The historic Claremont Hotel in the Berkeley Hills is known for its sweeping views of the Bay; but directly behind it the 208-acre preserve known as the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve offers you an even better vista. First, you’ll need to go up: the Stonewall-Panoramic Trail climbs steeply for 3/4 mile, to the best view in the park. Claremont Canyon may be compact but it offers the kind of untrammeled solitude you wouldn’t expect from a place that’s just minutes from a busy city. Relax on the lone bench at the top, taking in views of the Bay and the San Francisco skyline. Decide if you’d like to explore more of the preserve or just head back the way you came.
BONUS: Head up there for a sunset viewing and watch as the sun breaks over the Golden Gate Bridge during “the magic hour.”
Park along Tanglewood Rd. and start walking on Tanglewood Path (map). Dog-friendly!
Story idea from Kiranjit Sekhon.