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Trail Improvements

With thanks to Tom Klatt we now have a new trail marker where the Gwin Canyon Trail meets the Willow Trail just down the steps from Signpost 29. We installed it on our January stewardship day last Saturday. We are hopeful that the East Bay Park District will install a sign of their own at the other end of the Gwin Canyon Trail at Norfolk Road. Conservancy volunteers continue their work to make the trail easier to walk by installing more steps and water bars and making part of the trail less steep. We also will be installing logs along the edge to reduce erosion. Finally, the University has just improved the area just outside the gate at Signpost 29, making it easier and safer to pull into the parking area.

What's Happening in February

February 4, 10 AM - 2 PM. Claremont Canyon to Sibley: A Scenic Tour of North Oakland’s Hidden Trails. This 7.6-mile hike, hosted by the Berkeley Path Wanderers, will begin at Signpost 29 then go up the Willow Trail to the Skyline Trail and traverse over to Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. We will eventually return to Signpost 29 via the Gwin Canyon Trail, where we will meet up with our cars. This walk is quite hilly, so come prepared for some good exercise! For more and to rsvp go to the Pathwanders

February 17, 10 AM - Noon. Garber Park. We will continue pulling invasive weeds in our long-term effort to restore and maintain native plant communities. This month we will focus on the Harwood Creek area where invasives are threatening to take over. We will look for possible planting sites--and do some planting. Of course, if you have a favorite place to work or do some trail maintenance, we welcome your help! Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance to Garber Park, .4 miles up Claremont from Tunnel Road/Ashby Avenue. Map and directons are at or contact Shelagh at

February 24, 10 AM - 1:00 PM Upper Canyon Trail Work. Join us as we continue to improve our newest trail be adding a few steps and installing a couple of longer logs along the lower edge of the trail to hold back the soil. We will supply tools and know-how. You supply your interest and enthusiasm. Meet at Signpost 29, 1.5 miles up Claremont from the intersection of Claremont and Ashby/Tunnel Road.

February 24 7:30 PM. Four Seasons Arts Concert. Four Seasons Arts has graciously offered a pair of complementary tickets to Claremont Canyon Conservancy members and friends. Pianist Stewart Goodyear who has been proclaimed "a phenomenon" by the LA Times and "one of the best of his generation" by the Philadelphia Inquirer will play Beethoven's Sonata No 30, Ravel's Pavane pour une infant defunte and his Alborada del gracioso and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. For tickets email or call 510-845-4444 and give your name and phone and identify yourself as a Claremont Canyon Conservancy supporter. Tickets will be  held at the door. The concert will be at the Regents Theater at Holy Names University.