Monday, September 16, 2013

60 Hikes in 60 Miles in 60 Weeks: Week Three
Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve

Huckleberries

What's it like?
This one is an easy under 2 mile loop through lush Oakland woods. Follow the self-guided nature tour for an excellent introduction to local plants.

Why now?
Huckleberries! The tiny blue-black berries taste like a cross between blackberries and blueberries. Don't go expecting to fill buckets, but sampling a few along the hike is permitted.

Can't make it this week?
Huckleberry is one of most versatile hiking destinations in the East Bay. It's great in every season.

Insider tip:
If this hike sparks an interest in plants, consider a visit to the Regional Parks Botanic Garden, at the junction of Wildcat Canyon Road and South Park Drive in Tilden Regional Park.

Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve is hike 24 in 60 Hikes in 60 Miles: San Francisco (third edition). Read about this hike on Bay Area Hiker.

Alternate choice:
San Francisco's Mount Sutro. This peak is close to the geographical middle of the city, but most people zip right past the trailheads without a clue. It's a great hike for families with small kids or anyone wanting a quick exercise jaunt. Trailhead parking can be tricky, so consult the map and consider starting at an alternate trailhead. Stanyan near 17th Street is a good one.

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