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Joaquin Miller Park

BAOC 35th Anniversary

Date: (Sun.) Feb. 24, 2013
Location: Oakland, CA
Event Director: - 510.681.6181
Course Setters: Graham Brew, Christine Brew
Advisor/Mentor: Joe Scarborough
Type: C; White course for novices, Yellow and Orange courses for intermediates, Brown and Green courses for advanced orienteers

Please note that fees and time limits apply. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

Note: This event requires help on the day. Please contact if you can help.

In celebration of BAOC’s birthday and the first orienteering event in Northern California, we return to where it all began 35 years ago almost to the day. We will be orienteering in the lower area near the ranger station and Woodminster Amphitheatre. This is not the historic event location (which was the site of the Sprint Tournament last November) — that location is due for a rest in preparation for a fresh sprint in a year or two. The lower part of the park has numerous landmarks related to poet Joaquin Miller (, and features a panoramic view of across the Bay to San Francisco and beyond.

We will have the usual birthday cake, and participants are encouraged to bring supplementary food and drink.

This will be a C-meet due to the limitations of the map and terrain, however Graham and Christine Brew have produced what looks to be White, Yellow, and Orange courses rivaling B-meets, and even A-meets, in design. Though somewhat technically limited by the terrain, Brown and Green courses have been designed to make the best use considering the limitations, offering a good run for advanced orienteers.

The registration area will be in the meadow directly below (north of) the entrance from Joaquin Miller Road, at the first picnic area.


  9:30 – Registration opens
10:00 – Starts open
12:00 – Registration closes
12:30 – Starts close
  2:00 – Finish closes; checkpoint pick-up begins

Please note that everyone must report to the Finish by the closing time even if they haven't completed their course.


Please preregister to help us plan for the event, so we can get the right amount of maps and supplies for our participants.

Also, you may use this form to sign up to volunteer. Note, however, that preregistration is not required — you will be welcome at the event even if you haven't preregistered.


Here are the details of the courses that will be available:

                                          Navigational   Physical  
   Course   Distance   Climb   Controls   Difficulty     Difficulty
   White     1.7 km     70 m      12        Easy          Easy
   Yellow    2.3 km    150 m      13        Easy          Easy
   Orange    3.5 km    250 m      12        Moderate      Moderate
   Brown     4.0 km    305 m      12        Hard          Moderate
   Green     4.5 km    350 m      16        Hard          Hard

Please make sure you read the Course Setters' Notes for more information.

Driving Directions

From Highway 13 (Warren Freeway) in Oakland, take the Joaquin Miller Road exit and head east, uphill following the signs to Joaquin Miller Park. Go about 0.8 miles from Highway 13 to the second left turn for Sanborn Dr. Parking is in the numerous free parking areas. Additional free parking is available along Joaquin Miller Road.

There's a map here that shows the location of the event.