Secret Stairs: East Bay: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Berkeley and Oakland

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The hills of the East Bay contain one of the finest and densest urban hiking environments in the state of California—more than 400 paved pathways and public staircases lattice up and down the slopes of Berkeley and Oakland alone. Rising high above the city centers, with towering views of the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, and San Francisco itself, these elegant civic walking trails—many of them shaded in oaks and redwoods, and many unknown even to local residents—present a unique landscape for both the ...
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Overview


The hills of the East Bay contain one of the finest and densest urban hiking environments in the state of California—more than 400 paved pathways and public staircases lattice up and down the slopes of Berkeley and Oakland alone. Rising high above the city centers, with towering views of the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, and San Francisco itself, these elegant civic walking trails—many of them shaded in oaks and redwoods, and many unknown even to local residents—present a unique landscape for both the casual walker and dedicated hiker.

Charles Fleming, the Southern California author whose bestselling 2010 walking guide Secret Stairs turned the hidden public staircases of Los Angeles into popular hiking trails, now turns his eyes northward. For Secret Stairs: East Bay, Fleming has designed more than 30 individual hiking loops. Linking multiple staircases into one-to two-hour self-guided strolls, these urban treks will delight the tourist, newly arrived Berkeley undergraduate, and veteran Bay Area resident alike.

The circular walks, each calibrated by length, difficulty, and duration—and each accompanied by a detailed, easy-to-follow map—are sprinkled with fascinating facts about the historic staircases, the historic homes around them, and the famous Bay Area characters who gave them their names. Walk the walks of Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and John Muir! Climb Berkeley’s massive Fred Herbert and Tamalpais Paths, hike Easter Way, and summit Sunset Trail! Mount Oakland’s Oakmore stairs, then tackle the hills of Upper Rockridge and Crocker Highlands via the public staircases. And do it all within easy walking distance from BART or bus stops, free parking, and excellent Bay Area cafés.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595800633
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 287,494
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 6.06 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author


Charles Fleming is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles, the national bestseller High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess, and co-author of the New York Times bestsellers Three Weeks in October: The Manhunt for the Serial Sniper, A Goomba's Guide to Life, and My Lobotomy. A former staff writer for Newsweek, Variety, and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, and a frequent contributor to Vanity Fair, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine, and LA Weekly, Fleming teaches journalism at USC. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Silver Lake, California.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Part 1 Berkeley: The South

Walk #1 Claremont: The Uplands 15

Walk #2 Claremont Hotel Heights 21

Walk #3 Elmwood Park 25

Walk #4 Panoramic Hills 31

Walk #5 Campus Walk 37

Walk #6 Holy Hill 45

Walk #7 Berryman Station 53

Walk #8 Northside 57

Part 2 Berkeley: The North

Walk #9 "Rose" Walk 65

Walk #10 Codornices Park 71

Walk #11 Terrace View Park 77

Walk #12 Grizzly Peaks 83

Walk #13 Cragmont Rock Park 89

Walk #14 Northbrae Heights 93

Walk #15 Northbrae Rock Paths 99

Walk #16 Great Stone Face Park 105

Walk #17 Acacia Walk 111

Walk #18 Remillard Park 115

Part 3 Oakland: The South and East

Walk #19 Lake Merritt Cascades 123

Walk #20 Broadway and Oak Glen Park 129

Walk #21 Highland Hospital 133

Walk #22 Grand Lake's Rose Garden 137

Walk #23 Glenview 143

Walk #24 Oakmore 147

Walk #25 Trestle Glen and Piedmont 151

Walk #26 Trestle Glen and Lakeshore Highlands 155

Walk #27 Trestle Glen and Crocker Highlands 161

Part 4 Oakland: The North and West

Walk #28 Lower Piedmont Park 169

Walk #29 Upper Piedmont Park 173

Walk #30 Upper Rockridge West 179

Walk #31 Upper Rockridge East 185

Walk #32 Montclair Village 191

Walk #33 Merriewood 195

Walk #34 Dracena Park 199

Part 5 East Bay & Beyond

Walk #35 Albany Hill 207

Walk #36 El Cerrito 211

Walk #37 Kensington North 217

Walk #38 Kensington Figure Eight 221

Acknowledgments 226

Index 228

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