East Bay Hills Thru-Hike and Ride - a Labor Day Tradition. Sign up now! 

East Bay Hills Thru-Hike & Ride – August 27 through September 1, 2014


Thru-Hike & Ride an Annual Tradition

Hikers on East Bay Hills hike.Join the 6th annual East Bay Hills Thru-Hike (& 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 fourth 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 $150,000 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)

Read Top 10 Reasons to participate in this year's event!

The Thru-Hike Details

The 2014 route is being determined. Last year, hikers enjoyed  40 miles of the Ridge Trail with an additional 15 miles on nearby loops plus opportunities for as much extra distance as you care to trek! You will enjoy varied terrain, and the stunning views for which the Bay Area is famous. Daily hike mileage will range between 9 and 13 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 2013 (2014 route to be determined)

Camping is available the night before the hike begins at Es Anderson Equestrian Camp in Tilden Regional Park.

Day 1 - Wednesday

Mixing it up again this year, our starting location has changed. We will be starting this year at Briones Reservoir, hiking alongside Briones to lunch on the shore of San Pablo Reservior. From there we will take the Inspiration Trail to Inspiration Point in Tilden Park, and arrive as the Es Anderson Equestrian Camp after hiking about 11 miles. 

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.

Day 3 - Friday

Choose between short and longer hikes near Redwood Park, including our annual Sausal Creek Hike to Dimond Park for root beer floats. We will again camp at Joaquin Miller Park. Up to 9 miles.

Evening entertainment - performance by Equestrian Drill Team followed by a trip to the Chabot Space and Science Center to look through their big telescopes.

Day 4 - Saturday

Hike through Roberts Recreation Area and Redwood Regional Park 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. 

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.

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).

Suggested Packing List (pdf)

Evening Entertainment

Evening programs are outlined above and are subject to change.

Swimming will be available a short walk from our Tilden and Joaquin Miller campsites.


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.


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.


Volunteers are needed to help with the important tasks that make this event a great one.


Contact Morris Older, at 925-254-8943 or email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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