera, binoculars and snacks are also recommended. Heavy rain cancels. For questions in advance, call 707-451-7699. For same-day information, call 530-795-2990. Website here.
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. 12:30-2 p.m. Christmas at Point Bonita with Golden Gate National Park Conservancy. On this hike to a 19th century marvel of technology, we learn more about life in the Victorian age and the emergence of a national Christmas tradition, including the origins of Santa Claus, holiday cards, the Christmas tree, and Christmas Day gift giving. Meet volunteer docent Steffen Bartschat at the Point Bonita Lighthouse trailhead. Limited to 25 people, so reservations are required. Marin County, Marin Headlands, Point Bonita. Please contact the Marin Headlands Visitor Center at (415) 331-1540.
DIY (Do it yourself)
Bay Area Ridge Trail suggests several sections of the Ridge Trail to enjoy. Relatively flat, smooth trails include: Helen Putnam Regional Park to Petaluma Adobe Store; Kennedy Grove to Tilden Regional Park; Al Zampa Memorial Bridge and the Carquinez Strait; Alum Rock Park, Creek Trail; San Francisco Presidio and Golden Gate Bridge.
|Wagon wheel ruts on Oat Hill Mine Trail|
More ideas? Go to East Bay Regional Park District’s website for info on several holiday events coming up: wreath making using natural materials, open houses, and so forth. Go here for details.
*Read about the Oat Hill Mine Trail, which is now part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, in these articles by Susan Alcorn.
I hope you will give yourself many outdoor adventures during the holidays.