Don your comfiest pair of moon-boots and head for the volcano! Millions of years of volcanic action have sculpted the awe-inspiring geological dynamics of the Berkeley Hills’ Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. After admiring vistas during the first half-mile of the 2.6-mile round-trip walk (on a clear day you can see beyond Mt. Diablo to the snowcapped Sierra Nevada), you’ll dip down past remnants of old mining operations; this part of the hike more closely resembles the moon than the Bay Area. A large pit manifests the evidence of an ancient volcano. At the bottom of the pit, a serpentine labyrinth allows visitors a chance to wander, explore, and reflect. You may come away seeing the world in a new light.
Note: There is an unstaffed visitor center that provides a pamphlet that coordinates to numbered posts and a geologic tour. Be on the lookout for poison oak, as it is prevalent near the trail. The park is dog-friendly. For more information on Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, click here.
EXTRA CREDIT: Want to help complete the trail? Join the Bay Area Ridge Trail at their Second Annual Ridge Trail Cruz on Sept. 29. Click here for more information.
Topic 3 photo courtesy of Tensegrity Dan.