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Trail Trekkers led more events for El Cerrito’s Centennial Celebration than any other group.  The full city schedule of events can be found here.

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 2017 Annual Meeting  Sunday, January 15, 2017,
El Cerrito Community Center

Coyotes!

 

Photo: Project Coyote

We reviewed our accomplishments, plan for the new year, and elect officers. And after we’ve gotten that out of the way join us to hear about some of our more elusive neighbors, coyotes!

Since El Cerrito borders the East Bay Regional Park District and contains good habitat for wildlife, occasional interactions between coyotes and humans are likely. An understanding of how to co-exist with this beautiful and beneficial species is important.

Keli Hendricks of Marin-based Project Coyote gave an informative presentation and Q & A session about these remarkable animals.

Project Coyote is a national non-profit organization and part of the Earth Island Institute. As a coalition of scientists, educators, ranchers, and citizen leaders, it promotes compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science, and advocacy.

 

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, September 7 at 4 PM

Albany Hill with Maryann Pomegranate. While Roberta Maguire takes her summer vacation we are filling in with guest leaders. This is Roberta’s scenic and historic hike up and around Albany Hill, El Cerrito’s namesake. Steep trail in spots with expansive views. Off-leash dogs OK.

Meet under the Jumbotron at the Pacific East Mall, Pierce Street, Richmond.

 

Sunday, August 17 at 11 AM

Lost Trails and Fine Homes Hike with Dave Weinstein. See some of the most famous architect-designed homes in El Cerrito, traverse the Hillside Natural Area, Arlington Park, and more and see lost trails that need to be restored. Meet at northwest corner of Moeser Lane and Shevlin Drive. About two and a half hours, steep slopes and stairs

 

Sunday, August 3 at 4 PM

Albany Hill with Maryann Pomegranate. While Roberta Maguire takes her summer vacation we are filling in with guest leaders. This is Roberta’s scenic and historic hike up and around Albany Hill, El Cerrito’s namesake. Steep trail in spots with expansive views. Off-leash dogs OK.

Meet under the Jumbotron at the Pacific East Mall, Pierce Street, Richmond.

 

Sunday, July 20 at 10 AM

The Breadth of It with Jenny Hammer. We will traverse the length of the Hillside Natural Area (including Madera Open Space), from the south to Snowdon Ave. in the north. See prairie, woodland, riparian habitats. Take in the spectacular views. Bring your lunch for a picnic in the heart of our city, “away from it all.”

Meet at Portola and Navellier, across fro the old Middle School,  at 10 AM.

 

Saturday, July 19 at 11 AM.

Storybook Cottages with Dave Weinstein. Tour the northern border of El Cerrito while seeing some of the most charming houses in town, Poinsett and Tassajara parks, hidden creeks and more.

Meet at Poinsett Park, corner of Poinsett and Harris avenues.

 

Saturday, July 12 at 7 PM

Moonrise over Del Norte with Tom Gehling. Come along and see Baxter Creek / Gateway Park, Canyon Trail Park, Lower Snowdon Trail and other paths and stairways as the sun sets and the full moon rises. Surfaces range from paved paths and sidewalks to a narrow dirt trail. There will also be a steep stairway which we will go down. We should be back before it gets too dark but bring a light if you wish.

Meet at Del Norte BART, at the intersection of Cutting and the Ohlone Greenway at 7 PM.

 

Sunday, July 6 at 4 PM

Albany Hill with Maryann Pomegranate. While Roberta Maguire takes her summer vacation we are filling in with guest leaders. This is Roberta’s scenic and historic hike up and around Albany Hill, El Cerrito’s namesake. Steep trail in spots with expansive views. Off-leash dogs OK.

Meet under the Jumbotron at the Pacific East Mall, Pierce Street, Richmond.

 

Saturday, May 31 1 PM to 5 PM

Baxter Creek to Bay Bridge and Back by Bike. Join Jenny Hammer and Tom Gehling for a bike ride along the Ohlone way in El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley and beyond.  Meet at tyhe Baxter Creek / Gateway Park at the north end of the Ohlone Greenway at San Pablo Ave. May 31 is is the El Cerrito Ohlone Greenway Fun Day.

Sunday, June 1 4 to 5:30 PM

Albany Hill Hike with Tom Gehling. While Roberta Maguire takes a well deserved break for the summer the Trekkers will carry on for her. Join Tom Gehling for a short, but steep ramble up and around Albany Hill. We’ll see some of the natural and cultural history of the icon geographic feature as well as the adjacent Cerrito Creek. Bring water and be prepared for poison oak along some sections of the trail. Meet at the Jumbotron in the Pacific East Mall on Pierce St.

 

Saturday, May 17 1o AM to 3 PM

The 1st Annual Hillside Festival

Trail Trekker events include

Hike Motorcycle Hill Trail to Madera Open Space
12:00-1:00 pm
Meet at the corner of Blake Street and Navellier
Join Jenny Hammer of El Cerrito Trail Trekkers for a one-hour hike up Motorcycle Hill Trail and into the Madera Open Space.
Learn some history of Motorcycle Hill, view old photos of Motorcycle hill climb races of the 1920’s. Enjoy spectacular views. Take in the aroma of California sage, and ponder why Tepco pottery shards are scattered about the area. See and understand how the Hillside Natural Area North will connect to its southern sister with the addition of the Madera Open Space. Explore a gurgling creek, pass a strangled tree, and generally get a sense of the hillside gem in the midst of our city. This hike is moderately strenuous in parts because of steepness, but most is a gentle incline. We will not be power-walking! Bring water. Sturdy boots are recommended and, if you use poles, bring them.

Open Space Hike – Live Oak Trail to Madera
2:30-3:30 pm
Meet at the Schmidt Lane Trailhead near the El Cerrito Recycling Center.
Join Dave Weinstein President of El Cerrito Trail Trekkers for an hour-long hike through his favorite trails beneath grotesquely formed yet beautiful live oaks and across grassy meadows with superb views.

But there are many other wonderful events.

Sunday, May 11 at 10 AM

Overview of the Madera Open Space with Mark Miner. See Motorcycle Hill, the Julian Steps and the new Madera Open Space.  90 minutes.

Meet at the corner of Blake and Navellier (the lower entrance to Motorcycle Hill).

 

 Sunday, May 4  at 4 PM

Albany Hill Hike. Join Roberta Maguire for a 1 hr. scenic historic hike up & around Albany Hill, El Cerrito’s namesake. The trail is steep in spots, with expansive views, lush vegetation and a rope swing. Off-leash dogs are fine

Meet at the Pacific East Mall Jumbotron just behind the bus stop on the east side of Pierce St., south of Central Ave.
Leader Roberta Maguire – 510 292 6370 –  robertamaguire@hotmail.com

 

Saturday, April 26 9 AM

Help us commemorate Earth Day by pulling broom on Motorcycle Hill with the Trekkers and Friends of Five Creeks. The invasive and fire-prone French Broom is a bane to all those who spend time in the hills. Removing it is a great way to spend Earth Day and afterwards volunteers can come to a free lunch at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. At the lunch, volunteers can meet with other volunteers, pick up information about sustainable living, enjoy a delicious lunch, make something crafty and enjoy some 1950s rock and roll music by Hot Rod Jukebox. The broom pull starts a 9 AM at the upper trail head of Motorcycle Hill between 7701 and 7705 Potrero. If you come late, follow the road until you find us.

 

Sunday, April 27 10 AM

Wildcat Marsh and Landfill Loop Trail, Richmond with Jenny Hammer. See birds, reclaimed landfill, bay views, and Wildcat and San Pablo Creeks.

Meet in parking lot, 1 Parr Blvd., off Richmond Pkwy. For carpooling, meet at El Cerrito Plaza BART parking lot, SW corner at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 19 at 10 AM

Join the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers on Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as we hop on our bicycles and explore the now-open Ohlone Greenway, traverse a little-known highway overpass, and feel the breezes along the Bay Trail. We will see frog habitat, the Dinosaur Forest, the location in the Bay where the twin creeks converge, and a beautiful Richmond park where local elementary school students have adopted Baxter Creek.

Bicycle helmets are required for this freewheeling, two-wheeling tour. Bring water. A windbreaker is recommended (for those Bay Trail breezes). Heavy rain will cancel.

Meet under the BART tracks on the south side of Hill Street, Del Norte BART station.

Please RSVP: jhammer13@earthlink.net or tgehling@gmail.com.

Dust off your bike, top off the air in your tires, and come ride with us!

 

 Saturday, April 19 at 10 AM

Tour of the Madera Open Space.  Join Sarah and Robert for a short walk on the Madera open space.Come  away with a first-hand impression of the benefits of this additional park space joining the north and south regions of Hillside Natural Area. We look forward to seeing you there! Plan to be there for about an hour and wear good shoes for “off-trail” hiking. You may also want to bring a small water bottle.
Leaders: Sarah woollyslacks@gmail.com & Robert
Meet: Madera School parking lot, 8500 Madera Drive, El Cerrito, CA 94530

 Sunday. April 6 at 10 AM

Overview of the Madera Open Space with Mark Miner. See Motorcycle Hill, the Julian Steps and the new Madera Open Space.  90 minutes.

Meet at the corner of Blake and Navellier (the lower entrance to Motorcycle Hill).

 

Sunday, April 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.

Leader: Roberta Maguire  robertamaguire@hotmail.com

 

Saturday, March 29 at 8:15 PM

Earth Hour on Motorcycle Hill with the El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee and Friends of Five Creeks. As part of a worldwide effort to focus attention on human-caused climate change, El Cerrito will participate in Earth Hour – and so can you. For one hour, people will turn off lights and unneeded appliances.

Join us during this hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, as Friends of Five Creeks, El Cerrito Trail Trekkers, and the El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee lead a short walk onto Motorcycle Hill.

Bring a flashlight, although part of the fun is to keep it off and let your eyes adapt to dark. A short walk brings you to the end of the road, where there will be stargazing, refreshments, information ranging from global warming to exciting future prospects for the Hillside Natural Area, and more. Bring a camera for night photography, and binoculars or a portable telescope. Measure light pollution — an exciting citizen science opportunity.

Dress in layers, for changing weather. Park carefully on Potrero, with wheels to the curb and brake set. Rain cancels.
Meet at 8:15 at the trailhead between 7701 and 7705 Potrero Avenue.

Thursday, March 20 at 3 PM  (Meeting Location Changed!)

Madera Open Space Hike with Jenny Hammer. El Cerrito hopes to acquire the Madera Open Space to fill a gap in its Hillside Natural Area. This is a beautiful 8-acre site with a meadow, forest, and creeks. The El Cerrito Open Space Fund, which includes Trekkers, is raising funds from the community to help pay for this land. Visit the site with us; be inspired!

This 90 minute hike will take in the Madera Open Space as well as Motorcycle Hill and other parts of the Hillside Natural Area.

Meet at 3 PM at Madera Elementary School, 8500 Madera Drive, off of Arlington

Thursday, March 6 at 3 PM

Madera Open Space Hike with Jenny Hammer. El Cerrito hopes to acquire the Madera Open Space to fill a gap in its Hillside Natural Area. This is a beautiful 8-acre site with a meadow, forest, and creeks. The El Cerrito Open Space Fund, which includes Trekkers, is raising funds from the community to help pay for this land. Visit the site with us; be inspired!

This 90 minute hike will take in the Madera Open Space as well as Motorcycle Hill and other parts of the Hillside Natural Area.

Meet at 3 PM at the corner of Blake and Navellier (the lower entrance to Motorcycle Hill)

Sunday, March 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, March 2 at 10:00 AM

Overview of Madera Open Space with Jenny Hammer. El Cerrito hopes to acquire the Madera Open Space to fill a gap in its Hillside Natural Area. This is a beautiful 8-acre site with a meadow, forest, and creeks. The El Cerrito Open Space Fund, which includes Trekkers, is raising funds from the community to help pay for this land. Visit the site with us; be inspired!

This 90 minute hike will take in the Madera Open Space as well as Motorcycle Hill and other parts of the Hillside Natural Area.

Meet at 10 AM at the corner of Blake and Navellier (the lower entrance to Motorcycle Hill)

Saturday, March 1 at 11 AM

High Tide at Point Isabel. A joint walk with Citizens for East Shore Parks (CESP). Join a representative from CESP and Tom Gehling from the Trekkers for a two hour walk of the Point Isabel area between Cerrito Creek and Meeker Slough. Meet at the parking lot on Isabel St. (around the corner from the end of Central, just past Costco). 2 hours.

Sunday, February 23 at 11 AM.

Madera and the Hillside Natural Area with Tom Gehling. El Cerrito hopes to acquire the Madera Open Space to fill a gap in its Hillside Natural Area. This is a beautiful 8-acre site with a meadow, forest, and creeks. The El Cerrito Open Space Fund, which includes Trekkers, is raising funds from the community to help pay for this land. Visit the site with us; be inspired!

This 90 minute hike will take in parts of the southern section of the Hillside Natural Area as well as the Madera Open Space and the Julian Steps. Meet at the entrance to the Hillside Natural Area on Regency Ct., about 100 feet north of the intersection of Regency and Kent. Heavy rain cancels and rain or not, it is likely to be muddy and slippery. Dress accordingly.

Saturday, February 22 at 10 AM

Broom Pull with the Friends of Five Creeks in the Hillside Natural Area. Meet at 10 AM at the first, southern, entrance on Regency Court.  To get there, from Contra Costa north of Moeser turn downhill, west, on Kent and take the first (and only) right onto Regency. The chained fire-road entrance is just past the turn. If you come late, walk down the road until you see them

Tools, gloves, and snack provided. No RSVP needed (except from groups). Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toed shoes with good traction.  Because of the possibility of poison oak, these are not for young children.

Sunday, February 2 at 9:30

North Berkeley Hills and campus with Jordan Herrmann. An architectural hike on the paths and trails of North Berkeley and the UC Berkeley campus. This hike is also listed with the California Alpine Club.

Meet Jordan at Live Oak Park on Shattuck Ave at the east end of Berryman St.

Sunday, February 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, January 26 at 2 PM

The El Cerrito Trail Trekkers Annual Public Meeting

This will be a great opportunity to mingle with fellow trail enthusiasts and enjoy refreshments.

President Dave Weinstein will present a slide show on our recent accomplishments and our upcoming challenges.

Also on the agenda will be Nominations for Officers. Interested in serving and helping plan and build a network of paths? In helping acquire open space? Fund raise for the Open Space Acquisition? Or leading hikes? Nominate yourself or a friend.

January 26 at 2 PM at the Harding Park Clubhouse, 7115 C Street

Thursday, January 23 at 3PM

Thursday, February 6 at 3 PM

Thursday, February 20 at 3 PM

Madera Open Space Hike with Jenny Hammer. El Cerrito hopes to acquire the Madera Open Space to fill a gap in its Hillside Natural Area. This is a beautiful 8-acre site with a meadow, forest, and creeks. The El Cerrito Open Space Fund, which includes Trekkers, is raising funds from the community to help pay for this land. Visit the site with us; be inspired!

This 90 minute hike will take in the Madera Open Space as well as Motorcycle Hill and other parts of the Hillside Natural Area.

Meet at 3 PM at the corner of Blake and Navellier (the lower entrance to Motorcycle Hill)

Sunday, January 5 – 10 AM

Madera Open Space hike with Dave Weinstein.  El Cerrito hopes to acquire the Madera Open Space to fill a gap in its Hillside Natural Area. This is a beautiful 8-acre site with a meadow, forest, and creeks. The El Cerrito Open Space Fund, which includes Trekkers, is raising funds from the community to help pay for this land. Visit the site with us; be inspired!

This one hour-plus hike will take in the Madera Open Space and part of the Hillside Natural Area. It includes steep stairways and hillsides. Be prepared for a brief but enjoyable workout!

Meet Dave Weinstein atop the Stairs to Somewhere, by 1540 Madera Circle, near Madera School.

Sunday, January 5 – 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 14 – 10 AM

The Motorcycle Hill work party scheduled for this day is CANCELLED!

Sorry, please watch this space for the announcement of the next work party.

Saturday, December 7 – 10:30 AM

The City of El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee presents:

Rebels with a Cause 10:30 AM at the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA

They were unpaid and they were crazy. They were…

REBELS WITH A CAUSE

HOW A BATTLE OVER LAND CHANGED THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE FOREVER
a film by Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto
produced in association with KRCB North Bay Public Media
Running Time: 72 Minutes

A stunningly beautiful documentary narrated by Academy Award winning actress
Frances McDormand, REBELS WITH A CAUSE spotlights a ragtag group of rebels who fought to keep developers from taking over the breathtaking landscape of the northern California coast and instead established public parks, the first organic dairy west of the Mississippi and the first agricultural land trust in the US.

Celebrate past open space triumphs and be part of the new open space opportunities in the El Cerrito hills.
There will be a panel discussion afterwards to talk about a rare opportunity to acquire new open space along Madera Circle linking and expanding the north and south portions of El Cerrito’s treasured Hillside Natural Area. Speakers include the Trust for Public Land, the El Cerrito Open Space Campaign, and the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers.

Saturday, December 7, – 10:00 AM

Missing Link hike with the Berkeley Path Wanderers. Join us for a walk through the Hillside Natural Area, taking in the well known southern section, the newly accessible northern section (Motorcycle Hill) and the missing link that connects them, the Madera Open Space! Join Tom Gehling from the El  Cerrito Trail Trekkers and members from the Berkeley Path Wanderers at the Schmidt Lane entrance at 10 AM for a 2 hour walk and learn about the campaign to preserve this important potential addition to the Hillside Natural Area. Some parts are steep and you should be sure to bring water and wear appropriate footwear. Dogs are welcome.  For more information contact Tom at tgehling@gmail.com.
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