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Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, Oakland

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Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve is a 241acre regional park and nature reserve in the Berkeley Hills, in the eastern East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area) region of the San Francisco Bay Area of California. It is within Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. It is a park within the East Bay Regional Parks District system. The Preserve is named after the California Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum) which grows abundantly within its habitat.GeographyThe Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve is on the crest of the Oakland Hills, located above Oakland and Orinda. It represents a relic plant association found only in certain areas along the coastal climate region of California, where specific soil and climatic conditions still exist. It is a very diverse botanical area for native plants of the mixed evergreen forest and montane chaparral and woodlands ecoregions and plant communities. Trails connect the preserve with Robert Sibley Volcanic Preserve on the north, and Redwood Regional Park on the south."Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve." Oakland Wiki. Accessed September 1, 2017. Put Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Oakland driving holiday planner.
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  • Go up to Skyline Boulevard and a bit East and you will find this park, part of the green necklace that is around much of the urbanized area. Kind of wild, unmanicured, so good for hikes. 
    Go up to Skyline Boulevard and a bit East and you will find this park, part of the green necklace that is around much of the urbanized area. Kind of wild, unmanicured, so good for hikes.  more »
  • We took a long hike in this preserve and admired the wild atmosphere. It is up in the hills and not well-known so there are not many people around. 
    We took a long hike in this preserve and admired the wild atmosphere. It is up in the hills and not well-known so there are not many people around.  more »
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  • Huckleberry Botanic Preserve boasts a gorgeous variety of rare native plants on nicely maintained trails. Walking through the canopies of manzanitas and oaks, you’ll find the critically endangered pallid manzanitas with their red bark, and dozens of massive canyon live oaks. Ferns cover the hillside, growing around the pervasive giant bay trees. The upper trail is almost completely flat, with the lower trail being more strenuous with steps. If you visit, be sure to read the informational signs, and don’t take or disrupt any of the plants.
  • Got there early on a weekend (7:30ish) and there were many parking spots in the lot. 1 stall restroom facility w/o running water is available by the entrance. Lots of mist in the beginning of the hike that burned off after a while. Great signage and beautiful manzanitas.

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