All Stories from East Bay

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    Sunol Salutations

    New Year, new points of view … lots of views, thanks to a less-hiked trail in the East Bay. Well-known Sunol Regional Wilderness has 6,800 acres of bountiful terrain, yet few hikers actually experience the best views the park offers. Those are found along this 4-mile loop in…

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    Wheel the Love

    Hop on a bike and then onto the Oakland Wine Trail. This 2-mile route leaves from Jack London Square, rolls past renovated warehouse spaces, ferry terminals, bustling markets, and trendy art districts. Park near Jack London Square and snag a Lime bike (or bring your own bike) to…

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    Go Nuts for It

    Chestnuts and pines: two things that’ll put you in the holiday spirit! Find both on this 4.5-mile loop hike (or mountain bike ride) through the northeastern corner of Briones Regional Park. Start your trek at the Alhambra Creek Staging Area (there’s a $3 fee if an attendant is on…

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    Sealed With a Kiss

    Pucker up! This 2.7-mile loop through the East Bay’s Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is brimming with a holiday staple—mistletoe. Start from the Foothill Staging Area, and head up the Oak Tree Trail, climbing past ancient oaks surrounded by grassland. Get onto Sycamore Grove Trail…

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    Keen for Kennedy

    Downsizing can be quite delightful. Take tucked-away Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area, on the northern edge of San Pablo Reservoir. Once part of the 17,754-acre Rancho San Pablo, Kennedy is now a 222-acre park with hiking trails, excellent views of the reservoir, and open…

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    Cal Secret Spots

    In its bustling urban setting, UC Berkeley’s campus may seem like an open book, but it’s actually home to spots that are off the beaten path, even for students. Now there’s a “Cal Secret Spots” guide, created in collaboration with the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and…

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    King for a Day Hike

    Some hikes have royally good views. One such crowning glory? King’s Canyon Loop Trail in the East Bay, delivering gorgeous views of the Upper San Leandro Reservoir. It’s a 6.4-mile hike filled with solitude, with just the occasional cow mooing in the distance to bring assurances…

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    BonAnza!

    With an ever-changing shoreline, Lake Anza in the Berkeley Hills can make you feel like you’re hiking around a lake in the Sierra: narrow paths, giant boulders, and dense forest. Quaint and quieter in the shoulder season, the Lake Anza Trail offers hikers a short loop (0.7 mile…

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    Bay Trails & Beers

    How do you double your biking pleasure on a 10-mile (round-trip) out-and-back bike ride starting in Berkeley’s Gilman District? First, you pick a paved, car-free trail with exceptional bay views. Then, you add beer! This scenic and easygoing ride goes out to Richmond’s Marina Bay…

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    Sweet Home Alameda

    Maybe you’ve never heard of Bay Farm Island (also known as Harbor Bay) in Alameda, but you’ll want to know it if solitude is your style for an easygoing bike ride or walk. Though the stunning views of the skyline make San Francisco seem close, long stretches of time can pass…

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    Will You Accept This Rose?

    Not every rose ceremony comes with a kiss or tears. Take the Berkeley Rose Garden, the centerpiece and starting point for a colorful urban walk with hidden staircases. Instead of tears, you get tiers: the roses here burst forth in brilliance with 1,500 individual rose bushes in…

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    Tramp at Trampas

    Epic East Bay views: check! Terrain with just enough challenge to keep things interesting: check! Wildflowers blooming on spring green hills: check and check! Yep, you’ll wanna tramp Las Trampas for a richly scenic 6.2-mile (round-trip) loop that goes up and down across two…

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    Secret Diablo

    Great views, wildflowers, vibrant green hills, even a Secret Trail … Mount Diablo State Park does it again with this spectacular 6-mile loop hike fit for spring. The Briones–Mount Diablo Regional Trail to Wall Point Road is a hike less traveled, likely because it’s located at the…

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    Briones Bragging Rights

    Behold the Briones Reservoir Loop Trail in Orinda: an epic 13.5-mile hike that’s still the secret of hikers who love solitude and spring-loaded scenery! Located just beyond the busy Berkeley Hills, this lightly trafficked trek takes you from lakeshore to forest to open grasslands…

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    A Very Muiry Holiday Hike

    We know the North Pole is currently all the rage with elves preparing gifts, but here in NorCal there’s something exciting afoot, too. We’ve got some new hiking open space! Thank the John Muir Land Trust, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), and donors for…

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    The Joaquin Dead

    Named after the poet, Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland belongs in a sonnet about small wonders. But it also may belong in a classic ghost story! This unassuming park is said to be haunted by a woman who only appears in its woods on foggy nights, never in the daytime. Tragically…

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    Mott's Landing

    Nestled north of Lafayette and Orinda, the peaks of Briones Regional Park showcase sweeping views of Mount Diablo, San Pablo Bay, and the San Joaquin River. And you may just make friends with one of the hundreds of cows sharing the park’s trails. The 3.5-mile (round-trip) Abrigo…

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    Crockett in Your Pocket

    There are plenty of reasons to add Crockett Hills Regional Park to your checklist of East Bay apexes. Overlooking the Carquinez Strait, the park is home to Edwards Sky Loop, a 2.1-mile (round-trip) hike that’s short in distance but long on views, including the Carquinez Bridge…

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    Keep on Rollin'

    There are those who love to test their mettle with the pedal on road bike rides. Then there’s the rest of us, looking for something more easygoing, yet still respectable in mileage! Great scenery helps, too! A mellow road bike ride along the Alameda Creek Regional Trail in…

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    High and Mighty in the East Bay

    Warriors players aren’t the only living things to stand tall in Oakland. Tucked beyond Oakland’s bustling city streets is Redwood Regional Park, a secluded escape of second-growth redwoods that’s treasured among locals for its canopied forest and dog-friendly trails. The 4.8-mile…

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