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Vollmer Peak (Berkeley)

September 19 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am

Let’s look for fall migrants and winter residents in beautiful Tilden Park along the Vollmer Peak trail, enjoying the varied forest and scrub habitats and scenic vistas along the way. We’ll walk 2 to 3 miles (depending on our pace) along a paved trail with a rise of about 1,500 feet. We’ll do a fair amount of birding by ear (identifying birds by the sounds they make), especially since foliage can screen birds from view. Accordingly, we’ll try to keep fairly quiet. That said, we’ll be seeing plenty of birds, too!

For a good idea of species to expect, check out this Ebird bar chart. (If we’re extra lucky, we might find a Hermit Warbler or Western Tanager!) Bring binoculars and dress/accessorize/provision yourself accordingly (water, snacks, head-covering, layers, sunblock, etc.). If you don’t have a good pair of binoculars, please let trip leader David Robinson know in advance and he’ll bring extras. Birders of all skill levels (beginner to expert) are welcome. Children able to focus on birds and nature — and use their “indoor voices” — for an extended period are also welcome, if accompanied by an adult. Note: there are no benches along the trail. Feel free to contact David with any questions or concerns.

Leader: David Robinson, dvdrobinson@gmail.com,  (213) 924-1518 cell

This trip is free but advance registration is required. Registration will open two weeks before the trip and close at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16.  Directions for registered participants are below.

Please note the public health guidelines for this trip, as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • Walk is limited to 25 participants plus the leaders. There will not be a waiting list.

  • Participants must register online and acknowledge acceptance of our liability waiver. Each person must register separately. No “drop ins,” please.

Thank you for your flexibility in helping us ensure that everyone remains healthy! Because we have to limit the size of trips, please do not sign up unless you are committed to attending.


We’ll meet at the Tilden Steam Trains Overflow/Trailhead Parking Lot. To get there, drive to the intersection of  Grizzly Peak Blvd and Lomas Contadas in Tilden Regional Park. (Alas, public transportation doesn’t go there). Turn onto Lomas Contadas, then turn left toward the steam trains parking lot. Continue past the main lot and turn left into the Steam Trains Overflow/Trailhead Parking Lot (as per the brown wooden sign). There’s a portapotty at the parking lot but no drinking water.

Tilden map available here.  (See the right hand side of the second page).

Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/L9g8EwtaqavhNEZ89


September 19
7:30 am - 10:30 am
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