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Point Pinole Regional Shoreline

Date: (Sun.) Apr. 28, 2024
Location: Richmond, CA
Event Director: - 510.407.1876
Course Setter: Steve Gregg
Type: C; Four courses for beginners through advanced; free introductory instruction for beginners, who are very welcome; the BAOC 2024 AGM will be held at this event (pending park approval)

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

Vetting Help Needed

If you can't make it to the BAOC Point Pinole event on April 28th, I would appreciate some vetting help. Except for controls right off the trails on the White course, all the control locations have been streamered with pink flagging tape.
Your job would be to confirm that the control locations are correct, and to let me know if there are any new fallen trees or significant poison oak patches that should be added to the map. It has been two years since the last event at Point Pinole, and the PO has only gotten worse since then. I added several new fallen trees and new PO patches to the map recently, but only those that I deemed significant to course navigation — there were certainly too many changes for me to try to add them all. But perhaps you will notice something important that I overlooked.
Thanks for considering! If you can do this, I'll send you PDFs of all of the course maps.
Steve Gregg, Course setter ()

We return to Point Pinole Regional Shoreline ( for our (nearly) annual event.

As usual, we have reserved the Palms Picnic Area as our event center (i.e., the location we have traditionally used). The Palms Picnic Area is a short 5–10 minute walk along a paved walkway from the parking lot.

A flyer for the park, which includes an overview map, is available here (1.5MB PDF) (

What is Orienteering?

An adventure! Discover the outdoors and discover yourself! You can explore a course by yourself or go as a team with your friends. You will get a highly detailed orienteering map, probably unlike any map you have seen before. The map will have a lot of detail on it, such as fences, boulders, lone trees, vegetation boundaries, and anything else you might see. Your course will be printed on the map.

Orienteering is easy to learn, a challenge to master, and incredibly fun! You can read more about orienteering here.

BAOC 2024 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The 2024 AGM will be held at this event from 1:00–2:00 PM. More information about the meeting is available here.


9:00 AM – 11:59 AM: Registration open
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Beginner clinics instruction (free)
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Starts are open for all the courses
                2:00 PM: Courses close, checkpoint control pick-up begins
  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: BAOC 2024 Annual General Meeting (AGM)  

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 (12KB PDF).)

Note that you can register and start on the courses anytime during the open times above. Thus, for example, you do not need to be "punctual" at 9:00 (but you can if you want, but please don't show up earlier and expect to be served).

Beginner clinics are 15–20 minute, repeating sessions that introduce the sport of orienteering, and provide enough instruction to be able to complete the beginner (White) course.

Note that you must return to the Finish by 2:00 PM, and then go to the download tent, even if you have not finished your course. Please do not leave without checking in! If there are unaccounted people after 2:00, we must initiate a search for them.

Costs & Registration

The following fees apply for this event:

  $3 for each junior on Beginner (White) and Advanced Beginner (Yellow) courses
  $8 for each adult on Beginner and Advanced Beginner courses
  $5 for each junior on Intermediate (Sprint Orange, Long Orange, Combo Orange) courses  
$15 for each adult member on Intermediate courses
$20 for each adult non-member on Intermediate courses
  $1 for a compass rental (optional)  
  $5 for an electronic fingerstick rental (if you don't own one; each group will need one to complete their course)
$15 for the lowest-cost individual one-year BAOC membership (optional)  
  • There might be a park entrance fee, but only if the Kiosk at the parking lot is open. Typically, it has not been open during our past events.
  • You can register at the event or online before the event (see below).
  • At the event, we can accept payment by cash, check, or credit/debit card (but no electronic payments — e.g., PayPal, Venmo).
  • Juniors are age 8 through 20 (under age 8 is free).
  • There is no charge for a second course (but you must end up paying for the more expensive course​—​i.e., an Intermediate course after a Beginner course).
  • Members of other orienteering clubs can pay the "member" fee. (We hope your club would do the same for our members. 🙂)

More information about event pricing is available in the club FAQ. All the prices are also shown on the standard entry form (12KB PDF), which you can print and fill out in advance to save some time at the event. (You will need one entry form for each group of people going on a course together.)

Online Registration

Online registration is available.

You can (but are not required to) register online here ( for this event. You must pay via PayPal (with credit card, debit card, or PayPal account​—​you do not need to have a PayPal account).

Note: If you register online, you must pay online before the event, and you must complete the online waiver.

Online registration for this event will close on Saturday, April 27th, at 6:00 PM.

  • Online registration is not required​—​you can register at the event.
  • If you register online, and later change your mind about the course you'll do, you can easily make the change at the event.
  • Compass rental cannot be arranged during online registration, but you can register online and rent a compass at the event.
  • E-punch fingerstick rental can be arranged during online registration.
  • You can see who is registered here ( (but keep in mind that others will register at the event.

Venue Facilities

The event center will be at the Palms Picnic Area. Registration, E-punch sign-in/download and the Start/Finish for all the courses will be located there, or nearby. This is the same location we used for our 2022 event, for our inaugural 1997 event, and for almost every event in between (i.e., our "standard location"). Driving directions are provided below.

Picnic tables, piped water, and toilets are available, so please feel free to bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy after you finish your course.

Note: We will not provide food or water at the event. So, bring any snacks you will want to eat after your run. You can either bring your own water or fill your water bottle from the taps.

What to Bring

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

Hiking boots or sturdy running shoes are recommended for the Advanced Beginner (Yellow) course.

Long pants and/or gaiters are suggested for the Intermediate (Orange) courses.

A compass is not necessary, but can be quite helpful. We have compasses available at Registration for a $1 rental fee.

We time the courses with the SPORTident system, so each entry/team needs to have a SPORTident fingerstick. If you don't have your own, you can rent one at registration for $5. (Use of the "E-punch" system is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about it here.)

If participants will want water while on their course, they should plan to carry their own water. There will not be any water at control locations. Piped water is available at the event center.


The preliminary details are below — the final course details will be posted here closer to the event.

    Course          Distance   Climb  Controls  Navigation
    White            2.3 km     35 m      9     Beginner  
    Yellow           2.8 km     45 m     10     Adv. Beginner
    Sprint Orange    3.3 km     70 m     16     Intermediate
    Long Orange      5.8 km     90 m     13     Intermediate
    Combo Orange     9.1 km    160 m     29     Intermediate

The "Combo Orange" course will have competitors first run the Sprint Orange course, return to the Start for a map exchange, and then run the Long Orange course immediately afterwards. Their course time will be from their start of the Sprint Orange course to their finish on the Long Orange course.
Beginners should be aware that the distances shown are the cumulative straight-line distances between controls. The climb numbers represent the amount of ascending that would be done on the "optimum route" (in the Course Setters' opinion), without regard for any descending. Because you won't travel in straight lines, and might not follow the optimum routes, your actual distance and climb will be somewhat more than what is shown above, and will depend on your route choices (and any errors you make).

Since Point Pinole is one of our flattest BAOC venues, while still providing some forested navigational challenge, it is a very appropriate place for beginners to receive their initial introduction to orienteering.


Poison Oak: Participants on all except the beginner (White) course will encounter some poison oak, which you will want to avoid. It looks like this. Washing clothes and shoes and bathing exposed skin with dish-washing soap or a commercial product such as Tecnu is recommended to remove the irritant oil.

Ticks: Ticks are found in this area and may carry Lyme disease. Be sure to check yourself after completing your course.

Possible Hazards

A herd of goats is used at this park to control vegetation. They were present in January when the course setter was on site, but were gone at the end of February. If they return, the courses will be adjusted to avoid the goats. (When the goats are present, they are moved from place to place without prior notification, and are contained using high-powered electric fencing. If you encounter such a fence, please do not attempt to cross the fence or disturb the goats.)

Horses are occasionally present at this park. Horses always have the right of way. If you encounter a horse, you must stop running and respond to the rider's direction.

Request for Volunteers

We can't make this meet happen without your help! Please help make this event a success by volunteering — even helping for part of a shift listed below will be helpful.

Please contact Vicki Woolworth, the Event Director, if you can help (, 510.407.1876).

Driving Directions

Note: You want the Giant Highway park entrance, not the Atlas Bridge entrance.

The approximate coordinates for the parking lot are 37.992,-122.356. (Note: If you look for the park by name in Google Maps, you'll get wrong final directions. Instead, use the coordinates above or the address "5551 Giant Hwy, Richmond, CA".)

To get there, take the Richmond Parkway exit off Interstate 80 in Richmond, and go west for 1.3 miles. Shortly after the stoplight at San Pablo Avenue, turn right at the next light onto Atlas Road. After 0.8 miles on Atlas, you will cross over a set of railroad tracks and encounter a stop sign. Turn left onto Giant Highway at this intersection (do not go straight). You will pass a detention center on your right, and the park entrance will be immediately after that, also on your right.

There is an entrance kiosk at the parking lot, but they might not be there to collect the $3 fee.

Please carpool if possible, since parking might be limited.

From the parking lot, walk up the hill, over the railroad bridge, and follow the paved path to the staging area.