Berkeley Fire Trails
This seven-mile hike is a grand introduction to hiking in Berkeley. The Berkeley Fire Trails are separated into a lower fire trail and an upper fire trail. The lower trail is made up of more even terrain than the upper trail; it is a shorter distance and perfect for running. The upper fire trail begins with a steep climb, but as you get higher, the trail boasts better views of the Bay Area. Although a good portion of the trail is shaded by trees, make sure to be prepared with plenty of water, some snacks, a hat, and sunglasses.
The Big C
UC Berkeley has a rich tradition of school spirit, and a hike up to The Big C has long been a favorite for students and visitors alike. The hike up is less than a mile; the steep incline is short-lived. Once at the top, a magnificent view of the Bay Area, Alameda and the campus is there to greet you. While enjoying the view, you may also see a few wild turkey or deer lurking around the peak.
Indian Rock Park
If climbing rocks and trees was a memorable childhood pastime, look no further than Indian Rock Park to recapture the experience. Take a quick climb up the carved-rock steps to get to the view from the top of the rock. On a clear day, the breathtaking view of both the Bay Bridge and The Golden Gate Bridge can be paired perfectly with a small picnic.
Tilden Regional Park
With 40 miles of trails, Tilden Regional Park offers a variety of terrain for every hiker. Take a look at the trail map to choose the terrain that suits you best. The wildlife enhances the calmness of the hike. Along with hiking, the park is also a delightful area to picnic, camp and go fishing. With scenic routes throughout, there will never be an uninspiring moment.
Good for catching the sunrise or the sunset, Grizzly Peak is a local favorite situated in the Berkeley Hills. Getting a view of Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco is what attracts so many hikers to this trail. Escape from the bustling city and enjoy a peaceful hike and a relaxing rest once you reach the top.
Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail
At 7.5 miles, Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail is a moderate trek through the back end of Berkeley. Get enveloped in nature as you make your way up to a scenic view of the Bay Area. Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail is excellent for hiking, jogging and taking your furry companions for a walk.
Located behind the Claremont Hotel, Garber Park is a hidden gem few know about. Cool, green and shaded, the trail is a mile-long stroll through a path with trees and wildflowers. A great destination for getting out of the bit more crowded area of Berkeley, Garber Park is a natural winding road to a peaceful day.