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Panoramic Hill - Chaparral Peak - Strawberry Canyon Loop

HARD 253 reviews

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

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

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
rocky
7 days 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.

great trail with challenging elevation! Best way to comb through the hills of Berkeley while still getting some great exercise.

hiking
25 days 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.

Great hike. Accidentally went off the trail several times and ended up spending almost 4 hours on it, but the views were amazing. No water or toilets on the trail so be prepared. Reeally steep slopes at the beginning but it gets easier later. Appropriate footwear is highly recommended, especially if it has rained recently. Overall, an amazing workout for the day... More than I had expected.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice place to smoke a joint. Also there is a sweet swing about halfway up in the grove of trees on the left

3 months ago

One tough hike - even though rained a ton yesterday not too much mud. Going up is tough but not many people - when get to the top use AllTrails bc there is a ton of other unmarked trails. Coming down tough on knees and a lot more people

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with great views. The first part is very steep. There aren't any bathrooms along the trail. Well trafficed and maintained.

hiking
5 months ago

so steep!!

hiking
5 months ago

Went on this trail this morning with my two dogs. The steep parts were killer, but doable. Got a great workout in. Half of the hike I only saw 1 person, but the beginning and end I saw tons of people, so if you’re looking to have quiet time, come early. I started at 8:45am on Saturday.

hiking
6 months ago

Really great hike except for the section after you reach Grizzly peak boulevard. It's hard to find the next section of the trail (you need to turn left at the end of the trail and walk along Grizzly peak to find the trail entrance) and then the next section is not well maintained. Also the trail is not well marked so have a map handy. If it wasn't for that segment, I'd rate this hike a 4/5. Great views.

We did the full trail and it's definitely a solid workout (some of the steeper climbs I've done). It looks us about 2.5hrs with some water breaks. Some shaded and some direct sun. Recommend plenty of water, bug spray, and suncreen. We also brought our pup who loved the climb as well and was off leash the majority of the time. Also definitely recommend solid trail shoes or hiking boots.

We arrived around 9am and had no issues with parking right at the trail head.

6 months ago

Steep and at an incline most of the way so wear shoes with good grips as it is slippery downhill. Offers great views of bay.

hiking
6 months ago

Be prepared. Just be prepared. It’s steep but rewarding!

6 months ago

It’s really steep, which makes the return trip (descent) a bit difficult. The majority of it is in the sun, with limited tree coverage, so be sure to wear sunscreen! I prefer some of the other fire trail hikes that are more wooded.

hiking
7 months ago

This hike is a nice representation of California. Know that this trail is legit hard. The uphills are steep and seemingly never ending. The views will provide just the right amount of distraction and reason to stop and rest. There’s also plenty of shady parts. It’s a bit tricky to follow the trail on the rebound. We got off trail, but plenty of cut overs were available. The trail also had quite a few benches, so take a lunch/snacks and enjoy the view! There’s a reason this is called a panoramic hike. You’ll have multiple views of Mt Tam, SF, Oakland and beyond.

Take plenty of water!

hiking
7 months ago

I love this hike and have been back 4 times in the past 2 months. It’s about a 6.5 mile loop and the first half is all incline but you get some breaks in between each hill which helps. Be prepared for some rocky/gravel areas which can get slippery so wear good hiking shoes.

The second half of the hike is easy and you get even better views from the other side of the hill. Beautiful views throughout the trail. About half is covered. It can get pretty hot depending on the weather and the annoying flies come out.

hiking
7 months ago

TSEST

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months 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.

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

9 months ago

One of my top favorite Bay Area hikes!

hiking
9 months 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.

hiking
10 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.

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 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.

hiking
11 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.

11 months ago

Great views and only 3 hard elevations

hiking
Saturday, February 24, 2018

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

Sunday, February 18, 2018

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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