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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 6.2 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.

Length 6.2 mi Elevation gain 1,515 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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A favorite weekend hike with amazing views of San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay from eucalyptus, pine, and oak forests. The route starts by climbing 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.

Claremont Regional Park (with map) http://www.ebparks.org/parks/claremont_canyon

Hiking boots are a good idea, because even though it's mostly on fire trails, there are some steep sections with a lot of loose gravel. Most of the parking near the trail head is 2 hour max Monday thru Saturday from 8 AM - 6 PM. There are a few spaces that are not time restricted on Sataturday on Stonewall and Tanglewood Drives, but you have to look carefully. Otherwise, there is unrestricted parking on the east side of Claremont Ave south of Route 13/Ashby (but don't park in the bus stop on school days.) There is not much signage on these trails, so you may want to use your cellphone's GPS or print out this guide and follow it closely.

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Brian McMahon
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Megan Masters
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Really great uphill going CCW in the first 1/3 of the hike - your heart will be pumping! But the rest of the hike was a boring down (much of it fire road). Hence why I’d give it a 4 instead of a 5. Lots of loose gravel in parts. Wear good shoes. Parking near trailhead is 2 hour most of the time & hike took 3. No ticket given but worth noting.

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Sarah G
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Challenging uphill, exposed but views my favorite in East Bay. Quite a victory to reach Chaparral Peak. Once at the top, it’s moderate rest of the way. Lost the trail at Wildcat Canyon, went through bushes, poison oak, slipped once but made it back to the main trail. I enjoy the first part as a workout, but must keep going because turning around is too hard on knees. Way to steep, so must continue on ...

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Jeff Allen
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This is another of my local "go Too hikes". the first half is exhausting as can be with all the series uphill work you're gonna do, but then flattens out and pretty easy along the fire trail parts. Then you kind f turn around head back on nearly parallel course and you're back at Cal. The veiw of course are also to die for

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Jay Hova
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tough to stay on the trail at times but overall a really great hike with spectacular views, just wish the trail was more clearly marked

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Jessi Tankersley
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Albina Soto-Rivas
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hot say didn't finish whole home took shortcut

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Kira Ghandhi
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I hiked in the direction suggested (counterclockwise) and found the inclines manageable, but impossible to do in reverse. around mile 2.5 the trail indicated was overgrown, covered in poison oak, and didn't really seem like a path. I was forced to turn back, but the inclines which were only barely manageable without slipping on the way up were dangerous on the way down and I ended up falling many times. Expect extremely steep inclines with either - muddy, slippery footing - unstable small rocks - a combination of the two I was able to cut over to the way back trail at some point and found the other side to be a more gradual downhill. I would suggest either not doing this trail or only going out and back on the left side. The right side has incredible views, but you're not going to be able to enjoy them as you slide down the hill on your butt through mud, rocks, and maybe even rattlesnakes.

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Juli Gregg
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Found some ticks on the dogs so be sure to check your pups after this hike.

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Alexandre Iljas
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Challenging hike! I started my hike at 6am and finished after 9:30am (I admittedly had to make a big detour and went the wrong way a few times). I opted to go the counterclockwise route. Maybe 45 minutes in, I unfortunately literally got stuck on a steep slope where the trail turned to mud. Luckily, I found a side trail and was able to cut across to the other route. Overall, a really good challenge! The uphill portions were more challenging than I anticipated, but I loved it!

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Robert Raines
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Nice hike. Definitely want to go counterclockwise so that you get the steep part going up. Great views after the fog burned off. We went early morning so maybe go later in the day if you want city views.

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Lucero Banes
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Brittney Mair
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I loved my time here! As a Marylander this was the perfect place to see all of the beauty that Berkeley has to offer. The terrain is very rocky/hilly, so may be a bit difficult if you’re a novice.

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Tom Curtis
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I really enjoyed this hike and the views are incredible. But I regret doing it in reverse. Some of the steep sections would be challenging ups, but are brutal on the way down.

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Steve Almeida
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Incredible trail. Followed previous hikers advice on here and hiked the trail in the opposite direction and really glad I did. It’s a peaceful steady incline when hiked in reverse and makes the views on the last third of the hike even more gratifying. Got on the trail by 6:15 and it was deserted, completed the hike in under 2 hours at a moderate pace given the lack of people around. Would highly recommend it.

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Sara Zahbihi
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Awesome hiking trail, with stunning views of the bay! It is a steep in the beginning so be prepared, and definitely download the map, and have it with you! Other than that, enjoy!!!!

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Semira Abdu
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LOVE this trail! Mostly shaded but bring plenty of water because you have to work hard for the views.

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Carol N
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Hiked this trail on 6/21/20, a Sunday. Found parking pretty close to the opening around the residential area. Incline all the way to the peak. Some of the incline is steep! Felt like I did some crawling up. Also very rocky at some points going up. If not for the AllTrails map, we would’ve gotten lost. Some of the trail isn’t entirely clear and paved after the peak, so make sure to pay close attention to the map once you start descending. A lot of sun exposure on your way up. Views were amazing, especially on a clear, sunny day. Way easier going down, and the incline is much more gradual. A lot more shade. Overall, don’t need hiking sticks, but anticipate some steep incline going up.

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Gina Meyer
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johnydecali User
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Great hiking right in the backyard of Oakland! Well kept trail and a good quick challenge.

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