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Berkeley Hills

Intermediate/Difficult
 5.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

One of several ways to hike the beautiful trails on the Berkeley hills. Great combination of uphill and flat trails.


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3.5

Miles

5.6

KM

Point to Point

1,355' 413 m

High

467' 142 m

Low

995' 303 m

Up

161' 49 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

There is no parking lot at the beginning of this trail. You'll have to find a spot along the sidewalk.

Overview

I love this hike because if combines a strenuous steep trail for the first half with a shaded, less challenging flat fire road for the second half. Consider it as a starting point for exploring the amazing network of trails on the Berkeley hills. Once you complete this hike, you can add variations and explore all the area options.

Description

The trail starts on Stonewall-Panoramic Trail, climbing on the side of the Claremont Road. The road ends after a few turns and, for a while, you'll be hiking on a very steep trail, steep enough that it can challenge even the best hikers. The trail continues alternating short flat stretches with steep climbs, including fantastic views of the bay on of the Berkeley hills.

The trail then reaches a fork in the wood with four trails departing in different directions. Take the leftmost. It goes downhill and quickly reaches Upper Jordan Fire Trail, which heads north. From there, the trail is almost completely flat and mostly shaded. Now is a perfect opportunity to increase your speed and relax.

This trail is intended just as a suggestion to start exploring the vast network of trails on the Berkeley hills. Once you have completed this hike, you can come back to the same area and start exploring the numerous trails connected to this one to create your favorite trail mix.

Flora & Fauna

Hikeing in the morning or late afternoon will expose you to several birds, rabbits ,and wild turkeys. Based on the season, you can enjoy plenty of flowers.

Contacts

Shared By:

Franco Folini

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View from the top.
Jul 17, 2019 near Berkeley, CA
At the end (Lawrence labs).
Jul 17, 2019 near Berkeley, CA
Running in the shade.
Jul 17, 2019 near Berkeley, CA
Steep trail sign.
Jul 17, 2019 near Berkeley, CA

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