Grizzly Peak

Grizzly Peak, Berkeley: Address, Grizzly Peak Reviews: 4.5/5

Grizzly Peak
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832vgs
New Delhi, India1,194 contributions
Dec 2021
Grizzly Peak is a summit in Berkeley Hills which one crosses while driving in or out of the city. It is close to the Tilden Regional Park and provides a beautiful view of the nature in and around. It is a great place to drive, trek/hike or cycle enjoying the scenic view. We enjoy our drive through the Peak whenever we visit Berkeley and take photos of the unique view it provides of the Golden Gate Bridge and the surrounding Bay Area.
Written December 23, 2021
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mdepalma57
Berkeley, CA19 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
I love driving along Grizzly Peak Blvd. But what's even better is being a passenger. There are several pull out areas where you can get an amazing view of the city, Golden Gate Bridge and the San Pablo bay.
Written July 10, 2018
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jgsobol
El Cerrito30 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
For the best views of San Francisco and SF Bay, Grizzly Peak is the best place to go. Since I live in the area I have been up here countless times. Located high in Berkeley Hills, you can get to Grizzly Peak from all directions but the best way in my opinion is to drive up from the East side of the UC Campus on Stadium Rim Rd. which becomes Canyon Rd. It follows Strawberry Creek as you climb up from the campus. About half way to Grizzly Peak you can stop and visit the UC Berkeley Arboretum (pay parking). Grizzly Peak is located between Contra Costa and Alameda Counties In Tilden Regional Park and runs from Kennington all the way to Skyline Blvd in Oakland. It is extremely curvy so "slow down". Over the years there have been a fair number of drivers who went over the side and were seriously injured or killed.
There are pull outs for stopping and viewing. Always be aware of your surroundings. This is a favorite place for couples to stop view the sunset. There have been some strong arm robberies up here since it is isolated and some distance from readily available help. You can reach Grizzly Peak from the East by driving up Old Fish Ranch Rd. The best views are either early in the morning or during sunset on a clear or near clear day. Don't bother if foggy as the road is slippery and visibility can be reduced to no more than 5 feet. Like I said. The views are :"To Die" for.
Written March 12, 2018
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Amrita P
22 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
The travel to Grizzly peak is quite steep and little scary but the view is breathtaking, as if the sparkling diamonds are spread all over the sea, hills, bridges, illuminating it like Diwali. It reminded me the view of the town when you take off at night from a big city but is much brighter and beautiful.
Grizzly peak in itself is dark and dies not have lights. There were around 10 cars parked. Teenagers were having drinks.Many couples were enjoying the solitude with a shining view of complete bay area in front of them.
Written June 8, 2018
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traxentertainment
Oakland, CA2 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
Beautiful views, but don't go at night if you can't stand the smell of weed at every turn-off point. There's no escaping it. You'll find a bunch of teenagers drinking too, but mostly stoners. Police don't patrol the area. It'd be nice to walk around there at night without any worries.
Written July 26, 2016
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isaac m
Leiden, The Netherlands214 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
you know that shot at the very end of the intro? probably taken on the road up to grizzly peak at lawrence labs...
and to the last reviewer who complained about how 'dirty'(and tagged) the parking areas are?
somewhat correct. so here's my advice...don't eat anything off the 'floor'.
otherwise, a lot of how we experience in life depends on where we point the camera, so to speak. or whether we 'zoom in' or 'dolly back'. when something is problematic maybe we need to look elsewhere.
like at the view rather than what's under my feet?
Written October 21, 2014
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Tom B
Berkeley, CA407 contributions
Sep 2014 • Family
"Grizzly Peak" refers to the highest point in the Berkeley hills. It is about 1950 feet tall. There is not really any particular attraction known as "Grizzly Peak," in other words, there is no sign proclaiming, "Grizzly Peak." At most, there is a small area at the shoulder of the road where motorists sometimes stop and park. The viewpoint is fine, and it is somewhat like the view from an airplane. You can see the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Tamalpais (2,574 feet high) in Marin County, Mount Vaca (2,818 feet high) in Solano County, and of course, the San Francisco Bay, Treasure Island, and the clouds tumbling over the hills in San Francisco and Sausalito. Another area suitable for viewing the San Francisco Bay, is the parking lot at nearby Lawrence Hall of Science.

I have lived in Berkeley, CA since 1969, and in my opinion, it is rare that anybody considers Grizzly Peak to be a tourist destination or to be a "fun attraction." It is just an unmarked shoulder to the side of the road. There are many trails in Tilden Park, located in the Berkeley hills, but there is not any particular trail that leads you to something called, "Grizzly Peak."

On the other hand, Grizzly Peak is worthy of mention on TripAdvisor, because of the stellar nearby attractions. First of all, Grizzly Peak Road, and associated roads such as Claremont Avenue, Skyline Boulevard, and Pinehurst Road, are excellent for bicyclists and for roadside hikers. In fact, on a couple of occasions, I have hiked from San Leandro along Skyline Boulevard and Grizzly Peak Road, all the way to Berkeley. As is self-evident to any visitor to Grizzly Peak Road, this area is popular for bicycling.

Now regarding the stellar attractions, the "little train" is located a stone's throw from Grizzly Peak. The little train, also known as the "steam train" and also as "Redwood Valley Railway," is a 15 inch gauge miniature railway, established in 1952. It has 1.25 miles of track. The ride costs $3.00 and lasts 12 minutes. The engine is a genuine steam engine that belches steam, and it pulls about 12 passenger cars. A small gift shop sells post cards, hats, pins, hats, and T-shirts, all with pictures of the steam train.

Another nearby attraction is Tilden Park Golf Course. Although I do not golf, the facility does have a small restaurant with a menu featuring a concise selection of high-quality meals. What could be finer, than sitting on a sunny patio having lunch, viewing the beautifully manicured rolling hills in this golf course, with its surrounding forest, and watching the various golfers swing their clubs?

CONCLUSION. To summarize, the attractions of Grizzly Peak include the bird's eye view from the roadside turnout, excellent thoroughfares for aerobic bicycling, the steam train, the nearby golf course with its restaurant, and nearby hiking trails in Tilden Park and in Oakland hills.
Written October 17, 2014
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keithf965
Winchester, United States25 contributions
Sep 2019
I went from one overlook to the next and each one had a more beautiful view than the last with plenty of parking and places to stand or sit and enjoy the sunset.
Written October 9, 2019
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bill49
San Leandro, CA86 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
If you're there at night or day you will walk away with the best views of the entire Bay Area Park on the top of the ridges, bring some food and beverages and enjoy the views of the bridges, San Francisco and a little fog. You will see a long way on a clear day!
Written June 1, 2019
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offtheclock
Tampa, FL231 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
This is not a negative review overall as the views are incredible. But the pull out we stopped at had graffiti covered logs and trash all over. It made me sad to see that so many people disregard the beauty of this place and left an ugly mark on it. It is worth seeing the Bay from this sight but also be aware that if you are bothered (as I am) by thoughtlessness, you will experience that as well.
Written October 29, 2018
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