by Ian Tidswell, 415-681-7075
Sunday, May 7, 2000
The East Bay edition of National Orienteering Day
will be held at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland. The event will be specifically targeted
Joaquin Miller is a gem of a park - perhaps the only place where a
significant stand of coastal redwoods are found within the limits of a
major city. A mixture of terrain is found: the aforementioned redwoods,
surprisingly well-irrigated meadows in sheltered areas, scrub oak forests, and stands
of fragrant eucalyptus. Combine this with multiple picnic areas, great
views of the Bay Area, and landscaped areas, and you have a great place to spend a
- Three courses:
- White, 2-3 km long, completely on trails, with very easy navigation
- Yellow, 3-4 km, mostly on trails, with relatively easy navigation
- Orange, 4-5 km, mixture of on and off trail, with somewhat more
challenging navigation (and great views in reward!)
- Instructional clinics offered throughout the event
- Suitable for the whole family
As always, starts will be from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. We hope to offer special discounted
rates for first-time orienteers - possibly $6 per group, plus $1 per map.
From Highway 13 in the East Bay (the Warren Freeway) take the
Joaquin Miller Boulevard exit. Go uphill (east) on Joaquin Miller for
approximately 0.75 miles. The park entrance is on the left; parking is
available in the park, or park on Joaquin Miller Boulevard.
We hope to meet in the Baywood Picnic area in the Lower Meadow; confirmation to follow.