Panoramic Hill - Chaparral Peak - Strawberry Canyon Loop

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Panoramic Hill - Chaparral Peak - Strawberry Canyon Loop is a 5.7 mile moderately 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
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,584 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

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.

13 days ago

bring your hiking shoes! very steep uphill/downhill. overall great trail, and beautiful views

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20 days ago

Tough steep hills but overall great workout. Enjoyed the views but it was overcast so the clouds and fog covered the view of the city. Cool to be above the fog, though.

1 month ago

Amazing views. Yes the uphill is very steep and a bit of a challenge but so so worth it!! Definitely will be back

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1 month ago

Great hike. Pretty steep in stretches, but the views are worth it! We went counter clockwise which seemed to be less intense.

1 month ago

One of my top favorite Bay Area hikes!

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1 month ago

Great views and steep but there is no signage along the trails. Near Grizzly Peak the trail was covered with poison oak and overgrown so we turned around instead.

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2 months ago

Overall nice trail for the good view and convenient/easy access. Definitely very good workout on the incline. Certain parts of the trail are too steep and slippery with loose dirt and rocks, so it may get unsafe if not wearing the right shoes. There were no signage along the trails and many many splits, making it a bit difficult to navigate without frequently checking the GPS on my phone.

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2 months ago

Great, convenient hike! You get a solid workout from the steep climb, and the views are pretty nice.

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3 months ago

Awesome hike, started counter clockwise, straight up first 1.3 Miles, then continued climb up to 2.7 Miles. It’s hard as described, if one starts clockwise then it’s less intense. Spectacular view of Oakland, San Francisco, Emeryville, Berkley, Richmond, Lafayette, and Moraga. Lot of wildflowers. 6.7 miles with elevation gain 1,667 feet.

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3 months ago

As described, hard but rewarded with awesome views of Bay Area. Never imaged a trail like this will be nested in along those big mansions. The first 3 miles are hard, coming down is challenging too, hiking shoes are a must.

Overall it challenged me, and will do it gain on my next biz trip.

3 months ago

Great views and only 3 hard elevations

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4 months ago

Do it! You will not be disappointed. Views are really great

5 months ago

one of my favs. great intense inclines and areas if flat and down hill parts. fantastic views and always a great hike in this area and on this trail !

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5 months ago

Very scenic trail and a great workout. Went there by myself but if anyone needs company would love to go back :)

5 months ago

Awesome hike! challenging the whole time with amazing views to reward. definitely will be going back

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10 months ago

Very scenic. Saw a sign about mountain lion but didn't see any. What a disappointment!

11 months ago

Hard. About a good 800ft elevation gain within the first .7 miles. Gorgeous view of the Bay Area. Wear trekking boots as the path is steep and slippery.

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11 months ago

This hike was a great sequence of microclimates and excellent views of the East Bay. I will definitely be adding it to my list of regular hikes. The exposed section near Dwight tests your footing, so watch out there.

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11 months ago

Great local hike! Th first mile is basically straight up (60ish floors on my health app). Then rolling hills. Great views of the bay. Especially beautiful in spring with loads of wildflowers.

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11 months ago

I'm 42 and in decent shape but not a fitness fanatic. I thought the first 2 miles of the trail were a challenge and had to walk pretty slowly. But after that it is mostly down hill. About 30% shade on the way uphill that was certainly welcome on a hot day!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

There are some STEEP sections! Beautiful views, terrific work out.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

It's a tough climb up, but well worth it with the spectacular views. It's not well marked, so I kept looking at the map on the app to follow the track. The trail isn't as shaded as I thought it would be based on the satellite view. I would say it's about 50% shaded, but that might be generous.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Beautiful and challenging trail! Enjoyed it very much. The only thing is that the portion by and along the road is overgrown by dry brush. Be sure you and your furry friends do a thorough tick check!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

It's a steep one! First part is really tough but 2nd half is more shaded. Not a very well marked trail. Amazing views along the way!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

This trail should be rated hard, not moderate. The uphill portion at the start is much harder and steeper than any moderate trail I've done, and I hike a lot. You need to be in good shape to hike this incline. Part of the trail goes along a road, so watch out for cars. The trail also has lots of tall grass, so watch out for ticks too. The views are incredible, truly panoramic. We encountered a violent meth-head on the trail who tried to start a fight with us (we ran away). The trailhead also has signs about car break-ins. It's not the safest trail I've done. Women would be wise not to hike this trail alone.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Always an awesome hike.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Beautiful views all the way through, great uphill climbs. The route also tempers the downhill climb so it's not rocky and slipper

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Monday, April 03, 2017

Hiked to the peak with my dog. It was steep on the way, but yes, it was sooo worth it. There are a lot of flowers up the top this season. My dog loved it too

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Nice loop where you can get the tough hiking out of the way in the first half. Decent shade and great views.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Can be a bit challenging for some on the way up but the views will be well worth it.

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