Take your pooch exploring at the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, just outside of Berkeley. This open space has a primary scenic trail and some fire roads that wander through other parts of the property. The pathway will take you through eucalyptus forests, coastal scrub, grassland, and mixed woodlands. From the ridge, you'll be able to see panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay Area. Expect company on the well-traveled footpath -- this area has year-round appeal.
There's a trailhead with limited street parking for the Stonewall-Panoramic Trail on Stonewall Road. You'll start on a steep climb for the first about half-mile. Once you gain the first crest, you'll find that the trail levels off. As you walk along this plateau, you'll have puptastic views of Berkeley, Oakland, and the surrounding areas. Take a breather on the bench as you look for the Golden Gate Bridge and other landmarks.
When you continue your hike, the pathway will ascend again to a southern exposure. It's steep, and the lane has loose gravel here, so watch your step. In spring and summer, you'll find some gorgeous wildflowers on the slope. This road continues into UC Berkeley Hill's property. You can extend your trek to the campus or return to your car from here.
The East Bay Park District permits you to bring your pup with you on the trails here. They can accompany you off-leash if they're under complete voice control. You won't find any potable water supply in the preserve, so bring plenty of water with you, as well as waste bags to clean up any messes.
The Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve trail system offers a furrific place to escape the city for a little while. Hike through a diverse set of ecosystems with your furry pal. The climb will be a workout, but the views from the crest are worth the effort!