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 3:30 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.


December 2014

Dec. 16, Tues. 3:30 pm Lake Chabot Reservoir 1A Hike, Holiday Potluck and Sing-Along

Potluck follows today’s Lake Chabot hike. Call Dolores for details.

Dec. 19, Fri. 12 Noon Memorial Walk for Valeria Gunton at Lake Merritt, Oakland. 1:30 PM Lunch at Bacheesos.

Let’s gather to remember our long-term fellow Solo Valeria Gunton. We’ll meet at 12 Noon at the Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave. off Grand Ave., at the entrance to Fairyland. You can park there at a nominal fee, or you might park at the Lake Merritt Senior Center lot. We’ll take a short walk along the shore of Lake Merritt, returning to the Garden Center for our tributes to Valeria. Followed by lunch at 1:30 PM at Bacheesos Restaurant nearby, 246 Grand Ave. -- Mediterranean style, with lunch buffet and menu. For LUNCH RESERVATIONS and more info, contact Therese Pipe at 510-841-5493 by December 17. NOTE -- Please bring your memorabilia about Valeria to share, such as a poem, photos, anecdotes or favorite memories, for either the Memorial or the lunch. Rain cancels walk.

Dec. 21, Sun. 2:30 pm Bayshore Walk at Pt. Isabel in El Cerrito

The Pt. Isabel walk takes about an hour, and is flat and easy on paved paths. It is wheelchair accessible and perfect for seniors. Younger people have also enjoyed the leisurely hike and the company of like-minded people. Bring binoculars for possible shorebird sightings, and also enjoy views of the Golden Gate, Mt. Tamalpais, Alcatraz, and other bay islands. After the walk there is an optional Chinese dinner at Pacific East Mall. Directions: turn off Hwy 80 at Central / El Cerrito exit. Go west, over next overpass. At stop sign, Rydin Rd. turn right to end. Meet at the small parking lot. Leader: Vera 510/234-8949. Rain cancels.

Dec. 28, Sun. Fabulous Fungus: a Culinary Exploration

Come and discover the fabulous, edible world of fungi! We’ll join ranger Morgan Rani Evans, from Tilden Regional Park and explore a few different cooking techniques and learn what types of fungus grow here in the Tilden Nature Area. Meet Vera at 1:45pm at the Tilden Nature Area. Directions: from the intersection of Grizzly Blvd, Spruce and Wildcat Canyon Dr. turn left into Canyon Dr., go down hill to the Y, take the left road to end of parking lot. Cross the small bridge and you’ll see the building housing the Nature Area to the right. For more info call Vera Lis at 510-234-8949. Rain or shine.