East Bay Regional Park District,
Contra Costa County
1.7 mile loop through woods and manzanita barrens, with lots of interesting vegetation. Hosts a Bay Area Ridge Trail segment.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 1.7 mile loop hike is easy. Trailhead elevation is about 1265 feet, the trail dips down to about 940 feet, then climbs back to the trailhead. Total elevation change is about 500 feet.
Nice year round. Maybe best in late summer when you can enjoy the shaded trails and sample huckleberries.
From CA 24 in Alameda County, exit Claremont (exit 3). Drive about 1.5 miles northeast on Claremont Avenue to the intersection with Ashby. Continue straight through the light on Claremont Avenue (Claremont Boulevard veers left), then bear right. You should see the Claremont Hotel on the right, as well as a brown "parks" sign for Tilden and Sibley Parks. Continue on Claremont about 2 miles to the intersection with Grizzly Peak Boulevard. Turn right and drive about 2.4 miles to the intersection with Skyline Boulevard. Turn left onto Skyline. Drive about 0.5 mile, and turn left into the preserve parking lot.
From CA 24 in Alameda County, exit CA 13 south (exit 5). After about 3 miles, exit at Lincoln/Joaquin Miller (exit 2). At the foot of the exit ramp, make a left, then take the next left, and then go straight onto Joaquin Miller. Drive uphill about 1 mile, then turn left onto Skyline (there's a brown parks sign before the turn, and a traffic light). Drive about 4.7 miles (past the Chabot Space Center and Redwood Park trailhead), then turn right into the parking lot.
Get driving or public transit directions from Transit and Trails:
GPS Coordinates* for Trailhead:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
Gas, food, and lodging:
Gas, pay phone, stores, and restaurants back along Claremont near College or Ashby. No camping.
No entrance or parking fees. Parking for 12 cars in a dirt lot. Pit toilet on site. Preserve map and self-guided nature path map available at information signboard. No drinking water or designated handicapped parking (trails are not suitable to wheelchairs anyway).
All but one trail are hiking only. Skyline National Recreation Trail is designated hiking and horses only. No dogs on Huckleberry trails. Preserve is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Official Story:
EBRPD's Huckleberry page.
EBRPD headquarters 510-562-PARK
This hike is described and mapped in 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Francisco, by Jane Huber (yup, that's me, the creator of this website). Order this book from Amazon.com.
Map from EBRPD.
Afoot and Afield: San Francisco Bay Area, by David Weintraub (order this book from Amazon.com) has a great map and descriptions of a Huckleberry hike.
East Bay Trails, by David Weintraub, has a good map and descriptions of a Huckleberry hike (order this book from Amazon.com).
The Bay Area Ridge Trail, by Jean Rusmore(order this book from Amazon.com) has a simple map and descriptions of Huckleberry's segment of the Ridge Trail.
East Bay Out, by Malcolm Margolin, has a nice preserve description (order this book from Amazon.com).
View 47 photos from the featured hike
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I wish every park or
preserve district in the bay area had a botanic preserve like Huckleberry. It's
an oasis, and an educational one at that. When many of the bay area preserves
are unbearably hot, Huckleberry is cool and shaded. With so many
plants in various stages of bloom and fruiting, if you love plants, it's
definitely worth scheduling at least two trips to Huckleberry a year.
In the late winter you won't want to miss pink-flowering currants, in
the spring there are wildflowers and new leaves on the deciduous trees,
in summer thimbleberries abound, and in late summer and early fall there are few places better to admire the huckleberries (see the page edibles
for some photos of huckleberries and other berries).
Total distance: 1.7 miles