Hike 9-Get Lost Bay AreaLake Love. Lake Anza, Tilden Regional Park-Oakland CA.
Ahhh, Lake Anza a sweet little gem hiding out in the Berkeley Hills above Berkeley. Created in 1938 by the construction of the C L Tilden Park Dam, this swimming reservoir is open from May to September and includes a lifeguard, sandy beach, changing rooms and a modest fee.
However, outside of swimming here, it is a lovely destination for a short hike. Reason being, it is a sweet little loop, of only 1.3 miles that sends you around the picturesque lake, teeming with ducks, tadpoles, birds and other wildlife. It can be a bit challenging at times as the terrain will shift from a dirt trail to rocky edges where careful steps will be most important.
About halfway around the lake you will meet up with a bridge that yes, crosses over a rushing waterfall. In years past, it was nothing but a trickling little creek, but as of last weekend, to my sensory delight, waterfalls were raging. I just had to climb down the sides and sit myself right in the middle of it all, to eat some strawberries and take in the magical serenity.
Did I mention the wildflowers? Oh, they are abundant in this area and although this area can be quite crowded on the weekends, if you just sit back here and there you will not have to hike with a crowd.
Last weekend I brought my little girl with me on this hike and we always like to hike with some type of “reward” in mind. What better reward after a gorgeous hike than to drive just up the road and take a ride on the Tilden Merry-Go-Round, complete with ice cream cones, of course!
Hope you decide to venture out and get lost this weekend!
See ya on the trail!
Tilden Park Information: http://www.ebparks.org
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