East Bay Hills Benefit Ride

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Come Ride With Us
Ten Reasons to Ride
How the Ride Benefits the Trails
Ride Schedule
Ride and Camp Rules
Ride Fees
Ride Partners
Directions
Contact
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How the Ride Supports Our Trails


Come Ride With Us!
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TWHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and preservation of trails in the beautiful East Bay section of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The East Bay’s extensive public trail system ranges from San Leandro to Martinez and from the Berkeley/Oakland Hills as far east as Concord. Our club’s mission is to make these beautiful open spaces available and accessible to all trail users, including equestrians.

The East Bay Hills Ride and Hike is TWHA’s primary fundraising activity, and its primary beneficiary is the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Our club applies the funds raised to trail maintenance and development. The East Bay Hills Ride is also a cooperative effort with a host of other like-minded organizations, including:

The East Bay Hills Ride is a great way to experience the amazing beauty of the East Bay and to give back to efforts to preserve that experience for generations to come.
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Ten Reasons
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1) Ride or hike through the beautiful and diverse terrain of the East Bay - from redwood groves to oak meadows, along fire roads and single track trails.
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2) Support the Bay Area Ridge Trail, volunteer trail maintenance, TWHA’s trail advocacy efforts, and other worthy equestrian and trail causes.

3) Leave the stresses of everyday life behind on this vacation with your horse!

4) Customize your ride/hike: Do as few or as many days as you like.

5) Experience new trails in a relaxed, non-competitive setting.

6) Enjoy delicious meals. Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.
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7) Be entertained every night – which in the past has included equestrian drill team performances to naturalist talks to a visit to the Chabot Space and Science Center – are included. New surprises each year!

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8) Get lucky! A fun and well-stocked raffle and silent auction will be held Saturday night, and
you are guaranteed to win a prize. Proceeds go to supporting East Bay trails.

9) Meet new people: both riders and hikers from all over the Bay Area and beyond!

10) Each rider gets discounts at local and online tack shops with their free TWHA membership.
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How the Ride Benefits the Trails
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Over the past 14 years the East Bay Hills Trails Benefit Ride and Hike has raised over $230,000 to support trails in the East Bay and beyond. This has been made possible by the generosity of our donors and volunteers, by the matching funds made available by the Bay Area Barns and Trails Trust, and by the participation of hundreds of riders and hikers.

About half of the funds raised have been donated to the Bay Area Ride Trail Council, a coalition of volunteers and agencies, that plans, promotes, builds, acquires and maintains the more than 550-mile Bay Area Ridge Trail, a multi-use trail that, when complete, will connect over 75 parks and open spaces on the ridgelines surrounding the San Francisco Bay. Recognizing the growing recreational needs of the Bay Area’s diverse populations, along with the desire of individuals to connect their communities with the outdoor environment, the Council creates links between parks, people and communities.

Over the past 12 years, the East Bay Hills Trails Benefit Ride and Hike has contributed to the following Bay Area Ridge Trail projects:
Signage of the entire route of the Ridge Trail through the East Bay.
Volunteer work parties that helped prepare Crockett Hills Regional Park, with 4.5 miles of Ridge Trail, for its 2006 opening.
Funding for a crew to help resolve drainage issues on the Ridge Trail in Crockett Hills in 2007.
Planning, advocacy and meetings that helped open 7.5 miles of Ridge Trail in the Pinole Watershed.
Planning and advocacy funds for Ridge Trail staff to help open Ridge Trail in Vargas Plateau in Fremont, on Feeder Trail #1 and on Fernandez Ranch in Martinez.
Financial support for building 3.5 miles of Ridge Trail segments at Muir Heritage Land Trust’s Sky Ranch and Fernandez Ranch in Martinez.
Financial support earmarked for a new section of Ridge Trail in San Mateo County.
Additional planning and construction of Ridge Trail segments elsewhere.

In addition the East Bay Hills Trails Benefit Ride has donated to these other East Bay trail projects:
The Volunteers for Outdoor California trail maintenance and rebuilding projects in Joaquin Miller Park in 2007, 2012 and 2013, at Brushy Peak near Livermore in 2008, at Fernandez Ranch in 2009, at Las Trampas in 2010 at Sycamore Grove in Livermore in 2015, and at Anthony Chabot Regional Park in 2011 and 2014.
Installation of a water tank at Corral Camp at Las Trampas Regional Preserve, making it possible for horse groups to camp there.
Full financial support of a trail maintenance weekend co-sponsored with the Student Conservation Association on Mt. Diablo in 2007.
Purchase of new trail tools for the East Bay Trail Dawgs.
Maintenance work to preserve and maintain fencing at Sequoia Arena in Joaquin Miller Park.
New trail signage in Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park and Diamond Canyon.
New tie rails at Es Anderson Equestrian Camp in Tilden Park.
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Ride Schedule
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We will be camping in 3 spots for 2 days each— Es Anderson Equestrian Camp in Tilden Park, Sequoia Arena in Joaquin Miller Park, and Bort Meadow in Anthony Chabot Park. Horse routes will be suggested loops starting and ending at that day’s camp, with shorter or longer rides available, except for the 2 days we move from one camp to the next. Riders will not be going as one big group, but riding at their own pace and on their own schedule. Trail maps and directions will be supplied for each day’s suggested ride. The riders and horses will share camp and meals with the 9th Annual East Bay Hills Trails Benefit Hike from September 2 to September 6.

Tuesday August 30

2 pm—Camp opens at Es Anderson Equestrian Camp in Tilden Park and people arrive today and tomorrow. No meals are served on Tuesday. There will be an evening meeting to discuss the next day’s ride.

Wednesday August 31
Today’s suggested ride covers some of our favorite trails, including some Bay Area Ridge Trail sections, in Tilden and Wildcat Regional Parks. The ride begins and ends at Es Anderson Equestrian Camp and covers some 16.8 miles. Following dinner there will be an evening presentation.

Thursday September 1
Equestrians will move their trailers to Sequoia Arena in the morning, get a shuttle ride back, and then ride about 12 miles along the Bay Area Ridge Trail from Tilden through EBMUD watershed, Sibley, Huckleberry, and Redwood to Sequoia Arena in Joaquin Miller Park, where they can ride an optional 5 mile loop. There will be an evening presentation.

Friday September 2
Today suggested 17-mile ride through Redwood Park includes all of the French Trail and much of East Ridge, before returning to Joaquin Miller. In the evening, after an equestrian performance in Sequoia Arena, hikers and riders will wander across the street to Chabot Space and Science to view the stars through the telescopes there.

Saturday September 3
Equestrians will move their trailers to Bort Meadow in the morning, get a shuttle ride back and then proceed 11 miles through Redwood and Roberts to Anthony Chabot. The evening program will include a presentation on East Bay Trails, followed by our raffle and silent auction.

Sunday September 4
Today’s suggested ride will be a 17-mile loop in Anthony Chabot Park. Evening program will be an equestrian program to be determined.

Monday September 5
Final day of the ride—riders will do a 12-mile morning ride in Anthony Chabot, and new this year, due to rider demand, stay as long as you want! Potluck dinner on Monday.

Tuesday, September 6
New this year—stay overnight Monday, ride in the morning if you want and leave by noon Tuesday. Minimal fee to cover camp rental, provide your own meals.

Note: Itineraries subject to change. Contact ride management for further details.
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Ride and Camp Rules
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o Riders will be responsible for safely stabling their horses at each camp.
o Stallions will not be allowed on this ride
o Please no generators after dark.
o Dogs by special permission only.
o SEI-certified helmets are required on all rides.

What to bring:
o Hay for your horse
o All equipment necessary to camp with your horse and trail ride safely
o Sense of humor
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Ride Fees
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o Fee: $70 per day, with a $45 discount for 6 days (Wednesday through Monday), plus an early bird discount of $5/day before June 15, and a late fee of $5/day after August 14). New—stay over Monday night and leave by noon Tuesday, $25 for camping only.
o Fee covers your camping, food (from Wednesday breakfast through Monday lunch), trail maps, and all evening programs.
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Ride Partners
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Directions

Driving Directions

To Es Anderson Equestrian Camp in Tilden Park: (Tues night-Thurs a.m.)
Note: Camp will open at 2 pm on Wednesday. Should you arrive earlier than that, you may park in the large parking area directly across from the entrance to Es Anderson. We should have someone at the gate when you arrive, but If you get there and the gate is locked, check your email for the lock combo.

From Highway 24: (Access Highway 24 from Route 580 or 680) Take the Orinda exit off Highway 24 east of the Caldecott Tunnel. It’s the third exit if you came through the tunnel. If so, turn left at the stop sign onto Camino Pablo. From 24 West, bear right off the Orinda exit (towards Orinda Village and Richmond) onto Camino Pablo. Either way get over and stay in the left lane of Camino Pablo through Orinda to the light at Wildcat Canyon Road. (Bear Creek Road will be on your right at this intersection). Turn left at Wildcat Canyon road. Proceed about 3.3 miles to the horse camp on your left, just past Mineral Springs (on right). From this direction the horse camp driveway is a left turn going uphill—enter from this direction only!

To Sequoia Arena in Joaquin Miller Park: (Thursday a.m.-Saturday a.m.)
Note—the directions below apply during the ride, when somebody will be there to open the gate. Otherwise a trailer may have a big problem turning around when the gate is locked. Also, if you are just coming for the day, parking is available just across Skyline Blvd behind the Metropolitan Horsemen’s Association Clubhouse at the Redwood Bowl Staging Area.


From Es Anderson Horse Camp: Return to Highway 24 West, reversing the directions to Es Anderson Equestrian Camp above. Once on 24 West, stay in the right hand lane. Proceed through the Caldecott Tunnel and afterwards take the exit for Highway 13 South towards Hayward. Go a few exits to the Joaquin Miller Road exit. Turn left at the stop sign , and left again onto Lincoln Ave. (uphill). Cross over the freeway and proceed uphill on Joaquin Miller Road 1.2 miles. At the first light. turn left on to Skyline Blvd., toward the Chabot Space and Science Center. Proceed 1.3 miles to the sign for Sequoia Arena on your left and turn into the driveway. If you have reached the Metropolitan Horsemen’s Association clubhouse or the Chabot Space and Science Center on your right on Skyline, you have gone just past the Sequoia turnoff, so turn around and go back. Once in the Sequoia Arena driveway immediately bear right. Go.1 mile to the yellow gate (just past the rest rooms on your right), where you will be guided to your parking space

From 580 North (from Hayward): Take the Highway 13 exit and then get off at Joaquin Miller Road/Lincoln Ave. Turn right at the stop sign and proceed uphill on Joaquin Miller Road 1.2 miles. Turn left at light on to Skyline Blvd., toward the Chabot Space and Science Center. Proceed 1.3 miles to the sign for Sequoia Arena on your left and turn into the driveway. If you have reached the Metropolitan Horsemen’s Association clubhouse or the Chabot Space and Science Center on your right on Skyline, you have gone just past the Sequoia turnoff, so turn around and go back. Once in the Sequoia Arena driveway immediately bear right. Go.1 mile to the yellow gate (just past the rest rooms on your left), where you will be guided to your parking space. (If gate is closed, park at the rest rooms or at the gate and walk past the gate, continue straight on the paved road, bearing right when it forks, and it then curves around to the arena)

From Highway 13 in Oakland: Exit at Joaquin Miller Road/Lincoln Ave. and proceed East uphill on Joaquin Miller Road 1.2 miles. At the first light, turn left on to Skyline Blvd., toward the Chabot Space and Science Center. Proceed 1.3 miles to the sign for Sequoia Arena on your left and turn into the driveway. If you have reached the Metropolitan Horsemen’s Association clubhouse or the Chabot Space and Science Center on your right on Skyline, you have gone just past the Sequoia turnoff, so turn around and go back. Once in the Sequoia Arena driveway immediately bear right. Go.1 mile to the yellow gate (just past the rest rooms on your left), where you will be guided to your parking space. (If gate is closed, park at the rest rooms or at the gate and walk past the gate, continue straight on the paved road, bearing right when it forks, and it then curves around to the arena)


To Bort Meadow Staging Area in Anthony Chabot Park: (Sat a.m. to Monday)
Note: We should have someone at the gate when you arrive, but ask for lock combo before you go Caution—be very careful when you make the final left turn towards the Bort Meadow entrance—the road is narrow there.
From Sequoia Arena: Turn right on to Skyline Blvd at the Sequoia Arena entrance and proceed 1.2 miles to the light at the intersection with Joaquin Miller Road. Turn left there, remaining on Skyline, and go to the next light. There turn left onto Redwood Road. Continue straight on Redwood for about 4.5 miles, to the entrance to the Bort Meadow Staging Area on the right side of the road.

From Highway 24 in Alameda County, exit to Highway 13 South just West of the Caldecott Tunnel. Drive about 4 miles south and exit at Redwood Road-35th Avenue. Turn left onto Redwood and drive East uphill about 1 mile to the junction with Skyline Boulevard. Stay in the left lane, and continue straight on Redwood for about 4.5 miles, to the entrance to the Bort Meadow Staging Area on the right side of the road. Look for the gate to the left of the staging area on the road.

From Highway 580 in Oakland: Exit on 35th Avenue and turn East, towards the hills. Drive past Hwy. 24 and then uphill about 1 mile to the junction with Skyline Boulevard. Stay in the left lane, and continue straight on Redwood for about 4.5 miles, to the entrance to the Bort Meadow Staging Area on the right side of the road. Through gate, down the hill, bear right to entrance to Bort Meadow.

From 580 East near San Leandro, exit at Redwood Rd. Exit and turn left onto Redwood Road. Continue on Redwood Road past Castro Valley Blvd. and go 6.6 miles to Bort Meadows entrance on your left. Gate will be just before parking area up by the road. Through gate, down the hill, bear right to entrance to Bort Meadow.

From 580 West exit at the Castro Valley turnoff. Turn left at the traffic light onto E. Castro Valley Blvd. Go 1.2 miles to the intersection of Redwood Road—you will see a large Safeway on the corner. Turn right onto Redwood Road, and go 6.6 miles to Bort Meadows entrance on your left. Gate will be just before parking area up by the road. Through gate, down the hill, bear right to entrance to Bort Meadow.


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Contact
Morris Older, 925-254-8943, ebhillsride@Comcast.net
Judi Bank, 510-531-5449, judibank@aol.com
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