Huckleberry Botanical Regional Preserve, Oakland, California, USA

 

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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.

Mossy Trees at Huckleberry Preserve, CA

Mossy Trees at Huckleberry Preserve, CA

 

Mossy Trees at Huckleberry Preserve, CA

 

Part of Huckleberry Trail runs along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The Anza Trail is part of a 1200-mile trail that Spanish Lt-Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza traveled on, leading the first Spanish colonists to San Francisco from present-day Arizona in the 1700s.  It is a neat experience for those of us who enjoy walking in the footsteps of history. 

Peek-a-boo views of surrounding hills and valley, Huckleberry Perserve, CA

Peek-a-boo Views of surrounding Hills and Valleys, Huckleberry Preserve, CA

 
Practical Information (As of February 2016):

GPS:  37.842907, -122.195234 (from Google Map)

Features:  National Historic Trail (Trail used by the 1st colonists of San Francisco), bright green mossy trees, shaded

Parking: Free as of February 2016

Hours:  5am to 10pm (unless otherwise posted)

Dogs not allowed.

 

Warning: The safety of these adventures are dependent on a variety of factors including but not limited to: terrain, weather, wildlife, hiker skill level, human error, and other foreseen and unforeseen circumstances. Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information provided at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability for the accuracy and completeness of the information provided.  As such, we will not be held responsible for any harm, injury, and/or loss that may result. Your personal judgement on the safety of each adventure is required at all times. Please use your own discretion and be safe.

 

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