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East Bay Hills Thru-Hike & Ride – August 27 through September 1, 2014
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Thru-Hike & Ride an Annual Tradition
Join the Lucky 7th annual East Bay Hills Thru-Hike (& Lucky 13th 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 fifth 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 $180,000 for the Ridge Trail and other East Bay trails in previous years.
More Hike & Ride Info
For more information on the East Bay Hills Thru-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).
Our Lucky 7th Annual East Bay Hills Thru-Hike starts Wednesday at Carquinez Regional Shoreline in Martinez and ends Sunday in Castro Valley, covering nearly 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 2014 Hike
Camping is available the night before the hike begins at Es Anderson Equestrian Camp in Tilden Regional Park.
Day 1 - Wednesday
A morning shuttle from BART or our camp in Tilden will get you to this year's start at the Carquinez Regional Shoreline, for a hike to the John Muir House. From there we will take newly-dedicated Feeder Trail #1 up to Sky Ranch, and then, including the section not yet otherwise open to the public, to Pinole Watershed, where there will be a shuttle back to our camp in Tilden. Total distance is approximately 11-12 miles. After dinner, learn about trail development, from concept to planning, to permitting and construction to dedication, from the East Bay Regional Park District's Regional Trails Development Manager, Jim Townsend.
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. Following dinner, learn about the history of the Redwood Forests in the Oakland Hills from historian Dennis Evanosky.
Day 3 - Friday
Enjoy our annual 9-mile Sausal Creek hike to Diamond Park for root beer floats, or choose a longer or shorter hike in Redwood Park, returning to Joaquin Miller park for dinner, followed by an evening Equestrian Drill Team and 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. Following dinner, Ridge Trail Executive Director Janet McBride will update on the progress of the Ridge Trail as we pass 350 dedicated miles in our 25th Anniversary year. And then get lucky at our silent auction, and annual raffle, where anyone who buys a ticket is guaranteed to win a prize!
Day 5 - Sunday
The final day of the hike, we head south from Bort Meadow, through Anthony Chabot to Lake Chabot, where we finish our hike at the Lake Chabot Marina, for a total distance of about 10 miles. Shuttle back to camp or to BART for the trip home.
Shower tents wil 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. Click here for driving and transit directions.
This event benefits the Bay Area Ridge Trail, V-O-Cal, and other East Bay trail projects.
The fee includes camping, food, and entertainment: $60/day or $275 for 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.