Joaquin Miller Park

Oakland, California 94619

Joaquin Miller Park

Joaquin Miller Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is the best singletrack in the East Bay. Ride through dense redwood groves in Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park. Although the park is less than a square mile, there are enough trails to wind around for several miles and a couple of hours. There are too many short trails and options to spell out mileage directions for a specific route. Bring the map, and have fun exploring. Trails range from easy, smooth fire trails to technical singletracks with roots, rocks, and drops. Connect these trails with loops in Redwood Regional Park or Lake Chabot for a longer ride. Trail surface: Dirt singletrack and dirt roads."

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East Bay Trails: Hiking Trails in Alameda & Contra Costa Counties (Wilderness Press)
David Weintraub
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"This park, adjacent to Redwood Regional Park, offers many of its neighbor’s attractions in a more intimate and less crowded setting. Using the Sunset, Cinderella, and Sequoia–Bayview trails, this loop explores forests of redwood, Monterey cypress, eucalyptus, and acacia, and offers a fine view of Oakland and San Francisco. The park is named for Joaquin Miller (1841–1913), a colorful figure best known as a poet and an arborist. He settled in the hills above Oakland, where he planted thousands of trees and built monuments to his heroes—Moses, explorer John C. Frémont, and poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. From the front of the ranger station, leave the parking area and walk south along Sanborn Dr., in a corridor of California bay, coast live oak, madrone, and pine, toward the park entrance. After about 0.1 mile, just before you reach Joaquin Miller Road, you come to a yellow gate, left. Past the gate, go straight on a dirt-andgravel road toward the Upper Meadow and Greenwood picnic areas."
"A wide trail winds through native coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), opening up to views before returning into the shade and coolness of the redwoods. Named for the colorful nineteenth-century poet and frontiersman Joaquin (nee Cincinnatus Hiner) Miller, this park is a favorite in the city of Oakland. Miller, known as the “Poet of the Sierras,” bought 70 acres of grassy hillside in 1886 just below the redwood grove where this hike takes place. He called his home “the Hights,” planted up to 75,000 Monterey cypress, olive, and eucalyptus trees on the property, and remained there until his death in 1913. His whitewashed home, beside Joaquin Miller Road, along with his funeral pyre where his ashes were scattered, is a California Historic Landmark. The City of Oakland purchased The Hights in 1919 and turned it into parkland."
Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area (The Mountaineers Books)
Laure Latham
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"Walk to redwood and acacia forests; visit estate remnants"

Joaquin Miller Park Trip Reports

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A bit too many bikes on the weekend, otherwise great app good walk!
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Beautiful ride through often steep terrain. Print the guide and pay attention. Trails are not marked. Can you get lost in a city park--yes!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
30 minutes - 2 hours or more
Year-round; Cool riding when it is hot everywhere else; some trails are closed in winter
Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Oakland City Park
Local Contacts
USGS Oakland East
Local Maps

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