Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, Berkeley

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#16 of 16 in Parks in Berkeley
Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve is a small regional park mainly located in the city of Oakland, California, and administered by the East Bay Regional Park District. The park is named for the canyon in which it's situated, Claremont Canyon, out of which Claremont Creek flows on its way to its confluence with Temescal Creek. Originally, the canyon was named "Harwood's Canyon", then "Telegraph Canyon". The name was changed to Claremont by a developer of the nearby Claremont district.
The land now called Claremont Canyon was part of an 1820 Spanish land grant called Rancho San Antonio. It was later used as a transportation route by Americans from the eastern United States who wished to settle in the area that had been dubbed California. In 1858, a transcontinental telegraph line was built through the canyon. Starting in the 1860s, the "Pony Express" carried mail through the canyon to and from the Eastern part of the United States.
EBRPD first bought an 80acre parcel of surplus state land east of the U.C. Berkeley campus in 1978. Then it acquired some more acreage in the immediate area from several individuals. Finally, it bought a 64acre parcel in Gwin Canyon. These acquisitions were combined to become Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve.
Despite its small size of 205acre, Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve forms an important link in the chain of parks that line the Berkeley Hills. It rises from a height of about 420 ft (130 m) above sea level, just behind the Clark Kerr campus of the University of California, Berkeley to the average 1300 ft (400 m) ridge of the East Bay hills, linking by way of other conserved land belonging to the University and the East Bay Municipal Utility District to other parks such as Tilden Regional Park and Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. It thus offers direct pedestrian access to the park system, with connections to public transportation, from the lower-lying residential areas of Berkeley and Oakland.
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  • This trail offers a lot of varying altitude gains and falls, mostly on a wide fire-trail, with cutoffs through woods and tributary trails. Beware of dog walkers leaving unbagged droppings. You want....  more »
  • This is an incline hike all the way to the top; 1.6 miles. It's a harsh but quick workout to one of the best views of the Bay Area. We parked on Stonewall Rd and made our way to the...  more »
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  • We love the Claremont reserve. There are several nice trails with wild berries. The canyon is beautiful and provides beautiful views from the top I only have to complaints. People let their dogs poop on the trails and leave it behind! Also, a few of our favorite trails are unmaintained and one of them has been closed do to an active beehive, but it's been a long time so I dont think they're planning to open the trail again for a while.
  • Awesome hike with great views of Berkeley and San Francisco skyline. Steep wear comfortable walking shoes. Depending on the weather go early to find good parking and avoid heat. 2 hours round trip . Plenty on beaches to sit and enjoy the view.

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