Panoramic Hill - Chaparral Peak - Strawberry Canyon Loop

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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 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
1230 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

4 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.

hiking
4 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.

hiking
4 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.

hiking
4 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!

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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!

6 months ago

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!

6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

Always an awesome hike.

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

Unbelievable views. I would say this is Hard though, as it's quite steep. But great hike with views.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

great view!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

We only hiked up the Panoramic Hill (probably less than 2 miles up and down). Beautiful scenery of the Bay. Moderate traffic with lots of dogs and families. Good for children too if they are up for the uphill challenge, especially the last climb up the Panoramic Hill. The view was rewarding!!

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