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Panoramic Hill and Fire Trail Hike: "Berkeley'­s Most Romantic Neighborhood"

This particular hike has great views of the Bay, Berkeley, and Claremont with a small dose of architectural gems!  (Thanks to Lincoln, another event host, for introducing this to me.)

Details: approximately 4 miles, 700 feet elevation gain, 2 hours.

Terrain: staircases and steep dirt trails.  Moderately strenuous and faster-paced than most hikes with stops for views, pics and catch-up.

Cross-posted with SF City Steps:

For a map see the following link:,-122.23805&spn=0.013213,0.027874

Near the start is Panoramic Hill which has some very lovely historic homes some of which were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Julia Morgan.  We will learn a little about the history of this museum-quality architectural neighborhood before ascending into the wooded hills.

Panoramic Hill Neighborhood


Orchard Steps


Frank Lloyd Wright Home


Julia Morgan Apartments



--Attendance Policy

No showing is not appreciated.  We understand that after work walks are sometimes difficult to make, but leave a message here at least an hour before the hike if you can not make it to avoid a "ding" which may jeopardize your ability to participate in future walks.

--Dog Policy

Dogs are allowed. There are some parts of the walk where a leash is required. Bring pet waste bags.


The street parking in this area is readily available.

--What to Bring/Wear

Water, snacks, hiking shoes, appropriate clothing, and a headlamp or flashlight

"The quality of this area depends not so much on its individual buildings, though there are many fine structures by Berkeley’s most important designers, but upon the survival of a complete neighborhood that provides a background for these buildings. Thus, the individual designs of Coxhead, Morgan, or Maybeck do not appear as museum pieces in a glass case, divorced of context, but convey the image and atmosphere of the intellectual and cultural milieu which aspired at the turn of the century to be the Athens of the West."—John Beach

Some of the homes can be viewed here:


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very beautifiul pics have been posted.

    June 29, 2013

  • David

    I will second Vivian's comment. Best hike in a long time!!!

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to see all of you Friday for a hike I really enjoyed sharing with you--architecture, staircases and views which are three things near and dear to my heart! Thanks for putting up with my little info. session and big thanks to Lincoln for guiding us through the dirt portion and having us clambering up a "shortcut!"

    June 16, 2013

  • Phil

    Great route, challenging hike, and good conversation. Thanks Franny for organizing a wonderful hike to cap the week.

    June 15, 2013

  • Ganesh

    Great hike. Some of us had dinner and hiked back to the top of the hill for a band playing under the stars and stayed till midnight!

    June 15, 2013

  • JingJing

    Nice meeting you all!

    June 14, 2013

  • Jeru H.

    good pace

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Active People,
    Please leave PLENTY of time for arrival. All the major freeways and streets are clogged at rush hour. From Oakland, I take Telegraph to Claremont to Belrose. It's longer but quicker. See you this evening.

    June 14, 2013

  • Sunit

    Dang it, waitlisted...hopefully a spot opens up

    June 14, 2013

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