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Panoramic Hill, Chaparral Peak and Strawberry Canyon Loop

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Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve

Panoramic Hill, Chaparral Peak and Strawberry Canyon Loop is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Berkeley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,522 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

A favorite weekend hike, with amazing views of San Francisco, Oakland and the Bay, seen from eucalyptus, pine and oak forests. A great workout too. Up Panoramic Hill from the Claremont Hotel, along Panoramic Ridge via the upper Strawberry Canyon fire trail to Chaparral Peak, down the new fire trail below Grizzly Peak to the lower Strawberry Canyon trail. Around the perimeter of Strawberry Canyon, back to the upper fire trail, then back down Panoramic Hill on the north side of the canyon. Especially nice at sunrise or sunset, or when there is thick fog down near the bay.

12 days ago

great hike!

Straight uphill most of the way.

Awesome!!! Super big incline at the beginning

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rocky
2 months ago

Not for beginners

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scramble
2 months ago

recorded Recording - Jan 12, 02:51 PM

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rocky
2 months ago

Definitely agree counter clockwise is better for the knees. I would rather go up tough rocky areas than come down. Busy with eunners and hikers over first third with fantastic views from the beginning. Section near main road not well marked and over grown. Middle third was mostly easy fire road wide and packed dirt. I saw a few runners and hikers. Last third was pretty easy and I would rather go down wooden steps than rocky crevices. Proofed this old 60+ got can still handle it. I went for this birthday hike for that reason. Fantastic views

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rocky
3 months ago

Counterclockwise is the way to go—you do not want to be walking down those very steep hillsides of loose rock. The trail starts out really busy, but after a mile or two gets emptier and emptier until you feel pleasantly alone. Try to time it so that you reach the end right around sunset, and you will be rewarded.

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rocky
3 months ago

went before sunset, nice views! there are still a good nber of people on all parts of the trail near sunset time. great workout with intermittent up/downhills, which are severe gradients either way, so be prepared.

great hike but GO COUNTER-CLOCKWISE. I went clockwise and the steep, super rocky/slippery downhill for the last two miles was hell, especially with two large dogs. amazing view throughout, especially at inspiration pt. beginning and end are kinda crowded, but I don’t remember seeing anyone in the middle.

recorded RJ

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rocky
3 months ago

This trail was great! Good mix of sun and shade, diverse foliage. Hills rocky at parts, muddy at others (in line with seasonal expectations). I brought a liter of water and a piece of fruit and I was good to go and finished in like 2:15.

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

Did this right after the rains. Going counterclockwise was definitely hard with steady climb and lots of loose gravel and wet ground. However; stunning views all around with thunderstorm clouds. The return was an easy walk with long flat stretches on a fire road through the forest with occasional views

Nice views of Oakland and Berkley and the bridges and bay. Aromatherapeutic eucalyptus and variety of trees. Steep and loose rock in some places.

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