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Joaquin Miller Park

Event #4 of 6 in the BAOC 2018 Summer Series

Date: (Sun.) Jul. 8, 2018
Location: Oakland, CA
Event Director: - 510.681.6181
Course Setter: Daniel Šebo
Type: C; Beginner and advanced courses; part of the BAOC 2018 Summer Series (pending park approval)

Please note that fees and time limits apply, unless otherwise mentioned below. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

This event is part of the BAOC 2018 Summer Series.

More information will be available closer to the event.


  9:00 AM – Registration opens; you can register anytime until noon
  9:30 AM – Beginner's clinic instruction (free)
10:00 AM – Starts open; you can start on courses anytime until 12:30
 2:00 PM – Courses close, checkpoint pick-up begins

At registration, all juniors must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians, or bring with them a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian (the registration form is available here (PDF/100KB)).

Beginner's clinics are short, repeating sessions that provide an introduction to orienteering and enough instruction to be able to complete a beginner (White) course. The sessions will continue until about 10:30, or earlier if there's no more demand.

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!

Location in the Park

The Assembly Area will be at the Redwood Glen picnic area, close to Skyline Blvd. There is some parking in a dirt siding on Skyline Blvd not far from the Redwood Glen picnic area (see below).

The picnic area has benches and tables. There is a restroom nearby, but the closest water fountains are a bit more of a hike.

What To Bring

For the beginner course, comfortable outdoors attire and shoes are fine.

For the advanced course, leg cover or gaiters are recommended, as well as shoes with some extra grip on the soles.


There will be at least two courses offered at this event: a Beginner course and an Advanced course. There might be an additional Intermediate course​—​check back later, as more details will be posted closer to the event.

The Beginner course will be around 2.5 to 3 kilometers, with a technical difficulty of a White/Yellow course. It will stick to trails for almost the whole course. If the control itself is not on a trail, it will be visible from a trail.

The Advanced course will be between 5 and 6 kilometers, with a technical difficulty of a Green course. Because of its length, this course will most likely feature a map exchange. This course will be the 2018 Summer Series ranking course for this event.

More details about all of the courses will be published closer to the event date.

One last but very important note: The naturalists in the park have asked us not to go off-trail through certain gullies and out-of-bounds areas. These areas are marked on the map by special lines and the classic out-of-bounds hash. Please be careful to observe these areas, and do not pass through these areas off-trail, or we might not be able to orienteer here in the future. However, it should not be very hard to avoid the out-of-bounds areas. Each time a course goes through a gully, a control will be placed on a trail crossing to force people not to pass through the gully off-trail.

2018 Summer Series

This event is the fourth of the BAOC 2018 Summer Series. The Series consists of six events, each of which will have a "ranking course" for the overall Summer Series results. At this event, the Advanced course will be that ranking course.

Driving Directions

The approximate coordinates of the event location are 37.8140,-122.1768.

From Highway 13 (Warren Freeway) in Oakland, follow the direction signs for Chabot Space and Science Center, past the Roberts Regional Recreation Area, to the Orchard Trail trailhead. Specifically: From Highway 13 take the Joaquin Miller Road exit and head east, uphill about 1.2 miles to the stoplight at Skyline Blvd. Turn left and continue on Skyline Blvd about 1.1 miles to the trailhead.

Park in the dirt along Skyline Boulevard between the entrances to Roberts Recreation Area and Chabot Space and Science Center. After that area is full, there is more space at points along the southwest side (left side while heading northwest) of Skyline Blvd past the trailhead, There is also an actual, free, parking lot, marked "Redwood Bowl Staging Area", about a quarter of a mile northwest of the trailhead (on the right while heading northwest).

Note: Please don't go into the park before the trail from Skyline Blvd directly to the assembly area​—​just walk along Skyline Blvd to that trailhead. This is so nobody gets an unfair advantage of seeing where the controls are.

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

Public Transit

Take BART to the Fruitvale station, then take the AC Transit 339 bus to Chabot Space & Science Center. From the bus stop it’s about a 1/4-mile walk back on Skyline to where the parking is (i.e., the bus passed it on the way to your stop).

Note: Please don't go into the park before the trail from Skyline Blvd directly to the assembly area​—​just walk along Skyline Blvd to that trailhead. This is so nobody gets an unfair advantage of seeing where the controls are.