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Who Needs a Stairmaster?

45 people took part in the October 11 Who Needs a Stairmaster?  tour of the steps and paths high up in the North Berkeley hills – 1,010 feet of climbing in 4 miles and approximately 1.5 hours. These folks look tired (though some look like they could go another round!), but happy. Congratulations and thank you Janis Pearson for leading your first BPWA hike!

Bringing the Anza Trail to Life

Thirty-five people joined National Park Service Interpretive Specialist Hale Sargent on a walk following a portion of the historic journey of Juan Bautista de Anza. Beginning in downtown Berkeley, we walked through campus, up to Cordonices Park, finishing our walk in Live Oak Park. Hale told many stories and gave us detailed information about this expedition, the challenges and struggles these 240 settlers experienced on their 1,800 mile journey in 1775-1776.

Moonrise Kingdom and Sunset Splendor

After a picnic pot luck at Inspiration Point, about 50 hardy souls braved the strong winds for a 2 mile out and back hike to see the Super Moon rise in the East and the sun set in the West. Beautiful!!

Photos: Colleen Neff

Kensington Pathways Ramble

Forty hardy people joined the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association walk on all of the Kensington pathways which also included a stroll through Sunset View Cemetery. The weather was typical summer weather in the Bay Area … cold, windy and overcast.

Photos by Neil Mishalov.

11th Annual Path-a-thon

Three walks, three leaders, three levels; one party afterward!

Date: Sunday, July 20, departures at 9:45 a.m., 10:15 a.m. or 10:45 a.m . Note the staggered departure times will bring everyone back by noon for a bring-your-own picnic. We will provide carrot cake and lemonade.

Meeting Place: Each walk will start in the park in front of John Muir School, 2955 Claremont Avenue near Ashby.

Transit: AC Transit #51B

Contact: walks@berkeleypaths.org.

Claremont Hills Power Walk

Leader: Sandy Friedland
Time: 9:45 a.m.

You’ll get your heart rate up on this five-mile route that includes some of the steep steps and ramps and hilly streets above the Claremont Hotel. During this two-hour walk, we’ll pass both historic houses and the “fire-proof chic” ones that were built after the 1991 firestorm. We’ll be on pavement until the last segment, when we will take some of the newly improved paths in Garber Park. No dogs, please.

Terrain: Difficult
Pace: Moderately Fast

Claremont Path Safari

Leader: Lynn Deregowski
Time: 10:15 a.m.

Join us on this all-ages, family-friendly expedition. We will stalk the whimsical animal art that roams the urban savannah. Kids spotting more than 25 animals will get a special treat. Adults who do the same will receive a smile and a pat on the back. Well-behaved dogs on leashes, regardless of how many animals they find, will be rewarded with biscuits. Please note: We will be taking several older paths with stairs, so strollers may not be appropriate. Expect this hike to last 1 ½ hours.

Terrain: Medium
Pace: Moderate

Monkey Park, A “Manet” Mural, and More

Leader: Elsa Tranter
Time: 10:45 a.m.

This one-hour hike will be the shortest of the three walks and will last one hour. We will explore the stately neighborhood between Claremont and College Avenues, with its beautiful architecture and creative yard art. Expect some stairs and moderately steep inclines. Well-behaved dogs on leashes will be welcomed.

Terrain: Easy
Pace: Leisurely