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.
Note change of time.

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.


January 2015

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.


February 2015

Feb. 8, Sun. 11:00 am 1A Hike, Benicia State Recreation Area

Trail, mostly level and paved, leads beside marsh and shoreline with scenic views of coastal hills and bay. Return about 1:00 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. Leader: Lidia Campos 925-240-5795. Co-listed with Delta Group.

Feb. 11, Wed. 6:30 pm Board Meeting at Ed’s

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

Feb. 15, Sun. 2:30 pm Emeryville Marina

Walk for an hour along the boardwalk and through the marina in Emeryville. Enjoy the early evening views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. The walk is flat, easy, and wheelchair friendly. After the walk, there’s an optional early dinner at the Emery Bay Market food court, where you can choose from many styles of ethnic cuisine. 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. RAIN CANCELS.

Feb. 22, Sun. 12 Noon Memorial Walk for Valeria Gunton at Lake Merritt, Oakland

Walk is followed by 1:15-1:30 pm lunch at Bacheesos, Oakland. We’re regrouping after being rained out in December! 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. 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 l:15-l:30 pm at Bacheesos Restaurant nearby, 246 Grand Ave. -- Mediterranean style, with lunch buffet ONLY on weekends (highly recommended) at $12.90 + tax. For LUNCH RESERVATIONS and more info, contact Therese Pipe BY FEB. 20 at 510-841-5493. NOTE: Bring your memorabilia about Valeria to share, such as a poem, photos, anecdotes or favorite memories, for either the memorial walk or the lunch. Rain cancels walk only.

Feb. 26, Thu. East Bay Dinner “Arctic National Wildlife Refuge” & “Trekking in Srinigar, Kashmir”

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). This program will include two adventures. First is a walk by Jack Robbins and wife, Cynthia Brown, through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge along the Shinjik River up to the Continental Divide and then down along the Kongakut River to the Beaufort Sea of the Arctic Ocean. Second is a solo hike along a wild river valley formed by two steep mountain ridges, away from the group trek that Jack was on from Srinigar to Leh in the northern tip of India/ Pakistan. Freezing ice, breaking off pieces of the mountain ridges, has bombarded the canyon floor with huge pieces of rock, creating a unique landscape of the natural world which I’ve called The River of Time. Jack practiced Architecture and Urban Design in the Bay Area for thirty years. He served on public agencies responsible for protecting and improving access to the bay shore. He was an active member and chair of the Wilderness Subcommittee of the San Francisco Chapter of the Sierra Club. He has hiked the high Sierra many times, climbed Mt. Shasta often, and Rainier, Lassen, and Denali, Kilimanjaro, and the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. Cynthia, who is an historian and author, joined him on trips to the mountains of Nepal and Kazakhstan, where he climbed almost to the tops of Peak Lenina and Khan Tengri. 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 February 20. There is no admittance for program only.

Feb. 28, Sat. 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.


March 2015

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

Meet for an hour walk on paved trail, wheel chair 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 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.