San Jose, California
Huckleberry Botanic/Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserves
At Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve the native plant community here is found nowhere else in the East Bay. It represents a relic plant association found only in certain areas along California's coast where ideal soil and climatic conditions exist.
Level: 3.5 - Miles: 7.5 - Elevation: 1000’ - Host: Mitchel H.During the first part of the hike we will be in the Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, which begins under a canopy of trees and a variety of plant life. For most of the hike we will be in Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, which is more open and has more views of the distant mountain ranges.
There will be no protection from the elements on the second half of the hike so dress accordingly. It's a good idea to bring a hat, sun-block, lots of water, something to eat, and if you like a chair, tarp or blanket to sit on during the meeting.
Get on 880 North towards Oakland. At Oakland go right onto Junction (Jct.) 980 to Highway 24 / Walnut Creek. Then stay in the left two lanes and take Highway 24 towards Berkeley / Walnut Creek. Just before you enter the Caldecott Tunnel you want to be in the far right hand lane. After the tunnel take the first exit, which is Fish Ranch Road and follow it to the right and up the hill. At the stop sign turn left onto Grizzly Peck. At the next stop sign turn left onto Skyline Blvd. Take the first left into Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Presence. We’ll meet at the entrance.Drive Time: 1 hr 30 minutes – Parking is free – No Dogs Allowed Hike start time promptly at 10 a.m.