Panoramic Hill, Chaparral Peak and Strawberry Canyon Loop

HARD 295 reviews

Panoramic Hill, Chaparral Peak and Strawberry Canyon Loop is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Berkeley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,522 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

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.

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rocky
25 days ago

I'm so glad the community deems this trail as "HARD" because there is nothing more humbling than watching old men jog past you as you try to hobble your way up a never-ending stretch of 90° incline on a hill.. but oh is it worth it! Some of the best views. But going back down sucks, especially if you have bad knees.

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over grown
27 days ago

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over grown
1 month ago

Great views trails get tough to follow though. I had to turn back making the hike about 6.5 miles.

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1 month ago

Amazing views, not at all crowded after Panoramic Hill, you could enjoy in the hills all by yourself if you go in the afternoon. Although it's sunny right now, the hike's got pretty good amount of shade. Totally worth it if you carry enough water to not dehydrate yourself. Most of the slope gets done in the early part of the hike and later, it gets comfortable to walk along flatter terrains.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views of the whole bay area! You get to see Oakland, Berkeley and SF across the bay. Really stunning area to hike. I did the hike in the late afternoon and got to see the sunset at the end. Couldn't ask for better views. The trail is steep in spots but it's a great workout! The lack of signage did cause minor frustration. But being in such a beautiful place helped me shrug it off. I logged just over 8miles because I couldn't find the right trail and walked a wrong way for a bit. So expect to take longer than you expect if you aren't familiar with the trail system here. If you enter at Stonewall St. there is a trail map pamphlet you can take along to help you stay on the right trails.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great hike with superb views of the Berkeley and SF. The trail is quite rocky and steep when going up to the Charappal peak. And the trail from the peak to the strawberry canyon is kinda obscure and unmarked, so be careful at there.

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rocky
1 month ago

More moderate than difficult, but nice work out on the steep portions

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1 month ago

Did it counter clockwise. There are a few very steep hills in the beginning and toward the end of turning point. The other half of the loop looks less steep on which I was going downhill.

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rocky
2 months ago

Did it counterclockwise. Uphill is definitely a battle b/w stamina and will power. Right from start, you know what you are going to get, both in terms of views and hard conditions. Parking available on side of roads near to trailhead (8am-10 pm - 2 hrs limit). Once after Chapparel Peak, the hike downwards is not maintained and goes through bushes and confusing paths and reduced a point from my rating. No water, No Toilet, No parking and No shades for half part of hike, so be prepared.

We did it counter clockwise, so that we can enjoy the beautiful views downhill! It was a bit slippery downhill and gotta work that core and not work those knees too hard! Very rewarding!

Gorgeous views but getting to the top is definitely a challenge due to the steep hills.

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2 months ago

Fantastic views of the Bay

Beautiful sweeping views, steep sunny trails, nice elevation climb but closer to 6.7 miles. A lovely experience.

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3 months ago

I only did half of this (the really steep uphill section. 3miles of heavy climbing, but it’s a beautiful route and the views are amazing. It was quite tricky finding the start of the path from Grizzly Bear Peak - But it was also obvious that it was going to be a very steep downhill and I had a lot more running in my legs, but no desire for much more uphill, so picked up the trails along the ridge up until ye olde school trail. My point: this is a marvellous way to get up to Grizzly Bear Peak, and if you have time (and especially if you’re a distance runner or used to long hikes), there are bags of options to create your own route at the top.

Very steep start to the hike but then it becomes more flat with steep parts here and there Pretty views of the city and great fresh air. Great overall workout!

3 months ago

Gorgeous hike especially when the flowers are blooming! I recommend going counter clockwise to avoid going downhill on the steepest sections

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bugs
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

This was an amazing hike. I am not a professional hiker, just love hiking, so keep that in mind with this review. The moment you get to the trail head you are hiking up. I was definitely out of breath. After the main panoramic trail it gets less crowded. There was a point when we were near grizzly peak that we were all alone. Currently muddy spots and you will see dogs off leash but the dogs and fellow hikers were all friendly. Get ready for a workout. It was challenging but doable, just take break if needed. I’d recommend this to anyone who is up for the challenge. Distance (for us): 6.5miles Easy to get off trail but used the map on this app to find my way Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

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rocky
3 months ago

The views were amazing! I don’t recommend this trail to folks with knee problems as it is really steep at some parts. Somewhat busy but folks were super nice and I got to pet a few dogs. The wild flowers are beautiful! There’s variety among surroundings so you keep seeing new plants and get a good amount of sun and shade. There was quite a bit of litter along the grizzly peak section and it was busy with cars and people parked looking at the view but that was only a short section. I might come back soon with gloves and a bag to collect the trash and treat myself to the wild berries that are now in bloom.

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over grown
4 months ago

Amazing view and flower field. Muddy at times. Bring bug spray. A mix of steep and flat bits. Overall highly recommend!

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rocky
5 months ago

Steep and slippery trail, but a very fun one with variety of ups and downs. Also, beautiful view of the East Bay. Only reason why it wouldn't be a 5 star is becuase there are lots of way you can go off the trail.

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5 months ago

A real butt kicker of a hike, with beautiful views throughout and nice mix of sun and shade. Easy to get sidetracked onto other trails so have to pay close attention to the map throughout. Parking a little limited on the weekend, parallel parking spots in the neighborhood near the trailhead. Definitely recommend this area for a challenging and gorgeous hike.

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