Strawberry Canyon and Claremont Canyon Hike (complete sequence)

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Oakland and Berkeley California

This is the ridiculously complete sequence, showing many of the Strawberry Canyon photos that I've kept. There's also a shorter sequence of some favorite shots, and a more reasonably longer sequence. The first part of this sequence is simply going up through the UC Berkeley campus toward the canyon.

UC Berkeley is planning a major tree cut and ongoing herbicide applications here, as part of more FEMA-funded tree cutting all along the East Bay Hills. Groups opposing the plan include Save the East Bay Hills, Death of a Million Trees, the Hills Conservation Network, the TreeSpirit Project, the Coalition to Defend East Bay Forests, East Bay Pesticide Alert, and CUIDO (Communities United in Defense of Olmstead). See also FEMA's web pages, especially the FAQ.

My photos of some of the threatened trees are at bapd.org/treestalk.html. For photos of vegetation near Signpost 29 on Claremont Avenue, where eucs were already cut years ago, see bapd.org/sign29.html. For an outline of arguments against the cuts, see bapd.org/treenotes.html.

Point-and-shoot photos by Ken Cheetham.
Disclaimer: Some of my species identifications may be incorrect, as I am definitely not an expert.
Copyright Ken Cheetham. These photos are free for any not-for-profit use.



090528 03 UC Berkeley West Gate sign



090528 05 Strawberry Creek goes beneath Oxford



090528 04 approaching UCB West path entrance



090419 01 cracked spherical sculpture



090517 06 looking through the spherical sculpture



090528 09 lower Strawberry Creek



090528 10 UCB eucalypti behind other trees



090819 03 Strawberry Creek below Dwinelle



090405 02 Sather Gate



090419 02 the Campanile



090528 15 Strawberry Creek near Faculty Glade



090528 13 empty Faculty Glade



110327 01 this squirrel likes me



090819 08 weird tree at Faculty Glade



090819 11 Senior Men's Hall at UC Berkeley



090412 03 International House dome



090711 13 International House entrance



090528 17 Bancroft Steps



090405 04 Memorial Stadium



090528 18 entrance to Canyon Road



090528 19 dark wood siding on Canyon Road



090528 20 mid-Canyon Road gnarly tree



090528 21 straight path at end of Canyon Road



110528 01 notices at start of Canyon Road trail



090508 02 softball below Canyon Road



110629 02 first narrow trail up from Canyon Road



110407 01 bottom of far Canyon Road trail



090528 26 proceeding along far Canyon Road trail



091227 01 moss on the minor sideways tree



110407 02 sideways tree on climb to lower redwoods



110528 02 steep entrance to lower redwoods



110528 03 looking down from lower redwoods



090809 02 lower redwoods up at an angle



090809 03 lower redwoods straight up



091227 02 yellow-orange mushrooms on tree



100221 01 turkey tail mushrooms by lower redwoods



120318 03 path beside lower redwoods (downward)



110629 03 lower redwood grove above Canyon Road



110528 04 cypress trunks and laurel in grassy area



110130 02 a CA bay laurel beneath the cypress


090822 02 apparently wild tree tobacco (Nicotiana glauca)



110821 01 the Campanile from Canyon Road trail



110629 04 down into cypress trees below Lower Jordan



110130 01 down into the wet lower redwoods



110407 05 Canyon Road trail exits onto Lower Jordan



110629 05 down at Canyon Road trail from Lower Jordan



091227 08 Lower Jordan below California bay laurel



110629 07 stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) with red buds



110629 08 red buds of stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)



090528 37 coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia) on Lower Jordan



090528 39 foggy gnarly oaks below lower Jordan



110130 03 mossy foggy oaks below Lower Jordan



120318 04 coast live oak falls on Lower Jordan



120318 20 a rotting coast live oak limb



090819 16 suspected trail workers on lower Jordan



091101 13 Western Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)



090809 01 blackberries about to be eaten



110619 01 banana slug on Lower Jordan



110629 09 unknown round green leaves



090705 12 Rest In Peace on sawn limb (close)



151206 02 major pruning of tree near redwood grove



091227 09 mossy oak near Woodbridge Metcalf Grove



090718 01 Memorial Stadium behind field hockey



090610 02 Bowles Hall on Stadium Rim Way



090722 03 turning onto Centennial Drive



090718 03 wooded hill behind youth sports camp sign



090705 15 two law-abiding deer on Centennial



090705 17 doe grazes near Centennial Drive



090705 14 curious place for a bus stop



090610 03 California Buckeye (Aesculus californica) on Centennial



101224 03 eight wild turkeys by Centennial Drive



101224 04 the apparent leader turkey on Centennial Drive



090627 trees by Centennial & Strawberry Creek



090718 04 Jordan Trail parking area



110327 05 confluence of creeks by Centennial 2



091231 02 Lower Jordan trailhead on Centennial



090610 07 Strawberry Creek near Centennial Drive



110605 03 waterfalls in creek by Centennial Drive



110605 02 up into mossy tree near Centennial Drive



090718 05 small trees above north lower Jordan



090610 08 Strawberry Creek waterfall near Centennial



090610 09 Strawberry Creek waterfall from above



090813 03 dead white branches through greenery



090703 05 north lower Jordan joggers by creek



090703 04 tree stump in Strawberry Creek



091231 05 ferns on stone culvert over creek



090610 10 blackberry blossoms on north lower Jordan



090703 07 north lower Jordan behind blackberry



090711 16 north lower Jordan Trail behind creek



091231 06 poisonous big Periwinkle (Vinca major) on Lower Jordan



091213 05 mossy foggy rainy trees (Lower Jordan)



100131 02 red Cotoneaster berries, I think



090809 09 blackberry gully at Woodbridge Metcalf grove entrance



110528 06 Woodbridge Metcalf sign and entrance



090711 18 Woodbridge Metcale [sic] Grove sign



090927 05 Metcalf trail behind redwood leaves



100124 02 upward at Metcalf redwood bark



090405 09 falling Woodbridge Metcalf redwoods



140302 03 a low-tech shelter



090528 44 central log in Woodbridge Metcalf redwoods



110130 05 down toward the sacred circle



090528 45 trail in middle of Woodbridge Metcalf grove



091108 03 redwood bark up close



090711 19 up into redwoods at an angle



110629 11 straight up a redwood trunk



110911 02 path down through the redwoods



110731 03 Metcalf redwoods behind CA bay laurel



110629 12 young redwood leaf tips



130818 05 mossy tree at top of redwoods



110407 07 too-steep exit from Metcalf grove to Upper Jordan



090902 04 shelf-like tree mushroom up close



090517 22 presumably thwarting the mountain bikers



090711 20 approaching top of Metcalf trail



090711 21 at top of Metcalf trail



090610 16 Metcalf trail emerges onto upper Jordan



091231 08 looking down at top of Metcalf trail



100203 04 Metcalf redwoods from Upper Jordan



090412 07 hill near Berkeley Lab from Upper Jordan



090405 15 Berkeley Lab from upper Jordan Trail



151206 01 fog in the trees above Berkeley lab, from Lower Jordan



091101 05 Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source synchrotron



100404 07 roots in path beside Jordan Trail ramp in the rain



110629 13 Metcalf trail crosses Upper Jordan



110629 14 toward Panoramic Ridge from Metcalf trail



090419 16 upper Jordan from upper Woodbridge Metcalf



090528 88 approaching fog toward Panoramic Ridge



110717 03 Oakland from top-of-Panoramic knob



100131 10 cypress trees behind CA bay laurel



091213 09 cypress trees in foggy rain behind California bay laurel



091213 08 pine cones and copper needles in rain



090508 12 log with back massage knot



090610 39 logs along Panoramic Ridge (dark)



100207 03 cypress trees on top-of-Panoramic knob



100314 01 Golden Gate from top-of-Panoramic knob



090927 09 a buck on top-of-Panoramic knob



090412 14 Claremont houses behind me



090405 24 fork on top-of-Panoramic knob



090610 38 European spurge (Euphorbia oblongata) on Panoramic Ridge



110605 08 lots of European spurge (Euphorbia oblongata)



090531 19 pines behind Panoramic Ridge cypress trees      (threatened by UC)



090412 16 poppy knob beyond French broom



091129 02 mushroom past top of Panoramic (perhaps Russula sanguinea)



090809 17 French broom (Genista monspessulana)



090809 16 French broom leaves and flowers



090809 18 French broom leaves and flowers (close)



120408 01 cypress on ridge beyond young pines      (threatened by UC)



091108 04 baby pine tree from above



100110 06 many fly amanita mushrooms



100110 07 two fly amanita mushrooms (Amanita muscaria)



100103 08 fly amanita (Amanita muscaria) mushroom



110629 16 the widespread coyote bush (Baccharus pilularis)



100131 09 pines on the way to poppy knob      (threatened by UC)



100404 09 Pinus radiata on the ridge      (threatened by UC)



161029 06 California bay mingling with red pines



110629 17 poison oak on a Pinus radiata trunk



090722 10 pine tree bark and knot      (threatened by UC)



101224 09 red Pinus radiata bark up close      (threatened by UC)



140330 03 early and later Pinus radiata male pollen cones      (threatened by UC)



090722 07 a green female Pinus radiata cone



090927 07 a female Pinus radiata cone



110116 05 Pinus radiata before poppy knob      (threatened by UC)



110313 01 Pinus radiata on the first connector      (threatened by UC)



130623 10 Pinus radiata on first connector in fog      (threatened by UC)



130623 09 straight up Pinus radiata in the fog      (threatened by UC)



090819 23 bull thistle going to seed on first connector (dense)



090819 23 bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare) going to seed on first connector



090816 18 a Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) takes flight



130818 01 Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus) near first connector



130818 02 Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus) rattler



110629 18 a doe retreats down the first connector



090816 26 up into lone redwood with reddish bark



090819 20 holes in pine bark at first connector trail      (threatened by UC)



090819 22 bracken ferns (Pteridium aquilinum) on first connector



090822 21 bluish-gray pine tree bark      (threatened by UC)



090614 17 noble woolly goat below poppy knob



090703 10 from the woolly goat maybe



090531 22 climbing under the pines to poppy knob      (threatened by UC)



090822 19 southward pine branches beyond lichen      (threatened by UC)



091213 15 southward pine limbs in foggy rain



160717 17 a euc among California bay on poppy knob



140302 08 eucalyptus not yet destroyed by UC      (threatened by UC)



100110 08 back on Panoramic Trail from poppy knob



090412 18 Claremont houses behind California poppies



110407 08 California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) on poppy knob



100314 02 pines on the ridge trail from poppy knob      (threatened by UC)



090902 13 San Francisco from poppy knob (zoomed)



090920 12 California blackberry (Rubus ursinus)



090614 19 goats near tree on poppy knob



090614 18 handsome brown and black goat grazing



090508 14 Bay Bridge seen through dark trees



090508 16 Marin Headlands seen through greenery



090528 55 Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) on rock



120304 02 white blossoms before cypress trees on ridge trail



110717 05 spiral knob



100203 10 cypress trees near short connector



090528 57 short connector to upper Jordan Trail



110710 01 Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) at short connector



090528 58 toward bottom of short connector



090528 59 tricky steps at bottom of short connector



090528 60 fallen tree on short connector under clouds



090718 15 path through cypress trees off short connector



090718 12 upper Jordan Trail below cypress trees in grass



090718 14 odd exposed roots near short connector



091227 15 narrow path down to Upper Jordan



090819 27 cypress limbs on south side only, off short connector



090606 09 on East-West Trail toward spiral knob



090614 21 humans on spiral knob (zoomed)



100328 01 California manroot (Marah fabaceus)



110717 06 view from base of spiral knob 1



110717 07 view from base of spiral knob 2



110717 08 view from base of spiral knob 3



100328 04 Claremont Canyon behind sagebrush (Artemisia californica)



110731 10 down into Claremont Canyon from base of spiral knob



110605 11 French lavender (Lavandula stoechas) beside spiral knob (close)



110619 07 sticky monkey flower, base of spiral knob



090809 14 wild buckwheat (genus Eriogonum) below spiral knob



090718 16 puffy clouds behind sprial knob



090819 32 coyote bush in bloom (Baccharus pilularis)



091101 10 rock on south base of spiral knob



090711 22 start of narrow trail to spiral knob



110731 08 start of narrow trail to top of spiral knob (close)



090528 63 narrow trail up to spiral knob



090412 28 Oakland behind spiral (top of spiral knob)



110327 13 some green grass in the spiral



140302 10 the spiral after repair by Carl



090718 25 me in WV T-shirt at lower spiral



110407 09 trails below silver lupines on spiral knob



090610 37 Marin beyond upper Jordan from spiral knob



090603 08 Blue Pimpernel (Anagallis monellii) on spiral knob



090528 66 fog behind spiral knob plants



100207 08 orange on rock on spiral knob



100328 06 California poppy on rock, top of spiral knob



140330 10 horehound with dry seed pods on spiral knob



100221 09 silver lupine blooms in rain on spiral knob



090610 34 cloudy Golden Gate behind lower spiral



091206 04 limb sculpture on spiral knob



090412 50 Marin Headlands near sunset



090412 57 Marin Headlands at sunset



090828 07 setting sun glows behind Mount Tam



111113 07 western fence lizard on spiral knob eucalyptus



111113 06 coyote bush (Baccharus pilularis) blossoms on spiral knob



110407 10 Claremont Canyon below lupines and sagebrush on spiral knob



090819 35 Common Madia (Madia elegans) on spiral knob



090902 12 lichen on coast live oak on spiral knob



090902 10 bracken fern on spiral knob (Pteridium aquilinum)



100314 10 plant with spiky red, narrow path to spiral knob



140302 12 new lichen on coyote brush



111113 05 California bay laurel buds



120408 09 new leaves on unknown green ground plant



110911 05 blue gum eucalyptus leaves (Eucalyptus globulus)      (threatened by UC)



090819 34 red & green poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum)



090718 27 upper Jordan Trail from near spiral knob



090531 34 upper Jordan from near spiral knob



110717 10 Upper Jordan and Chaparral Peak from spiral knob



100314 11 Star Lily (Toxicoscordion fremontii, poisonous) just past spiral knob



091227 14 eucalyptus bark in California bay laurel



140302 09 eucalyptus not yet destroyed by UC      (threatened by UC)



160717 19 a trail down through the eucs past spiral knob



150703 02 bay laurel and California blackberry sprouting under big euc



091122 21 Turkey Tail mushrooms (Trametes versicolor)



090528 69 at Claremont Trail and last Jordan connector



150703 10 California bay laurel mingling with eucalyptus



150703 11 eucalyptus behind bay laurel and monkeflower



090610 28 entrance to Side Hill Trail



110629 20 broom and hemlock encroach on Side Hill Trail



110605 15 obnoxious poison hemlock (Conium maculatum)



110710 06 unknown plant near start of Side Hill Trail



110327 14 silver lupines along Side Hill Trail



090603 10 golden yarrow (Eriophyllum confertiflorum)



090531 39 Indian paintbrush flowers (Castilleja affinis)



090531 42 paintbrush and monkey-flower on rock



120408 11 California poppies on rock, Side Hill Trail (zoomed)



110605 13 monkey flower and paintbrush up close



090606 20 Blue Pimpernel (Anagallis monellii) in straw



090606 21 Coyote Mint (Monardella villosa)



090606 15 rock phacelia (Phacelia imbricata)



090614 23 slender red flowers on Side Hill Trail



090614 26 Tangier pea (Lathyrus tingitanus) in branches



090606 19 Tangier pea (Lathyrus tingitanus) on Side Hill Trail



090528 78 foggy ridge trees near Grizzly Peak Boulevard



110629 22 unknown purple flower 2



090412 39 gate on other side of Grizzly Peak Boulevard



160717 28 Side Hill Trail from south on Grizzly Peak Blvd



160717 29 eucs high above Grizzly Peak Blvd



120408 12 Golden Gate and Bay Bridge from Side Hill Trail



090531 36 fog behind Side Hill Trail hillside



110629 25 sticky monkey flower among sagebrush



090531 40 lichen beyond Indian paintbrush



090718 30 eucalyptus and bay laurel grove by Claremont Trail      (threatened by UC)



090528 80 fog behind me on Side Hill Trail



090412 43 spiky web leaves of milk thistle



090508 26 too many big loose rocks on upper East-West



160717 40 approaching Chaparral Peak pines



090703 15 East-West Trail nears Chaparral Peak



110403 04 pine trees on Chaparral Peak



090703 17 Grizzly Peak Boulevard from south of Chaparral Peak



160717 35 a clearcut to the east of Chaparral Peak



160717 31 the clearcut east of Chaparral Peak



090703 18 heading back down from Chaparral Peak



160717 39 a variety of plants down from Chaparral Peak



090419 45 big loose rocks down from Chaparral Peak



090718 31 down last connector to upper Jordan



091108 11 black and white lichen on last Jordan connector



090517 33 brush rabbit freezes on north Jordan



091101 08 Marin Headlands beyond Hamilton Gulch



110731 07 coast live oak leaves up close



110710 05 new coast live oak leaves



110612 04 poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) blocking the view



110619 03 last year's lovely poison hemlock



090610 24 into Hamilton Gulch from upper Jordan



110717 11 through Hamilton Gulch from back end



090610 25 start of path to twixt-hamil-straw knob



090610 26 down toward twixt-hamil-straw knob



090531 45 toward twixt-hamil-straw knob



090603 13 leaning trees on twixt-hamil-straw knob



090606 14 falling trees on twixt-hamil-straw knob



090531 46 friendly poison oak on hamil-straw knob



090603 11 down into Hamilton Gulch from hamil-straw knob



090606 13 spiral knob from twixt-hamil-straw knob



090610 27 back out from twixt-hamil-straw knob



091231 10 California blackberry (Rubus ursinus) on Upper Jordan



101103 CA bay laurel in Hamilton Gulch



090517 35 lookout bench on upper Jordan Trail



090913 06 rock behind upper Jordan bench



120408 13 Campanile and Angel Island from Upper Jordan bench



101224 14 LOVE rock sculpture near Upper Jordan bench



090703 20 sticky monkey-flower with (I think) ocean spray



110731 04 a bunch of sticky monkey flower (Mimulus aurentiacus)



110710 04 sticky monkey flower closer



090528 82 milk thistle (Silybum marianum)



090718 33 milk thistle ready to spread seed



091231 11 stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)



090822 15 stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)



100131 05 Forget-Me-Nots (Myosotis latifolia)



090531 29 up at short connector from the East



090531 28 up at short connector from the West



120408 14 edible miner's lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata) with poison hemlock creeping in



110731 05 magenta finger-like flowers with green berries



100117 09 California bay laurel (Umbellularia californica) in the rain



091227 06 young poison hemlock (Conium maculatum)



100124 08 cypress beyond CA bay laurel (Upper Jordan)



091108 13 mushrooms on the trail



090610 21 narrow path up to Panoramic Trail



091231 12 a mingling of fresh green on Upper Jordan



110717 12 spiral knob from Upper Jordan



090816 24 hard red berries on upper Jordan Trail



100307 01 white blossoms on Upper Jordan, maybe wild plum



090610 22 a dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis) on Upper Jordan



090610 20 clouds and bay behind dark trees



091227 13 Upper Jordan behind trees in gulley



090722 15 eucalyptus peelage



090816 25 Toyon, I think (Heteromeles arbutifolia)



090722 13 foxtails not yet in my shoes



100207 11 Forget-Me-Nots (Myosotis latifolia), Upper Jordan



110313 02 conical tree and leaning trees in gulley



150703 14 California bay laurel amidst tall pines (closer)



130623 14 20,000 more of these are on the way



111113 02 looks like edible field mustard (Brassica rapa)



150703 19 sticky monkey flower beneath pines



110629 26 big leaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) on Upper Jordan



091206 05 cape ivy (Delairea odorata)



100103 01 cape ivy smothering a tree



110407 14 top of Arden Path public steps



110407 19 looking up lower Orchard Lane public steps



090531 51 gate at top of Panoramic Way



090722 05 house near top of Panoramic Way



090606 07 down at Panoramic Trail from top of hillside path



090606 05 Golden Gate from upper hillside path



090419 17 Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)



090722 20 house at top of Panoramic Way



120304 03 hillside trail behind top-of-Panoramic flowers



090902 15 Golden Gate and Mount Tam after sunset



090614 10 stranded quail chicks at top of Panoramic 1



090614 11 stranded quail chicks at top of Panoramic 2



090614 12 quail parent near stranded chicks



090610 40 aloe vera at top of Panoramic Way



090614 13 blackberry blossoms at top of Panoramic Way



090419 21 Oakland behind Panoramic Trail gate



090614 08 gate at top of Stonewall-Panoramic Trail



090419 22 bench at top of Stonewall-Panoramic trail



090722 21 plaque on bench at top of Panoramic



090816 14 lichen and pennies on tree, top of Panoramic Trail



090816 13 California Coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica) near top of Panoramic Trail



090614 07 Golden Gate beyond upper steep Panoramic



161029 03 eucs off the top of Stonewall-Panoramic



091108 family descending steep Panoramic Trail



101103 red sunset over Golden Gate and Mt Tam



090816 12 California Goldenrod (Solidago californica) north of Panoramic Trail



090722 22 hiking poles on steep Panoramic Trail



090816 09 up at upper steep Panoramic Trail



130623 03 new bench before upper steep Panoramic Trail



090822 25 Amaryllis belladonna near mid-Panoramic rock (probably planted)



090722 23 a modest rock sculpture



090531 17 Claremont Canyon hillside



090614 05 Golden Gate behind lower steep Panoramic



110717 02 Golden Gate from Stonewall-Panoramic Trail



110717 01 large turkey crosses Stonewall-Panoramic Trail



090816 03 Claremont resort from south of Panoramic



090816 06 Hairy Pampas Grass (Cortaderia jubata)



090531 16 fat eucalyptus on lower Panoramic knob      (threatened by UC)



130623 02 eucalyptus on first Stonewall-Panoramic landing



100103 12 eucalyptus surrounded by CA bay laurel



090531 09 hollow eucalyptus on lower Panoramic Trail knob (now gone)



150703 20 the big hollow eucalyptus is now gone



090614 02 lower hillside trail from Panoramic Trail



090614 03 upper hillside trail from Panoramic Trail



090809 28 people climbing hillside trail



091122 06 start of trail to dry Clark Kerr creek



090531 11 heading to creek by Panoramic Trail



090531 12 a fallen tree to climb under



090531 13 appears to be a black bee



161029 08 first landing eucs beyond grassy hillside



090606 04 up at Panoramic Trail from Panoramic Way



090711 25 dead skunk on Panoramic Way 1



090711 25 dead skunk on Panoramic Way 2



090603 17 top of Dwight Way hillside trail



090610 43 goats employed to clear the hillside



090610 45 pretty goat grazes near electric fence



090531 15 Clark Kerr campus from hillside trail



100307 06 looking along hillside trail



091122 04 down at precarious hillside trail steps



091122 03 upper precarious hillside trail steps



161029 09 new stairs above Clark Kerr campus



091122 01 hillside trail at top of Dwight Way



090927 12 face painting below lower Panoramic Trail



160717 05 eucs and people just past Stonewall junction



130623 01 eucalyptus on lower Stonewall-Panoramic Trail      (threatened by UC)



091206 01 switchback at bottom of Panoramic Trail



090531 07 notices at start of Stonewall-Panoramic Trail



090606 26 Claremont Canyon Preserve entrance sign



090606 27 Claremont Preserve gate on Stonewall Road



090531 05 along Tanglewood Path to trailhead



090606 28 Panoramic Trail access from Derby Street