Very simple walk up a fire road. There are some off road portions but not many. Good for casual walks.
There is an AC Transit bus close to the end of the hike that will take you right back to downtown Berkeley if you don't want to walk back down. The bus is the 65.
The trail was overall okay. it had one uphill section towards the beginning that was the most difficult, then it was fairly easy from there on out. you maybe get 2 pockets of good views of the uc campus and of the bay. there are better east bay trails out there though.
Butt-kicking climbs begin this fun hike in the Berkeley hills. Seriously, the seemingly never-ending ascent is a workout but the persistent hiker is soon rewarded with sweeping panoramic views of SF and the Bay out to the Pacific. After the two miles of hills it's a gently rolling and mostly flat hike back to the trailhead with only minor sections of steep downhill. Saw a family of deer last time!
This hike is also a favorite when I want a good workout but am short on time. It's 6.5 miles can be done in two and a half hours.
Note: This trail cannot be found in the alltrails app so don't try and download it. The guide provided on this page is the best you'll find and was sufficient for when I hiked it with my friends.
We arrived around 10am on a Sunday, parked in a nearby residential area and headed up the fire trail.
The first part of the hike involved a relatively steep climb with little shade. It was tiring, warm and very enjoyable. As you climb, there are multiple points of interest with really great views. I recommend you pause and take a moment to appreciate how the view changes as the elevation keeps changing. There are great views of Berkley, Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, as well as both treasure and angel island. We observed as San Francisco was covered entirely in Fog early in the morning, but cleared up by midday. The view of the cliffside houses was a great addition and made for good discussion as a dream to shoot for one day.
When we reached POI #7 (Grizzly Peak), we made the left turn a tad too early and walked through the spiky bushes, along loose gravel, continuously questioning whether or not we made the right turn. It wasnât a very pleasant experience, and was followed by a histerical laugh when we exited back onto the trail and realized that a clear pathway was only fifteen feet away.
The whole hike took about 3 hours, which accounts for several breaks, and a couple incorrect turns that had us turn back. The health app on my phone registered a walked distance of 7.5 miles and 136 floors climbed. We ran into several groups along the way, but it was still desolate enough enough that it felt like we were immersed in nature away from the city.