Panoramic Hill - Chaparral Peak - Strawberry Canyon Loop is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Berkeley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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.
Can be a bit challenging for some on the way up but the views will be well worth it.
This is on the verge of being hard. If starting from the bottom be ready for a tushy workout. Muddy if a recent storm has hit. The whole loop isn't easy to follow. Most people turn around.
Very muddy trail in several sections this time! Shoes stuck in mud -- there is no escape. A few fallen trees on trail too, but can be easily navigated. Lots of dogs that should be on leash. But overall a great experience: a golden sunset, the air filled with sweet plant smell, and some REALLY loud frogs after dark.
Unbelievable views. I would say this is Hard though, as it's quite steep. But great hike with views.