Monday, August 28, 2017
Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve is nestled in the Berkeley and Oakland hills behind the historic Claremont Hotel. This scenic, 208-acre preserve protects two parcels of land located on both sides of upper Claremont Avenue. Panoramic Ridge rises steeply to the north. In addition to East Bay Regional Park District land holdings in Claremont Canyon, other undeveloped portions in the upper canyon are managed by the University of California and the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve is a part of an ecological corridor on an urban fringe. Claremont Canyon’s 500-acre watershed, a mosaic of vegetation types from grasslands to coastal scrub and oak/bay woodland to eucalyptus plantations, supports a variety of animal species and plant communities.
Start this hike from the Stonewall Panoramic Trailhead in Oakland.
Stonewall Panoramic Trail begins with a moderate climb up through the eucalyptus grove to the first trail split.
The trail continues uphill to the first high point with outstanding panoramic views!
Stonewall Panoramic Trail kicks up with a steep climb to the first view point bench.
Enjoy the spectacular views!
The trail continues along Panoramic Ridge with another steep climb to the second view point bench.
Enjoy the panoramic views!
Stonewall Panoramic Trail continues for a short stretch to the trail gate at Panoramic Way.
Turn right onto Panoramic way and follow the paved road onto the East-West Trail.
East-West Trail takes you eastward along the park boundary through the beautiful conifer stands.
The trail takes you to the view point bench along Skyline Ridge.
The fire trail continues up along the ridge with views of the chaparral covered hills.
East-West Trail leads you through the coastal scrub and oak/bay woodland to the four-way trail split.
Go straight to stay on East-West Trail, it continues with a steep rocky climb towards the ridge top pines.
Continue through the gorgeous canopy of pines out to the open level clearing.
The trail kicks back up with a steep climb up to Grizzly Peak Blvd at Frowning Ridge.
Turn right onto Grizzly Peak Blvd and head east to the Steam Trains at Tilden Park.
Return on Grizzly Peak Blvd to the East West Trail at Frowning Ridge.
Turn right and head west, go left at the trail split, it leads you downhill with expansive Bay views!
The unmarked trail cuts across the chaparral covered hillside.
The trail continues downhill through the charred remnants of the wildfire that consumed 20 acres along the Oakland-Berkeley border earlier in the month.
The fire road drops down into the eucalyptus stands and oak/bay woodland.
At the next trail split, go straight onto the unmarked Upper Jordan Trail which is part of UC’s Ecological Study Area trail system.
The broad fire road heads southward on level terrain with views of the dense canyon area.
At the next trail split, go right to stay on the Upper Jordan Trail, it continues along the lower west side of the ridge to the view point bench.
The Upper Jordan Trail cuts through the shaded woodland to the next trail split.
Exit the main trail and go left, the cross trail climbs back up to Skyline Ridge.
Turn right and return along the ridge through the pine woodland.
Take Panoramic Way back to the Stonewall Panoramic Trail gate.
Drop down the ridge on Stonewall Panoramic Trail for the return to the main trailhead.
Enjoy the glorious panoramic view of Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge!
Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve is used primarily for its picturesque hiking trails. The Stonewall-Panoramic Trail is the primary access through the preserve. The .75-mile climb from Stonewall Road to the ridge top is steep, but hikers are rewarded with a panoramic view of Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The trail continues east along the ridge, straddling the boundary with University of California property, and connecting with the University’s Ecological Study Area trail system.*1
Hit the trails and experience this great local hike with steep climbs and expansive Bay views, you’ll love it!
6.55 Miles with 1698′ of elevation gain
Max Elevation: 1731′
Time: 3.5 hours with a stop
Parking: NO PARKING available at the Stonewall Panoramic Trailhead-Limited parking at the east end of Stonewall Rd in Oakland
NO FACILITIES at the trailhead > Water & restrooms at Tilden Park Steam Trains area
Weather: Sunny and hot. Temps ranged from the mid 70’s to the high 80’s with WSW winds.