Review: Indian Rock Park

950 Indian Rock Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707

Nestled in the middle of a quiet residential area, Indian Rock Park offers picturesque trails, great views, and challenging rock climbs for beginners. Hike to the top of the highest rock outcrop to take in incredible Bay views (both Alcatraz and Treasure Island are visible on a clear day). Steps have been cut into the rock to make for a fairly easy climb. For a more challenging route, tackle one of the steeper trails.

The park is open late (until 10 p.m.), so grab a headlamp and set out in the late afternoon to watch the last rays of sunlight fade over the water.

Read about other great views in the Bay Area.

Take BART to the Downtown Berkeley station. Walk to Shattuck Avenue and Center Street, and take bus number 18 toward Albany. Get off at Sutter Street and Hopkins Street and walk north to Indian Rock Avenue.

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A twenty-something Colorado native, Alison Kjeldgaard is an aspiring editor, avid reader, and obsessed tango dancer. She lived in Los Angeles for four years where she enjoyed running and lounging on the beach. She graduated in 2009 from Occidental College with two journalism internships under her belt, an English Literature degree, and a national economic crisis. Despite this, Alison has paid the bills working odd jobs and taking every chance she can to travel. So far, she has been to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Austria, Costa Rica, and Argentina. Alison recently moved to San Francisco from Denver, and is a freelance writer with a love of hiking, biking, caving and gold panning. Check out her magazine at