Explore Berkeley's 'Hidden Waterfall in Codornices Park

San Francisco Quail Trail (Codornices Park)

Added by Sarah Eichstedt

A hidden waterfall in a quiet forest just steps from bustling Berkeley.

Park along the street in front of Codornices Park in Berkeley. Follow the stream to the left of the playground. Take the path up the hill to the right (don't head over the bridge on the left). Keep walking up multiple concrete stairs. After the first flight of stairs you'll see a path on the left that leads through a wooden gate. Take this path and keep heading up into the hills. Take any of the paths from here and they will lead you to a trickling waterfall surrounded by lush greenery. Bring a book and relax by the falls, or grab a seat on one of the benches along the way. Enjoy the stillness, then when you're ready, head back the way you came.

Make sure to check out the park on your way to or from the waterfall. There are a ton of secluded picnic areas for day use, as well as a stream, baseball field, basketball court, playground, concrete slides (fun for all ages!), and hiking trails. Across the street is the Berkeley Rose Garden, which is also a must see and has a tennis court. Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it with the kids!

Pack List

  • Food and picnic gear (if staying for the day)
  • Hiking shoes or tennis shoes
  • Sports gear (if playing tennis, basketball, baseball...etc)
  • Book and blanket to sit and relax
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Camera
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Chillin, Hiking, Photography

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Year Round

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Family Friendly
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Added by Sarah Eichstedt

Lover of spontaneous adventures, photography, farm animals, and travel. Outdoor enthusiast by day, ICU nurse by night. Favorite adventures: sailing around the world, bicycling across the US, backpacking through South America and Africa.

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