Hike the Anza Trail through Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve
by Daniel Sanchez, Anza Trail Park Guide
This easy, 1.7-mile loop trail takes you on a beautiful segment of Anza Trail through the Oakland Hills. This segment of Anza Trail is administered by the East Bay Regional Park District. Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve spans Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.
About this Trail
I’m all ways eager to scout out a trail that is friendly for groups of new hikers. I found that the Anza Trail, passing through Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, provides hikers a short loop with stunning views and amazing plant communities.
This loop trail is open to hikers only. A self-guided nature path provides information about flora in the park. The park’s location in the hills above Oakland’s Montclair district is home to a unique micro-climate; it is directly across San Francisco Bay from the golden gate, which provides a flow of Pacific fog.
The main Huckleberry Path/Anza Trail loop is 1.7 miles. A shortcut shaves 0.73 miles if desired.
Directions to Trailhead
The park is just southeast of Sibley Volcanic Preserve, and the Huckleberry Path trailhead is located just south of the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Elverton Drive in Oakland (See Google map). Facilities include a gravel parking lot, tables, bathrooms, and a park sign that displays a map and information about the park.
Following the Huckleberry Path Trail, some friends and I decided to take the loop trail clockwise, starting down a set of stairs flanked by lush ferns. Once you have descended the trail levels out and you may look across a canyon that overlooks San Leandro Creek.
Large Pacific Madrone trees shade this area. After 1/3 of a mile, Hackberry Path meets up with the Anza Trail (which in this area is also the Bay Area Ridge Trail and the Skyline National Trail). Keep right at this fork, preceding though a mature Bay Tree forest.
After another 1/2 mile (after the 5th marker on the self-guided nature tour) you have the option of turning right up a shortcut. This will shave 0.73 miles off the loop hike, but only after a strenuous climb.
To skip the shortcut, continue heading west. After another 0.4 miles, turn right to stay on the Huckleberry Path, leaving the Anza Trail. The Huckleberry Path takes you back to your starting point along the contours of the hills. The trail here is flanked with beautiful Manzanita plants and provides spectacular views of Mount Diablo.
Maps and Links
Zoom to this section of Anza Trail on our interactive map HERE.
The Huckleberry Botanical Regional Preserve Map and Information can be found at http://www.ebparks.org/parks/huckleberry#trailmap
Manzanita in Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve