The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association is an organization run by and for about 1000 postdocs and early career scientists working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. We organize many activities to strengthen our ties to the Lab, to each other and to the (Berkeley) Bay Area. Our goal is to facilitate social interactions, scientific exchanges, seminars and general orientation.
Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association

Extreme Hiking

When | Where: Saturday, April 13, 2024 | Pinnacles National Park

BLPA is excited to invite you to a hike at the Pinnacles National Park on April 13, 2024. We are going to hike the Condor Gulch Trail to High Peaks Trail Loop, which is a 5.6-miles-long trail with 1633 ft elevation gain and takes an average of 3 h 20 min to complete according to All trails app. We will probably take around 5 or more hours to complete it as a group with lunch breaks. This trail includes caves, beautiful rock formations, and the sight of rare California condors.

Before committing to this hike, it is essential to carefully consider and plan ahead. Please consider your fitness level before signing up. This trail is rated as difficult on the All-Trails app, featuring numerous narrow passages through rocks that may not be suitable for individuals with claustrophobia. Additionally, there are steep and narrow segments requiring precise footwork. To secure parking spots, we’ll depart from our meeting point at 5:30 am, aiming to arrive at the trailhead by approximately 8 am. The drive from Berkeley to the trailhead is estimated to take around 2.5 hours, and each hiker will be expected to contribute approximately $20 to cover fuel and park entrance fees. Secure your spot now by filling up the registration form available here.

Details about the hike: Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024 || Meeting Time: 5:15 AM || Departure Time: 5:30 AM || Meeting Point: University Hall West Lot, 2123 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

What to bring: National or any park pass if you have one || Please bring food for a picnic-style lunch, snacks, and plenty of water || Sunny weather is expected, and some parts of the trail does not provide any shade || Please dress accordingly (layers, hiking boots), pack some sun protection but be also prepared for a weather change || Participants should bring a headlight or torch for illumination.