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[Two Easy East Bay Hikes To Try – Oakland, CA]

December 14, 2021

Finding a quick hike in the East Bay can be hard to plan, especially with a toddler in tow so we always aim for hikes that can be flexible. One of our favorite places to hike with endless options are the trails in Joaquin Miller Park.

Serpentine Prairie Trai

The Serpentine Prairie Trail is short but perfect for a beginner hike. You have the option to lengthen it and adjust if you’d like and along the way you’ll likely see some horses, a bonus for some (me, mainly me). One of the things we like about this hike is how wide open it is, you have fully visibility and in a time of masks and social distancing, that’s a really nice thing to have in your back pocket when you’re venturing out with a baby strapped to you.

Length: 1.7 miles

Trail type: loop

Difficulty: easy

Sequoia Bayview and Big Trees Loop

It can be easy to default to the understandably beautiful Muir Woods for a glimpse at redwoods but if you’re local to Oakland you know there are a redwoods in your own backyard. For this quick hike we took the Sequoia Bayview trail and then turned when we hit the Big Tree trail so that we could round back to where we had parked. You do have the option of continuing on but this loop gives you about a 1.7 mile hike. We modified the hike to make it a bit shorter since we had a toddler with us. Notably, now that we have a toddler with us and strapped to Ben, I take pictures that mostly feature said combo walking ahead of me.

Length: 1.7 miles

Trail type: loop

Difficulty: easy

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