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.


October 2014

Oct. 9, Thu. 6:30 pm Board Meeting at Shawn’s

Note change in location. Guests are welcome. Phone first, 510-415-0284.

Oct. 11, Sat. 10:00 am Alameda Bay Farm Island Walk

A pleasant 2-3 mile walk close to the SF Bay. Directions: From Hwy. 880 Alameda High St., turn off to end of High St. Alameda. Turn left on Otis Dr., then cross Bay Farm Island Bridge and turn right on Island Dr., go approx. 1 mile to entrance to Island Shopping Center. Park and meet in front of Safeway. After hike optional lunch at one of several fine restaurants. For any information please call Paul at 510-865-5315.

Oct. 12, Sun. 2:00 pm Donner and Back Canyons, 1A Loop Hike, Clayton

Meet at Regency Drive trailhead for leisurely loop hike to enjoy quiet canyons and scenic views in Mount Diablo State Park. Back by 4:30 pm. After hike, optional stop nearby for refreshments and sociability. Directions: Take Hwy 24 to Walnut Creek, Ygnacio Valley Rd. exit; continue on Ygnacio north toward Concord, R on Clayton Rd thru city of Clayton; R on Marsh Creek Rd, R on Regency Drive to end. Rain cancels. Leader: Lucy Henderson 925-254-2898. (Co-listed with Delta Group.)

Oct. 18, Sat. 2:00 pm Afternoon by the Bay

We’ll be joining Park Ranger James Wilson to explore the shoreline and cool eucalyptus groves at Pt. Pinole Regional Park. Bring an appetite for beauty. Meet Vera at the parking lot. Optional early dinner at Tina’s Cafe in Old Pinole. Directions: From Hwy 80 east, exit Richmond Parkway, turn left over overpass, stay on R.P. for several miles. Exit at Giant Hwy go north. Cross railroad tracks 1/4 mile. Leader: Vera Lis, 510-234-8949. Rain cancels.

Oct. 23, Thu. East Bay Dinner “California’s First Organic Farmers”

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). Come and join Kent Lightfoot for a program on “Indigenous landscape management practices in California.” This will be a lecture and slide show that discusses the results of some recent archaeological work examining how native Californians employed prescribed burning to enhance the diversity, productivity, and sustainability of plants and animals they used for food, raw materials, and medicines. The lecture will highlight work that Kent is doing in Ano Nuevo State Park with the California State Parks and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.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 October 13. There is no admittance for program only.

Oct. 25, Sat. 3:00 pm Hike and Mailing Party

Meet at the picnic tables in back of Chevy’s Restaurant, Emeryville. Questions: Marie Rhein 658-3124.

Oct. 26, Sun. 11:00 am Galls of the Bay Area

We’ll be joining Park Ranger Pearce at the Tilden Nature Area, to learn about those strange growths on trees. During this one hour hands- on presentation we’ll learn about the galls of the Bay Area and the creatures that create them. Directions: from Grizzly Peak Blvd. intersection with Wildcat Canyon, go downhill on Canyon Dr. turn left onto Central Park Dr. to end of parking lot. Follow directions to the Nature Area. Optional lunch at Cactus Taqueria on Solano Ave. in Berkeley. Leader: Vera Lis, 510-234-8949. Rain Cancels.


November 2014

Nov.1, Sat. 10:30 am 1B Hike, Mount Tamalpais State Park

Leisurely hike on Steep Ravine Trail, downhill all the way to Stinson Beach, where you can shop, eat, or stroll the beach. At your option, return to Pantoll by bus (fee) or hike Matt Davis Trail. Meet in Pantoll trailhead parking lot on Panoramic Hwy (parking fee). Bring: parking fee, lunch. Rain cancels. For info call leaders Lidia Campos 925-240-5795 or Janess Hanson 925-458-0860. (Co-listed with Delta Group.)

Nov. 9, Sun. 3:30 pm 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 early dinner after walk at the Emery Market. Meet at back of Chevy's Restaurant, by 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 Rain cancels.

Nov. 22, Sat. 3:30 pm Bayshore Walk in El Cerrito

Meet for an hour walk, on paved trail, wheelchair accessible, at Pt. Isabel. Bring binoculars for possible shorebird sightings. Optional dinner at Pacific East Mall. Directions: Turn off Hwy 80 at Central/El Cerrito exit. Go west over next highway overpass. At stop sign, Rydin Rd. turn right to end of street. Meet at small parking lot. Leader: Vera Lis, 510-234-8949. Rain cancels.