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Huckleberry Path

Intermediate

Trail

2.4 mile 3.8 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 361' 110 m
Descent: -429' -131 m
High: 1,315' 401 m
Low: 1,002' 305 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Huckleberry Path is the primary loop trail for exploring this parkland, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve.

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Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Bicycles are not permitted on this trail. Though Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve is generally closed to dogs, they are permitted on this trail's lower loop only. Horses are likewise permitted only on this trail's lower loop. (Therefore, no dog or horse access is permitted from the main parking lot.)

Runner Notes

Trails in this park are very narrow and the soil is fragile, so please be careful not to break down the trail tread's outer edge. As everywhere, please avoid stepping on vegetation.

Description

Huckleberry Path is the primary loop trail for exploring this parkland. Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve has a very unusual microclimate and very unusual soils, so it is home to some rare plants. The two primary access points are from the Preserve's parking lot, on Skyline Blvd between Grizzly Peak Blvd and Snake Road, and from the park's south end at the junction of Skyline Blvd and Pinehurst Road.

In order to get maximum enjoyment of the park and its rare plants, pick up a brochure at the parking lot's signboard or download it from the park's website.

The brochure describes the following route: From the parking lot's signboard, continue along a connector trail to reach this trail (Huckleberry Path) at a junction. Here, turn down to the left and descend steeply to another junction.

This trail (on the lower part of its loop) continues up and to the right. On this part of the trail, you'll pass a connector trail that goes steeply uphill. Continue ahead on this trail, reaching a junction. (Here, the trail can be followed to the left to reach the south end of the park.) Turn sharply to the right. You'll now be on the upper part of the loop, which contains most of the unusual plants and, after an initial steep climb, is mostly flat.

Soon, you'll pass the top of the previously-passed connector trail, which drops down to the right, then two additional connector trails going to the right. Continuing, you'll return to the junction near the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve is primarily a botanic preserve, so there are unusual plants to observe, including madrone, hazelnut, sword fern, wood fern, Douglas iris, leatherwood, jimbrush, canyon live oak, coast huckleberry, chinquapin, brittleleaf manzanita, pallid manzanita, coast silktassel, and pink-flowering currant. See the park brochure for details.

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Photos

View of Mt. Diablo in the distance
Jun 30, 2018 near Orinda, CA
Bay Trees provide needed shade on a hot summer day
Jun 30, 2018 near Orinda, CA
Pacific Madrone Tree
Jun 30, 2018 near Orinda, CA

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