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.

Note change in time. From November through January, the Lake Chabot walk will start at 3:30 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. ¾ mile. Turn right into the park and follow road up to the parking area. Info: Lee Cowden 925-934-6357.

Note: No Lafayette Reservoir walk on November 26, 2014.


November 2014

Nov.1, Sat. 10:30 am 1B Hike, Mount Tamalpais State Park

Leisurely hike on Steep Ravine Trail, downhill all the way to Stinson Beach, where you can shop, eat, or stroll the beach. At your option, return to Pantoll by bus (fee) or hike Matt Davis Trail. Meet in Pantoll trailhead parking lot on Panoramic Hwy (parking fee). Bring: parking fee, lunch. Rain cancels. For info call leaders Lidia Campos 925-240-5795 or Janess Hanson 925-458-0860. (Co-listed with Delta Group)

Nov. 9, Sun. 3:30 pm 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 early dinner after walk at the Emery Market. Meet at back of Chevy’s Restaurant, by 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.

Nov. 13, Thu. 6:30 pm Board Meeting at Ed’s

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

Nov. 22, Sat., 2:30 pm Urban Walk; 3:30 Mailing Party & Potluck

Please join Therese at her place in the Gourmet Ghetto of North Berkeley. At 2:30 pm, we’ll take a walk around some of the “Gourmet” stops, and sample a few goodies, including the Food Court on Shattuck Ave. Around 3:30 pm, we’ll have the mailing party followed by a potluck at her place. Bring favorite potluck dishes that you relish during the Thanksgiving period or beverage to share. Hostess will provide main dish. We will also celebrate November birthdays! Limited to 8 persons, please phone by Nov. 21. Info: contact Therese, 510-841-5493.

Nov. 22, Sat. 3:30 pm 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 dinner at Pacific East Mall. Directions: Turn off Hwy 80 at Central/El Cerrito exit. Go west over next highway overpass. At stop sign, Rydin Rd. turn right to end of street. Meet at small parking lot. Leader: Vera Lis 510-234-8949. Rain cancels.


December 2014

Dec. 4, Thu. East Bay Dinner “Touring the Great National Parks of the West”

No-host cocktails/social hour—6:00pm, 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). Come and join us for a breathtaking tour of some of the great national parks in the western United States. Our guide and speaker is professional landscape and travel photographer, Gary Crabbe. This will be a chance to see some of the grand landscapes in these parks. And Gary will also show us some of the more intimate scenes. These are beauties that attract millions of visitors from throughout the world. Gary’s photos will remind us that we live close to some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. To see more of Gary’s work, visit his web site. 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 November 24. There is no admittance for program only.