Wildcat Canyon, Richmond

Wednesday, July 28, 1999 (Practice Session)

by George Minarik, 510-525-1574

Wildcat Canyon is a park with cool evening breezes and spectacular views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The open and steep terrain is not quite suitable for a regular O meet, but is a scenic locale for a good map run.

This training exercise might be called Reverse O. The participants will run around park trails, along which they will encounter streamers placed on mapped features. These features are to be circled on the map by the runners. The fastest male and female finishers with all the features correctly circled will win the coveted Screaming Wildcat Awards. To add to the fun we will use a certified unimproved USGS map.

Starts will be between 5:30 and 6:15 pm. The course is about 7k, so slower and less experienced orienteers may want to start as close to 5:30 as possible to finish by the 7:30 deadline. After the event we will adjourn to a local hangout for food and conversation.


We will use a different start area than in past Wildcat events. From the south take I-80 to the Central Ave. (El Cerrito) exit. Turn right off the exit onto Central, and go .4 mi to San Pablo Av. Left onto San Pablo for .8 mi and right onto Moeser. Take Moeser for 1 mile to the top of the hill and go left on Arlington. After another .7 mi on Arlington, turn right at the 2M boulder onto Rifle Range Rd. Follow Rifle Range to the road end and parallel park.

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