East Bay Hills Trail Benefit Hike and Ride - a Labor Day Tradition
East Bay Hills Trail Benefit Hike & Ride
September 2-7, 2015
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Hike & Ride an Annual Tradition
Join the 8th annual East Bay Hills Trail Benefit Hike (& 14th annual Ride) - and support local trails! The Tilden-Wildcat Horsemen’s Association and the Metropolitan Horsemen’s Association host this 5-day hike/6-Day equestrian ride. For the sixth year, we are proud to have Volunteers for Outdoor California as a co-sponsor.
Hikers and riders are mostly on different trails during the day, while sharing meals, stories & camaraderie, and enjoying entertainment each evening.
Benefits Local Trails
This event has raised over $200,000 for the Ridge Trail and other East Bay trails in previous years!
More Hike & Ride Info
For more information on the East Bay Hills Trail Benefit Hike, read below.
For more information on the East Bay Hills Trails Benefit Horseback Ride, visit www.twha.org
Read about prior year's hike & ride in Ridge Lines (pdf) or TWHA Newsletter (pdf).
The Hike Details
Our 8th Annual East Bay Hills Trail Benefit Hike starts Wednesday at Tilden Park in the Berkeley Hills and ends Sunday in Castro Valley, covering about 55 miles of varied terrain, and the stunning views for which the Bay Area is famous, on the Bay Area Ridge Trail and connected pathways. Daily hike mileage will range between 9 and 12 miles.
Fully Supported Event!
Your hike will be fully supported, with all meals and campsites included. Camping gear is shuttled between campsites for you, allowing you to hike each day with only a daypack.
Trails and Camps for the 2015 Hike
Camping is available the night before the hike begins at Es Anderson Equestrian Camp in Tilden Regional Park.
Day 1 - Wednesday
A Wednesday morning shuttle from BART to our camp in Tilden will get you to this year's start at the Es Anderson Equestrian Camp for a hike on our favorite trails in Tilden and Wildcat Parks. Total distance is approximately 12 miles, with shorter options available. After dinner, an entertaining educational evening program will follow.
Day 2 - Thursday
Hike from Tilden Park to our second camp at Sequoia Arena in Joaquin Miller Park in the Oakland Hills, passing through EBMUD watershed above the Caldecott Tunnel, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, and Redwood Park along the way, for about 12 miles total distance. An evening program will follow dinner.
Day 3 - Friday
Friday we explore nearby trails and monuments in Joaquin Miller Park and Redwood Park, returning to Joaquin Miller Park for dinner, followed by an evening equestrian performance in Sequoia Arena and a short walk over to the Chabot Space and Science Center for some star-gazing through their big telescopes.
Day 4 - Saturday
Hike through Redwood Regional Park on the French Trail, among others, to Anthony Chabot Regional Park, for a quick loop on trails improved by Volunteers for Outdoor California, ending at Bort Meadow, for a total distance of about 11 miles. Tonight's evening entertainment will precede the closing of our silent auction, and our annual raffle, where anyone who buys a ticket is guaranteed to win a prize!
Day 5 - Sunday
The final day of the hike, we explore Anthony Chabot Regional Park, walk alongside Lake Chabot, and return to Bort Meadow for a total distance of about 11 miles. A shuttle back to BART for the trip home will be available.
Shower tents will be set up at all 3 campsites.
The human-powered blender will be available for smoothies.
Massage will be available each afternoon (for a donation to the Ridge Trail or V-O-Cal).
Evening programs are outlined above are subject to change.
Swimming will be available a short walk from our Tilden and Park campsite.
Transportation / Directions
We will offer pick up and drop off at BART at the beginning and end of the hike or we can assist you in shuttling your car from camp to camp.
Costs / Benefits
This event benefits the Bay Area Ridge Trail, V-O-Cal, and other East Bay trail projects.
Now thru June 15 Early-Bird Registration: $60/day or $275 for all 5 days
June 16 - August 15: $65/day or $300 for all 5 days
After August 16 Late Registration: $70/day or $325 for all 5 days
Participants under 18 coming with another family member can register for $35/day.
For visitors, dinner in camp will be $15/night.
We encourage you to ask friends, family and other trail enthusiasts to support you (and the trails!) with a donation, but this is optional. Top fundraisers can win prizes from REI.
We encourage participants to bring raffle items for this year’s raffle.
Full refund before June 15
90% refund June 16 - August 15
75% refund after August 16.
Exceptions may be made in unusual circumstances upon request.