Explore the most popular trails in Huckleberry Botanic Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was a great, easy trail. Nice scenery, wonderful aromas, not very crowded. Went in January on a holiday weekend. It was about 10 degrees cooler than downtown Oakland so make sure to bring an extra layer as it’s a higher elevation and very wooded. The parking lot is open again.

Be advised - the parking lot is temporarily closed for renovations.

2 months ago

great easy hike through fern and moss filled woods

A great little trail for canyon views. The trail narrows in some places. Picnic tables at the trail head + restrooms. Limited parking. About 1 -1.5 hour depending on your speed and viewing activity.

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4 months ago

Really cute trail, narrow in places since you're walled in by forest either side. Shaded and pretty. Excellent for families - our kids loved reading every sign! Quite a bit of poison oak on the lower trail, with some extending over into the path so be aware if you're as allergic as I am!

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4 months ago

Great little hike

We loved the information plaques. One unidentifiable junction, but otherwise well sign posted and maintained. Family of five, blown away by the bay leaf forest. Great trail for kids.

Great labeling of the wild flowers.

Shaded beautiful trail.Worth it!!

5 months ago

Covered throughout with lots of green. Educational signs about the plants are an added bonus (even if some may be outdated), not to mention that huckleberries throughout!

Really cute- lush green, many feens & huge bay trees. Mostly shaded, easy.

Excellent for a short walk, great scenary.

Hiked this trail in early July with my husband who walks with a cane. Chose it due to its great reviews and ‘easy’ rating. Bad choice. First, the listed length of 2.1 miles is only correct if you take the connector trail between the lower and upper paths. The whole loop as shown on AllTrails is easily another mile or more. Second, there is significant elevation change and parts of the trail were quite steep and difficult for my husband to manage. Also narrow and overgrown with weeds including poison oak. A few nice views but mostly dense forest, which at least provides plenty of shade. The only bench we found was close to the parking area. It was pretty challenging for my husband, and I would rate the difficulty as moderate, not easy. We returned to find our car broken into, rear and passenger windows smashed. No valuables stolen except my husband’s thrift store jacket and a bag of used books. All in all a disappointing experience.

Beautiful picturesque trail that is almost completely shaded so it's great for hot sunny days. The top half is super easy but at the bottom it gets harder with a few switchbacks to climb.

Nice easy trail with informative signs about the plant life - will bring visitors & friends back on this one!

my backyard! :)

8 months ago

Beautiful trail with tons of shade and varied plant species. There are interesting, informative markers along the trail with some bonus offshoots. I wish I had worn long pants and sleeves... while the poison oak was off to the sides I spent some time avoiding it. There is a steady incline hike back to the parking lot with stairs built in for the steeper sections. This will be a hike I take visitors on! Not too difficult, and very pretty! And, if you need a flat hike you can go in/out on the upper trail. Just as pretty!

As of May 28, 2018, the trail is no longer covered in poison oak as Mr. Wolf warned in his April 12th review. I did find a tick on my clothing during the hike, so be careful to check for them after your hike. It was a very enjoyable shaded hike on a hot, sunny day.

BEFORE YOU GO ON THIS HIKE: The trail as of April 12th 2018 is covered in poison oak. At two places in the loop is cannot be avoided. Gorgeous trail, but is exceedingly narrow and overgrown, so if if you have a rash phobia, like me, you might prefer a more wide hiking choice.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Good for beginners! Steep parts for the good burn which ever way you decide to start. Path does fork a lot and connects with other trails so we had to use the trail map to stay in loop. It gets narrow in some spots, luckily there were many places to pull to side. Went on a Sunday at 9am for our first time and didn’t see very many folks on trail until we got back to car around 10:30. Large herbalist group had just arrived and we barely squeezed our way out of there. We plan to come back the next weekend.

Awesome plant life, and Banana Slugs.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Trail is narrow at times which can be problematic if you don’t like heights. Overall very nice and not too difficult. Incline at the end will get you breathing hard!

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Monday, October 02, 2017

Nice variety of flora and fauna, great long views.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

easy hike, very green, shady in most parts. great panoramic view that you can see all the way to the bay

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Covered, narrow, peaceful and fairly gentle.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

This is a relatively easy and short hike, but what I love about it is it is cool during the summer and has a nice variety of plants like Manzanita and Huckleberry, and many wildflowers in the spring.

Great short hike easily accessible to Oakland. There at a few hills so you can still get a bit of a good workout in.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Not as easy as expected and wondered if we would make it. We did and grateful for the experience.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Lovely and easy hike. Very shaded and flat. The path is narrow so be mindful where you step. There is a gap in the trail on the lower huckleberry path, but it's not difficult to get over. If you go counter clockwise, the last quarter mile is somewhat steep and gets the blood pumping. Great way to finish!

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