Get Fit in the New Year at the Hillside Natural Area

January 4, 2018

You probably wouldn't expect to find a 90-acre oasis of nature smack dab in the heart of a bustling city, which is what makes Hillside Natural Area so beloved among El Cerrito residents. This sprawling park plays host to rolling meadows, majestic oak woodlands, and breathtaking views of the valley below.

So Hillside Natural Area serves as the perfect place to get active and work toward your fitness goals in the new year. Start a hike at the north side of the Hillside Natural Area—where a sign reading "El Cerrito Memorial Foundation" sits at the trailhead—to explore a forest of redwoods and pine trees with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay, and a former rock quarry. Or start your excursion at the southern tip of the park to meander through meadows and drink in a panorama of Berkeley and Oakland. Either way, you won't regret spending some of your new year at Hillside Natural Area.

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