Women on Common Ground, Spring 2013

Women on Common Ground is a series of naturalist-led programs for women who love to hike, camp, or otherwise play in the out-of-doors, but whose concern for personal safety keeps them from enjoying the wonders within their own parklands. Activities celebrate natural and cultural history and are designed to help women reclaim the joys of wild places by day and night. Wear sturdy shoes with textured soles for hiking on slippery slopes, dress in layers, wear sunscreen and a sun/rain hat and bring water and a trail snack to share.

Parking fees may apply. We meet RAIN or SHINE, but will moderate our adventure to accommodate the weather. We encourage and can often help arrange carpools. Be prepared with change or small bills for parking fees and/or machines at park gates.


Pond-Hopping Hike

10am-4:30pm Sunday, March 24

On this five-mile, five pond foray we’ll search for amphibian newtity and other Marchly marvelous signs of California spring.

Lots of uphill. Meet at the Old Green Barn Visitor Center.

Registration required by noon, Thursday, March 21. Naturalist Katie Colbert.

Course #1698


Glory Be for Blooms and Trees!

10am-12:30pm Saturday, April 13

We’ll travel a couple of gentle miles of woody and grassy trail in the company of oaks and grassland flowers.

Meet at the staging area on Morgan Territory Road.

Registration required by noon, Thursday, April 11. Naturalist Katie Colbert

Course #1699


Dancing with the Planets Dinner Hike

6-10pm Sunday, May 26

We will reward our leisurely climb to Las Trampas Peak with a late trail dinner and a cheer for Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury

as they carouse in the twilight sky. Four miles. Lots of uphill.Meet at the parking area at the end of Bollinger Canyon Rd.

Registration required by noon, Thursday, May 23. Naturalist Katie Colbert.



Up-and -Down Sort-of-Solstice Hike

8:30am -2pm Saturday, June 29

We’ll start early for a late celebration of what the changing season brings to wooded hills and grassy valleys.

Five-six miles of up, down, and flat. Meet at the Old Green Barn Visitor Center.

Reservations required by noon, Thursday, June 27. Naturalist Katie Colbert.

Course #2503



By phone: 1-888-327-2757 option 2 (Monday through Friday)

Or online: http://activenet021.active.com/ebparks/

Note that registration for the May and June programs begins on Tuesday, April 2.

Please contact Katie Colbert if you have any questions about the hike or the trail.

(510-544-3243 or [email protected])


We’d like you to receive Women on Common Ground program information earlier. We now send announcements via e-mail where we have an address.

If you would like to add your e-mail address to the list, please call 510-544-3243 or send a note to [email protected].



To reach Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness: From Hwy 680 near Fremont , drive north on Hwy. 680 and exit at Calaveras Rd. near the town of Sunol (not Milpitas). Turn right on Calaveras and proceed about four miles. Turn left onto Geary Rd. which leads directly into the park. Once inside the park, the Old Green Barn is visible after the first left.

From Hwy 680 near Pleasanton: Drive south on Hwy. 680 and exit at Calaveras Rd/ Highway 84 just south of the Sunol exit. Turn left on Calaveras and proceed as above. Please confirm with a map.

To reach Morgan Territory: From Hwy. 580 in Livermore, exit onto N. Livermore Ave. and drive north for almost four miles. Shortly after N. Livermore turns to the west and becomes Manning, turn right onto Morgan Territory Rd. and follow it for about five and a half miles to the parking area.

To reach Las Trampas: From Hwy 680 in San Ramon, take Crow Canyon Rd. west to Bollinger Canyon and turn right. Follow Bollinger Cyn. about four miles to the park. From Hwy 580 in Castro Valley, take Crow Canyon Rd. north to Bollinger Cyn and turn left. Follow Bollinger Cyn about four miles to the park.