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Hike & Ride—an Annual Tradition
Join the East Bay Hills Trails Benefit Hike and Ride and support local trails!  The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, Volunteers for Outdoor California, Tilden-Wildcat Horsemen’s Association and the Metropolitan Horsemen’s Association co-host this 5-day hike/6-Day equestrian ride. Hikers and riders are mostly on different trails during the day, while sharing campsites, meals, stories and camaraderie, and entertainment each evening. 

To register for the Equestrian Ride use this link. 

Eleventh Annual Hike Details—Choose your hike each day!
We offer longer and shorter hike options each day on varied terrain featuring the stunning views for which the Bay Area is famous, on the Bay Area Ridge Trail and connected pathways. This year again you can choose between a 10-12 mile hike or a 6-8 mile hike each day.

Fully Supported Event! 
All meals and campsites included. Camping gear is shuttled between campsites for you, allowing you to hike each day with only a daypack.  Shower tents will be set up at all 3 campsites, there will be evening programs and stargazing, and massage will be available each afternoon.

This event benefits the Bay Area Ridge Trail, V-O-Cal, and other East Bay trail projects. It has raised a total of over $280,000 for the Ridge Trail, volunteer trail maintenance projects and other trail projects over the previous years!

For more information on the East Bay Hills Trails Benefit Horseback Ride, visit www.twha.org  

Registration rates:
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT (thru June 15): $75/day or $350 for 5 days 
REGULAR REGISTRATION (June 16 - Aug. 13): $80/day or $375 for 5 days 
5-DAY DISCOUNT: Save $25 when you sign up for all 5 days by entering the discount code 5DAY at checkout
LATE REGISTRATION (beginning August 14): $90/day or $425 for 5 days 
YOUTH HIKERS (under 18): $35/day
DINNER-ONLY OPTION: Skip the hike, and join us for dinner! $15/day 
REFUND POLICY: If you must cancel, refunds will be available until August 15. 

Trails and Route info for 2018:

Camping is available the night before the hike begins at Es Anderson Equestrian Camp in Tilden Regional Park.

Day 1 - Wednesday, August 29
A Wednesday morning shuttle from BART is available to get you to this year's start at the Es Anderson Equestrian Camp in Tilden Regional Park. Choose the longer, roughly 12-mile hike on our favorite trails in Tilden and Wildcat Parks, or a shorter 7-mile Tilden hike using some of the same trails. After dinner, a representative from Felidae will provide an entertaining educational evening program about mountain lions and bobcats. 
Short Hike Map
Long Hike Map

Day 2 - Thursday, August 30
The longer hike starts from Tilden Park and follows the Ridge Trail through EBMUD watershed above the Caldecott Tunnel, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, and Redwood Park to our second camp at Sequoia Arena in Joaquin Miller Park in the Oakland Hills, for about 12 miles total distance. Our shorter hike begins with a shuttle to Sibley Regional Volcanic Preserve, and then follows the Ridge Trail to our second camp at Sequoia Arena for a total hike of about 5.5 miles. After dinner you may choose to attend the final dress rehearsal of  Hamilton author Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights at the Woodminster Amphitheatre  nearby in Joaquin Miller Park—tickets will be $20, not included in your hike fees. 
Short Hike Map
Long Hike Map

Day 3 - Friday, August 31
On Friday we will explore nearby trails in Joaquin Miller Park and alongside Sausal Creek leading down to Oakland’s Dimond Park. The longer hike will return by trail to Sequoia Arena, but there will be carpool and public transit options back for those who choose to hike less than 9.5 miles. Following dinner, enjoy an evening equestrian performance from the Briones Buckarettes, a cowboy dressage drill team, in Sequoia Arena before a short walk over to the Chabot Space and Science Center for some stargazing through the largest telescopes available for public viewing West of the Mississippi.
Hike Map

Day 4 - Saturday, September 1
The Saturday hike goes through Redwood Regional Park on the French Trail, among others, to Anthony Chabot Regional Park, ending at Bort Meadow, for a total distance of 10 miles, or choose a shorter, more direct route on the Bay Area Ridge Trail for a total of about 6 miles. Tonight's evening entertainment will focus on the Bay Area Ridge Trail, and will celebrate the East Bay Hills Trails Benefit Hike and Ride. 

Short Hike Map
​Long Hike Map

Day 5 - Sunday, September 2
The final day of the hike, we explore Anthony Chabot Regional Park, walk alongside Lake Chabot, and return to Bort Meadow for a total distance of about 11 miles on the long hike, or nearly 8 miles on the shortened version of today’s route.  A shuttle back to BART for the trip home will be available.  

Short Hike Map
​Long Hike Map

Suggested Packing List (PDF)

Transportation / Directions
We will offer pick-up and drop-off at BART at the beginning and end of the hike or we can assist you in shuttling your car from camp to camp.
Click here for more information on Transportation Options.
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Read More!
Read about prior years' hike and ride in RidgeLines (PDF) and TWHA Newsletter (PDF) 

A Labor Day Tradition 
The East Bay Hills Trails Benefit Hike and Ride starts out in Tilden Park and extends across beautiful trails all the way to Castro Valley.

TOP TEN REASONS TO EXPERIENCE THE LEGENDARY TRIP THIS YEAR - for one day, or as many as you'd like:

10: Camp out under sparkling skies AND view the stars from the largest public telescope west of the Mississippi (at Chabot Observatory on 8/31)!
9: Spectacular views of the Bay, the Sierras, and Mt. Diablo. Get lucky and see Sutro Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge!
8: Support local trails and trail maintenance projects: our reliance on volunteers enables most of your fees to support local trails!
7: Carry just a daypack—we move your tent, sleeping bag, and gear so you don’t have to!
6: Great food! Hot, camp-cooked breakfast every morning, hearty handmade sandwiches for lunch on the trail, delicious gourmet dinners—with vegetarian options at all meals.
5: It's local—with options for pick-up and drop-off at BART before and after the event!
4: Extraordinary evening entertainment—including a naturalist, trail history, theater, stargazing, an equestrian exhibition, and more.
3: Forage for wild berries and plums on the second longest continuous section of Ridge Trail from Richmond to Castro Valley. 
2: As low as $75/day covers 3 meals, trails and camping.  Expert leaders and trail guides Morris Older, Charlie Bowen, Raj Hajela and Bob Siegel will make sure you have an unforgettable experience.
1: Make new friends on the trail—and make friends with new trails!

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