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. RAIN CANCELS.
Note: Starting in February, the walk will begin at 4:00 pm.

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. ĺ mile. Turn right into the park and follow road up to the parking area. Info: Lee Cowden 925-934-6357. RAIN CANCELS.


January 2015

Jan. 8, Thu. 6:30pm Board Meeting at Edís

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

Jan. 11, Sun. 2:30 pm Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley

Meet at Lone Oak parking lot in Tilden Park and walk for an hour through gently rolling eucalyptus groves and Jewel Lake. Thereís an optional early dinner Cactus Taqueria on Solano Avenue after the walk. Directions: At the Grizzly Peak Blvd. intersection with Wildcat Canyon, go down hill on Canyon Drive and make a right onto Central Park Dr. for 100 feet to Lone Oak parking lot, on the left. Leader: Vera Lis 510-234-8949. RAIN CANCELS.

Jan. 18, Sun. 10:00 am 2A Hike, Martinez to Port Costa

Hike on recently reconstructed trail, with scenic views of Carquinez shoreline and bay. Lunch at Port Costa, then hike back to Martinez. Bring lunch, or buy one drink and get free buffet lunch at local cafe. Back by 2:00-2:30 pm. Meet at Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline Park, East Staging Area. Take Hwy 80 or 24/680 to Hwy 4, Alhambra Ave exit. Go north on Alhambra toward downtown, about 2 miles, L on Escobar St, R on Talbert St, to staging area on left, just beyond cemeteries. Rain cancels. Leaders: Lidia Campos 925-240-5795 or Janess Hanson 925-458-0860. Co-listed with Delta Group.

Jan. 18, Sun. Noon Annual Meeting in Alameda

See newsletter for details. Reservations required. Deadline for reservations is Sunday, January 11.

Jan. 22, Thu. East Bay Dinner “From the Mountains to the Valleys, and More: Glacier National Park, the Crown of the Continent”

No-host cocktails/social houró6 pm, dinneró7:00, programó8:00. 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 1995, Susanna went to Glacier National Park in Montana and quickly fell in love with it. For the next five years she went back, each time going farther and farther into the interior to see, and photograph, these wide expanses of mountains and valleys that took her breath away. 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 Jan. 12. There is no admittance for program only.

Jan. 24, Sat. 2:30 pm Point Pinole Regional Park

Meet at 2:30pm and walk for an hour on paved trail. The hike is wheel chair accessible, and meanders through eucalyptus groves, affording fresh breezes from, and views of, San Pablo Bay. Directions: From Hwy 80 east, exit at Richmond Parkway, turn left over overpass, and stay on Richmond Parkway for several miles. Exit at Giant Hwy. and go north, crossing the railroad tracks 1/4 mile further. Turn left into park. Optional dinner and socializing after the walk in Old Pinole. Leader: Vera Lis 510-234-8949. RAIN CANCELS.

Jan. 25, Sun. 3:00 pm 16th Annual SOUP TASTING, 1A Walk & Mailing Party

Bring your home made soup (no store-bought) to John Aronoviciís at 1319 Contra Costa Drive, El Cerrito. Menu will include appetizers, bread, salad, dessert and wine/soft drinks. Limit 12 soups. Offerings of appetizers, salad, bread and wine will also be needed so everyone can attend. John furnishes dessert. Please phone for your assignment. Bring something to drink. RSVP (required) and questions, call John at 510-215-9900.

Jan. 31, Sat. 9:30 am Bird Watching Safari, Sacramento Valley and Delta

Join Tish Brown and Janess Hanson for a car caravan to the Cosumnes River Preserve of the Nature Conservancy and Thornton agricultural area to see migratory birds, including sandhill cranes, tundra swans, snow geese, ducks and raptors. From Hwy 80 or 24/680/242, take Hwy 4 east to Antioch, Somersville Road South exit. Turn right on Somersville, 2 blocks to shopping center on right. Meet for carpooling in parking area behind Starbucks and Chevron gas station. Bring lunch and binoculars. Back 4:00-4:30 pm. Heavy rain may alter plans. Info: Tish Brown 925-325-7228 or Janess Hanson 925-458-0860. Co-listed with Delta Group.