Events

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Trail Trekkers Earth Day Work Party– Sat. April 21, 2018, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

 

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2018 Hillside Festival

May 4th, 5th and 6th

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Come to our regular Third Saturday Trail Trekker Work Parties

We will be out working improving the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area every third Saturday of the month throughout the year.  Make it a recurring monthly event in your calendar and we will be there to greet you and welcome you to a project: Broom Bashes, Trail Construction,  yes, some debris clearing, but if we get the momentum we plan to, we can make a real difference.

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Previous events

Member Appreciation Party 
Sunday, February 25, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Just to show how much we appreciate people who join El Cerrito Trail Trekkers, we will hold our second annual members appreciation party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (and later if we are having fun!)  Sunday, February 25 at a private home right here in El Cerrito.

Please rsvp to Dave Weinstein, davidsweinstein@yahoo.com.

The party will feature homemade, healthy and delicious pizzas by Mary Barkey, wine, beer, sparkling water and dessert.

It’s a great chance to meet like-minded people who love nature, the out of doors, and parties. Not a member? Join by visiting the website, or join at the door. Family membership is only $20 and lifetime membership a bargain at $1,000.

Thanks are due to the Trekkers’ social supervisor, Mollie Hazen.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Our Annual Public Meeting. Board election, reports on our activities and a speaker from the Bay Area Puma Project, “Living with Lions.” 3 PM.  The Garden Room at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito.  2 Hours.

Sunday, January 7 at 4 PM

Albany Hill Hike with Tom Gehling. A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

 

Sunday, December 17 at 4 PM

Holiday Lights Hike with Alina Constantinescu. Join leader Alina to explore both the Hillside Natural Area and some beautiful holiday light displays in nearby neighborhoods. Enjoy the annual holiday display by the late and legendary Sundar Shadi,  a tradition that continues thanks to the volunteers of the Shadi Holiday Display committee. This strenuous hike includes some steep trails. Bring flashlights and wear good hiking boots.  Trails  may be muddy. Meet at the Schmidt Lane entrance to the Hillside Natural Area. 2 hours.

 

Saturday, December 9 at 3 PM

Sunset Ramble in the Hills with Alina Constantinescu. Join Alina for an evening ramble through the trails of the Hillside Natural Area, and nearby city paths to enjoy the waning light of the late afternoon and what we hope will be a beautiful sunset  This strenuous hike includes some steep trails. Bring flashlights and wear good hiking boots.  Trails  may be muddy. Meet at the Schmidt Lane entrance to the Hillside Natural Area. 2 hours.

Sunday, December 3 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire. A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

Saturday, December 2 at 10 AM

Broom pull in the Hillside Natural Area with Friends of Five Creeks. Join Friends of Five Creeks and the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers in removing invasive, fire-prone French broom in the beautiful El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area. A walk in is followed by work with magnificent Bay views. Tools, gloves, snacks, & water will be supplied. Wear long pants, long sleeves, socks, and closed-toed shoes with good traction.

Meet at the King Court entrance to the Hillside Natural Area , just below the intersection of King and Shevlin Drives, north of Moeser. 2.5 hours.

Saturday, November 4 at 1 PM

Architectural Walking Tour: The Hills with Dave Weinstein. Walk by and learn about some of the most architecturally important and beautiful homes in El Cerrito, including a Storybook home by Bay Tradition pioneer John Hudson Thomas, International Style beauties by Campbell & Wong and by Donald Olsen, some marvelous mid-century moderns, and two homes by one of the inventors of the Modern Movement, Richard Neutra. Dave Weinstein, author of Signature Architects of the SF Bay Area, leads. Co-sponsored by the El Cerrito Historical Society. Meet at Arlington Clubhouse, 1120 Arlington Blvd. 2 hours.

 

Sunday, October 22 at 1 PM

The Artworks of Albany Bulb with Dave Weinstein and Susan Moffat. Join Susan Moffat, founder of Love the Bulb, for a walking tour of Albany Bulb to see artworks created over a number of years by many different artists — and learn about how this longtime open air art gallery, which is now part of Eastshore State park, may be threatened. The Bulb, a former dump and once home to a community of squatters, offers wonderful views of San Francisco Bay.

Love the Bulb is a community organization that presents art and performance events at the Albany Bulb that celebrate its unique place in the Bay Area art and natural ecosystems. Join their email mailing list at albanybulbinfo@gmail.com.

Meet: At the western end of Buchanan Street, past the bulb parking lot.
Contact: Dave Weinstein, 510-524-1737, davidsweinstein@yahoo.com.

 

Saturday. October 21 at 10 AM

History of the Hillside Natural Area with Dave Weinstein, Ralph Boniello and Mark Miner. Presented by El Cerrito Trail Trekkers, El Cerrito Historical Society, Friends of Five Creeks and the Environmental Quality Committee. Dave Weinstein, Mark Miner and Ralph Boniello lead a hike focusing on the natural history and human history of this 100-plus acre open space within our city. Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m., to noon. Meet at the Schmidt Lane Trail head, on Schmidt Lane near the Recycling Center

 

Saturday, October 14 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting.  Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

Saturday, October 7 at 10 AM

Terrace Cut-off Trail Clearing with Mark Miner. Join Mark and your fellow Trekkers to clean up along the Terrace Cutoff Trail, a side branch of the Stockton King Trail, clearing vegetation and loose material. Where appropriate clothing and bring water. Tools and gloves provided. Meet on Terrace Drive two houses down from where the intersection of Terrace, King and Contra Costa. 2.5 hours.

 

Sunday, October 1 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire. A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30

Evening Ramble in the Hills with Alina Constantiescu. Join leader us for an evening ramble in-n-out of the Hillside trails. This 2.5-mile loop is a strenuous route sure to get our hearts going. We’ll climb up the upper Hillside trails and the Madera Open Space, head down Motorcycle Hill, and loop back up through the lower Hillside trails. We’ll keep a moderate pace and take breaks to enjoy views and conversation. Bring water, layers, and a headlamp/ flashlight/or flashlight app. Free. Schmidt Lane Trailhead, Hillside Natural Area, near Recycling Center, 7501 Schmidt. About 90 minutes.

 

Saturday, September 9 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting.  Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

 

Monday, August 14 at 5:30 PM

A Stroll Atop the Hayward Fault in El Cerrito, Join hike leader Jenny Hammer and U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Geologist Dr. David P. Schwartz to explore the Hayward Fault. We will stroll atop the fault as it traverses the Berkeley Country Club (formerly Mira Vista) golf course. Learn about paleo-seismological investigations conducted in El Cerrito that detail the earthquakes that have shaken our section of the fault in the past. Learn geology and walk on the actual scarp. Be reminded of the probabilities of a “Big One” and learn about preparations you should make now. The hike is mostly on grass, with very moderate elevation changes. Bring water and snacks. Meet-up location is served by AC Transit Bus #7. Reservations for this hike are required as we have a limit on participant numbers. To reserve a spot and receive notification of the meeting place, contact: Leader: Jenny Hammer, 510-524-1590jhammer13@earthlink.net.

 

Saturday, August 12 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting.  Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

 

Saturday, August 5 at 10 AM

Geological Hike of the El Cerrito Hills with Gary Prost and Dave Weinstein. Meet at the Schmidt Lane trailhead of the Hillside Natural Area. 3 hours,

Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 PM

Join leader Alina Constantiescu on an evening ramble through the trails and steep sidewalks high in the hills. This 4-mile loop is a strenuous route sure to get our hearts going. We’ll climb up Hillside trails, check out Arlington Park, enjoy the trails in Camp Herms, and loop back down neighborhood streets and the Great Western Power Trail. We’ll keep a moderate pace and take breaks to enjoy views and conversation. Bring water, layers, and a headlamp/ flashlight/or flashlight app. Free. Meet at the Schmidt Lane Trailhead, Hillside Natural Area, near Recycling Center, 7501 Schmidt. 2.5 hours.

 

Saturday, July 8 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting.  Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

 

Saturday, June 24 at 10 AM

Terrace Cut-Off Trail Construction with Mark Miner. We need to clear brush, weeds, and debris, do some minor grading and perhaps more.

 

Saturday, June 17 at 10 AM

It’s Our Fault Hike. Presented by El Cerrito Trail Trekkers and the Environmental Quality Committee. Join hike leader Jenny Hammer along with U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Geologist Dr. David P. Schwartz on a walk to explore evidence of the Hayward Fault. Learn about paleo-seismological investigations conducted right here in El Cerrito which detail the historical and last earthquakes to shake our section of the fault. Learn the geology of the area and see a stunning view of the scarp. Straddle two sides of the fault at a curb offset created by fault creep. Be reminded of the probabilities of a “Big One” centered on our section of the fault and learn about preparations you should make NOW for peace of mind in earthquake country. This is an El Cerrito Centennial Celebration event, so bring your passport (or get one on the hike). The route is approximately four miles, mostly on paved surfaces, with moderate elevation gain. Bring water and snacks. Meet at the Madera Elementary School parking lot, 8500 Madera Dr., at 10:00 a.m. to return at 1:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, June 10 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting.  Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

 

Sunday, June 4 at 4 PM

Madera Open Space Trail Maintenance with Mark Miner. Pull Broom at the margins of trail and more. Meet at the top of the steps on Madera Circle, between house numbers 1540 and 1560 Madera Circle. 2.5 hours.

 

Saturday, June 3 at 11 AM

When Gamblers Ran Our Town: A Walking Tour. Presented by El Cerrito Historical Society and El Cerrito Trail Trekkers. Dave Weinstein will lead a two-hour walking tour, starting at the Bayview Eagles Hall, 3223 Carlson Blvd. near Central Avenue, to see buildings and sites once made lively by gamblers, prostitutes, legitimate entertainers and classy restaurateurs. 2 hours.

 

Sunday, May 21 at 10 AM

The 4th Annual Hillside Festival. Free. All day. More information here.

 

Saturday, May 13 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting.  Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

Saturday, May 6 at 10 AM

Motorcycle Hill Broom Pull. Join Mark Miner and your neighbors as we try to make a dent in our perennial scourge, french broom. Meet at the bottom of the hill, at the “corner” of Blake and Navellier. 2.5 hours.

Saturday, March 18 at 1 PM

El Cerrito Architectural Walking tour with Dave Weinstein. See historical homes on the flatlands of El Cerrito. Co-sponsored by the El Cerrito Historical Society. A El Cerrito Centennial event. Meet at the Rodini Home at 1715 Elm Street. 2 hours.

 

Saturday, March 11 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting.  Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

 

Sunday, March 5 at 10 AM

el-cerrito-centennial-logoHistorical Pavers of Highway 40 with Jenny Hammer. El Cerrito has many pavers marking historical places along San Pablo Avenue. Join Jenny for a look at some of these. Meet at San Pablo and Carlson (in front of Peet’s) at 10 a.m. 3 hours.

 

Saturday, February 25 at 10 AM

el-cerrito-centennial-logoMotorcycle Hill Work Party and Historical Discussion. Learn about the days when hundreds of motorcycles zoomed up Motorcycle Hill – while helping El Cerrito Trail Trekkers remove invasive french broom and complete the Motorcycle Hill Trail. Motorcycle Hill was the site of a motorcycle hill climb dating back to the 1920s, attracting thousands of viewers. Today it is a beautiful part of the City’s Hillside Natural Area. Meet at the foot of Motorcycle Hill, corner of Blake Street and Ganges Avenue. 3 hours. An El Cerrito Centennial event.

 

Saturday, January 21 at Noon

el-cerrito-centennial-logoCerrito Creekside History and Natural History Stroll with Dave Weinstein and Susan Swartz. Presented by El Cerrito Historical Society, El Cerrito Trail Trekkers, and Friends of Five Creeks. Dave and Susan lead an easy walk along Cerrito Creek, from EC Plaza towards the bay. Focus is on the natural history of the creeks, its changes over the years, the care provided in recent years by Friends of Five Creeks. We also discuss Native American settlements, the early settlement of Rust, the dynamite factory that was alongside Albany hill and its Chinese workers, and more. Meet at Creekside Park, on Cerrito Creek at Santa Clara Avenue. 2 hours. An El Cerrito Centennial event.

 

Sunday, January 15 at 2 PM

Our Annual Public Meeting featuring Keli Hendricks from Project Coyote. We’ll be meeting at 2 PM at the Community Center to elect officers, review 2016 and plan for 2017, and then hear a guest speaker about coyotes.

Sunday, January 15 at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. Entry is $5. Free to members. PDF.

 

Saturday, January 7 at 2 PM

Nature Under the Power Poles hike with Tom Gehling. Join Tom for a look for what lives in and around the Hillside Natural Area. We’ll head up the hillside by Moeser Lane where PG&E keeps its electricity, visit a new city park and then head down into the Hillside Nature Area to see what we can see. It is likely to be wet and muddy, and heavy rain will cancel, but there should be things to see, especially if you don’t mind flipping over the occasional rock or log. The Moeser hillside will be the location for several work parties later in the year involving PG&E, El Cerrito Green Teams, and other committed volunteers working to protect and encourage native plants and habitats.

Meet at the corner of Schmidt and Navellier at 2 PM. The hike should last 2 to 2.5 hours. PDF flyer.

 

Saturday, December 10 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting.  Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

 

Sunday, December 4 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire. A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

 

Friday, November 25 at 11 AM

Work off the Turkey Hike with Dave Weinstein. Join Dave for a steep and vigorous hike to dispel some of the calories we all just added to our bodies on Thanksgiving. We will use both new and old trail, throughout the Hillside Natural Area. Meet at 11 a.m. at Snowdon Way, between 1768 and 1800 Ganges Avenue. 2 1/2 hours with some steep parts.

 

Sunday, November 6 at 4 PM

Albany Hill Hike with Tom Gehling. Climb to the top of Albany hill. Steep in places, wear long pants, sleeves. Amazing views and plenty to see. Meet under the Jumbotron in the Pacific East Mall on Pierce Street in Richmond. 1 hour.

 

Saturday, October 29 at 10 AM

Motorcycle Hill hike with Mark Miner. Enjoy autumn views on this 2 hour hike up Motorcycle Hill Trail to Madera Open Space and back through the Hillside Natural Area. We will see environmental work in Madera, expansive vistas and beautiful scenery. The hike is steep but very doable. Bring water, maybe a snack, and a dog or two. Meet at the “corner” of Blake and Navellier, El Cerrito. 2 hours.

 

Sunday, October 2 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire. A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

 

Sunday, September 25 at 11 AM

Kensington-Berkeley Rock Hike with Dave Weinstein. Join Dave as he explores the many privately owned rock outcrops and a total of seven rock parks in Berkeley’s Thousand Oaks neighborhood. We will climb many public stairways and see some great homes, many of which incorporate natural rock into their design. This three-hour hike will be steep in parts and strenuous. Dave wrote the text for the book “Berkeley Rocks: Building With Nature.”

Sunday, September 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meet at Semifreddi’s Bakery, 372 Colusa Avenue, Colusa Circle, Kensington

 

Saturday, September 24 at 10 AM

Save the Richmond Hills Hike with Mark Miner. The hills in Richmond’s El Sobrante Valley are a vital part of the remaining open space lands of that City. But they are at risk of development. Recently, large-scale subdivisions have been proposed. Join Mark Miner for a hike through this beautiful and endangered area. Meet at the Clark-Boas trail head at the end of Clark Road off of San Pablo Dam Road. 3 hours.

For more information about the Richmond Hills, visit savetherichmondhills.org

Friday, July 29 at 7 PM

Dog Friendly Ridge Trail hike with Mark Miner. Say TGIF with your four legged friends on this 90 minute hike along the Ridge Trail. We will see environmental work in Madera, expansive vistas and beautiful scenery. The hike is moderately level, some ups and downs, but we don’t climb the hillside Bring water, maybe a snack, and your favorite puppy. Meet at the King Court entrance to Hillside Natural Area, El Cerrito. 90 minutes. PDF

 

Saturday, July 23 at 11 AM

A Storybook Homes hike with Dave Weinstein. A walk (that includes some steep stairs) past some of El Cerrito’s loveliest neighborhoods of cute Storybook homes in the north part of town, where we also visit Poinsett Park to see its creek and WPA rock walls, and walk on several city pathways. Meet at Poinsett Park, corner of Poinsett and Harris avenues. 2 hours PDF

 

Saturday, July 16 at 10 AM

Motorcycle Hill hike with Mark Miner. Enjoy Mid Summer views on this 2 hour hike up Motorcycle Hill Trail to Madera Open Space and back through the Hillside Natural Area. We will see environmental work in Madera, expansive vistas and beautiful scenery. The hike is steep but very doable. Bring water, maybe a snack, and a dog or two. Meet at the “corner” of Blake and Navellier, El Cerrito. 2 hours. PDF

 

Sunday, July 3 at 4 PM

Albany Hill Hike with Tom Gehling. Climb to the top of Albany hill. Steep in places, wear long pants, sleeves. Amazing views and plenty to see. Meet under the Jumbotron in the Pacific East Mall on Pierce Street in Richmond. 1 hour.

 

Saturday, June 18 at 10 AM

Hidden Poetry hike with Jenny Hammer. On this third hike in search of poetry, we will be in search of hidden poems written by eight local poets. The route will take us by three creeks and four parks as we wend our way on sidewalks, paved paths, and dirt paths. See some spectacular wildflowers. Bring a GPS device if you have one. Find out what local poets have been writing and read a selected poem from each. This is a ramble, not a race. No steep climbs, but some gradual inclines. This hike is sponsored by El Cerrito Trail Trekkers and the El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission. The coordinates of the cached poetry will be provided at the beginning of the hike and will be available on ectrailtrekkers.org thereafter. Be prepared to read aloud! Dogs on leash are welcome. Walking shoes and water recommended. Questions? Contact Jenny, jhammer13@earthlink.net or 524-1590.Meet at Baxter Creek Gateway Park on San Pablo Avenue. 3 hours.  PDF.

 

Sunday, June 5 at 4 PM

Albany Hill Hike. Climb to the top of Albany hill. Steep in places, wear long pants, sleeves. Amazing views and plenty to see. Meet under the Jumbotron in the Pacific East Mall on Pierce Street in Richmond. 1 hour.

 

Friday, June 3 at 7 PM.

Dog Friendly Ridge Trail hike with Mark Miner. Say TGIF with your four legged friends on this 1 hour hike along the Ridge Trail. We will see environmental work in Madera, expansive vistas and beautiful scenery. The hike is fairly level. Bring water, maybe a snack, and your favorite puppy. Starts from the King Court entrance to the Hillside Natural Area. 1 hour. PDF

 

Saturday, May 28 at 1o AM

Motorcycle Hill hike with Mark Miner. Get your Memorial Day Weekend started with some beautiful views on this 2 hour hike up Motorcycle Hill Trail to Madera Open Space and back through the Hillside Natural Area. We will see environmental work in Madera, expansive vistas and beautiful scenery. The hike is steep and very doable. Bring water, maybe a snack, and a dog or two. Meet at the corner of Blake and Navellier. 2 hours. PDF

 

Friday, May 27 at 6 PM

Hillside Natural Area Nature walk with Tom Gehling.  We’ll take an early evening stroll through the Hillside Natural Area looking for late afternoon / early evening bloomers as well as birds, insects or anything else that comes out way. Bring a pair of gloves and we might even pull a few weeds if the inspiration hits us. Meet at the Memorial Grove trailhead at Schmidt Lane. 6 PM. 2 hours. PDF

 

Sunday, May 15  – 10 Am to 5 PM and beyond

The third Annual Hillside Festival

See our page here.

 

Sunday, May 1 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

 

Saturday, April 23 at 10 AM

Hidden Poetry Hike with Jenny Hammer. 2nd in a series. On this literary scavenger hunt we’ll search for poems written by former U.S. poets laureate. The route will take us by the footprint of an extinct EBMUD water tank, up Motorcycle Hill Trail, up and down hidden stairways, across a gurgling creek, and through the new Madera Open Space. Spectacular views, grasslands, woodlands, and riparian corridors. Learn about U.S. poets laureate and read a selected poem from each. Bring a GPS device if you have one. Significant elevation gain (mostly on stairs), but this is a ramble, not a race. Coordinates of the cached poetry will be provided at the beginning of the hike and will be available at ectrailtrekkers.org thereafter. Be prepared to read aloud! Dogs on leash are welcome. Heavy rain will cancel. This is a rescheduling of the March 13 hike, which was rained out.

Meet at the corner of Snowdon and Ganges. 3 hours.

Co-sponsored by the El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission.

 

 Sunday, April 3 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

 

 Saturday, April 2 at 11 AM

Fairview Waterfall hike with Dave Weinstein. Please join Dave Weinstein for a Fairview Waterfall Hike 11 a.m. Sunday, March 6. Meet at the intersection of Tamalpais Avenue and Fairview Drive. Besides flowing water in Fairview we’ll see several city parks, historic stone walls, and lovely Storybook homes.

 

 Sunday, March 13 at 10 AM

Hidden Poetry Hike with Jenny Hammer. 2nd in a series. On this literary scavenger hunt we’ll search for poems written by former U.S. poets laureate. The route will take us by the footprint of an extinct EBMUD water tank, up Motorcycle Hill Trail, up and down hidden stairways, across a gurgling creek, and through the new Madera Open Space. Spectacular views, grasslands, woodlands, and riparian corridors. Learn about U.S. poets laureate and read a selected poem from each. Bring a GPS device if you have one. Significant elevation gain (mostly on stairs), but this is a ramble, not a race. Coordinates of the cached poetry will be provided at the beginning of the hike and will be available at ectrailtrekkers.org thereafter. Be prepared to read aloud! Dogs on leash are welcome. Heavy rain will cancel.

Meet at the corner of Snowdon and Ganges. 3 hours.

Co-sponsored by the El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission.

 

Sunday, March 6 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Tom Gehling.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

 

Sunday, March 6 at 11 AM

Fairview Waterfall hike with Dave Weinstein. Please join Dave Weinstein for a Fairview Waterfall Hike 11 a.m. Sunday, March 6. Meet at the intersection of Tamalpais Avenue and Fairview Drive. Besides flowing water in Fairview we’ll see several city parks, historic stone walls, and lovely Storybook homes.

 

Saturday, February 27 at 1 PM

Trees of the Ohlone Greenway with Ralph Boniello.  Join Ralph Boniello of the El Cerrito Tree Committee and Friends of Five Creeks for a tour of the trees along El Cerrito’s Ohlone Greenway. We’ll meet at the new bioswale (rain garden) along the Ohlone Greenway at Fairmount Ave. (adjacent to the El Cerrito Plaza Bart station). From there we’ll head north along the greenway to El Cerrito del Norte Bart. We’ll look at the wonderful diversity of trees along the way, and discuss how they came to be there and the many benefits they provide to our city. It should be a little bit botany and tree identification, a little bit of history and urban planning, and a lot of fun! The walk will be 2 miles on level, paved ground. At the conclusion you can take BART back to the starting point.

 

Sunday, February 21 at 10 AM

Hidden Poetry Hike with Jenny Hammer. Join Jenny Hammer for a poetic treasure hunt as we ramble through nature and search for hidden poems in El Cerrito. Learn about notable Bay Area poets and read a selected poem from each. Bring a GPS device if you have one. We will be walking in the Hillside Natural Area, on sidewalks, and through two parks — one, a very new addition to El
Cerrito’s green and open space, where we will stop for a brief snack break (bring snacks and water for yourself) and learn about this new park. Steep grades in some places, eucalyptus “ball bearings” in others, so appropriate footwear is recommended. Coordinates of the cached poetry will be provided at the beginning of the hike and will be available on the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers website  (ectrailtrekkers.org) thereafter. Be prepared to read aloud! Dogs on leash are welcome. Restrooms midway. Heavy rain will cancel.

Meet at the Memorial Grove entrance to the Hillside Natural Area, Schmidt Lane. 4 hours.

Co-sponsored by the El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission.

 

Sunday, February 7 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

 

Friday, January 15 at 4 PM

One Hour Dog Friendly hike with Mark Miner. Grab your best friend and join us for a one hour hike along the Ridge Trail in the Hillside Natural Area. Dogs under voice control, leashed or unleashed, are welcome along with any humans that might like to join then. Meet at the King Court entrance. 1 hour.

 

Sunday, January 10 at 2 pm

The Annual Public Meeting of the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers. Join us as we look back on the past year, plan for the new year and elect officers. We’ll also have a speaker from Raptors are the Solution (RATS) to speak about Birds of Prey.

The Garden Room at the El Cerrito Community Center. 7007 Moeser Lane ( at Ashbury). 2 hours. Light refreshments.

 

Saturday, January 9 at 1 PM

Trees of the Hillside Natural Area with Ralph Boniello. Join Ralph Boniello of the El Cerrito Tree Committee and Friends of Five Creeks as we journey through the Hillside Natural Area and tour its native and non-native trees. The Hillside Natural Area (HNA) has one of the best-preserved floras in the East Bay. We’ll identify its many trees, discuss how trees and grow throughout the year (and how they’re responding to their evnironment), and talk about their role in the overall ecology of the area. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Schmidt Lane entrance to HNA (the Memorial Grove entrance, near the Recycling Center). Portions will be steep. 2 hours.

 

Saturday, January 9 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting.  Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

 

Sunday, January 3 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

 

Sunday, December 27 at 12 Noon

Northern Creeks hike with Tom Gehling. Shake off your winter lethargy, burn a few holiday calories and be amazed at the sight of actual running water as we explore the Baxter Creek watershed and some parks and paths of northern El Cerrito (and a bit of Richmond.) Meet at the benches in Baxter Creek Gateway Park, next to the BART tracks at the intersection of Key and Conlon. 2 hours.

 

Sunday, December 14 at 11 AM

Trees of the Hillside Natural Area with Ralph Boniello. Join Ralph Boniello of the El Cerrito Tree Committee on Sunday, December 13th as we journey through the Hillside Natural Area and tour its native and non-native trees. The Hillside Natural Area (HNA) has one of the best-preserved floras in the East Bay. We’ll identify its many trees, discuss how trees and grow throughout the year (and how they’re responding to their evnironment), and talk about their role in the overall ecology of the area. Meet at 11 a.m. at the Schmidt Lane entrance to HNA (the Memorial Grove entrance, near the Recycling Center). Portions will be steep. 2 hours.

 

Saturday,December 12 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting.  Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

 

Sunday, December 6 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

 

Saturday, November 21 at 11 AM

Fairview Open Space Hike with Dave Weinstein. Visit the imperiled Fairview Open Space. More info to come.

Meet at the corner of Fairview and Tamalpias at 11 AM. 2 hours.

 

Saturday, November 14 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting.  Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

 

Saturday, November 7 at   11 AM

Kensington and El Cerrito Hills Ramble with Dave Weinstein. Join Dave and explore urban paths in Kensington and El Cerrito, enjoy some unusual architecture, and see several trails that have been blocked over the years and need reopening. Portions will be steep.

Two hours-plus.Meet near Semifreddi’s bakery, 372 Colusa Avenue, Kensington.

 

Sunday, November 1 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

 

Sunday, September 27 at 6 PM

Moonrise Hike in the Hillside Natural Area with Tom Gehling. We’ll start and finish at the King Court entrance, and make a loop through the southern portion of the Hillside Natural Area. If we give the fog a miss there may be great views, and maybe wildlife, as the sun sets and the moon rises. Anyway it should be a nice walk. Bring water and maybe a flashlight. 2 hours.

 

Saturday, September 26 at 11 AM

Motorcycle Hill hike with Maryann Pomegranate. A 2 hour hike up the Motorcycle Hill Trail to Madera and back through the Hillside Natural Area. Well see ongoing developments along the new Lower Snowdon Trail as well as environmental work in Madera, plus the usual expansive vistas and beautiful scenery. The hike is steep and a hat, long pants and good walking shoes are recommended. Bring water and maybe a snack. Meet at 1 PM at the “corner” of Blake and Navellier. 2 hrs.

 

Sunday. September 20 at 1 PM

Music for Madera Open Space.  See our page here.

 

Saturday, September 12 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting.  Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

 

Sunday, September 6 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

 

Saturday, August 29 at 10 AM

Join Ann Harlow for a tour of the Unitarian Universalist Church and its grounds. We will also take in the Old Schoolhouse Trail and parks and schools. The mid-century modern church, designed by the prominent firm Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons, was designed to be “a temple in the woods.” Bernard Maybeck, a church member, graded the hillside site and sold the land to the church in 1955. Paul Grunland and Dave Weinstein will provide added commentary.

This hike will be moderate, with some steep sections and rough terrain.

Meet: Front parking lot of the church, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington. 2.5 hours.

 

Saturday, August 22 at 11 AM

Motorcycle Hill hike with Tom Gehling filling in for Maryann Pomegranate. A 2 hour hike up the Motorcycle Hill Trail to Madera and back through the Hillside Natural Area. Well see ongoing developments along the new Lower Snowdon Trail as well as environmental work in Madera, plus the usual expansive vistas and beautiful scenery. The hike is steep and a hat, long pants and goodwalking shoes are recommended. Bring water and maybe a snack. Meet at 11 AM at the “corner” of Blake and Navellier. 2 hrs.

Saturday, August 8 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting.  Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

Sunday, August 2 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Maryann Pomegranate filling in for Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

 

Sunday, August 2 at 10 AM

Hidden Treasures hike with Jenny Hammer. There are over 50 geocaches in El Cerrito proper. We are going to try to find 5 or 6 of them.Meet at the bottom of the Motorcycle Hill Trail (at the “corner” of Blake and Navellier). 3 Hours

 

Friday, July 24 at 7:30 PM

Moth Night in the Hillside Natural Area with Friends of Five Creeks. Celebrate National Moth Week with Friends of Five Creeks, naturalist Eddie Dunbar of the California Insect Sciences Museum and the Trekkers in the Hillside Natural Area to look for moths. We’ll start with a finger food potluck and then take a nature walk in the dark to catch, observe and safely release moths. Bring finger food (or come later), a flashlight and maybe a folding chair. All ages welcome! Meet at the Schmidt Lane entrance. More info at fivecreeks.org. RSVP to f5creeks@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, July 18 at 10 AM

Terrace Cutoff workparty with Jenny Hammer & Tom Gehling. We’ll pick-up where we left off on Earth Day and continue to clear brush and trim shrubs and trees along this barely passable side-branch of the Stockton to King trail. Meet at trailhead between 894 and 900 Shevlin. We will work our way up on Terrace Cutoff trail that leads to Terrace between 8231 and 8239.

 

Saturday, July 11 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting.  Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

 

Sunday July 5 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with <someone*> filling in for Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

*most likely Maryann or Tom

 

July 4th – All Day

The city’s annual July 4th celebration / WorldOne Music Festival. Look for us at the Environmental Quality Committee booth.

 

 Sunday, June 28 at 1 PM

Motorcycle Hill hike with Maryann Pomegranate. A 2 hour hike up the Motorcycle Hill Trail to Madera and back through the Hillside Natural Area. Well see ongoing developments along the new Lower Snowdon Trail as well as environmental work in Madera, plus the usual expansive vistas and beautiful scenery. The hike is steep and a hat, long pants and good walking shoes are recommended. Bring water and maybe a snack. Meet at 1 PM at the “corner” of Blake and Navellier. 2 hrs.

 

Saturday, June 20 at 1 PM

Hillside Open Space hike with Dave Weinstein. Join Dave for a tour of the Fairview open space. The last large piece of privately owned, undeveloped land in the hills. This beautiful 15 acre parcel includes meadows and woodland, two creeks, and a long common border with the Hillside Natural Area. Meet at the corner of Fairview Dr. and Tamalpais Ave. (At the top of Ganges Ave. and one block south/east of Cutting Blvd.) 2 hours.

 

Sunday, Jun 14 at 10 AM

Bay Trail and Ohlone Greenway Loop with Jenny Hammer. Discover an under-used overpass, walk along the bay on the Bay Trail, see daylighted Baxter Creek in a beautiful park, and walk the Ohlone Greenway back to our start. Meet at 10 AM in front of El Cerrito Natural Foods at the intersection of Stockton and San Pablo.  2.5 hrs.

 

Saturday, June 13 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting.  Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

 

Sunday June 7 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Maryann Pomegranate filling in for Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

 

Tuesday, June 2 at 5:30 PM

Havey Canyon Full Moon with Mark Miner. See Wildcat Canyon in the early evening as we hike through Havey Canyon as the moon rises and the sun sets. Moonrise is at 6:34 and sunset at 8:34. Meet at the end of Rifle Range Rd. 3 hrs.

 

Saturday, May 23 at 11 AM

Motorcycle Hill hike with Tom Gehling substituting for Maryann Pomegranate. A 2 hour hike up the Motorcycle Hill Trail to Madera and back through the Hillside Natural Area. Well see ongoing developments along the new Lower Snowdon Trail as well as environmental work in Madera, plus the usual expansive vistas and beautiful scenery. The hike is steep and a hat, long pants and good walking shoes are recommended. Bring water and maybe a snack. Meet at 11 AM at the “corner” of Blake and Navellier. 2 hrs.

 

Sunday, May 17

The 2nd Annual Hillside Festival. Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events throughout the park and a ceremony celebrating the addition of the Madera Open Space to the Hillside Natural Area. Visit the festival webpage here.

 

Sunday May 3 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Maryann Pomegranate filling in for Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

 

Saturday, April 25 at 11 AM

Motorcycle Hill hike with Maryann Pomegranate. A 2 hour hike up the Motorcycle Hill Trail to Madera and back through the Hillside Natural Area. Well see ongoing developments along the new Lower Snowdon Trail as well as environmental work in Madera, plus the usual expansive vistas and beautiful scenery. The hike is steep and a hat, long pants and good walking shoes are recommended. Bring water and maybe a snack. Meet at 11 AM at the “corner” of Blake and Navellier. 2 hrs.

Saturday, April 18

The official El Cerrito celebration of Earth Day. Events all over the city in the morning, including an El Cerrito Trail Trekkers work party on the Terrace cutoff of the Stockton-King trail. Meet at 10 am at the top of Stockton, between 894 and 900 Shevlin. Hats and long sleeves recommended.

Sunday April 12 at 3 PM

A Loop Around the Quarry with Tom Gehling. We’ll head up the Great Western Power Trail (under the power poles) then make our way back via a long loop through the southern portion of the Hillside Natural Area. Well see a little history, a lot of nature and some spectacular vistas.

Meet at the Schmidt lane entrance to the Hillside Natural Area. 3 PM. It should last from 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

 

Saturday, April 11 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting. Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

 

Sunday April 5 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

 

 Saturday, March 28 at 11 AM

Motorcycle Hill hike with Tom Gehling filling in for Maryann Pomegranate. A 2 hour hike up the Motorcycle Hill Trail to Madera and back through the Hillside Natural Area. Well see ongoing developments along the new Lower Snowdon Trail as well as environmental work in Madera, plus the usual expansive vistas and beautiful scenery. The hike is steep and a hat, long pants and good walking shoes are recommended. Bring water and maybe a snack. Meet at 11 AM at the “corner” of Blake and Navellier. 2 hrs.

 

Saturday, March 14 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting. Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

 

Sunday, March 1 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

Saturday, February 28 at 11 AM

The Edge of the Wild with Tom Gehling. Starting from Del Norte BART we’ll visit Motorcycle Hill, Snowdon Meadow, the Fairview Open Space, and the edge of Wildcat Canyon before returning through Tassajara Park and El Cerrito’s unsung bit of restored nature, Canyon Trail Park. The hike will be about 5 miles with a 500 ft change in elevation and will included all sorts of surfaces including the possibility of mud. Bring water, a hat and long sleeves because we will be in vegetation at times.

Meet at the south end of the Del Norte BART station at Hill St. at 11 AM.

 Saturday, February 14 at 1 PM

Motorcycle Hill hike with Maryann Pomegranate. A 2 hour hike up the Motorcycle Hill Trail to Madera and back through the Hillside Natural Area. Well see ongoing developments along the new Lower Snowdon Trail as well as environmental work in Madera, plus the usual expansive vistas and beautiful scenery. The hike is steep and a hat, long pants and good walking shoes are recommended. Bring water and maybe a snack. Meet at 11 AM at the “corner” of Blake and Navellier. 2 hrs.

Saturday, February 14 at 10 AM

Monthly El Cerrito Trail Trekkers business meeting. Members welcome. Harding Park clubhouse, 7115 C Street. 10 Am ’til noon.

Sunday, February 1 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Tom Gehling.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

Information: ectrailtrekkers@gmail.com

Saturday, January 31 at 11 AM

The William Huber Memorial Trail Hike with Dave Weinstein. No one did more than Judge William Huber to build El Cerrito in its early days. He named it “El Cerrito,” helped found the city and build its sewers, served three times as mayor, ran Huber Hall and served as justice of the peace. This hike will take us through Huber Park with its WPA stone walls and on or near several city paths, including some that are temporarily “impassable.” This hike is “moderate, with some steep sections. Meet in front of: Well Grounded Coffee and Tea, 6925 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito.

For information, Dave Weinstein, 510-524-1737, davidsweinstein@yahoo.com.

Saturday, January 24 at 10 AM

Bay Trail and Ohlone Greenway Loop with Jenny Hammer. Discover an under-used overpass, walk along the bay on the Bay Trail, see daylighted Baxter Creek in a beautiful park, and walk the Ohlone Greenway back to our start. Meet at 10 AM in front of El Cerrito Natural Foods at the intersection of Stockton and San Pablo.  3 hrs.

For more information, ectrailtrekkers@gmail.com

 Sunday, January 18 at 11 AM

Motorcycle Hill hike with Maryann Pomegranate. A 2 hour hike up the Motorcycle Hill Trail to Madera and back through the Hillside Natural Area. Well see ongoing developments along the new Lower Snowdon Trail as well as environmental work in Madera, plus the usual expansive vistas and beautiful scenery. The hike is steep and a hat, long pants and good walking shoes are recommended. Bring water and maybe a snack. Meet at 11 AM at the “corner” of Blake and Navellier. 2 hrs.

For more information, ectrailtrekkers@gmail.com

Sunday, January 11 at 2 PM

The Annual Public Meeting of the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers. Vote for officers, hear a speaker and meet your fellow Trekkers over refreshments.

Meet your fellow Trekkers, enjoy refreshments, and hear an illustrated talk by Brendan Moriarty of the Trust For Public Land. Brendan took a break from his efforts to help us buy the Madera Open Space this summer to get married. For their honeymoon the newlyweds hiked for three weeks along the Sierra High Route. All of it was off trail, roughly paralleling the Pacific Crest Trail. Brendan will also discuss the role and goals of Trust for Public Lands and its special and ongoing relationship with El Cerrito.

The meeting is open to all, but you must be a paid up member to vote.

2 PM in the Garden Room at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane (at Ashbury), El Cerrito, CA 94530

Sunday, December 4 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

Leader: Roberta Maguire  robertamaguire@hotmail.com

Saturday, December 27 at 11 AM

Motorcycle Hill hike with Maryann Pomegranate. A 2 hour hike up the Motorcycle Hill Trail to Madera and back through the Hillside Natural Area. Well see ongoing developments along the new Lower Snowdon Trail as well as environmental work in Madera, plus the usual expansive vistas and beautiful scenery. The hike is steep and a hat, long pants and good walking shoes are recommended. Bring water and maybe a snack. Meet at 11 AM at the “corner” of Blake and Navellier.

For more information, ectrailtrekkers@gmail.com

 

Saturday, December 20 at 10 AM

Winter Waterfall Hike with Dave Weinstein. Join Dave Weinstein for a hike taking in two or three waterfalls. Visit Canyon Trail Park, the Fairview Open Space and El Cerrito’s grassiest alley. Rain or shine. Be prepared for very wet, sometimes slippery surfaces. Meet near Baxter Creek Park, Conlon Avenue at Key Boulevard

Dave Weinstein                        davidsweinstein@yahoo.com             510-524-1737

 

Sunday, December 7 at 4 PM

Saturday, December 27 at 11 AMAlbany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

Leader: Roberta Maguire  robertamaguire@hotmail.com

 

Saturday, December 13 at 10 AM

Monthly Business Meeting. The Trail Trekkers hold our board meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10 AM in the Harding Park Clubhouse on C Street. Trail Trekker members are always invited to attend

Saturday, November 22 at 11 AM

Motorcycle Hill hike with Maryann Pomegranate and Tom Gehling. A 2 hour hike up the Motorcycle Hill Trail to Madera and back through the Hillside Natural Area. Well see ongoing developments along the new Lower Snowdon Trail as well as environmental work in Madera, plus the usual expansive vistas and beautiful scenery. The hike is steep and a hat, long pants and good walking shoes are recommended. Bring water and maybe a snack. Meet at 11 AM at the “corner” of Blake and Navellier.

 

Sunday, November 2 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

Leader: Roberta Maguire  robertamaguire@hotmail.com

 

 Sunday, October 26 at 11 AM

Perambulating Kensington Paths with Dave Weinstein.  Let’s go up one set of paths and down another and take a peek at Wildcat Canyon in this moderate two hour or so walk that does require lots of stair stepping! We’ll see some of the loveliest neighborhoods in the East Bay, enjoy great views, and applaud as Kensington volunteers clean a set of public steps. 11 a.m. meet, Arlington Cafe, 269 Arlington. 2 to 2.5 hours.

 

Sunday, October 19 at 3 PM

Havey Canyon Loop Hike with Mark Miner. Come enjoy the fall afternoon light in Wildcat Canyon. This five mile hike descends into the Canyon on the Rifle Range Road trail and then goes up the other side on the beautiful Havey Canyon trail which is shaded and full of native trees and shrubs. The route connects with Nimitz Way at the top for stunning Bay views and a short side trip to a look out and old Nike Missile site. Then back down Menzes trail in cattle country, back across Wildcat Creek Bridge and back up Rifle Range Road Trail.

Large coast live oaks, bay laurels, and a scattering of big-leaf maples and madrones grow on the park’s east-facing slopes. North-facing hillsides support some beautiful, nearly pure stands of bay laurel, fringed with coast live oak. Moist chaparral of coyote brush, poison oak, elderberry, snowberry, bracken fern, and blackberry grow in thickets high on the north-facing slopes.

Meet at the end of Rifle Range Road. There is an approximate 1100 foot elevation change during the hike so be prepared for moderately strenuous activity. Dogs are allowed off leash under voice command in Wildcat Canyon, but we would prefer leashed dogs for this hike. Approximately 3 hours. If wet, the trails can be very muddy, so heavy rain in the days preceding the hike cancels. Send questions to ectrailtrekkers@gmail.com

 

 Saturday, October 18 at 4 PM

Albany Hill with Maryann Pomegranate. A scenic and historic hike up and around the hill that gave El Cerrito its name. Steep trail in spots with expansive views. Meet under the Jumbotron at the Pacific East Mall, Pierce Street, Richmond. Off-leash dogs OK. Send questions to ectrailtrekkers@gmail.com

 

 Saturday, October 11 at 10 AM

Monthly Business Meeting. The Trail Trekkers hold our board meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10 AM in the Harding Park Clubhouse on C Street. Trail Trekker members are always invited to attend

 

 Sunday, October 12 2PM

Music for Madera Open Space. Join friends, neighbors, open space fans, and local musicians who are donating their talents so we can buy the 8-acre Madera Open Space to add to the Hillside Natural Area. See our page here, El Cerrito Community Center, 2 to 8 PM. $15 donation.

 

Sunday, October 5 at 4 PM

Albany Hill hike with Roberta Maguire.  A scenic one hour hike up and around historic Albany Hill, the little hill that gave El Cerrito its name. The trail is steep in spots but the views are expansive. Off-leash dogs are fine.

Meet below the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., just south (~1000 ft.) of Central Ave.

Leader: Roberta Maguire  robertamaguire@hotmail.com

 

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