Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Oaklanders: Hike the Oakmore

This weekend, you could drive an hour or two and reach a trailhead to Mission Peak, Mount Diablo or Mount Tamalpais, but instead consider just driving a short distance and finding, “A bridge, a redwood tree, a stair, a view, a creek [and] great people.”  Oakland Urban Paths invites you to do just this—hike locally—on Saturday, March 9th.

The “Explore the Oakmore” walk with Oakland Urban Paths will follow a strenuous five-mile route with plenty of stairs and hills. You'll be trekking in the Oakmore Highlands district of Oakland, which was developed in the 1920s by the Walter H. Leimert Company. Oakmore was designed to be a model of good civic planning--with wide sidewalks and steps for pedestrians, and broad streets meant to be shared by cars and the Key System trolleys. You’ll also spend some time on the Bridgeview Trail above Sausal Creek and check out a restoration work party hosted by the Friends of Sausal Creek. 

Participants should meet the group at 10:00 A.M. in front of Rocky's Market, 1440 Leimert Ave., Oakland. ((510) 531-6133). You'll return to Rocky's by 12:30, and Red Boy Pizza, at 1500 Leimert, would be a convenient place to grab some lunch.

More suggestions from Oakland Urban Paths:
  • Wear sturdy shoes. 
  • Bring water and snacks.
  • Heavy rain cancels, light rain doesn't.
  • Dogs OK! (Please only bring dogs that can make the entire walk.)

Map to Rocky’s Market, click here:                 

Oakland Urban Paths will have lots of cool stuff available for purchase: walking-related items including their Walk Oakland maps and t-shirts, and copies of Charles Fleming’s, Secret Stairs of the East Bay.

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