We headed to the outdoors today. I wanted to pick a hike specifically in the East Bay versus Marin, the Peninsula, or the South Bay. I decided on Joaquin Miller Park in the Oakland hills. I’m embarrassed to say in all my years of hiking, I’ve only been to the community center at Joaquin Miller. Pretty pathetic for someone who has spent almost her whole life in the Bay Area with a minor in Forestry. Damn sad. But I’m making up for lost time and trying to diversify my hiking repertoire.
Forget the accolades I’ve bestowed on previous hikes, this is one of the grand daddies. From San Francisco, it took us 25 minutes to drive, park, and get going on a trail. We saved time + gas = more money for chocolate. The terrain reminds me of Big Basin–expansive, varying elevation with some steep killer trails, and an abundance of redwoods. Different from Big Basin, Joaquin Miller has a sunny meadow, few trail signs, less people, less traffic, and more serenity. A warning that poison ivy is in full effect.
I forgot my camera so these are pictures from the Bay Area Hiker site.