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Nature Walk - Montclair Railroad Trail/Shepherd Canyon Park- Accessible and more challenging option

Monday, December 4, 2023, 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM
Montclair Railroad Trail - Shepherd Canyon Park
6235 LaSalle Ave. Oakland
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Jeanette Ward
6509547476 (c)
Nature Walk
Registration is recommended
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Rain cancels
No Fee
Lovely Montclair Railroad Trail and Optional Shepherd Canyon Park -

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Montclair Railroad Trail
RSVP: to Jeanette Ward 650-954-7476 (cell/text) or or self register.

Mon. Dec. 4, 1 PM for approx. 2 hours (allow extra for paid parking, just in case!)
Members. Volunteers and their guests

ACCESSIBILITY: wheelchair accessible

WHERE TO MEET and DESCRIPTION: We will meet behind the Parking Garage located at 6235 La Salle Ave (the trail can be accessed via steep ramp or stairs there) There is also another accessible entrance at 6211 Medau Place - go to the end, take the sidewalk to the right, go thru the tunnel and left and around to the trail. If you take that access point or if you find street parking, plan ahead to meet behind Montclair parking garage.

This easy quirky loop hike starts by tracing a former rail line on a peaceful, paved, tree-lined path - .9 miles. But in addition to the  out and back route we did last year, those of us able  will forge on to visit a Japanese style torii gate with a view of the Bay, plus take in Shepherd Canyon Park. This park includes switchbacks and a wood bridge, crossing Shepherd Creek, finishing with a climb back to the Railroad Trail and our starting point - total 2.3 miles. Restrooms in Shepherd Canyon Park.
We should be able to do the walk in 2 hours. Be aware of time constraints  if you are in paid parking.

Some may want to shop and/or have a snack in a Montclair restaurant afterwards.

WHAT TO BRING: Good hiker shoes and layered clothing. Poles for balance and stability are recommended. Bring your cell phone, if you have one. Credit card for parking!

TRANSPORTATION:  6235 La Salle Ave. Oakland for navigation setting. Going south on CA 13, take exit 4 for Moraga Ave toward Thornhill Drive, keep left at the the fork following signs for Moraga Ave.Thornhill Dr/Montclair District and merge onto Moraga Ave., turn left onto La Salle Ave. the parking structure is at the end.  The structure uses ParkMobile or Pay in advance using your license plate # - first 30 minutes free - $2 per hour. There is an attendant on site to assist. You may try street metered parking in town, on La Salle Ave or Mountain Blvd.

Members who need a ride can contact the office for a volunteer driver, who may join us  or you may ask a friend to bring you and be your guest, as well.