Chaparral Peak via Stonewall-Panoramic Trail

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Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve

Chaparral Peak via Stonewall-Panoramic Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Berkeley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length4.3 miElevation gain1,499 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyHikingNature tripsrunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Begin at the Stonewall Road Trailhead. The steep fire road is easy to follow, always rutted and rocky with some easy flats but mostly very steep. You pass four benches, each with a great view. The last section, before you hit the pavement of Panoramic Road, is the steepest, and also rocky, rutted, and loose. Shoes with decent rubber and tread required. If balance is an issue, bring trekking poles. To continue to Chaparral Peak, Grizzly Peak Road, or Vollmer Peak, when you get to then pavement of Panoramic Road, go up and right on the pavement, not down and left. The pavement runs out in less than a hundred yards at a secluded private driveway, and the only way to go is a hard right turn onto another fire road, which, though popular, doesn't have a name. Following this fire road all the way will get you to Grizzly Peak Road which is a thoroughfare traversing the Berkeley hills. From the end of the pavement, the fire road follows along the ridgeline beside a row of tall Eucalyptus trees, splits briefly at the fourth and last bench beside an open area, then rejoins a short way to ascend, steep and straight, a hundred feet up in the first of three significant climbs. It's worth noting that at the base of this climb is the first of three short connecting lefthand trails that will bring the hiker to the Upper Jordon Fire Trail, which circles Strawberry Canyon, long and almost level. After the steep and straight hike up the hill, the fire road passes another open area, with a solitary Oak tree instead of a bench, it then descends gradually, then more steeply to the base of the second steep section. It is not apparent unless you've looked at a map, but at this point, the fire road and the Upper Jordon fire trail are very adjacent, less than a hundred feet apart, and if you wish, you can easily clamber left and down through the trees to the Upper Jordon Fire Trail.

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Darlene Lizotte
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Great trail but always busy

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Enrique Villanueva
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Ella Lee
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very steep, make sure your shoes have good traction!

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Tyler Lange
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David Janzen
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Tony Francisco
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Nee Sach
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Woojin Kim
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BREE MCTAGGART
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Rachel Gonzales-Vernon
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Beautiful view. Great workout going counter clockwise. But once you get to the fire road it’s not that great

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Kathleen Ea
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Lucy L
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Jenna Flamenco
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steep uphill and hot

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Eric Koger
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Out and back is my preferred route on a cold day

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David Janzen
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Kendall Cannon
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Great views. The trail ends at a very weird spot. I recommend stopping when you get to the top of the hill where there is a log to sit on. This hike is best after a rain so the sky is very clear

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Tyler Chuck
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Great hike! Steep at first. Sunset tonight was perfect. Great views of the East Bay! A must-hike in the Bay!

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Brian McMahon
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Justin Strachan
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Steep start, beautiful views

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Sarah Khalida
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Tried this hike a second time and happy to discover that my stamina has improved since the first try in July. Great hike if you’re looking for something challenging, and for a view of the East Bay!

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Chistopher Durrett
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Susanne Chang
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Lotus Do
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Great for a short workout with views. The first half can get some traffic, but once we got passed the paved road to the second half, there was minimal traffic. The views during the ascent were amazing. Chaparral Peak anticlimactic however because the views are blocks by greenery. I recommend extending the hike a little more to go to Grizzly Peak for the rewarding views. That would be a 5 star hike for me.

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Curtis Jones
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Ed Carrel
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Beatriz Dominguez
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Melissa Lash
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We traveled counter clockwise, tough climb at the beginning (almost all the elevation gain is on the front end) with gentle downslope the rest of the way. Killer views. We did it in 2h40m.

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Gilbert Gong
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Richard Bennett
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David Janzen
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