A pedal-pounding bike ride in the Berkeley Hills is a good way to work up a mighty thirst. We like the 11-mile loop that begins at Wildcat Canyon Road’s Inspiration Point and offers gorgeous views of San Pablo Reservoir and Mount Diablo. (For directions see below.) After all that cycling, you’ll be ready for a cold reward. Downtown on Shattuck, across from the BART station, Jupiter microbrewery is waiting to pour you a glass of 20-ounce goodness. Grab a seat in the heated outdoor beer garden and try one of their IPAs or a refreshing pomegranate cider. Just remember to hydrate first.
Alternative: For a shorter paved option, bike the Nimitz Way Trail four miles until you hit the gate. Turn around and ride back the way you came.
Driving from Highway 24 East, exit at Orinda. Turn left at Camino Pablo and follow it for two miles, until you hit Wildcat Canyon Road. Turn left and go 2 1/2 miles to Inspiration Point. Park. Bike paved Nimitz Way Trail for 4 miles. Continue on dirt San Pablo Ridge Trail for 1 mile. Turn Left on Belgum Trail and descend 1 mile. Turn left on Wildcat Creek Trail and follow for 2 miles. Go left at Havey Canyon Trail junction then right on Conlon Trail. Take this for 2 miles back to Nimitz Way, turn right and follow the road back to your car.
Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (510-THE-TAPS)