Trail Run Claremont Canyon Regional Park in the Berkeley Hills

San Francisco Claremont Canyon Regional Park

Added by Chris Hoogewerff

  • A quick, cardio-blasting, calf-crushing run (or hike) in the Berkeley Hills
  • Stunning views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Mount Tamalpais
  • Eucalyptus groves
  • Duration: 1.5 - 2 miles, time varies depending your ability to navigate steep hills

From the trailhead at Stonewall Road, the 1.5-2 mile trail makes for an excellent before or after-work run. But the steep hills and loose ground aren’t for those looking to find an easy nature walk.

The incline starts well before the Stonewall-Panoramic trailhead, so you won’t even have time to warm up before your fight against gravity begins. With a little perseverance you’ll gain about 700 feet of elevation in three quarters of a mile.

Two-thirds of the way up, you’ll pass a sign that warns you of the steep trail ahead. At this point, you may start to ask yourself how it could possibly get any worse. But soon enough you’ll have your answer...

Your prize is the view from the bench at the top of Stonewall-Panoramic trail. Here, you’ll have a birds-eye view of Berkeley, and on a clear day you’ll enjoy panoramic views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands, and Mount Tamalpais. The view of the sunset over this vista in the evening would be breathtaking, if you had any more breath to give.

Retrace your steps for the quickest route back. Otherwise, continue along and turn left onto Panoramic Way, where you’ll be able to hop on an extension of the trail shortly thereafter. If you choose this loop, it will drop you off at the Clark Kerr Track.

Haven’t had enough? There is a workout station with exercise bars if you’re in the mood for some pull-ups, rows, and push-ups. The trail continues on the other side of the track to bring you back to your starting point at Stonewall Road.

Pack List

  • Athletic shoes
  • Water
  • A spare pair of legs (you might need them)
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Activities:

Fitness, Running

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Distance:

2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

700 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Scenic

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19 days ago

Super steep but worth it

The best panoramic views of SF and the East Bay. Also, Fournee (bakery mentioned below) is amazing and makes this short hike up worth it! You can also keep hiking past top of trail and connect with Tilden Park.

19 days ago

4 months ago

Good Quick Hike For Some Amazing Views

Loved it

4 months ago

8 months ago

Love hate relationship with this hill

This hill is brutally steep but the pay off in the view is worth it. By far best panoramic view in the bay area. Great bakery within a block of the hike http://www.yelp.com/biz/fourn%C3%A9e-bakery-berkeley to make it worthwhile!

8 months ago

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