Bay Area Hikes: The Stonewall Panoramic Trail

After a month sprinkled with Birthdays, Galentine’s Day, and Mardi Gras (and, thus, macarons, cocoa, and king cake), I am feeling the need to get out and move a bit more.

In graduate school, I became a bit spoiled – the gym at my university overlooked the Pacific Ocean. Now I find it difficult to exercise staring at a wall. As a result, I am seeking walks in the Bay Area that also offer views. I will be chronicling my escapades with a new series: Bay Area Hikes.

First up is one of my favorite local hikes, the Stonewall Panoramic Trail, in Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve.

stonewall-panoramic

The Stonewall Panoramic Trail hike starts at the end of Stonewall Road, right off of Claremont Avenue. I always love the peek afforded of the majestic hotel, framed by trees, as I walk up the road to the trail head.

claremont-hotel

The trail is particularly beautiful this time of year; the grass is almost technicolor after the rain.

technicolor-grass

And, although steep, it is worth it; at each bend, another view is offered. Here, through the eucalyptus, you can just see U.C. Berkeley’s Campanile in the valley below.

Claremont-Campanile

I always manage to get myself out of the house at the last possible moment. Fortunately, this means that often, I hit the trail just as the sun is beginning to set. I love the rosy glow on the hillside reflecting off all the homes.

rosy-glow

Then, as the trail nears the peak, a lookout spot is carved out, with a bench offering a sweeping view of the San Francisco bay.

claremont-view

The view helps me forget how strenuous the hike is and ensures that I will return soon.

claremont-sunset

What about you? Where is your favorite place to hike?

eucalyptus-sunset

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