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Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, Berkeley, California, USA

Not far from University of California, Berkeley lies a trailhead at the end of an unassuming residential street.  A quick walk, about a half mile up the Stonewall-Panoramic trail, you’ll find a spot that overlooks the entire central part of the San Francisco Bay.  Views of the Bay Bridge going through Treasure Island, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz in the distance and the McCarthy Bridge made this spot a popular hike on the sunny Saturday April afternoon we enjoyed our 3 mile hike. There were many that stopped along this trail to enjoy the view. 

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA

Known as California’s largest State Park, Anza -Borrego is located about 3 hours southeast of Los Angeles (or 2 hours northeast of San Diego).  Our first stop was at the Visitor Center which displayed fossils found in the area. Replicas of 6 foot long mammoth tusks and giant tortoise shells are displayed. There is a short interpretive trail directly in front of the Visitor Center that features the different types of cacti found in the desert. 

Devil’s Punchbowl, Pearblossom, California, USA

We arrived for our hike at Devil’s Punchbowl just before 5pm. It was a short 1 mile loop hike so we were comfortable with starting the hike later in the day. The trailhead started just past the Visitor Center. To the right of the trailhead, there is an amphitheater view of the Punchbowl area below. The rocks below were almost scalloped in shape and pushed up on its side at almost 90 degree angles. These rocks were tilted to their present angles by activity along nearby faults. The view from the top was amazing.

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, Agua Dulce, California, USA

Not too far from Los Angeles (less than an hour), lies the magnificent slanted rocks of Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, a 900-acre County Park. Massive rocks pushed up to 50 degree angles greeted us less than a mile from the Visitor Center.  The Vasquez Rocks are a geological wonderland.

Huckleberry Botanical Regional Preserve, Oakland, California, USA

Not too far from Berkeley, you'll find Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve. It is a short, fairly quiet trail, just under 2 miles in distance. Trees here were covered in a layer of green moss in the spring after a wet winter, making the hike very much surrounded by a green fluorescence. It is a mostly shaded hike, so very much a good choice for a warm day. Through the trees, there are peek-a-boo views of the surrounding hills and valley.  You can easily make this a longer hike by connecting to neighbouring Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.