Best paved trails in Berkeley, California

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Explore the most popular paved trails near Berkeley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of paved trails in Berkeley, California
Top trails (10)
#1 - Nimitz Way
Tilden Regional Park
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
This is a great family-friendly trail that can be completed in a couple of hours. The entire trail is paved, making it a great trail for strollers and wheelchairs and an easy bike ride for children. The trail is relatively flat and features great panoramic views of the Bay Area. The beginning of the trail is fairly crowded, but clears out after a couple of miles. There is plenty of parking at Inspiration Point. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and it is typically at least five feet wide. There are some cracks in the pavement that might make the ride bumpy for equipment users. The estimated average grade is 3% and there are steeper sections where the grade is between 8% and 10% (at about 1.4 and 3.6 miles) so wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users may need assistance. Show more
#2 - Berkeley Marina Loop Trail
McLaughlin Eastshore State Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
According to Access Northern CA (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=185): When you visit this peninsular park and marina, it’s hard to believe that in the 1950s and ’60s the city of Berkeley operated a garbage dump here and was planning to extend the city 2 miles into the Bay by filling in 2,000 acres of water. Those efforts were thwarted by the Save the Bay movement, which started in 1961 and led to the creation of many parks and trails where development had been planned. Today there is only one obvious sign of its former use as a dump: a fenced-in chimney that vents methane gas from the still-decomposing stuff below. Now this urban wonder is home to a popular 3,000-foot recreational pier, a marina offering sailing and windsurfing classes, several restaurants, Shorebird and César Chávez parks, and several miles of trails. The western shore of the park is a great place to watch the sunset and view the Golden Gate Bridge. For young children there is Adventure Playground, a unique outdoor facility where kids can play and build things using found and recycled objects. Acrobatic kite flying is a common, year-round attraction at César Chávez Park, and for a truly dazzling sight, check out the Berkeley Kite Festival and West Coast Kite Championship, the largest kite-flying festival in the United States, held here every July. Shorebird Park Nature Center is housed in the first municipal straw bale building in the United States––the building itself is a display on green building. Inside you’ll find a 50-gallon saltwater tank, a 30-gallon freshwater tank, and displays on marine mammals and birds, including bones, shells, and skins. Also of interest in the area, a pedestrian bridge at Frontage Road West crosses Interstate 80 and takes you to Aquatic Park—and, farther on, to Berkeley’s upscale Fourth Street shopping district. At Aquatic Park Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program operates an adapted cycling program. Accessibility: Van-accessible parking spaces are plentiful throughout the area. The trails are paved and typically at least five feet wide. They are mostly flat with an average grade of 1% and a max grade of 4%. To go to Cesar Chavez Park, head east from the parking space on Spinnaker Way and take the ramp that climbs gently to the trail, then runs parallel to Spinnaker Way for a quarter-mile before turning north. The trail ends at the cul de sac, but if you want to continue another mile to the pier, cross Spinnaker Way and travel through the boat launch parking lot to connect to the trail at the water. West of the off-leash dog area, in the park’s center, a rough dirt trail leads to the highest point of another hill and a solar calendar. Those in manual wheelchairs may need assistance as on the other dirt trails that crisscross the hill. South of the pier, you can follow the trail in front of the parked cars, but it’s best to cross Seawall Drive and follow the walkway to the northeast corner of the large parking lot. Here you’ll find the entrance to Shorebird Park, a flat, grassy area sheltered by trees on the west and north, with picnic tables at water’s edge and a small inaccessible, rocky beach. Continuing east, the trail skirts the South Sailing Basin, passing the Cal Sailing Club and Cal Adventures. The public small-craft boat launch here has a very steep ramp. Neither the Cal Sailing Club nor Cal Adventures offer adapted boats but you can find some in San Francisco through the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors. Beyond the launch, the paved trail briefly turns north, then follows University Avenue to Frontage Road West. From here you have several options to extend your journey: continue south several miles on the paved Bay Trail to Emeryville, take the side path that leads to the pedestrian bridge over Interstate 80 and Aquatic Park, or cross to the north side of University Avenue to explore a small section of McLaughlin Eastshore State Park (an 8.5-mile shoreline park from the Bay Bridge to Richmond). Here dirt trails meander through Berkeley Meadow. There is an accessible restroom at Cesar Chavez Park and accessible portable toilets off Spinnaker Ave before the cul-de-sac and by the off-leash dog park. Accessible restrooms in the southern area of the park are by the marina office (closed from 5 PM to 4:30 AM), at the foot of the pier, and between the nature center and playground. There are accessible picnic tables at Shorebird Park and Cesar Chavez Park with firm and stable routes and surfaces, and at least 27 inches of knee clearance. The visitor center is wheelchair accessible.Show more
#3 - Berkeley Aquatic Park Loop
Cesar E Chavez Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 56 m
Enjoy the amenities of Ceasar Chavez Park, if your lucky you might be able to spot a couple of kites flying. The Bay Trail connects Ceasar Chavez Park/ Berkely Marina to Emeryville.Show more
#4 - Ohlone Greenway
Ohlone Park
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 4 h 18 m
#5 - Observatory Hill, Redwood Regional Park and Claremont Canyon Cycle Route
Berkeley, California
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Length: 29.1 mi
#6 - Mt. Diablo Cycle Route
Berkeley, California
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Length: 80.5 mi
#7 - Wildcat Canyon and South Park Cycling Route
Tilden Regional Park
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Length: 10.3 mi
#8 - Grizzly Peak and Tunnel Road Cycling Route
Tilden Regional Park
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Length: 16 mi
#9 - Wildcat Canyon, El Toyonal, Lomas Contadas, and Grizzly Peak Cycling Route
Tilden Regional Park
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Length: 16.6 mi
#10 - Observatory Hill, Lake Chabot and Claremont Canyon Cycle Route
Berkeley, California
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Length: 48.5 mi