Lake Herman Recreation Area
Date: (Sun.) Feb. 21, 2016
Location: Benicia, CA
Event Director: - 925.934.6567
Course Setter: Gavin Wyatt-Mair
Type: C; Regional event with seven point-to-point courses; COOL event #3
Come out to Lake Herman Recreation Area in the hills above the Carquinez Strait, and enjoy this new map, drawn by Benicia teenager Emily Radtke for her Girl Scout Silver Award project. Jay Hann has added to the map, so now we can have a full set of courses for everyone. This will be our second event at Lake Herman, and this event will serve as the third COOL (California Outdoor Orienteering League) event this season.
What is Orienteering?
An adventure: Discover the outdoors and discover yourself! Teams of 1 to 5 find checkpoints in parks and wilderness areas using specially-produced maps. All are welcome at our events—runners, hikers, joggers, and walkers.
- 9:00 AM – Registration opens
- 9:30 AM – Beginners' clinic instruction begins (free)
- 10:00 AM – Starts open
- 10:30 AM – Beginners' clinic instruction ends
- 11:59 AM – Registration closes
- 12:30 PM – Starts close
- 2:00 PM – Courses close, checkpoint control pick-up begins
Note that you can register and start on courses anytime between the open and close times above. Thus, for example, you do not need to be "punctual" at 9:00 (but you can if you want).
Beginners' clinics are short, repeating sessions that introduce the sport of orienteering, and provide enough instruction to be able to complete the beginner (White) course.
Everyone must check in at the Finish by 2:00 PM and download their E-stick even if you don't complete your course, so we can have everyone accounted for and start checkpoint pick-up on time so those volunteers can get home.
After you finish, enjoy free snacks and refreshments, and socialize with other participants!
Terrain and Courses
The park consists of about 2.3 sq km of grassy hills sloping down to Lake Herman, a small reservoir that is the source of drinking water for the city of Benicia. The base map, produced by Bob Cooley, was a high-resolution aerial photograph overlaid on 2.5-meter LIDAR contours. There are some wooded areas on the outskirts of the park and in streambeds, but over most of the area, mapped vegetation consists of bushes and small trees—hundreds of them, meticulously mapped.
Here are the (significantly changed) details for the courses:
Navigational Physical Course Length Climb Controls Difficulty Difficulty White 2.3 km 105 m 12 Easy Easy Yellow 2.9 km 140 m 14 Easy Easy Orange 4.8 km 225 m 13 Moderate Moderate Brown 3.3 km 160 m 13 Advanced Moderate Long Brown 5.0 km 290 m 16 Advanced Moderate Green 5.9 km 330 m 21 Advanced Hardish Red 6.8 km 360 m 26 Advanced Hard Blue 8.0 km 390 m 28 Advanced Hard
Conditions should be very fast. Be sure to read the Meet Director's and Course Setter's Notes for more information.
Beginners should be aware that the distances shown are the cumulative straight-line distances between controls. Your actual distance will be longer. The climb numbers represent the amount of ascending that would be done on the "optimum route" (in the Course Setter's opinion), without regard for any descending.
As mentioned above, this event is part of the 2016 COOL season. The COOL competition classes are assigned to the courses as follows:
COOL Class Course Elementary White Middle School Yellow School JV Orange Varsity Girls Brown Varsity Boys Green College JV Orange College Varsity Women Green College Varsity Men Red
What to Bring
For beginners' courses, comfortable outdoors attire and shoes are fine.
For intermediate and advanced courses, leg cover or gaiters are recommended, as well as shoes with some extra grip on the soles.
The assembly area is in the adjacent Benicia Community Park, which offers ample free parking, restrooms, picnic tables, and barbecues. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after you finish your course.
Please note that dogs are not allowed in Benicia Community Park, other than in the enclosed dog area.
- $3 for juniors on beginner's and advanced beginner's courses
- $8 for adults on beginner's and advanced beginner's courses
- $5 for juniors on intermediate and advanced courses
- $12 member price for intermediate and advanced courses
- $18 non-member price for intermediate and advanced courses
- $1 for a compass rental (optional)
- $5 for an electronic fingerstick rental (if you don't own one, you'll need one to complete the course)
- $15 for the lowest-cost individual one-year BAOC membership (optional)
For extra people on a team, add $5 per adult on beginners' courses or $7 per adult for intermediate and advanced courses (with lower prices for juniors).
More information about event pricing (and an entry form) is available in the club FAQ.
From the South Bay, most of the East Bay, and the southern half of the Peninsula:
- Take I-680 North across the Benicia Bridge. Stay in the left lanes on the bridge to merge onto I-780 West. Take the second exit from I-780, E 2nd St. Go straight-ish (uphill) on E 2nd St, continue 1.3 miles. Turn left at the traffic light onto Rose Dr. Continue 1.1 miles, and then turn into Benicia Community Park on your right.
- Take I-80 West to I-680 South. Exit at Mount Herman Road, and turn right. At the stop sign, turn left onto E 2nd St. Continue 2.1 miles, turn right at the traffic light onto Rose Dr. Continue 1.1 miles, and then turn into Benicia Community Park on your right.
From San Francisco, Oakland and surrounding communities, and from the North Bay:
- Go to I-80, and take it to Vallejo. Exit onto I-780 East. Exit at E 2nd St, turn right and continue 1.4 miles. Turn left at the traffic light onto Rose Dr. Continue 1.1 miles, and then turn into Benicia Community Park on your right.