Happy New Years!
We were looking for something to do on New Years day and decided to check out this trail since there was no traffic - anywhere! Plus, it's only open to hikers and dogs. Man, it's a good thing we came on a holiday because after spending at least 30 min looking for parking, we finally found a spot and only because of holiday exceptions. The parking lot here is really treacherous and people will park in such a way where it makes it impossible to get out, so get here early so you can leave early!
We did not start the year off as early birds...Normally I won't go into parking since usually we can just point to a map, but this requires some explanation - that's how painful it was!
There are 3 parking options:
8 miles, in/out
Since this is an in/out trail, you can make it as long or short as you want. After having such a hard time finding parking, we weren't expecting too much.
We walked up Centennial Drive and made our way to the trailhead and immediately came across many other hikers and dogs. In fact, we probably couldn't go more than 10 min at time without running into others. It could have been because of the holiday, but given it's in the middle of Berkeley's campus, I would expect crowds here.
The houses disappear and are replaced with trees.
This winter has been particularly dry, but I bet it can get pretty muddy here after it rains.
Alternating spots of sun and shade.
Those views (and my goofy face)!
The higher you go the types of trees also starts to change.
Lots of green.
What is this strange formation?
This is another good trail option for those of you who are training pups off leash as well since the paths are wide and clearly marked. But if your pup is like me, and likes to go jumping into the bushes and running off the trails, then just make sure to check for ticks. Mom pulled off a couple mid-hike and then about 4 more once we got home.
We noticed a lot of other trails that winded off the main path, so you could definitely spend more time here just wandering around.
There are also clear mile markers, which we found helpful.