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 4:00 pm 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 4:00 pm 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.


March 2015

March 15, Sun. 2:30 pm Point Pinole Regional Park

Meet for an hour walk on paved trail, wheelchair accessible, through eucalyptus groves, breathing the fresh breezes from San Pablo Bay. Directions: From Hwy 80 east, exit Richmond Parkway, turn left over overpass, stay on Richmond Parkway for several miles. Exit at Giant Hwy., go north. Cross railroad tracks 1/4 mile. Turn left into park. Optional dinner after walk in old Pinole. Leader: Vera Lis 510-234-8949. Rain cancels.

March 21, Sat. 2:00 pm 1A Wildflower Walk, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch

Very leisurely walk to discover spring wildflowers and enjoy panoramic views in canyons and ridges of this historic coal and sand mining region. Directions: From Hwy 80 or 24/680/242, take Hwy 4 east to Antioch, Somersville Road exit; turn right on Somersville, approx. 3 miles into Preserve. Meet in parking area at road’s END. $5/car entrance fee. After hike, optional stop nearby for refreshments and sociability. Rain cancels. Leader: Lucy Henderson 925-254-2898. Co-listed with Delta Group.

March 26, Thur. East Bay Dinner “Trekking to Makalu Base Camp, in Nepal”

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). In 1990, Sigrid Selle, intrepid trekker and superb photographer, attempted to trek to the Makalu Base Camp, at an elevation of 15,975 feet, in Nepal. A heavy snowstorm forced her and the group to turn back. In 1992, she returned even though she was warned by the State Department that it was dangerous to do so because of a Maoist insurgency. Sigrid and her group went anyhow. On the way they had an encounter with Maoist rebels, but they did not turn back. The trek took her through many small Nepalese villages and corn, barley and rice fields. Then the going got steeper and more challenging. What did she see along the way? Did she get to the Makalu Base Camp? If she did, what was it like? What did she see? Come and join us, and you’ll find out, and you will see some wonderful pictures accompanied by charming, rich, commentary.

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 Evelyn Randolph, 510-526- 2494. Attendance is limited to the first 115 reservations received. Reserve early, as these programs do fill up. Reservation deadline is March 20. There is no admittance for program only.

March 29, Sun. 2:30 pm Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley

Meet for an hour walk through the eucalyptus groves. Optional early dinner on Solano Ave. at Cactus Taqueria in Berkeley. Directions: from Grizzly Peak Blvd. intersection with Spruce and Wildcat Canyon, go down hill on Canyon Dr., turn right onto Central Park Dr. for 100 feet to Lone Oak big parking lot, on the left. Leader: Vera Lis, 510-234-8949. The trails might be muddy. Rain cancels.

March 29, Sun. 3:30-5:30 pm Showing of Excerpts from Free Speech Movement Videos, followed by Panel Discussion with Interviewees

The Berkeley Historical Society presents this event in connection with its current exhibit, “Looking Back: The Free Speech Movement at 50.” RESERVATIONS REQUIRED to save a seat, tel. 510-848-0181. Location is the Berkeley History Center, Veterans Building, 1931 Center Street, 2 blocks west of the Berkeley BART Station on Center and Shattuck in downtown Berkeley. Free, donations accepted. Contact person is Therese Pipe, 510-841-5493. (Not a Sierra Club event.)


April 2015

April 11, Sat. 2:00 pm Mitchell Canyon, Mount Diablo State Park, Clayton, 1A Wildflower Hike

Leisurely loop walk to discover and enjoy spring wildflowers in a scenic canyon. 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. Rain cancels. Meet in Interpretive Center parking area ($6 parking fee). Back by 4 pm. After hike, optional stop nearby for refreshments and sociability. Leader: Lucy Henderson 925-254-2898. Co-listed with Delta Group.

April 18, Sat. 10:00am-4:00pm John Muir Earth Day/Birthday Celebration, John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez

Come celebrate the birthday and legacy of the Sierra Club’s founder and first president, John Muir. Rain or shine. Free admission to the historic Muir home and orchards, open 10:00am to 4:00pm, with environmental exhibits, food, music, and entertainment throughout the day. Directions: Take Hwy 80 or Hwy 24/680 to Hwy 4, Martinez, Alhambra Ave exit. Historic Site is at 4202 Alhambra Ave, just north of Hwy 4. Volunteers are needed to help staff a Sierra Club information table. If you can help, please contact Janess Hanson 925-458-0860.