14. Big C Hike
Distance: 1.25 miles
Trailhead: It's poorly marked, but find the parking lot behind Foothill (you'll enter through Cyclotron Rd) and go to the very end of the lot and make a U-turn at the only uphill path.
This is actually a mildly strenuous hike, but the payoff is 1) you get to see THE ENTIRE BAY AREA, literally, North Bay, SF, all of the East Bay (the view is straight out of control), and 2) you'll get to see UC Berkeley's Big C up close and personal, which the charter for the school is buried underneath. Also a cool side stop on the way: there's a trail split mid-way up and if you go right it'll take you out to Tightwad Hill where students/alums w/o game tickets get a not-actually-that-bad view of Cal football in action right next to the victory cannon. Oh, and there's a swing!
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