East Bay Hills Trail Benefit Hike and Ride - a Labor Day Tradition

East Bay Hills Trail Benefit Hike & Ride

August 30-September 4, 2017

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

Hike & Ride an Annual Tradition

Join the East Bay Hills Benefit Hike & 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 & camaraderie, and enjoying entertainment each evening. 


Hike Details

Our 2017 route has not been set yet, but will be about 55 miles of varied terrain, and will feature the stunning views for which the Bay Area is famous, on the Bay Area Ridge Trail and connected pathways. Daily hike mileage ranges between 9 and 12 miles.

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, the human-powered blender will be available for smoothies, 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 $225,000 for the Ridge Trail and other trails in previous years!


Trails and Route info for the 2016 Hike - 2017 route coming soon!

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

Day 1 - Wednesday DOWNLOAD MAP

A Wednesday morning shuttle from BART to our camp in Tilden is available to get you to this year's start in time for a volunteer assisted carpool to Martinez. Our hike there follows the Bay Area Ridge Trail through EBMUD's Pinole Watershed and  the John Muir Land Trust’s Fernandez Ranch, and then traverses a newly-built, not-yet-opened trail in the JMLT’s adjacent Franklin Canyon, returning to Pinole Watershed. If the heat allows, we will finish with an optional last stretch through Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve.  After carpooling back to camp, where showers, massage and dinner will be available, an instructor from the REI Outdoor School will offer a hand-on workshop on Wilderness Survival. Total distance is approximately 12 miles, with shorter options available. After dinner, an entertaining educational evening program will follow.

Day 2 - Thursday DOWNLOAD MAP

Hike from Tilden Park to our second camp at Sequoia Arena in Joaquin Miller Park in the Oakland Hills, passing through EBMUD watershed above the Caldecott Tunnel, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, and Redwood Park along the way, for about 12 miles total distance. An evening program will follow dinner. 

Day 3 - Friday DOWNLOAD MAP

Friday we explore nearby trails in Joaquin Miller Park and alongside Sausal Creek to a lunch and root beer floats at Dimond Park, and then return for a total hike of about 9.5 miles for dinner, followed by an evening equestrian performance in Sequoia Arena and a short walk over to the Chabot Space and Science Center for some star-gazing through their big telescopes.

Day 4 - Saturday DOWNLOAD MAP

Hike through Redwood Regional Park on the French Trail, among others, to Anthony Chabot Regional Park, for a quick loop on trails improved by Volunteers for Outdoor California, ending at Bort Meadow, for a total distance of about 11 miles. Tonight's evening entertainment will precede the closing of our silent auction, and our annual raffle, where anyone who buys a ticket is guaranteed to win a prize!

Day 5 - Sunday DOWNLOAD MAP

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. A shuttle back to BART for the trip home will be available. 


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.

Read More!

Read about prior year's hike & ride in Ridge Lines (pdf) or TWHA Newsletter (pdf)

Read Top 10 Reasons to participate in this year's event! 



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