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


August 2014

August 2, Sat. 11:00am - 4:00pm Sixth Annual Beaver Festival, Downtown Martinez

Environmental exhibits, crafts, naturalist-led beaver walks, and music in celebration of the beaver family in Alhambra Creek in downtown Martinez. Directions: take Hwy 24/680 or 80 to Hwy 4, Martinez, exit Alhambra Ave. Festival is on corner of Alhambra and Marina Vista in downtown Martinez. (Added attraction: Peddlers Faire on Main Street, Martinez.) Additional info: Janess Hanson 925-458-0860. (Not a Sierra Club event.)

August 3, Sun. 11:00am Lake Merritt Walk and Oakland Municipal Band Concert

Meet at Lake Merritt Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave. at 11:00 AM for a leisurely stroll around the beautiful lake. Return to the garden center for the Oakland Municipal Band Concert starting at 1:00 PM. at the bandstand. Bring your lunch, a folding chair, and a jacket depending on the weather. If you just want to come to the band concert, meet the group at the bandstand area about 12:30pm. This is the last concert of the season. Leader: Elyse Dukatz, 510-530-6402.

August 3-7 (4 nights Sun thru Wed, leaving on Thu), Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Near Murphys last night in town for dinner.

August 9, Sat. 5:00pm 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 Chinese dinner at Pacific East Mall. Directions: turn off Hwy 80 at Central/El Cerrito exit. go west over next Hwy overpass. At stop sign, Rydin Rd. turn right to end of street. Meet at small parking lot. Leader: Vera Lis 510-234-8949.

August 14, Thu. 6:30pm Board Meeting at Eds

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

August 16, Sat. 10:30am 1A Walk, Benicia State Recreation Area

Trail, mostly paved, leads beside marsh and shoreline with scenic views of coastal hills and bay. Return about 12:30 pm. After hike, optional visit to Old Town Benicia for refreshments and exploration. Directions: Take Military West exit off Hwy 780 in Benicia. At first stop sign turn south to West K St, meet in trailhead parking area on right, just off freeway (parking fee). Rain cancels. Leaders: Lidia Campos 925-240-5795 and Janess Hanson 925-458-0860. Co-listed with Delta Group.

August 17, Sun. 3:00pm Mailing Party and Walk

Bring food or drink that you would enjoy, then a short walk through Tilden Park before lunch. Phyllis Hewett, 510-356-4416. Call for directions.

August 31, Sun. 5:00pm Tilden Park in Berkeley

Meet for an hour walk through the eucalyptus groves. Optional dinner on Solano Ave. at Cactus Taqueria. Directions: from Grizzly Peak Blvd. intersection with Wildcat Canyon, take a steep down hill on Canyon Dr., turn right onto Central Park Dr. for 100 feet to Lone Oak parking lot, on the left. Leader: Vera Lis 510-234-8949.


September 2014

Sept. 11-15 (4 nights Thurs thru Sun, leaving on Mon), Salt Point State Park, near Fort Ross

The park covers six miles on the Sonoma Coast, ranging from sandy beach coves to steep bluffs and sandstone cliffs. At the top of the coastal ridge are a large prairie and a pygmy forest. The park has miles of hiking trails. Restrooms, but no showers. Each person is responsible for preparing one hot dinner along with others, and for providing your own breakfasts, lunches and happy hours. Campfire at night. There is a 25 person limit so reserve early. Cost is $50/person + up to $40 for your share of dinner food. Refunds if cancelling 3 or more weeks prior. To reserve:Send $50 check MADE OUT TO SOLO SIERRANS to Dave Sutton. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR ADDRESS, EMAIL + HOME AND CELL PHONE #s. Carpooling encouraged. Leader: Enid Pollack, 415-505-0941.

Sept. 14, Sun. 4:00pm 1A Tarantula Walk, Mitchell Canyon, Mount Diablo State Park, Clayton

Leisurely loop hike to enjoy autumn colors in a scenic canyon and possible Tarantula Spider sightings! 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. Meet at 4:00 pm in Interpretive Center parking area ($6 parking fee). Back by 6 p.m. Rain cancels. After hike, optional stop nearby for refreshments and sociability. For info call Lucy Henderson 925-254-2898. (Co-listed with Delta Group.)

Sept. 14, Sun. 5:00pm 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 dinner at the Emery Market. Meet at the back of Chevy's restaurant, by the 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.

Sept. 20, Sat. 10:00am - noon California Coastal Cleanup Day

Join your friends and neighbors to pick up trash along local shorelines to help restore their natural beauty. If there is no cleanup planned for a beach, shoreline or waterfront near your community, come join the Delta Group for their annual shoreline cleanup of Contra Loma Reservoir in Antioch. For Delta area cleanup call Janess Hanson 925-458-0860. Or call Vera Lis 510-234-8949 to join in coastal cleanup activities in the El Cerrito area.

Sept. 21, Sun. 2:00pm - 6:00pm 11th Annual Art in the Garden Party

At the home of Elyse Dukatz, 510-530-6402.