Welcome to the Solo Sierrans
Sierra Club, founded 1892

Most of our activities are listed here. The monthly newsletter of the Solo Sierrans contains a complete listing. If you have questions, or are interested in newsletter or membership information, please contact Dolores Gruenewald by phone (510-351-6247) or .

Walks are given ratings such as 1A. The number describes the length of the walk, and the letter the elevation gain, as follows:

Length Elevation Gain
1: Up to 6 miles A: Up to 1000 feet
2: 6 to 10 miles B: 1000 to 2000 feet
3: 10 to 15 miles C: 2000 to 3000 feet

For privacy reasons, personal home and email addresses are omitted from these listings. They can be found in the monthly newsletter.


Weekly Activities

Tuesday 4:00pm Lake Chabot Reservoir 1A Hike

Meet at boat house. Directions: From I-580 in San Leandro, take Fairmont Drive up hill and down to park entrance. Park free on street, $5 in lot, or annual pass from East Bay Regional Park District. Optional dinner after the hike. Leader: Dolores Gruenewald 510-351-6247.

Wednesday 4:00pm Lafayette Reservoir

Enjoy the lovely weather while walking around the beautiful reservoir. We have both faster and slower walkers, or you can walk at your own pace. Meet at the west end of the parking area near the picnic tables and permanent bathrooms (to your right at the top of the entrance road). Five quarters are suggested (1 hour, 15 minutes). Optional no host dinner follows. Directions: Exit Hwy. 24 at Acalanes/Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. Follow Mt. Diablo Blvd. east approx. ¾ mile. Turn right into the park and follow road up to the parking area. Info: Lee Cowden 925-934-6357.


August 2014

August 31, Sun. 5:00pm Tilden Park in Berkeley

Meet for an hour walk through the eucalyptus groves. Optional dinner on Solano Ave. at Cactus Taqueria. Directions: from Grizzly Peak Blvd. intersection with Wildcat Canyon, take a steep down hill on Canyon Dr., turn right onto Central Park Dr. for 100 feet to Lone Oak parking lot, on the left. Leader: Vera Lis 510-234-8949.


September 2014

Sep. 9, Tue. 4:00pm & 5:30pm – Lake Chabot Reservoir 1A Hike & BBQ Picnic

Join the Lake Chabot group for a BBQ and potluck picnic. Hike will begin as usual at 4pm. For those attending the picnic only, arrive by 5:30. Bring a dish and beverage to share and your own meat for the grill. Also please bring your own serving and eating utensils. Meet at the first picnic area on the left as you enter from the parking lot. For directions, see weekly listing. For picnic information, call Elyse Dukatz 510-530-6402.

Sep. 11, Thu. 6:30pm Board Meeting at Ed’s

Guests are welcome. Phone first, 510-658-7514.

Sept. 11-15 (4 nights Thurs thru Sun, leaving on Mon) – Salt Point State Park, near Fort Ross

The park covers six miles on the Sonoma Coast, ranging from sandy beach coves to steep bluffs and sandstone cliffs. At the top of the coastal ridge are a large prairie and a pygmy forest. The park has miles of hiking trails. Restrooms, but no showers. Each person is responsible for preparing one hot dinner along with others, and for providing your own breakfasts, lunches and happy hours. Campfire at night. There is a 25 person limit so reserve early. Cost is $50/person + up to $40 for your share of dinner food. Refunds if cancelling 3 or more weeks prior. To reserve: Send $50 check MADE OUT TO SOLO SIERRANS to Dave Sutton. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR ADDRESS, EMAIL + HOME AND CELL PHONE #s. Carpooling encouraged. Leader: Enid Pollack, 415-505-0941.

Sept. 14, Sun. 4:00pm 1A Tarantula Walk, Mitchell Canyon, Mount Diablo State Park, Clayton

Leisurely loop hike to enjoy autumn colors in a scenic canyon and possible Tarantula Spider sightings! Directions: Take Hwy 24 to Walnut Creek, Ygnacio Valley Rd. exit; continue on Ygnacio north toward Concord, R on Clayton Rd., then R on Mitchell Canyon Rd. to end. Meet at 4:00 pm in Interpretive Center parking area ($6 parking fee). Back by 6 p.m. Rain cancels. After hike, optional stop nearby for refreshments and sociability. For info call Lucy Henderson 925-254-2898.

Sept. 14, Sun. 5:00pm Emeryville Marina Sunset Walk

Meet for an hour walk on paved trail, wheelchair accessible, through the marina, with quiet views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Optional dinner at the Emery Market. Meet at the back of Chevy’s restaurant, by the picnic tables. Directions: turn off Hwy 80 at Powell St. go west to the access road to Chevy’s. Leader: Vera Lis 510-234-8949.

Sep. 20, Sat. 10:00am - 12:00pm noon California Coastal Cleanup Day

Join your friends and neighbors to pick up trash along local shorelines to help restore their natural beauty. If there is no cleanup planned for a beach, shoreline or waterfront near your community, come join the Delta Group for their annual shoreline cleanup of Contra Loma Reservoir in Antioch. For Delta area cleanup call Janess Hanson 925-458-0860. Or call Vera Lis 510-234-8949 to join in coastal cleanup activities in the El Cerrito area.

Sep. 21, Sun. 2:00pm - 6:00pm Art in the Garden in the Time of Drought

Annual garden party at Elyse Dukatz's house. 11th annual exhibit of arts and crafts by our Solos artists. Please bring finger food or beverage to share. For more information, call Elyse, 510-530-6402.

Sep. 25, Thu. East Bay Dinner “Trekking the Grand Karakoram in Pakistan”

No-host cocktails/social hour—6 pm, dinner—7:00, program—8:00, Berkeley Yacht Club on the Berkeley Marina, one block north of the west end of University Avenue (ample free parking is available in the Marina parking lots). We are all familiar with K2, the second highest mountain in the world. Have you ever wondered if there is a K1? Join Seiji Kawamura as he treks from Askole to K2 basecamp on the Baltoro Glacier along breathtaking scenery unsurpassed anywhere else in the high mountains. Cost of dinner and program is $27, including tax and tip. For a reservation, please send your check, payable to “Sierra Club,” with your name, your telephone number, and the names of your guests, to Jane Barrett, 510 845-8055. Attendance is limited to the first 115 reservations received. Reserve early, as these programs do fill up. Reservation deadline is September 18. There is no admittance for program only.

Sep. 28, Sun. 4:00pm Short Walk, Mailing Party and Potluck

Meet at Mark Woodbury’s house for a short walk in the Shafter/Temescal neighborhood, followed by the mailing party and potluck. Bring your favorite dish to share. Info, call Mark 510/653-3209.

Sep. 28, Sun. Free Speech Movement Anniversary Activities by Berkeley Historical Society

3:30 - 4:30 pm (tentative timing) Keynote Speaker Bettina Aptheker at a downtown Berkeley location

4:30-6:30 (tentative timing) Berkeley Historical Society’s exhibit, “Looking Back: The Free Speech Movement at Fifty,” is opening with a reception at the Berkeley History Center, Veterans Building, 1931 Center Street, 2 blocks west of Shattuck at Center. Solos members Therese Pipe and John Aronovici are working on this detailed exhibit. Linda Rosen is Chief Curator. Donations accepted. Info: The Historical Society can be reached at 510-848-0181.