"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." Read more
"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." Read more