By Ned MacKay
In partnership with the Kaiser Foundation HMO, East Bay Regional Park District offers Saturday and Sunday Strolls, a series of monthly outings that provide safe, low-impact physical activities to promote health and fitness. It’s part of a Healthy Parks/Healthy People program.
The next one is a walk on Sunday, July 30 along the shady East Shore Trail at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley. It’s about 3½ miles round trip to Huck’s Trail and back. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Marina Store. You can bring your dog, but the pooch has to be leashed.
Lake Chabot is on Lake Chabot Road just north of Castro Valley. Parking and dog fees apply. For information, call 510-544-3187.
For another easy, three-mile hike on Sunday, July 30, join naturalist Francis Mendoza at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont.
Francis will lead the group through the marsh, Ohlone Village site and Willows Trail. Wear sturdy shoes, apply sunscreen, and bring water. The hike is for ages 14 and older. Meet Francis at 1:30 p.m. at the Quarry parking lot. Coyote Hills is at the end of Patterson Ranch Road off Paseo Padre Parkway. There’s a parking fee of $5 per vehicle. For information, call (510) 544-3220.
Later on Sunday, July 30, there’s a twilight walk scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley, led by naturalist Trent Pearce. Twilight and early evening are good times to encounter more wildlife. Meet Trent at Tilden’s Environmental Education Center, which is at the north end of Central Park Drive. For information, call 510-544-2233.
Another hiking series in the regional parks is Tortoise Trekkers, led by naturalist Ashley Adams. Ashley and the Meanderthals, as she calls the trekkers, will take a leisurely stroll from 5:45 to 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 30 at Del Valle Regional Park south of Livermore. Starting at the Arroyo Road staging area, it’s a 3.7-mile walk from the dam to Heron Bay. If you come, bring a flashlight.
This activity is free, but registration is required. And it’s for ages seven and older. To register, call 888-327-2757. Select option 2 and refer to program 17491.