Coyote Hills

National Orienteering Day!

Saturday, May 5, 2001

Contact: Robert Lewis, 408-984-8124

May 5 is National Orienteering Day here in the U.S., and BAOC is hosting two of the more than 50 events being held nationwide. One event is at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, part of the East Bay Regional Park District. Coyote Hills is at the East end of the Dumbarton Bridge, easily accessible from the entire Bay Area.

Four courses will be offered this year: White, Yellow, Orange, and the Survivor (Long Orange). All courses have been designed to provide exceptional views of the Bay Area, The wildflowers are beautiful right now. The Survivor course has all the elements of the TV show: no water, no food, no shade, lots of challenges, and alligators (well, maybe not alligators). Preliminary course statistics (subject to change) from coursesetter Jeff Lanam:

White        2.4 km     47 m climb    10 controls
Yellow       3.6 km    117 m climb    12 controls
Orange       4.4 km    155 m climb    14 controls
L. Orange    8.0 km    282 m climb    23 controls 
Maps are at 1:10000 scale with 5m contours. All courses will have premarked maps. Sorry, no electronic punching.

There will be prizes (Brunton compasses) awarded to the top "first-time" orienteers running White, Yellow, and Orange as a first course.

The park is fairly dry and the ground hard. Orange and Long Orange require a lot of contouring, so wear appropriate shoes. There is quite a bit of avoidable poison oak, unavoidable star thistle, and miscellaneous other sticker things, so take appropriate precautions.

Saturday morning brings out a lot of joggers and bicycles. Get there early to get a good parking place and a good start time. Park admission is $4 per car. Standard registration rates are in place. Register in advance on the web at and avoid the lines.


Coyote Hills is conveniently located just north of the east end of the Dumbarton Bridge in Fremont.

From 880 in Fremont, exit at Decoto Rd. (a.k.a. 84 West) and go west onto the freeway that leads to the Dumbarton Bridge. After you are on Highway 84 on your way to the Dumbarton Bridge, about 2 miles west from 880, exit at the Thornton Avenue/ Paseo Padre exit, and turn right (north) on Paseo Padre. (Note the both Paseo Padre and Thornton also cross 880, but you don't want to exit at either of these.) After about 1 mile, turn left at the entrance to Coyote Hills Regional Park and follow orienteering signs.

From the Peninsula, take 84 east to the Dumbarton Bridge. After you have crossed the bridge and passed the toll plaza, you should take the first exit at Thornton Avenue & Paseo Padre. Turn left (North) on Paseo Padre and proceed about 1 mile, turning left at the entrance to Coyote Hills Regional Park.