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Huckleberry Botanic Preserve

Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve

March 26th, 2006

1.7 miles
420 vertical feet
Total Time: 1:44

Rating: 5/10

Directions: From Highway 24, go through the Caldecott in the right lane, and take the first exit after the tunnel (Fish Ranch Road). Follow Fish Ranch Road up the hill for a mile and turn left onto Grizzly Peak Boulevard. Drive 2.4 miles to Skyline Boulevard and turn left. You'll pass Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, then find the parking lot for Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve on your left about a half mile down the road.   View Driving Map

A break in the stormy weather allowed us to do our first hike since October. This was also the first hike for Jared, my two month old son. Since we're hiking with two little boys now, don't expect any long hikes any time soon!

It was cold and windy, but sunny as we prepped in the small (about 10-car) dirt parking lot around 11am. There's a display at the start of the hike, with lots of park maps. The path starts out level, but it was a bit muddy from all the rain. Very shortly we came to our first intersection - the path leading left goes downhill, and the path leading right is relatively flat. It's a loop hike, so which you prefer is personal preference. We chose the left fork and headed downhill.

The trail heads down through the forest. Along the way we passed a couple small waterfalls -- little streams no more than a foot wide flowing across the trail and down to our left. After about a third of a mile, we came to the next trail intersection. We took the left fork, which climbs up to provide some views of the green hills to the north. The views are short-lived, however, as the views are quickly blocked by trees.

Another half mile later, we reached the next trail intersection. We stopped here for a snack break, then turned right, up a steep section of trail with wooden steps. At the top of this steep but short climb, we turned right onto a little spur trail which shortly comes out into the sunlight and some more expansive views of the surrounding area. If you want to take a break on this hike, this is the place to do it, as there's a bench and a lot of flat area, with mostly a 360 degree view of the surrounding hillsides (and homes).

View of Mt. Diablo

After enjoying another break, we headed back onto the main path, which is mostly flat all the way back to the parking lot. Nothing too exciting on this hike; just a few nice views, and that's about it.

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